D.J. Short

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Thursday, August 09, 2012


 

NL ONLY

Kurt Suzuki C, Nationals (Yahoo: 10 percent owned, ESPN: 5.8 percent)

In the midst of his worst season in the big leagues, Suzuki was traded to the Nationals last week. While the A's were ready to turn the page, Suzuki is expected to take over the starting catcher gig from Jesus Flores, who has really struggled filling in for Wilson Ramos. The 28-year-old backstop isn't too far removed from being a productive fantasy catcher, so he's worth an automatic flier in NL-only leagues, especially if you're missing Carlos Ruiz or Yasmani Grandal right now.

Erik Kratz C, Phillies (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.5 percent)

Carlos Ruiz hoped to play through the plantar fasciitis in his left foot, but the rest of his season is now in jeopardy after an MRI over the weekend revealed a partial tear. With 35-year-old Brian Schneider poised to hit free agency following the season, this would be a good time for the Phillies to give Kratz a long look behind the plate. The 32-year-old journeyman has shown decent pop in the minors and is hitting .371 (13-for-35) with four home runs, five doubles and nine RBI in sporadic playing time with the Fightins this year. He should be on your radar in two-catcher leagues.

Jacob Turner SP, Marlins (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.2 percent)

The centerpiece of the deal that sent Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers last month, Turner has a 2.65 ERA over his first three starts with Triple-A New Orleans and is knocking on the door for a call-up to the big leagues. The 2009 first-round pick has an 8.28 ERA over his first six big league starts and hasn't missed many bats in the minors this year, but it's easy to forget that he's just 21 years old. He's worth stashing away on potential alone and will surely show up on many sleeper lists next spring.

AL ONLY

Ezequiel Carrera OF, Indians (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 0.4 percent)

Called up from Triple-A Columbus last Friday after Johnny Damon was designated for assignment, Carrera is expected to get the majority of the playing time in left field for the Indians moving forward. The 25-year-old batted .243 with a .613 OPS over 68 games in his first taste of the big leagues last year, so my expectations aren't particularly high, but he's off to a nice start this time around and has the speed to get to double-digit stolen bases down the stretch.

Corey Kluber SP/RP, Indians (Yahoo: 0 percent owned, ESPN: 0 percent)

Kluber was knocked around pretty good in his first major league start last Thursday against the Royals, but he was much better Tuesday against the Twins, allowing three runs (one earned) over six innings as part of a no-decision. I'm not convinced that the 26-year-old right-hander is a long-term piece for the Indians, but he has averaged 93.5 mph on his fastball through two starts and had a solid 3.59 ERA and 128 strikeouts over 125 1/3 innings this season with Triple-A Columbus. It looks like he'll keep a rotation spot for the short-term, so he's worth a look if you're hurting for starters.

Jeff Baker 1B/2B/3B/OF, Tigers (Yahoo: 1 percent owned, ESPN: 1 percent)

Acquired from the Cubs over the weekend, Baker made his Tigers' debut on Wednesday night against Yankees' left-hander CC Sabathia and went 2-for-3 with a two-run single and a double. The 31-year-old has an .873 career OPS against left-handed pitching, so he could be a nice little weapon for Tigers manager Jim Leyland down the stretch. Of course, playing strictly against lefties will limit Baker's fantasy value, but his multi-position eligibility could come in handy in leagues where you can make daily lineup changes.



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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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