Fantasy baseball free-agent finds: Oscar Mercado, Keston Hiura continue to impress

Oscar Mercado's speed, power and average can help any fantasy team. Jason Miller/Getty Images

Welcome to August and while enticing free agents galore remain available for fantasy managers to take chances on, the decisions on whom to part with get tougher. Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo, for example, is recovering from surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his wrist, and latest word is he hopes to return this season. Well -- and I am not blaming him -- I hope that if I keep a roster spot for him he does, but I do not know if I can wait until mid-September.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay Rays lefty Blake Snell underwent elbow surgery. Same deal: Sometime in September is the expectation. Well, my fantasy season could be done by then. That hardly means that my dropping of Gallo and/or Snell for the flavor of this week is worth it. Perhaps Cincinnati Reds newcomer Josh VanMeter and Houston Astros right-hander Jose Urquidy will aid us more these final two months. I think they will but it just feels so wrong to dump a 40-homer fellow and the defending AL Cy Young award winner for ... Anthony Santander? Yikes.

Anyhow, here we go with another blog entry focusing on the free-agent hitters and pitchers that one writer thinks deserve more attention and others that, well, do not. Good luck on your drops, too. There are no right answers today.