Kris Negron
Kristopher Negron up as injury insurance
Kris Negron, SS, CIN
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News: The Reds purchased the contract of infielder Kris Negron from Triple-A Louisville Thursday, to provide some insurance with various players injured.

Negron appeared in four games with the Reds in 2012, but that is his only MLB experience. The 28-year-old was hitting .269/.328/.406 at Louisville this season. 


Jimmy Rollins
Jimmy Rollins slugs ninth home run Wednesday
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
News: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 4-1 win over the Brewers Wednesday.

Rollins was 0 for 15 in his previous five games before delivering a sixth-inning blast to break a 1-1 tie. His home run was his first since June 7. Rollins has hit .240/.325/.375 with nine home runs, 34 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 333 at-bats.


Troy Tulowitzki
Troy Tulowitzki gives subtle blessing for potential trade
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
News: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki met with team brass recently and indicated a willingness to accept a trade if the team believes it finds a deal best for all parties involved, baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Heyman writes that Tulowitzki's message is something along the following lines: "I love it in Colorado. I'd like to be here. But if things (don't improve), and you can (trade) me to a winning situation I'm OK with it."

Tulowitzki, who was named a starter for the NL team in this year's All-Star game, went 2 for 4 with two solo home runs in his team's 6-3 win over the Padres Wednesday. The big performance gives him a .350/.441/.616 line with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 297 at-bats.

If the Rockies decide to pursue a trade of Tulowitzki, they could likely expect a massive return, as the shortstop is arguably the best offensive weapon at his position in the league. The Rockies are unlikely to even explore the possibility of trading the franchise player, according to the report.


Miguel Rojas
Miguel Rojas hits first HR off All-Star pitcher
Miguel Rojas, SS, LAD
News: Dodgers infielder Miguel Rojas' first career home run didn't make much of a difference in a 4-1 loss at Detroit Wednesday. However, it was pretty memorable moment, as Rojas' first home run was a solo shot off Tigers All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer in the fifth inning.

Rojas, who went 1 for 3 with two strikeouts, entered play Wednesday mired in a 2-for-21 slump in his previous nine games (six starts).


Arismendy Alcantara
Arismendy Alcantara worth grabbing for the long haul
Arismendy Alcantara, SS, CHC
News: The news of the Cubs' imminent promotion of Arismendy Alcantara was likely met by cheers in the Fantasy community, while the revelation that he may only be up as long as Darwin Barney is on paternity leave likely produced groans.

Even if Alcantara is sent back to Triple-A Iowa within a couple of days, he is worth claiming off waivers right now. Though he has played mostly as a shortstop (and is shortstop-eligible in leagues), Alcantara has been playing more frequently at second base and center field this season. Those are two positions where the Cubs could use an upgrade, and given how Alcantara has been producing, he could be playing at either position on a regular basis shortly.

Whether he replaces Barney or Justin Ruggiano (or whoever is the Cubs' center fielder du jour is when Alcantara is up for good), he should provide instant improvement at the plate. If he were to spend all season at Iowa, he would likely complete his second straight 15-30 season. With a mediocre strikeout rate, Alcantara may not hit much above .260, but his minor league stats hint at his ability to produce power and steals.

With those assets to go along with shortstop eligibility, Alcantara is worth a pickup in standard mixed Rotisserie leagues and deeper mixed Head-to-Head leagues. It's best to take care of that now, while he is still available in more than three-fourths of our leagues.


Hanley Ramirez
Hanley Ramirez to DH Wednesday
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD
News: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is planning to be used as the designated hitter Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times

Ramirez has been battling both calf and hand injuries over the past couple days. He's been able to play through both issues over the past few games. Ramirez is hitting .273/.366/.472 over 282 at-bats. 


Ramon Santiago
Ramon Santiago goes 3 for 4 in victory
Ramon Santiago, SS, CIN
News: Reds shortstop Ramon Santiago had a productive game Tuesday, in a 4-2 win over the Cubs.

Santiago went 3 for 4 in the win, and provided a key insurance run late with a sixth-inning RBI single. He added a double and finished with one RBI in the win.

Santiago raised his season line to .231/.315/.262 in 65 at-bats. 


Ian Desmond
Report: Nationals looking for long-term Ian Desmond replacement
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
News: The Nationals are actively seeking a young shortstop to possibly serve as a successor to Ian Desmond, reports Tuesday.

The Nationals are possibly planning for life after their All-Star shortstop, who rejected a long-term deal last offseason that reportedly could have been worth up to $98 million over seven years. Desmond instead settled for a two-year deal worth $17.5 million that will make him a free agent after the 2015 season, and the Nationals could be looking for his replacement for that time. 

Desmond has 15 home runs and ranks sixth in the National League in RBI with 53, but has seen his average dip to a career-low .240 mark.  


Chris Owings
Chris Owings still not cleared to resume hitting
Chris Owings, SS, ARI
News: Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told reporters that shortstop Chris Owings is still not 100 percent from his left shoulder injury. Once he's fully recovered, the team will have him resume hitting, reports.

Zack Cozart
Zack Cozart catching break against Cubs
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
News: Mildly slumping Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has been benched for the Monday night game against the Cubs. Ramon Santiago will hold down the position instead.

Cozart has just four hits in his last 22 at-bats. His average has fallen to .229.


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