2012 Waiver Wire – Week 19

What looked like a one-time opportunity for relief pitcher Jim Henderson of the Milwaukee Brewers has suddenly turned into back-to-back saves and with John Axford struggling, there is a good chance Henderson could see additional chances with the Brewers out of the pennant race. Henderson had a 1.69 ERA at Triple-A with a 1.21 WHIP  and 56 strikeouts in 48 innings before being recalled a couple of weeks ago. He had converted 15 of 16 save chances for Nashville and had 61 minor league saves in his 10-year career.

Here is a look at some other players that might be out on the waiver wire in your fantasy baseball league in week 19 to consider adding with your FAAB budget or waiver claim.

American League Only:

SS – Manny Machado (BAL) – expected to be promoted Thursday from Double-A by the Orioles, Machado who is the top prospect in the O’s organization should start at third base upon his arrival after playing shortstop in the minor leagues. Machado was hitting .266 at AA with 10 home runs, 58 RBI and 13 stolen bases. He definitely has some value in AL-only formats, but as a 20-year-old jumping two levels, I don’t see him with much value in mixed-league formats, unless you have a huge hole at shortstop.

SP - Franklin Morales (BOS) – after his start Sunday filling in for Josh Beckett, Morales will get another chance to start on Saturday against Cleveland. Morales allowed one run in six innings with four strikeouts against the Minnesota Twins and has pitched really well in his six starts this season outside of a bad outing against the New York Yankees.

SP - Steve Johnson (BAL) – called up from the minor leagues to replace Tommy Hunter in the rotation, Johnson went six innings tonight against the Seattle Mariners, allowing two runs with nine strikeouts. Johnson posted a 2.86 ERA at Triple-A with a 1.06 WHIP and had 86 strikeouts in 91 1/3 innings. He had a career 3.95 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in the minor leagues and is not one of the Orioles top prospects, but with little to pick from on the waiver wire at this point of the season, he could be worth a flier.

INF/OF – Jeff Baker (DET) – an under the radar trade by the Detroit Tigers on Sunday netted them Baker from the Chicago Cubs. He should see at bats against left-handed pitching which gives him a little bit of value and he started tonight in left field, going 2-for-3 with two RBI.

1B – David Cooper (TOR) - promoted from Triple-A a week ago by the Blue Jays, he should see at bats at first base and designated hitter against right-handed pitching while Adam Lind is on the disabled list. Cooper is hitting .281 this season in 89 at bats with three home runs and seven RBI.

National League Only:

SS – Jean Segura (MIL) – the top player the Milwaukee Brewers received back in the Zack Greinke trade from the Los Angeles Angels, he was recalled from Double-A and installed as the starting shortstop hitting eighth in the lineup. Segura hit .294 in AA for the Angels in 374 at bats with seven home runs, 40 RBI and 33 stolen bases. He should be able to provide a handful of stolen bases with little power for the remainder of the season.

OF - Eric Young Jr. (COL) – with Michael Cuddyer going on the disabled list, Young has received a start in the outfield five time in August, counting tonight’s game. At this point we know what he brings to the table, runs scored and stolen bases, giving him some decent value for the next two to three weeks until Cuddyer returns.

RP – Jeremy Affeldt (SF) – with the San Francisco Giants moving to a closer-by-committee approach, Affeldt has picked up two saves in the last eight days. Affeldt now has three saves for the season with a 2.56 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Sergio Romo figures to see the majority of save chances as the right-hander late in games, but Affeldt should see a far amount of save chances as well.

Here is a look at the most added players at CBS this week:

1. Dan Straily
2. Ross Detwiler
3. Ryan Ludwick
4. Josh Rutledge
5. Chris Johnson
6. Mike Olt
7. Michael McKenry
8. Patrick Corbin
9. Blake Beavan
10. Bartolo Colon

Here is a look at the most added players at Yahoo this week:

1. Jeremy Affeldt
2. Wei-Yin Chen
3. Jim Henderson
4. Chris Johnson
5. Bartolo Colon
6. Lucas Harrell
7. Steve Cishek
8. Mike Leake
9. Josh Rutledge
10. Emilio Bonifacio

Here is a look at the most added players at ESPN this week:

1. Ryan Ludwick
2. Chris Johnson
3. Chad Billingsley
4. Jayson Werth
5. Ross Dewtwiler
6. Justin Morneau
7. Greg Holland
8. Josh Rutledge
9. Ryan Doumit
10. Mike Minor

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