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On this Mother's Day, ahead of a new week, here are my five latest fantasy baseball waiver wire adds.
Note: All stats through games on May 12.
5. Mark Trumbo, DH/OF, Baltimore Orioles
Since coming off the disabled list and making his season debut on May 1, Trumbo is hitting .319/.333/.468 with one home run (five extra base hits) and four RBI over 48 plate appearances. During a recent five-game hitting streak, which ended Saturday, he went 8-for-20 with a home run and three RBI.
Trumbo's track record (.250 career batting average) says he won't stay above .300 for long. But in each of the last six seasons he has topped 500 at-bats, he has hit at least 22 home runs with more than 60 RBI in each of the last seven campaigns.
If the Orioles stay toward the bottom of the standings, Trumbo is a easy trade candidate. But right now, he's worth adding in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues as an underrated power source.
Yahoo! Ownership: 27%
ESPN Ownership: 21.7%
4. Matt Harvey, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Harvey may have overplayed his hand in refusing to go down to Triple-A with the Mets, who then turned around and traded him to the Reds. He made his debut for Cincinnati Friday night, and allowed just one hit over four shutout innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers as his fastball topped out at 96 MPH.
Harvey should slowly lose any pitch-count limit, and it's not as if the Reds have many other rotation options as long as he's healthy. If a fresh start in a situation with far less pressure is all he needed, now looks like a good time to speculate by stashing the former “Dark Knight” on a fantasy roster.
Yahoo! Ownership: 10%
ESPN Ownership: 8.2%
3. Delino DeShields, OF, Texas Rangers
An early disabled list stint with a hand injury led fantasy owners to drop DeShields. But he has a hit in 15 of his last 18 games since returning, with a .324 batting average, an .865 OPS, two home runs and seven stolen bases over that span.
DeShields had 29 stolen bases last year over 120 games, and 25 swipes over 121 games back in 2015. Hitting leadoff for the Rangers seems to suit him, and even with the prospect of BABIP regression a similar walk rate to 2017 should keep his OBP afloat.
Based purely on stolen base upside, DeShields' ownership rates are spiking. But there's still ample room to add him in mixed leagues.
Yahoo! Ownership: 58%
ESPN Ownership: 54.6%
2. Fernando Rodney, RP, Minnesota Twins
Rodney picked up his second save in as many nights Saturday night, and since blowing back-to-back saves in late April he has pitched seven scoreless innings with five saves. A backward K/BB (4:5) ratio over that stretch is a concern, but Rodney has always walked a tightrope when locking down the ninth inning.
Rodney also started slowly in 2017, with a 12.60 ERA overshadowing six saves through the end of April. But he bounced back by not allowing an earned run in May or June, and he had 12 saves in August alone.
Rodney's ownership is creeping up in Yahoo! leagues, but ESPN league owners don't seem to be noticing him the same way. You may have to ignore the process of some outings, but as long as Rodney is tallying saves he's a fantasy asset.
Yahoo! Ownership: 66%
ESPN Ownership: 31.9%
1. Tyler Clippard, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
With Robert Osuna out of the mix after a domestic violence arrest, Clippard got the first save opportunity for the Blue Jays in his stead and he got the ninth inning again on Saturday in a non-save situation.
Clippard has settled in as a setup man in recent years, so it's easy to forget his 32 saves for the Washington Nationals in 2012 and his 19 saves (most for the Oakland A's) in 2015. He's got a closer-worthy profile (9.9 career K.9 rate), and now he's got at least a primary part of the role again for the foreseeable future.
Seung Hwan Oh may also get some save chances for Toronto in Osuna's absence, and he can be on the radar in deep fantasy leagues. But Clippard is more worthy as an immediate add in all leagues.
Yahoo! Ownership: 50%
ESPN Ownership: 23.2%