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Nathan's Famous

Thursday, July 07, 2011




AL ONLY:

Nolan Reimold OF, Orioles (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, 0 percent owned)

The Orioles placed Scott on the disabled list this week with a right shoulder strain. He's scheduled to undergo an MRA on Friday and depending upon the results, he could be headed for season-ending surgery. While surgery would be unfortunate, it would create an opportunity for Reimold, who is hitting .271/.362/.492 with four homers and 12 RBI over 69 plate appearances at the major league level this season. Felix Pie would also get his share of playing time, but remember that it wasn't too long ago that Reimold was considered a sleeper in deeper mixed formats. Why not give him a second chance?

Glen Perkins RP, Twins (Yahoo: 5 percent owned, 2.7 percent)

I recommended Joe Nathan above, but Perkins should be owned in deeper mixed and AL-only leagues. The 28-year-old southpaw bailed out Capps in back-to-back save chances this week and has a surprising 1.78 ERA and 32/11 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings this season. I still favor Nathan for the gig if Twins manager Ron Gardenhire decides to make a change, simply because he's done it before, but Perkins could get a look in certain matchups.

Kyle Seager 3B, Mariners (Yahoo: N/A, ESPN: 0 percent)

The Mariners called Seager up from the minors on Wednesday and plan to give him regular time at third base for the time being. The 2009 third-round pick was hitting .455/.500/.673 over his first 60 plate appearances with Triple-A Tacoma. This, after batting .312/.381/.459 over 66 games with Double-A Jackson. The 23-year-old doesn't project to hit for much power, but has good patience and should be able to maintain a solid batting average with his line drive swing. At this point, anything that takes playing time away from Chone Figgins is a very good thing.

Trevor Plouffe SS, Twins (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

As the Twins search for some production at first base with Justin Morneau on the mend from neck surgery, Ron Gardenhire said Wednesday that he asked for Plouffe to get some at the position with Triple-A Rochester. It makes plenty of sense in the short-term, as the 2004 first-round pick is hitting .306 with 15 homers, 33 RBI and a 1.035 OPS over 46 games at the minor league level this season. Of course, this is well above his .257/.320/.406 career batting line, so temper your expectations a bit, but the Twins could use all the help they can get offensively. I'd safely tuck him away if you have the room.

NL ONLY:

Zack Cozart SS, Reds (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

I'm officially on Cozart watch. Why? Well, because Reds' shortstops have combined for a pathetic .545 OPS this season, the lowest in the majors. It's possible they could swing a trade, but with no good or realistic (Jose Reyes) targets out there, they may have to look internally for an upgrade. Cozart, 25, is hitting .310/.357/.467 with seven homers, 32 RBI and nine stolen bases over 77 games with Triple-A Louisville this season. With Paul Janish and Edgar Renteria flailing away offensively, that's good enough to stash him and root for a call up.

Clay Hensley RP, Marlins (Yahoo: 2 percent owned, 0.1 percent)

Interesting turn of events this week, as Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald noted that the Marlins are increasing Hensley's pitch count during his rehab outings, potentially to slot him into the starting rotation once he returns from the disabled list. Hensley, 31, hasn't started regularly since he went 11-12 with a 3.71 ERA with the Padres back in 2006. Obviously his ERA was helped by pitching in PETCO Park, but his groundball tendencies gives him a chance to be successful. If he can stay healthy, that is.

Bobby Parnell RP, Mets (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York speculated earlier this week that Parnell will serve as closer if Francisco Rodriguez is traded. And based off what we've seen lately, it's easy to understand why. The hard-throwing right-hander hasn't allowed an earned run in seven out of his last eight appearances, lowering his ERA to 2.66 for the year. He has also piled up 29 strikeouts over 23 2/3 innings. The Mets are competitive right now, which makes things tricky, but he's the one you want if you're in the mood to speculate.

Mike Cameron OF, Marlins (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

The Marlins acquired Cameron from the Red Sox this week for a player to be named later or cash. The 38-year-old outfielder was designated for assignment by Boston last week after hitting just .149/.212/.266 over 105 plate appearances. I'm not expecting him to find the fountain of youth in Florida, but he should be the primary center fielder, at least until Chris Coghlan returns from the minor leagues. Remember, Cameron hit 24 homers with the Brewers just two seasons ago. He could surprise with regular playing time.


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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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