Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 5/13
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
May 13, 2014
It’s Tuesday, and around here that means it’s time for the early version of our biweekly fantasy baseball waiver wire updates. We’ve got our usual crop of up-and-comers this morning, so if you’re looking to bolster your lineup, here are a few suggestions on where to start looking.
Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics: The hottest ticket in fantasy right now is probably Norris, who has come on strong lately. He had a great series against the Nats, logging four hits, two homers and seven RBI. He came up empty yesterday, though.
Norris has quietly gained fantasy relevance over the past week or two, and he’s the first guy you should look at (besides maybe Montero or Saltalamacchia, if you have the luxury) when you’re searching for a catcher. The White Sox series concludes tomorrow.
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Gerardo Parra, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Down there in the Arizona desert, Parra has made quite a name for himself. He went into yesterday’s series opener against the Nats on a nine-game hit streak, during which he’d pumped in eight runs, two homers, four RBI and a steal. He got another hit yesterday to extend his run.
As has come the Diamondbacks’ recent success, so has Parra. He’s raised his BA to a respectable level throughout this tear and is now a legitimate depth candidate for those in need of outfielders. Being at home again should do him some good as well.
Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals: Escobar has maintained a strong presence on the waiver wire this season, and he’s not going anywhere just yet. He’s hit in six of his last eight games, with five runs, a homer, five RBI and six stolen bases in that time frame.
So far, this is looking like a bounce-back campaign for Escobar. He was pretty putrid at the dish last season, so it’s good to see him playing well--especially at a tough fantasy position.
Jeurys Familia, RP, New York Mets: As of right now, this is more of a speculative add than anything, but we figure it needs mentioning. Familia is reportedly getting very close to being named the Mets’ closer, as the team realistically has no other good alternatives.
New York might test the waters on a couple of different guys before officially giving Familia the job, but things seem to be moving in that direction. The closer-needy fantasy owners who have roster space to spare should snatch him up before a decision is made.
Drew Pomeranz, SP/RP, Oakland Athletics: This is more of an option for deep-league owners, but one that could pay off in the long run. Pomeranz will get another crack at starting today against the White Sox, almost one week after he recorded a win over Seattle. During that one, he put up five innings of two-hit ball with no earned and five strikeouts.
Pomeranz didn’t do much in Colorado, but he could be positioned for success in Oakland. He’s an optimist’s add, sure, but also a good value for what you could potentially get.
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