When looking at these rankings keep in mind that every league is different. In this column we feature players who are owned in less than 50% of CBS Sports formats, but it’s possible that there are better options currently sitting on your waiver wire. Make sure to analyze all of your options before making a decision.
Middle Infielder Waiver Priority (CBS Sports ownership is in parenthesis):
- Nick Solak (TEX, 5%) – The question facing Solak wasn’t his upside but where the Rangers would be able to fit him into the lineup. The injury to Nomar Mazara freed up the opportunity, and with a strained oblique he’s likely going to be sidelined for multiple weeks. That’s going to give Solak a chance to entrench himself, and after hitting .289 with 27 HR at Triple-A he could conceivably never lose his spot.
- Chris Taylor (LAD, 27%) – Taylor returned from the IL and immediately made an impact. The question is just how much he’ll play, though if the Dodgers aren’t rushing to recall Gavin Lux (and it doesn’t appear that they are) he should see plenty of time.
- Jon Berti (MIA, 11%) – He continues to fly under the radar, but the production just keeps on coming (.302 with 2 HR and 4 SB in August). He stays within the strike zone (24.5% O-Swing%) and is hitting the ball extremely hard (48.1% Hard% in August), and with the ability to steal bases he should continue to produce a strong average.
- Tommy Edman (STL, 14%) – As we said on Tuesday when we looked at potential corner infield targets, “He’s played well enough to supplant Matt Carpenter (for at least short stints) and has taken advantage of his opportunities (.271 with 5 HR/8 SB). He’s not a great option, but there’s enough to make him a solid fill-in if necessary.”
- Kolten Wong (STL, 45%) – He owns a similar skillset to Berti and is an under-the-radar source of SB for those specifically looking for that.
- Eric Sogard (TB, 41%) – As long as he’s playing every day in Tampa Bay, there’s going to be obvious value as he’s shown no signs of slowing down.
- Isan Diaz (MIA, 21%) – He continues to stumble out of the game, but the Marlins should continue to give him an opportunity to figure it out and thrive. You could argue that his upside is somewhat similar to that of Solak, but he continues to struggle making regular contact (35.1%). Considering that was a concern prior to his recall, hard to say it isn’t for real.
- Niko Goodrum (DET, 43%) – He’s been sidelined for a few days with a groin injury, though he made his return yesterday. That said the super utility player as obvious appeal with 11 HR and 12 SB, as long as you can handle an AVG that isn’t overly impressive.
- Luis Urias (SD, 39%) – He’s at least been playing a little bit better of late, hitting .286 with 1 HR and 12 RBI in August. He also should be locked into playing time, with Fernando Tatis Jr. out for the season, so he may be able to make the adjustment and really start to deliver.
- Austin Nola (SEA, 15%) – He continues to hit in the middle of the Mariners lineup, but given his history does anyone truly believe that he can continue to produce at this type of level?
Fell off List:
- Nick Ahmed (ARI, 57%) – He’s among the hottest players in baseball currently and if he’s still available on your waiver wire he’s the best addition you can make (at least in the short-term). However in CBS formats he’s surpassed the 50% threshold we use, forcing him to be removed from the list.
- Marwin Gonzalez (MIN, 52%) – He’s surging (.328 with 2 HR in August), and that has caused his ownership to surge. If we had to choose, he is “safer” than Taylor as he is at least nearly guaranteed playing time.
- Luis Arraez (MIN, 51%) – He’s a bit of a one-trick pony, and with his ownership surge he falls off the list.
Sources – CBS Sports, Fangraphs