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Pickup of the Day

Pickup of the Day: 5/21

by Ryan Boyer
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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.


The Braves traded for Matt Adams on Saturday and immediately plugged him in at first base and the No. 5 spot in their lineup Sunday. The left-handed batter will be the club's regular at first over the next couple months with Freddie Freeman (wrist) out. Adams' career .271/.315/.453 batting line isn't anything special, but he's got power and SunTrust Park has played favorably for left-handed power bats. Adams is worth a look in deeper formats.

Ryan Boyer

Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for NBC Sports Edge. He can also be found on Twitter.