Waiver Wire What-to-do's June 14th
Waiver Wire What to do's
This time of year is prime time for trades in most fantasy leagues. You know where you sit, you know your teams strengths and weaknesses. It is time to fill those needs. Don't be afraid to offer up some big names in a trade to get a player or two that will help you where you need help. You can always find decent replacement for what you gave up on the waiver wire. Well, with my help of course.
Clay Buchholz, SP Boston Red Sox (74% owned ESPN leagues)
It might be unusual to see such a big name here but given how horribly Buchholz started the year a lot of his owners dropped him and left him for dead. That was a mistake. Clay has been dishing over his last few starts posting a quality start in his last four outings and striking out at least six in each of those games. The rotation was the problem early on for Boston and if they can get on a roll Buchholz should start racking up more W's. If he is still available he is more than a solid add at this point.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, SS, OF Minnesota Twins (56% owned)
This may come as a surprise because I didn't see this coming. Plouffe has hit 21 homers in his career which may not seem like much and it isn't. What is noteworthy is that 10 of them have come in his last 20 games. His batting average for the season sits at a miserable .232 but that is in the Adam Dunn range and if Plouffe's power is for real he is more than worthy of a roster spot. Easily the most added player in leagues this week if you are looking for a little pop with some position flexibility he could just be the right Plouffe.
Tom Wilhelmsen, RP Seattle Mariners (45% owned)
Wilhelmsen made a name for himself by finishing off the combined no-hitter last week against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also has a title: closer. In his last four appearences he has a win and three saves. Seattle has been playing inspired ball lately and Wilhelmsen is getting the ball at the end of those games. There is always the possibility of Brandon League reclaiming the job but for now there can be only one Wilhelmsen. If you are struggling for saves give him a shot.
Ryan Cook, RP Oakland A's (20% owned)
I don't usually mention two closers in this column, er, blog....whatever, but I will now because I can and I want to. The A's are on their third closer of the year and this one is cooking with gas. Averaging a strikeout per IP Cook is now collecting saves out by the Bay. His ERA (0.64) and WHIP (0.89) are miniscule so he could help any fantasy bullpen on those numbers alone. Like Wilhelmsen the closer role may not be his for keeps. But it is now and in fantasy that is all that matters.
Norichika Aoki, OF Milwaukee Brewers (6% owned)
When Matt Gamel went down with an ACL injury earlier this year Corey Hart started playing some first base for the brew crew. That opened the door for Aoki and he has very quietly put up some nice numbers. Aoki is widely available and should contribute in batting average and runs primarily. He doesn't offer much power potential but he should put up similar numbers to Ichiro. He isn't a must add but picking him up is A-ok(i) with me.