This article is part of our NL FAAB Factor series.
This is our weekly look at National League free agents. We have two goals for this article:
1. Identify likely free agents and discuss their strengths and weaknesses.
2. Estimate how much of your free-agent budget you should bid on them.
One size does not fit all, and we could never hope to encompass all league structures, so bids are based on:
• 12-team league (either NL or Mixed, we'll specify)
• 5x5 categories
• $100 FAAB budget
Scott Baker, Dodgers – Baker will be promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City and make a spot start for the Dodgers on Sunday in San Diego in order to give the Dodgers' rotation an extra day of rest with a heavy stretch of games upcoming. Baker is 1-1 with a 1.06 ERA and an 0.65 WHIP in 17 innings over three starts for OKC. He likely will be sent back down after the outing, though Brandon McCarthy's arm injury could give Baker the opportunity to stick in the rotation. Mixed: No; NL: $2.
Tim Cooney and Tyler Lyons, Cardinals – Adam Wainwright suffered an ankle injury Saturday against the Brewers which could sideline him. If that does occur, with Marco Gonzalez (shoulder) out, Cooney or Lyons could be next in line. Cooney posted a 14-6 record with a 3.47 ERA in 158 innings for Triple-A Memphis last year and is off to a solid start this season. He is viewed as a back-of-the-rotation starter, but could get the