With the dog days of summer upon us, the waiver wire is starting to get a little thin. However, that call-up or injury promotion can be all that it takes to improve your fantasy team.
Our senior baseball writer, Tim McLeod has been digging to find you the best players for your money in this week’s installment of our Waiver Wire Pickups.
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Homer Bailey, SP, OAK (CBS: 28% owned)
The A’s traded for Bailey today and the first question that came to mind was will Jesus Luzardo contribute this season? Let’s hope so. Bailey has been pitching well of late and he’ll make his Oakland debut this coming Wednesday against the Mariners. In deeper Leagues and as a streaming option, Bailey holds some intrigue.
Mike Brosseau, 2B/3B, TAM (CBS: 5% owned)
Has the revolving door at the hot corner in Tampa Bay finally quit spinning? Since getting the call at the end of June, Brosseau has been tearing it up to the tune of three homers and a .382 BA. Matt Duffy might very well be returning to a part-time role.
Andrew Cashner, SP, BOS (CBS: 66% owned)
Isn’t it amazing what happens to a mediocre starter when he gets on a roll? When you allow a total of five earned runs in your past five starts and lower your ERA from 5.04 to 3.83 it’s no wonder your ownership level in the past three weeks has jumped from 20% to 44% to 66%. The move to Boston won’t hurt his stock.
Clint Frazier, OF, NYY (CBS: 37% owned)
The Yankees are shopping for a starter, and the big chip in return has to be Clint Frazier. The trade deadline is right around the corner, and you can be guaranteed that should Frazier be on the move, it’s to a team that will be giving him playing time opportunities. A cheap add could return healthy dividends down the stretch.
Robel Garcia, 2B, CHC (CBS: 10% owned)
A pair of homers in your first 14 at-bats is a good way to lay claim to the second base gig in Chicago. It’s worth spending a couple bucks to find out if that will come to fruition.
Daniel Hudson, RP, TOR (CBS: 4% owned)
Ken Giles is dealing with nerve inflammation in his right arm and has sat out the past couple of days. If healthy, he’s also very likely to be moving on at the trade deadline. The Jays have given us a glimpse as to who could be manning the ninth inning over the dog days of summer and by earning the save yesterday against the Yankees, it appears that Daniel Hudson has the early edge.
Joe Jimenez, RP, DET (CBS: 8% owned)
Shane Greene has been on the move since last year’s trade deadline and is still in Detroit. They have to move him this year, don’t they? Jimenez hasn’t enjoyed a banner year, but one would think that with 51 strikeouts in 34 2/3IP the stuff is there to be successful in the ninth inning and he’ll get the opportunity.
Evan Longoria, 3B, SF (CBS: 30% owned)
Evan Longoria has found the “Fountain of Youth”. Since the clock rolled over to July, he’s smashed six homers, driven in 12 runs, and is sporting an unworldly 1.576 OPS. Somewhere, our good friend Markus Potter is smiling!
Andres Munoz, RP, SD (CBS: 4% owned)
When you can hit 104 mph on the gun as a 20-year-old coming out of the pen, there is no question that you have a great future and that future has now arrived with his promotion Friday from Double-A Amarillo. He’s not taking Tyler Yates job, but in leagues that count holds, that strikeout and holds potential can’t be ignored.
AJ Reed, 1B, CWS (CBS: 2% owned)
Finally. Nothing else really has to be said other than to wish him well with the ChiSox.
Bubba Starling, OF, KC (CBS: 3% owned)
It’s time for the Royals to look to the future and see if Starling has what it takes to be an everyday regular. The seven homers, nine stolen bases, and solid .358 OBP in 261 at-bats at Triple-A Omaha leaves him with nothing left to prove down on the farm.
Alex Young, SP, ARZ (CBS: 33% owned)
We’ve now seen two starts and one relief appearance from Alex Young and he’s allowed a total of one earned run. You have to think heading into the second half, that the DBacks will find room for him in their injury-depleted rotation.