D.J. Short

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Waiver Wired: Jumping Jackson

Thursday, July 18, 2013




NL ONLY

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS, Nationals (Yahoo: 22 percent owned)

Placed on the disabled list early last month due to a fracture in his right wrist, Espinosa was formally optioned to the minors after he got off to a miserable start during his rehab assignment. However, something has clicked for him recently, as he's hitting an even .400 (18-for-45) with seven extra-base hits (two homers) and two stolen bases over his last 12 games. Finally healthy? Maybe. Anthony Rendon is holding his own as the Nationals' starting second baseman and deserves to keep the job, but we could see Espinosa in a utility role soon if he keeps it up. There's even a chance the Nationals could use him as trade bait leading up to the deadline. Watch him.

Julio Borbon OF, Cubs (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Borbon hasn't seen much playing time since being claimed off waivers from the Rangers in April, logging just 104 plate appearances in 62 games, but he is 7-for-8 in stolen base attempts. The rebuilding Cubs are clearly in sell-mode, with Scott Hairston already out the door, and fellow outfielders like Alfonso Soriano, Nate Schierholtz and eventually David DeJesus also available in trades, so Borbon could be an excellent source of speed down the stretch. Stash him away now.

AL ONLY

Jesus Montero C, Mariners (Yahoo: 18 percent owned)

Montero was demoted to the minors in May after hitting just .208 with three homers in 29 games and required left knee surgery less than three weeks later, but he has begun playing in rehab games with the Mariners' rookie league team and should return to the Triple-A level by the end of the month. The Mariners have a ton of potential trade candidates, including Kendrys Morales, Mike Morse, and Raul Ibanez, so there should be at-bats for Montero out of the DH spot down the stretch. His days as a regular catcher are almost certainly over, but he's still eligible at the position in fantasy leagues. There's enough upside here to take a chance with an available bench spot.

Pedro Ciriaco SS/2B/3B, Royals (Yahoo: 3 percent owned)

After being designated for assignment for the second time this season, Ciriaco was claimed off waivers by the Royals earlier this week. His role isn't exactly clear, but the Royals have struggled to get much production out of second base between the likes of Chris Getz, Elliot Johnson, and Johnny Giavotella. Don't expect anything close to his production with the Red Sox from last season, but Ciriaco has enough speed to be useful, even in a part-time role.



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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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