2014 Outlook: Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in July, Strop was a sensation for the Chicago Cubs last season, posting a 2.83 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 14 holds in 37 appearances for his new team, fueled by a 7.7 percent walk rate that was a substantial improvement upon his 13.4 percent number up to that point in his career. He put himself firmly in contention for a future closer role, though the Cubs signed successful 2013 closer Jose Veras as a stopgap, albeit perhaps for the early stages of 2014. Strop should begin 2014 as Veras' primary setup man and handcuff, and while his WHIP is a tad risky, he should be of service helping your ERA/WHIP/K's while filling the holds column.
2014 Outlook: Once considered a top prospect while rising up the ranks of the Detroit Tigers organization, Turner's stock has slipped in his year and a half with the Miami Marlins, his command numbers tumbling steeply to 1.43 K's per walk in 20 starts for the big club in 2013. Though he's a 22-year-old with plenty of time to elevate his game, at this stage of his career he looks the part of a matchups type: He had a 2.67 ERA against losing teams, 5.00 against .500-plus teams, in 2013, and he had a WHIP 0.14 lower at Marlins Park than on the road. Consider anything more in 2014 gravy.
2014 Outlook: While the axiom about never having too much pitching usually rings true, Boston bringing in Chris Capuano after Ryan Dempster opted to take the year off is a signal that Doubront will not be handed the fifth rotation spot for the world champs. Doubront's 2014 featured a splendid 15-game stint in which he compiled a 2.55 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, so he has the talent, he just needs to be more consistent with respect to throwing strikes. Given that parsing data can be misleading, those 15 tilts should at least put Doubront on your radar in mixed leagues, especially if you can use him mostly at home. This is one of those rare occasions a pitcher may be more mixed-worthy than deep-league worthy, because you'd be more apt to stream him. His walks and penchant for the long ball make him risky in AL-only setups, especially if his punchouts don't rebound.
2014 Outlook: Villanueva has made a career out of pitching very well in relief and then getting exposed as a starter. His career ERA out of the bullpen is 3.69 compared to 4.73 as a starter. He's slated to serve as a swingman again this season. If he settles into a bullpen role, he can serve as an emergency fill-in for deep leagues.