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.
Some stunning news broke late Thursday night when it was revealed that Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Gordon’s absence should mean regular playing time for Derek Dietrich, at least against right-handers, as he figures to either slide into the second base spot or play third base while Martin Prado moves to second. Dietrich is off to a .321/.406/.607 start this season and has batted .263/.352/.471 with 11 homers over 321 plate appearances since the beginning of 2015. The 26-year-old has a little pop in his bat and should have multi-position eligibility, making him worthy of consideration in deeper leagues.