The only home run and RBIs from a non-owned hitter were logged by Cincinnati's Xavier Paul. The reserve outfielder had all of four plate appearances during the prior period. Still, four of the 12 NL Tout teams made a bid on Paul.
On the pitching side, every closer-in-waiting is on some roster, as are most second setup men across the league. One exception was Milwaukee, where the closer situation is unsettled due to John Axford's struggles. First option Jim Henderson was FAABed in the first week and Brandon Kintzler was taken the next period.
There are bottom-of-the-barrel starting pitchers out there, such as Jon Garland, as well as numerous middle relievers. Yet, any hitters seeing even semi-regular time are long gone -- no matter how poor their results are.
What you might take away from this is in the single-league format, it is crucial to get at-bats on draft day, no matter how boring they might be. Alternatively, if you get stuck with open hitting roster spots, you will likely encounter significant trouble trying to fill them later.
In the end-game of the 2013 NL Tout auction, I kept enough cash to buy Luis Cruz ($4) and Placido Polanco ($2). These guys have warts and surely are not going to win any batting titles, but they will provide useful counting stats.
If players slated for their level of regular at-bats were available as free agents today, they would probably fetch between $10 and $20 each -- but the reality is that they aren't -- and won't be.
Honestly, I am having a hard time seeing how I am going to wisely spend my $100 this season.
In the world of being "all FAABed up with no place to go," I may look to trade away FAAB in hopes of acquiring needed pieces from other owners looking to make a big free-agent score.
The alternative is either leaving a lot of money on the table at season's end or wasting it by overbidding on mediocrities.
If you see the same kind of restriction in your league, develop a strategy now to use your FAAB resource in any way you can, whether directly or indirectly.
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