Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 24, 2011 @ 09:08:34 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Jorge Cantu | free agent | Free Agents
The Houston Astros' talks with free-agent IF Jorge Cantu (Rangers) have ceased, Cantu said over the weekend, the Houston Examiner's Stephen Goff reports.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins general manager Bill Smith said 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) called the other day and said he had a real good week of workouts, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III reports. Morneau said he pushed it as hard as he can in any workout and didn't have any problems. "He's going to start swinging the bat probably the first of February, which gives him two months before Opening Day," Smith said. "So I think we're right on track and we're very optimistic of getting him back."

1B | Mike Sweeney | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent 1B Mike Sweeney (Phillies) was in Kansas City Saturday, Jan. 22, for a Royals awards ceremony, and Sweeney told's Dick Kaegel he is debating whether or not to return for a 17th season. Three teams are reportedly interested in Sweeney, who has expressed he will only play for a contender. If he retires, it is expected he would join the Royals in an unnamed role.

1B | Juan Miranda | Arizona Diamondbacks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Juan Miranda reportedly has the inside track over 1B Brandon Allen for the team's starting first-base job, according to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic.

1B | Billy Butler | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Kansas City Royals 1B Billy Butler will make $3 million during the 2011 season and $8 million annually from 2012 to 2014, according to Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star. The team holds a $12.5 million club option for the 2015 season with a $1 million buyout. Butler also received a $2 million signing bonus.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton intends to play through his contract in 2013, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. "In an upset moment at the height of frustration last season, sure I considered leaving. But I was never serious. I plan on leaving this game on a good note and finishing out my contract," said Helton. He focused more on building his leg and core strength this offseason.

1B | Carlos Pena | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo said 1B Carlos Pena had a lower-half timing problem last season, in which he hit .196, according to's Carrie Muskat. "You hate to dwell on the negative," Jaramillo said. "I'm not looking at what he did last year. I know what he can do. He just wants to be more consistent. I'm going to try to help him learn what he's doing when he's doing it right so he can feel it and make that adjustment in between pitches instead of waiting for day-to-day (adjustments)."

Second Baseman

2B | Jose Carlos Thompson | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros have signed 2B Jose Carlos Thompson (W. Oklahoma JC) for an estimated $250,000, according to Melissa Segura of

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham has added 10-15 pounds during the offseason and "looks jacked," according to Joe Cowley, of the Chicago Sun-Times. "I have a lot to prove," Beckham said.


SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins said Friday, Jan. 21, that he is feeling good heading into the 2011 season, reports Bob Brookover, of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I feel very good," Rollins said. "The injuries are, hopefully, behind me." Rollins has worked extra-hard this offseason while incorporating a yoga program that is supervised by his wife.

Third Baseman

3B | Nick Punto | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction
The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent 3B Nick Punto (Twins) to a one-year, $700,000 deal Friday, Jan. 21, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Punto will provide insurance at third base for 3B David Freese and can serve as the backup at both shortstop and second base.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart said he plans to back off the plate this year in order to guard against the inside strike, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck.


C | Yorvit Torrealba | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Yorvit Torrealba will be the team's starting catcher in 2011, but he has never played in more than 113 games in a season, reports Anthony Andro, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

C | Matt Treanor | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Matt Treanor will serve as the backup to C Yorvit Torrealba, but he is happy to have found a home in Arlington, reports Anthony Andro, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "All my career I didn't want to be skipping from town to town, especially at the big-league level," Treanor said. "It's nice to be in the same spot."

C | Chris Iannetta | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Chris Iannetta has simplified his approach at the plate heading into the season, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. Iannetta will no longer have a toe tap at the plate and intends to keep the barrel of his bat in the zone longer.


OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman is expected to hit fifth in the order,'s Matthew Leach reports.

OF | Vernon Wells | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have not decided whether OF Vernon Wells will play center field this season, with OF Peter Bourjos playing left field, or vice versa, according to's Lyle Spencer.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz is working on running more upright to alleviate hamstring problems, after having landed on the disabled list three times last season with hamstring injuries, according to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He has been working out with Kyle O'Day, the brother of RP Darren O'Day. "We've been doing 30 or 40 sprints a day and it seems like it's working because I don't feel anything," Cruz said. He also claims that his legs feel more well-rested because he decided not to play winter ball this offseason.

OF | Johnny Damon | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Rays OF Johnny Damon can earn up to $750,000 during the 2011 season based on the team's attendance at Tropicana Field, according to The Associated Press. He would receive $150,000 each for 1.75 million, 1.85 million, 1.95 million, 2.05 million and 2.15 million in home attendance.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
Confirming previous reports, the San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.2 million contract with OF Andres Torres, avoiding arbitration, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson is hopeful of stealing 40 bases in 2011, reports Tom Gage, of The Detroit News. Jackson stole 27 bases in his rookie season of 2010.

OF | Juan Rivera | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired OF Juan Rivera in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Friday, Jan. 21, reports Lyle Spencer, of Rivera is owed $5.25 million in 2011, the final year of his three-year deal.

OF | Jeremy Reed | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers signed free-agent OF Jeremy Reed (White Sox) to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training Friday, Jan. 21, according to's Adam McCalvy.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (illness) said he is "about 90 percent" healthy after dealing with pneumonia last week, according to's Richard Durrett. Hamilton said he resumed hitting in the cages Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Armando Galarraga | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have expressed some interest in Detroit Tigers SP Armando Galarraga, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

SP | Jarrod Parker | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Jarrod Parker is expected to start the season with Double-A Mobile but a strong showing during spring training camp could lead to a promotion later in the season, according to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic.

SP | Jason Hammel | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Colorado Rockies SP Jason Hammel will make $7.75 million over the next two seasons, according to's Thomas Harding. He will earn $3 million during the 2011 season and $4.75 million in 2012, along with the opportunity to make more due to performance bonuses. Hammel will be eligible again for salary arbitration in 2013.

SP | Tanner Scheppers | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have invited RP Cody Eppley, C Jose Felix, SP Tanner Scheppers and IF/OF Chad X. Tracy to spring training camp, according to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

SP | Jeff Francis | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals added SPs Bruce Chen and Jeff Francis to the 40-man roster Friday, Jan. 21, reports Dick Kaegel, of

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran will arrive at his first big league camp in three weeks with aspirations of showing why he has drawn comparisons to former major league P Pedro Martinez, reports Mark Bowman, of "He's got a lot of Pedro's mannerisms and intensity on the mound and feel," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "Pedro was an instinctual pitcher, and I think that's something that Julio has that a lot of other kids don't."

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the team is looking at both a one-year and a long-term deal for SP Edinson Volquez, who is eligible for arbitration, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay.

SP | Kevin Millwood | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees are pushing to sign free-agent SP Kevin Millwood (Orioles) as a fallback option if free-agent SP Andy Pettitte (Yankees) retires, according to

Relief Pitcher

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said RP Neftali Feliz would be brought into spring training camp with the opportunity to move into the starting rotation, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe. "As of right now, we're going to bring (Feliz) into camp and give him an opportunity to stretch himself out," Washington said. "And if he shows us he's better fitted with our ball club to start, then we'll go in that direction. If not, we know he can close ballgames and we're very happy with that." If the transition for Feliz is successful, SP Derek Holland would likely be moved to the bullpen, with RPs Frank Francisco and Alexi Ogando battling for the closer's role.

RP | Juan Gutierrez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Juan Gutierrez is expected to be the front-runner for the team's eighth-inning role, with RP J.J. Putz ticketed to be the closer, according to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic. RPs David Hernandez, Kam Mickolio and Brian Sweeney could also be counted on to play big roles out of the bullpen.

RP | Arthur Rhodes | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Arthur Rhodes said he wants to pitch longer than Jesse Orosco, who retired at the age of 46 after 24 seasons, according to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "My goal is to pitch until my arm falls off," he said. The 41-year-old Rhodes made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 1991.

RP | Darren O'Day | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with RP Darren O'Day on a one-year contract worth $1.251 million, avoiding arbitration, according to Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News.

RP | Jose Arredondo | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Jose Arredondo (elbow) might be counted upon to fill the void left by the departure of veteran RP Arthur Rhodes, even though Arrendono is a right-handed pitcher, reports Mark Sheldon, of Arrendondo had Tommy John surgery last Feb. 2 and missed the entire 2010 season rehabilitating.

RP | Blaine Boyer | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets signed free-agent RP Blaine Boyer (Diamondbacks) to a minor league deal Friday, Jan. 21, according to's Adam Rubin.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox considered trading RP Jonathan Papelbon earlier this offseason to either the Oakland Athletics or Chicago White Sox, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. If Papelbon would have been traded, the Red Sox likely would have tried to sign New York Yankees RP Rafael Soriano.

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