Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 12, 2011 @ 12:04:00 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Jeff Bailey | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins will invite SP Kyle Gibson, their 2009 first-round draft pick, to spring training. The Associated Press reports other invitees include P's Phil Dumatrait, Chuck James, Yorman Bazardo, Carlos Gutierrez and Kyle Waldrop; C's Jair Fernandez, Chris Herrmann, Steve Holm, Danny Lehmann, Danny Rams and Rene Rivera; IF's Matt B. Brown, Ray Chang, Brian Dozier, Justin Huber and Chase Lambin; and OF's Jeff Bailey and Brian Dinkelman.

1B | Matthew Rizzotti | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Matthew Rizzotti will be among those earning invites to major league spring training, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers did not want to include 1B Mitch Moreland in any trade for Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza, according to the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant. The Rangers view Moreland as their long-term first baseman.

1B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Luis Castillo will be given the chance to compete for the starting job at second base in Spring Training, according to IFs Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner will compete alongside Castillo.

Third Baseman

3B | Juan Francisco | Cincinnati Reds | Injury
Cincinnati Reds 3B Juan Francisco (leg) has suffered a right leg injury while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic and has not played since Dec. 10, according to's Mark Sheldon. Francisco fouled a pitch off his leg under his right knee and was hospitalized when it became infected. His knee had to be drained. "He's fine," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "A contusion has kept him out, but it's nothing serious." Francisco has been practicing the last few days and is batting .322 (49-for-152) with eight home runs and 30 RBIs.


C | Koyie Hill | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with C Koyie Hill Wednesday, Jan. 12, by agreeing to a one-year, $850,000 deal, according to's Bruce Levine.


OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez will make $1 million this year, $5 million in 2012, $7.5 million in 2013, $10.5 million in 2014, $16 million in 2015, $17 million in 2016 and $20 million in 2017, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck.

OF | Jason Kubel | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins plan to use OF Jason Kubel as their primary designated hitter next year if they do not re-sign DH Jim Thome, according to

Starting Pitcher

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) is expected to receive clearance this week to begin throwing, according to The Star-Ledger's Andy McCullough. If he is cleared, he will start his rehab work at his home in Florida.

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey, who is eligible for arbitration, wants a multi-year deal from the team, according to The Star-Ledger's Andy McCullough.

SP | Kevin Hart | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Kevin Hart (shoulder) and RP Tyler Yates (elbow) threw 25 pitches, all fastballs, in a bullpen session Tuesday, Jan. 11, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel reports. Both are expected to throw 25 more pitches Friday, Jan. 14.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers did not want to include 1B Mitch Moreland in any trade for Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza, according to the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant. The Rangers view Moreland as their long-term first baseman.

SP | Joe Blanton | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies continue to shop SP Joe Blanton on the trade market, but are in no rush to trade him, according to's Todd Zolecki. Blanton is currently the team's No. 5 starter.

SP | Livan Hernandez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Livan Hernandez is expected to be the team's Opening Day starter against the Atlanta Braves March 31, according to's Bill Ladson.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal with free-agent RP Kyle Farnsworth (Braves) Wednesday, Jan. 12, according to The contract contains a one-year option that could bring the total of the deal to $6 million.

RP | Jon Rauch | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays are still searching for a closer and could settle for free-agent RPs Brian Fuentes (Twins) or Jon Rauch (Twins), according to's Bailey Stephens.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson (elbow) said the slight ligament tear in his right elbow is a non-issue,'s Roch Kubatko reports. Johnson said he has been throwing for three weeks and will throw off a mound for the first time in two weeks. That's pretty much his normal routine, though he's done more "rehab-style" exercises because of his right elbow. Johnson also forced himself to rest for an extra week before getting back to the gym.

RP | Taylor Tankersley | New York Mets | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets signed RP Taylor Tankersley (Marlins) to a minor league contract, according to's Doug Miller. No financial terms were announced for the deal, which includes an invitation to spring training.

RP | Trevor Hoffman | Retired Players | Transaction
Free-agent RP Trevor Hoffman (Brewers) announced his retirement from baseball Tuesday, Jan. 11, according to's Barry M. Bloom. Hoffman finishes his career with an all-time record with 601 regular-season saves. He will return to the San Diego Padres in a front-office role. "It's time to retire. It's time to move on," Hoffman said. "This is more of a self-evaluation. I expect to pitch at a certain level and I had to be honest with myself that I wasn't certain I could maintain that anymore."

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