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.
Pagan was forced to sit out Sunday’s game due to general soreness, but it looks like he’s just fine, as he swatted a go-ahead two-run homer in Monday’s win over the Rockies. The 35-year-old has been productive when healthy this season, batting .289/.336/.423 with four homers, 30 RBI, and seven steals across 54 games. Joe Panik isn’t expected to return from a concussion until after the All-Star break and Denard Span is likely headed to the DL with neck injury, so Pagan figures to stick at the top of the lineup in the short-term, which should only help his value. Pagan is far from a sure thing to stay healthy himself, but he’s worth a shot in most mixed leagues right now.