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Pickup of the Day

Pickup of the Day: 5/9

by D.J. Short
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.

Martin Prado was forced to return to the disabled list after aggravating a hamstring injury on Sunday and Miguel Rojas is expected to miss a couple of months with a fractured right thumb, so Derek Dietrich should have a clear path to playing time at third base in the short-term. The 27-year-old is batting just .230/.347/.295 through 26 games this season, but he posted an .800 OPS (120 OPS+) from 2015-2016. While there’s not much pop or speed here, Dietrich can be plugged in at first base, second base, third base, and in the outfield in fantasy leagues. That sort of versatility can come in handy in deeper formats.