2012 Waiver Wire – Week 5

The waiver wire should see plenty of action in week five of the fantasy baseball season with several different potential closers likely out there on the free agent market. New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera went down with a twisted knee while shagging fly balls during batting practice and he will undergo a MRI tonight. If he is going to miss an extended period of time, David Robertson (11 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts and a .91 WHIP) or Rafael Soriano (2.25 ERA but an ugly 2.00 WHIP) would fill in as closer. Soriano has the closer experience but Robertson has the better arm and I would target him if I had to pick between one of them.

Here is a look at some other players that might be out on the waiver wire in your fantasy baseball league in week 5 to consider adding with your FAAB budget or waiver claim.

12 / 15 team mixed league:

OF - Carlos Quentin (SD) – currently on rehab in Triple-A, if you are in need of power and are short an outfielder, now is the time to claim him before he returns to the major leagues. Quentin homered in his first start on Tuesday and he went 1-for-2 last night. He should be ready for major league action some time in the next two weeks.

American League Only:

2B – Chris Getz (KC) – Yuniesky Betancourt was placed on the disabled list with a sprained ankle leaving Getz to man second base for the next couple of weeks. Getz is hitting .326 on the season with four stolen bases and is worth a claim if you are looking to add some steals for your team.

3B – Will Middlebrooks (BOS) – he made his major league debut Wednesday going 2-f0r-3 with a stolen base. He will see the majority of time at third base with Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list. Given the injury history of Youkilis, I would be willing to spend an extra couple of bucks on Middlebrooks who was tearing it up in Triple-A.

National League Only:

RP- Edward Mujica (MIA) – with closer Heath Bell struggling, Mujica got the call today and he picked up his first save of the season. Mujica has a 3.65 ERA in 12 1/3 innings with a 1.22 WHIP and could share time with Steve Cishek if the Marlins remove Bell from the closer role.

RP – Steve Cishek (MIA) – likely ahead of Mujica in the pecking order for saves, but he threw two innings in last night’s game which likely sidelined him in today’s contest. Cishek has a .79 ERA on the season with a .88 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

RP – Rafael Dolis (CHC) – after another walk-fest from closer Carlos Marmol, manager Dale Svuem is thinking about making a change for the ninth inning role. Dolis seems to have the best shot at the role, though his lack of strikeouts doesn’t make him ideal for the role. Dolis has a 3.52 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with eight walks and just four strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings.

3B – Conor Gillaspie (SF) – with Pablo Sandoval sidelined for four-to-six weeks, Gillaspie was promoted from Triple-A and got the start at third base tonight. Gillaspie was hitting .362 in 94 at bats at Fresno with three home runs and 13 RBI. He hit second in the lineup tonight which gives a chance to help your team with runs scored if he remains there in the order.

SP – Alex White (COL) – will likely replace Jhoulys Chacin in the Colorado rotation after Chacin was demoted to Triple-A. White has posted a 2.92 ERA in 24 2/3 innings at Triple-A with 21 strikeouts but I still think he could use some more development time in the minor leagues.

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

1. Scott Downs
2. Chris Davis
3. Joe Saunders
4. Bryan LaHair
5. Pedro Alvarez
6. Drew Smyly
7. Will Middlebrooks
8. Jose Altuve
9. Mike Trout
10. Jason Hammel

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

1. David Robertson
2. Wade Miley
3. Pedro Alvarez
4. Jed Lowrie
5. Carlos Ruiz
6. Rafael Soriano
7. Drew Smyly
8. Chris Davis
9. Bryan LaHair
10. Steve Cishek

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

1. Bryce Harper
2. Chris Davis
3. Bryan LaHair
4. Mike Trout
5. Joe Saunders
6. Scott Downs
7. Jason Hammel
8. Gerardo Parra
9. Jose Altuve
10. Santiago Casilla

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