Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 21, 2011 @ 09:48:21 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland plans to use 1B Miguel Cabrera fourth in his lineup, per the team's official Twitter page.

1B | Dan Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman said 1B Dan Johnson would be the team's starting first baseman if the season opened Wednesday, Jan. 19, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Joe Smith. "Right now, (Dan) Johnson would play first. He's someone we feel could hit 20-plus home runs and get on base. We like what he's capable of, and if we ever got to the point where we upgrade that spot, we're in great shape." IFs Sean Rodriguez and Ben Zobrist are both options at second base.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder) played catch Monday, Jan. 17, for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right shoulder, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. Gonzalez is seeing improvement in his shoulder on a day-by-day basis. He could begin swinging a bat sometime in late February, although he is thought to be ahead of schedule.


Second Baseman

2B | Scott Sizemore | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers IFs Will Rhymes, Danny Worth, Scott Sizemore, Ramon Santiago and Ryan Raburn could all fill in at second base if 2B Carlos Guillen (knee) is not ready for the start of the year, according to SportingNews.com.

2B | Carlos Guillen | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers are unsure if 2B Carlos Guillen (knee) will be ready for the start of the season, according to The Detroit News' Tom Gage. "I don't think he's going to be ready to start," manager Jim Leyland said. "I mean the season - but I don't want to put the cart before the horse, because I don't know for sure."

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks is asking for $7.2 million while the team is countering with $4.85 million, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt. SP Shaun Marcum is asking for $5 million and the team filed for $3 million. RP Kameron Loe filed for $1.65 million and the team countered with $1.055 million. The team has tabled discussions with Weeks on a multi-year deal because the two sides were too far apart.

2B | Steven Tolleson | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics designated 2B Steven Tolleson for assignment Wednesday, Jan. 19, according to The Sports Network.


Shortstop

SS | Jed Lowrie | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Jed Lowrie will likely serve as a utility player to start the season, playing some first and third base, according to ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald. "He has the ability to play all four infield positions, so rather than worry about an infield competition, because Scutaro is our shortstop ... this guy gives us something that I don't know how many teams can say they have: a switch-hitter who can play first, second, third, or short and play a lot. That, at some point, will probably save us," manager Terry Francona said. Lowrie believes he is not a utility player.

SS | Marco Scutaro | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Thursday, Jan. 20, that SS Marco Scutaro is the team's shortstop this year, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. General manager Theo Epstein said last week that Scutaro could be challenged by IF Jed Lowrie.

SS | Ronny Cedeno | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Ronny Cedeno will enter the 2011 season as the starting shortstop, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. "He's got to get better on the field," manager Clint Hurdle said. "There are a whole bunch of us that are waiting for the day we don't have to talk about what to do, we can just play the game and start doing it. I think he would fall in that category." He will likely hit in the bottom third of the lineup.

SS | Cliff Pennington | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Cliff Pennington (shoulder) is expected to be ready for Opening Day, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.

SS | Jose Reyes | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SS Jose Reyes said he does not want to talk about his contract during the 2011 season, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. Reyes can become a free agent after this year. "I don't want to talk about any contract during the season because I want to be focused on doing my thing and help this team to win a lot of ballgames," Reyes said. "I don't want to hear about anything like that. I just want to play baseball for now."

SS | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals IF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. is expected to receive 350 to 400 at-bats this year while playing both the infield and outfield, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew's 2013 option is worth $10 million as part of his two-year, $13.75 million deal, according to The Associated Press. He will make $4.65 million this year and $7.75 million in 2012. The mutual option for 2013 includes a $1.35 million buyout.


Third Baseman

3B | Nick Punto | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent 3B Nick Punto (Twins) is still a free agent, and from all indications, the Minnesota Twins aren't interested in bringing him back, reports Joe Christensen, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

3B | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Thursday, Jan. 20, that 3B Dayan Viciedo might see time in the outfield during Spring Training, reports Doug Padilla, of ESPNChicago.com. "He was an outfielder before. This kid was in right field in Cuba and he never played third base," Guillen said. "We have to wait to see in spring training how we're going to handle that."

3B | Brent Morel | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen indicated Thursday, Jan. 20, that the third base job is up for grabs when spring training starts next month, reports Doug Padilla, of ESPNChicago.com. When asked if prospect 3B Brent Morel is the starter, Guillen responded: "If I say Morel is going to be our third baseman, that's a slap in (3B Mark Teahen's) face. I think Morel is playing very well for us. Right now, I think it's a little bit too early to predict that."

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury
Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren insists he isn't worried about the recovery of 3B Chipper Jones (knee) from surgery last August, reports David O'Brien, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I've seen Chipper hit three times, I think," Wren said. "He looks great. When I saw him hit for the first time two weeks ago and really drive the ball, that was great."

3B | Eric Chavez | free agent | Free Agents
The Chicago White Sox reportedly are very interested in signing free-agent 3B Eric Chavez (Athletics), according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.

3B | Mike Aviles | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said 3B Mike Aviles will open Spring Training at third base, according to The Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor. 2B Chris Getz is the favorite for the second base job. 3B Wilson Betemit will also be a factor at third.

3B | Joe Crede | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent 3B Joe Crede (Twins) to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training Wednesday, Jan. 19, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding.


Catcher

C | Jason Kendall | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said C Jason Kendall (shoulder) is ahead of schedule in his rehab from rotator cuff surgery, according to The Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor. Kendall could begin his throwing program as early as the end of February if he is cleared by a doctor. However, there is no timeline for when he is expected to return to game action.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters' offseason workouts have been more "offensive-driven," according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. Wieters acknowledged that most of his struggles at the plate last year were mental. He has been working on explosive-type exercises as he prepares for the 2011 season.

C | Nick Hundley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black thinks C Nick Hundley is ready to be the team's everyday catcher this year, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center. "Nick sees the game differently than he did a year, two years ago," Black said. "He has always cared about the pitcher and the team ... he always put those first, which is a must for anyone who wants to catch."

C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Kelly Johnson and C Miguel Montero submitted their arbitration numbers Wednesday, Jan. 19, according to The Associated Press. Johnson is looking for $6.5 million while the team is offering $4.7 million. Montero wants $3.4 million, with the team filing for $2.8 million.


Outfielder

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Felix Pie and OF Nolan Reimold would likely platoon in left field if the season started today, The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports.

OF | Johnny Damon | free agent | Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Rays are nearing a deal with free-agent OF Johnny Damon (Tigers), Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown reports.

OF | Magglio Ordonez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland plans to use OF Magglio Ordonez third in his lineup, per the team's official Twitter page.

OF | Jason Pridie | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets designated P Tobi Stoner and OF Jason Pridie for assignment Thursday, Jan. 20, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he will give OF Carlos Beltran a week or two in Spring Training solely in center field and evaluate his mobility, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. If Beltran can show that he still has good range, Collins will keep him in center. If Beltran's range has decreased, the team could move OF Angel Pagan to center and Beltran to right. "Once the decision is made, that's the way we're going to go," Collins said. "I just don't think it's fair to those kind of players to keep saying, 'OK, geez, Angel is out for three days, we're going to move you here. OK, gosh, now we're going to move you back over there. Gosh, we're going to go play in the Grand Canyon and have to move you to right field.' That's just unfair to those guys, especially to him." Beltran said his knee is fine, but he will still have to wear a brace, which could limit his mobility.

OF | Andruw Jones | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The New York Yankees agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal with free-agent OF Andruw Jones (White Sox) Thursday, Jan. 20, according to SI.com's Jon Heyman. The deal includes $1.2 million in incentives.

OF | Scott Hairston | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets signed free-agent OF Scott Hairston (Padres) to a minor league deal Thursday, Jan. 20, according to The Associated Press.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton said he is open to the idea of signing a long-term deal with the team in the future, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin. "Obviously I'm locked in for the next year. Tampa Bay area is a place I love to be. I've got to meet a lot of people, a lot of good people. I love the area. It's a place I could definitely see myself settling in and living here. If the long-term (deal) happens to come up, I'm definitely open ears for it," Upton said.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Adam L. Jones said he would've entertained the idea of a multi-year offer if the team offered one this offseason, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

OF | Shane Victorino | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino said he's not changing his approach this offseason after hitting just .259 last season, the Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Hagen reports. "Honestly, no, I'm not changing my offseason program," Victorino said. "I think I'm trying to hit a little bit more, do different things in the cage. I'm working with my hands a little more, working with my body and trying to figure out, mechanically, what I might have been doing wrong."

OF | Alex Romero | Florida Marlins | Transaction
The Florida Marlins signed free-agent OFs Alex Romero (Braves) and Jorge Padilla (Mets) to minor league deals Wednesday, Jan. 19, according to CBSSports.com.

OF | Ryan Westmoreland | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox OF Ryan Westmoreland (brain) has been working out in Florida, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne. "He's down in Fort Myers working out," said director of player development Mike Hazen. "He's hitting. He's throwing. He's going through all the workouts, the lifting. I still think the original diagnosis ... it's still going to take some time to get back to where he was. We're not making any hard-line predictions on a timeframe on when he's going to actually come out and play a game."

OF | Matt Szczur | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.4 million deal with OF Matt Szczur, according to ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine. Szczur received a $100,000 bonus when he signed with the team last June after being drafted in the fifth round.

OF | Andrew Lambo | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates invited OF Andrew Lambo, OF Eric Fryer, SS Brian Friday, SS Chase D'Arnaud, C Tony Sanchez and C Wyatt Toregas to Spring Training Tuesday, Jan. 18, according to The Sports Network.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander hasn't had an ERA lower than 5.53 in April the last three seasons and plans to treat April differently this year, the Detroit Free Press' John Lowe reports. "Instead of just working in spring training to get my body feeling good and feeling like I can throw the ball, I'm going to treat it like April, and I've already had my bad starts in April," Verlander said.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are interested in free-agent SP Justin Duchscherer (Athletics), according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.

SP | Jeff Suppan | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
The San Francisco Giants signed free-agent SP Jeff Suppan (Cardinals) to a minor league deal Thursday, Jan. 20, according to CBSSports.com.

SP | Chris Young | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Chris Young will have a base salary of $1.1 million this year, with a chance to make as much as $4.5 million with 31 starts and 180 innings, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. Young can make an extra $1.525 million based on starts 10 through 31, and $1.875 million on innings from 70 to 180.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds avoided arbitration with SP Johnny Cueto Thursday, Jan. 20, by agreeing to a four-year, $27 million deal, according to MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince.

SP | Nate Robertson | Seattle Mariners | Transaction
The Seattle Mariners signed free-agent OF Jody Gerut (Padres) and SP Nate Robertson (Phillies) to minor league deals with invitations to Spring Training Thursday, Jan. 20, according to AOL FanHouse.com's John Hickey.

SP | Kevin Millwood | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Kevin Millwood (Orioles) is choosing between the Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees, according to SportingNews.com.

SP | Jonathan Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants SP Jonathan Sanchez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million deal, according to MLB.com's Chris Haft.

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Luke Hochevar is expected to start the team's Opening Day game this year, according to The Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor. "The candidates are probably going to be Hoch, Hoch, Hoch and maybe Francis," said manager Ned Yost.

SP | Livan Hernandez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals currently have eight pitchers vying for five starting rotation spots this year, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. The pitchers include Ps Livan Hernandez, Jordan Zimmermann, John Lannan, Jason Marquis, Yunesky Maya, Ross Detwiler, Chien-Ming Wang and Tom Gorzelanny.

SP | Collin Balester | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Collin Balester is expected to have the edge for the last spot in the bullpen this year, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore. RPs Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard, Sean Burnett, Doug Slaten, Todd Coffey and Henry Rodriguez are expected to have the other six spots locked down.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets' 2011 starting rotation appears to be complete with the signing of SP Chris Young, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. The rotation will consist of SPs Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, Jonathon Niese, Chris Capuano and Young. P Dillon Gee will be a safety net, but will likely start the year at Triple-A Buffalo.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said Wednesday, Jan. 19, that SP Jake Peavy (lat) has been throwing off a mound, reports Mark Gonzales, of the Chicago Tribune. "It's going well," Cooper said. "He's feeling better about his command."

SP | Jeff Francis | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals finalized their one-year, $2 million deal with SP Jeff Francis Wednesday, Jan. 19, according to MLB.com's Dick Kaegel.

SP | Brad Penny | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The New York Mets were interested in signing SP Brad Penny before he landed with the Detroit Tigers, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.

SP | J.D. Martin | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Nationals released SP J.D. Martin Wednesday, Jan. 19, according to CBSSports.com.

SP | Junichi Tazawa | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox SP Junichi Tazawa (elbow) is currently working out and could get into some games in Spring Training, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. Tazawa is expected to start the year in Triple-A Pawtucket.

SP | Armando Galarraga | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays could be interested in swinging a trade for Detroit Tigers SP Armando Galarraga, according to SportingNews.com.

SP | Andy Pettitte | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Andy Pettitte (Yankees) has started getting himself back into baseball shape, even though he is undecided on whether he will retire, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

SP | Fausto Carmona | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Fausto Carmona is set to be the staff ace this year, with SPs Justin Masterson and Mitch Talbot next in line, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. Ps Jeanmar Gomez, Josh Tomlin, David Huff, Anthony Reyes, Alex White and Zach McAllister will have chances to round out the rotation.

SP | Joe Saunders | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with SP Joe Saunders Tuesday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million deal, according to The Associated Press.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Tim Byrdak | New York Mets | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Mets signed free-agent RP Tim Byrdak (Astros) to a minor league contract, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports.

RP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has indicated that he is not in favor of starting the season with a closer-by-committee, according to MLB.com's Scott Merkin. "That's a good thing for the pitcher, knowing what (his) position is going to be," Guillen said. "I think that's one thing we're looking for and I hope we do." RP Chris Sale doesn't mind beginning the year as a starter if SP Jake Peavy (lat) is not ready.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (elbow) said he has started his throwing program and will be at full strength when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, according to the Oakland Tribune's Joe Stiglich.

RP | Hong-Chih Kuo | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti admitted that the team could have just one left-handed pitcher in their bullpen this year, RP Hong-Chih Kuo, according to the Los Angeles Times' Steve Dilbeck. "We'll find the best arms, left or right," manager Don Mattingly said. "You hear about the lefties, and it's nice to have that second lefty out there. It would be nice to have three (as) your best arms. But I'm looking for the best arms." The team's current bullpen consists of Ps Kuo, Jonathan Broxton, Kenley Jansen, Ronald Belisario, Vicente Padilla, Matt Guerrier and Blake Hawksworth. RP Scott Elbert is a candidate to become the second lefty in the bullpen.

RP | Joel Zumaya | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers RP Joel Zumaya (elbow) said he could be ready to pitch by Opening Day, according to The Detroit News' Eric Lacy. "The doctors cleared him to participate," general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "He's in great shape. We know what he means to our club when he is (healthy)." Zumaya said he has been throwing pain-free.

RP | Javier Lopez | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
The San Francisco Giants avoided arbitration with RP Javier Lopez Thursday, Jan. 20, by agreeing to a one-year deal, according to MLB.com's Chris Haft. Lopez is likely to receive a salary close to the midpoint of the proposals he and the team exchanged. Lopez was asking for $2.875 million and the team countered with $2 million.

RP | Chad Qualls | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres agreed to a one-year, $2.55 million deal with free-agent RP Chad Qualls (Rays) Wednesday, Jan. 19, according to The Associated Press. Qualls will receive $1.5 million this year, and the deal includes a $6 million team option for the 2012 season with a $1.05 million buyout.

RP | Brian Fuentes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics finalized their two-year, $10.5 million deal with RP Brian Fuentes Wednesday, Jan. 19, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser. Fuentes can make an extra $100,000 each for 30, 40, 45 and 50 games finished and $250,000 each for 55 and 60 games finished this year. He will earn $200,000 if he is traded. The team has a $6.5 million option for the 2013 season that includes a $500,000 buyout. Fuentes will make $5 million in each of the next two seasons.

RP | Taylor Tankersley | New York Mets | Free Agents
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said the team will likely add another left-handed reliever to compete with RP Taylor Tankersley, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. Free-agent RPs Joe Beimel (Rockies), Ron Mahay (Twins), Dennys Reyes (Cardinals) and Mark Hendrickson (Orioles) are all options.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays could be leaning toward trading for relief pitching, according to SportingNews.com. Pittsburgh Pirates RPs Evan Meek and Joel Hanrahan could both be options.

RP | Evan Meek | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays could be leaning toward trading for relief pitching, according to SportingNews.com. Pittsburgh Pirates RPs Evan Meek and Joel Hanrahan could both be options.

RP | Brandon League | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Seattle Mariners RP Brandon League will make $2.25 million in a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, according to The Seattle Times' Geoff Baker. SP Jason Vargas will earn $2.45 million.

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