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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: 5 Replacements for Yadier Molina

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: 5 Replacements for Yadier Molina

Wilson Ramos Nationals
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The unfortunate news regarding Yadier Molina is that he will miss eight to 12 weeks of action due to a torn ligament in his thumb. While the St. Louis Cardinals backstop was by no means having a great season, he will leave a gaping hole in many fantasy lineups. With that in mind, let's take a look at some waiver wire options that can help fill the void for you at the catching position.

(Ownership percentages based off ESPN standard leagues)

5. Travis d'Arnaud: New York Mets (2.7 percent)

Travis d'Arnaud Mets
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5. Travis d'Arnaud: New York Mets (2.7 percent)

Travis d'Arnaud Mets
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Though this youngster's overall numbers are nothing to write home about, he has performed quite well since his recent call up from the minors. In 13 games since rejoining the big club, he's managed to hit safely in all but one contest, and is batting a solid .300 over that stretch. Look for d'Arnaud to play almost everyday going forward while batting in the six or seven hole, for the most part.

4. Mike Zunino: Seattle Mariners (20 percent)

Mike Zunino Mariners
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4. Mike Zunino: Seattle Mariners (20 percent)

Mike Zunino Mariners
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If you're looking for a catcher with some big pop, here's your guy. Zunino has blasted 13 HRs in just 73 games this season, and should easily reach the 25-HR mark by season's end. It's not all butterflies and rainbows with this guy though, as he's batting a terrible .213 on the season. If you can stomach the bad average, Zunino could make for a nice addition to your roster.

3. Derek Norris: Oakland Athletics (31 percent)

Derek Norris Athletics
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3. Derek Norris: Oakland Athletics (31 percent)

Derek Norris Athletics
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Norris is in a platoon right now and generally starts against left-handed pitching. He does take full advantage when he gets his opportunities however, as he's batting an impressive .363 vs. southpaws to this point. He may not play each and every day, but I'm sure most teams could use a guy who can mash lefties and offer some decent power to boot.

2. Yan Gomes: Cleveland Indians (49.6 percent)

Yan Gomes Indians
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2. Yan Gomes: Cleveland Indians (49.6 percent)

Yan Gomes Indians
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Cleveland's top backstop has already tied his career-high in HRs with 11, and is quickly approaching his career best in RBIs. He's been especially productive of late as he's popped four HRs and knocked in 10 over his past 12 games. His at-bats are somewhat limited as the Indians continue to bat him at the bottom of the order, but Gomes has been productive enough to warrant a spot on most rosters.

1. Wilson Ramos: Washington Nationals (54.8 percent)

Wilson Ramos Nationals
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1. Wilson Ramos: Washington Nationals (54.8 percent)

Wilson Ramos Nationals
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Injuries have really hampered Ramos this season but he's healthy right now and swinging a red-hot stick. The right-hander is batting a lofty .377 over his past 14 games, and that number sits at an even more impressive .417 since the beginning of July. Assuming he can stay on the field, Ramos makes for a solid No. 1 catcher and should be nabbed before someone else gets to him first.

Brian Davis is a fantasy writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SportsGuyBrian, ”Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.