If you have lost Jared Weaver for the next 6 weeks, chances are you are not going to find an "ace" pitcher on the wire to replace him, but here are some starting pitcher names that might help you tread water until his return.
Barry Zito SF Although he no longer has the arsenal he possessed in his youth, Zito has made the most of his diminished fastball and become a guy capable of keeping his team in games and grabbing some wins. he has yet to give up and earned run in two starts this year and has a favorable home ballpark. (60% ownership)
Jeremy Guthrie KC Colorado just killed his value. It killed it so bad in fact, that even after a strong '12 finish with the Royals he still went undrafted in many leagues. Like Zito, he won't put up big K numbers, but he should give you quality starts and that is all you can as for from a free agent pitcher. (40% own)
Travis Wood CHC Once upon a time Wood was a top prospect in the Reds system. After some bad seasons he was shipped to Chicago and is showing the classic "late blooming lefty" syndrome. He has gone 6+ innings in each of his first two starts and is still young enough (just 26) to have some upside. (40% own)
John Axford and Carlos Marmol owners have had a rough start and although both may regain their ninth inning roles at some point this year you have to have a plan B. Especially since Jim Henderson and Kyuji Fujikawa are likely not available.
Jose Valverde DET Yes, it will probably be a few weeks until he is game ready, but the Tiger bullpen is lost and they need him back ASAP. Many owners are still afraid to spend a pick on Valverde, but he has the best chance to be closing games by the end of the month than any other in house candidate in Detroit. (40% own)
Trevor Rosenthal STL With Jason Motte out for the year in all likelihood and Mitchel Boggs looking shaky, Rosenthal is a worthy grab in mixed leagues. He has an electric arm and will at least give you K's and holds if he doesn't steal the job right away. (24% own)
Kelvin Herrera KC Along those same lines, Herrera will also give you great secondary numbers, but its less likely to unseat Greg Holland as closer. Ned Yost proved last year he values experience in the role when Holland out pitched Johnathan Broxton, but was not given a shot until a trade. (36% own)
If your offense is shaky or just starting slow here are some names you might want to know.
John Buck NYM Look he is not this good, and is sure to have a market correction. However, catcher is a tough slot to fill and Buck does offer legit power despite a career .237 BA. He is a nice stop gap, but not a long term catching solution as he is due to start a time share with Travis d'Arnaud mid season. (59%)
Chris Parmalee MIN He qualifies at 1B and probably OF in your league (if not yet then very soon). He has a great minor league track record with excellent plate discipline and should hit for average and power. If you are looking for a DH/UT/CI bat, Parmalee is a sneaky good grab. (28% own)
Gerardo Parra ARZ I am getting tired of hearing Parra is just a 4th outfielder. Every time he is called upon, he produces. Although he may not give you power, he will hit double, steal bases and annoy your opponents. he should continue to play even when Cody Ross returns and Adam Eaton is still far enough away to warrant some attention for Parra. (52% own)
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