Michael McKenry $11. Other bids: $10.
It is surprising that McKenry got such little action this week; perhaps it is because the N.L. Gearing Up article did not go up on the blog this week? McKenry is still somewhat of a prospect, though he had a fairly non-descript year in 2010 and has changed teams twice in less than six months. He has some pop in his bat and he is going to play regularly, as his defense is very good. We will see if he sticks long-term.
Mitchell Boggs $3. Other bids: $1, $1.
Despite his perceived struggles in the closer role, Boggs has pitched very well out of the Cardinals bullpen. He is still striking out almost a batter per inning, and with the walks under control, he is very effective. If you need a reliever, Boggs is certainly on the list of palatable options.
Jesus Guzman $3.
Guzman has worked his way up and down the West Coast over the course of his short career (Seattle, Oakland, San Francisco and now San Diego). I expect Guzman to be coming off the bench for the most part, but with his power profile (and his positional flexibility – he can play first, third and the outfield), he could act as designated hitter in the American League ballparks. I just do not see the at-bats coming to him without injuries or other moves.
Michael Stutes $1. Other bids: $1.
Stutes has become a key cog in the Phillies bullpen. He strikes out enough batters to make him worthwhile as an injury replacement, but the high walk rate and lack of saves limit any upside value.
Wes Helms $1.
Helms is just a pinch-hitter and spot starter at this point. He has very limited fantasy value.
Dewayne Wise $1.
Nice pick-up by one of the contenders in our National League. It appears Wise is going to get the chance to platoon for awhile with Chris Coghlan nursing knee and shoulder injuries. Wise does not do much to help your fantasy team, but he can run. He is an interesting flier in NL-only leagues if you need some speed help or need to fill a hole.
Vance Worley $1.
Worley is back with the Phillies and had a successful start. I thought the Phillies pulled the plug on Worley too early in his last stint with the club, and I think he might stick this time around. With Kyle Kendrick being the only other option right now, it might be best to keep Kendrick in the pen and Worley in the rotation.
Edward Mujica. Claimed by the 6th place team.
Mujica is another of the palatable reliever options. His strikeouts are down considerably, which is a cause for concern, but he is pretty harmless.