Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 4, 2011 @ 10:13:43 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Free Agents
The Washington Nationals are closing in on a two-year deal with free-agent 1B Adam LaRoche (Diamondbacks), FOX Sports Radio's Jim Bowden reports.

1B | Brad Hawpe | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
The San Diego Padres finalized their one-year deal with 1B Brad Hawpe Monday, Jan. 3, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center.

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
With the signing of 1B Derrek Lee, Baltimore Orioles OF/DH Luke Scott is expected to serve as the team's primary designated hitter, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.

1B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Magglio Ordonez is expected to hit third in the team's batting order, followed by 1B Miguel Cabrera and DH Victor Martinez, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.

1B | Casey Kotchman | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals have reportedly offered free-agent 1B Adam LaRoche (Diamondbacks) a two-year deal, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Getting a deal done "has been a slow process," and the Nationals are unwilling to give LaRoche a third year. The team is likely to consider free-agent 1B Casey Kotchman (Mariners) if they cannot sign LaRoche.


Second Baseman

2B | Hector Luna | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox signed free-agent 2B Hector Luna (Marlins) to a minor league deal Monday, Jan 3, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham.

2B | Juan Uribe | Los Angeles Dodgers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are considering having in-house candidates such as Jay Gibbons and Tony Gwynn Jr. open next season splitting time in left field, with the possibility of adding another outfielder via trade if necessary, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. 3B Casey Blake could also see time in the outfield because of the versatility of IFs Jamey Carroll and Juan Uribe.


Shortstop

SS | Rougned Odor | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers signed Venezuelan 16-year-old SS Rougned Odor to a deal with a $425,000 bonus, Baseball America's Ben Badler reports.

SS | Yunel Escobar | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar and OF Rajai Davis are both under consideration to serve as the team's leadoff hitter next season, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. Davis is expected to have the edge unless he opens the season as Toronto's No. 4 outfielder.


Third Baseman

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Michael Young is willing to move to designated hitter if the Rangers sign free-agent 3B Adrian Beltre (Mariners), according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.

3B | Adrian Beltre | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are not optimistic about signing free-agent 3B Adrian Beltre (Red Sox) because 3B Michael Young is not willing to move from the hot corner next year, according to MLB.com's Bailey Stephens.

3B | Casey Blake | Los Angeles Dodgers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are considering having in-house candidates such as Jay Gibbons and Tony Gwynn Jr. open next season splitting time in left field, with the possibility of adding another outfielder via trade if necessary, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. 3B Casey Blake could also see time in the outfield because of the versatility of IFs Jamey Carroll and Juan Uribe.


Catcher

C | Miguel Olivo | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners officially announced the signing of C Miguel Olivo and finalized his deal on Monday, Jan. 3, according to Gerry Spratt of SeattlePI.com. Olivo agreed to a two-year deal with a club option for 2013, the team said. It did not disclose the value of the contract, but it has been reported to be worth $7 million.

C | Max Ramirez | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers designated C Max Ramirez and P Clay Rapada for assignment Monday, Jan. 3, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett.


Outfielder

OF | Laynce Nix | free agent | Free Agents
The Cincinnati Reds haven't had any recent contact with free-agent OF Laynce Nix (Reds), The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.

OF | Jeremy Hermida | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Free Agents
Updating previous reports, the Cincinnati Reds signed free-agent OF Jeremy Hermida (Athletics) to a minor league contract, FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi reports.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez confirmed his own seven-year, $80 million contract extension Monday, Jan. 3, according to The Associated Press. "It's not at all finalized. But everything is practically concluded. All that's left are the physical evaluations," Gonzalez told Meridiano Television in Venezuela. "It's a blessing for me to have this contract at such a young age."

OF | Fred Lewis | free agent | Free Agents
The Cincinnati Reds are reportedly interested in signing free-agent OF Fred Lewis (Blue Jays), according to FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

OF | Rajai Davis | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar and OF Rajai Davis are both under consideration to serve as the team's leadoff hitter next season, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. Davis is expected to have the edge unless he opens the season as Toronto's No. 4 outfielder.

OF | Magglio Ordonez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Magglio Ordonez is expected to hit third in the team's batting order, followed by 1B Miguel Cabrera and DH Victor Martinez, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.

OF | Jay Gibbons | Los Angeles Dodgers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are considering having in-house candidates such as Jay Gibbons and Tony Gwynn Jr. open next season splitting time in left field, with the possibility of adding another outfielder via trade if necessary, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. 3B Casey Blake could also see time in the outfield because of the versatility of IFs Jamey Carroll and Juan Uribe.

OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OFs Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce and Justin Ruggiano are among the team's in-house candidates to win the starting left field job, although the Rays may still acquire a free agent, according to Bill Chastain of MLB.com.

OF | Kyle Parker | Colorado Rockies | Injury
Colorado Rockies OF Kyle Parker (ribs) suffered broken ribs Friday, Dec. 31, while playing quarterback for the Clemson Tigers, according to MLB.com's Sunil Joshi.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Chris Capuano | New York Mets | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets have signed free-agent SP Chris Capuano (Brewers), according to SNY's Kevin Burkhardt. No financial terms were announced for the deal, which is believed to be one year.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) is optimistic that he will be fully healthy for the start of the 2011 regular season, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett. "I hope to jump right in," Webb said. "There are no limitations at all for me. I'm carrying on like any pre-Spring Training workouts. I want to get to work with (pitching coach Mike Maddux) and throw the live bullpens and live BPs." Webb has yet to throw off a mound and is throwing as part of his offseason routine.

SP | Tim Redding | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent SP Tim Redding (Yankees) to a minor league deal Monday, Jan. 3, according to CBSSports.com.

SP | Brian Burres | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates re-signed SP Brian Burres to a minor league deal Monday, Jan. 3, according to The Sports Network.

SP | Andy Pettitte | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees expect to hear whether free-agent SP Andy Pettitte (Yankees) will retire this week, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews. Pettitte has been leaning toward retirement all offseason.

SP | Carl Pavano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Carl Pavano (Twins) could sign with a team later this week, according to The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. The Minnesota Twins and the Washington Nationals are expected to be the two favorites to acquire him, with the Nationals likely offering him a better contract.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
John Boggs, the agent for Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels, said the two sides have not yet discussed a contract extension, according to Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Hamels' current deal expires after the 2011 season but he will be arbitration-eligible and unable to become a free agent until the 2012 season is over.

SP | Ryan Rowland-Smith | Houston Astros | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Astros SPs Jordan Lyles, Lance Pendleton, Aneury Rodriguez and Ryan Rowland-Smith are in competition for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, along with RPs Fernando Abad and Henry Villar, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is expected to visit Dr. Lewis Yocum after the holidays, when he is expected to find out when he can resume baseball activities, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. He is currently working out two to three times per week for three hours at a time to strengthen his elbow and shoulder. Strasburg could resume throwing several weeks before spring training starts and he could appear in a major league game before the end of the 2011 season.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SPs Homer Bailey, Mike Leake, Sam LeCure, Matt Maloney and Travis Wood are expected to compete for the final two spots in the team's starting rotation, with P Aroldis Chapman likely to remain in the bullpen, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Kyle Drabek is expected to enter spring training as the team's No. 4 starter, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm. SPs Jesse Litsch, Marc Rzepczynski and Zach Stewart will compete for the fifth spot in the rotation.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton is expected to be in contention for the fifth spot in the starting rotation during spring training but will likely start the season with Triple-A Norfolk, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Rafael Soriano | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Yankees don't like the idea of signing Type A free agents RP Rafael Soriano (Rays) or Grant Balfour (Rays) and losing a first-round draft pick, Newsday's Ken Davidoff reports.

RP | Ryota Igarashi | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
New York Mets RP Ryota Igarashi was designated for assignment to make room for RP Taylor Buchholz and SP Chris Capuano on the roster, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. The team now has 10 days to decide what it wants to do with Igarashi.

RP | Taylor Buchholz | New York Mets | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets have signed free-agent RP Taylor Buchholz (Red Sox) to a one-year contract, according to Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. No financial terms were announced.

RP | Chad Cordero | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed free-agent RP Chad Cordero (Mariners) to a contract, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett. No terms of the deal were disclosed.

RP | Alfredo Simon | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Alfredo Simon said that the man killed Friday, Dec. 31, was his friend and that the shooting was an accident, according to The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly. "It wasn't a thing like we began arguing and I started shooting. It was some accident; it happened by accident. That's why I came here - to open my soul," Simon said. Simon met with authorities Monday, Jan. 3.

RP | Arthur Rhodes | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers finalized their one-year deals with SP Brandon Webb and RP Arthur Rhodes after they passed their physicals Monday, Jan. 3, according to The Associated Press' Stephen Hawkins.

RP | Manny Delcarmen | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays may be interested in free-agent RP Manny Delcarmen (Rockies), according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe. Agent Jim Masteralexis said several teams have already expressed interest in his client.

RP | Brian Fuentes | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox appear to be out of the running for free-agent RP Brian Fuentes (Twins), after having signed RP Hideki Okajima, according to SI.com's Jon Heyman.

RP | Scott Feldman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Texas Rangers RP Scott Feldman (knee) could start the season on the disabled list and go on a minor league rehabilitation assignment before returning to the majors, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. It is not certain if the team would use him in the rotation or as a middle or long reliever.

RP | Hong-Chih Kuo | Los Angeles Dodgers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Jonathan Broxton will enter spring training camp as the team's closer, although he may be on a short leash, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. Team management feels the reason for his lack of success in 2010 was primarily mental, even though he lost several mph off his fastball. RPs Kenley Jansen and Hong-Chih Kuo may also be considered for the closer's role.

RP | Mike Gonzalez | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles RP Koji Uehara is considered to have a leg up on RP Mike Gonzalez in the competition to be the team's closer, although nothing is etched in stone, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli.

RP | Hideki Okajima | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox reached a one-year deal to re-sign RP Hideki Okajima Friday, Dec. 31, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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