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Thursday, June 16, 2011




AL ONLY

Andrew Miller SP, Red Sox (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Faced with the possibility that Miller would use the out-clause in his minor league contract, the Red Sox have decided to add the southpaw to their starting rotation next week against the Padres. Miller, a former top prospect with the Tigers and Marlins, has a 2.47 ERA and 61/35 K/BB ratio over 12 starts and one relief appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket this season. Keep in mind that the 26-year-old has an awful 5.84 ERA over 294 1/3 major league innings, so it would be wise to temper expectations, but this is a pretty nice first matchup.

Dayan Viciedo 3B, White Sox (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

White Sox general manager Ken Williams said earlier this week that Viciedo is "ready" for the big leagues. And, really, it's hard to argue. The Cuban defector is hitting .318/.365/.518 with 10 homers and 45 RBI over his first 62 games with Triple-A Charlotte this season. He also has a 43/16 K/BB ratio over 245 at-bats, which is actually a nice improvement from what we've seen in the past. It will be interesting to see how the White Sox use him, as he has played exclusively right field this season, but I'd stash him where available.

Eduardo Nunez 3B/SS, Yankees (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

You might have missed this story, but Derek Jeter went on the disabled list this week with a calf injury. Crazy, I know. Anyway, Nunez should get the majority of the playing time at shortstop during his absence. The 24-year-old already has back-to-back multi-hit games under his belt, including a home run and two stolen bases in Wednesday's win over the Rangers. He's an obvious add in AL-only leagues and may even have some temporary value in deeper mixed formats that use a MI (middle infielder) slot.

NL ONLY

Lucas Duda OF, Mets (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Duda recently earned a promotion from Triple-A Buffalo by batting .438 with five homers and 12 RBI over his first nine games in June. It hasn't translated to much success in the big leagues, as he is just 3-for-16 (.188) since being called up from the minors, but Mets manager Terry Collins continues to give him looks against right-handed starters. The Mets face all right-handers this weekend against the Angels, so it might be worth playing him in case he finally goes deep.

Jose Lopez 2B/3B, Marlins (Yahoo: 2 percent owned, ESPN: 16.9 percent)

It didn't take long for Lopez to find another opportunity. After being cut loose by the Rockies earlier this month, he is already on the Marlins' major league roster. The Marlins seem pretty satisfied with their current platoon of Greg Dobbs and Wes Helms at third base, but I could at least see Lopez stealing at-bats against left-handed pitching, if not more. Remember, he's only two years removed from hitting 25 home runs, so there's still some potential here if given the chance.

Kenley Jansen RP, Dodgers (Yahoo: 5 percent owned, ESPN: 0.7 percent)

It's basically a requirement at this point to mention at least one member of the Dodgers' bullpen in each column, so here's Jansen's turn. The hard-throwing right-hander could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Friday. It's possible his return could be pushed back a day or two after his final scheduled rehab appearance was rained out Wednesday, but he should absolutely be on your radar considering the uncertainty in the Dodgers' bullpen. While he has an ugly 6.43 ERA in 20 appearances this season, he has struck out 35 batters in just 21 innings.


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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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