Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 7, 2011 @ 12:56:24 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Chone Figgins will move back to third base for the 2011 campaign, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Gerry Spratt. "We have talked to Chone about going back to third base and he's well aware of it," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "His response was, 'Fine, I'll do what is best for the club.'" With Figgins at third, the team's starting infield is set. SS Jack Wilson will be at short, 2B Brendan Ryan is likely to start at second and 1B Justin Smoak will be at first base.


SS | Edgar Renteria | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds finalized their one-year, $3 million deal with SS Edgar Renteria Friday, Jan. 7, according to's Enrique Rojas.

Third Baseman

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (knee) was back in the batting cages for the first time Friday, Jan. 7, since undergoing surgery on his knee, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Carroll Rogers. Jones started out with soft toss, with 8-10 swings from each side of the plate. He reached about 85-90 percent intensity in the cages. "I thoroughly expect to be the Opening Day third baseman," said Jones, who also tempers his chances with realism. "But I have days where I go down in the weight room and I think there's no way. But today I feel like that there's no doubt that I'll be the Opening Day third baseman."

3B | Eric Chavez | free agent | Free Agents
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are not interested in signing free-agent 3B Eric Chavez (Athletics), according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett.

3B | Mark Teahen | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Brent Morel will receive a chance to win the starting third base job in Spring Training this year, according to's Scott Merkin. "They talked to me at the end of the year and said the job would be open to win in Spring Training," said Morel. "By any means, nothing will be handed to me." If he wins the job, Morel will likely hit near the bottom of the lineup. IFs Dayan Viciedo and Mark Teahen are also options at third base.

3B | Zelous Wheeler | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers signed OF Caleb Gindl, C Anderson Delarosa, OF Logan Schafer and 3B Zelous Wheeler to minor league deals Thursday, Jan. 6, according to The Sports Network.


C | Robinson Chirinos | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The Tampa Bay have acquired P Chris Archer, OF Brandon Guyer, C Robinson Chirinos, SS Hak-Ju Lee and OF Sam Fuld from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for SP Matt Garza, a minor league pitcher and a minor league outfielder, reports's Bruce Levine.

C | Chris Iannetta | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Chris Iannetta, who will enter the 2011 season as the starting catcher, has already started working with hitting coach Carney Lansford, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. Iannetta is focusing on shortening his swing to create a more direct path to the ball.

C | Henry Blanco | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized their deals with OF Xavier Nady and C Henry Blanco, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro.


OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton is working on tweaking the mechanics of his swing this offseason, according to's Bill Chastain. "It's tough to make adjustments during the season," Upton said. "Obviously, the average and the strikeouts weren't where I want them to be. I just have to live with that right now. That's done with. I've got to move on and feel like I'm moving in the right direction."

OF | Fernando Perez | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Chicago Cubs acquired OF Fernando Perez from the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, Jan. 7, as part of the deal that sent SP Matt Garza to Chicago, according to's Bruce Levine.

OF | Gary Sheffield | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Gary Sheffield (Mets) is "99.9 percent" sure that he will retire from baseball, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Joe Smith.

OF | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Martin Prado (hip, groin) has fully recovered from his hip injury and groin pull from last year and is expected to be ready for full activities in Spring Training, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien.

OF | Jordan Schafer | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jordan Schafer (hand) currently projects as the backup center fielder to OF Nate McLouth, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien. Schafer has been hitting pain-free after undergoing surgery on his hand last summer.

OF | Xavier Nady | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized their deals with OF Xavier Nady and C Henry Blanco, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro.

OF | David Murphy | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers avoided arbitration with OF David Murphy Thursday, Jan. 6, by agreeing to a one-year, $2.4 million deal, according to's Richard Durrett.

OF | Jordan Brown | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians designated OF Jordan Brown for assignment Thursday, Jan. 6, according to's Jordan Bastian.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Andy Pettitte | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Andy Pettitte (Yankees) is still undecided if he will return to pitch in the 2011 season, according to's Bryan Hoch. "I'm just chilling out, hanging," Pettitte said. "I'm relaxing. If I had something, y'all would know. If I knew exactly what I was doing, y'all would know."

SP | Carl Pavano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have shown interest in free-agent SP Carl Pavano (Twins) in recent days, according to's Kelly Thesier.

SP | Kevin Mulvey | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Kevin Mulvey (elbow) reportedly underwent surgery in September of last year to have bone chips removed from his elbow, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. Mulvey is expected to be ready in time for Spring Training.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies expect SP Jhoulys Chacin to have a bright future at the top of the team's rotation, but he is expected to serve as the No. 4 starter this year behind SPs Ubaldo Jimenez, Jorge De La Rosa and Aaron Cook, according to's Thomas Harding. "There's no doubt that he possesses those qualities that can be at the forefront of the rotation," pitching coach Bob Apodaca said. "He has qualities of loving to compete, and the competition that he has against quality teams, because he does possess smoothness of stuff." Chacin has been working hard to get his body in shape for the 2011 campaign. "I want to lose some more weight. I lost like five or seven pounds and I want to be more in shape. I went through the year all healthy, no pain. I want to pitch a lot of innings, try to win the most games I can and try to help the team win."

Relief Pitcher

RP | Guillermo Moscoso | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers designated P Guillermo Moscoso for assignment Friday, Jan. 7, according to's Richard Durrett.

RP | Angel Guzman | Chicago Cubs | Injury
Chicago Cubs RP Angel Guzman (shoulder) is close to throwing off a mound and is doing well in his rehab after undergoing shoulder surgery last season, according to's Carrie Muskat.

RP | Rafael Soriano | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Yankees are still not interested in free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Rays), as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney reports. He would have to make himself absurdly cheap on a very short-term deal before the Yankees would consider him.

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres RP Heath Bell said he wants a multi-year deal with the team before he is eligible to become a free agent after the 2011 season, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center. "But I also want to stay in San Diego. My family loves it here. I love it here. I'd love to get something done with the Padres that benefits everyone," Bell said.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (elbow) was recently cleared to begin a throwing program after undergoing elbow surgery last year, according to's Jane Lee. Bailey is currently on track to be ready by Opening Day, however, he must first clear multiple hurdles, including throwing from 120 feet pain-free. Bailey threw for the final day at 60 feet Thursday, Jan. 6, and plans to reach 120 feet around Feb. 12. "I'm actually surprised about how good I feel, in terms of my extension," Bailey said. "I was at a negative-25 degree extension before surgery, and I was pitching like that for three years, and now I'm below 10 degrees. I've never seen my arm go that straight, which is a good thing."

RP | Jared Burton | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction
The Cincinnati Reds avoided arbitration with RP Jared Burton Thursday, Jan. 6, by agreeing to a one-year deal, according to's Mark Sheldon. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RP | Brian Fuentes | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Brian Fuentes (Twins) wants to sign with a team where he has the chance to close out games, according to

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