Waiver Wire Work (April 20)

Originally Published: April 20, 2005
By Kevin Rounce | ESPN Games Fantasy Edge
Each week, Kevin Rounce will venture into the free-agent pool to find a gem or two to help your fantasy team. As a rule, each player will be available in at least 25 percent of FLB leagues.

Jeremy Reed (49.9 percent owned) A popular preseason pick for rookie of the year, Reed started off very sluggishly in 2005. This actually coincided with a poor finish to the 2004 season, when he went 1-for-11 in his last four games. Reed is a line-drive hitter who has never displayed great power. He will occasionally hit a home run, but he is more valuable for his speed and placement as the No. 2 hitter in the Seattle lineup. From that spot in the order, he's likely to score a lot of runs with Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson hitting behind him. After his slow start, Reed has a hit in five straight games and nine of the last 10. He has made the adjustment to major-league pitching and will bounce back and perform well the rest of the year.

Chad Tracy (17.0 percent owned) He may fly under the radar, but Tracy is a strong hitter. He hit .285 in 143 games last season, despite being moved around the field. This season he has started off on a torrid pace, hitting .356. Tracy is a contact hitter who isn't known for the long ball, but could develop more power, as he does hit a lot of doubles. The main concern with Tracy is whether his lack of defensive prowess will keep him out of the lineup, but for now, that doesn't seem to be a problem. Tracy will continue to play in five or six games a week, provide a good average, and maybe pick up a few RBI when he bats out of the sixth or seventh hole in the lineup.