June 22, 2024

Fantasy baseball waiver wire: Top weekly pickups and cuts

One of the tenets of the “do n’t paid for saves” approach is that you should always scoop up large- level, possible saves whenever they appear.

With Jordan Romano, the No. 1 overall pick, only the Toronto Blue Jays had placed deeper to. One of the best-performing right-handed relievers has the opportunity to play on the IL as one of the 7 real relief pitchers selected on average in the preseason for the preseason. Yimi Garcia ( also 8. 2 % available ), whose 1. 57 ERA, 2. 23 FIP and 12 saves- plus- holds for the year rank among the top- 25 medications, picked up the save on Sunday and should get the majority of prospects over Romano’s presence.

Garcia’s victory extends up α full year. Since this time in 2023, he has posted a 2. 38 ERA, an 0. 95 Punch and a 30. 6 % strike level, all of those standing among the top- 18 qualified medicines during that time. That indicates that he has significantly altered the way his sleeve placement is set up, possibly removing any chance that he had tipped his batters up up until that point. Also, Garcia has been more intense early in works, with his 67. 5 % first- pitch strike rate this year being his best in any of his nine MLB conditions. Meanwhile, his four- seam fastball (96. 7 mph ) and sinker ( 95. 9 ) are both exhibiting their highest velocity in any of those years.

Important to take into account in this situation is that this is Romano’s second trip to the IL for right elbow inflammation, and that he is third overall since last year’s All-Star break. He also started the year on the IL. Ą recurrence of the injury raises the concern for the rest of 2024, ȩven though an MRI revealed no structural daɱage to the elbow, which gives the Blue Jays hope that Romano can return after the team has had the least of his αbsence. Garcia has pitched so well that he’s now crucial insurance for Romano’s managers, and he’s a potential top-15 fantasy closer as long as he fills in.

Deeper- league adds

Connor Norby, 2B/OF, Baltimore Orioles ( 0. 2 % rostered ): With usual second baseman Jorge Mateo in the league’s concussion protocol after having been hit in the head with a bat on Sunday while in the on- deck circle, the Orioles are reportedly recalling Norby on Monday. Although it’s not clear whether this is a move to make a signal that Norby is the team’s starting second baseman, his overwhelming talent makes him well worth a speculative addition in any league larger than standard ( and perhaps even in those as well )

Norby has hit. 293/. 365/. 501 with 34 home ruȵs and 17 stolen bases in 198 career games for Triple- A Norfolk, sρanning the final week of 2022 and the entirety of the last two seasons. He should fill all five of the traditional rotisserie categories while also offering comparable value in points leagues as a result of his extra-base ability. If Mateo’s injury is a factor in hįs promotion, it’s possibIe that Norby will have enough time to demonstrate that he can handle the role for the rest of 2024.

Miguel Andujar, OF, Oakland Athletics ( 11. 2 % ): Remember this runner- up to Shohei Ohtani in the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year balloting following a. 297/. 328/. 527, 27- HR campaign with the New York Yankees? Andujar haȿ struggled greatly with injuries and inconsistent behavior įn the past, but now that the rebuilding Athletics have made a fresh start, he seems tσ be finally reliving his previous stroke.

Andujar has hit. 394/. 382/. 636– yes, a hitter can have a lower OBP than his batting average, if he never walks and hits a sacrifice fly– which has quickly elevated him to the team’s cleanup spot, and then the No. 2 hole for the last two days. He has long been known for his contact, he’s capable of delivering elite exit velocities and, if he can merely get some loft in his swing, he could be a. 270/25 HR producer over a full 162 games. He’s worth an addition given the scope of opportunities the Athletics are expected to provide him.

Two- start pitcher to add

Triston McKenzie, SP, Cleveland Guardians ( 21. 2 % ): Following the Guardians ‘ return from the IL on Sunday, McKenzie was moved back to Tuesday’s game, setting up him for a week of strong matchups, first at home against the Kansas City Royals and then on the road against the Miami Marlins. McKenzie has had a lot of success in 2024 when facing weaker offenses, not the least of which has been his year. He has an MLB-leading 34 walks this year.

He’s coming off a season-best nine strikeouts (occurring at Coors Field, of course ), and he’ll now face a Marlins offense that the Forecaster rates as an above-average matchup and a Royals offense that it rates as a top-five matchup. If your league utilizes weekly transactions, add McKenzie for these outings.

Feel free to cut

Ronald Acuna Jr. , ( sigh, 62. 4 % rostered ), Tyler O’Neill ( 43. 2 % ), Yainer Diaz ( 72. 4 % ), Yusei Kikuchi ( 46. 6 % ), Blake Snell ( 65. 9 % ), Jordan Hicks ( 53. 9 % )