Each week I will dig through the f/a pool to find the best potential free agents on waivers (under 50% ownership on ESPN and Yahoo). Some are good for a quick boost, others could be good long-term additions, and there will be a few speculative adds thrown in there as well. And just like in years past, I will be tracking previously recommended players and if they are still worthy of a roster spot. Now on to what you came here for.
- Cesar Hernandez (2B)
Yep. It’s late in the year, and Cesar Hernandez is the player I’m leading off the Waiver Wire Report with this week. He’s slashing .280/.332/.726 on the year 9 HR and 9 SB. Big deal you say…, I hear you. However, he hit one of those HR and stole 2 of those bags in his last 7 games, and he tossed in 5 runs and 3 RBI for good measure, but the reason you’re reading about him now (if you’ve made it this far) is the steals. They are hard to come by this season, so when I see someone had a week with two of them, I have to take note – and so should you.
- Wil Myers (OF, 1B)
Speaking of people who swiped 2 bags in their last 7 games… remember Wil Myers? Been paying any attention to him since you dropped him in July? Yea, me either – until I saw he stole 2 bases last week. And then I looked at the rest of his production. Ladies and gents, Wil Myers is getting hot, and a hot Wil Myers late in the season can be a league changer. He slashed .389/.421/.694 in his last 15 games with 3 HR, 4 runs, 7 RBI, and 4 steals. He’s still only 46% owned, so if someone hasn’t picked him up in your league, go get him before he’s gone and ride the wave.
- Kolten Wong (2B)
Yes, I’m only sort of continuing with the pattern of 2 steals in a week – Wong only had 1 last week, but he had 2 the week before. He’s been hot his last 15 games, slashing .364/.417/.600 with 1 HR, 11 runs, 8 RBI, and 3 steals. His statcast page is an abysmal display of powder and dark blue (not a bit of the red hues I like to see there except in the sprint speed category) which tells me he might not be on this roll for long. But while he is, he’s worth adding, especially if you need steals.
- Jordan Lyles (SP)
It looks like something has clicked with Lyles since the Pirates shipped him off to Milwaukee at the trade deadline. In his last 7 games (all with the Brewers) he’s 5-1 with a 2.56 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and a 34:14 K to BB ratio. His most recent outing was a home win against Houston in which he went 6.1 innings and gave up 2 ER. He only struck out 2, but he didn’t walk anyone. Lyles is a two start pitcher next week with a very favorable matchup in Miami along with a not so favorable (but start-able matchup) in St. Louis against the red hot Jack Flaherty. As hot as he’s been, and if you need pitching, you have to add him and hope he can keep this up.
Continue to ADD
- The bad news is Matt Magill hasn’t had a save opportunity since he blew his last one on August 31st. The good news is the Mariners haven’t been in a position to give him a save opportunity – or maybe that’s also bad news? Regardless, I believe Magill is still the closer in Seattle and will get save opportunities as they arise.
- Nick Solak had another great week and continues to be one of those diamonds in the rough (or blind-folded dart throw) who might help us win a league. He slashed .333/.484/.542 with 1 HR, 5 runs, 7 RBI, and 0 steals in his last 7 games, and like I said last week, that’s another week’s worth of Continue to Add stats.
- Mauricio Dubon wants to stay in your lineup. Which is more than I can say for Gavin Lux (see below). Dubon slashed .364/.391/.727 in his last 7 games with 2 HR, 2 runs, 4 RBI, and 1 steal. He is now eligible at 2B so if you’re hurting for production from that position (or MI), he’s a great option while hot.
- Seth Brown still hasn’t hit a HR since the A’s called him up on August 26th. This would be a much larger concern if it weren’t for the fact that he’s absolutely unconscious at the plate since the call up. His production in his last 7 games has been even better than it was when I told you to add him. He slashed .545/.600/.818 with 8 runs and 7 RBI. I believe the HRs will come so get him now and be glad you did when he starts hitting the bombs.
HOLD (not good enough to add but maybe too good to drop)
- Willie Calhoun had a slightly better week than he did two weeks ago when I first put him in the Hold section of this column. He hit another 2 HR with 4 runs, and 4 RBI, which is pretty decent production, but his slash line still concerns me (.233/.303/.467). I told you in last week’s column that if it was mid-season I’d have no problem riding whatever this is out with Calhoun which is why the uptick in average and OBP are good enough signs for me to keep him out of the Drop section (for now).
- Geeeeeez, Gavin Lux is really making it difficult for me to tell the kind folks who read this article to hold on to him, but I have to give him another week before I advise you to drop him. That doesn’t necessarily mean run out and add him. This is the Hold section of the article so you all know by now guys here will test your faith, so you have to figure out what’s best for you. If you picked him up last week, you know what he did so I’m not going to rub your nose in it here. Instead, I’ve decided to remind you why you picked him up in the first place. .347/.421/.607 with 26 HR, 99 runs, 76 RBI, and 10 steals in 113 minor league games before his call up. He has the skills. Let’s just hope they show up in time to help us.
- We don’t have time for Corey Dickerson to slow down, and hit the brakes is exactly what he did last week. He’s been so good in his last 30 games that I’m willing to exercise some patience with him and keep him in the Hold section of this article rather than the Drop section. He slashed .250/.276/.357 with 0 HR, 1 run, 5 RBI, and 0 steals in his last 7 games. Let’s see what this is for another week before we make any rash decisions.