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RotoAuthority League - Best Pickups Last Week

This feature is written by Jeff, owner of the Volvo Stationwagons.

6/11 – Los Genius picks up Brandon Morrow
Morrow was immediately picked up after J.J. Putz left the Mariners’ Wednesday afternoon game with an elbow injury.  Putz was placed on the DL on Friday, and despite the fact that an MRI showed no structural damage his return date is still uncertain.  Morrow picked up the save Wednesday afternoon and will get the opportunities as long as Putz is out.

6/12 – Greek God of Walks picks up Chris Duncan
Albert Pujols is out for a few weeks, and Duncan was called up to take Adam Wainwright’s spot on the Cardinal roster.  He’s struggled this year (enough to get sent down to Triple A) but still has 48 HR in 921 career PA.  That’s roughly 30 HR potential over a full season; he could be a short-term sleeper with regular starts at first base, free of the pressure of playing the outfield.

6/13 – Santa’s Magic Janitor picks up Kelly Shoppach
With Victor Martinez likely out about a month, Shoppach finally gets some regular playing time.  The power potential is there; Shoppach hit 48 HR playing for the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox in 2004-05, but he hasn’t risen above the backup role in Cleveland.  Any regular catcher with some pop has potential in the RotoAuthority league, where the likes of Jason Kendall, Kurt Suzuki and Kenji Johjima are on active rosters.

6/13 – Philly Cheez Puffs picks up Ryan Spilborghs
With Willy Taveras (aside from last night) and Scott Podsednik struggling mightily, Spilborghs and his .405 OBP are likely going to get a regular shot batting leadoff for the Rockies.  While Spilly doesn’t have the SB potential of the other two Colorado center fielders, he ought to score plenty of runs batting atop a lineup that has Matt Holliday back and Troy Tulowitzki returning very soon.


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