The fantasy baseball playoffs are closer then people think, making every free agent period more important then the last. Below are my week 16 waiver wire pickups for 10-14 man leagues:
Large League: 10-14 Man Leagues:
1B Chris Carter, OAK – Carter has been on fire since being called up from Triple A-Sacramento. He has only played in nine games this season, but the first basemen has crushed a phenomenal five homers and driven in 9 runs.
SS Pedro Ciriaco, BOS – In six major league games this year, Ciriaco has 10 hits, 4 runs, and 6 RBI. He will not continue to hit .417, but he could serve as a decent bench player in deeper leagues.
OF Lorenzo Cain, KC – Cain was just activated from the 60-day Disabled List and could be an amazing free agent pickup for the second half of the season. He has amazing speed and could be a root-league All-Star down the road.
SP Miguel Gonzalez, BAL – Gonzalez has only allowed four earned runs in his first two starts in the O’s rotation and is making a case to remain there. The 28-year old has an identical release with all his pitches and can rack up strikeouts.
SP Carlos Villanueva, TOR – Villanueva has put together back-to-back solid performances since being added to the Toronto rotation. He has struck out 21 batters in 17 innings and has amazingly only allowed 3 earned runs.
RP Dale Thayer, SD – Thayer proved to be a great closer when Houston Street was on the DL earlier in the year after straining his right shoulder. There have been trade rumors surrounding Street for months, so if he finally gets dealt somewhere, it would open up the job for Thayer. Keep an eye on this situation, especially as it gets closer to the trade dealing later this month.