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.
Reds manager Bryan Price announced Wednesday evening that JJ Hoover has been removed from the team's closer role and that a committe approach would be the new way of the world at the back end of the Cincinnati bullpen. At least until a reliable option emerges. Tony Cingrani might be first in line, but he got roughed up in Wednesday's eventual win over the Rockies and has walked seven batters in just 6 2/3 innings this season. Blake Wood is another option, but he also struggled badly on Wednesday. The darkhorse might be 28-year-old right-hander Caleb Cotham, who has opened 2016 with eight straight scoreless frames. He registered a 2.21 ERA, 1.018 WHIP, and 61/13 K/BB ratio in 57 innings last season between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Yankees before being included in the Aroldis Chapman trade this past December.