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RotoAuthority League - Best Pickups Last Week

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

6/25 – Aubrey Huff’s $34.99ers picks up Mike Mussina
The veteran Mussina is in the midst of a bounceback season, leading the Yankees in victories with his 10-5 record.  Moose isn’t much of a source for strikeouts anymore, but he has walked a paltry 13 batters in his 89 innings so far in 2008.  He’s been very hittable, but with the vaunted Yankee offense behind him he ought to be able to get a few wins while not doing too much damage to the $34.99ers’ ratios.

6/25 – Philly Cheez Puffs picks up Adam Lind
The firing of John Gibbons as the Blue Jays’ manager coincided closely with the callup of Lind, who despite struggling at the major-league level still holds a career line in the minors of .318/.379/.509.  New manager Cito Gaston has publicly stated that he’s “going to play,” so he’ll certainly have the opportunity, and if he can finally make those pretty minor-league numbers translate to the majors he will be a nice find for the Cheez Puffs.

6/26 – Men With Wood picks up Jason Bartlett
Bartlett was nominated in this Fantasy Roundtable as a player who could be a sleeper for SB down the stretch.  His OBP and SLG still pretty poor and won’t contribute a whole lot in any of the other offensive counting stats, but he ought to provide the Men With Wood a few cheap SB to stay in first place in that category.

6/28 – Volvo Stationwagons picks up Billy Butler
Butler struggled early in 2008 and was demoted to the AAA Omaha Royals, which acted as a wakeup call of sorts.  After tearing apart minor league pitching to a tune of .337/.417/.564, Butler was promoted Saturday due to Alberto Callaspo’s personal troubles opening up a roster spot.  If given regular playing time, Butler could finally become a force in the Royals’ lineup, contributing a solid batting average to a Stationwagons team that desperately needs it.


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