Now is the Time to Grab some Gems from the Free-Agent Pool

Mid-May is the ideal time for fantasy baseball owners to make one last foray into the free agent market for that one last waiver pick-up which can propel their squad toward playoff contention a few months down the road.


At this stage of the fantasy baseball, a typical MLB lineup is still somewhat in a state of flux. While some players have delivered as expected and others have exceeded expectations so far, there remains quite a few spots on any roster than have been underperforming through the first six weeks of the regular season. The right waiver-wire pick-up can capably fill such a hole in the lineup and provide a fantasy team with a more balanced look that can compete for the rest of the season.


The wire of potential fantasy free agents could include a list of players who are off to slow starts and were dropped by impatient owners or other young talents who are on the verge of breaking out.


An example would be Houston Astros outfielder Marwin Gonzalez. He started slow by hitting only .204 in April albeit with five homers. He has batted .414 so far in May with another four homers and looks a good third outfielder in a lineup at the moment.


Player who started slow, but are picking up steam include Padres pitcher Luis Perdomo, Marlins pitcher Jose Urena, Padres second baseman Ryan Schimpf, and Royals outfielder Jorege Solar.


Among young players who are playing well, but may not have been picked up in some leagues yet include Seattle Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel. He was called up from Triple-A last month and is currently hitting .309 with a pair of homers. Cubs pitcher Eddie Butler is now at Wrigley Field instead of Coors Field.


Other options could include players who could get called up soon such as Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins. Twins first baseman Kenny Vargas recently was called up.


Also, keep an eye on veterans who are starting well such as Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie.