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Waiver Wire What-to-dos June 7th edition
Waiver Wire Finds
Well, it's Thursday so it is time to scour that waiver wire once again. Let's take a look at some players who may just be available in your league.
Huston Street, RP San Diego Padres (80% owned ESPN leagues)
Street picked up the win last night in his first game back since coming off the DL. He has posted excellent numbers (0.84 ERA, 0.75 WHIP) in the closer's role for the Padres this season. While those numbers are considerably lower than his career averages (3.06,1.06) he is without a doubt getting the ball in the 9th when the Padres have a lead. The tricky part here is how many opportunities will he have playing on the MLB worst San Diego squad? If you are in a pinch for saves and Street is available scoop him up now.
Colby Rasmus, OF Toronto Blue Jays (57% owned)
Banished from St. Louis last year Rasmus flopped in his half season with the Jays. That trend continued during the first month of this season. The Jays stuck with him and now it is starting to pay dividends. He is hitting .357 in his last 10 games with 4 homers including a 5-for-5 effort on Tuesday. I have personally been suckered into playing him before but he may be figuring out AL pitching. If he can keep this up he could be more than useful the rest of the way. If you don't believe me, just ask his dad.
Gordon Beckham, 2B Chicago White Sox (51% owned)
Take this with a grain of salt. The less famous Bex has always had star potential but has yet to live up to it. He gives some flashes of finally getting there and now is one of those times. After an abysmal start to the year (.153/.231/.203) he is hitting .316/.316/.789 in June after a very respectable May. He is part of a surprisingly productive lineup for the sizzling ChiSox and plays a premium position in fantasy. He is worth a flier if he is available in your league and you are looking for middle infield help.
Chipper Jones, 3B Atlanta Braves (30% owned)
Am I a little biased here by talking about my all-time favorite baseball player? Maybe. But hear me out. Chipper is eligible to come off of the DL (again) Friday and manager Fredi Gonzalez may want to send him on a minor league rehab stint. Chipper feels he can help the club right away and the numbers back it up. In 29 games this year the future hall of famer has hit .307/.377/.485. He is also the heart of a lineup that includes Martin Prado, McCann, Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla. Chipper won't play every day but he will produce when he is in the lineup. He is widely available and after this year he will be gone. Employ him while you can.
Salvador Perez, C Kansas City Royals (1% owned)
This is a sleeper special here. Perez has spent the entire year on the DL due to knee surgery but is set to being a rehab assignment in Triple-A tonight. The young backstop has put up impressive numbers in limited major league action thus far hitting .331/.361/.473. For comparison's sake Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves (widely viewed as one of the best offensive catchers in the game) has a career line of .285/.357/.482. Perez may be young but catcher is not exactly deep this year and rolling the dice on Perez just might be a smart move especially in keeper leagues.