Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on December 27, 2010 @ 10:41:25 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Dan Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 1B Dan Johnson could open the season as the team's starting first baseman or designated hitter if the Rays are not able to acquire someone at either position via free agency, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.

Second Baseman

2B | Dan Uggla | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the Atlanta Braves and 2B Dan Uggla are expected to finalize a contract extension by the first week of January, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.


C | Josh Phegley | Chicago White Sox | Injury
Chicago White Sox C Josh Phegley has a rare blood condition called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) that hampered his 2010 season,'s Scott Merkin reports. According to, ITP is a rare autoimmune bleeding disorder characterized by the abnormally low levels of certain blood cells called platelets. "I don't feel any different, but you get a bruise and it can get out of hand," Phegley said. "My immune system is attacking my own platelets, and it acts like Leukemia, a blood cancer. What has made this a little difficult is, I'm having to keep my (platelet) numbers up because of the position I play. Eventually, I've been told my system will flip itself around. There's a 90 percent chance it never reoccurs. It's kind of a big speed bump in the road right now."

Starting Pitcher

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco (knee) has been running and exercising without any setbacks this winter, according to The Associated Press. Nolasco missed the final month of last season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

SP | Carl Pavano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Carl Pavano (Twins) continues to hold out for a three-year deal in free agency, according to's Bailey Stephens. The Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners are the teams with interest. The Mariners would need to free up some money to make a signing possible.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds could have been the mystery team from the National League Central that was in on Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb, according to's Bailey Stephens.

SP | Jamie Moyer | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Jamie Moyer (Phillies), who had Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery on Dec. 1, still wants to pitch in 2012, according to Larry Stone of The Seattle Times. "Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, which people don't seem to be shy about expressing. I respect and appreciate when it comes from the right people. The baseball people I've talked to before and since the surgery, all have been very positive and very supportive," Moyer said.

SP | Hisashi Iwakuma | Japanese League | Transaction
Updating previous reports, free-agent SP Hisashi Iwakuma has re-signed with Rakuten of the Japanese League for 300 million yen plus performance incentives, according to Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Octavio Dotel | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Octavio Dotel (Rockies) could become the Toronto Blue Jays' closer if he signs with them, according to's Enrique Rojas. The chance to be a closer again is the reason Dotel considered the Blue Jays' offer over ones from the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays.

RP | J.C. Romero | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
Updating a previous item, the Philadelphia Phillies re-signed RP J.C. Romero to a one-year deal pending a physical exam, according to's Todd Zolecki. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz is less likely to enter Spring Training as a starting pitcher after the team recently signed SP Brandon Webb, according to's T.R. Sullivan. However, things could change if Webb encounters shoulder problems early next spring.

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