Fantasy baseball: Waiver wire pickups
Avisail Garcia breaks his bat on a third-inning single against Minnesota Twins during the season opener at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on Monday. (Scott Strazzante / Chicago Tribune / March 31, 2014)
Whether it is a free-agent pool, a budget-based system or weekly waivers, playing the wire is a key element to winning your fantasy baseball leagues.
Each week, XN Sports will present an option at each position, and why to add them.
Without further ado, let’s play the waiver wire:
Dioner Navarro, Toronto Blue Jays
If you need a catcher off the wire, Navarro should be available in most leagues. Last season he hit for a .300 average with 13 home runs and 34 runs batted in in just 240 at-bats. That pace cannot be expected again, but it proves what he can do. In Toronto, he will see the majority of the starts behind the plate and should see 400 at-bats.
Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox
I know the look on your face, we all have it. But where else can you find 30 home runs and close to 100 runs batted in? Dunn will not help you in terms of batting average, but in some leagues where on-base percentage is used rather than average, he is almost a must-start in deeper leagues if you waited on a first baseman. Every year he goes undrafted, every year he ends up on a team. This year, make it yours.
Emilio Bonifacio, Chicago Cubs
Keep an eye on the speedster because he was the leadoff hitter on Opening Day. Does this mean he will get consistent plate appearances? If he plays throughout the week, he is a must-add for those who need stolen bases.
Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins
Last season, Plouffe hit .254 with 14 home runs and 52 runs batted in. He will once again be the full-time starter for the Twins at the hot corner and can provide some power for you at the third base position. He can be a fill-in for Machado if you need one.
Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
If you have room on your bench for someone to stash, make sure you can get Baez on your roster. Especially if you have a weaker player at the shortstop position. Once Baez comes up (likely in May or June) he will instantly be a favorite for most fantasy baseball players at shortstop. Baez has the potential to hit 25 home runs as a shortstop, so keep him in mind.