FML can mean many things, usually of the negative variety. Here at Razzball, though, we turn those frowns upside down and spew nothing but positivity, unless you submit rankings at you know where by you know whom. FML at Razzball is short for Fantasy Master Lothario, which is another name for the man, the myth, the legend, Grey Albright, our fearless leader. Too many acronyms and commas are making my head spin. Anyways, we are now branching out in the FML game: Frankie Montas Love.

Let’s see, 5.95 K/9 and 15.2% K% last season do not seem inspiring. Mike Leake, though, is giddy inside because he now has someone to be best buddies with. So, what’s there to love?

First off, prior to last season, Montas did have excellent K% rates. In 2015 with the White Sox, he posted a 30.3% rate. With the Dodgers AA club in 2016, that number was 41.2% and 31.9% with the AAA team. Now, for a little hate. Since joining the Athletics in 2017, the K% rate has decreased from 31.1% to 23.7% to 20.1% to last season’s 15.2%. He’s also had walk rates in the 13% range. Now back to our regularly scheduled program of FML.

Montas possesses a fastball in the mid-to-high 90s with a slider to complement it. The weird thing is that, over the past three years, the fastball usage has increased from 59.5% to 72.4%, while the slider percentage has gone from 39.1% to 24.6%. Hmmm, so he was essentially a two-pitch pitcher that became a pitching cyclops. Fortunately for Montas, he’s grown a third eye and incorporated a split-fingered fastball to the arsenal this season. The spring training stats have been promising, as he’s sporting a 0.69 ERA over 13 innings and struck out 13 batters. The WHIP has been 1.08! Small sample size for sure, but this is not “best shape in my life” type stuff. Montas has added a pitch to an arsenal that includes a potent fastball.

We know that Oakland Coliseum is a pitcher’s park, but the final aspects of the FML: Oakland Edition are that Montas is out of minor-league options and there’s a spot or two in the Athletics starting rotation. He’s only 25 years old and I’d imagine another team would scoop him up if he went onto waivers. NFBC ADP is at 703. Who doesn’t like free?! TREASURE

  1. Slimbo says:
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    someone just offered me soto for my jd martinez in a dynasty…thoughts?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Affirmative for me

  2. George says:
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    I got offered Jack Flarety $6 for Mallex Smith at $1. I already have Nola, Bauer, and Wheeler at affordable contracts. Would you take that deal?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      How’s your steals situation look like?

      • George says:
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        I have Trout, My other hitting keepers are Aguilar, Andujar, Moustakas, and Choo. I also could keep German Marquez at $10 if I don’t pull the trigger on this trade. What do you think?

        • George says:
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          It’s also a H2H OBP/K9 league if that makes a difference

        • Son

          Son says:
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          How many keepers and what’s the total budget?

          • George says:
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            Here is my team so far

            Trout $56
            Aguilar $10
            Andujar $7
            Moustakas $6
            Choo $3
            Mallex $1

            Nola $23
            Bauer $10
            Wheeler $10
            Marquez $10 (Would let go of him if I do this trade)
            Leclerc/Yates/Hand (10/10/13) (Will keep one of these if I get Flahrety)

            Total budget is $260 for 9 pitchers and 13 hitters(1 catcher league, 5 OF). If I trade for Flahrety I will cap my pitching spending at $70 and have 73% of my budget left for hitters.

            Thanks for your advice!

            • Son

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              Got it. Thanks for the context. Very helpful. I’m keeping Mallex at $1 here. 5 OF League and the stolen base potential is too much to ignore at $1

  3. bread n butter says:
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    No. Smith is fighting a sore shoulder. He also plays in a pitcher friendly park and has a weak lineup in Seattle. Flaherty could easily breakout into a top 15 pitcher.

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