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Waiver Wire What-to-do's August 9th edition
Waiver Wire Wading
Last week I mentioned Josh Rutledge and Chris Johnson. Rutledge is now owned in 96% of leagues and Johnson in 74%. I am a fantasy god. Or just lucky. I'm gonna go with lucky. Let's see if I can pan some more gold from the waiver wire pool this week.
Frank Francisco, RP New York Mets (79% owned)
This may be a reach since he is already owned in more than 3/4 of standard leagues but he is fresh off the DL and should regain his role as closer. Saves are a precious fantasy commodity and if you can grab a closer, even on a bad team, you do it. He did not start the 9th Wednesday but promptly came in after Bobby Parnell gave up a long ball. He may be available in your league if your rosters have limited DL spots. If so, and you need saves give ol' Frankie a shot. And relax, the job is his.
Ross Detwiler, SP Washington Nationals (39% owned)
Detwiler has been an unsung hero on the best team in the National League. Banished to the bullpen midway through the year to make room for Chien Ming Wang, Detwiler has been back in the rotation for the last month and has been pitching extremely well. He has not given up more than four runs in a start since retaking the rubber on June 24th. His start on Tuesday brought his ERA to a cool 2.99 and he has a sparkling 1.18 WHIP. He doesn't provide big strikeout numbers but he will impress across the board in every other stat. You can never have enough pitching and Detwiler can help any squad for the stretch run. If you are worried he might be sent to the pen again this year take into account that Stephen Strasburg is supposed to be shut down. I would bet Ross will stick around for a wiler.
Erick Aybar, SS Los Angeles Angels (32% owned)
Aybar is another one fresh off the DL. The best part? He is showing no signs of rust with multiple hits in his first three games back. On a team with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols he has the chance to score a lot of runs and he will throw in a few steals as well. That is pretty much all you can ask of a middle infielder. If you don't have a stud at short Aybar just might be an upgrade over your current starter. Worth taking a look.
Kris Medlen, SP Atlanta Braves (18% owned)
The Braves pitching depth was supposed to be a strength this year. Injuries and ineffectiveness wrecked that plan. Insert Medlen. Kris was brought up as a starter and converted to the bullpen after missing time due to surgery. Now he is back in the starters role and performing well. In his last two outings he has allowed two earned runs in 10 1/3 innings getting the win in one of those starts. He faced low scoring teams in Miami and Houston but held them down in dominant fashion. I mentioned earlier that you can't have enough pitching. Medlen is on a good team and he could be on yours as well.
Manny Machado, SS Baltimore Orioles (1% owned)
This is more of a pick for people in keeper/dynasty leagues. Although I bet he is owned in all dynasty leagues so maybe disregard that. Anyway Baltimore has called up their teenage prospect to presumably play 3rd base. He may play some short if Buck Showalter wants to slide J.J. Hardy over to the hot corner. The kid is still as green as green can be but provides a lot of potential to be a superstar. His numbers in the minors are modest (.266/.352/.438) but he is playing against people a few years older than him. If you have an open slot and want to stash him he is worth the pickup. If not, then don't. Simple as that. You don't have to do what I tell you.