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Waiver Wire August 6, 2023

Kerry Carpenter, OF, DET (CBS: 19% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Carpenter is enjoying a solid year in Detroit. He’s now up to 11 homers with 35 RBI and a decent .775 OPS in only 222 at-bats. He’s playing every day in right field for the Tigers and makes for a perfect 5th outfielder in deeper formats.

Yonny Chirinos, SP/RP, ATL (CBS: 14% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Here’s a name for those looking to stream starting pitching. Yonny Chirinos has a two-start week with the Pirates and Mets on the schedule. Could you want a better opportunity to attempt to pad those win totals? Okay, maybe substitute the A’s for the Pirates, but either way, it’s a pretty sweet opportunity.

Maikel Garcia, SS/3B, KCR (CBS: 39% rostered, ESPN: 7% rostered): Garcia is now 17-for-19 on the basepaths and has moved into the leadoff spot in Kansas City. Why is he currently only rostered to the tune of 39% in Leagues using CBS as a stat provider?

Randal Grichuk, OF, LAA (CBS: 30% rostered, ESPN: 10% rostered): Grichuk was traded at the deadline to the Angels and, with a pair of home runs already on his Angel resume, should do what he has always done and hit for 20 home run power with decent RBI totals.

Nolan Jones, 1B/OF, COL (CBS: 45% rostered, ESPN: 5% rostered): The fact that he has slugged nine homers, stolen seven bases, and is currently sporting a .852 OPS is a pretty good indicator that he’s enjoying his time with the Rockies. The trade of Randal Grichuk and CJ Cron to the Angels will guarantee he won’t be looking over his shoulder down the stretch.

Max Kepler, OF, MIN (CBS: 21% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Kepler is now up to 17 home runs in 278 at-bats on the year, with six of those bombs coming in July. He’ll more than likely never hit for much of an average, but there’s 20-plus home run potential there for the taking.

Curtis Mead, 3B, TBR (CBS:19% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): In a bit of a surprising move, the Rays have given top-prospect Aussie Curtis Mead the call. The fractured left wrist limited him to only 179 at-bats at Triple-A Durham this year, but the potential is sky-high and such that one should part with a good chunk of that remaining FAAB tonight.

Cole Ragans, SP, KCR (CBS: 8% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): We have now seen two great back-to-back starts in which Ragans tossed 11 innings, allowing but a single earned run. He is heading into a two-start week against Boston and St. Louis. That makes him a definite buy for me. Let’s see what my esteemed colleague Rich Wilson has to say about Cole Ragans.

“Cole Ragans was traded from the Rangers to the Royals in mid-June for Aroldis Chapman. He has a starter arsenal, and the Royals have moved him back to that role, and he has responded. His fastball is up to 98 MPH with a high spin rate (2466), with his secondary pitches missing plenty of bats. The change-up doesn’t have a ton of fade, but it seems to be working. He has average control but will catch too much of the plate. If it all comes together, the ceiling is a number three starter, but a realistic ceiling is a number four.

Davis Schneider, 3B, TOR (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Davis Schneider got the call in Toronto on Friday and, in his first at-bat, pounded one out of Fenway. In his first two games, he went 5-for-8. At Triple-A Buffalo this year he hit 21 home runs with 64 RBI, 9 stolen bases, and a rather solid .416 OBP. That’s not too shabby for a 2017 28’th Round pick. Who isn’t rooting for success from Davis Schneider?

Brady Singer, SP, KCR (CBS: 39% rostered, ESPN: 56% rostered): Our on-again/off-again love affair with Brady Singer is back on again. He had three solid starts against the Yankees, Twins, and Mets in which he allowed a total of only four earned runs with 23 strikeouts in 19 IP, and there should be, at the very least, a little lust.

Samad Taylor, 2B/OF, KCR (CBS: 2% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): If your need is speed, Samad Taylor could be just what the Doctor ordered. He’s now 6-for-6 in thefts in only 43 at-bats and, even in a platoon situation, will see enough playing time to warrant a roster spot and help pad those SB totals.

Rowdy Tellez, 1B, MIL (CBS: 33% rostered, ESPN: 47% rostered): Tellez will be heading out on a rehab assignment commencing Tuesday at Triple-A Nashville, and a return is possible by the weekend. He has struggled this year, but there is no doubting that he has huge power potential (35 HR in 2022), and the Brewers will need all of it if they are to lay claim to the NL Central title.

The Closer Report

Andres Munoz, SP, SEA (CBS: 61% rostered, ESPN: 47% rostered): The Mariners traded closer Paul Sewald to the DBacks at the trade deadline, opening the door for heir apparent Andres Munoz to lay claim to the ninth inning. In three appearances since the deal, he has racked up three saves. Munoz has successfully accepted the challenge and with that high K/9 has the potential to be a Top-10 closer both this year and heading into 2024.

JoJo Romero, RP, STL (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Until the return of Ryan Helsley, Romero looks to be at the worst in a job share with veteran Giovanny Gallegos. The one-time Philly starter looks to have found his niche as a back-end type reliever and should see plenty of action in St. Louis in the 8th and 9th innings.

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