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Thursday, July 26, 2012




NL ONLY

Donovan Solano SS/OF, Marlins (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

The Marlins cut ties with Hanley Ramirez this week, but they don't have an obvious internal option to take over at third base. Matt Dominguez likely would have gotten the nod if he wasn't sent to Houston in the Carlos Lee deal, but it now appears Solano will get the first crack at the job. The 24-year-old is hitting .322 through 59 at-bats this year, but he's doing it on the strength of an unsustainable .422 batting average on balls in play. He's also never shown much power or speed in the minor leagues. Solano probably profiles best as a utility player in the long-term, but with his eligibility at shortstop and the promise of semi-regular playing time, he could have some relevancy in NL-only leagues the rest of the way.

Domonic Brown OF, Phillies (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.1 percent)

No, I'm not giving up on this guy yet. Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino are being mentioned regularly in trade rumors, so Brown could soon find his way back to the big leagues. The 24-year-old former top prospect was on fire prior to being diagnosed with MCL and PCL strains in his right knee last month and has picked up where he left off since returning earlier this month. The Phillies would need to play out of their minds to make a run at one of the Wild Cards, so if they are selling off some pieces, it's about time they see what they have here.

Ben Francisco OF, Astros (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

From AL-only recommendation to NL-only in the space of a week? Hey, weird things can happen around the trade deadline. Francisco was swapped from the Blue Jays to the Astros last week as part of a 10-player trade. While the 30-year-old is already an obvious non-tender candidate this offseason, he should at least get semi-regular playing time for the rest of the summer. Francisco had 10 homers and 13 RBI in 2009 and 12 homers and 12 stolen bases in 2010, so he's worth a look if you're desperate for an outfielder.

AL ONLY

Ryan Roberts 2B/3B, Rays (Yahoo: 20 percent owned, ESPN: 23.8 percent)

Ignore those ownership numbers, as they are mostly meaningless when it comes to players switching leagues midseason. Roberts was acquired from the Diamondbacks this week and promptly homered in his first game with his new club on Wednesday. The "Tatman" has been a disappointment this season, but he's multi-position eligible and offers power and speed. Evan Longoria is expected to be eased back into action as the designated hitter when he comes off the disabled list, so Roberts should continue to get plenty of playing time in the short-term.

Jeremy Guthrie SP, Royals (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.7 percent)

The Royals and Rockies completed a swap of disappointments late last week, as erratic left-hander Jonathan Sanchez was sent to Colorado in exchange for Guthrie. The 33-year-old right-hander was ill-suited for the thin air in Colorado, posting an obscene 9.45 ERA while allowing 15 homers over just 46 2/3 innings, but he did have a much more palatable 3.67 ERA in eight starts and two relief appearances away from Coors Field. Guthrie managed a 4.12 ERA while pitching with the Orioles from 2007-2011 and while that's not outstanding, he would obviously have value in AL-only leagues if he gets back to that level in his new digs.

Jayson Nix 3B/SS/OF, Yankees (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

The Yankees were dealt a tough blow this week, as Alex Rodriguez suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch. He's expected to be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks, which means we can rule him out until September. Eric Chavez is the top option to fill in, but given his injury history, it's unlikely he'll play every day. Nor should he be trusted to do so. Granted, Nix owns a lousy .210/.281/.372 batting line in the big leagues, but he has enough pop to be interesting.



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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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