Red Sox sign Drew
Stephen Drew has finally found a home ... and it's right back in Boston, where he played last season. After a rehab assignment of approximately 25 at bats, Drew will join the Red Sox, so figure that he's 7-10 days away from fantasy relevance. Great, right?
Hmm ... this is where things get tricky. For now, Drew will take over at shortstop, with Xander Bogaerts sliding over to third base. When the enigmatic Will Middlebrooks returns from the DL - probably in a month or so - "he could at least start at third base against lefties, with Bogaerts supplanting Drew at short for many of those games," according to the Red Sox' website." Things might not work out that way, as Middlebrooks could be banished to the bench or the minors or the Marlins, never to be seen again. But if he does come back in the role described above, we'll have three part-time players on our hands, and that doesn't help anyone reading this.
Between the time Drew is activated and the time Middlebrooks returns, Drew can be ranked somewhere around the 15th-best fantasy shortstop. Beyond that, we'll have to see how the playing time works out. As for Bogaerts, I'd hold him if I owned him. His real-life hitting production (.372 OBP, .378 SLG) hasn't been as bad as his subpar fantasy numbers would make it seem. The Sox will give him plenty of rope, and he's bound to improve for you. But again, when Middlebrooks comes off the DL, we don't know what will happen. I think Middlebrooks will pretty much be the odd man out, but I'm guessing at the moment.
On to the rest of the news:
Sean Doolittle - who is owned in just 5.6 percent of FOXSports.com leagues - is now the A's closer. He's been terrific, and could easily keep the job.
With Matt Lindstrom (ankle) on the DL, Ronald Belisario (0.1 percent owned) closed last night for the White Sox. He's probably not the best closing option in the world, but he's the best the White Sox have until my man Nate Jones returns ... whenever that is.
Streaming starters: Colby Lewis' bad outing dropped our record to 31-19 for the season. Today's selection is Phil Hughes (22 percent owned) at San Diego, while Thursday's pick is Jon Niese (21.1 percent owned) versus the Dodgers.
So, Justin Verlander's ERA is an okay 3.55, but he's got 49 strikeouts against 27 walks in 66 innings, and his fastball velocity is down (again). If you wanted to sell and could get an ace-level return, I wouldn't blame you.
Look for OF Oswaldo Arcia to be back with the Twins this weekend. Arcia suffered a wrist injury less than a week into the season, but he's been hitting well at Triple A and has 25-homer power.
The Mariners have called up Nick Franklin to replace Corey Hart (hamstring) on the roster, and while the M's are talking about Franklin playing multiple positions, he'll play shortstop regularly soon if Brad Miller doesn't start hitting.
To the bullpen, Tanner Scheppers!
Prospect watch: The Marlins have promoted SP Andrew Heaney to Triple A. If he does well there, he'll be in Miami before long.
See you back here tomorrow morning.