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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Waiver Wire: Labor Pains

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Welcome back Fantasy freaks and geeks to the weekly Fantasy Six Pack 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Waiver Wire.

As we head past Labor Day and into College Football and NFL action, Fantasy Baseball owners that are out of the playoff hunt take a look at what went wrong.

Was it injuries? Did I not pay attention enough like my fellow league mates? Or is it that you didn’t listen to the talented crew here at the Fantasy Six Pack? Regardless, this weekend makes you contemplate your wrongdoings.


Meanwhile, the rest of us are here trying to win a Fantasy baseball championship!

Take a look at four players that won’t let you forget that winning is plenty of fun in the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Waiver Wire: Labor Pains.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Waiver Wire

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Hitters

Asdrubal Cabrera, INF, Washington Nationals

The Texas Rangers released Asdrubal Cabrera after hitting .235 with 12 homers, 51 RBI, and 45 runs scored in 93 games for the Rangers in 2019. Immediately after his dismissal, the Washington Nationals signed the versatile infielder.

In 18 games with the Nationals, Cabrera is hitting .317/.391/.567 with three home runs and 22 RBI.

Fantasy owners should grab Cabrera now while he is hitting hot. Are any of your infielders as hot as Cabrera is right now?

Willie Calhoun, OF, Texas Rangers

Willie Calhoun was once considered a top overall prospect with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. The Texas Rangers acquired Calhoun for his hitting prowess. While he raked in Triple-A, he came into the 2019 season hitting only .233 in his major league career.

Now that the Texas Rangers have fallen out of playoff contention, the Rangers will give Calhoun consistent playing time. Unfortunately, he is still a liability with the glove, and the Rangers already have a glutton of outfielders to choose from.

Calhoun has rewarded the Rangers by hitting .263/.308/.525 with eight homers and 12 RBI in his last 30 games. The Rangers have finally given Calhoun the time to develop in the outfield. Fantasy owners should take advantage of this and release any dead weight outfielders to this hungry 24-year-old outfielder who has always been known for his power.

Pitchers

Tony Gonsolin, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

It seems that the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to develop major league pitching daily. Another pitcher that Fantasy owners should be aware of his right-hander Tony Gonsolin. He has continued the breakout from his 2018 season.

Until the 2018 season, Gonsolin was strictly a reliever while putting a 4.10 ERA over 101 innings. The Dodgers placed him into the High-A starting rotation and is now riding the shuttle bus from Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers to Los Angeles.

Tony Gonsolin dazzled over six scoreless innings in his Dodger Stadium debut. Overall, Gonsolin is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA across his 28 innings which includes five starts.

With injuries to the Dodgers rotation and expanding MLB rosters, Gonsolin will continue to see valuable time in the rotation. Fantasy owners should follow suit.

Sean Manaea, SP, Oakland A’s

Sean Manaea was the ace of the A’s staff when he was diagnosed with left shoulder impingement in late August of last season. The southpaw had to undergo major should surgery to correct the issue and has kept him from playing games on the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Until the injury, Manaea had made 27 starts, going 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA.

His long road back has included a rehab assignment since early July where he appeared in eight starts across High-A and Triple-A. The former first-round pick notched 13.1 K/9 while yielding 2.5 BB/9 and an overall 4.71 ERA.

In his last three rehab starts at Triple-A Las Vegas, he has given up just three runs while striking out 28 in 17.2 innings over his previous three starts.

Manaea was called up by A’s and pitched in his first A’s start in over a year against the New York Yankees. He threw five scoreless innings allowing just one hit with five strikeouts that resulted in a no-decision. This is not much of a decision for Fantasy owners as Manaea has the pedigree of a starter that can help the A’s and Fantasy owners in their quests for the playoffs.


Want to see where these players rank at their position for the rest of the season? Take a look at the latest updated version of the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings.

About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL (GO BROWNS!) and college football (GO BUCKEYES!) MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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