The Sandlot Shrink
Another week of trades, injuries and callups have made for a busy waiver wire. Let's check out the latest ...
Blanton, 27, is a No. 2-3 starter type. He is just 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA this season, but the Phils think he is a major upgrade to their rotation. He went 16-12 in 2006 and 14-10 last year and should be picked up in most formats. Also,
In the wake of the Blanton deal, the left-handed Gonzalez could be promoted to take his place in the rotation. Gonzalez, 22, is a top prospect but got off to a slow start at AAA Sacramento this year. But in his last four starts, he has allowed only 10 hits and three runs in 28 innings. He also leads the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts. He's still young but rebuilding teams should jump on him.
Garcia, 22, is a good prospect who throws in the low-90s with a decent curve but needs to improve on his control. He is young and is not expected to have any value at this time. He began the season at AA Springfield but was promoted to AAA Memphis in May after going 3-2 with a 2.06 ERA. Overall he was 7-6 with a 3.73 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings.
Liriano, who underwent reconstructive elbow surgery last year, hasn't allowed a run in his past three starts for AAA Rochester and has a 24/3 K/BB ratio. In his last four starts, he is 4-0 with a 0.32 ERA, three walks and 32 strikeouts.
Herrera, 27, throws a 90-mph fastball, curve and splitter. He is 5-8 with a 3.11 ERA in 17 starts for AA Altoona. He also won a spot start for Indianapolis June 27, allowing Columbus two runs in seven innings. "He's a strike thrower with a three-pitch mix," GM
Miner, 25, is likely to be recalled to start Monday against the Royals. He is 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA in three appearances this season, two of them starts, since being optioned to AAA Toledo. If he's recalled, he will remain the fifth starter for now but might not have much fantasy value.
Fuentes, who will be a free agent at season's end, has drawn interest from the Rays, Yankees, Mets, Cardinals and Marlins and will likely be a setup man with those teams. St. Louis could possibly use him in the closing mix. Tony La Russa said he would still go with
Broxton, 24, will close with
The Cardinals optioned
Cabrera, 22, was recalled to regain the second base job. He opened the season at second, but struggled (.184 in 52 games) and was demoted to Buffalo on June 9. He batted .326 with the Bisons after getting his confidence back and working on fundamentals. He helped Cleveland's pennant push last year by hitting .283 in the final two months of the season.
LaHair, 25, was recalled to platoon at first base (he bats left-handed) but is not a top prospect. He was hitting .263-12-53 with 26 doubles at AAA Tacoma and might be worth a flier in AL-only leagues. He has power but will hurt your batting average.
Lowrie, a top shortstop prospect, can also play second base but will play short with
Rivera, 30, has been playing for the slumping