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Thursday, August 15, 2013




NL ONLY

Andrew Lambo OF, Pirates (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Lambo got the call to the big club this week after hitting .284/.350/.576 with 31 home runs in 117 games this season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. The hope is that he'll be able to provide some offense out of right field, which has been a trouble spot for the first-place Pirates. It's worth noting that the 25-year-old also struck out 25 percent of the time in the minors this season and has never hit more than 18 home runs in a full season before, so it remains to be seen whether this is just a career year or a legitimate breakthrough. I see him as more of a desperation play in deeper mixed leagues if you need power, but the upside makes him a must-own in NL-only formats.

Jake Arrieta SP, Cubs (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Acquired from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman deal back in July, Arrieta was impressive in a spot start last month and will get an extended opportunity in Chicago's rotation beginning this weekend. The 27-year-old right-hander owns an ugly 5.39 ERA through 364 innings in the majors, but the rebuilding Cubs still think he has the potential to be a useful starter in the long run. He has the velocity and the arsenal, so stranger things have happened.

AL ONLY

Wilson Betemit 1B/3B/OF, Orioles (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Out all season with a PCL tear in his in his right knee, Betemit is batting .379 (11-for-29) with two doubles during his minor league rehab assignment and moved up to Double-A Bowie on Wednesday. If all goes according to plan, he should be activated later this month. Orioles' designate hitters are batting just .210 with a .657 OPS this season, so Betemit could provide a nice boost against right-handed pitching at the very least. Stash him if you have an available DL spot.

Todd Redmond SP, Blue Jays (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Redmond has been pretty solid when called upon this season, posting a 3.62 ERA and 40/11 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings over six starts and three relief appearances. This includes 5 1/3 innings of scoreless ball against the Red Sox on Tuesday night.  With Josh Johnson and Brandon Morrow both on the disabled list, there's a real chance he could keep a rotation spot for the stretch run. The 28-year-old right-hander is more of a journeyman than a long-term piece, but his knack for limiting walks could come in handy.



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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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