Waiver Wire Transfer Weekly Report
Note: My waiver wire report goes a little deeper and leans towards high-risk leagues (15 teams)
The capture pool is a vacuum minefield in late May. The only player of value to help appears to be Alfaro, who returned from the disabled list on May 25. In his first 45 at-bats, he hit .222 with one home run and five RBIs. His bat did flash power in 2019 (18 home runs and 57 RBIs in 465 at-bats). Alfaro is a free agent in 72 percent of the leagues in the high-risk market.
After missing about four weeks with a broken left thumb, Votto appears to be close to hitting. He hit .261 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 69 at-bats before landing on the disabled list. Free agent options remain boring across formats, and Votto should be available in 75 percent of 12-team leagues.
An injury to Marcell Ozuna can create opening at-bats for Sandoval if the Braves are willing to push Austin Riley to left field. Working primarily as a pinch hitter in 2021, Sandoval has been productive in power (four home runs and 10 RBIs in 46 at-bats). His only value will be in the deep leagues as possible short-term injury coverage.
Since returning from a wrist injury, France has been on a five-hit streak (7 of 18) with one run and two RBIs. His power hit hasn’t been around for the first third of the season (three homers and 16 RBIs in 149 at-bats). His provocative year came in 2019 at AAA (.399 with 27 homers and 89 RBIs in 296 at-bats). France falls into the stable category without help in theft.
The Rockies called up Rodgers last week, but he has yet to throw an explosive bat (5 of 22 with two RBIs). His excitement will come when Colorado starts to play better offensively at home. From 2016 to 2019 in the minors, he hit .299 with 225 runs, 63 home runs, 225 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in 1,383 at-bats. Rodgers has a high-ceilinged bat once he finds his groove at the plate.
After an injury to Paul DeJong, Sosa made 11 starts, leading to 13 hits in 34 at-bats with seven runs, three RBIs and two steals. His bat shone in 2019 at AAA (.291 with 17 homers, 62 RBIs and two steals in 453 at-bats), giving him a chance to gain playing time at second base DeJong returns (Tommy Edman switches to outfield central). Sosa appears to be just a flier in deep leagues, but there’s a huge advantage if he can keep a starting job.
Two months after 2021, Andrus has been left empty for too many nights. He is in his second free-agent rotation as he seeks his first home run in 164 at-bats. His bat showed a spark in his last five games (8 of 18 with two runs and one RBI). The chase with Andrus stems from a possible spike in robberies.
I own Longoria in a 15-team league and have been looking for an update for a month. In his last nine games, he has 13 hits in 34 at-bats with seven runs, four home runs and 12 RBIs. The Giants continue to create scoring opportunities, with Longoria hitting near the middle of the starting lineup. He is a free agent in about two-thirds of the 12-team leagues.
The Diamondbacks turned to Reddick in right field for the last nine games. He is 9 of 27 with three runs and two RBIs in the past week. Reddick hit .258 with 35 home runs and 126 RBIs in his last 1,112 at-bats, targeting just one deep-league filling option.
The Angels have Ward in their starting lineup most nights for the past three weeks. He responded with 11 runs, four home runs and 14 RBIs in his last 67 at-bats while hitting just .224. In 2019 at AA, Ward hit .306 with 27 home runs, 71 RBIs and 11 steals in 421 at-bats, suggesting there is more here than meets the eye. It is only an option in deep leagues.
The Yankees called up Andujar on May 7. Silent for the past two weeks, he has 12 hits in 41 at-bats (.293) while falling short on production (three runs and two RBIs). His bat looked good in his first five games in the minors (7 of 20 with three homers and seven RBIs). When he was at his best in 2018 with New York, Andujar hit .297 with 27 homers and 92 RBIs. His path to playing time will come in left field or first base after Luke Voit lands back on the disabled list.
Atlanta needs a fifth starter next week, giving Wilson a double starting chance. He pitched well in his last two starts (three runs in 12.2 innings with two walks and nine strikeouts) for the Braves. His major league career began with fights in 15 games (5.91 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 42.2 innings with 37 strikeouts). In his last AAA start, Wilson allowed two runs in six innings with five strikeouts. During five seasons in the minors, he was 31-20 with a 2.95 ERA and 442 strikeouts in 427.1 innings.
New York lost Corey Kluber to the disabled list with a shoulder problem. Garcia shone for the Yankees in six starts (4.98 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts in 34.1 innings). Walks (12 in 15.2 innings) have been a problem this year at AAA (5.17 ERA and 1.64 WHIP). In his two starts at New York, Garcia allowed six runs and 12 base runners in 8.1 innings. Possible victories are the card of the drawing, but consistency will be an issue early in his career.
The action player in the free agent pool this week will be Manoah. He dominated all three of his AAA starts (one run in 18 innings with three walks and 27 strikeouts), which coincided with his first seven minor league appearances in 2019 (2.25 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 20 innings). Manoah also had an impressive major league debut (no runs in six innings with seven strikeouts). Work on a mid-90s straight with a positive slider. His change has become a playable tone. Go big or invest at home.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.