It took more than two months, but free agent pitchers Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel have finally found a home. Kimbrel has signed with the Chicago Cubs and will become the closer, and Keuchel lands with the Atlanta Braves and will slot in the rotation when he is ready for game action.
Kimbrel and Keuchel aren't on the waiver wire, but their signing impacts others. Steve Cishek and Pedro Strop take a big hit as they were both converting saves for the Cubs. There's no announcement on who will leave the rotation for the Braves, but whoever it is will have little fantasy value moving forward.
Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Jay Bruce -- Bruce will be one of the top waiver-wire pickups this week, and if you run your waivers mid-week then he is probably gone as his ownership percentage has jumped 33 percent in the last few days. The reason for this is his monster game June 4 when Bruce hit two home runs with six RBIs. Bruce was traded to the Phillies this past week and will get consistent playing time in the outfield. The average won't be great, but if you are falling behind in the power category, Bruce should provide plenty of that.
Miami Marlins Outfielder Garrett Cooper -- Cooper is red hot as he has collected 15 hits in his last 10 games including three home runs. The outfielder has battled injuries this season, but he appears to be healthy and is getting consistent playing time. Opportunity is what we are looking for in fantasy, and Cooper could give you a lift if you are looking for more offense. I'm not sure he is going to be elite in any category, but he won't hurt you either and if we can ride the hot streak, this could be a decent addition to your roster.
Philadelphia Phillies Starting Pitcher Nick Pivetta -- I'm extremely hesitant about this recommendation, but there are many fantasy owners that just lost Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco. I'm not in love with the pitchers on the waiver wire this week, but Pivetta has the most upside in terms of strikeout potential. Pivetta has always been a favorite from fantasy analysts, but he has continuously failed to deliver. The right-hander was sent to the minors earlier this season due to his struggles, but he has returned and showed his upside as he struck out nine batters June 2. Fantasy owners should have a short leash with Pivetta, but if he can show some signs of being effective, he could provide strikeouts.