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Waiver Wire – Week of August 8th

Jose Barrero, SS, CIN (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): It has been far from a great 2022 campaign for the 24-year-old prospect, but the two-homer Saturday is the perfect reason for both the Reds and your Fantasy squad to be looking at Jose Barrero down the stretch. His stock may have fallen, but it is far from being irrelevant.

Beau Brieske, SP, DET (CBS: 8% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Brieske has been sidelined with right forearm soreness since mid-July and is currently on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo. Before the injury, Brieske was coming off three solid starts, and returning to the injury-depleted Tigers rotation would be a welcome addition.

Peyton Burdick, OF, MIA (CBS: 2% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): The power potential anticipated from Jesus Sanchez simply didn’t consistently materialize, and he was sent packing to Triple-A Jacksonville. Burdick brings a little pop (14 HR) and a little speed (8 SB) but, like so many of the Marlins prospects, a questionable hit tool (.229 BA). It makes sense for the Marlins to see what they have in the 25-year-old Burdick; just know your parameters.

Edward Cabrera, SP, MIA (CBS: 48% rostered, ESPN: 16% rostered): It has been an up and down season for the young Marlins starter, but after his last outing, he’s back trending in an upward direction. He returned from the IL on Friday and promptly no-hit the Cubs over five innings, chipping in eight strikeouts. That start has put him back on our Fantasy radar.

J.D. Davis, 3B, SFG (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Sometimes, a move to a new locale is just what the doctor ordered. With two home runs in his last two games, Davis appears to fit that bill. The on-again, off-again relationship that Evan Longoria has established with the Il this year should be cause for Davis to garner regular at-bats with the Giants, something he hasn’t received since the 2019 campaign.

Jake McCarthy, OF, ARZ (CBS: 9% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The trade of David Peralta has created an opportunity for the 25-year-old McCarthy. We’ve seen him steal an average of 20 bases on the farm over the past four years. Toss in the five this year with the Diamondbacks in 140 at-bats, and it’s not unreasonable to assume he’s good for another 7-to-10 thefts over the balance of the 2022 season.

Michael Massey, 2B, KCR (CBS: 9% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Massey was enjoying a banner year at Triple-A Omaha, slugging 16 homers and swiping 13 bags. He should have a steady diet of at-bats at second base down the stretch, with Whit Merrifield moving on to the Jays.

Elehuris Montero, 3B, COL (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Montero has gone 7-for-16 with a home run since getting recalled earlier this week. The power potential is real, but with only one walk in his first 55 at-bats with the Rockies, there is no denying the hit tool is cause for concern. He should see regular at-bats down the stretch.

Ryan Pepiot, SP, LAD (CBS: 10% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Clayton Kershaw has found his way back to the IL with recurring back woes, and the Dodgers won’t be turning to Mitchell White, who they traded to the Blue Jays, to provide respite. Ryan Pepiot is first-in-line and for good cause. In 13 starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City, he’s sporting a 7-0 won/loss record with a stellar 2.27 ERA and 93/32 K/BB ratio. A small bid has the potential to provide you with 7-to-10 quality starts in August and September.

JP Sears, SP, OAK (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): JP Sears was quietly enjoying a great year in the Yankees system, highlighted by an excellent 55/7 K/BB ratio at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 43 IP and a 2.05 ERA in seven games with the Yankees. All it takes is one quick look at the A’s rotation, and we should conclude there will be opportunities down the stretch for the 26-year-old southpaw.

Bubba Thompson, OF, TEX (CBS: 4% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The Rangers are taking the opportunity to look to the future down the stretch, and Thompson has the potential to be a big part of that future. He slugged 13 homers and swiped an eye-popping 49 bases this year down on the farm. All the tools are in place for the youngster to be a considerable Fantasy asset except one. Will he hit enough to hold down an everyday job? The Rangers hope to have an answer to that question by the end of September.

Miguel Vargas, 3B, LAD (CBS: 43% rostered, ESPN: 7% rostered): We finally have a Miguel Vargas sighting in LA. He’s worthy of a small bid, but the ability to stick on a very deep and talented Dodgers roster is far from guaranteed. Just ask James Outman, who was demoted after posting a 1.409 OPS in his first four games.

Matt Vierling, OF, PHI (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Vierling looks to be sharing the wrong side of a platoon with Brandon Marsh but should still amass enough at-bats in deeper Leagues to help boost your Fantasy squads’ power and speed numbers.

Luke Williams, 3B/OF, MIA (CBS/ESPN: not rostered): Looking for cheap speed? Luke Williams could be the answer. He is likely a utility-type player moving forward, but the three stolen bases in one game this week against the Reds brings him to nine thefts in only 68 at-bats this season. That potential shouldn’t be ignored.

Huascar Ynoa, SP, ATL (CBS: 10% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): The Braves have tired of the inconsistent play of Ian Anderson and dispatched him to Triple-A Gwinnett. Huascar Ynoa will take his place in the Braves rotation and, although inconsistent last year, flashed enough promise to warrant our attention in deeper formats.

Closer Report

Felix Bautista, RP, BAL (CBS: 40% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): The trade of Jorge Lopez to the Twins created a closer vacancy in the O’s bullpen, and with two saves in his last five appearances, Felix Bautista is clearly in control of his destiny. Should he prove to not be up to the task, both Dillon Tate and Cionel Perez are more than capable of working the ninth inning in Baltimore.

Wil Crowe, RP, PIT (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: 6% rostered): The injury to David Bednar, lower back inflammation, has necessitated an IL stint with Wil Crowe moving into the closer role. He got the first save under his belt and should hold the job until Bednar returns from the IL, which could be a lengthy stay.

Jonathan Hernandez, RP, TEX (CBS: 19% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): In seven appearances since returning to the Rangers bullpen on July 16, Hernandez has only allowed one earned run added two saves to his resume. So far, so good. Should Hernandez struggle, Joe Barlow will be there to answer the call.

Evan Phillips, RP, LAD (CBS: 15% rostered, ESPN: 5% rostered): We mentioned Phillips the week of July 18, and not much has changed. Craig Kimbrel is still struggling to put together a clean inning. The walking wounded are still wounded, and Phillips continues to display the filthy and very effective stuff that has led him to produce a 1.50 ERA. A Kimbrel “insurance policy” was a prudent move three weeks ago and still is today.

Jose Quijada, RP, LAA (CBS: 4% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The trade of Raisel Iglesias to the Braves has created a massive void at the back end of the Angels bullpen, and it appears that the front-runners to fill that void are Ryan Tepera and Jose Quijada. It has been a busy week for Quijada, who has two holds and successfully converted his first save opportunity. I’ll toss some FAAB at Quijada, betting that early success is sustainable.

Rowan Wick, RP, CHC (CBS: 14% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): It’s a case of the last man standing, and with the trades of David Robertson, Mychal Givens, and Scott Effross, Rowan Wick is that last man. He should hold down the fort in the ninth inning right through the end of the season.

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Waiver Wire – Week of August 1st

Aledmys Diaz, 2B/SS/3B/OF, HOU (CBS: 7% rostered, ESPN: 5% rostered): Diaz has gone 10-for-27 with three homers in his past seven games. Combined with the multi-position eligibility, it creates an opportunity in deeper Leagues that should be exploited.

Paul DeJong, SS, STL (CBS: 4% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The trade of Edmundo Sosa to the Phillies has opened the door for the return of Paul DeJong. It’s still the same Paul DeJong we have come to know and love as demonstrated by the 52 strikeouts and 17 homers in 201 at-bats at Triple-A Memphis. Know your parameters!

Jake Fraley, OF, CIN (CBS: 2% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): It finally appears that Jake Fraley is healthy, after a lengthy stint on the IL. Tyler Naquin has been traded to the Mets, creating an opportunity for full-time at-bats in the Reds outfield. In deeper Leagues, the power/speed potential makes Fraley an interesting dart toss in the hopes he can stay healthy and demonstrate that unfulfilled potential.

Kyle Isbel, OF, KCR (CBS: 2% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Andrew Benintendi has now been moved to the Yankees. The Royals demoted Emmanuel Rivera on Friday, so Hunter Dozier won’t be clogging up the outfield. It’s time for the Royals to determine if Kyle Isbel is part and parcel of their plans for 2023.

Jarred Kelenic, OF, SEA (CBS: 38% rostered, ESPN: 29% rostered): Julio Rodriguez, Mitch Haniger, and Dylan Moore are all nursing various injuries and on the IL, creating a short-term opportunity for everyday at-bats for the recently recalled Jarred Kelenic. A hot July at Tacoma in which he hit three homers, drove in 13 runs, and posted a 15/11 K/BB ratio provides hope that there are better days ahead for the young Mariners outfielder.

James Outman, OF, LAD (CBS/ESPN: not rostered): The Dodgers moved Zach McKinstry to the Cubs, creating an opportunity for a fourth outfielder. Outman has enjoyed a great year on the farm, mashing 21 homers and swiping 11 bases in 341 at-bats between Double and Triple-A. He’s an NL-only target for now, but as the Dodgers move closer to clinching the Division, we could see an increase in playing time.

Stephen Piscotty, OF, OAK (CBS: 1% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): The problem has never been the skills; he cannot stay on the field. Currently, Piscotty is healthy, with three home runs in his past five games on a tear. Take advantage of this opportunity.

Victor Robles, OF, WAS (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): A funny thing has happened over the past month. Victor Robles has shown flashes of the skills that had us very excited heading into 2020. Over his past six games he has gone 7-for-25 with two home runs and two stolen bases. Let’s hope this hot streak isn’t derailed by a hamstring injury suffered on Saturday.

Brady Singer, SP, KCR (CBS: 50% rostered, ESPN: 21% rostered): In his past five starts Singer has upped his game in a big way, allowing only seven earned runs. In his last start, against the Yankees vaunted offense, he shut them down on one-hit over seven strong innings and chipped in with 10 strikeouts. It’s time to get Singer active and rolling in all formats.

Joey Wendle, 2B/SS/3B, MIA (CBS: 20% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): In his past 10 games he has gone 13-for-44 with two SB. If the Marlins offense can ever muster up some offense, Wendle hitting in the leadoff slot has the potential to be a solid contributor, especially in the runs scored category.

Ryan Yarbrough, SP, TBR (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): In his past three starts, Yarbrough has allowed only six earned runs. Starting pitching is getting incredibly hard to find so take what you can get from the “Yarbrough Man” while the taking is good.

Closer Report

Joe Barlow, RP, TEX (CBS: 52% rostered, ESPN: 24% rostered): Barlow is looking at a short rehab stint that is supposed to commence this weekend before returning to the Rangers pen. Based on the current struggles of both Brett Martin and Dennis Santana, it’s time the Rangers gave Barlow another shot at closing out games.

Scott Effross, RP, CHC (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): David Robertson and possibly even Rowan Wick and Mychal Givens could be on the move at the trade deadline. Who’s next in-line for the ninth-inning gig? Scott Effross is the likely candidate and with that strong 2.66 ERA on his resume is worthy of a cheap spec bid this week.

Pete Fairbanks, RP, TBR (CBS: 4% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): We mentioned Fairbanks back on July 11 as someone that should be returning to the Rays pen in the near future and that near future has now arrived. Colin Poche has struggled recently so the Rays will do what the Rays do, turn to another of their many skilled bullpen arms. Pete Fairbanks is the man of the hour and has now successfully converted saves in each of his last two appearances. It’s time to get him rostered and active to take advantage of every opportunity, while they are at-hand.

Luis Garcia, RP, SDP (CBS: 6% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): One of the many Luis Garcia currently plying their trade in the majors, this one happens to be the setup man in San Diego and quite possibly the go-to guy now that incumbent Taylor Rogers is in a timeout. A small bid could turn out to be a very lucrative one.

Dany Jimenez, RP, OAK (CBS: 35% rostered, ESPN: 11% rostered): If his last rehab start is any indication, Jimenez is very close to returning to the A’s bullpen. With Lou Trivino possibly moving at the deadline, Jimenez could have a good opportunity to reclaim the closer role in Oakland. He did have 11 saves before his June struggles and a shoulder strain sent him to the IL.

Garrett Whitlock, RP, BOS (CBS: 48% rostered, ESPN: 48% rostered): It appeared that Tanner Houck was settling into the closer role and lo and behold Garrett Whitlock gets back-to-back saves pitching two innings in each. No official announcement has been made but it appears that Whitlock is gaining steam in the Red Sox plans for the ninth inning.

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Waiver Wire – Week of July 25

J.J. Bleday, OF, MIA (CBS: 12% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): To say the Marlins offense has been struggling would be an understatement. Non-existent is closer to reality as they have now been blanked in four-of-their-past-five starts. Bleday got the call Saturday with the Marlins, hoping he can spark the O. The power potential is there as he has gone deep twenty times this year at Triple-A Jacksonville. He contributed his first hit (of hopefully many) and a stolen base in Sunday’s action.

Seth Brown, OF, OAK (CBS: 15% rostered, ESPN: 6% rostered): Twelve home runs and 41 RBI is solid production. He’s hitting in the cleanup slot, a good thing. His K/BB ratio in 299 at-bats is 81/19. The power production comes with a price.

Ezequiel Duran, 2B/3B, TEX (CBS: 10% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): If you’re “Hungry Like A Wolf” for a high upside power/speed bat, Duran could be your guy. It also appears that the Rangers will commit to regular playing time for the youngster to determine how he fits into their 2023 plans. The power/speed combination is most intriguing and could come in handy for the stretch run.

Vimael Machin, SS/3B, OAK (CBS/ESPN: not rostered): Machin possesses solid strike zone judgment skills with middling power. He’s currently hitting in the leadoff slot in Oakland. In AL-only formats, he’s worthy of our attention. Hey, if it doesn’t work out, it offers you the opportunity to “Rage Against the Machin.” What more could one want?

Matt Manning, SP, DET (CBS: 15% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Manning will make one more rehab start this coming Wednesday before returning to the Detroit rotation. He has been sidelined since mid-April with shoulder issues and will be a most welcome return to an injury-decimated Tigers rotation.

Jorge Mateo, SS/OF, BAL (CBS:34% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): The good news is that he has now amassed 23 thefts this season, good for second overall in stolen bases behind only Jon Berti. He has also hit for some power with seven homers. The bad news is that his swing and miss game contains way too much miss with 93 strikeouts in 286 at-bats. If you can take the BA/OBP hit, the speed can be a real asset.

Raimel Tapia, OF, TOR (CBS: 9% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): Tapia has now gone 10-for-19 in his past five games, including hitting a rare inside-the-park grand slam against Boston on Friday night. He followed up his fantastic performance Friday by hitting a triple today that cleared the bases. Toss in the fact that George Springer has been missing time lately with an elbow issue, and the hot-hitting Tapia should see a steady diet of at-bats heading into August.

Ramon Urias, 2B/3B/SS, BAL (CBS: 20% rostered, ESPN: 15% rostered): In his past five games, Urias has gone 9-for-20 with three homers and 8 RBI. It’s time to take advantage of the streak, and hope it extends into next week. The multiple-position eligibility is a huge bonus.

David Villar, 3B, SFG (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Another injury to Evan Longoria? I’ve lost count of the times he has made it to the IL this season. David Villar will undoubtedly earn his fair share of the additional playing time, and since getting the call on July 4, we’ve seen mixed results. The one thing that he has done consistently is find his way to first base via the free pass. In deeper OBP Leagues, he’s worthy of a small bid.

Ken Waldichuk, SP, NYY (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Domingo German was less than inspiring this week. Jameson Taillon has struggled lately and has allowed 22 earned runs in 23 2/3 IPs in five of his past six starts.  Luis Severino is out with a lat strain and won’t be returning until September. Suddenly, the Yankees have some serious pitching concerns. There is currently room for both Schmidt and Waldichuk to call New York home.  

Closer Report

Wandy Peralta, RP, NYY (CBS: 1% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Yes, we’ve reached that stage of the program in New York. The injury to Michael King and Aroldis Chapman’s ongoing struggles has forced Peralta into the setup role……at least for now. In Leagues that use holds, he’s a wise investment, but be aware that the Yankees are very likely to go outside the organization in search of bullpen help.

Trevor Rosenthal, RP, SFG (CBS: 1% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): He’s still likely a couple of weeks away from contributing to the Giants bullpen, but when healthy, Trevor Rosenthal has proven to be an elite late-inning option. Gabe Kapler remarked that Rosenthal “is just healthy away from being one of the more effective closers in the game.” Those that have Camilo Doval rostered should file this away for future reference.

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Waiver Wire – Week of July 18

Jo Adell, OF, LAA (CBS: 32% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): It’s time for the Angels to figure out who Jo Adell is and if he figures into their plans. He got the call at the beginning of the week and went 2-for-5 with a stolen base in his first game….a good sign. The bat has been quiet the balance of the week… a bad sign. Adell should garner plenty of opportunities over the balance of the season as the Angels access their 2023 options. 

Akil Baddoo, OF, DET (CBS: 16% rostered, ESPN: 9% rostered): We mentioned a couple of weeks back that Akil Baddoo could be an option in the near future, and lo and behold, the Tigers agreed. Baddoo got the call at the beginning of the week and should garner everyday at-bats in a very woeful Tiger offense. Hopefully, we see a return to the form that saw him hit 13 homers and steal 18 bases in 413 at-bats last year.

Matt Carpenter, NYY (CBS: 38% rostered, ESPN: 24% rostered):  Matt Carpenter has forever carved out his place in Yankee lore. He has now set a record for the most home runs (13) by a Yankee in their first 30 games. He capped this run by hitting a pair of three-run shots yesterday against the Red Sox. What an amazing run!

Braxton Garrett, SP, MIA (CBS: 12% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): While all the talk has been about Max Meyer, Edward Cabrera, and Eury Perez, Braxton Garrett has very quietly been getting it done for Miami. In his past three starts, he has allowed only four earned runs. In his last outing against the Pirates, he went six shutout innings with 11 strikeouts. It’s time we started paying a bit more attention to Braxton Garrett.

Mitch Keller, SP, PIT (CBS: 15% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): We’re still waiting for the Pirates to trade him, and he’ll bloom into the star many of us thought he’d be. In the meantime, we deal with the frustrating inconsistent play. Lately, it has been much better, as he has allowed only one earned run in his past two road starts against Colorado and Miami. Toss in a decent outing against the Yankees in which he held that vaunted offense to only four earned runs over six innings, and we’ve seen enough to get him rostered and going to start the second half.

Kyle Lewis, OF, SEA (CBS: 51% rostered, ESPN: 11% rostered): Kyle Lewis has mashed five home runs in his past seven games on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma looks ready to return from the concussion that has kept him sidelined since late-May. The Mariners have badly missed Lewis, and that power production is the heart of their lineup.

Max Meyer, SP, MIA (CBS: 65% rostered, ESPN: 16% rostered): Meyer finally made his much-anticipated debut yesterday against the Phillies, and it was to mixed results. He retired 10-of-the first 12 batters he faced, and he also allowed two home runs accounting for three runs. There was a lot to like and more than enough to warrant our attention and some of that precious FAAB this evening.

Lars Nootbar, OF, STL (CBS: 1% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Juan Yepez has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 right forearm strain and is likely to miss anywhere from three-to-six weeks. Lars Nootbar will likely see the bulk of the Yepez at-bats and, with four homers in 90 at-bats, will be looking to add to that total until Yepez is ready to return.

Nick Pratto, 1B, KCR (CBS: 13% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The combination of that smooth swing and great defense should allow Pratto to stick with the Royals after his weekend callup in Toronto. We saw that smooth swing on display Sunday morning as he launched his first big league bomb against Jose Berrios. Welcome to the bigs, Nick Pratto!

Clarke Schmidt, SP, NYY (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Luis Severino will be shut down from throwing for two weeks, meaning the shoulder stiffness will probably keep him out at least a month. Schmidt has been very effective in limited action, amassing four wins and a 3.00 ERA, and should see plenty of opportunities in the second half to add to those solid first-half results.

Leody Tavares, OF, TEX (CBS: 19% rostered, ESPN: 10% rostered): I find it hard to believe that Tavares is still only 23 years old. It seems he has been on our prospect radar forever. He’s making us forget about his past struggles this week as he has gone 13-for-27 with one homer, 9 RBI, and four stolen bases. It’s time to give Tavares a shot in all formats, especially for that speed potential.

Jose Urena, SP, COL (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): I almost mentioned Jose Urena last week but couldn’t do it. There are simply way too many bad memories. There could be more, but for now, he’s pitching well and in deeper Leagues deserves some attention. Since getting the call on July 6, in three starts against the Dodgers, Padres, and Pirates he has allowed only three runs in 18 2/3 innings. Don’t spend big, but at the same time don’t ignore this current hot streak.

Closer Report

Kyle Finnegan, RP, WAS (CBS: 15% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): Nationals Manager Dave Martinez has proclaimed Finnegan the replacement for Tanner Rainey, lost for the long haul with a UCL sprain and more than likely TJS. It’s not a new role for Finnegan as he did save eleven games last year. He’ll get the first shot and have a moderately long leash as the new Washington closer.

Michael King, RP, NYY (CBS: 46% rostered, ESPN: 36% rostered): Clay Holmes has looked a bit more human lately. Aroldis Chapman is currently struggling and looking like a shell of his former self. Michael King has been pitching lights out and has been all season. He’s currently sporting a 2.19 ERA with 15 holds, one save, and 64 strikeouts in 49 1/3 IP. The odds are very good that he will add to that save total in the second half.

Devin Williams, RP, MIL (CBS: 51% rostered, ESPN: 35% rostered): What has happened to Josh Hader? He has now allowed runs in five-of-his-past six appearances including getting annihilated to the tune of three homers in his last outing at the hands of the Giants. It’s time to look at Devin Williams who has compiled a superb 1.77 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings and six saves. The Brewers are tight in the NL Central and can’t afford to lose games in the ninth inning. Williams will get opportunities to close out games until Hader emerges from his current slump.

Evan Phillips, RP, LAD (CBS: 10% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): Blake Treinen, Daniel Hudson, Tommy Kahnle, and now Brusdar Graterol are all currently on the IL. Toss in the fact that Craig Kimbrel has performed far below the level we’ve grown accustomed to and Evan Phillips has moved into a role of prominence in the Dodger bullpen. It also helps when you’ve posted a 1.50 ERA and struck out 41 batters in 36 IPs. He earned his first save this week and the odds are very good that it won’t be his last of the 2022 campaign.

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Waiver Wire – Week of July 11

Jonathan Aranda, 2B, TBR (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Wander Franco has been placed on the 10-day IL with what is described as right wrist discomfort. A follow-up Monday has been scheduled to determine if it’s a hamate injury. Let’s hope for the best. In a corresponding move, the Rays have called up Jonathan Aranda. He posted an excellent June in which he hit five homers, drove in 11 runs, and posted a .356 OBP. He’s continued his solid play into July, where he has two homers and 16 RBI in seven games. Let’s hope he carries this level of play with him as he arrives in Tampa Bay.

Alec Bohm, 3B, PHI (CBS: 46% rostered, ESPN: 18% rostered): In his past six games, Bohm has hit two homers, driven in six runs, and has gone 8-for-21. It has been a year filled with struggles for the 25-year-old corner-infielder, but the tide seems to be turning, and better days have arrived.

Madison Bumgarner, SP, ARZ (CBS: 42% rostered, ESPN: 16% rostered): Who would have ever thought, even a scant couple of years back, that Madison Bumgarner would find his way to a Waiver Wire Article. The strikeout rates are low, but it has been a solid season (3.65 ERA), and more than 42% of those playing at CBS and 16% ESPN should be taking advantage of.

Kutter Crawford, SP, BOS (CBS: 2% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): The question we need to address is, does Kutter throw a cutter? Yes, he does to the tune of 29.8 %. Toss in a mid-nineties heater and spin rates just south of 2400 for both, and it should have our attention. He worked mainly in a relief role until June 12, when he was stretched out and inserted into the Worchester rotation, where he pitched well. We’ve now seen continued success in his first two starts with Boston. In deeper leagues, he’s worthy of our attention in the hope that Kutter’s cutter continues to cut the mustard.

Nolan Jones, 3B, CLE (CBS: 10% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): Jackson Kowar, meet Nolan Jones. 457 feet later, Jones has his first career homer, a three-run shot in the books. Although he only hit three homers this season in 90 at-bats, don’t ever doubt his prestigious power potential. Jackson Kowar doesn’t.

Luis Gonzalez, OF, SFG (CBS: 16% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): We mentioned Gonzalez in the June 20 Waiver Wire article, and lo and behold, just as he was heating up, he hit the shelf with a back strain. Well, he’s finally back and looking to resume what was a great end-of-June run. In deeper, Leagues find a home for him.

DL Hall, SP, BAL (CBS: 12% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): In his last outing, he went six innings allowing three hits, two walks, one earned run, and an eye-popping 14 strikeouts. His main bugaboo is consistently finding the strike zone, but despite those struggles, his Baltimore debut could be right around the corner. It’s worth a small early bid to find out.

Josh Harrison, 2B/3B/OF, CWS (CBS: 6% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Harrison will be called upon to replace Jake Burger, who has a bone bruise in his right hand and is likely out through the All-Star break. He’s the perfect replacement bat in a Tony La Russa run offense.  

Max Meyer, SP, MIA (CBS: 38% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): After spending a month on the IL dealing with ulnar nerve irritation, Meyer has returned and, in his past two outings, has struck out 12 batters in 10 2/3 innings while allowing only two earned runs. With each strong outing, he’s getting closer to his Marlins debut.

Nick Senzel, OF, CIN (CBS: 21% rostered, ESPN: 5% rostered): The oft-injured Senzel has quietly been putting up solid numbers for the past several weeks. Over the past seven games, he has gone 9-for-21 with two homers and five RBI. He’s both healthy and on a small tear. Take advantage of both.

David Villar, 3B, SFG (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Evan Longoria has found his way to the IL with a left oblique strain, and the Giants are turning to the other Villar for some respite. David Villar was enjoying a great season at Triple-A Sacramento, mashing 21 homers with 62 RBI and an excellent .409 OBP. Third base has presented challenges this year, and in deeper Leagues giving David (and not Jonathan), a look could help provide some much-needed respite.

Closer Report

Alexis Diaz, RP, CIN (CBS: 9% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Repeat after me. Hunter Strickland is not the answer. Repeat it again and again and again.

Pete Fairbanks, RP, TBR (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Fairbanks is currently rehabbing at Triple-A Durham from a partially torn right lat muscle and should be looking at a return to the Rays pen around the All-Star break. The potential to be a solid contributor is supported by the 56 strikeouts last year in 42 2/3 IPs with five saves. We all know the drill. Everyone in the Rays bullpen gets to close out games.

Joe Mantiply, RP, ARZ (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Mark Melancon is sporting a 5.22 ERA and procured his last save on June 3. Ian Kennedy is dealing with right calf inflammation and is on the 15-day IL. Joe Mantiply is enjoying a great campaign, having allowed earned runs in only three of his 34 appearances. As the trade deadline draws closer, will Melancon and/or Kennedy be calling Phoenix home?

Brett Martin, RP, TEX (CBS: 4% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Joe Barlow blew two saves this week, and that’s all it took for Chris Woodward to declare it was time for a rest. That seems a little harsh for a pitcher with a 3.18 ERA who was 13-for-17 in save chances this season. Dennis Santana or possibly even Jose Leclerc looked to be the favorites for saves, so who gets not one but two saves in the first two save opportunities since the Barlow demotion? Yes, Brett Martin. He’s 2-for-2, so you should be looking at him as the current favorite to hold down the fort until (hopefully) Barlow is finished with his timeout.