1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (hamstring) said his right hamstring is fully healed, and he has been running at full speed all month, ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley reports.
1B | Brad Hawpe | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Will Venable could be the team's leadoff hitter next season, with SS Jason Bartlett and 2B Orlando Hudson following him, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center. "I liked the job Venable did last season when we used him (29 games mostly late in the season) in the leadoff slot," manager Bud Black said recently. 1B Brad Hawpe figures to hit in the heart of the order. 3B Chase Headley will likely hit sixth, followed by OF Cameron Maybin and C Nick Hundley.
1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder) is not worried about his shoulder after undergoing surgery in October, according to ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes. "I already know what it takes to be on the field with that shoulder," Gonzalez said. "It's not like with surgery, it's going to come out worse. It's only going to come out the same as before surgery or better. (Padres GM) Jed (Hoyer) and all the doctors who saw me were like, 'You're only going to get better with this.'" Gonzalez has started working out and expects to resume swinging a bat around March 1. "I really only need about 10 (exhibition) games," he said. "If I can be in a game by March 20, I should be ready."
3B | Adrian Beltre | free agent | Free Agents
The Texas Rangers have some interest in free-agent 3B Adrian Beltre (Red Sox), but they could be pursuing him simply to raise the price for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports.
SP | Brad Bergesen | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brad Bergesen (shoulder, leg) is no longer dealing with pain in his shoulder or leg this offseason, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. "Last offseason was such a mental strain from me, coming off the leg injury," Bergesen said. "I wasn't walking on that until October. And then the arm injury came, obviously. Just to be completely healthy this season and to go about the normal routine is a great feeling." Bergesen resumed throwing two weeks ago and has played catch six or seven times. He is hoping to throw his first bullpen in roughly two weeks.
RP | Rafael Soriano | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Yankees checked in on free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Rays), SI.com's Jon Heyman reports.
RP | Chad Qualls | free agent | Free Agents
There are approximately six teams known to have interest in free-agent RP Chad Qualls (Diamondbacks), The Mercury News' Joe Stiglich reports.
RP | Will Ohman | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have an interest in a lefthanded relief pitcher, according to MASN's Roch Kubatko. They have not totally closed the door on either RP Mark Hendrickson or RP Will Ohman.
RP | Joakim Soria | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals RP Joakim Soria recently told a Mexican newspaper that he would not block a trade to the New York Yankees, who are on his no-trade list, according to the New York Daily News' Peter Botte. "There is a no-trade clause to the Yankees in my contract, but I did not put it there," Soria said. "My agent put it in, as a strategy, but if the Royals decide to move me to New York, I would be happy to play with the Yankees or any team." Soria has not requested a trade from the Royals.
RP | Grant Balfour | free agent | Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles have "definite interest" in signing free-agent RP Grant Balfour (Rays), according to MLB.com's Bailey Stephens.
RP | Hideki Okajima | free agent | Free Agents
The Oakland Athletics are targeting free-agent RPs Chad Qualls (Rays) and Hideki Okajima (Red Sox), according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.
RP | Octavio Dotel | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Octavio Dotel will be the early favorite to serve as the team's closer next season, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. The team will likely officially name their closer as Spring Training approaches. RPs Jason Frasor and David Purcey could also compete for the ninth-inning duties.
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