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Thursday, July 10, 2014




AL ONLY

Andy Dirks OF, Tigers (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

I was going to mention Yankees prospect Rob Refsnyder here, but since he's not in the Yahoo player pool yet, we'll move on to Dirks. The 28-year-old was originally expected to be the Tigers' primary left fielder this session, but he underwent back surgery in March and was finally cleared for a minor league rehab assignment earlier this week. My guess is that the Tigers will utilize most or all of the 20-day rehab window, as there's no rush to bring him back with J.D. Martinez and Rajai Davis healthy and productive. Playing time could get complicated upon his return, but sometimes these situations sort themselves out. Dirks has been useful before in deeper mixed leagues, so he's worth a DL stash if you have the roster flexibility.

Nolan Reimold OF, Blue Jays (Yahoo: 0 percent owned)

Reimold was designated for assignment by the Orioles last week, but he has landed in a pretty good situation with the Blue Jays. The oft-injured 30-year-old is 4-for-11 with three doubles and three RBI over his first three games with his new club and he should play a significant role in the short-term with both Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind sidelined. Reimold's stock has faded in a big way after a pair of neck surgeries, but he has shown some power/speed potential in the past. There's some upside here if he's finally healthy.

NL ONLY

Grady Sizemore OF, Phillies (Yahoo: 4 percent owned)

The Grady Sizemore experiment didn't work out in Boston, but we should soon see him surface in Philadelphia. The 31-year-old has hit .289 (13-for-45) with a home run and a double over 10 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley while making starts at all three outfield positions. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg envisions giving him a few starts a week, likely at the expense of Domonic Brown and Ben Revere. A potential trade of Marlon Byrd could be another avenue for playing time. Sizemore batted just .216 with two homers and a .612 OPS in 205 plate appearances before the Red Sox cut ties with him, so maybe there isn't much to get excited about anymore, but the opportunity for playing time should be there.

Brett Anderson SP, Rockies (Yahoo: 1 percent owned)

Sidelined since mid-April with a broken left index finger, Anderson has allowed one run in 9 1/3 innings with a 8/2 K/BB ratio over his first two minor league rehab starts with Triple-A Colorado Springs. The 26-year-old southpaw could be cleared to rejoin the Rockies' rotation on Sunday against the Twins in Minnesota. I have pretty much given up on the idea of him staying healthy at this point, so don't count on much here, but you could do worse with a roll of the dice for 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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