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Waiver Wire What-to-do's May 23rd edition
How to Manage the Waiver Wire
Come on in and take a dip on the waiver wire. The water is just fine. Below I will say what I think about a few players who just might be available to pick up in your fantasy league.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP San Francisco Giants (55% owned ESPN leagues)
Vogelsong has been singing a sweet tune lately as he has gone at least 7 innings allowing 1 run or fewer in his last 4 starts. He may have a modest 2-2 W/L record on the year but if he continues to pitch like this the wins should come in droves. The walks are a little troubling as he has a 36/21 K/BB count for the year but still sports a pristine 1.17 WHIP. If he is available in your league you should call him, maybe.
Justin Morneau, DH/1B Minnesota Twins (69% owned)
The twin city is getting back one of their big bats as Morneau was activated from the disabled list earlier this week. Of course giving the former MVP a look comes with its risks as he has not been the same player since suffering a concussion two years ago. That said if he can stay healthy his bat is proven. He showed some signs of power by smacking 6 home runs already and should continue on that pace if he is in the lineup. You could do a lot worse at first, give Morneau a shot and he might just give you a few.
Ian Desmond, SS Washington Nationals (98% owned)
Neatly universally owned the time to still grab Desmond may have passed, unless you are in that 2 percent. Already up to 8 home runs on the year (he had 10 in all of 2011) Desmond is putting up premier numbers and a typically weak position. He just may be the National's treasure this year akin to Michael Morse's breakout campaign last year.. Get him while (and if) you still can.
Addison Reed, RP Chicago White Sox (53% owned)
Nearly two months into the season first year manager Robin Ventura finally picked a closer. Reed, who many viewed as the heir apparent to Sergio Santos when he was traded to Toronto, has been the best reliever in the Pale Hose pen. His ERA (4.05) is misleading as all 6 runs he has allowed came in one appearance. Now that Reed has the title of closer he is a shoe-in to get some saves for the surprising Sox. If you need saves he is a safe add in all formats.
Matt Adams, 1B St. Louis Cardinals (10% owned)
The Cardinals injuries this year have been staggering including the latest to Lance Berkman. The Big Puma has a serious knee injury and may miss the rest of the season. That opens the door for Mr. Adams who has been terrorizing the minors with a .340/.375/.603 batting line with 9 homers and 27 RBI in only 37 games. Adams will get steady playing time and in a lineup with Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday and Rafael Furcal he should have plenty of chances to fill up the stat sheet. It's time to give the newest red bird a test flight.