D.J. Short

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Thursday, April 18, 2013




AL ONLY

Ryan Raburn 2B/OF, Indians (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Yes, Raburn was absolutely terrible with the Tigers last season, but I could see him having some value as a bench player with the Indians. The 32-year-old has an .801 OPS against southpaws for his career and amassed at least 14 home runs every season from 2009-2011. There could be a chance for him to sneak into the lineup while Michael Bourn is on the disabled list with a lacerated finger, so he makes for a decent short-term play in AL-only leagues.

Oswaldo Arcia OF, Twins (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

One of the top outfield prospects in the majors, Arcia had a brief stint with the big club this week while Wilkin Ramirez was on the paternity leave list, but he was brought right back Wednesday after Darin Mastroianni was placed on the disabled list with a stress reaction in his ankle. The 21-year-old owns a .316/.373/.539 batting line over parts of six seasons in the minors and was hitting .394 (13-for-33) with three homers over his first 10 games this season with Triple-A Rochester. Growing pains are possible during his first extended chance against major league pitching and it's unclear how the Twins will fit him into the lineup, but he's worth grabbing on upside alone.

NL ONLY

Joe Mahoney 1B, Marlins (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Mahoney was on the brink of securing a roster spot during spring training, but an oblique injury caused him to begin the season on the disabled list. However, the Marlins activated him Wednesday and will likely have him share first base duties with Greg Dobbs while Logan Morrison and Casey Kotchman are out of commission. The 26-year-old didn't put up big numbers in the minors, but he's capable of some modest pop and speed.  

Francisco Rodriguez RP, Brewers (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

After Jose Valverde returned to the Tigers last week on a minor league deal, Rodriguez did the same yesterday with the Brewers. K-Rod failed to attract much interest over the winter after he posted a 4.38 ERA and 72/31 K/BB ratio in 72 innings last season and had more off-the-field issues, but the Brewers are willing to see if he could be an upgrade for their struggling bullpen. Given his experience, it can't be ruled out that he could eventually surface as the team's closer, so he's worth a stash if you're desperate for saves. Even those in deeper mixed leagues should take note.

Kyle Blanks 1B/OF, Padres (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

It wasn't too long ago that Blanks was considered one of the more promising power-hitting prospects in the game, but elbow and shoulder surgeries have stalled his progress. However, he's currently getting an opportunity due to Carlos Quentin's suspension. The 26-year-old is 5-for-11 over his first four games and took Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw deep on Wednesday night. The 26-year-old should get a decent number of starts over the next few days, especially now that the injury to Cameron Maybin has opened up more playing time in the outfield. With Quentin's injury history, don't be surprised if he ends up being pretty useful this season.



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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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