D.J. Short

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Waiver Wire: Wily or Won't He?

Thursday, April 24, 2014




AL ONLY

J.D. Martinez OF, Tigers (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Martinez was called up by the Tigers over the weekend after slugging 10 home runs (!) in just 17 games with Triple-A Toledo. The 26-year-old outfielder never topped 11 home runs in a season during his time in Houston, so I don't see his early season power explosion as some sort of breakthrough, but it appears that he's finally healthy after an injury-plagued 2013. Martinez has produced better against southpaws during his career, so he'll likely be on the short-side of a platoon with Rajai Davis in left field. This limits his usefulness, but he's worth monitoring.    

Fernando Salas RP, Angels (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Salas gave up the game-winning hit to Adam LaRoche in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals, but it was Ernesto Frieri's mess and Angels manager Mike Scioscia put him in a really tough situation. As I said above, Joe Smith is probably the best bet to take over the closer role if Frieri gets a break, but don't rule out Salas as a possibility. In addition to having more swing-and-miss ability than Smith, the 28-year-old saved 24 games with the Cardinals back in 2011. Not a bad guy to stash if you're desperate for saves in AL-only leagues.

NL ONLY

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

Mark Trumbo landed on the disabled list early Thursday with a stress fracture in his left foot and could miss significant time, so we should see some shuffling in Arizona's outfield in the coming days and weeks. A.J. Pollock has struggled early this season and has been dealing with a neck issue in recent days, so there could be a window for Campana to make an impact. The 27-year-old is a .257/.308/.297 career hitter and offers zero pop, but he's 65-for-73 in stolen base attempts. Reason enough to pay attention.

Tommy La Stella 2B, Braves (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

While Dan Uggla owns a .227/.280/.347 batting line through his first 20 games this season, it's probably a good idea to keep an eye on this guy. Ranked as the team's No. 9 prospect by Baseball America over the winter, La Stella is hitting .333 (20-for-60) with two doubles and a 3/9 K/BB ratio through 17 games with Triple-A Gwinnett. The 25-year-old doesn't bring much power to the table, but he makes contact and has excellent plate discipline. I don't see a change as imminent here, but the clock should be ticking on Uggla.



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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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