Watch Now: J.A. Happ's Pitching Woes Continue (2:26)

We talk a lot in this space about players to add. But adding players of course means dropping players, which means it's sometimes worth taking stock of which players meet that unpleasant criteria.

The discussion is a stickier one because no single "drop" recommendation is one-size-fits-all, and particularly this early in the season (not to mention a season with an abnormal buildup), a player can absolutely still turn things around. Nobody wants to be the somebody who actively forfeits something great.

Nonetheless, these performance Wednesday by pitchers rostered in more than 75 percent of CBS Sports leagues are at least enough to get you thinking.

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Lance McCullers
HOU • SP • 43
Wednesday at Diamondbacks
IP3.2
H7
ER8
BB0
K1
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Robbie Ray
TOR • SP • 38
Wednesday vs. Astros
IP5
H6
ER6
BB2
K6
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Sean Manaea
OAK • SP • 55
Wednesday vs. Rangers
IP3.1
H6
ER4
BB1
K5
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J.A. Happ
NYY • SP • 33
Wednesday vs. Phillies
IP3
H3
ER4
BB6
K1
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Yup. Sorry stuff by four pitchers who have yet to deliver anything more than a sorry performance. (OK, so there was that one start by Lance McCullers.)

Personally, I wouldn't feel compelled to move on from McCullers or Robbie Ray yet. The former is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. The latter is working his way through a mechanical change. Both have high strikeout potential, big upside and long enough track records to have earned the benefit of the doubt. You bench them, sure, but there would have to be something spectacular on the waiver wire to get me to move on from them. In most leagues, there isn't.

The other two? Look, Sean Manaea was a fringy pitcher with some fringy stuff prior to those five starts last year when he showed something more, so I think it's about time we sobered up on him. I'm not saying he's must-drop, but he's still rostered in 95 percent of leagues. And J.A. Happ? He wasn't even good last year. His rostership hinged on him recapturing what he had in 2018, which seems less plausible now.

Some pitchers who might be in line for a pickup based on Wednesday's results:

Kris Bubic
KC • SP • 50
Wednesday vs. Cubs
IP6
H4
ER2
BB2
K6
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Kyle Gibson
TEX • SP • 44
Wednesday at Athletics
IP6
H4
ER3
BB2
K9
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Marco Gonzales
SEA • SP • 7
Wednesday vs. Angels
IP7
H3
ER3
BB0
K7
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Yeah, yeah ... we can work with those. The jury's still out on Kris Bubic, who's two starts in after making the leap from A-ball, but his changeup might be enough to carry him, helping account for his 13 swinging strikes in this one. Kyle Gibson, like Dylan Bundy, has long underperformed his swinging-strike rate and might benefit from the same change of scenery that Lance Lynn and Mike Minor enjoyed last year. Marco Gonzales is lacking in upside, but he's a stable enough innings-eater that he won 16 games for a bad Mariners team last year.

I'd drop Happ for any of them. Manaea for just Bubic, but the others are at least debatable.

Here are some other players standing out on the waiver wire ...

Possible waiver wire pickups
LAA L.A. Angels • #22 • Age: 26
ROSTERED
67%
2020 season
BA
.348
HR
2
SB
2
OPS
.972
AB
46
K
8
He's kind of a must if he's going to keep batting leadoff for the Angels, right? There (probably) isn't much power or speed there, but you know David Fletcher will hit for average. Plus, the quadruple eligibility could come in especially handy in a year when an entire team might be forced to shut down for an entire week at a moment's notice.
HOU Houston • #30 • Age: 23
ROSTERED
65%
2020 season
BA
.237
HR
1
SB
2
AB
38
K
12
Kyle Tucker went from not starting against lefties to starting against them in back to back games, going 2 for 4 in the first one and then homering off Robbie Ray in the second. Dusty Baker may be coming around to him, even with Yordan Alvarez on the verge of returning.
SF San Francisco • #58 • Age: 28
ROSTERED
39%
2020 season
IP
4
H
3
ER
1
BB
1
K
2
For all of Gabe Kapler's bullpen shenanigans, we're probably to the point now where we can just say Trevor Gott is the guy. He has all three of the Giants' saves. His only appearance that didn't come in the ninth inning came in the eighth against the heart of the Rangers lineup. Meanwhile, Tony Watson has yet to work the ninth inning of a game.
MIN Minnesota • #68 • Age: 25
ROSTERED
32%
Wednesday at Pirates
IP
6
H
3
ER
0
BB
0
K
1
We all look to the strikeouts first, which Randy Dobnak clearly doesn't provide, but in all the ways a pitcher can succeed apart from strikeouts -- namely, putting the ball on the ground and throwing strikes -- he does. He has now allowed just one earned run across three starts this year after putting together a 2.07 ERA in the minors last year and a 1.59 ERA during a brief stint in the majors. He's also backed by a top-flight supporting cast. The upside is limited (he won't actually be a 2.00 ERA guy, rest assured), but he looks usable.
SEA Seattle • #16 • Age: 29
ROSTERED
2%
2020 season
IP
4.2
H
2
ER
1
BB
1
K
6
Why hasn't Carl Edwards been closing for the Mariners all along? He was thought to have that sort of future with the Cubs, putting together a 3.06 ERA, 10.7 WHIP and 12.3 K/9 across four seasons before shoulder woes derailed him. Hopefully, Wednesday's save is a sign of things to come.