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Thursday, May 09, 2013




NL ONLY

Derek Dietrich 2B, Marlins (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

After losing both Donovan Solano and Chris Valaika to injury over the past week, the Marlins called up Dietrich from Double-A Jacksonville on Wednesday to fill in at second base. Dietrich, who was acquired from the Rays during the winter in the Yunel Escobar deal, owns a .279/.347/.473 batting line over parts of four seasons in the minors. The 23-year-old isn't known for his speed, but he possesses good pop for a middle infielder. He was also making some nice strides with his plate discipline in a small sample in Double-A this season. Solano figures to be back in the next couple of weeks, but Dietrich is well worth a flier in the short-term.

Tyler Moore 1B/OF, Nationals (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

With Jayson Werth facing a possible stint on the disabled list due to lingering hamstring soreness, Moore could stand to benefit in the days ahead. Granted, the 26-year-old is hitting just .167 (7-for-42) with one homer and a 20/2 K/BB ratio through 19 games this season, but don't forget that he had 10 homers and an .840 OPS in 156 at-bats as a rookie last season. He could be pretty valuable in the short-term if Werth needs a break.

AL ONLY

Kyle Gibson SP, Twins (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Gibson's major league debut could be right around the corner. The 25-year-old struck out nine in a shutout with Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday night and now holds a 3.32 ERA and 35/11 K/BB ratio over 40 2/3 innings this season. Of course, he likely would have been in the Twins' rotation a long time ago if it wasn't for Tommy John surgery in September of 2011, so the talent isn't a question. Perhaps the Twins will wait until June to call him up due to service time considerations, but the 2009 first-round pick is worth waiting for in AL-only formats. Stash away.

Jimmy Paredes OF, Astros (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

The Astros did a mini-overhaul of their outfield this week, designating Rick Ankiel and Fernando Martinez for assignment while calling up Paredes and Trevor Crowe from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Paredes is the most interesting name from a fantasy perspective. While the 24-year-old hasn't done much in sporadic opportunities at the major league level, he has stolen 157 bases over 545 games in the minors and is capable of showing some occasional pop. It wouldn't take much for him to earn significant playing time, so take a flier.  

Jeff Baker 1B/OF, Rangers (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Baker has been red-hot out of the gate this season, hitting .333 (11-for-33) with three home runs, two doubles and six RBI through 17 games. The 31-year-old even earned some playing time in left field last week over the struggling David Murphy. Baker owns an .861 OPS against left-handed pitching for his career, so don't rule out the possibility for increased playing time if Murphy's funk continues. He's a nice versatile option to have around.



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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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