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Brad Peacock returning to rotation after trade
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:52 pm ET) The Astros will add pitcher Brad Peacock back to the rotation during the next turn according to the Houston Chronicle, after the trade of Jarred Cosart Thursday opened a spot.

Peacock was sent down last week following Collin McHugh's return from the disabled list. He could slot into the rotation Wednesday against the Phillies, though that has not been confirmed yet. 


Value hard to find among Red Sox rotation candidates
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:32 pm ET) The Red Sox have decided to go all-in on next season, turning the rotation over to a slew of young guys after the trades of Jon Lester and John Lackey prior to the deadline. With so many innings up for grabs, Fantasy owners will want to keep a close eye on how things shake out, especially given the team's abundance of seemingly capable young starters.

Among the group of pitchers expected to get a shot at some point down the stretch are Anthony Ranaudo, Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Brandon Workman and Joe Kelly. The latter four all have at least some major-league experience, though Ranaudo will get at least a taste of the majors when he debuts Friday against the Yankees. Of these five pitchers, who, if anyone, should Fantasy owners have their eyes on?

For now, it looks like De La Rosa, Ranaudo, Webster, Workman and Clay Buchholz have the next five spots in the rotation locked up, though a spot might open up for Kelly at some point once he reports to the team. De La Rosa, Buchholz and Kelly all have some measure of major-league success under their belts, though none profiles as a high-upside Fantasy option, given their middling track records so far. If upside is to be found, it is likely to come in the form of one of the other options. 

Webster has the best prospect pedigree among the group, and he and Ranaudo probably have the highest ceilings for now. Of course, the obvious caveats about young pitching apply. Though their upside is tantalizing, we simply don't have any record of success at the major-league level to depend on.

The Red Sox don't have a lot of sure things for their long-term rotation, and they will need to use these last few months get an idea of who they can count on next season. The question for Fantasy owners is whether they want their roster to be the team's laboratory during the most important months of the season. 

The young guys in Boston will all get their turns, but there isn't anyone in the rotation right now that screams "must-add," either due to a lack of upside or proven track record. AL-only owners might be smart to take a flier on anyone currently in the team's rotation, but it doesn't look like anyone here is worth consideration in mixed-leagues at this time. 


Jon Lester set to start Saturday against Royals
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:31 pm ET) What was speculated has been confirmed - newly acquired left-hander Jon Lester will make his Athletics debut Saturday against Kansas City.

Lester will seek to maintain the momentum gained with Boston. He has surrendered two or fewer runs in each of his last eight starts and will now pitch his home games in a far more friendly park for hurlers.


Kenny Wilson heading to Double-A Midland
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:26 pm ET) The Athletics have outrighted outfielder Kenny Wilson to Double-A Midland. Wilson had been designated for assignment on Monday.

Wilson had been claimed off waivers from Toronto last month.


Trade does little for Sam Fuld's value
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:08 pm ET) The Athletics re-acquired outfielder Sam Fuld at the trade deadline Thursday, and will likely utilize him as part of a platoon in the outfield through the end of the season. He has been a solid contributor for the Twins since the A's cut him earlier in the season, but Fantasy owners have not yet taken notice. Should they?

Fuld is likely to play nearly every time a right-handed pitcher takes the mound against the A's, though he is hitting just .298 against them this season. He brings solid gap power but won't put the ball over the fence too often for you. And though he is a solid base stealer, Fuld isn't really a game-changer in that regard, with 13 in 60 games so far, but just eight in 119 games a year ago.

The A's might be smarter than everyone else in baseball, but it is unlikely they have unearthed a diamond here. Fuld is a solid player, but is unlikely to be much more than low-end AL-only Fantasy contributor in his new home. 


Report: Mike Foltynewicz promoted to Astros
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:04 pm ET) Struggles at Triple-A Oklahoma City have not prevented Astros pitching prospect Mike Foltynewicz from landing a promotion to the big league team. He is on the way to the Astros, sources have told the Houston Chronicle, which is further reporting that he will be used in relief.

The 22-year-old right-hander owns a 7-7 record and lofty 5.08 ERA for the RedHawks. He has given up 98 hits and fanned 102 in 102 2/3 innings, but he has also walked 52. He is also not a hot pitcher. Foltynewicz is 2-4 in his last six decisions and has allowed 35 runs in his last 41 1/3 innings pitched.


Diamondbacks going with platoon at third base for now
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:55 am ET) Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has announced that the deal that shipped Martin Prado to the Yankees has Jordan Pacheco and Cliff Pennington set to platoon at third base.

Pacheco will handle the duties until Pennington returns from a thumb injury. He owns a .259/.312/.376 stat line and has yet to go deep this season.


Andy Marte makes splash in first major league AB in four years
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:50 am ET) Andy Marte made his first major league game since 2010 something special Thursday night. The Diamondbacks third baseman slugged a pinch-hit, two-run homer to help his team beat the Pirates.

Marte, who was called up from Triple-A Reno earlier in the day and arrived to the park in the second inning, became the eighth player in franchise history to blast off in his first at-bat with the team. His resurgence was fueled by a fine year with the Aces in which he compiled a stat line of .330/.384/.513 with 13 home runs, 62 RBI and 59 runs scored.

"It feels great to be back," Marte told azcentral.com. "I went there to Triple-A and worked hard to prove I can still play here (in the majors)."


Rajai Davis to be unleashed following deadline
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:46 am ET) Stuck in a role that saw him log inconsistent playing time, Rajai Davis didn't get talked about much for the first few months of that season. That should change moving forward, as the Tigers decision to trade Austin Jackson has seemingly opened up a full-time starting job for the speedy veteran in center field.

Jackson might end up stretched a bit thin as an everyday player, given his .250/.297/.333 triple-slash line this season against right-handed pitching. Still, Davis is one of the best base-stealers in baseball and has now been unleashed for an everyday role that should see him rack up steals, making him a very valuable commodity.

Davis was one of the big winners of the trade deadline, and should be worth an add in most mixed-league Fantasy formats at this point. 


Path to starting job clearer for Tommy Milone
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:44 am ET) The Twins assigned newly acquired pitcher Tommy Milone to Triple-A  Rochester Thursday, a bad break for a guy with major-league talent who was already upset with the A's sending him down before the trade. However, he is not likely to spend much time in the minors before he gets a chance to join the Twins rotation, with Logan Darnell's spot looking ripe for the taking.

Milone is the type of pitcher for whom the term "crafty" was invented, given his soft-tossing ways from the left side of the mound. The 27-year-old has logged nearly 500 innings at the major-league level with a 3.84 ERA, including a 3.55 mark in 96 1/3 frames this season. Those numbers should make him a useful Fantasy option, though he will likely need to miss a few more bats if he is to become more of an option in shallower mixed-leagues moving forward.

Given the amount of uncertainty surrounding his role at this point, Milone is not someone you should run out and grab. But, he is absolutely worth a flier in AL-only leagues right now, with a somewhat clearer path to a consistent starting job carved out ahead of him. Mixed-league owners should be ready to jump when he gets the call. 


 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689


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