Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 27, 2011 @ 09:35:47 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Jorge Cantu | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
The San Diego Padres finalized their one-year, $850,000 deal with 1B Jorge Cantu Wednesday, Jan. 26, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said 1B Adam Lind and 3B Edwin Encarnacion will be everyday players for the team this year, with Encarnacion serving as the designated hitter, according to The Toronto Star's Richard Griffin.

Second Baseman

2B | Aaron Miles | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent IF Aaron Miles (Cardinals) is drawing interest from multiple teams, The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck reports.


SS | Chin-Lung Hu | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SS Chin-Lung Hu is expected to beat out IF Luis Hernandez for the team's utility middle infield role this year, according to's Adam Rubin. General manager Sandy Alderson sees Hu spelling SS Jose Reyes at shortstop from time to time.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter hit in the batting cages with hitting coach Kevin Long Wednesday, Jan. 26, and is scheduled to do so again Thursday, Jan. 27, according to The Associated Press. Jeter started on-field drills two weeks ago.

Third Baseman

3B | Wilberto Ortiz | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed 3B Wilberto Ortiz to a minor league contract, reports Matt Eddy, of Baseball America.


C | John Baker | Florida Marlins | Injury
Florida Marlins C John Baker (elbow) is unlikely to be ready for opening day, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports.

C | Brett Hayes | Florida Marlins | Injury
Florida Marlins C John Baker (elbow) and C Brett Hayes (shoulder) arrived early to Marlins camp, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said C Mike Napoli will be a spot starter at first base and at designated hitter, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Anthony Andro. Napoli will be the No. 3 catcher with the team. "He's not going to get 600 at-bats unless something happens to one of our veterans," Washington said of Napoli. "He's going to play an integral part in our season. All I have now is more choices."

C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with C Miguel Montero Wednesday, Jan. 26, by agreeing to a one-year, $3.2 million deal, according to The Associated Press.

C | Chad Moeller | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent C Chad Moeller (Yankees) to a minor league deal Wednesday, Jan. 26, according to The Sports Network.


OF | Juan Pierre | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Juan Pierre credits his base-stealing success to his studies of opposing pitchers,'s Scott Merkin reports. He watches how they go to home plate and gets assistance from assistant hitting coach Mike Gellinger before coming up with a baserunning game plan. "When I go against a pitcher with a really quick or a really good pickoff move, I have to be more cautious," Pierre said. "But I never shut it down like I can't run off this guy."

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon has been working with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer since Dec. 1, making major adjustments to his swing, The Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor reports. "I'll let you guys find out in spring training," said Gordon, who declined to go into specifics. "I know there was something he wanted to do with my swing last season when I got called up, but to do it in the middle of the season, it's kind of hard to change your ways at that point."

OF | Chris Aguila | Florida Marlins | Transaction
The Florida Marlins re-signed OF Chris Aguila to a minor league contract, according to Matt Eddy, of Baseball America.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
There has been talk that the Cleveland Indians might trade OF Grady Sizemore and SP Fausto Carmona to the Washington Nationals, but those rumors are unfounded, reports Paul Hoynes, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

OF | Luke Scott | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are discussing a one-year deal to avoid arbitration with OF Luke Scott, but no deal is imminent, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.

OF | Alfredo Amezaga | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent OF Alfredo Amezaga (Dodgers) to a minor league deal Wednesday, Jan. 26, according to

OF | Yasiel Balaguer | free agent | Free Agents
The Florida Marlins have been scouting OF Yasiel Balaguer, an 18-year-old Cuban outfielder, according to's Joe Frisaro. Balaguer is being compared to New York Yankees OF Andruw Jones. Balaguer is looking for a deal in the $18-20 million range. He is also expected to work out for the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Rodrigo Lopez | free agent | Free Agents
The Colorado Rockies are interested in free-agent SP Rodrigo Lopez (Diamondbacks) and P Mark Hendrickson (Orioles), The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck reports.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) said Wednedsay, Jan. 26, that he doesn't expect to have any restrictions heading into Spring Training, reports The Dallas Morning News. Webb is making his way back from shoulder surgery 17 months ago. "I've made some dramatic strides," Webb said. "If anybody had been around me for the past month or so since I've been throwing, it's been awesome. I don't think they have to be too patient. I think I should be totally ready to go in spring training, jumping right in with the guys and just carrying on like normal spring training for myself."

SP | John Maine | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP John Maine (shoulder) is throwing bullpen sessions and auditioning for clubs, reports Ken Rosenthal, of Maine was non-tendered by the New York Mets and is coming off of a cleanout of his shoulder in July.

SP | Jamie Moyer | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent SP Jamie Moyer (Phillies) indicated Wednesday, Jan. 26, that he is hopeful of returning to pitch in 2012, and he said he might be interested in a reunion with the Seattle Mariners, reports Greg Johns, of "I'm doing great," Moyer said. "I'm about three weeks into rehab. (It'll) probably be about a full year of rehab. My goal is to come back in 2012. And maybe it'll be here in Seattle."

SP | Joe Blanton | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are not pursuing trades for Philadelphia Phillies P Joe Blanton or Atlanta Braves P Kenshin Kawakami, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.

SP | Ross Ohlendorf | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Ross Ohlendorf (shoulder) said his arm feels great after he resumed throwing in November, which is one week earlier than usual, according to's Jenifer Langosch. Ohlendorf moved to throwing off a mound earlier this month and will have his fifth mound session Friday, Jan. 28. He has also added a stricter regimen for his shoulder exercises. "I've done some things differently and it feels really good," Ohlendorf said. "I was not happy with where my arm was at the beginning of Spring Training last year. I felt like I needed to make an adjustment."

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have begun contract talks about a long-term extension with SP Jered Weaver, according to's Mark Saxon.

SP | Andy Pettitte | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees' latest offer to re-sign SP Andy Pettitte is at one year and $12 million, according to's Sunil Joshi.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The Houston Astros finalized their three-year deal with SP Wandy Rodriguez Wednesday, Jan. 26, according to the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine. Rodriguez will make $7 million this year, $10 million in 2012 and $13 million in 2013. He received a $1.5 million signing bonus and has a $14 million vesting option for 2014, with a $2.5 million buyout attached.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto will make $3.4 million this year, $5.4 million in 2012, $7.4 million in 2013 and $10 million in 2014, according to The Associated Press' Joe Kay. Cueto has a $10 million option for the 2015 season with an $800,000 buyout.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing after being cleared by doctors, according to's Adam Rubin. "To my knowledge, he's not throwing at this point," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "But, again, that's his own decision and based on how he feels. I think the PT (physical therapist) recommended that he continue to do certain exercises, and when he feels like he's ready to toss, he will. He's medically cleared, but to my knowledge he hasn't actually started throwing yet."

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Injury
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said SP Jenrry Mejia (shoulder) will not be limited in Spring Training, according to's Adam Rubin. However, Mejia is expected to start the year with Triple-A Buffalo.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins exchanged arbitration figures with SP Francisco Liriano and OF Delmon Young, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III. Liriano is asking for $5 million while the team filed for $3.6 million. Young filed for $6.25 million and the team countered with $4.65 million.

SP | Justin Duchscherer | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Justin Duchscherer (Athletics) insists that his depression issues are past him, according to the New York Post. Duchscherer believes he can still start in the majors.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Alfredo Aceves | free agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent RP Alfredo Aceves (clavicle) is expected to be ready to pitch by March,'s Wallace Matthews reports.

RP | Jerry Blevins | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Oakland Athletics RP Jerry Blevins (hip) is ahead of schedule in his rehab from hip surgery and is already throwing long toss, according to's Jane Lee. Blevins is hoping to throw off a mound within the next week. "My hip is better than expected at this point," Blevins said. "It's coming along. It was a little sore the first day out because it hadn't been active, but it already feels better now than it did at the end of last season, so that's a plus."

RP | Greg Burke | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres re-signed RP Greg Burke to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training Wednesday, Jan. 26, according to The Associated Press.

RP | Joe Beimel | free agent | Free Agents
Five major league teams, including the Boston Red Sox, have been in contact with free-agent RP Joe Beimel (Rockies), according to The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. Beimel could make his decision in the next 48 hours.

RP | Robert Delaney | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins designated P Robert Delaney for assignment Wednesday, Jan. 26, according to the Pioneer Press.

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Joe Nathan (elbow) will begin throwing breaking balls Wednesday, Jan. 26, for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery, according to the Pioneer Press' Charley Walters. Nathan will finish up a 27-day program of throwing fastballs off a mound this weekend. "Absolutely," Nathan said. "I don't plan on being left out of any drills or held back in any way. If something else says something differently, we'll go from there. But my mindset right now is that I'm closing and getting ready for the season. That's my plan. We'll see how it goes. There's always going to be a question mark." He spent most of last month throwing at 75-80 percent intensity.

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