Waiver Wire: Corner Infielder Reinforcements


Jul 28, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright (5) works out before a game against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Wright hasn

There are only a few weeks left of the regular season. If you are looking to solidify your playoff spot and just squeak in, now is the time to dump the dead weight and pick up some new players. This article focuses on three corner infielders (first and third basemen) you should pick up off the waiver wire for the home stretch.

Ryan Howard

Before you throw a bottle at my head, hear me out. If you play in a league that uses batting average, stay away from Howard. He is hitting a poor .235 this season. However, in Roto leagues, he has four home runs and 19 RBI since the All-Star break. He is not playing Monday, as he is getting more days off, but should be back on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. First base is very deep, so if you are looking to pick up Howard, things are either bleak or you’re in a deep league. Regardless, as a late-season add, he has some value. 

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Jung Ho Kang

While Kang plays primarily at shortstop, he does have third base eligibility in ESPN.com leagues. Since taking over for Jordy Mercer (July 20), Kang is hitting .373 with four home runs and nine RBI. Even with a starting job, Kang is owned in just over 57 percent of ESPN leagues. Over the last 30 days, he is the No. 4 third baseman on the ESPN Player Rater. He can help you with batting average and runs scored, thanks to a above-average Pittsburgh Pirates offense.

David Wright

Wright has been out since April 15 with a back injury. News recently broke that he will begin his rehab assignment on Monday, as the designated hitter for High-A St. Lucie. He will likely take the field on Tuesday. There is no announcement from the New York Mets as to how many at-bats Wright will get before being called back up. However, it is very likely he could be back in the Mets starting lineup before the end of the month. Owners have already jumped on Wright, added in 2.5 percent of leagues over the last seven days. If he is available, pick him up and slot him in the DL spot.

There are plenty of other corner infielders to pick up off the waiver wire. However, I think these three players will make the most impact on your team.