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 Rangers traded closer Joakim Soria to the Tigers late Wednesday night for right-handed pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel, leaving a vacancy at the back end of the Texas bullpen. The most likely option to fill it is Neftali Feliz, who is still working to rebuild arm strength following Tommy John surgery but has posted a promising 2.61 ERA and 0.77 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings since returning to the active roster on July 4. The 26-year-old right-hander was a dominant closer as recently as 2011 and is worth another look in all standard fantasy leagues.