Each week we'll give you six pitchers worth adding or dropping:
Scot Shields, RP (LAA): If you are looking for a rental, Scot Shields is your guy. He is filling in for closing duties while Franky Rodriguez recovers from an ankle injury. The Angels are being extra cautious, which means they're sending K-Rod for an MRI. He'll miss at least three days and possibly more. In the mean time, take a ride with Shields if you have unlimited moves in your league and someone mediocre to drop.
Manny Parra, SP (MIL): With Yovanni Gallardo starting the season on the disabled list, Manny Parra has been called on earlier than expected to enter the Brewers' rotation. The results: 5.1 IP, 3.38 ERA, 7 K, 2 BB and a win. The good news is that Parra has the makings of a very good fantasy sleeper this year. The bad news is that Gallardo is expected to return mid-April and there might not be a spot in the rotation for Parra. Buy him on the cheap now, and if he gets demoted, move on. The upside is worth the price of admission -- admission of failure if he returns to the minors for seasoning.
Eric Gagne, RP (MIL): It's bad enough that their former closer Francisco Cordero is in town and trashing his former team's front office, and now Eric Gagne gives up a game-tying home run for the second time in three outings. Gagne looks shaky, but he is still worth holding on to for now. I must say that he looks like a boxer who was knocked down for the first time and just isn't as sharp mentally anymore. And physically, he has lost velocity. But the season is still young, and he might regain his ability. If it happens a couple more times, you can safely dump him.
Tony Pena, RP (ARZ): Maybe this is just a matter of opinion, but I have less faith in another closer who has blown two saves early in the season -- Brandon Lyon -- than I do Gagne. Lyon struggled in spring, and that has carried over into the regular season. If the D-Backs plan to compete, they need somebody reliable at the back end of the rotation. Fewer people are buying into the fact that Lyon is that guy, while more people are investing in Tony Pena as the closer of the future. He's tossed four scoreless innings so far, and he's worth adding if you believe he'll have the closer duties shortly.
Chad Billingsley, SP (LAD): Take a deep breath, relax and don't do anything crazy. Chad Billingsley hasn't been the Cy Young candidate you thought he would be so far, but keep in mind that the Dodgers used him as a relief pitcher twice in the first week of the season. He's just been out of rhythm and basically said so himself. He's been walking a lot of hitters and throwing too many pitches, which is what he used to do before his strong finish last year. His first start was pushed back because of a rain delay. Then they used him in the fifth inning in a relief appearance. Give him a couple of starts to get back in rhythm, and he'll be fine.
Dana Eveland, SP (OAK): One start, 7 IP, 7 K, 1 ER, 1 BB. Dana Eveland is part of what the Oakland A's received in return for Dan Haren, and he looked like a pretty good pickup in his first start. It is just one start, so don't trade A-Rod for him yet if someone beat you to the waiver wire. Eveland might be a nice pickup if he shows he can do this at least one more time. I have faith in him, though. The A's do a great job of molding young pitchers into quality starters, then trading them to contenders.