Hot Waiver Wire Pickups

By Raymond Ayala

PHIL HUGHES (P NYY) – If the Yankee fan in your league has already not picked him up, I would say Phil Hughes is probably the best pitching option available right now in deep mixed leagues. Hughes can be used as a relief pitcher and a starting pitcher, giving him flexibility as well. Over his last ten appearances, he has 12 IP 15K’s and has not given up a run. Whether he sticks on the Yankees as a relief pitcher, or is traded to the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay, just know you are getting good value with Phil Hughes.

GARRET JONES (OF PIT) – If it had not been for Justin Morneau blocking this kid in Minnesota, he would probably already be a household name. Jones has come from out of nowhere to become the Pirates main source of power. He compares well to Adam Dunn of the Washington Nationals and is the 2nd half answer to your power problems. In his first 10 games since his call up he has 7 HR’s and 9 RBI. Sure those numbers will slow down, but if you could get a couple of Homeruns a week from a guy you could easily snag in free agency, then why not do it?

SCOTT HAIRSTON (OF OAK) – The former Padre, has become a regular for the Oakland Athletics, and for good reason. The A’s surrendered three young pitchers to acquire Hairston, who has not done much thus far in his career. But Oakland is planning to build around this guy, which means big opportunities at RBI’s and HR’s, especially if the A’s part ways with Matt Holiday.

RYAN SADOWSKI (P SFG) – The San Francisco Giants have been a surprise team this year, and have shown signs of quality pitching throughout the first half of the season. One starting pitcher that has gotten overlooked is righty Ryan Sadowski. In 18 IP Sadowski has only given up 2 ER, and he did this against quality hitting teams. His next start will be against Atlanta, countering Tommy Hanson, so maybe wait another week or two to pick up this guy. Down the stretch his arm could become a very valuable pickup, especially if Randy Johnson does not come off the Disabled List.

CASEY MCGEHEE (2B, 3B MIL) – When top prospect Mat Gamel couldn’t handle the heat of being an everyday third basemen, McGehee came out of nowhere to become a regular in the Brewers lineup. Though he has slowed down from his early strong pace, he still is carrying a .321 Batting Average, with 6 HR’s and 27 RBI’s, in only 156 AB’s. I expect a strong second half from McGehee, and he would be a fine addition to a team needing middle infield help.