Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
Rays closer Grant Balfour allowed five earned runs in the ninth inning of Sunday's loss to the Mariners, pushing his season ERA to 6.46. He also has an ugly 1.65 WHIP and 20/21 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 total innings this year, and it sounds like Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon might be ready to make a change. Jake McGee, a dominant left-handed setup man, could get the first shot. He boasts a 1.59 ERA, 0.776 WHIP, and 33/6 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings this year and makes for a worthwhile stash in pretty much every standard mixed fantasy league.