CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Casey McGehee #14 celebrates with Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates after McGehee hit a two run home run during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 16, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Pirates defeated the Indians 9-2. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Welcome to FAABwire week 11. This article will cover the top pickups of the week and how much FAAB (Free agent acquisition budget) you should spend. The FAABwire series is mostly catered to twelve and fifteen team mixed league formats. Each week we will mostly focus on players that are owned in under thirty-four percent of CBS leagues. FAAB bids are of course very specific to individual leagues, so we will give you ballpark bids of what it should take to acquire each player based on a one thousand dollar budget. Throughout the week, feel free to tweet players at me that I can discuss in the column. @MarkusPotter
Casey McGehee, 3B, Pirates (Owned: 10%) (FAAB: $85) After disappointing many in 2011, the twenty-nine year old is now making the most of his new opportunity in Pittsburg hitting .385 with three home runs, nine RBIs and nine runs in his past 13 games. Without a major threat to playing time, McGehee is currently starting at first base every day. If you need help at corner infield position, jump on this hot streak.
Joaqin Benoit, RP, Tigers (Owned: 19%) (FAAB: $75)
Valverde suffered a sprained right wrist this week, and has been sidelined since Tuesday. Team reporters say that Valverde could be back by Sunday, but Benoit is the arm to add if you want to take a gamble on finding saves. The 34-year has 1.99 ERA and 44/13 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings this season.
Ryan Kalish (Owned 7%) (FAAB: $10)
When Josh Reddick was traded last year, the path was cleared for Ryan Kalish to take over in right field. Currently the Red Sox are using a rotation of Ryan Sweeney, Darnell McDonald and Cody Ross in right, but Kalish could quickly take this job and run. After his visit to the disabled list, Kalish has been hot at triple-A, hitting four home runs, with a .378 batting average in nine games. Before your have to open your FAAB wallet, get him cheap now! Ross will take at bats away from 24-year-old, but with the Red Sox leading the league in players on the DL, Kalish could find at-bats if his bat stays hot.
Chris Ianetta, C, Rockies (Owned:14%) (FAAB: $10)
If you play in a two-catcher league, you know how difficult it can be to find a useful number two catcher on the waiver wire. The 29-year-old is slated to begin a rehab assignment next week after breaking his wrist early in the season. His batting average will not help you, but a career slugging of .430 could be of use in fifteen team leagues.
John Mayberry, 1B/OF, Phillies (Owned 29%) (FAAB: $85) After a struggling for the first two months of season, Mayberry has recently shown why he was on many people's pre-season sleeper lists. In his last five games he has four home runs and two doubles. If we harken back to the second half of 2011, it is clear why the 28-year-old is a must add in 12-team leagues. With dual eligibility of first base and the outfield, he could be a valuable piece for the rest of the season.
Derek Norris, C, Athletics (Owned: 7%) (FAAB: $40)
Norris was called up by the A's on Thursday after hitting .273/.331/.474 with eight home runs, 36 RBI and an .804 OPS through 55 games at Triple-A. With Kurt Suzuki disappointing thus far, the key piece is the Gio Gonzalez trade could find at bats very quickly as the season continues. The 24-year-old prospect has an advanced approach at the plate with plenty of pop, making his a solid add in two-catcher leagues.