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.
With Jon Lester scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday and expected to be traded at any moment, Brandon Workman will get what should be a long look in the Red Sox’ rotation. A former second-round pick, Workman has put up a pedestrian 4.50 ERA over parts of the last two seasons with Boston, but it’s come along with a nice 88/34 K/BB ratio over 94 innings. The right-hander doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but he’s good enough to help out in deeper formats and is currently unowned in nearly all Yahoo! leagues.