As originally seen at Baseball Revival:
Just a month into the 2012 season, the injury bug is biting – and often. Not that any type of bite is enjoyable, but the injury bite particularly stings when you factor in who has been lost to the disabled list and how fast it has all happened. In the past two weeks alone, we’ve seen All-stars – Evan Longoria, Pablo Sandoval – and a first ballot Hall of Famer – Mariano Rivera – lost to the disabled list.
The injuries weren’t of the nagging variety, either. No, these injuries have the key ingredients – tears, pulls and breaks – of those 60 day DL stints. Double ouch.But alas, there is hope buried on the waiver wire – you just have to dig a little to find it. The same way we turn to fantasy sports for distraction at our 9-to-5 desk jobs, we must turn to the free agents on the waiver wire in this time of need. No worries – your boss will understand – as I have already briefed them on the status of your dinged-up roster.
Without fandom or bias, here are your best option waiver wire editions for May 10, 2012:
Dale Thayer – RP – San Diego Padres
I would need at least two hands to count the number of times I have heard Dale Thayer’s name mentioned not more than 10 words from feel good story of 2012. The word not was never in between.
But let’s be serious, Kevin. The feel good story types are normally a trap on the waiver wire. You know this, and I know this.
In a way, they’re like fools gold. The impersonator “gold” pulls you in with its shine, but you soon find the piece to be dull on further inspection. Unfortunately, that further inspection normally comes two weeks after you’ve made an addition and suddenly find yourself in the same place again as you scan the now more scarce waiver wire.
There’s a point and a fact or two in this Thayer post, I promise. The situation in San Diego goes like this: Huston Street is on the DL and possible closer Andrew Cashner is not making the most of his own opportunities to close, to say the least. Dale Thayer? He has two saves in the past three days and is yet to allow a run in six appearances this season. Oh, and he is owned in just under 10 percent of fantasy leagues.
I’m not willing to say Thayer should find a permamnent roster spot on even the most basement dwelling of teams, but I do think he is worth an add right now. At the very least, he deserves a closer look. Feel good story types aren’t the best type of fantasy roster members. But do you know what does feel good? Racking up saves early in the season and dealing expendable closers for offensive help later in the season.
Chris Johnson – 3B – Houston Astros
Technically, I would be somewhat of a tease not to offer some advice on a third basemen, right? I lead off with mentions of all star third basemen (Sandoval, Longoria) heading to the DL, so it’s time to find a replacement for your bruised-up studs that will rehabbing instead of manning the hot corner.
I was a little hesitant about listing Chris Johnson over the likes of Boston’s Will Middlebrooks, who just so happens to be on a tear since his call up to the bigs. That being said, I see more staying-power in Johnson. Middlebrooks has the tools to be a fantasy monster, but he happens (at least for the time being) to be filling in for Kevin Youkilis.
Chris Johnson, on the other hand, looks to be the guy for the Astros. His April numbers certainly won’t knock your stirrups off, but Johnson has been swinging a hot bat in the month of May. He’s added three home runs to his total May 2nd to couple with 19 runs batted in, two stolen bags and .295 batting average. Johnson certainly meets my criteria for a stat-stuffing waiver wire free agent.
Owned in just 32 percent of leagues, Johnson is a must have for those fantasy managers who’ve been bitten by the injury bug at the hot corner.