The big hit of last month’s favor was Devon Travis. While he’s cooled off some, he’s already belted (7) home-runs from the 2B spot. I also believe Brad Boxberger was a nice suggestion. He’s filled in for the Rays and may not relinquish the job anytime soon. Brandon Morrow was another good choice until he recently hit the shelf.
Let’s look again that those shiny pickups that might be available in your league that could do your team a favor.
LANCE MCCULLERS, ASTROS
He was promoted to Triple-A on Thursday and apparently won’t pitch there. The Astros have promoted him yet again after dominating the Texas League with 43 strikeouts in 29 innings. That led to a smooth 0.62 ERA. McCullers could really help the surprising, and league-leading, Astros.
WANDY RODRIGUEZ, RANGERS
Magic Wandy has found a nice little groove back in Texas. He has three really good starts out of four and the strikeouts are coming. He’s not going to anchor your fake rotation but he will definitely be an asset if you grab him from the wire.
COLBY LEWIS, RANGERS
Lewis came back last year after two injury riddled campaigns, and was…not good. This year something has changed. He has been quite good so far and I see no reason to not take a chance that it will continue. Again, we’re talking wire here so the risk is minimal. This is your chance to look smart. I imagine Lewis will still be available in about 1/3 of your leagues. Continue reading WAIVER FAVOR – MAY
The biggest name being floating around as we head to the MLB trade deadline seems to be Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. Entering into Saturday’s action the Rays are in last place in the AL East with a 42-53 record. The Rays are 10.5 out of first place in the AL East and 10 back in the loss column behind the 2nd wild card team in the Mariners. Unless a big winning streak happens immediately the Rays would consider trading David Price.
The Price Would Be High:
Even though David Price is under team control for Tampa only through next season and Price will get a huge arbitration number this off-season (3rd time arbitration – it will be over 15 Million), the Rays want a lot back in a trade. This is not a situation where the Rays are saying we can’t afford him in the immediate future so we are going to take the best offer we can get. Not at all, the Rays will not trade David Price unless they get a big package or a big future player who is ready for the majors soon. The Cubs trade with the A’s that sent Hammel and Samardzija to Oakland but netted one of the best prospects in baseball in Addison Russell reaffirms the Rays belief. Continue reading Is the Price Right?
Contending teams should be very please that Tampa Bay is struggling as bad as they are this year so far. As it stands now, the Rays will surely be sellers at the July 31 trade deadline and they will some very attractive potential trade bait, namely ace David Price. Rumors were that they would trade him in the offseason and now that they stand at 24-41, which is the worst record in baseball, it would stand to reason that they would look to deal him while he still has over a year remaining on his contract to increase the haul they would receive.
The Mariners were heavily rumored to be interested in him this offseason, and they would make sense as a trade partner if they can continue to hang in the AL West race. Even though Price is clearly their most prized trade chip, they also have other pieces that they might be willing to deal that can be very helpful to a contender. Ben Zobrist, specifically comes to mind. His versatility would be a welcome addition to a lot of teams. Continue reading RAYS LOOKING LIKE SELLERS