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Thursday, July 11, 2013




NL ONLY

Carlos Torres RP/SP, Mets (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Torres has been a nice find out of the Mets' bullpen this season, posting a 0.51 ERA and 15/2 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings, but he'll get a chance in the starting rotation now that Shaun Marcum is done for the season due to thoracic outlet syndrome. The 30-year-old right-hander has never enjoyed success like this during his previous stints in the majors, so it would be dangerous to take the small sample too seriously, but his improved control (both with the Mets and during his time with Triple-A Las Vegas) is very encouraging. Jon Niese could be back in a month, but Torres is worth a short-term look.

Jeff Francoeur OF, Giants (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

The Royals cut ties with Francoeur last week after he batted just .208/.249/.322 in 59 games, but the Giants quickly scooped him up in an effort to save their season. OK, just kidding about that. The 29-year-old will spend some time with Triple-A Fresno in order to get some work in left field and could join the big club at some point after the All-Star break. The Giants would be best served to use Francoeur strictly against left-handed pitching, but he has a knack for getting off to hot starts with new teams and earning regular at-bats as a result. Those desperate for outfield help should take a chance.  

AL ONLY

Jarred Cosart SP, Astros (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

The time has come. After compiling a 3.29 ERA and 93 strikeouts over 93 innings this season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Cosart will be called up to make his major league debut Friday night against the Rays. Acquired from the Phillies two years ago in the Hunter Pence deal, the 23-year-old right-hander throws in the mid-90s with his fastball and induces plenty of grounders. While control has been an issue for him (4.8 BB/9 this year), the Astros believe he's ready to make the jump. I see Cosart as more of a wait-and-see option in mixed leagues right now, especially against a red-hot Rays team, but he makes for a no-brainer pickup in AL-only formats.  

Danny Duffy SP, Royals (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

In his first season back from Tommy John surgery, Duffy owns a 4.85 ERA and 42/18 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings through nine starts and one relief appearance between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha. His control isn't all the way back yet, but that isn't unusual for a pitcher after this type of surgery. The good news is that his velocity is right where it should be. The Royals aren't going to rush him, but it's probably just a matter of time before he rejoins the starting rotation. The 24-year-old southpaw could be a nice sleeper during the second half.



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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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