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Thursday, April 07, 2011





AL-ONLY

Jayson Nix 2B/3B, Blue Jays (Yahoo: 1 percent, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

When you really think about it, Nix on the Blue Jays makes a ton of sense. The 28-year-old has a lousy .216 batting average and 168/57 K/BB ratio over 726 major league plate appearances, so it's not like I'm expecting a breakthrough there, but Rogers Centre is one of the better venues for right-hander power in the majors. Jose Bautista is expected to return from the birth of his first daughter on Friday, which will send Nix back to the bench, but I could still see him finishing the year with 10-15 homers in a part-time role.

Carlos Carrasco SP, Indians (Yahoo: 2 percent, ESPN: 0.2 percent)

Probably not who you expected to see here, but this is an ideal time to pluck Carrasco off the waiver wire. There's a chance some owners cut bait on him after he allowed seven runs on 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings against the White Sox on Saturday, but I see much better days ahead. Remember, the 24-year-old right-hander had an impressive 3.83 ERA and 38/14 K/BB ratio over 44 2/3 innings as a September call-up last season. The Indians' offense probably won't give him much support, but I'm not giving up on this guy.

Mark Trumbo 1B, Angels (Yahoo: 4 percent, ESPN: 0.2 percent)

After a monster spring (.297 batting average with six homers), Trumbo is batting .286 (6-for-21) with two doubles, two RBI and a stolen base over the first five games of the season. Playing in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League likely helped, but he tied Mike Moustakas for the minor league lead with 36 home runs last season. The 25-year-old should continue to see most of the playing time at first base until Kendrys Morales is ready to return, so he makes for a pretty solid short-term play.

Chris Getz 2B, Royals (Yahoo: 1 percent, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Getz has a .254/.317/.320 career batting line and almost no power whatsoever, so you're probably asking yourself what he's doing here. Well, he's playing everyday for Ned Yost and is 43-for-49 (88 percent) in stolen base attempts during his career. I wouldn't be surprised if Wilson Betemit (or the aforementioned Moustakas) eventually finds his way into the lineup, forcing Getz to compete with Mike Aviles for at-bats, but right now the 27-year-old makes for a cheap speed option at the second base position.

NL-ONLY

Charlie Morton SP, Pirates (Yahoo: 1 percent, ESPN: 0.7 percent)

I'm not kidding here. I actually like Charlie Morton. Yes, the very same guy who had a 7.57 ERA over 17 starts last season, easily the highest ERA among pitchers with at least 70 innings pitched. Granted, Morton wasn't exactly brilliant against the Cardinals on Monday -- he issued five walks -- but he also gave up just one run over six innings while recording 15 outs on the ground compared to just one fly out. The 27-year-old right-hander always had good stuff, so if he can continue having success with his sinker, he'll have some value in NL-only leagues. Keep an eye on him.

Juan Miranda 1B, Diamondbacks (Yahoo: 1 percent, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Tuesday that Miranda -- not Russell Branyan -- will get the majority of the starts at first base. I'm not completely convinced that this is exactly how the situation will play out, but the organization obviously wants to see what he can do. Miranda signed with the Yankees for $2 million back in 2006, but was never given much of an opportunity there, despite batting .287/.374/.481 with an .855 OPS at the Triple-A level over the past three seasons. Chase Field is a pretty favorable environment for hitters, so he's worth plugging in there against right-handed pitching at the very least.

Wilson Ramos C, Nationals (Yahoo: 1 percent, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Ramos, who was acquired from the Twins in the Matt Capps deal last July, went 2-for-5 in his second start of the season Tuesday. The 23-year-old is expected to split playing time with Ivan Rodriguez in the early part of the season, but look for him to be the primary catcher in Washington before long. His plate discipline is a work in progress and he is somewhat of a durability question, but he knows how to handle the bat and possesses sneaky pop from the right side of the plate. Stash him now if you have the room.

Brad Emaus 2B, Mets (Yahoo: 1 percent, ESPN: 0.3 percent)

The Mets picked up Emaus from the Jays in December's Rule 5 Draft and while he didn't do much until the end of spring training, it was obvious he was the organization's preferred option at second base all along. The 25-year-old put up some impressive numbers with Triple-A Las Vegas last season, but they were undoubtedly inflated by playing in the Pacific Coast League. As a result, he's somewhat of an unknown quantity here. What we do know is that Emaus has some pop and knows how to take a pitch. With a clear path to playing time in a pretty good lineup, he should be owned in every NL-only league.


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D.J. Short is a Rotoworld baseball editor and contributes to NBCSports.com's Hardball Talk blog. You can also find him on Twitter.
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