2012 Waiver Wire – Week 4

With two noticeable holes on offense with Michael Morse out of action and Ryan Zimmerman going on the disabled list, the Washington Nationals today promoted their top prospect Bryce Harper from Triple-A Syracuse. Harper was hitting .250 with just one home run in 72 at bats and three RBI and will replace Zimmerman on the roster who was placed on the DL with inflammation in his right shoulder. Given that Harper wasn’t setting the world on fire at AAA, is still just 19-years-old and has struggled to hit left-handed pitching, I would temper my expectations for this season in mixed-league formats.

Here is a look at some other players that might be out on the waiver wire in your fantasy baseball league in week 4 to consider adding with your FAAB budget or waiver claim.

12 / 15 team mixed league:

RP – Henry Rodriguez (WAS) – with Drew Storen already out of action and with Brad Lidge hitting the disabled list today, Rodriguez is the lone closer left in the bullpen for now. Rodriguez has converted all five save opportunities this season and has yet to allow an earned run in 8 1/3 innings while recording 10 strikeouts.

American League Only:

OF – Brad Eldred (DET) – just called up by the Tigers and is expected to see the majority of at bats at designated hitter. Once a prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Eldred has not played in the major leagues since 2010 when he got 24 at bats with the Colorado Rockies. Eldred had been on a tear at Triple-A with a .388 batting average in 80 at bats with 13 home runs and 35 RBI. If you are in need of power in AL-only leagues then Eldred should be given a look.

OF – Jarrod Dyson (KC) – just called up from Triple-A, he will share time in center field with Mitch Maier while Lorenzo Cain is on the disabled list. The Royals demoted Jason Bourgeois in the move, so Dyson now becomes the speed demon in the Royals outfield and worth a claim in deeper AL-only leagues for those owners looking for stolen bases.

RP - Scott Downs (LAA) – closer Jordan Walden has been removed from the closer role in what is termed a temporary move and Downs will take over as the closer for the Angels. He has worked seven scoreless innings this season with three strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP. Given the struggles of Walden this season and how many saves he blew in 2011, this temporary move could last longer than expected making Downs an attractive waiver claim this week in AL-only formats.

RP – Duane Below (DET) – has been pitching in relief for the Tigers, but with the demotion of Adam Wilk and with Doug Fister still on the disabled list, Below will get a start or two before Fister returns to action. Below has yet to allow a run in 12 innings this season with no walks allowed and nine strikeouts. Below had started for the majority of his minor league career with 112 starts in 124 appearances so this is not a new role to him.

National League Only:

SP- Chris Schwinden (NYM) – replaces Mike Pelfrey in the Mets rotation and is starting tonight against the Colorado Rockies. Schwinden had a 2.05 ERA in four starts at Triple-A with a .184 batting average against in 22 innings with 13 strikeouts. Last season at AAA, Schwinden posted a 3.95 ERA in 148 2/3 innings with 139 strikeouts. Just a NL-only player with little upside.

OF – Tony Campana (CHC) – the trade of Marlon Byrd has opened up a hole in center field for the Cubs as the team waits for prospect Brett Jackson to be ready for the major leagues. Campana has started the last few games and offers big-time stolen base upside even in limited playing time. He swiped his fifth base tonight giving him five steals in less than 20 at bats. Last season he stole 24 bases in 143 at bats. While he doesn’t offer much else but that one category, it still makes him attractive to own in a NL-only format.

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

1. Jason Hammel
2. Philip Humber
3. Ross Detwiler
4. Jose Altuve
5. Mike Aviles
6. Tommy Milone
7. Francisco Cordero
8. Henry Rodriguez
9. Cody Ross
10. Jarrod Parker

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

1. Bryce Harper
2. Scott Downs
3. Jason Hammel
4. Jose Altuve
5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
6. Bryan LaHair
7. Mike Aviles
8. Anthony Bass
9. Cody Ross
10. Tommy Milone

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

1. Mike Aviles
2. Henry Rodriguez
3. Jake Peavy
4. Lance Lynn
5. Alejandro De Aza
6. Cody Ross
7. Luke Scott
8. Matt Harrison
9. Bartolo Colon
10. Francisco Cordero

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