Welcome back. Once again, the Waiver Wire is here to offer up the choicest cuts of waiver wire goodness, paying attention to mixed, as well as AL- and NL-only leagues. Every league is different, and some players listed here may not be available if you play in a deep mixed league. However, we'll try to address everyone's needs, whether the depth of your league resembles a kiddie pool or the Atlantic Ocean. Also, you can safely assume anyone recommended for mixed leagues is even more strongly recommended for only leagues.
Nolan Reimold, Orioles -- It's time to buy into Reimold. If you wait any longer, you won't have a chance. The former top prospect is finally rounding into form after experiencing success in fits and starts the previous three seasons. Hitting leadoff for the Orioles, Reimold hit four homers in four straight games last weekend and earlier this week. In those four games, he was 8-for-16 with four homers, seven runs and seven RBI. Of course that is a small sample, but we've seen this sort of power from Reimold before. This time, though, there's reason to believe he has staying power. Grab him while you still can.
Jed Lowrie, Astros -- Lowrie returned late last week after a brief DL stint, and will hit in the two-hole for Houston, so long as he's healthy. He's not much of a power or speed threat, but he'll score his fair share of runs, even on an offensively-challenged team like the Astros. He's also an on-base machine, having already drawn six walks since returning to the field. Despite not having a ton of power, he could still provide 10 homers or so, assuming he doesn't have to spend any more time on the DL. He isn't the sexiest name out there, but shortstop remains a shallow position. If you're looking for help, give a look in Lowrie's direction.
Alejandro De Aza, White Sox -- Lost in the shuffle of Alex Rios and Adam Dunn falling flat on their faces last year was the performance, albeit in a limited role, of De Aza. In 54 games, he hit .329/.400/.520 with four homers, 11 doubles, three triples and 12 steals. Now with a regular spot in the White Sox's lineup, De Aza has mashed a pair of homers and two triples this season. He hasn't gotten on base a ton in the first few weeks of the season, but his defense will keep him in manager Robin Ventura's good graces. With his perch in Chicago's lineup, it wouldn't be crazy to see him go .300/80/15/60/15. That's a great line for a third outfielder, especially in a deeper league.
Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers -- Now that we're two weeks into the season, plenty of owners who waited on the catcher position are likely searching for a replacement. Enter Lucroy, a hitter in a great environment who has flashed a bit of power in his short time in the majors. He's off to a good start in 2012, hitting .346/.419/.692 in 26 at-bats, knocking out two homers, one double, one triple and six RBI. He hit 12 homers a season ago, and at 26-years old there's a chance he's still maturing into his power. George Kottaras is going to steal away the usual backup's share of at-bats, but that isn't a viable reason to stay away from Lucroy. If you need a new catcher at a cheap price, go with Lucroy over other fast starters A.J. Pierzynski, Carlos Ruiz and Chris Iannetta.
Freddy Sanchez, Giants -- Sanchez will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Fresno soon, so it's better to get him on your radar sooner rather than later. He'll easily supplant Ryan Theriot when he returns, and assume his usual spot at the top of San Francisco's order.
Trevor Bauer, Diamondbacks -- The Diamondbacks can't keep Bauer down in the minors much longer, especially with Josh Collmenter struggling as he is. Bauer has 18 strikeouts and has yet to surrender an earned run in 10.2 innings at Double-A Mobile.
Drew Smyly, Tigers -- Smyly could be an awfully cheap source of wins while he's in Detroit's rotation with Doug Fister out. He's not going to strike out a ton of batters, but he's a useful arm as long as he's starting, especially if you make him a matchup play.
Johnny Damon, Indians -- News of Damon's minor league deal with the Indians broke earlier this week. While there's no timetable for his eventual Cleveland debut, it couldn't be much later than early- or mid-May. Once up with the Indians, he should play basically every day. Damon hit .261/.326/.418 with 16 homers and 19 steals in 582 at-bats last year.
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