MLB waiver wire: Lind's power is a commodity not to be ignored
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.
Adam Lind, Blue Jays -- Lind returned to the majors last week, and has gone 6-for-24 with three homers since making it back. It's obviously a small sample and it would be nice to see him hitting for a bit higher average, but if you're taking the plunge on Lind you're doing it for the power, so all things considered he has delivered exactly what you'd hope for. He absolutely tore about the competition at Triple-A Las Vegas, hitting .392/.448/.664 with eight homers and 29 RBI in 125 at-bats. Despite his poor showing in the majors this year, Lind remains Toronto's best option at first base, so he should get the vast majority of the playing time over there. Don't overlook that he has a dismal .206 BABIP this year, and he's still drawing walks in more than 10 percent of his plate appearances.
Yasmani Grandal, Padres -- Grandal earned the call to the majors over the weekend and celebrated by homering twice in his first career start. He thrived at Triple-A Tucson this season, hitting .335/.443/.521 with six homers, 18 doubles and 35 RBI in 194 at-bats. He has started all four games since getting the call, and figures to be San Diego's primary catcher going forward. We all know the familiar refrain with hitters in Petco Park at this point, but Grandal has a ton of raw power and a position that is forever shallow. Those of you in keeper or dynasty leagues should pounce, and Grandal should be rostered in nearly all formats.
Lance Berkman, Cardinals -- Berkman has missed the last six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, but it looks as though he has a timetable for his return. Barring a setback, he expects to be back in St. Louis' lineup shortly after the All-Star break. Berkman has been rehabbing since the surgery, and doesn't think he'll need a minor league rehab assignment before joining his Cardinals teammates. After a resurgent 2011, Berkman picked up right where he left off, hitting .333/.429/.571 before going on the DL. Those of you in very shallow leagues might be able to wait on him to see how he produces once he returns, but he should be added in all formats.
Carlos Marmol, Cubs -- Since reclaiming the job as the Cubs' closer, Marmol has converted six consecutive save chances, and picked up a win after preserving a tie game. That span covers nine outings in which the erratic righty has allowed just one run on five hits and five walks, striking out 13 in 7.2 innings. Not only has Marmol pitched better of late, the Cubs really don't have any other options to close games, so he'll remain in the chair for the time being. However, the Cubs would love to trade him and would probably be willing to eat some of the money remaining on his contract. Should he get dealt, it would almost certainly be to a team with an entrenched closer, which would significantly decrease his fantasy value.
Chris Nelson, Rockies -- Nelson absolutely raked in June, hitting .325/.366/.597 with five homers and 16 RBI. He has been getting most of his time at second and third, but he could play some short, as well. With the Rockies one of the few teams already realistically out of the playoff race, expect them to run Nelson out there as much as they can to see if he can be a building block for the future. He hit .329/.366/.547 with 11 homers, 20 doubles and 65 RBI at Triple-A Colorado Springs last year, so he definitely brings a fair amount of pop for a middle infielder.
Jose Lopez, Indians -- With Lonnie Chisenhall potentially out the remainder of the season, Lopez should see increased playing time at third base. He offers cheap pop at a shallow position.
Kyle Farnsworth, Rays -- Farnsworth returned from the DL over the weekend, and should eventually take over as Tampa Bay's primary setup man. Those looking for help in the rate categories, strikeouts and holds could do worse.
Ross Detwiler, Nationals -- Detwiler was reinserted into Washington's rotation last week, and shut down the Orioles before getting knocked around by the Braves over the weekend. He offers a reliable, back-end arm for NL-only leaguers.
Javy Guerra, Dodgers -- Like Farnsworth, Guerra should take over as the primary setup man in Los Angeles when he returns from the DL after the All-Star break.
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