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Thursday, July 04, 2013




NL ONLY

Pedro Strop RP, Cubs (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Acquired from the Orioles this week in the Scott Feldman deal, Strop has an ugly 7.25 ERA in 29 appearances this season. That's a far cry from his 2.44 ERA last season, though his penchant for the free pass (5.4 BB/9) has always been a trouble spot. Still, the 28-year-old right-hander has swing-and-miss stuff, so it's easy to see why the Cubs took a chance on him. Cubs manager Dale Sveum has already pegged Blake Parker as a possible replacement at closer if (or when) Kevin Gregg is traded, but Strop could be in the mix for save chances if he gets off to strong start. Keep an eye on him.

Tony Campana OF, Diamondbacks (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Called up from Triple-A Reno this week when Willie Bloomquist was placed on the disabled list with a left hand contusion, Campana swiped a base in his first start on Wednesday night and is now 55-for-60 in stolen base attempts in 185 games in the majors. That's the highest success rate in history (min. 60 attempts), according to Baseball Reference's Play Index. The 27-year-old outfielder doesn't have a clear path to playing time with the Diamondbacks and he may head back down to the minors before long, but he makes sense as a short-term pick up if you need speed in deeper leagues.

AL ONLY

Manny Ramirez UTIL, Rangers (Yahoo: N/A)

He's back. That's right, after a brief sojourn with the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional League, Ramirez has agreed to terms on a minor league deal with the Rangers. Now 41 years old, he's expected to report to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. Ramirez hasn't played in the majors since 2011 with the Rays, when he infamously retired rather than face a 100-game PED suspension. He latched on with the Athletics last year on a minor league deal, but eventually asked for his release after hitting .302 (19-for-63) with no homers and three doubles in 17 games with Triple-A Sacramento. I'm not expecting this to go anywhere, but those in AL-only leagues can stash him away on the off chance that he still has something left in the tank.

Eduardo Nunez 3B/SS, Yankees (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

I believe it was Andy Warhol who said that, "In the future, everyone will play shortstop for the Yankees for 15 minutes." Luis Cruz is the latest Derek Jeter stopgap, as he signed with the club on Wednesday after he was cut loose by the Dodgers last week. However, it shouldn't be long before Nunez gets another chance to fill in. Finally recovered from a strained left oblique, the 26-year-old is two games into a minor league rehab assignment and should be activated prior to the All-Star break. With his speed and multi-position eligibility, he's worth stashing in a DL spot in leagues where he was dropped.



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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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