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Mariners | Have open rotation spot

The Seattle Mariners are dealing with an open spot in their starting rotation, one that is likely to be filled by SP Erasmo Ramirez. However, SP Blake Beavan has been solid in a long-relief role out of the bullpen lately and has starting experience. Ramirez is sporting a 5.06 ERA at Triple-A Tacoma after allowing three runs and seven hits while walking six in 5 1/3 innings in his last outing. A remote possibility would be SP Taijuan Walker, who is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA with 16 strikeouts and five walks at Tacoma. SP Danny Hultzen (shoulder) is nursing an arm injury and hasn't pitched in July, so he's not an option.

Fantasy Tip: Grab Ramirez in all AL-only leagues if he isn't owned already. If he's the one to take the rotation spot, he's worthy of consideration in deep mixed leagues, as well, even if it's a short-term stay in the rotation.

2013-07-08 15:37:16 | Source: The Seattle Times - Geoff Baker

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