Working the Waiver Wire 7.2.16
July 2, 2016 | Justin Klein
Brandon Maurer has been anointed as the closer of the San Diego Padres following their trade of Fernando Rodney to the Miami Marlins. I’m not sure what’s more strange, the fact that the Marlins are buying despite only being 4 games above .500, or that the Padres decided to go with Maurer as their closer despite the fact that their best RP is in fact Ryan Buchter. Perhaps it’s because the Dads want Maurer to get “proven closer experience” so that they can deal him as well. Or maybe they like the flexibility of bringing Buchter earlier in the game when there might be more on the line. Currently available in 82% of Yahoo leagues, Maurer should be added in nearly every format and every league regardless of size. The only league that I’m in where I didn’t check to see if Maurer was still available, is a S+HD league where ugly saves aren’t worth chasing after because you can roster guys like Buchter instead. If you’d like to hedge Maurer, he of the 5.42 ERA and 1.45 WHIP, my guy Ryan Buchter is still out there in 72% of Yahoo leagues. I have 3 shares of him and I’m holding onto mine like Richard Marx suggested that we hold onto the nights.
Steven Souza Jr. is back from the dead, err DL today and is currently available in 62% of Yahoo leagues. A nagging hip injury has sidelined Souza for the past 3+ weeks, but he is totally healthy now, and will be playing regularly as a result. In the midst of his power prime, Souza had cranked out 10 HR and 3 SB along with a triple slash of .255/.315/.443 in just 57 games played and 212 at bats before hitting the DL. That’s roughly a 25/10 HR/SB pace with a decent AVG and solid SLG. In other words, Souza is plenty useful in any 5 OF league and in most 12+ team leagues as well. If your fake team needs some pop in the OF and SSJ is available, you should grab him now if you can. Heck he could even run a bit more with the hip issue behind him too.
Cameron Rupp has quietly had a solid season thus far, as he’s currently the 11th ranked backstop in standard 5×5 Yahoo leagues; behind some guy named Gattis and ahead of this Vogt character. You’re surely aware of the other two guys, and in a season where catcher has been an absolute nightmare, you might be in need of some help behind the dish. In two catcher leagues, Rupp is likely long gone, but in 1 catcher leagues with 12+ teams, Rupp is a worthwhile addition. Over the past 30 days, Cameron has been the 9th best catcher in standard 5×5 Yahoo leagues on the strength of his 8/5/9/.304 batting line. Regular playing time seems to agree with the 28 year old and the bandbox home park certainly doesn’t hurt either. If you need some pop or AVG help at the catching position, you should check to see if Rupp is floating around in your league’s free agent pool. Currently available in 92% of Yahoo leagues, it’s likely that he is, so grab a noodle, a cocktail and get in the pool and pick him up.
Bud Norris has been an unstoppable force over the past month as he’s posted an impressive 3-1 record along with 37 strikeouts and a 1.78 ERA to go with a 0.91 WHIP across 35 and 1/3 innings pitched. For the record, those numbers were good enough to make Norris the 33rd best player in standard 5×5 Yahoo leagues over the past month. That was mostly as a member of the woeful Atlanta Braves. Now an LA Dodger, Bud should have even more run support and a better home park to pitch in. In his Dodger debut, Norris held the Rockies to just 2 hits and a walk, while striking out 8 across 6 innings in a win. Available in 75% of Yahoo leagues, Norris won’t keep tossing up bagels, but he should be good for a mid 3’s ERA and a decent K/9 with a handful of wins and QS. That plays just fine in most formats and you might as well ride the hot hand if you can. While the Dodgers have other reinforcements coming, like Brandon McCarthy (who will make his season debut on Sunday and is available in 98% of Yahoo leagues) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (available in 81% of Yahoo leagues), Norris should be able to hold onto a spot in LA’s rotation if he continues to pitch this well. If not, you can always drop him and grab one of the aforementioned guys or stream someone else entirely. With no investment, because he’s free on the waiver wire there’s no need to worry about cutting bait whenever you want/need to.
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