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Chris Gingrich: Relief pitchers valued late in the season

Chris Gingrich

There are roughly eight weeks left in the fantasy baseball season, and the trade deadline for most Yahoo leagues is Aug 16.

If you are in a position to trade, I suggest you start making offers as soon as possible.

On the other hand, there are a few players I am going to recommend you go out and pick up off the waiver wire before the talent pool is depleted.

Saves are hard to come by this time of year, but almost any kind of production you can find off the waiver wire will help right now.

Jim Johnson is now the relief pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles after they traded away George Sherill last week.

He is only owned in 29 percent of Yahoo leagues and is going to be a good source of low earned run average, walks, hits, innings pitched, strikeouts and saves the rest of the way.

The other relief pitchers I want you to look at also are widely available and owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Pedro Feliciano, of the New York Mets, is doing a good job right now and in his last 4.2 innings of work, he has produced a 0.00 ERA, six strikeouts and two wins. He’s more of a setup man than anything, but he should be decent from here on out.

C.J. Wilson, of the Texas Rangers, has three saves in his past 3.1 innings and is being picked up slowly but surely as indicated by his jump in ownership this past week.

The last pitcher is not a reliever, but he is a Texas Ranger.

Derek Holland has struck out 18 batters in his last 17.1 innings and has kept a relatively low ERA over that span.

For deeper leagues, I recommend picking him up, but I advise caution in doing so as he can be a volatile pitcher at times.

OK, onto some waiver wire prospects at the hitting end of the spectrum:

• Gerardo Parra, Arizona Diamondabacks – .319 batting average during the last month is a good sign.

• Josh Willingham, Washington Nationals – He should be owned in far more leagues than he is right now. Do yourself a favor and pick him up before it’s too late.

• Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Dodgers – Shortstops are hard to come by on the waivers, but productive shortstops are even rarer. Quality like this at a shallow position like shortstop should convince you to pick him up.

Next week, I will be going over some undervalued quarterbacks for you to consider for your fantasy football draft.


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