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Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 7 - 1 comments

By Chris Routledge

How’s that team of yours looking? If your first two picks included the likes of Giancarlo Stanton or Josh Hamilton, chances are you need some help to catch up. This is the weekly column that does its best to give you some pointers to guys who may be able to help you — either short-term or long-term — who just might be available on the waiver wire in your league. As always, however, we’ll kick off with a review of last week’s suggestions.

Week 6 Review

Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX


Three more HRs for Moreland in the last week. Ride him while he’s hot!

Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN


Very disappointing. Arcia continues to start most games, but the last week has not been close to the previous week. Perhaps Major League pitchers are catching up to him? Whatever the reason, there are probably better options available at the present moment.

Scott Kazmir, SP, CLE


And that’s why picking up Kazmir was a risk! Not a good outing at all against the Phillies. That said, I would have taken another shot on him last night against Seattle. By the time you read this, you’ll have a better idea of whether to hold onto him longer, or let him drop to the curb.

Julio Teheran, SP, ATL


Teheran may have taken the loss against the D-Backs, but only because the Braves couldn’t score anything to support him. It was another solid outing, so if you have him, keep rolling him out there in all but (possibly) the most hitter-friendly environments.

A dip this week, then, to 50% success. Memo to self: must do better. Here’s hoping this week’s suggestions hit the bullseye.

Week 7 Adds


Leonys Martin, OF, TEX


Martin was a guy I targeted as a last-round pick this year, the sort of hitter who, if he got the playing time, could easily contribute nicely in both power and speed. April, unfortunately, was a washout, but the last week has shown promise, particularly with the three stolen bases in two games, his first of the year. Is he finally being let off the leash? Time will tell, but if you wait too long, he may end up adding those numbers to a different team than your own.

Emilio Bonifacio, 2B/OF, TOR


Struggling at 2B? Bonifacio could be the answer. Like Leonys Martin above, Bonifacio had a particularly slow start to the season, mirroring his team’s underwhelming performances to date. Again, however, the last week has seen him start to show signs of life, hitting for a healthy average and finally running (all four of his stolen bases this year have come since May 5). Bonifacio has plenty of speed potential to offer for the fantasy owner who takes the chance with him.


Jeanmar Gomez, SP/RP, PIT


Gomez began the season in the Pirates’ bullpen, but worked his way into a starting role, where he has performed at a serviceable level, if not a spectacular one (the main issue being a failure — so far — to go deep into games). There is no question that he has had favorable match-ups: five shut-out innings against the Mariners, followed by another five of one-run ball against the Mets, and I am writing this before Friday’s outing against the Astros. That said, savvy fantasy owners take the favorable match-ups when they can get them. It’s obviously too late to take a chance on Gomez for the Astros’ game, but his next outing is due this coming Thursday against the Cubs. As a spot-starter, there is every chance of a good outing (with a win) for those in deeper leagues.

Vinnie Pestano, RP, CLE


Pestano had a decent April, serving as set-up man to closer Chris Perez. In eight appearances, he picked up four holds, posting an 8:4 K:BB rate, and giving up two earned runs (one of them a solo home run). Right elbow soreness put him on the DL, but he is now re-activated and ready to resume his role as the eighth-inning guy in Cleveland’s bullpen. Perez has pitched well so far as closer (six saves and only one earned run to date), but he felt soreness in his shoulder last Sunday, which prevented him from pitching the ninth in that game, and he hasn’t pitched since. Granted, there hasn’t been a save situation since then for Cleveland (the 1-0 victory over the Yankees last Monday was a complete game shutout for Justin Masterson), but it is a situation to keep an eye on. Should Perez go down with an injury, Pestano will very likely get the first shot at replacing him.

And so another week draws to a close. We’re entering the time of year when fantasy owners have to make decisions – is that slow start about to heat up, or is it the sign of a guy who’s going to be a huge bust? I decided this week (in a H2H league) to let Josh Hamilton go as part of a huge trade to get Justin Verlander. Could that be a mistake? Maybe. Time will tell! For those of us less inclined to take trade risks, there is always the waiver wire! Best of luck in your add/drops this week, compadres.

Chris Routledge is enjoying finding out what the 'terrible twos' really means, as his son Thor is well into them with a vengeance. Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
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One Response to “Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 7”

  1. User avatar chris8 says:

    Looks like I got my starting schedule a little mixed up! Kazmir is due to face the Mariners this coming Monday. Still a decent play in my view.


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