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Pickup of the Day

PUD 7/3: Brad Boxberger

by Drew Silva
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 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.

 

Brad Boxberger earned his first save of the season -- and only the second save of his career -- Wednesday in the Rays' 6-3 defeat of the Yankees, striking out two of the three batters he faced. The 26-year-old right-hander now owns a 2.87 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 48/12 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings this season -- the kind of numbers you'd like to see from a closer. Jake McGee has a better stat line and still seems like the best bet to run away with the job in the long term, but Rays manager Joe Maddon seems committed to a ninth-inning committee for the time being and Boxberger is worth owning in most AL-only leagues. He might be worth a speculative add in deeper mixed leagues as well.

Drew Silva

Drew Silva is a longtime baseball writer and editor for Rotoworld. He can be found on Twitter.