Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 26, 2011 @ 09:15:03 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Kala Ka'aihue | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Free Agents
The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent 1B Kala Ka'aihue (Athletics) to a minor league contract, Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein reports.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday, Jan. 25, that the starting first base job is still 1B Mitch Moreland's to lose, reports Evan Grant, of The Dallas Morning News. The team acquired C/1B Mike Napoli from the Toronto Blue Jays earlier in the day.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins have told 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) to skip the team's fan festival this weekend so he can continue to focus on his recovery, according to The Associated Press. Morneau said he is still a week to 10 days away from beginning any baseball activities such as swinging.

1B | Brad Hawpe | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Jorge Cantu could be involved in a platoon situation with 1B Brad Hawpe this year, according to MLB.com's Corey Brock. Cantu can also serve as a backup to 2B Orlando Hudson and 3B Chase Headley.

1B | Prince Fielder | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder is expecting to sign a contract of at least eight years for roughly $200 million when he becomes a free agent after this season, according to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez.


Second Baseman

2B | Carlos Guillen | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said 2B Carlos Guillen (knee) is progressing in his rehab from knee surgery, according to The Associated Press. "The doctor projects that Carlos should be able to play in games around the middle of March," Dombrowski said.


Shortstop

SS | Tim Beckham | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays have invited SS Tim Beckham, C Craig Albernaz, P Brian Baker, P Ricky Ortiz and C Stephen Vogt to Spring Training, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said SS Jimmy Rollins could hit fifth in the lineup this year, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. "First of all, I think Jimmy could hit first, second, third, fifth, sixth or even fourth for a couple of days," Manuel said. "Listen, I take a lot of pride in our hitting, and we're going to find somebody to hit fifth. We have some good candidates. I guarantee you we're going to get some production from that spot."


Third Baseman

3B | Andy LaRoche | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics agreed to terms with free-agent 3B Andy LaRoche (Pirates) Monday, Jan. 24, on a minor league contract, reports The Associated Press. LaRoche also received an invitation to spring training.


Catcher

C | John Baker | Florida Marlins | Injury
Florida Marlins C John Baker (elbow) began a throwing program last week, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports.

C | Yorvit Torrealba | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers traded for C Mike Napoli Tuesday, Jan. 25, but general manager Jon Daniels said he envisions the team keeping Napoli, Yorvit Torrealba and Matt Treanor on the roster, reports Stephen Hawkins, of The Associated Press.

C | Robinzon Diaz | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent C Robinzon Diaz (Tigers) to a minor league deal Tuesday, Jan. 25, according to The Sports Network.

C | Jeff Mathis | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
After the trade of C Mike Napoli, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have Cs Jeff Mathis, Bobby Wilson and Hank Conger, who will all compete for playing time this year, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C Mike Napoli could split time behind the plate with Cs J.P. Arencibia and Jose Molina, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. Napoli could also see playing time at first base.


Outfielder

OF | Rocco Baldelli | Retired Players | Transaction, Free Agents
Free-agent OF Rocco Baldelli (Rays) has retired at the age of 29 and will take a job as a special adviser to the front office for the Tampa Bay Rays, MLB.com's Bill Chastain reports.

OF | Jason Lane | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays signed free-agent OF Jason Lane (Marlins) to a minor league deal, according to Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein.

OF | Mark Kotsay | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly interested in free-agent OF Mark Kotsay (White Sox), according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox were in pursuit of Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista before they signed OF Carl Crawford earlier this season, according to The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo.

OF | Jason Pridie | New York Mets | Transaction
New York Mets OF Jason Pridie and P Tobi Stoner cleared waivers Tuesday, Jan. 25, and they were outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo, reports Adam Rubin, of ESPNNewYork.com.

OF | Milton Bradley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said OF Milton Bradley will be with the team in Spring Training despite his recent arrest, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Gerry Spratt. "Milton is going to get a chance to come in and compete for a job," Zduriencik said. "When we acquired him, we felt he had a chance to be a middle-of-the order hitter. Obviously some things fell apart for him last year and he had one thing happen this winter. We're hoping he comes in and competes for a job." Bradley is due in court Feb. 8.

OF | Luke Scott | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Luke Scott and SP Jeremy Guthrie have had their arbitration hearings set, according to The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly. Scott's hearing is scheduled for Feb. 14 and Guthrie's will be Feb. 16.

OF | John Mayberry Jr. | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr. is a candidate to compete with OFs Ben Francisco and Domonic Brown in right field this year, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Mayberry will also be asked to play first base in Spring Training.

OF | Jay Payton | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Jay Payton (Rockies) said he still wants to play baseball, but he does not want to settle for a job with a team's Class AAA affiliate, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck.

OF | Willy Taveras | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent OF Willy Taveras (Rangers) to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training Monday, Jan. 24, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Andres Torres can make an extra $100,000 in incentives as part of his one-year, $2.2 million deal, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Vernon Wells | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Vernon Wells will play left field this year, according to MLB.com's Lyle Spencer. Manager Mike Scioscia prefers Wells in left, OF Peter Bourjos in center and OF Torii Hunter in right field.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Virgil Vasquez | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed free-agent P Virgil Vasquez (Rays) to a minor league deal, according to Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein. No financial terms were disclosed.

SP | Mike Maroth | Retired Players | Free Agents, Fantasy
Former Detroit Tigers SP Mike Maroth has called it quits following a four-year battle with elbow and arm problems, according to FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Justin Duchscherer (Athletics) will throw for the Baltimore Orioles Friday, Jan. 28, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Houston Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez's three-year deal includes a vesting option for 2014 that could bring the value of the deal to $44.5 million, according to the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine.

SP | Kevin Slowey | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins avoided arbitration with SP Kevin Slowey Tuesday, Jan. 25, by agreeing to a one-year, $2.7 million deal, according to The Sports Network.

SP | Jeremy Bonderman | free agent | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers could re-sign SP Jeremy Bonderman, but only if he is willing to accept a minor league deal, according to The Detroit News' Tom Gage.

SP | Armando Galarraga | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Armando Galarraga is likely to land a spot in the starting rotation to begin the season, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. "Based on this guy's history and what he's done, he's got a fairly good shot of being in our rotation," general manager Kevin Towers said. SP Barry Enright would be the odd man out and could begin in Triple-A Reno.

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse (forearm) said he hasn't had any issues with his surgically repaired right forearm this offseason, FOXSportsMidwest.com's B.J. Rains reports. "I wanted to test out the forearm and make sure everything is good," Lohse said. "I go in and do my forearm exercises before I go throw and try to overload it a little bit and see how it reacts, and I haven't had any problems. I'm excited."

SP | Clayton Mortensen | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics traded SP Clayton Mortensen to the Colorado Rockies Monday, Jan. 24, for P Ethan Hollingsworth, reports The Associated Press.

SP | Shairon Martis | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals designated P Shairon Martis for assignment Monday, Jan. 24, according to MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Wilfrido Perez | free agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent RP Wilfrido Perez (Orioles) suffered a left shoulder injury two years ago and never regained his velocity, MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko reports.

RP | Byung-Hyun Kim | Japanese League | Transaction, Free Agents
The Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese League signed free-agent RP Byung-Hyun Kim (Independent League) to a one-year deal worth $400,000, NPB Tracker's Patrick Newman reports.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday, Jan. 25, that newly acquired RP Frank Francisco will get a chance to close in Spring Training, reports Stephen Hawkins, of The Associated Press. "Frank Francisco is a guy we've liked for quite some time," Anthopoulos said. "He has closing experience and will compete for a chance to close. This is going to be an open competition. Francisco is likely to battle offseason acquisitions RPs Octavio Dotel and Jon Rauch for the job.

RP | Chris Ray | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners signed free-agent RP Chris Ray (Giants) Tuesday, Jan. 25, to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, reports The Associated Press. Ray posted a 5-0 record with a 3.72 ERA in 63 relief appearances with the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants in 2010.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers still plan to stretch RP Neftali Feliz out as a starter in Spring Training, even after trading RP Frank Francisco to the Toronto Blue Jays, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett. "The decision on Neftali is going to come down to what's best long-term for him and the club," general manager Jon Daniels said. "There's a short-term component as well and trading Frankie has to impact our thinking a little bit. If we were convinced in a period of time that he could become an upper rotation starter, then I think we'll put him in the rotation. We thought about the impact of this trade on that, but we were comfortable because of what Mike brings." RPs Alexi Ogando and Mark Lowe could compete for the closer's role if Feliz enters the rotation.

RP | Joe Beimel | free agent | Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles have reportedly made a minor league offer to free-agent RP Joe Beimel (Rockies) that includes a Spring Training invite, according to The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly. The Boston Red Sox and one other American League team are talking with Beimel.

RP | Craig Breslow | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics avoided arbitration with RP Craig Breslow Tuesday, Jan. 25, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million deal, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. Breslow can make an extra $25,000 in performance bonuses based on games finished.

RP | Warner Madrigal | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees signed free-agent RP Warner Madrigal (Rangers) to a minor league deal Tuesday, Jan. 25, according to The Sports Network.

RP | Todd Wellemeyer | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent RP Todd Wellemeyer (Giants) to a one-year, $800,000 deal Tuesday, Jan. 25, according to ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine. The minor league deal includes a chance to make an extra $400,000 in performance bonuses.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said there's no chance RP Joba Chamberlain will be inserted into the starting rotation, ESPNW.com's Amanda Rykoff reports. Cashman said Chamberlain hasn't been the same since suffering an injury in 2008.

RP | Rafael Rodriguez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks designated P Rafael Rodriguez for assignment Monday, Jan. 24, according to ESPN.com.

RP | Micah Owings | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed free-agent RP Micah Owings (Reds) to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training Monday, Jan. 24, according to The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Jonathan Papelbon will not be off limits in terms of trade talks throughout the season, no matter where the Red Sox sit in the standings, according to MLB.com's Bailey Stephens.

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