The Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Week Fifteen

NEW YORK - JULY 01:  Franklin Gutierrez #21 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after after he was caught stealing to end an inning against the New York Yankees on July 1, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Giants27Analyst IJuly 15, 2009

I haven't done one of these since May 16 so with the short fantasy week starting tomorrow, it seemed as good a time as any to restart it.

Add Them Now

Rafael Soriano, Closer, Atlanta Braves

For the season Soriano has 12 saves, 58 strikeouts, a 1.48 ERA and an impressive 0.89 WHIP. Those stats don't really jump out at you, but what if I told you more than one-half of his 12 saves and almost one-half of his strikeouts came in the last month. On top of that, the veteran reliever has a 1.38 ERA and 0.62 WHIP.

Franklin Gutierrez, OF, Seattle Mariners

Gutierrez has been on fire since June 16, hitting .395 with seven home runs. The best part is that as of today he's on a 12 game hit streak. So far during the streak, the ex-Cleveland Indian is hitting .479 with three home runs.

Drop Them Now

Jay Bruce, OF, Cincinnati Reds

Bruce recently broke his wrist, which will take about six to eight weeks to completely heal. He was hitting .207 before the injury so don't worry about dropping him.

Sean West, SP, Florida Marlins

After recording seven strikeouts against the Yankees, West has gone downhill quickly. In three starts, he's equaled the seven K's he had against the Yanks and lasted on 4 2/3 innings in his last start against Arizona. Following the game, Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said West was going to be sent to the minors, which erased any value he had.

Monitor Their Status

Ryan Doumit, C, Pittsburgh Pirates

Yeah, I know he's a good catcher and fantasy player, but he's only played three games since April 19. So, personally I'd like to see some more before I pick him up.

Pedro Martinez, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

Martinez signed today with the Philadelphia Phillies and was immediately placed on the DL. Watch him because the Phillies obviously expect him to make an impact.


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