Working the Waiver Wire 7.9.16
July 9, 2016 | Justin Klein
Tyler Clippard has done the same things that he always does this season as he’s posted a solid 3.06 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and a 39:10 K:BB ratio with 13 holds, 2 wins and a save across 32 and 1/3 innings pitched. Now that Brad Ziegler has been shipped out of town for some solid prospects (Huh? The Diamondbacks made a good trade??) Clippard is possibly in line for closing duties in the desert. He has the experience of closing and it will only help boost his trade value, so I believe that he will get the first shot. You can currently pick up Clippard in 76% of Yahoo leagues; though you should do it post haste, because his ownership rate has doubled in the past 12 hours. If you miss out on scooping Tyler Clippard you should consider adding Daniel Hudson who is also a player of interest here. Hudson is currently on the bereavement list for the Diamondbacks. It’s bad timing for him and his owners in the fake game, but one of these guys could still be traded, and whomever is left will certainly take over as their closer. Available in 95% of Yahoo leagues Hudson makes for a terrific speculative addition as he’s been fairly solid this season in his own right.
The Twins have a talented young outfielder that is blossoming into a useful fantasy asset right in front of this season as he displays a solid power/speed combo for a 23 year old. I am of course talking about Max Kepler. On July 2nd Mad Max cranked 2 HR and tallied 7 RBI. If you happened to have him on your roster in a deep 5 OF league that day you definitely took notice (hello there). While he’s hitting just .246 some of that is due to some poor luck in the batted ball department as Kepler’s .283 BABIP should come up a bit. That in turn will help boost his already decent .327 OBP as well. The main attraction with Kepler is the power that he’s already flashing, as he’s now cracked 7 HR in just 44 games played and 154 plate appearances. Along with the 2 bags he’s stolen this is looking like a player who can hit 20-25 HR while notching nearly double digit steals. Those are pretty solid numbers for a kid his age. Currently available in 87% of Yahoo leagues Kepler is out there most of you Yahooligans if you need him. He’s long gone in all of my deep 5 OF leagues, but I’m sure happy that I have a share. If you need some pop or an OF that’s playing every day consider adding the young German.
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A.J. Griffin will take the hill for the Rangers on Sunday and is floating around in 64% of Yahoo free agent pools right now. If you need a streamer and he’s available I suggest you make the addition. On Sunday Griffin and the Rangers will host the Twins at Globe Life Park in Texas. Thus far this season A.J. has tallied a 3-0 record with a 3.06 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and a measly .213 batting average against. Griffen even moves the needle in the K department with 45 strikeouts in the 47 innings he’s tossed this season. While the 20 walks are more than we’d like to see I’ll take them if they come with K’s, solid ratios and a handful of wins. If you need a streamer for Sunday and possibly beyond you should grab Griffin, as he’s likely the best option out there. Unless Junior Guerra is somehow magically still available that is. I think Griffin can be useful tomorrow and for the rest of the season. He plays for a winning team and that boosts his value a bit. I like him much more in wins leagues than I do in quality starts leagues though. Although Griffin hasn’t thrown a ton of innings in 2014 and 2015 he did throw 200 of them in 2013, so at least we know that he’s done it before. If he can remain healthy he’s worth picking up and holding onto in most formats, especially in 12+ team leagues and larger.
Didi Gregorious is turning heads these days in the Boogie Down Bronx and it’s not for his amazing glove work either. Over the past month Didi has been the 16th most valuable player in standard Yahoo 5×5 leagues as he’s notched an impressive 19/6/20/3/.336/1.004 batting line (R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG/OPS). And all that at the SS position too. For some perspective on that Didi was the 2nd most valuable SS in that time behind only Danny Espinosa of all people. Yes, Gregorious was ahead of Ian Desmond, although he was just slightly ahead. Still available in 73% of Yahoo leagues Didi is out there for many of you Yahooligans if you need help at SS or in the MI. If you want him you should grab him now, because he’s been even hotter of late. A quick look under the hood suggests that what he’s doing is mostly legit and that he could be even better if he could improve his pathetic 3.3% walk rate. With a decreased K% Gregorious is putting the ball in play much more often. Although his HR to fly ball ratio has doubled since last season he has also nearly doubled his bunt hit percentage, as Didi now logs a hit 50% of the time that he bunts, which is rather impressive. Not only is hitting for more power, but he’s bunting his way on base more than ever too. Now 26 and approaching his power prime I wouldn’t be shocked to see him hold onto some of this power going forward.
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