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AL Waiver Wire 4-29-15


Drew Smyly – Rays – SP – Y! 72% – ESPN 71%

Drew Smyly had a 2.20 ERA in the last ten starts of 2014. He found great stuff when he came to Tampa from Detroit. He allowed two earned against Toronto, and worked into the fifth. He was not expected to work a full pitch count. He is about 30% available in leagues, and is a great pick-up.

J.A. Happ – Mariners – SP – Y! 8% – ESPN 8%

Here is your far less owned lefty, in J.A. Happ. He has worked into or beyond the seventh in all three starts so far, and has allowed two earned in each. There have not been a ton of strikeouts, but he is a nice pick-up for streamers, or a rotational bench pitcher.

Brett Cecil – Blue Jays – RP – Y! 40% – ESPN 14%

The closer carousal is going round and round in Toronto, Castro just got the boot and Brett Cecil is back in. If you are struggling to find saves, I would roll the dice on Cecil.

Position Players:

Jimmy Paredes – Orioles – 2B, 3B – Y! 25% – ESPN 56%

Jimmy Paredes has been on fire since Jonathan Schoop went down. This freed him much more time for the utility man, he is hitting .429 with three home runs in that span. He will continue to see time, and may work his way towards a permanent job.

Josh Reddick – A’s – OF – Y! 11% – ESPN 20%

Josh Reddick is off the DL, and he is showing no signs of rust, hitting .348 with two stolen bases, and eight RBI. His average will not continue at this rate, but he will be valuable in driving in runs. This A’s offense is not as bad it was projected in the pre-season.

David Freese – Angels – 3B – Y! 16% – ESPN 10%

There will be a ton of chances for David Freese hitting fourth for the Angels to drive in runs. He does support a low average, but has four home runs this season, with 13 RBI. He is a better fit than those holding onto Aramis Ramirez and Adrian Beltre right now. I am not saying drop them, but they should be moved to the bench until they get going.