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Wide World of Waivers: Trading Deadline Looms - 3 comments

By R.J. White

We’re coming at you with a short edition of the Wide World of Waivers today, as the MLB trading deadline takes center stage. There’s still plenty of help to be had on the wire, including the top rated player in Yahoo leagues over the past two weeks.

Cameron Maybin, OF, SD (42%)

Maybin has shot to the top of Yahoo’s player rater by going 19-of-49 (.388) with 11 runs, one HR, six RBIs and ten steals. He snapped his hitting streak on Tuesday, but as long as the hip flexor he’s suffering from doesn’t sap his speed, he’s a worthwhile add in leagues.

Cory Luebke, SP, SD (41%)

While he hasn’t been able to keep the otherworldly performances up, Luebke is still holding strong by limiting mistakes (one walk in each of his last three games). After allowing no runs on three hits over his first two starts combined, he’s given up two runs in each of his last three starts. You’d take that, so take that.

Dexter Fowler, OF, COL (20%)

An alteration to his swing has made Fowler a hot commodity, as he’s posted a .372/.471/.581 since returning from the minors in the wake of the Carlos Gonzalez injury. Throw in three SBs, and Fowler becomes one of the best short-term pickups in the league.

Javier Vazquez, SP, FLA (34%)

Vazquez managed to turn back the clock for a few starts, including impressively striking out 10 Cubs while allowing no walks in a July 16 appearance at Wrigley Field. Alas, he then went on to allow five earned runs in 4.1 innings … to the Padres. Is this a ride you really want to be on?

Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC (43%)

Hosmer’s bat has woken up considerably over his last few games as he’s raised his average 25 points to .285 from July 18 to July 26. He’s also added a surprising bit of speed, stealing three bags in his last 10 games. He has no homers in the current stretch, but four doubles in the last five games could foreshadow something.

Josh Reddick, OF, BOS (16%)

The club has given Reddick regular playing time (you would too, with J.D. Drew manning right field), and he hasn’t cooled off a bit. He’s started each of Boston’s last ten games, going 14-for-42 with two HRs over that stretch and keeping his OPS over 1.000. It’s past time to add him in mixed leagues.

Jesus Guzman, 1B, SD (1%)

The right-handed hitter has become a lineup mainstay against lefties, leading to a .310 average and three HRs over his first 71 at-bats this year. He has a ton of value in NL-Only leagues and should even be considered in deeper mixed leagues (I’m using him in one such league).

Jeff Niemann, SP, TB (16%)

He exploded for 10 Ks in eight shutout innings against the Red Sox, but that performance seems a bit fluky. His K:BB ratio isn’t very strong over the season, nor is his K/9 rate. I’d give Niemann a pass if I saw his name on the wire.

Josh Collmenter, SP, ARI (37%)

Unlike Niemann, Collmenter has kept the walks in check, which makes his current three-game hot streak a little easier to understand. He has a 2.74 ERA and 0.93 WHIP over 92 innings thus far, and while he’s not quite that good, he’s definitely worth owning in most leagues.

Brendan Ryan, SS, SEA (4%)

Ryan managed to extend his hitting streak to 10 games by breaking up CC Sabathia’s no-hit bid, and with two HRs and two SBs over that stretch, you could be thinking of investing in Ryan. Don’t! His numbers should cool right back down after this current road trip.

Cliff Pennington, SS, OAK (4%)

Generally known as a speed guy without much in the average department, Pennington is 15-for-26 with two bombs since July 19, bringing his average up to .264. It’s a considerable hot streak, but not one that should last any long amount of time.

Corner Infielders

Chipper Jones (50%)
Eric Hosmer (43%)
Edwin Encarnacion (20%)
David Freese (37%)
Derrek Lee (27%)
Mark Trumbo (43%)
Danny Valencia (30%)
Chase Headley (28%)
Jesus Guzman (1%)
Brandon Belt (7%)

Middle Infielders

Jason Bartlett (11%)
Jemile Weeks (21%)
Omar Infante (31%)
Willie Bloomquist (11%)
Cliff Pennington (4%)
Jeff Keppinger (10%)
Yuniesky Betancourt (8%)
Justin Turner (12%)
Mark Ellis (8%)
Brendan Ryan (4%)


J.P. Arencibia (42%)
John Buck (34%)
Carlos Ruiz (25%)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (13%)
Chris Iannetta (22%)


Dexter Fowler (20%)
Josh Reddick (16%)
Desmond Jennings (41%)
Cameron Maybin (42%)
Juan Pierre (48%)
Travis Snider (34%)
Rajai Davis (41%)
Raul Ibanez (43%)
Andres Torres (20%)
Logan Morrison (49%)

Starting Pitchers

Cory Luebke (41%)
James McDonald (10%)
Josh Collmenter (37%)
Rubby De La Rosa (6%)
Aaron Harang (37%)
Brandon McCarthy (5%)
Juan Nicasio (4%)
Edwin Jackson (38%)
Freddy Garcia (25%)
Mike Leake (20%)

Relief Pitchers

Mike Adams (40%)
Javy Guerra (32%)
Mark Melancon (36%)
Jason Isringhausen (33%)
Aroldis Chapman (38%)
Daniel Bard (39%)
Jon Rauch (27%)
Matt Lindstrom (7%)
David Hernandez (46%)
Antonio Bastardo (48%)

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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3 Responses to “Wide World of Waivers: Trading Deadline Looms”

  1. User avatar DbacksRback says:

    Of the catchers listed who would you prefer the most?

  2. User avatar wrveres says:

    Id rank em like that.

    Chris Iannetta
    J.P. Arencibia
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Carlos Ruiz
    John Buck

  3. User avatar daullaz says:

    I’d rank them roughly like I have them, with Salty maybe deserving to be bumped up one or two spots.


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