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Wide World of Waivers: First Shots Fired - 2 comments

By R.J. White

With all due respect given to Juan Rivera (re: not much), the Brewers fired the first shots of the 2011 trading season by acquiring Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez for a couple players to be named later. I’m sure you’ve heard about K-Rod’s massive vesting options ($17.5 million in 2012 if he finishes 55 games this year), which means his fantasy value has likely all but disappeared with the trade. Bobby Parnell should find his way onto the most-added list over the next few days, as he’s expected to close for the Mets. Don’t forget about Jason Isringhausen either; if I ran the Mets, I’d let him close for two weeks and see if he could build a little more trade value as well. You can read all my thoughts about potential NL trade possibilities over at FanDuel.

41-50% Owned

1. Jose Tabata, OF, PIT
2. Derek Lowe, SP, ATL
3. Logan Morrison, OF, FLA
4. Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLE
5. Daniel Murphy, IF/OF, NYM
6. John Danks, SP, CWS
7. Gavin Floyd, SP, CWS
8. Jake Peavy, SP, CWS
9. Jeff Karstens, SP, PIT
10. Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC

Logan Morrison joins our group here looking like he’s battled through a poor June to regain his value. His OPS in that month was .617, while in every other month, it was over .900. Do you have room for an OPS over .900 in your lineup? .. So many White Sox pitchers. Danks will be back eventually, while Floyd and Peavy should get through their recent struggles at some point. I’d still take all of them over the smoke-and-mirrors act of Jeff Karstens.

31-40% Owned

1. Mike Adams, RP, SD
2. Dustin Ackley, 2B/OF, SEA
3. Mark Melancon, RP, HOU
4. Emilio Bonifacio, 3B/SS/OF, FLA
5. Aroldis Chapman, RP, CIN
6. Travis Hafner, UT, CLE
7. Joe Nathan, RP, MIN
8. David Freese, 3B, STL
9. Jonathon Niese, SP, NYM
10. Chase Headley, 3B, SD

I don’t know what got into Emilio Bonifacio’s water, as the speedster is hitting .441 with eight SBs in nine July games, but he’s obviously worth riding while scorching hot. This is also the place to find potential closers Mike Adams, Aroldis Chapman and Joe Nathan; all could be in the ninth inning within the blink of an eye.

21-30% Owned

1. Cory Luebke, SP, SD
2. Jason Vargas, SP, SEA
3. Travis Snider, OF, TOR
4. Jon Rauch, RP, TOR
5. Mike Leake, SP, CIN
6. Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
7. Ramon Hernandez, C, CIN
8. Koji Uehara, RP, BAL
9. Danny Valencia, 3B, MIN
10. Derrek Lee, 1B, BAL

Cory Luebke topped the 11-20 list last week, and he’s done nothing wrong in his few starts so far. I’d drop Vargas for him if I had to make a choice, but both are excellent options for the rest of the season. Travis Snider has come back from the minors with a vengeance, hitting .367 with one HR and eight RBIs in 30 at-bats.

11-20% Owned

1. Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM
2. Nyjer Morgan, OF, MIL
3. Doug Fister, SP, SEA
4. Chris Capuano, SP, NYM
5. R.A. Dickey, SP, NYM
6. Josh Willingham, OF, OAK
7. Paul Maholm, SP, PIT
8. Alexi Casilla, 2B/SS, MIN
9. Jemile Weeks, 2B, OAK
10. Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC

Run out and grab Parnell, who is likely to jump into the closer role.

1-10% Owned

1. Javy Guerra, RP, LAD
2. Jon Jay, OF, STL
3. Chris Getz, 2B, KC
4. Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
5. Brandon McCarthy, SP, OAK
6. Roger Bernadina, OF, WAS
7. Tony Gwynn Jr., OF, LAD
8. Jason Isringhausen, RP, NYM
9. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
10. Kenley Jansen, RP, LAD

R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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2 Responses to “Wide World of Waivers: First Shots Fired”

  1. esele77 says:

    I had on my roster LoMo but droped him on june, do you think I should pick him up and drop Pagan, Markakis or M. Reynolds (utility)?? If so, who should I drop?

  2. User avatar daullaz says:

    Unless you’re super-desperate for steals, I’d drop Pagan.


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