If you’ve followed this column at all this season, I’d imagine your team is in decent shape at the moment. Our first edition suggested Dee Gordon (available in 78% of leagues at the time) and Joe Kelly (available in 79% of leagues at the time) among others. Gordon is now available in less than 25% of leagues (hitting over .400 and leading the league in steals), while Kelly has allowed just 1 ER in 11.1 innings — not too shabby for the leftover bin.
So who’s out there now?
David Murphy (available in 95% of leagues)
In need of another outfielder? Murphy is currently hitting .303 with 2 HR, but is it really sustainable?
Murphy struggled last season — hitting just .220 in Texas — but he’s just one season removed from hitting .304 with 15 HR and 10 SB in 2012. Before that, Murphy hit .275 and .291 in 2010 and 2011 so it’s not unrealistic to assume the 32-year-old is capable of maintaining his current pace.
Alfredo Simon (available in 90% of leagues)
The starter-turned-reliever-turned-starter again is now in the starting rotation after two pretty solid seasons in relief in 2012 and 2013. In two starts this season, Simon has notched two quality starts (showing the former reliever has the ability to pitch deep into games) and has allowed just two earned runs in 15 innings this season.
Simon is obviously a risk, having posted a 4.90 ERA in 2011 — the last time he was a starter — but after two dominant seasons as a reliever, he has the stuff to put together a nice run this year.
Aaron Harang (available in 76% of leagues)
While most of these posts will center on guys I like, I include #TheHARANGATANG on here with one disclaimer: STEER CLEAR!
In two starts, Harang has allowed just one earned run and four hits but there’s really no reason to believe this will last. Remember, if Harang finishes with an ERA around four and you add him now, the actual ERA your team sees will be even higher than that.
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