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Thursday, August 29, 2013




NL ONLY

Brian Bogusevic OF, Cubs (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

The Cubs have traded Alfonso Soriano, David DeJesus, and Scott Hairston over the past two months, leaving Bogusevic with the chance to get regular at-bats in the outfield down the stretch. The 29-year-old owns a .231/.310/.356 batting line over 274 games in the majors, but he has some patience and is capable of providing modest pop and speed. He could be a sneaky option during the final month.

Matt den Dekker OF, Mets (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Called up this week after the Marlon Byrd trade, den Dekker earned his way to the majors after hitting .296/.366/.486 with six home runs, 38 RBI, and eight stolen bases over 53 games this season with Triple-A Las Vegas. The 26-year-old likely would have been with the big club sooner if it wasn't for a fractured wrist suffered during spring training. While we only have a small sample of data to work with this year, he has cut down on his strikeouts and walked more often. It's unclear how much playing time den Dekker will get, but he's capable of helping in all categories.

AL ONLY

Luis Jimenez 3B, Angels (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Chris Nelson landed on the disabled list Thursday with a right hamstring strain, so the Angels called up Jimenez and figure to give him most of the playing time at third base for the final month of the season. The 25-year-old batted .232 with an ugly 24/2 K/BB ratio in 72 plate appearances during his first taste of the majors earlier this year, but he wasn't nearly as strikeout prone in the minors and routinely hit for a high average with a decent amount of pop. The playing time should be there, so he's worth adding where available.

Josmil Pinto C, Twins (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Joe Mauer is currently sidelined due to concussion symptoms, leaving Ryan Doumit and Chris Herrmann as the only options behind the plate for the Twins, so general manager Terry Ryan said Wednesday that the club plans to add another catcher in September. As Brandon Warne of 1500 ESPN points out, Pinto is the natural choice since he's the only other catcher on the 40-man roster. The 24-year-old has really come into his own with the bat over the past two seasons, including a .308/.399/.478 batting line this year between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester, so he's worth monitoring. The 24-year-old could be in the mix if the Twins eventually decide to move Mauer to another position.



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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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