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Robbie Erlin begins rookie-level rehab assignment
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:06 pm ET) Padres pitcher Robbie Erlin began his minor-league rehab assignment last Sunday by throwing two scoreless innings with the team's Arizona League affiliate.

Erlin, who is working his way back from an elbow injury, struck out five batters over his two innings, while allowing one hit. It is not clear what his next step is as he recovers from the injury that has kept him out since May 22. 


Braves set to DFA Jordan Schafer
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:00 pm ET) Though the team has not officially announced it, the Braves are expected to clear two spots on the active roster by optioning pitcher Chasen Shreve to Triple-A Gwinnett and designating outfielder Jordan Schafer for assignment, MLB.com reports.

Schafer has appeared in 63 games for the Braves this season, almost exclusively as a reserve. He is hitting just .163/.256/.213 in 80 at-bats overall.  


Giants release Jose De Paula
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:58 pm ET) The Giants released pitcher Jose De Paula Friday, a week after he was designated for assignment.

De Paula had a 4.21 ERA as a 26-year-old with the team's Triple-A Fresno affiliate this season.  


Jarred Cosart making Marlins debut Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:55 pm ET) Newly acquired pitcher Jarred Cosart will make his debut with the Marlins Friday, with his first start coming against the Reds. 

Cosart had a 4.41 ERA in 116 1/3 innings with the Astros before the Marlins acquired him Thursday.  


Asdrubal Cabrera not destined to help Nationals appreciably
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:55 pm ET) The two years that have passed since Asdrubal Cabrera was a premier offensive force as a middle infielder and the five years that have gone by since he played second base all but precludes him from making a major positive impact with the Nationals.

Cabrera slipped into mediocrity at the plate after earning his second All-Star Game appearance in 2012 and has stayed there. His plate discipline disappeared in a spate of overaggressiveness, causing his strikeouts to rise to alarming levels. He frustrated the Indians in recent years with his inability to hit in the clutch - he's batting .188 with runners in scoring position and is hitless in 13 at-bats with a runner on third and two outs this season.

More disturbing has been his defensive collapse. Cabrera wowed the Indians early in his career with acrobatic, dependable work at shortstop that overshadowed mediocre range. He is now among the worst middle infielders in the sport with 14 errors that was until recently the most at his position in the American League and arguably the worst range in the league. That problem will not be any less pronounced with a move to second base, where he is expected to spend most of his time in Washington.

Cabrera will be seeking to maximize his value in free agency in the offseason. He will command $10 million a year or more if he somehow reverts to the form that made him an all-star. Too much time has passed for that to be a realistic possibility.


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. 


 
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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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