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Weekend Waiver Wire, Week 22

By Chris Routledge

This is it, folks. We’re down to the wire now. One month of the season to go, and this is where it counts. So if you’re still hanging onto the likes of B.J. Upton (and I know some of you are, as he’s still owned in 59% of Yahoo leagues), then really, it’s time to let go and scan the waiver wire for someone who might actually help your team down the stretch.

Week 21 Review

Eduardo Nunez, 3B/SS, NYY


That’s as empty a batting average as you’re likely to see, and it certainly didn’t help the week that he picked up an injury Tuesday. He hasn’t seen time in the Yankees lineup since, so there’s no reason for him to be in yours either.

Jose Tabata, OF, PIT


Tabata has also had a pretty underwhelming week, even with the news of Starling Marte’s continued absence. He will need to buck his ideas up sharpish if he is going to keep his place in the team.

Joe Kelly, SP/RP, STL


Kelly somehow kept the Reds to one earned run despite giving up eight hits and three walks over six innings, and that was enough to pick up the win. He’s flirting with danger, but teams who need wins could benefit from his run support.

Tommy Hunter, SP/RP, BAL


I don’t know what it is about me and relievers — no sooner do I recommend one who is on an excellent run, then he goes and has a nightmare outing. To be fair, Hunter did only give up one earned run this past week (and against the Red Sox, no less), but that loss, coupled with a dodgy WHIP for the week, probably bumps him back down the list of closers-in-waiting.

Not a good week at all for the waiver column. As we enter September, must do better.

Week 22 Adds


Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC


Here’s a suggestion for those of you who need some quick stolen bases. Jarrod Dyson is on a spectacular run (pun definitely intended) of success on the basepaths. He has stolen eight bases in the last ten games without being caught once, and has a season total of 27 stolen bases in 31 attempts. Basically, this guy runs when he is on base and rarely gets caught. At the rate he is going, a conservative estimate would be to predict 10 stolen bases in September, but it could easily be more. That is a difference-maker.

Dustin Ackley, 1B/2B/OF, SEA


Dustin Ackley has not had a great year in 2013 (missing a whole month didn’t help), but he finally looks to be getting back on track. Before Thursday’s 0-for-4 outing against the Astros, he had a six-game hitting streak, showing a little bit of power with two homers. He’s the sort of guy who could be useful as your 2B or MI over the stretch, if you currently have someone like Starlin Castro (78% owned in Yahoo) or Asdrubal Cabrera (71%), both of whom have, frankly, had pretty lousy years and are not giving us any reason to think that September will bring anything different.


Danny Duffy, SP, KC


Danny Duffy’s had three outings in the majors this year. The first was a 3.2-inning, two-earned run outing against the Twins. This was followed by six shutout innings against Detroit, and he then faced the Twins again on Wednesday, this time blanking them for 6.2 innings. Reports are that his array of pitches looked excellent in that particular outing. His schedule sees him face Seattle on Monday, where he is surely a must-start, and then he gets the Tigers twice in a row, which may be pushing your luck! I’d throw him out against Seattle and make a game-time decision about the Tigers game, assuming you’re in a daily league.

Paul Clemens, SP/RP, HOU


My final choice for this week is a bit of a wildcard, and only for those of you in seriously deep leagues, or those who are desperate for any possibility of a productive spot start. Paul Clemens has had a rough time of it out of the bullpen for the Astros this year, with the final straw being a disastrous 0.1-inning, six-earned run outing against Toronto at the end of July. He was recalled earlier this week to start against the White Sox and did a decent job of it, giving up just the one earned run over six innings of work. He should be getting another start against the Twins on Monday, and that is worth a shot if, as I say, you are desperate! With a zero percentage ownership in both Yahoo and ESPN leagues, this is probably the first person I’ve suggested who will definitely be available everywhere! (Do let me know if you’re in a league where he is already owned!)

And so we bid farewell to August and enter into the crunch time. There are 30 days of regular season baseball left – still time for changes to happen – but don’t leave it too long to make that final, crucial move.

Chris Routledge is one of a growing number of Brits infiltrating the Cafe, and is the double reigning champion of the H2H World Series, much to the chagrin of token Cafe Padres fan, wrveres. Catch up with him in the Cafe under the username chris8.
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