By Rob Steingall
Brandon League, Mariners: It appears League is climbing his way out of manager Eric Wedge's doghouse, as the manager said recently that he'd be putting his former closer back in the roll sooner than later. Those words should have you immediately rushing to your league waiver wire, especially if you're in the hunt for saves.
Jose Valverde, Tigers: The Tigers closer simply hasn't been very good this year after posting an epic '11 campaign. The good news here is that he's locked down his last three saves without giving up a run, so things could be turning around. He may be doctoring the baseball http:mlb.sbnation.com20126113078206jose-valverde-spitball-detroit-tigers..., but why should we care? He's on the discount shelf right now, so buy if the price is right.
Huston Street, Padres: He was pitching well before his injury, and has picked right up after returning from the disabled list, collecting a save and win in his first two appearances. His job is safe as long as he's healthy, which seems to always been the problem. Street is a high riskhigh reward option moving forward, but one stock I'd be happy to own.
Ryan Cook, Athletics: When Brian Fuentes is your closer, you'd better be all over the next in line when the inevitable implosion occurs, and Cook looks like that guy. While Grant Balfour also lurks, the A's would be better served to have a cheap young option in the ninth, making Cook the obvious candidate moving forward.
Jason Motte, Cardinals: He's been shaky the past few weeks (6.75 ERA), and his most recent performance (1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO) could have fantasy owners looking to dump him. Motte stills plays on a very good Cardinals team and has plenty of job security, so capitalize on the opportunity to grab him on the cheap.