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.
Logan Morrison didn’t make a great first impression with the Mariners, batting .150/.227/.150 over his first eight games before missing a longer-than-expected two months with a hamstring injury. However, he’s back now to replace the injured Justin Smoak (quad) on the roster and has started at first base in each of his two games back from the DL. After going hitless Wednesday, Smoak doubled and belted his first Mariners homer Thursday. There’s mixed league potential here.