Archive for April 2010

A nice, well-rounded basket of goodies in my final Waiver Wire column: stud CA Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves, rising 1B Joey Votto and OF Justin Upton, along with lefty SP Wandy Rodriguez and Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero.

On offense, we look at the powerful Andre Ethier, the speedy Michael Bourn, and the powerful and speedy Brandon Phillips, while our pitching focuses on the young fireballer Ubaldo Jimenez and the fragile fireballer Rafael Soriano.

This week, we look at a bounceback year from Derrek Lee, the awful second halves of Raul Ibanez and Brad Hawpe, and the future for an up-and-coming Clayton Kershaw and a down-and-going Johan Santana.

This week’s WW Offseason examines the chance for a breakout from Jeff Clement, a rebound from Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels, or continuing production from Houston’s Bud Norris and Arizona’s Mark Reynolds, as well as whether Nick Hundley is a good investment.

This week focuses on the NL Central, with a look at Milwaukee 2B Rickie Weeks, St. Louis’ new 2B Felipe Lopez, Pittsburgh’s new-ish LF Lastings Milledge, plus young pitchers Homer Bailey of Cincinnati and (just so the NL West doesn’t feel left out) young-ish Jason Hammel of Colorado.

An index of all players covered in the NL Waiver Wire column

Outfielders and pitchers from Florida and Cincinnati take center stage this week, along with a host of Johns, as we look at Marlins Cameron Maybin and Chris Volstad, Reds Jonny Gomes and Johnny Cueto, and the Mets’ John Maine.

In honor of President’s Day, we look at four Washington Nationals—new Nats Adam Kennedy and Chien-Ming Wang, along with reader requests Josh Willingham and Elijah Dukes—plus rising ace Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers.

This week, we look at three outfielders (Jason Bay, Carlos Gonzalez and Chris Young) as well as pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Billy Wagner.

It’s an all-request week, as we look at the Nationals’ closer situation, an aging Lance Berkman, the youthful Colby Rasmus and Everth Cabrera, and the developing Nate Schierholtz.

It’s an all-news week on Waiver Wire, with a bunch of recent signings and arbitration-avoidance deals to talk about. Carlos Ruiz and Bengie Molina step back behind the dish in Philly and San Fran, and Hunter Pence gets his payday from Houston, while Doug Davis returns to Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh gets a closer in Octavio Dotel. Check out our new Index, too!

We go hitter-heavy this week with our newsmakers, Dan Uggla and Adam LaRoche, and the latest 2009 Roto Countdown members Todd Helton and Tommy Hanson, plus reader request Drew Stubbs.

Two new signees, Aubrey Huff and Brett Myers, headline this week’s column, with reader request (and new Diamondback 2B) Kelly Johnson, while continuing to count down 2009’s top roto producers with the saber-reliable Adam Dunn and hot rookie arm J.A. Happ.

This week, we start our countdown of the top 2009 NL roto producers with two closers and two outfielders. During the countdown, I’ll also add on special requests (like this week’s Delwyn Young) or newsworthy players (like this week’s Matt Holliday).

Happy New Year from Waiver Wire! On the first day of 2010, we’ll look at “Where Did They Come From?” guys Garrett Jones and Randy Wells, “Where Did He Go?” Stephen Drew, and “When Will He Get Here?” Tim Alderson.

Waiver Wire Offseason doesn’t stop working, even on Christmas Day! For your gift, we continue with a trio of young outfielders: Dexter Fowler, Jordan Schafer and Andrew McCutchen.

This week’s offseason NL Waiver Wire looks at the SS good enough to make Milwaukee get rid of J.J. Hardy, the 3B good enough to make Colorado get rid of Garret Atkins, and another great young San Francisco pitcher.

We fast-forward a bit, in order to highlight more of the Graphical Player 2010. We’ll start the countdown—or, really, count-up—to the top NL roto producers of 2009. This week, we look at RBI stalwart Carlos Lee, the concussion-challenged David Wright, and young phenom Josh Johnson.

Catcher is one of the tightest positions in a fantasy team, so we look at two 2009 backstop disappointments, as well as the enigmatic pitcher Joe Blanton, to see how all three might perform in 2010.

It’s Brewerfest on the NL Waiver Wire, as we look at Milwaukee’s future in its biggest hitting prospect, its present with a struggling RF, and the past with a former All-Star pitcher.