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Waiver Wire – Week 4

Waiver Wire2Miguel Andujar, DH, NYY (CBS: 47% rostered): Just when we think that Miguel Andujar is headed for a potentially long stint at the “alternate” site, Giancarlo Stanton goes and pulls a hammy and is off to the 10-day IL. There’s at least a glimmer of hope that Andujar could find his way into regular at-bats.

Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET (CBS: 36% rostered): He’s not the “Miggy” that we came to know and love, but with four homers in his first 43 at-bats, he can still help pad those power numbers in deeper formats.

Jake Cronenworth, 1B/SS, SDP (CBS: 7% rostered): One would think that with the return of Eric Hosmer from his stint on the IL, Cronenworth would struggle to find at-bats. The last I looked, Jurickson Profar was really struggling, posting a .098 BA over his first 41 at-bats. Don’t rule Jake Cronenworth out in his chase for full-time at-bats just yet.

Leury Garcia, 2B/SS/OF, CWS (CBS: 31% rostered): The addition of Nick Madrigal into the White Sox lineup was unfortunately short-lived, as the youngster suffered a separated shoulder in his fifth game. Leury Garcia now moves back into a full-time role and with his ability to hit for some pop, swipe some bags, and play all over the place, should be back in our plans for 2020.

Andres Gimenez, 2B/SS, NYM (CBS: 7% rostered): The 21-year-old speedster is doing exactly what the Mets anticipated. He’s now 3-for-3 stealing bases and should continue to provide a decent BA and run. If you feel the need for speed, go get him.

Spencer Howard, SP PHI (CBS: 51% rostered): It’s always exciting to see a top-prospect make his MLB debut. Today is that day for the 24-year-old Howard.

Keone Kela, RP, PIT (CBS: 50% rostered): Derek Shelton, the Pirates field boss, has stated that as soon as he’s ready to roll, the “Kela Monster” will return to the closer role. That could be as early as this coming week.

Josh Lindblom, SP, MIL (CBS: 31% rostered): Lindblom struggled through his first start, dealing with back cramps that cut his outing short. In his second start we saw the former KBO star go a full five innings, allowing four hits, one walk, two earned runs and chipping in with seven strikeouts. Better days are ahead.

Pablo Lopez, SP, MIA (CBS: 27% rostered): The 24-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, and this week showed them again by tossing five innings of two-hit shutout ball against the Orioles. Can he sustain that great first start and avoid the inconsistencies he has demonstrated in the past? At 24-years-of-age, and with great raw skills, it’s worth the investment to find out.

Evan Marshall, RP, CWS (CBS: 2% rostered): Aaron Bummer was well on his way to establishing himself as a premier setup man and next in line for saves on the South Side, until a left biceps strain put him on the shelf. Marshall has now amassed three holds in his first seven shutout appearances with ten strikeouts and is now next-in-line for saves. It’s time to find a home for the veteran righty in all deeper formats.

Rafael Montero, RP, TEX (CBS: 11% rostered): Montero returned from the IL on Friday and with Jose Leclerc on the IL with a shoulder issue it was assumed that Montero would get a shot at being part of the bullpen-by-committee in Texas. Two days later, with two shutdown innings of work in the ninth and the corresponding two saves, and Rangers Manager Chris Woodward is now going with a committee-of-one, Rafael Montero.

Dylan Moore, 2B/SS/3B/OF, SEA (CBS: 13% rostered): A little pop, little speed, and a lot of opportunity. Moore now has one homer and three stolen bases in his past six games. The lack of walks (13/0 K/BB ratio) indicates that the current .289 BA will likely fall, but as a super-sub type, he could still hold value in daily transaction Leagues and deeper formats.

Justin Romano, RP, TOR (CBS: 4% rostered): Dynasty League owners take notice. Justin Romano has now tossed seven innings of shutout ball this year. Over those seven appearances, he has yet to allow a hit. Oh, he has also struck out ten batters and has added four holds to his resume. Ken Giles is heading into Free Agency and Anthony Bass has done an outstanding job filling in for Giles, but is he the future? It’s time to find room for Romano in Keeper/Dynasty Leagues.

Trevor Rosenthal, RP, KCR (CBS: 16% rostered): Back-to-back successful save opportunities on Friday and Saturday and it appears that Trevor Rosenthal has now come full circle and owns the ninth inning in Kansas City. The fact that he has allowed only four hits and no walks in his first seven appearances bodes well for his chances to hold the job.

Clarke Schmidt, SP, NYY (CBS: 12% rostered): J.A. Happ is really struggling. In his first two starts he has allowed eight earned runs in seven innings pitched and has walked a total of eight batters. Clarke Schmidt is chomping at the bit and unless we see improvement from Happ and quickly at that, Schmidt could be looking at his MLB debut sooner as compared to later.

Austin Slater, 1B/OF, SFG (CBS: 1% rostered): It’s time for my annual Austin Slater mention. Taking Clayton Kershaw deep not once, but twice, on Saturday will earn you that mention.

Max Stassi, C, LAA (CBS: 26% rostered): There is no doubt that the 29-year-old Stassi is on a tear. He has gone 8-for-27 at the dish with four homers and ten RBI. Find a home for him right smartly and take advantage of that hot streak.

Framber Valdez, SP, HOU (CBS: 33% rostered): Tough times abound in Houston, with both the rotation and bullpen in disarray. In his past two starts, Valdez has allowed a scant three earned runs and only two free passes in 13 1/3 innings while chipping in with 17 strikeouts. Toss in the fact that he has the Mariners next up on the schedule and spending some of that FAAB this week on Valdez is a wise investment.




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