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Thursday, May 03, 2012




NL ONLY

Bobby Abreu OF, Free Agent (Yahoo: 2 percent owned, ESPN: 0.7 percent)

I'm cheating a little bit here, but this is assuming that Abreu ends up signing a contract with the Dodgers. The 38-year-old was released by the Angels last weekend after being buried on the bench and hitting just .208 over his first 24 at-bats, but he will presumably share playing time with Juan Rivera in left field and function as a left-handed bat of the bench. Abreu is clearly on the decline and could be an adventure in the outfield, but he still had a .353 on-base percentage last year and swiped 21 bases in 26 attempts. He's a must-own in NL-only leagues as soon as he's in the player pool.

Patrick Corbin SP, Diamondbacks (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0.6 percent)

Josh Collmenter was booted from the starting rotation over the weekend, so Corbin started in his place on Monday against the Marlins and allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings while striking out six and walking three. Corbin, who was acquired from the Angels in the Dan Haren trade, has a 3.83 ERA over parts of four seasons in the minors, averaging 8.3 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9. The 22-year-old left-hander doesn't have the upside of more exciting D-Backs' prospects like Trevor Bauer, Archie Bradley or Tyler Skaggs, but he should at least hold down a rotation spot until Daniel Hudson returns from a right shoulder impingement.

Brian Bogusevic OF, Astros (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

There's not a lot to get excited about here, but Bogusevic could provide some sneaky value if he continues to get regular playing time. The 2005 first-round pick had a knack for getting on base in the minor leagues, something he has maintained with a 9.3 percent walk rate and a .340 on-base percentage over his first 302 plate appearances in the majors. And while he doesn't have the wheels of teammate Jordan Schafer, the 28-year-old outfielder had 20 or more stolen bases in each of the past three seasons in the minors. Just keep in mind that Travis Buck looms as a threat if he struggles.

Alex White SP, Rockies (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Jhoulys Chacin was optioned to the minors on Wednesday after struggling to the tune of a 7.30 ERA over his first five starts and the early speculation is that White will get the call to replace him in the starting rotation. White, who came over from the Indians in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal last July, has a solid 2.92 ERA and 21/8 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings over his first five starts with Triple-A Colorado Springs this season. His command was shaky in his first taste of the majors last year, but he throws hard and keeps the ball on the ground. That's a potential recipe for success.

AL ONLY

Michael Taylor OF, Athletics (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

With Coco Crisp likely headed to the disabled list due to recurring issues with a sinus infection, Taylor is in line for a promotion and should at least see part-time duty in the A's outfield. The 26-year-old outfielder is off to a strong start with Triple-A Sacramento this season, batting .347 with two homers, 18 RBI, six stolen bases and a .938 OPS over 105 plate appearances. Taylor hasn't come close to reaching the lofty expectations attached to him during his days as a farmhand with the Phillies, but his modest power-speed combo is enough to make him interesting.

Jarrod Dyson OF, Royals (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

The Royals were originally hoping that Lorenzo Cain would be able to return from the disabled list last Friday, but his timetable has been pushed back a couple weeks after he experienced a setback during his rehab assignment. Mitch Maier continues to get looks in center field during his absence, but Dyson is the one you want from a fantasy perspective. The speedy 27-year-old has stolen 22 bases with the Royals over the past three seasons, despite appearing in just 50 games.

John Jaso C, Mariners (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Miguel Olivo is expected to miss an extended period of time with a strained right groin, which means that Jaso and Jesus Montero will split catching duties for now. Jaso has been limited to just 18 at-bats so far this season, but the expectation is that he should handle most of the catching duties against right-handed pitching, which at least plays to his strengths offensively. The 28-year-old backstop is coming off a horrible season, but he owns a 12 percent walk rate and .340 on-base percentage over 707 plate appearances in the big leagues.

Aaron Cook SP, Red Sox (Yahoo: N/A, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

Cook had an out-clause in his contract on May 1, so the Red Sox will bring him up to the majors to prevent him from becoming a free agent. His first assignment will come Saturday against the Orioles, as he's set to fill in for Josh Beckett, who came down with lat soreness after he tied a career-high by throwing 126 pitches last Sunday against the White Sox. Cook has a 4.53 ERA in the majors, so let's not get carried away here, but the veteran sinkerballer was pitching well with Triple-A Pawtucket and has a career ground ball rate of 57.4 percent. Use him Saturday and see how things shake out.



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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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