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 Tigers traded Austin Jackson to the Mariners Thursday in a three-team deal that netted them David Price. While they were universally lauded for the deal, it did create a hole in center field. That hole is expected to be filled by a combination of Rajai Davis and Ezequiel Carrera. Davis is likely owned in most leagues already, but Carrera should be on the waiver wire in pretty much every format. While the 27-year-old is just a .251/.306/.339 hitter over parts of five seasons in the majors, he’s hit .307/.387/.422 with six homers, 41 RBI and 43 stolen bases this year at Triple-A. It probably won’t be a true platoon with Davis, but Carrera hits from the left side and should see plenty of starts versus righties. He’s worth a look if you’re in need of speed.