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Waiver Wire – Week 2

Waiver Wire2Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B/3B, WAS (CBS: 32% rostered): It would appear that we’ll have to wait a while for full-time at-bats from Carter Kieboom. That day will eventually arrive, but for now, it appears that Asdrubal Cabrera will get the bulk of the at-bats at third base for the Nationals.

Victor Caratini, C, CHC (CBS: 11% rostered): Not only does he provide solid numbers as a catcher, but it also appears that he’ll benefit from extra at-bats at either first base or DH. As a second catcher in two-catcher formats, he’s not getting nearly the respect that he deserves.

Alex Cobb, SP, BAL (CBS: 5% rostered): Okay, I know it’s only one start, but Cobb looked very good in his 2020 debut at Fenway. He limited the Bosox to one run over 5 1/3 IP in gaining the victory. In deeper leagues, he’s worth a small bid in the hopes that he can replicate some of those strong early years as a Ray.

Freddy Galvis, 2B/SS, CIN (CBS: 22% rostered): The fact that Freddy Galvis is available in 78% of the Leagues using CBS as a stat service is testament to the depth at middle-infield. He’s coming off of a strong 23 home run season and already has one long-ball in the books.

Leury Garcia, OF/SS, CHW (CBS: 6% rostered): You mean Nick Madrigal doesn’t own the gig at the keystone corner for the White Sox? That day will come, but in the interim Leury Garcia will give you some pop and speed as evident by his two-homer game Saturday against the Twins.

Mychal Givens, RP, BAL (CBS: 19% rostered): It would appear that Mychal Givens will be working the ninth-inning to start the season for the O’s. Poor Hunter Harvey simply can’t stay healthy.

Trent Grisham, OF, SDP (CBS: 40% rostered): As one of the few left-handed bats in the Padres lineup, those strong on-base skills should be rostered in more than just forty percent of the Leagues at CBS.

Enrique Hernandez, 2B/SS/OF, LAD (CBS: 21% rostered): A 5-for-14 start to the season with a homer, five RBI, and four runs scored begs us to ask the question, Gavin who?

Kwang-Hyun Kim, SP, STL (CBS: 47% rostered): Kim had no saves in a KBO career dating back to 2007 and Cards Manager Mike Shildt hands him the ball and asks him to close games for the Cards. It could be a short audition, with Giovanny Gallegos getting close to being game-ready, but for now, he has the job and should be rostered in all formats.

Kyle Lewis, OF, SEA (CBS: 35% rostered): The scorching late-season run we witnessed in 2019 has continued into the 2020 campaign. Two games….two homers. If he’s available in your league, he won’t be after this evening’s Waiver Wire run.

Wil Myers, OF, SDP (CBS: 44% rostered): It’s all about Myers staying healthy, something that hasn’t happened enough over the past several seasons. So far this season, so good. The power/speed combination is one that shouldn’t be ignored.

Brady Singer, SP, KCR (CBS: 16% rostered): The one advantage that the Royals have playing in the AL Central is that they get to play a host of games against the Tigers. This would be one of those weeks. Singer looked very good in his MLB debut tossing five innings of two-run ball and chipping in with seven strikeouts. Take advantage of the matchup and get him rostered and active this week.

Justin Smoak, 1B, MIL (CBS: 35% rostered): The Brewers got a relative bargain when they inked Justin Smoak to a $4 million one-year deal with an option year. One homer down…another ten or so by years end.

Three Under Five

Oliver Drake, RP, TBR (CBS: 2% rostered): Did we ever mention that the Rays like to be flexible with their bullpen options? Saturday night was the perfect example, as supposed closer Nick Anderson is brought into the game in the seventh inning and Oliver Drake works the ninth inning for the save. The Rays are definitely consistent in their inconsistencies. It’s time to give Drake a gander and drop a couple bills on him.

JaCoby Jones, OF, DET (CBS: 2% rostered): A little pop, a little speed, and guaranteed full-time at-bats.

Bradley Zimmer, OF, CLE (CBS: 4% rostered): The shoulder injury that has kept Zimmer out of the game for the past couple of seasons. Finally healthy and with a change in his mechanics, he enjoyed a great “Summer Camp” and looks to have at the very least a semi-regular role in the Cleveland outfield. That speed potential could prove to be an asset in deeper formats.

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