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 Padres shipped Fernando Rodney to the Marlins on Thursday, leaving a vacancy in their closer role. It’s expected to be filled by Ryan Buchter, who has been a revelation this season with a 2.91 ERA and 50 strikeouts over 34 innings. The left-hander was pummeled for five runs over just one-third of an inning in his last appearance on Wednesday and has had major control issues both in the majors and minors. He might also see a challenge from Brandon Maurer for the closer role at some point. However, for now he looks like the guy to own in San Diego if you’re chasing saves and he's certainly shown an ability to miss bats.