Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on December 29, 2010 @ 11:59:44 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Derrek Lee | free agent | Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles are working to sign free-agent 1B Derrek Lee (Braves) and are more comfortable signing him to a one-year deal around $8 million than they are at signing free-agent 1B Adam LaRoche (Diamondbacks) for three years,'s Ken Rosenthal reports.

1B | Jason Giambi | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays could target free-agent DHs Johnny Damon (Tigers), Jason Giambi (Rockies), Manny Ramirez (White Sox) or Jim Thome (Twins), according to

Starting Pitcher

SP | Andy Pettitte | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira thinks free-agent SP Andy Pettitte (Yankees) will retire after exchanging several text messages with the left-handed pitcher, according to's Ian Begley. "I think, like everyone else (thinks), if he's leaning one way, he's probably leaning towards retiring," Teixeira said. "I think that's what he's publicly said. It's no secret right now. That's probably where he's leaning. But in a month and a half, a lot can happen."

Relief Pitcher

RP | Octavio Dotel | Toronto Blue Jays | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a one-year, $3.5 million contract with RP Octavio Dotel, a major-league source told's Jon Paul Morosi. The contract includes a $2.75 million salary in 2011, followed by a $3.75 million club option with a $750,000 buyout for 2012.

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel said he has had time to rest his arm in the offseason and conserve energy for next season, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. "I was going into Spring Training last year trying to make a good impression, catch people's eyes," Kimbrel said. "This year I'm a little bit more comfortable. I can work my arm strength up, instead of having to go in Day One being ready." Kimbrel is expected to compete for the closer role next season.

RP | Brian Fuentes | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees and New York Mets are all still interested in free-agent RP Brian Fuentes (Twins), according to's Bailey Stephens. Fuentes is reportedly seeking a three-year deal worth around $15 million.

RP | Bobby Jenks | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers were interested in signing Boston Red Sox RP Bobby Jenks and using him as a starting pitcher, according to's Scott Merkin.

RP | Trevor Hoffman | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays could look to add free-agent RPs Jon Rauch (Twins), Kevin Gregg (Blue Jays) or Trevor Hoffman (Brewers), according to The team could also choose to re-sign RPs Grant Balfour or Chad Qualls.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said RP Jonathan Papelbon will be the team's closer next year, but he is unlikely to return in 2012, according to Papelbon can become a free agent after next year.

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