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Waiver Wire – Week of April 16

Peyton Battenfield, SP, CLE (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Aaron Civale hit the IL with a left oblique strain, joining Triston McKenzie on the IL. In a surprising move, the Guardians turned to Peyton Battenfield in a Wednesday matchup against the Yankees. He held his own, allowing one earned run over 4 2/3 innings. His future looks like Detroit this week, followed up with Colorado at home and Boston on the road in a two-start week. That’s three starts that you probably want Battenfield on your active roster.

Brayan Bello, SP, BOS (CBS: 28% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): in his last rehab start, Bello tossed six innings of one-run ball with the fastball reportedly hitting 97 mph. He’s ready to roll and is scheduled to start against the Angels and Brewers this coming week. Add him to your roster, but he’s best left on your bench this week while he knocks the rust off.

Tanner Bibee, SP, CLE (CBS: 13% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Hunter Gaddis is looking at a relatively short leash after compiling an 8.53 ERA in his first three starts. He has the Tigers next on the schedule, and continuing his struggles could result in Tanner Bibee getting the call. In two starts (11 IP) at Triple-A Columbus, Bibee has allowed only five hits, three walks, and no runs while striking out 15 batters. Posting numbers of that magnitude guarantees a trip to Cleveland is eventually in the cards, and it could be sooner rather than later.

Taj Bradley, SP, TBR (CBS: 52% rostered, ESPN: 10% rostered): Bradley made his debut last week against the Red Sox and tossed five innings of five hit, one walk ball while chipping in with eight strikeouts in earning his first MLB victory. He was immediately dispatched back to Triple-A Durham, but the Jeffrey Springs injury later in the week should have Bradley packing his bags for a return trip to Tampa Bay.

Jake Burger, 3B, CWS (CBS: 4% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Yoan Moncada was placed on the IL with lower back soreness, and thus far, Burger has gotten the job done, going 3-for-6 with a pair of home runs Friday and Saturday. In deeper Leagues, he’s an excellent short-term option in the corner-infield slot.

Franchy Cordero, 1B/OF, NYY (CBS: 28% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): Franchy Cordero has eight hits in 36 at-bats this season. Five of those hits have been of the extra base variety, with four making it to the bleachers. If you’re searching for a boost in your HR/RBI numbers with a corresponding low BA, bid accordingly. Just know your parameters!

J. D. Davis, 3B, SFG (CBS: 19% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): The Giants team President, Farhan Zhadi, announced this spring that the plan was for David Villar to break camp as the starter at third base. Plans change, and two weeks into the season, they have. J. D. Davis is wielding a hot hand, with four homers, 13 RBI, and a .391 OBP and now appears to be in the process of, at least for now, owning the “hot corner.”

Bryan De La Cruz, OF, MIA (CBS: 26% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): De La Cruz is heating up, going 7-for-13 in his past three games. That should guarantee him a place in the heart of the order in Miami, at least for the short term.

Vaughn Grissom, ATL (CBS: 67% rostered, ESPN: 36% rostered): Orlando Arcia will miss time with the microfracture in his left wrist. How much still is to be determined, but no timetable for his return has been established. Last week we mentioned that Vaughn Grissom could get plenty of time to hone his defensive chops down on the farm. This week, he’ll be honing those skills in Atlanta.

Edouard Julien, 2B, MIN (CBS: 35% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): When Jorge Polanco is ready to come off the IL, Julien will have to give the Twins an excellent reason for them to leave him on the roster and in the leadoff slot.

Corey Julks, OF, HOU (CBS: 2% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Michael Brantley is scheduled to return sometime in May, but that still gives Julks ample time to get in a steady diet of at-bats. In AL-only and 20-team formats, he’s worthy of a roster spot.

Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT (CBS: 22% rostered, ESPN: 17% rostered): The return to the Pirates has succeeded, with McCutchen hitting a pair of homers, stealing three bases, and posting a fantastic .309 BA. In deeper leagues, he’s looking like a solid option as a #5 outfielder.

Mason Miller, SP, OAK (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): How bad has the pitching been in Oakland this season? A reboot might be in order when the pitching leader is sporting a 5.52 ERA and three of your rotation arms have ERAs north of 10. It’s only one start, but five innings of perfect ball with 11 strikeouts at Triple-A Las Vegas is worthy of our attention.

Zach Neto, SS, LAA (CBS: 7% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): In a surprising move, the Angels have called up their top draft pick from last June to replace the slumping Luis Rengifo. The Angels have proclaimed that Neto will be their everyday shortstop for 2023. Spending some of those FAAB dollars to see how the advanced bat of Neto plays out is a wise plan.

Johan Oviedo, SP, PIT (CBS: 22% rostered, ESPN: 5% rostered): After getting roughed up in his season opener against the Red Sox, Oviedo has now tossed a pair of gems against two solid teams in the White Sox and Cardinals. He has only allowed one earned run over 13 2/3 innings in those two starts. Toss in the 15 strikeouts, and things look very good for the former Cardinal.

Brandon Pfaadt, SP, ARZ (CBS: 35% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Madison Bumgarner is struggling, and the velocity is down. His next start is being pushed back. Brandon Pfaadt is the obvious choice to get the call, and he probably won’t be waiting long for the phone to ring.  

Brent Rooker, OF, OAK (CBS: 10% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): The two-homer five RBI Thursday against the Orioles has boosted his early power numbers to 4 home runs and 11 RBI, which in Oakland makes him an offensive force and should guarantee at a steady diet of at-bats moving forward. He did slug 20 home runs three times in the Minors.

Kevin Smith, SS/3B, OAK (CBS: 1% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Another year, another kick-at-the-can for Kevin Smith. He has absolutely nothing to prove at Triple-A and everything to prove on the big-League roster. Will this opportunity lead to success?

Forrest Whitley, SP, HOU (CBS: 8% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): It has been an incredibly long journey for now 25-year-old Whitley, and all the hard work appears on the verge of yielding some tangible rewards. In two starts (8 IP) at Triple-A Sugarland, he’s allowed only two hits, three walks, and one earned run and chipped in with 11 strikeouts. This puts Whitley first in line for a callup and a perfect candidate to acquire while the cost is still low.

The Closer Report

Bryan Abreu, RP, HOU (CBS: 14% rostered, ESPN: 5% rostered): The upward spike in Abreu’s strikeout numbers has continued into 2023. He has 13 strikeouts in his first 7 2/3 IP and is still a fair distance from working the ninth inning. Still, the solid peripherals combined with those strikeouts, especially as an injury replacement, make for a low-cost, high-reward type acquisition.

Colin Holderman, RP, PIT (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): He’s currently tied for second with five holds and has tossed seven innings of shutout ball. He’s also next-in-line for saves if David Bednar is moved at the trade deadline. That’s a lot to like in a player requiring a minimum bid to roster.

Jose Quijada, RP, LAA (CBS: 12% rostered, ESPN: 5% rostered): In five appearances this year, Quijada has three holds and two saves. He has allowed a single hit and walk and has yet to allow an earned run. Why is he rostered in only 12% of CBS Leagues?

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Waiver Wire – Week of April 10

Orlando Arcia, 2B/SS, ATL (CBS: 32% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): Arcia is off to a great start with two homers, four RBI, and seven runs scored in his first 35 at-bats. Vaughn Grissom could get plenty of time to hone his defensive chops on the farm.

Akil Baddoo, OF, DET (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Who had Akil Baddoo making at least one Waiver Wire Article in 2023? I hope everyone is holding up their hand. Austin Meadows is dealing with anxiety and is stepping away from the team to deal with his mental health. We wish him well. In the meantime, the Tigers will turn to Baddoo (who was tearing it up at Triple-A Toledo) to try and help provide a spark to an offense that badly needs it.

Jhony Brito, SP, NYY (CBS: 40% rostered, ESPN: 9% rostered): In his first two starts, Brito has two wins and has only allowed one earned run in 10 IP. The struggles of Clarke Schmidt combined with the early success of Brito could mean an everyday spot in the Yankees rotation is just around the corner, making Brito a must-add and start in the upcoming week.

Kody Clemens, 3B, PHI (CBS: 1% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): The injuries continue to mount in Philly, as Rhys Hoskin’s replacement Darick Hall (surgery for a torn ligament in his right thumb) will miss significant time. Kody Clemens has been recalled and should get the bulk of the at-bats on the good side of a platoon. He hit five home runs last year in 117 at-bats in Detroit, making for a decent buying opportunity in NL-only formats.

Bryce Elder, SP, ATL (CBS: 29% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): Jarred Shuster struggled in his first two starts with the Braves and was subsequently dispatched to Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves turned to the 23-year-old Elder in a tough matchup on the road against the Cards, and he delivered, tossing six shutout innings and earning the win. Respect your elders!

Stone Garrett, OF, WAS (CBS: 1% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Garrett got the call on April 5 to replace Corey Dickerson, who could be looking at a 2-to-3 week stint on the IL due to a strained calf. In his first two starts, he has gone 5-for-7 with a homer and 5 RBI. The hot hand counts, and hopefully, as he continues his journey, Gnats fans will find themselves “Stone in Love?”

MacKenzie Gore, SP, WAS (CBS: 58% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): Do you remember when MacKenzie Gore was a sure-fire can’t miss top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher? He still might be.

Josiah Gray, SP, WAS (CBS: 33% rostered, ESPN: 5% rostered): After struggling badly in his 2023 season opener against the Braves, Gray bounced back nicely in his second start in Colorado, limiting the Rox to one earned run over six innings in a tough-luck loss. In our game, we all need #5/6 type starters, and Gray has the potential to provide solid numbers in that role.

Yusei Kikuchi, SP, TOR (CBS: 57% rostered, ESPN: 10% rostered): He’s throwing strikes and, in his debut against the Royals, held them to one earned run over five innings in gaining the victory. The leash has grown a bit longer with the struggles of Jose Berrios.

Trevor Larnach, MIN (CBS: 32% rostered, ESPN: 7% rostered): Max Kepler going on the IL shores up his status as an everyday player, at least on a short-term basis. The fact that he already has a home run and 7 RBI and is showing the ability to take a free pass bodes well for future success in the heart of the order in Minnesota.

Matthew Liberatore, SP, STL (CBS: 12% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): In two games at Triple-A Memphis, Liberatore has yet to allow an earned run and has amassed 14 strikeouts in 10 IP. The velocity is up, and you know he will get a shot at starting in St. Louis at some point this season. If you have the room, a small investment and stash could reward solid future rewards.

Chas McCormick, OF, HOU (CBS: 11% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Raise your hand if you had Chas McCormick hitting in the leadoff spot, and hitting very well, in Houston this year. With three thefts in his past six games, it’s time to get McCormick rostered and starting.  

Ryan Noda, 1B, OAK (CBS: 2% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Noda had a good week hitting back-to-back home runs against two pretty good pitching clubs, the Rays and Guardians. He’s currently on the good side of a platoon, but if he continues to hit, for how long?

Alek Thomas, OF, ARZ (CBS: 22% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Thomas got off to a slow start, but that 4-for-4 night yesterday against the Dodgers could get him going. He has too much talent to be available in 78% of the Leagues using CBS as a stat provider.

Matt Vierling, OF, DET (CBS: 7% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Vierling has gotten off to a good start with one homer, a stolen base, and a solid .286 BA. If there’s room in the Tigers outfield for Akil Baddoo, Matt Vierling should feel secure in his current role handling right field.

Michael Wacha, SP, SDP (CBS: 59% rostered, ESPN: 9% rostered): We’ve seen plenty of good and equally bad performances from Wacha over the years, but when you shutout the Braves’ high-powered offense over six innings while striking out ten, it should have our attention.

Joey Wiemer, OF, MIL (CBS: 29% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Joey Wiemer was rostered to the tune of 13% at CBS last week. As of this morning, only 29%. What’s up with that? He was 6-for-17 this week with a homer, 3 RBI, and a stolen base. Not only is he hitting, but with Tyrone Taylor and Luis Urias out for an extended period, he can take the job and run with it.

The Closer Report

Aroldis Chapman, RP, KCR (CBS: 29% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): The velocity is back up into triple digits, and already Chapman has one save and one hold in the books. He has allowed only one hit and one walk and struck out eight in four IPs. Scott Barlow is the principal ninth-inning weapon for the Royals, but Chapman will get his fair share of opportunities as the Royals show off his skills before the trade deadline.

Carl Edwards Jr, RP, WAS (CBS: 1% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Kyle Finnegan has gotten off to a horrid start. Next up is Carl Edwards Jr., who converted his first save attempt Saturday against the Rockies. I’m willing to bet that Edwards gets the next save opportunity.

Michael Fulmer, RP, CHC (CBS: 48% rostered, ESPN: 5% rostered): A six-out save Friday night against the Rangers made quite the statement, and it appears as if Fulmer is clearly in the driver’s seat to hold down the closer role this year for the Cubbies.

Ron Marinaccio, RP, NYY (CBS: 8% rostered, ESPN: 5% rostered): Tommy Kahnle, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Lou Trivino have all found their way to the IL. When you take those three arms out of the New York bullpen, it starts to get a bit lean but have no fear, as Ron Marinaccio is here. In 4 1/3 innings, he has compiled eight strikeouts, so he has the stuff to get the job done. A small bid this week has the potential to offer big-time rewards.

Will Smith, RP, TEX (CBS: 39% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): Jose Leclerc is the closer in Texas, but don’t ignore Will Smith. Bruce Bochy and Smith have history, and with one save under his belt already, Bochy has demonstrated that he won’t hesitate to turn to Smith to get the final three outs.

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Waiver Wire – Week of April 3

Another year of searching out those hidden and not-so-hidden gems in the Free Agent player pool begins. There is always a sufficient number of players to consider early on, and picking the winners can lead to some rather huge prizes. Prizes that have the potential to reward you for the entire 162-game schedule.

Elvis Andrus, SS, CWS (CBS: 19% rostered, ESPN: 5% rostered): Elvis has not left the building, at least not yet, but he’s running around in it, and if the early results are any indication that both the White Sox faithful and Fantasy Managers will enjoy the results.

Will Benson, OF, CIN (CBS: 7% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): A strong Spring that included six stolen bases got him the job or at the least a job-share in the Reds outfield. A “golden sombrero’ in his first start won’t keep him there. The potential upside warrants a spot in deeper Leagues, but the leash will be short.

Aaron Civale, SP, CLE (CBS: 31% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Civale got off to a great start, allowing only two hits and but a single walk over seven scoreless innings in his 2023 debut against the Mariners. The rumor mill has it that the Indians do a pretty fair job developing pitching. Know your parameters!

Roansy Contreras, SP, PIT (CBS: 43% rostered, ESPN: 7% rostered): One would think that the 95 innings of 3.79 ERA ball as a rookie would garner a bit more attention. I sure did. I know it’s the Pirates, but Contreras is a tremendous young prospect with upside potential. If he somehow alluded to the draft in your League, find a home for him.

Garrett Cooper, 1B, MIA (CBS: 10% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered): Cooper is off to a great start, going 5-for-13 with a no-doubt homer in his first three games. In the Marlins’ offensive offense, Cooper is one of the least offensive.  

Yainer Diaz, C, HOU (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): The 24-year-old has won the backup job to Martin Maldonado and filling in at the DH slot until the return of Michael Brantley. Diaz might not have the highest pedigree at catcher, but the 25 HR, 96 RBI, and .356 OBP line produced down on the farm last year should have your attention, especially in Dynasty/Keeper Leagues.

Dylan Dodd, SP, ATL (CBS: 25% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): The battle between Jarred Shuster and Dylan Dodd this Spring for the fifth starter gig turned into a win/win as both Kyle Wright and Max Fried started the season on the IL. Shuster has the edge once the walking wounded start returning and for a good cause, but don’t ignore Dodd, especially in deeper formats.

Adam Duvall, OF, BOS (CBS: 22% rostered, ESPN: 14% rostered): He’s going to hit in the cleanup slot, which should guarantee plenty of opportunities to pad those RBI numbers. The two-homer five-RBI Saturday against the Orioles reinforces that potential.

Kyle Freeland, SP, COL (CBS: 7% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): He pitched well in the WBC and has carried it forward into the regular season, tossing six innings of three-hit one-walk, shutout ball this week against the Padres. Yeah, he’s a Rockies starter, but periodically one emerges that can provide some semblance of value as a #5/6 type starter.

TJ Friedl, OF, CIN (CBS: 16% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): The 16 home runs last year, split evenly between Triple-A and the Reds, combined with solid on-base skills and hitting in the two-hole, has the potential to provide sneaky value.

Robbie Grossman, OF, TEX (CBS: 6% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): A 3-for-6 start with a home run and 5 RBI is a good way to find your name penciled into the lineup card on a regular basis.

David Hensley, 2B, HOU (CBS: 17% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): For the next 6-to-8 weeks, David Hensley will replace Jose Altuve until he returns from the right thumb fracture. He managed to swipe 20 bases last year at Triple-A. Who doesn’t like the opportunity to pad those stolen base numbers?

Ha-seong Kim, 3B/SS, SDP (CBS: 47% rostered, ESPN: 12% rostered): Looking to build on a solid 2022, Kim looks to have secured the shortstop gig and could very easily find himself batting at the top-of-the-order in San Diego. There’s a lot to like as he adapts to the North American game.

Josh Lowe, OF, TBR (CBS: 8% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): After struggling badly in numerous past opportunities, Josh Lowe broke camp and, in his 2023 debut, went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. He has nothing left to prove at Triple-A and should get every opportunity to own the strong side of a platoon.

Jorge Mateo, SS, BAL (CBS: 32% rostered, ESPN: 7% rostered): Two games into the season, and Mateo already has four thefts. Even if he isn’t an everyday player, he could easily find his way into a 40-stolen-base season.

Tylor Megill, SP, NYM (CBS: 14% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): The injury suffered by Justin Verlander, a low-grade teres major strain, has created an opportunity for Tylor Megill and he responded in fine form Saturday, allowing only two runs while striking out seven over five innings in gaining the victory. He faces the Marlins in his next start and should be rostered and active in all formats.

Dylan Moore, SS/OF, SEA (CBS: 5% rostered, ESPN: not rostered): Moore is still a week or two away from returning to the Mariners lineup, but with 21 stolen bases in only 205 at-bats last year, he should be rostered and ready to roll when he returns from his IL stint. Jarred Kelenic is skating on thin ice.

Elehuris Montero, 3B, COL (CBS: 30% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Montero has now started back-to-back games facing both right and left-handed pitching has responded with an early-season homer. The fears of Mike Moustakas cutting into his playing time opportunities will prove to be unfounded.

Logan O’Hoppe, C, LAA (CBS: 34% rostered, ESPN: 3% rostered):  A 2-for-6 start with three RBI won’t hurt O’Hoppe’s cause for the lion’s share of at-bats when veteran Max Stassi returns from the 10-day IL. He can potentially produce much higher than his current 34% CBS rosterability reflects.

Jurickson Profar, OF, COL (CBS: 46% rostered, ESPN: 23% rostered): A late signing combined with visa issues has delayed Profar’s debut with the Rockies, but it’s drawing close. He’s tentatively slotted into the leadoff gig, which should create solid runs-scored opportunities to go along with the 15-20 HR potential and a handful of stolen bases.

Esteury Ruiz, OF, OAK (CBS: 48% rostered, ESPN: 15% rostered): Last year, Ruiz swiped 85 bases in the Minors. There is no doubting the stolen base potential. He needs to hit enough to get the opportunity to put those wheels in play.

Blake Sabol, C, SFG (CBS: 17% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Sabol was acquired from the Reds for cash and a PTBNL after being plucked in the Rule 5 Draft from the Pirates. A strong Spring locked up a roster spot, and the Joey Bart injury won’t hurt his cause for additional at-bats. Isn’t it a rule that all former Pirates excel in their new homes?

Gavin Stone, SP, LAD (CBS: 25% rostered, ESPN: 1.1% rostered): Ryan Pepiot was penciled into the fifth starter slot, but a left oblique strain has sent him to the IL. Michael Grove will move into the vacant spot, leaving Gavin Stone one step closer to the Dodgers rotation. When you struck out 14 batters over 6 2/3 innings this Spring, an early cheap bid is in order.

Bryson Stott, 2B/SS, PHI (CBS: 31% rostered, ESPN: 13% rostered): The middle-infield is deep with talent, but Bryson Stott and that 15 HR/15 SB potential should be drawing a lot more attention.

Brice Turang, SS, MIL (CBS: 18% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): There are many moving parts in Milwaukee, but the only moving Brice Turang should be doing is from first to second via the stolen base. The first one is already in the books, with hopefully many more.

Joey Wiemer, OF, MIL (CBS: 13% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Luis Urias is likely to miss 6-to-8 weeks with a hamstring strain, meaning Brian Anderson will move over to Third Base, creating an opportunity for Wiemer in the Brewers outfield. Wiemer better hit right out of the gate, as Sal Frelick is on fire in the early going at Triple-A Nashville and chomping at the bit.                                                                                                                                                                           Alex Wood, SP, SFG (CBS: 30% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Wood has proven an effective option when healthy, with a 3.60 ERA and 24/6 K/BB ratio this Spring.  The status of his health appears to have been answered.

The Closer Report

Andrew Chafin, RP, ARZ (CBS: 6% rostered, ESPN: 2% rostered): Scott McGough (27% rostered at CBS) had the first save chance, but one too many walks led to the DBacks turning the ball over to Andrew Chafin, who retired the side in order and earned his first save. It’s still very much a bullpen-by-committee in the desert, and Chafin hasn’t hurt his cause in getting future ninth-inning opportunities.

Michael Fulmer, RP, CHC (CBS: 43% rostered, ESPN: 4.7% rostered): Michael Fulmer and Brad Boxberger look to be the two principles in the Cubs bullpen-by-committee, and if the first close game is any indication, Boxberger pitched the eighth inning and Fulmer the ninth in a non-save situation.

Dany Jimenez, RP, OAK (CBS: 25% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): Remember when Trevor May was the favorite to man the ninth inning in Oakland this year? Dany Jimenez didn’t get that message and successfully shut down the Angels on opening day, earning his first save of the 2023 campaign. When healthy, Jimenez has proven to be a very effective late-inning option (11 saves in 2022) and one worthy of our attention.

Pierce Johnson, RP, COL (CBS: 3% rostered, ESPN: 1% rostered): Daniel Bard will miss time; how much is currently unknown, and Johnson, when healthy, has proven to be a solid option out of the ‘pen. He successfully converted his first save opportunity Friday night against the Pirates, and it won’t be his last.

Reynaldo Lopez, RP, CWS (CBS: 23% rostered, ESPN: 7% rostered): Kendall Graveman is off to a slow start and sporting a 16.20 ERA. Aaron Bummer is coming off a Spring that saw him with shoulder soreness. The fact that Reynaldo Lopez got the first save opportunity and got the job done successfully should have him in the driver’s seat for future opportunities.

A.J. Puk, RP, MIA (CBS: 24% rostered, ESPN: 4% rostered): In the Marlins’ first save situation, Dylan Floro pitched the eighth inning, leaving Puk the first save opportunity, which he shakily converted. It’s still very much a committee in Miami, but Puk appears to be the current front-runner.

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