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Waiver Wire Wonders

Our weekly stroll through the waiver wire unearths some hidden gems for some immediate impact as well as some players to roster and hold for the deep and/or dynasty owner. We’ve got a handful of batters, along with a pack of starting pitchers worth owning. As usual, we mention a couple guys out in the bullpen as many teams continue to search for the consistent closer. There is something for everyone in this week’s edition!

Let’s get right into this week’s edition …

In the Field

OF Corey Patterson, Toronto

He’s been grabbing most of Adam Lind’s at-bats since Lind was placed on the disabled list, and he’s making the most of them. At press time, he was riding a nine-game hitting streak, over which he’s hitting close to .320 while adding three stolen bases and knocking in six runs. The manager (John Farrell) has been riding his hot hand, and so should the fantasy owner that is in need of some immediate outfield help.

1B/OF Brad Hawpe, San Diego

The once-productive Colorado Rockie seems to have found his stroke of late, riding a five-game hitting streak. The Padres have stuck with him, and it is paying off now. He’s worth owning in all formats, and while he’s hot he can be used as a short-term fill-in.

C Ramon Hernandez, Cincinnati

As usual, we try to find a catcher that “will not hurt you,” and this week we unearth Hernandez. Though is in a near strict 50-50 split for playing time, when he is in the game, he hits. A hit in each of his last seven games, a stretch that has seen him knock in six runs as well. Deeper leagues and those that are required to start two at the position can look to Hernandez to be a decent option.

On the Mound

Jason Vargas, Seattle

The Mariner lefthander is coming of a four-game stretch that has seen him pick up three wins while only allowing five earned runs (zero in his last two outings, which span 18 innings). Still available in the majority of leagues, these are the players you want to get on your roster early.

Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco

The Giants have plenty of options, but for now, Vogelsong has been enjoying his time in the rotation while Barry Zito is on the shelf. Three wins in his last four starts gets him a mention in the column this week, and what I like is his 21 punchouts over those 21-plus innings while only walking eight batters. He’s worth owning in all formats.

Rick Porcello, Detroit

Another grab now and hold candidate is Porcello. He, too, has picked up three wins in his last four outings while striking out 17 batters over the 25-plus innings pitched. He is worth owning in all formats.

Julio Teheran, Atlanta

We’ll dig a little deeper for the next two starters talked about in this week’s story. The Braves are usually a gold mine for young pitchers, and Teheran is their top prospect. In his two starts this week, he only went four innings, but the talk in Atlanta is that he might be dropped into the Braves rotation as the fifth starter at the end of the month. Those in deep and dynasty leagues would be wise to take a look and make space at the end of the roster.

Danny Duffy, Kansas City

Another deep/dynasty look here. The rookie had a decent debut against the Texas Rangers, and the Royals rotation is hurting for healthy bodies. He’s a bit of a reach, but in deeper leagues, he is worth a roster spot to see how he responds in his next couple of starts.

Closing Carousel

Joe Nathan, Minnesota

I was surprised to see that he is available in close to 50 percent of online leagues. He is worth owning in all formats. The former closer is ready to grab the closer’s role for the Twins from the struggling Matt Capps.

Kenley Janson, Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers bullpen is having trouble finishing out games, and Janson got his first save last week. There are plenty of options, so it remains to be seen if Janson will get another chance. Beyond the saves, he hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last seven appearances, so he has some value as a middle reliever. He’s worth owning in all formats.

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