2014 Outlook: Last season, Storen was torpedoed by a high .319 BABIP, meaning more base runners, and a low 68 percent left on base mark, resulting in an inordinately high percentage of those extra runners scoring. The result was an inflated ERA that was not representative of Storen's skill level. But even with an ERA correction, Storen still isn't a mixed-league option as long as he isn't working the ninth. And at this point, Storen may not even be the next in line for saves.
2014 Outlook: A miserable 2013 cost Espinosa his job; the Washington Nationals shifted top prospect Anthony Rendon to second base as Espinosa's replacement, and as spring training opened, the team intended to have Rendon start there with Espinosa battling for a reserve role. It's conceivable Espinosa could make the team, and his power/speed combination makes him worth final-round NL-only consideration. Still, he's a free swinger who strikes out a lot -- 27.1 percent of the time in his career to date -- so be prepared to absorb a low batting average and some painful slumps, even if he somehow recaptures a regular role somewhere.
2014 Outlook: One of several candidates for the Washington Nationals' fifth-starter job this spring, Roark might have an advantage on the competition, if simply because he was the man to finish 2013 in the role, doing so quite successfully: He was 4-for-5 in quality starts with a 1.74 ERA in September. Though more of a command/ground-ball type who must capitalize on his matchups than a true major league rotation mainstay, Roark is a pitcher worth stashing in NL-only leagues based on his hope of a regular role.
2014 Outlook: After improving his skills in 2012, albeit just slightly, Detwiler was on a few breakout lists last spring. Unfortunately, back and oblique injuries curtailed his season and now he is embattled in a fight for the last spot in the Nationals' rotation, though it is likely his job to lose. Detwiler relies on control and inducing grounders, which often leads to a higher than average hit rate. This, in turn, results in a WHIP that is a bit too high for mixed formats but still viable in deeper leagues. That said, Detwiler can occasionally be deployed at home, so long as you don't burn a waiver spot but instead just pick him up off waivers then toss him back.
2014 Outlook: Lobaton's role as Jose Molina's platoon partner came to an end after Tampa acquired Ryan Hanigan. But Lobaton's improved 2013 campaign impressed Washington enough to trade for Lobaton to be the backup to Wilson Ramos. Barring an injury to Ramos, Lobaton won't get the same playing time as last season, yielding him waiver-wire fodder even in deep leagues using two catchers.
2014 Outlook: Blevins might have the look of a lefty specialist, but his splits have varied over the years, and in 2013 he was more effective against right-handed hitters. Between that, his high fly-ball rate and modest strikeout rate, he's not a recommended NL-only option for ratio support, and he's not enough of a holds source to warrant consideration in formats that count them.
2014 Outlook: Frandsen is a contact-hitting utility man capable of playing first, second or third base, and he's right-handed, which is an advantage if you consider that the Philadelphia Phillies' starters at those three positions are all left-handed. A lifetime .289/.343/.435 hitter against southpaws, Frandsen could be a handy plug-in for NL-only owners in daily leagues; he is more of a filler in weekly NL-only formats.