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Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 6 - 3 comments

By Chris Routledge

Welcome to your weekly look at the waiver wire, where I make a few suggestions as to guys who might be the difference-maker(s) that your team is looking for. Up until now, most weeks have been reasonably successful in the recommendations, but has that trend continued into May? Let’s begin this column with a look at last week’s quartet.

Week 5 Review

Michael Saunders, OF, SEA


Only four hits for Saunders in the last week, but he made them count, with two HRs and two SBs. A question was asked in Baseball Leftovers last week as to whether or not he was a legitimate 20/20 threat. My answer? Absolutely.

Stephen Drew, SS, BOS


Drew continues to enjoy a hot streak, raising his average another 60 points over the last week. Fantasy owners should enjoy it, too; just bear in mind the next injury could be just around the corner.

Jordan Walden, RP, ATL


It hasn’t been a good week for the Braves’ bullpen. Craig Kimbrel had an uncharacteristically poor week, with a couple of blown saves, and set-up man Walden was no better. His two appearances resulted in two outs and four earned runs. Ouch.

Kevin Slowey, SP, MIA


Slowey continues to dazzle, not only shutting down the Phillies, but finally picking up his first win of the season. He faces the slumping Dodgers Saturday, and I see no reason not to keep him as a fixture in your active fantasy lineup for the foreseeable future.

Walden ruined my chances of a 100% success rate in week 5, but we came mightily close. Maybe week six can reach that magic milestone.

Week 6 Adds


Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX


Moreland had a significant amount of hype as a rookie in 2011, and didn’t put up terrible numbers, hitting the ball out of the yard 16 times in 464 ABs. In 2012, he managed 15 HRs in only 327 ABs. In the last four games, he has picked up three more HRs, doubling his total for 2013. Bottom line is that he has always had power potential, and that power is showing itself in this current hot streak. The .287 average is probably unsustainable, given his propensity to strike out, but he hits for one of the best teams in the majors, and in one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks. An additional point of interest is that he has moved up the batting order to bat fifth in the last three games, a prime slot for a power slugger. I added him in the Cafeholics Pond Scum League a couple of weeks back and have not had cause to regret it!

Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN


Arcia has made a good start to life in the big leagues, hitting .313/.353/.547 over his first 64 ABs. Since 2010, his slugging percentage in the minor leagues has never been less than .531 in a single season, so there is no reason to think that this is a fluke. With the Twins playing better than many people expected so far, Arcia is a potentially valuable pick up in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues.


Scott Kazmir, SP, CLE


It is a long, long time since my beloved Mets made arguably the worst trade in the history of baseball, sending Scott Kazmir (and Jose Diaz) to Tampa Bay for Victor Zambrano (and Bartolome Fortunato). Zambrano provided the Mets with 187.2 basically lousy innings over two seasons, whilst Kazmir had four solid seasons from 2005-2008 (including an outstanding 239 strike-out season in 2007) before things began to unravel in 2009. He hasn’t been worth owning in fantasy leagues since then … until perhaps this year?

After a reasonable (if shortened) spring training, Kazmir was one to watch entering the season, but a poor first start (six earned runs against the Astros on April 20) meant he faded from the fantasy radar. His subsequent three starts, however, have been progressively better, culminating with a 10-strikeout, zero-walk performance against Oakland on Thursday. He has not gone deeper than six innings so far, but the signs are encouraging that this could be his first fantasy-relevant season in a long time.

Julio Teheran, SP, ATL


The rookie Teheran only just makes it under my cut-off figure of 25% ownership, so chances are that, if your league is truly competitive, he is already on someone’s roster. That said, there was a lot of hype over him earlier in the season, but many owners cut bait after he gave up 13 earned runs in his first three outings, so there is a chance that he may be out there in your league.

But if so, why is he worth picking up? Well, three rough outings doesn’t mean that the talent has gone away, and the last three outings have been a lot more encouraging: 19.1 innings with only six earned runs given up, and two wins to boot. There are tentative signs that Teheran has adjusted to life in the big leagues, so the window of opportunity to grab him is likely going to close in the near future, if it has not already shut.

That’s it for this week. Check back next weekend for four more selections, and to see if this week has finally helped me reach that elusive 100% success rate.

Chris Routledge hit the big 4-0 this week. Ouch. Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
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3 Responses to “Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 6”

  1. tenacean says:

    Thoughts on Teheran and the return of Beachy?

  2. jonasjack222 says:

    Is Moreland a better add over Kendrys Morales?

  3. User avatar chris8 says:

    Best case scenario for Beachy is a return in about a month (mid-June is the latest estimate). With that in mind, I would pick up Teheran (if available) now, and wait to see what the Braves do when Beachy returns. The likelihood is that Teheran will be the odd-man out, but that still leaves a month of production in the meantime.

    As for Moreland/Morales, well, Moreland is hitting well right now, showing his power, and plays for a good team in a hitter-friendly ballpark. Morales, on the other hand, is playing for a struggling team, and hasn’t hit a HR since April 23rd. If you ask me in a month’s time, the answer might be different, but for now, I’m going with the hot hand, and that’s Moreland.


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