Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Saves and Steals Pickups

Mike Esposito
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Finding a good source of saves or steals in-season can be incredibly hard to obtain via the waiver wire when it comes to fantasy baseball. However, there are a few players currently available in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues that could provide you with the saves and steals you need.

Here are three options for saves or steals in fantasy baseball.

Steals: Dwight Smith Jr., OF, Baltimore Orioles

Dwight Smith Jr. has been the lone bright spot for the Baltimore Orioles this year and is seemingly capable of doing it all. The veteran outfielder is batting .287 with five dingers and 18 RBI to go along with three steals so far this season.

The 26-year-old hasn't swiped a bag in over a week, but he's been getting on base at a decent clip as of late, owning a .355 on-base percentage in his last 31 plate appearances. As long as he keeps getting on base, the steals will eventually come.

Saves: Emilio Pagan, RP, Tampa Bay Rays

Emilio Pagan is in a closer-by-committee situation down in Tampa, but his recent performance could be an encouraging sign of things to come. The 28-year-old righty recorded his first two saves of the season in consecutive appearances for the Rays.

Pagan may be a speculative add as things currently stand, but the way he's pitching can't be ignored. As long as he continues to pitch as well as he has this year, there's a good chance the three-year veteran earns ownership of the ninth inning.

Steals: Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees

Brett Gardner has always been a demon on the base paths and he's really ramped things up as of late. The 12-year veteran owns a ridiculous .464 on-base percentage and one stolen base in his last six games.

The 35-year-old outfielder is bound to see more playing time than expected going forward now that Clint Frazier is on the injured list, so expect him to significantly improve on the three stolen bases he already has this season.


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