Weekly Waiver Wire Report
Notice: My waiver wire report digs a little bit deeper and is slanted towards high-stakes leagues (15 groups)
The catching pool is a minefield of vacancy on the finish of Might. The one participant of worth to assist seems to be Alfaro, who returned from the injured checklist on Might twenty fifth. Over his first 45 at-bats, he solely hit .222 with one dwelling run and 5 RBI. His bat did flash energy in 2019 (18 dwelling runs and 57 RBI over 465 at-bats). Alfaro is a free agent in 72 % of leagues within the high-stakes market.
After lacking about 4 weeks with a damaged left thumb, Votto seems near swing a bat. He hit .261 with 5 dwelling runs and 14 RBI over 69 at-bats earlier than touchdown on the injured checklist. The free-agent choices stay uninteresting in all codecs, and Votto needs to be out there in 75 % of 12-team leagues.
An harm to Marcell Ozuna might create beginning at-bats for Sandoval if the Braves are prepared to push Austin Riley to left subject. Working primarily as a pinch hitter in 2021, Sandoval has been productive in energy (4 dwelling runs and 10 RBI over 46 at-bats). His solely worth can be in deep leagues as potential short-term harm cowl.
Since getting back from a wrist harm, France has a five-game hitting streak (7-for-18) with one run and two RBI. His energy stroke has been lacking over the primary third of the season (three dwelling runs and 16 RBI over 149 at-bats). His tease 12 months got here in 2019 at AAA (.399 with 27 dwelling runs and 89 RBI over 296 at-bats). France falls into the regular class with no assist in steals.
The Rockies referred to as up Rodgers final week, however he has but to flash an explosive bat (5-for-22 with two RBI). His pleasure will come if/when Colorado begins to play higher offensively at dwelling. From 2016 to 2019 within the minors, he hit .299 with 225 runs, 63 dwelling runs, 225 RBI, and 20 stolen bases over 1,383 at-bats. Rodgers has a excessive ceiling bat as soon as he finds his rhythm on the plate.
After an harm to Paul DeJong, Sosa made 11 begins, resulting in 13 hits over 34 at-bats with seven runs, three RBI, and two steals. His bat flashed in 2019 at AAA (.291 with 17 dwelling runs, 62 RBI, and two steals over 453 at-bats), giving him an opportunity to earn taking part in time at second base DeJong returns (Tommy Edman shifts to centerfield). Sosa seems to be solely a flier in deep leagues, however there’s sneaky upside if he can maintain a beginning job.
Two months into 2021, Andrus has come up empty on too many nights. He’s on his second churn within the free-agent pool whereas nonetheless on the lookout for his first dwelling run over 164 at-bats. His bat confirmed a spark over his final 5 video games (8-for-18 with two runs and one RBI). The chase with Andrus comes from a potential bump in steals.
I personal Longoria on one 15-team league, and I have been on the lookout for an improve for a month. Over his final 9 video games, he has 13 hits over 34 at-bats with seven runs, 4 dwelling runs, and 12 RBI. The Giants proceed to create scoring probabilities, and Longoria hit near the center of the beginning lineup. He’s a free agent in about two-thirds of 12-team leagues.
The Diamondbacks turned to Reddick in proper subject during the last 9 video games. He’s 9-for-27 with three runs and two RBI over the previous week. Reddick hit .258 with 35 dwelling runs and 126 RBI over his final 1,112 at-bats, pointing to solely a fill-in possibility in deep leagues.
The Angels have Ward of their beginning lineup most nights during the last three weeks. He responded with 11 runs, 4 dwelling runs, and 14 RBI over his final 67 at-bats whereas hitting solely .224. In 2019 at AA, Ward hit .306 with 27 dwelling runs, 71 RBI, and 11 steals over 421 at-bats, suggesting there’s extra right here than meets the attention. He’s solely an possibility in deep leagues.
The Yankees referred to as up Andujar on Might seventh. Quietly over the earlier two weeks, he has 12 hits in 41 at-bats (.293) whereas developing brief in manufacturing (three runs and two RBI). His bat seemed good over his first 5 video games within the minors (7-for-20 with three dwelling runs and 7 RBI). When at his finest in 2018 with New York, Andujar hit .297 with 27 dwelling runs and 92 RBI. His path to taking part in time will are available left subject or first base after Luke Voit landed again on the injured checklist.
Atlanta wants a fifth starter subsequent week, which supplies Wilson a double begin alternative. He pitched nicely in his final two begins (three runs over 12.2 innings with two walks and 9 strikeouts) with the Braves. His main league profession began with struggles over 15 video games (5.91 ERA and 1.80 WHIP over 42.2 innings with 37 strikeouts). In his final begin at AAA, Wilson allowed two runs over six innings with 5 strikeouts. Over 5 seasons within the minors, he went 31-20 with a 2.95 ERA and 442 strikeouts over 427.1 innings.
New York misplaced Corey Kluber to the injured checklist with a shoulder difficulty. Garcia flashed for the Yankees over six begins (4.98 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts over 34.1 innings). Walks (12 over 15.2 innings) have been an issue this 12 months at AAA (5.17 ERA and 1.64 WHIP). In his two begins in New York, Garcia allowed six runs and 12 baserunners over 8.1 innings. Attainable wins are the drawing card, however consistency can be an issue early in his profession.
The motion participant within the free-agent pool this week can be Manoah. He dominated over his three begins at AAA (one run over 18 innings with three walks and 27 strikeouts), which fell consistent with his first seven appearances within the minors in 2019 (2.25 ERA and 34 strikeouts over 20 innings). Manoah additionally had a powerful main league debut (no runs over six innings with seven strikeouts). He works off a mid-90s fastball with a plus slider. His changeup has developed right into a playable pitch. Go large or go dwelling funding.