Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 17, 2011 @ 11:42:23 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols said he's in better shape than in recent seasons when he was bothered by his right elbow injury, The Associated Press reports.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Free Agents, Breaking, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to terms on a three-year, $38 million contract with 1B Joey Votto, pending a physical, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. The deal covers his remaining arbitration years and would allow him to become a free agent following the 2013 season. Votto's physical will take place Monday, Jan. 17.

1B | Jerry Sands | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers P Rubby De La Rosa, IF Dee Gordon and 1B Jerry Sands are among the non-roster players who will be invited to major league spring training camp, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

1B | Brad Eldred | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have invited 22 players to spring training, according to MLB.com's Chris Haft. Among those earning invites are 1B Brandon Belt, SS Brandon Crawford, 2B Charlie Culberson, OF Gary Brown, C Tommy Joseph, RP Guillermo Mota. Invites with majors experience include P's Casey Daigle, Waldis Joaquin, Shane Loux and Ryan Vogelsong, C Chris Stewart and IF Brad Eldred.

1B | Prince Fielder | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder filed for salary arbitration, according to The Sports Network.

1B | Kendry Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver, 1B Kendry Morales, OF Reggie Willits, 2B Howie Kendrick, SS Erick Aybar and C Mike Napoli filed for salary arbitration Friday, Jan. 14, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett. Hearing will not be scheduled until later this month.

1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche will make $7 million this year and $8 million in 2012, according to The Washington Post's Gene Wang. The deal includes a $10 million mutual option for the 2013 season that includes a $1 million buyout.

1B | James Loney | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said the team needs 1B James Loney to step up this year and hit for power, according to the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin. Loney has been working with hitting instructor Jeff Pentland during the offseason on pulling the ball with power.


Second Baseman

2B | Jeff Keppinger | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros 2B Jeff Keppinger (foot) underwent successful foot surgery and is expected to miss three to four months, according to the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine.

2B | Delino DeShields Jr. | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros minor league 2B Delino DeShields Jr. was arrested Sunday, Jan. 16, in Athens-Clarke County, Ga., after being charged with DUI, possession of alcohol by a minor and a traffic violation, according to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle. He was arrested at 1:06 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and released nearly two hours later on $2,500 bail.

2B | Daniel Descalso | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the St. Louis Cardinals have signed free-agent IF Ramon Vazquez (Astros) to a minor league contract, with a non-roster invitation to spring training camp, according to Matthew Leach of MLB.com. He will battle IFs Daniel Descalso and Tyler Greene for a utility infield job, and all three players could compete with IF/OF Allen Craig for playing time at third base if 3B David Freese's (ankle) recovery from ankle surgery takes longer than expected.

2B | Kevin Melillo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed IFs Kevin Melillo (Pirates) and Gil Velazquez (Red Sox) and C Kevin Richardson (Rangers) to minor league contracts, with invitations to spring training camp, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

2B | Howie Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver, 1B Kendry Morales, OF Reggie Willits, 2B Howie Kendrick, SS Erick Aybar and C Mike Napoli filed for salary arbitration Friday, Jan. 14, according to The Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett. Hearing will not be scheduled until later this month.


Shortstop

SS | Alex Cora | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Nationals agreed with free-agent SS Alex Cora (Rangers) on a minor league deal worth $900,000 plus $600,000 in incentives Monday, Jan. 17, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. Cora will compete with OF Matt Stairs for the final bench spot.

SS | Jerry Hairston Jr. | free agent | Free Agents
The Washington Nationals may not sign free-agent OF/IF Jerry Hairston Jr. (Padres) because his asking price is too steep, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson.

SS | Alexi Casilla | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a one-year, $865,000 contract with SS Alexi Casilla, avoiding arbitration, according to SI.com's Jon Heyman.

SS | Ramon Vazquez | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the St. Louis Cardinals have signed free-agent IF Ramon Vazquez (Astros) to a minor league contract, with a non-roster invitation to spring training camp, according to Matthew Leach of MLB.com. He will battle IFs Daniel Descalso and Tyler Greene for a utility infield job, and all three players could compete with IF/OF Allen Craig for playing time at third base if 3B David Freese's (ankle) recovery from ankle surgery takes longer than expected.

SS | Nick Noonan | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have signed Ps Wilmin Rodriguez, Felix Romero, Jason Stoffel, Ryan Verdugo and Matt Yourkin, Cs Hector Sanchez and Jackson Williams, IF Nick Noonan and OFs Terry Evans and Juan Perez to minor league contracts, according to USAToday.com.


Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig will see work at third base in Spring Training this year, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. Craig will be competing for a backup role behind 3B David Freese. Craig is currently on a throwing program designed to increase his arm strength.

3B | Ron Santo | Retired Players | Fantasy
Former Chicago Cubs 3B Ron Santo, who died last month of complications from bladder cancer at the age of 70, will become the fourth person honored with a statue at Wrigley Field, according to MLB.com's Evan Drellich. The statue will be unveiled Aug. 10 and will join Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Harry Caray.


Catcher

C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Russell Martin said personal issues were the reason for his down years the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to the National Post's John Lott. "I had some distractions that maybe led me not to have that same drive that I've had in the past," Martin said. "Really, that's all it is, honestly. I didn't train quite as hard, but before, nobody trained as hard as I did."

C | Carlton Fisk | Retired Players | Breaking
Cecil Fisk, the father of former Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox C Carlton Fisk, died Thursday, Jan. 13, at the age of 97 following a brief illness, according to The Associated Press. KFFL sends its condolences.

C | Damaso Espino | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed P Wilkin De La Rosa (Yankees) and C Damaso Espino (Indians) to minor league contracts, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

C | Audry Perez | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to terms with Ps Brandon Dickson and Joe Kelly and C Audry Perez on minor league contracts, according to USAToday.com.

C | Raul Chavez | New York Mets | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets signed free-agent C Raul Chavez (Blue Jays) to a minor league contract that includes a spring training invitation Friday, Jan. 14. No financial terms were announced, according to MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger.

C | Geovany Soto | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with C Geovany Soto Friday, Jan. 14, by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million deal, according to ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine.


Outfielder

OF | Willie Harris | New York Mets | Transaction
Updating previous reports, New York Mets OF Willie Harris' minor league contract has been finalized, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles avoided arbitration with OF Adam L. Jones by signing him to a one-year, $3.25 million deal, The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly reports. He made $465,000 last season.

OF | Andruw Jones | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have reportedly stepped up their pursuit of free-agent OF Andruw Jones (White Sox), according to SI.com's Jon Heyman. Free-agent OF Johnny Damon (Tigers) could also be a possibility to join the club, although both players are also attracting interest from the Tampa Bay Rays.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (illness) has been released from the hospital and should resume baseball activities in the "next few days," according to Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News.

OF | Ben Francisco | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have avoided arbitration with OF Ben Francisco by signing him to a one-year contract worth $1.175 million, according to Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista has filed for arbitration, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Cody Ross | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Cody Ross and SP Jonathan Sanchez filed for salary arbitration, according to The Sports Network.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo filed for salary arbitration, according to The Sports Network.

OF | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Martin Prado filed for salary arbitration, according to The Sports Network.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury and CL Jonathan Papelbon filed for salary arbitration, according to The Sports Network.

OF | Angel Pagan | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey, OF Angel Pagan and SP Mike Pelfrey filed for salary arbitration Friday, Jan. 14, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

OF | Jordan Brown | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians outrighted OF Jordan Brown to Triple-A Columbus Friday, Jan. 14, according to The Sports Network.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, the Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration with OF Alex Gordon Friday, Jan. 14, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million deal, according to The Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor. Gordon will have a chance to make $100,000 in incentives.

OF | Scott Podsednik | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have ruled out re-signing OF Scott Podsednik, according to the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin.

OF | Garrett Jones | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Garrett Jones has lost about 10 pounds this offseason and is "a little bit faster, too," according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Colin Dunlap.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Tom Gorzelanny | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs traded SP Tom Gorzelanny to the Washington Nationals Monday, Jan. 17, in exchange for three minor league players, according to ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine. The Cubs will receive two pitchers and an outfielder.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco (knee) will be fully ready to participate in Spring Training after undergoing offseason knee surgery, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Nolasco said he is ahead of schedule and does not expect to be limited at all. "I'm probably a little bit ahead (of schedule)," Nolasco said. "I had a little bit of a long layoff. So I started doing stuff a little earlier. There were no limitations in anything that I did. The knee is fine. I'll be ready to go in Spring Training with no issues. I'll be able to do all my running and everything." He is expected to be the team's No. 2 starter in 2011.

SP | Andy Pettitte | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees feel the chances of free-agent SP Andy Pettitte (Yankees) re-signing with the team are waning, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews. "Last week I thought the chances were 60-40. Now I think they're 50-50 at best," said a team source.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the New York Mets expect SP Johan Santana (shoulder) back around midseason, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

SP | Jeremy Bonderman | free agent | Free Agents
The St. Louis Cardinals are interested in free-agent SP Jeremy Bonderman (Tigers), the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reports.

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse started throwing earlier this offseason than in previous years and plans to do more throwing off of a mound before spring training begins, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach. "I started throwing in late December, rather than at the beginning of January - which I normally do," Lohse said. "I just wanted to make sure everything was still working and be a little bit ahead of where I normally am. Normally, I come into spring training ready anyway, but I just wanted to test out the forearm and make sure everything is good." Lohse added that he normally threw one to two bullpen sessions in previous years before reporting to spring training camp but wants to throw at least twice as many sessions this offseason.

SP | Bruce Chen | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, SI.com's Jon Heyman is reporting free-agent SP Bruce Chen (Royals) has signed a one-year deal for $2 million, plus another $1.5 million in performance bonuses, to stay with the Kansas City Royals, pending a physical.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain, RP Boone Logan and SP Phil Hughes filed for salary arbitration, according to Bill Madden of The New York Daily News.

SP | Chris Young | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are not interested in pursuing free-agent SP Chris Young (Padres), according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson.

SP | Ross Ohlendorf | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates P Ross Ohlendorf and P Joel Hanrahan filed for arbitration, according to Colin Dunlap of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

SP | Jonathan Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Cody Ross and SP Jonathan Sanchez filed for salary arbitration, according to The Sports Network.

SP | Armando Galarraga | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Armando Galarraga filed for salary arbitration, according to The Sports Network.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks filed for salary arbitration, according to The Sports Network.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Dallas Braden filed for salary arbitration, according to The Sports Network.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey, OF Angel Pagan and SP Mike Pelfrey filed for salary arbitration Friday, Jan. 14, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

SP | Carl Pavano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins DH Jim Thome is recruiting free-agent SP Carl Pavano (Twins) to re-sign with the team, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. "He was a big part of what we did last year," Thome said. "As players, you all respect and love each other, and I hope Pavano comes back. He would make our team very similar to what it was last year. If he does come back, it's a great addition." The Twins hope to have a deal in place with Pavano within the next week.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets are hoping SP Mike Pelfrey can become the team's No. 1 starter this year, followed by SPs R.A. Dickey and Jonathon Niese, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand. SPs Chris Capuano and Dillon Gee are the favorites to round out the rotation. SP Jenrry Mejia is expected to open the season in Class AAA.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Samuel Gervacio | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros RP Samuel Gervacio (shoulder) underwent a clean-up procedure on his shoulder and is expected to miss a couple of months, according to the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine.

RP | Jose Veras | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free-agent RP Jose Veras (Marlins) to a minor league contract, ESPNdeportes.com's Enrique Rojas reports.

RP | Brian Fuentes | Oakland Athletics | Free Agents
The Oakland Athletics agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent RP Brian Fuentes (Twins), The Associated Press reports.

RP | Ryan Franklin | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals CL Ryan Franklin said he is reconsidering his statement from last year that he was going to retire following the 2011 season, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I've done a lot of that (thinking) this offseason," Franklin said. "I've come to the conclusion that if this year goes well, I'm going to keep playing. If I stay healthy, and I don't see why I shouldn't. The family has told me to keep playing, so I'm going to keep playing." Franklin said he would be open to closing or setting up and would be open to changing teams if necessary.

RP | Jim Miller | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have signed Ps Jim Miller and Josh Muecke to minor league contracts, according to Jack Etkin of InsideTheRockies.com.

RP | Carlos Villanueva | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays and SP Carlos Villanueva avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $1.415 million deal, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

RP | Brad Ziegler | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports Oakland Athletics RP Brad Ziegler will make $1.25 million under his 2011 contract.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The acquisition of RP Rafael Soriano could spell the end of RP Joba Chamberlain as a New York Yankee, a source told The New York Post. The trade may not happen right away, but the source said Chamberlain could be expendable.

RP | Rafael Soriano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wanted to keep his first-round draft pick for 2011, according to Bill Madden of The New York Daily News. Hank and Hal Steinbrenner overruled Cashman and ordered him to go after RP Rafael Soriano, whom the Yankees signed on Thursday, Jan. 13.

RP | Kyle McClellan | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year deal with RP Kyle McClellan, avoiding arbitration, according to Matthew Leach of MLB.com. Salary information was not disclosed.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates P Ross Ohlendorf and P Joel Hanrahan filed for arbitration, according to Colin Dunlap of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres CL Heath Bell and OF Ryan Ludwick filed for salary arbitration, according to The Sports Network.

RP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper would rather P Chris Sale have a defined role for the 2011 season, according to MLB.com's Scott Merkin. If Sale enters the rotation due to the injury to SP Jake Peavy (lat), there is a chance that Sale will remain in the rotation for the rest of the year. "No, I think we are OK," said Cooper, when questioned directly as to whether Sale's mechanics needed to be altered. "He does some things, he's a low three-quarter guy, so I don't see anything there. But listen, he's going to have to get stronger."

RP | Ryota Igarashi | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets outrighted RP Ryota Igarashi to Triple-A Buffalo Friday, Jan. 14, according to The Sports Network.

RP | Evan Meek | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates are still mum on who will be the team's closer in 2011, with RPs Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek the main options, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Colin Dunlap. "We have talked in generalities of choosing one or the other for those specific roles. We have talked in generalities of using both. Clint and I need to spend some more time, in the future, talking about this because I know both guys, Evan and Joel, are hungry to pitch," general manager Neal Huntington said. Huntington also said the team would like to have a decision before Spring Training.

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