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RotoAuthority League - Best Pickups Last Week

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

7/1 – Urine Troubles picks up Chris Davis (waiver claim)
The Troubles win the waiver derby for Davis, who was discussed a short time ago on this site.  Davis has displayed prodigious power in the minors, and hit three home runs in his first week in the bigs.  He’s played most days since his callup, but that could change once Hank Blalock comes off the DL.  Still, Davis is a nice, cheap power source that ought to contribute whenever he’s in the lineup.

7/1 – Philly Cheez Puffs picks up J.R. Towles
Talk about fortunate timing.  Towles was called up the next day and should take most of the starts for the Astros for the next few weeks at the very least.  After struggling mightily at the major league level, Towles hit .279/.380/.574 in 19 games for the AAA Round Rock Express - is he a post-hype sleeper already? 

7/2 – RotoAuthority picks up Masa Kobayashi
Joe Borowski blew a save on July 1, so Kobayashi was picked up the next day.  Luckily for Tim, Borowski’s time in Cleveland was indeed running short.  He was designated for assignment two days later, which puts Kobayashi first in line for saves.  If the Indians can pull out of their season-long funk, that title could mean that saves pile up in a hurry for the Japanese import.

7/2 – Philly Cheez Puffs picks up Jarrod Saltalamacchia (waiver claim)
Saltalamacchia was dropped by the Dizzy Llamas in favor of the resurgent Jason Kendall, and the Cheez Puffs took advantage, replacing the stagnant Kenji Johjima on their roster.  While both Salty and Johjima have struggled, Salty’s upside makes the pickup worthwhile.  Between this move and the Towles pickup, the Puffs greatly improved their catching corps in the span of a couple of days.

7/5 – Men With Wood picks up Eric Gagne
Gagne came off the DL this past week and pitched scoreless innings in his first two appearances, most importantly posting a 2.0 K/BB in those two innings.  His second time out, he got a win after pitching the ninth inning in a tie game.  The Brewers probably won’t let their $10 million man linger in middle relief if he finds his groove again, so it’s a good pickup for the Men With Wood to see if Gagne can produce any saves.

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