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Pickup of the Day

Pickup of the Day: 7/30

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.


With A.J. Ramos finally shipped out of town (to the Mets, of all places), the Marlins need a new closer. Those duties will fall to Brad Ziegler, per manager Don Mattingly, following the veteran reliever's activation from the disabled list Saturday. Ziegler is 37 and has put up an awful 6.52 ERA, 1.83 WHIP and 17/13 K/BB ratio over 29 innings this season, but the sidearmer has plenty of past closing experience and it's not like Miami has a ton of options. The righty needs to be owned in fantasy leagues even if he's not a terribly great bet to hang on to the job.

Ryan Boyer

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