Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 31, 2011 @ 08:52:46 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said 1B Ike Davis will bat sixth in the starting lineup, according to Jim Bowden of FOXSports.com.

1B | Troy Glaus | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent 1B Troy Glaus (Braves) has elected to sit out the start of the 2011 season, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. "Troy had opportunities to sign with more than one club this off-season and each time he was presented with a particular opportunity, he weighed it against spending more time with his wife and family," Glaus' agent, Mike Nicotera, said. "After a good deal of thought and discussion in each instance, he decided to pass on playing."

1B | Jose Julio Ruiz | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers signed 1B Jose Julio Ruiz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to The Sports Network. The Rangers also signed two other players, P Ty Taubenheim and C Robinzon Diaz, to minor league contracts without spring invites. No financial terms were disclosed.

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols is expected to veto any trade proposal from the club, although the Cardinals have not seriously discussed moving him, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said 1B Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder) is on schedule with the rehab on his injured shoulder and remains on track to play in mid March, reports Peter Abraham, of The Boston Globe.

1B | Casey Kotchman | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Rays have signed free-agent 1B Casey Kotchman (Mariners) to a minor league contract, reports Marc Topkin, of the St. Petersburg Times. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Kotchman has received an invitation to spring training.


Second Baseman

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks said that he does not want to negotiate a multi-year contract extension once spring training begins, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

2B | Steven Tolleson | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Oakland Athletics announced Friday, Jan. 28, that 2B Steven Tolleson has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento, reports MLB.com. Tolleson will report to the team's major league camp as a non-roster invitee.

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (foot) said his foot is feeling better every game and expects to be 100 percent once spring training begins, reports Joe McDonald, of ESPNBoston.com.


Shortstop

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez started his offseason workouts a month early and is extremely driven to rebound from last year when his average dropped 42 points and his RBI total fell from 106 to 76, The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports. Ramirez struggled with sinking fastballs last season. "Everyone will be very surprised with the new Hanley and his whole makeup," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "He is very motivated. He was very disappointed in his season. He knows the whole offense revolves around him."

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Jorge Posada believes SS Derek Jeter will stay at shortstop, according to Peter Botte of The New York Daily News. "Derek's a shortstop and Derek's not going to move to another position," Posada said at a charity dinner for former OF Bernie Williams. "He hasn't even started playing this year and you're talking about four years from now. You can't see the future."

SS | Nick Green | Baltimore Orioles | Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles agreed to terms with free-agent IF Nick Green (Padres) on a minor league contract Friday, Jan. 28, reports Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly, of The Baltimore Sun. The deal also includes an invitation to Spring Training.


Third Baseman

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart has been working out at his North Carolina home with hitting coach Carney Lansford over the last few weeks, according to Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post. Stewart is using a new batting stance where he moves off the plate in order to have a better chance of hitting inside strikes. He is also concentrating on hitting more often to the opposite field.

3B | Chone Figgins | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Friday, Jan. 28, that 3B Chone Figgins will be the team's starting third baseman in 2011, reports Jane Lee and Greg Johns, of MLB.com. "I'm looking forward to Figgins being our starting third baseman," Zduriencik said. "He'll be here (Saturday) [for the Mariners' FanFest]. He's been agreeable to moving back to third base and that's our plan, to have Chone be our Opening Day third baseman." There was a report in the Contra Costa Times that had the Oakland Athletics interested in acquiring him.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neil Huntington said 3B Pedro Alvarez is overweight at this point but is not far from his target weight, reports Rob Biertempfel, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

3B | Mat Gamel | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers have signed C Martin Maldonado, IF Eric Farris, IF Mat Gamel, P Justin James, P Dan Merklinger, P Wily Peralta and P Cody Scarpetta to one-year contracts, reports MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Catcher

C | John Baker | Florida Marlins | Injury
Florida Marlins general manager Michael Hill said C John Baker (elbow), whose right elbow might not be strong enough to handle backup catching duties until May, could still be on the roster as a left-handed bat off the bench, The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports.

C | Toby Hall | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent C Toby Hall (Rangers) is hoping to sign a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Hall has been bothered by shoulder injuries the last two years but has resumed working out.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett is reporting Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli signed a one-year, $5.8 million contract to avoid salary arbitration.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer (knee) believes he is on track to start the 2011 season, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. "I should be ready to go when we report, but I just have to be smart about it and get ready for the season," Mauer said.

C | Wil Myers | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals assistant general manager for scouting and player development J.J. Picollo confirmed Friday, Jan. 28, that prospect Wil Myers is moving from catcher to outfield, reports Terez A. Paylor, of The Kansas City Star. "It would have probably taken him another three years of catching in the minors before he's ready for the big leagues," Picollo said. "But now, as an outfielder, his bat will tell us when he's ready."


Outfielder

OF | Jesus Feliciano | New York Mets | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Jesus Feliciano (Mets) is weighing multiple minor league contract offers from undisclosed teams, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Free Agents
Updating previous reports, the Boston Red Sox denied OF Carl Crawford's contract had a clause that disallowed a team that traded for him to trade him to the New York Yankees, WEEI.com's Alex Speier reports. Crawford's deal does include the standard no-trade language that the Sox include in contracts with free agents, giving him the right to choose two teams to whom he can veto a trade while giving the Sox the right to choose one team. The Sox frequently choose the Yankees as the team on the no-trade list.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span will get more time off this season, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. Span played in 62 straight games before taking a day off last year, and manager Ron Gardenhire hopes to change that. "I think he wore down at the end of the season. He had a lot of at-bats. He takes a lot of pitches, does a lot of things for his teammates and puts himself in a hole to make sure that they see pitches. He does his job. Now, it's my job to make sure I rest him a little bit more, and give him the breaks he needs to get the best out of him," Gardenhire said.

OF | Rubi Silva | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have signed OF Rubi Silva and C Yaniel Cabeza, two former stars of Cuba's national team. MLB.com's Tom Singer reports Silva received a signing bonus of $1 million, and Cabeza signed for $500,000.

OF | Luke Scott | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B/OF Luke Scott wants to sign a long-term contract and stay in Baltimore, according to The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly. "My personal desire is I want to be here, in Baltimore, when this team turns around and starts contending," Scott said. "I would be all for signing a long-term deal, absolutely. It is something I have worked hard for for my entire career and it is a goal of mine. But it is out of my hands."

OF | Colby Rasmus | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Skip Schumaker, SS Ryan Theriot and OF Colby Rasmus are all being considered to bat leadoff, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Michael Cuddyer said the team has not approached him yet about a contract extension, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. Cuddyer is entering the final year of his contract and his agent, Casey Close, has not spoken with the Twins all offseason. Cuddyer is open to discussing the idea of an extension during spring training but would rather not negotiate with the club once the regular season starts.

OF | Jim Edmonds | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said OF Jay Bruce had recently spoken with free-agent OF Jim Edmonds (Reds), who claimed he was leaning towards retirement, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have agreed to terms with Ps Ryan Brasier, Ryan Chaffee, Tyler Chatwood, Matt Meyer, Trevor Reckling, Garrett Richards and Andrew Taylor, Cs Anel De Los Santos, Jose Jimenez, Carlos Ramirez and Alberto Rosario, IFs Alexi Amarista, Gabe Jacobo, Efren Navarro, Darwin Perez and Jean Segura and OFs Tyson Auer, Angel Castillo, Mike Trout and OF Travis Witherspoon on minor league contracts, according to USAToday.com.

OF | Kirk Nieuwenhuis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis and C Kai Gronauer have been invited to major league spring training camp as non-roster invitees, according to Steve Popper of The Bergen Record.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Free Agents
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold could start the season with Triple-A Norfolk if the team is able to sign free-agent DH Vladimir Guerrero (Rangers), reports Brittany Ghiroli, of MLB.com.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating previous items, the Baltimore Orioles have signed free-agent SP Justin Duchscherer (Athletics) to a one-year deal, pending a physical that will take place Tuesday, Feb. 1, or Wednesday, Feb. 2. According to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli, the deal is for a base salary of $700,000 that will increase to $1.1 million if he makes the team. Duchscherer can earn up to $4.5 million if he stays healthy and productive.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright altered his weightlifting routine and improved his diet during the offseason, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I'm getting a little bit older," the 29-year-old Wainwright said. "I'm going to have to make adjustments in my diet and my workout program just as I have on the mound. I'm not going to let anything sneak up on me ... I know my best is yet to come." The elbow discomfort which forced Wainwright to miss his final start last year did not interrupt his offseason workout and an examination of his elbow showed no structural problems.

SP | Scott Baker | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Baker (elbow) said his recovery from offseason elbow surgery has gone well and he remains on pace to be ready for the beginning of spring training, according to MLB.com's Kelly Thesier. "I've long-tossed, and so far I've thrown off the mound four times," he said. "I really haven't started spinning breaking balls, just fastballs and changeups. And I'm probably a week behind where I would normally be. I've been fortunate. (My elbow) feels good. I've got all this newfound range of motion. We'll see what I can do with it."

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to terms with SP Edinson Volquez on a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

SP | Dave Bush | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Texas Rangers SP Dave Bush has an out clause in his contract that he can exercise if he does not make the roster, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

SP | Shawn Hill | Florida Marlins | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Florida Marlins have signed free-agent RP Shawn Hill (Blue Jays) to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Hill will earn $600,000 if he makes the parent club.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jeremy Guthrie said that he and the team have had discussions about signing a long-term contract, according to Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com.

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey's two-year deal is worth $7.5 million, with a club option for a third year plus incentives, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

SP | Justin Lehr | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to terms with Ps Scott Carroll, Jerry Gil, Jeremy Horst, Donnie Joseph, Matt Klinker and Justin Lehr, Cs Chris Denove and Devin Mesoraco and OFs Danny Dorn and Dave Sappelt on minor league contracts, according to USAToday.com.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Delmon Young and SP Francisco Liriano are working out one-year contracts that would help them avoid arbitration, according to John Shipley of The St. Paul Pioneer Press. The Twins offered Young a one-year deal at $4.65 million; he asked for $6.25 million. Liriano wants $5 million; the club has offered $3.6 million.

SP | Brad Lincoln | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Friday, Jan. 28, that SP Brad Lincoln is likely the odd-man out for a rotation spot, and he is likely to start the season in Triple-A, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. "(Lincoln), honestly, is probably on the outside looking in right now," Huntington said. "We've got to get him back to where he was prior to his callup last year. We fully believe we can do that, and we're excited to be able to do that with him, but it's unlikely that it's going to happen in Spring Training."

SP | Scott Olsen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SPs Scott Olsen and Charlie Morton appear to be the most likely candidates for the fifth spot i the Pirates' rotation, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. General manager Neal Huntington confirmed there is a scenario where both players make the Opening Day roster, with one in the rotation and the other working in a relief role.

SP | Kevin Millwood | free agent | Free Agents
The Kansas City Royals may be interested in signing free-agent SP Kevin Millwood, reports Jon Heyman, of SI.com.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have agreed to terms with RP Rafael Betancourt on a two-year contract extension through the 2013 season, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com. Betancourt, who was already signed for $3.77 million in 2011, will make $4 million in 2012 and could make $4.25 million in 2013 if his option is activated. If the option is declined, he will receive $250,000. The deal will become official when Betancourt takes a physical after spring training begins.

RP | Manny Delcarmen | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Four MLB teams have reportedly expressed interest in free-agent RP Manny Delcarmen (Rockies), according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

RP | Scott Schoeneweis | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have expressed interest in free-agent RP Scott Schoeneweis (Red Sox), according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

RP | Russ Springer | Retired Players | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Russ Springer (Reds) has announced his retirement after 18 seasons, according to Bob Tompkins of the Alexandria Daily Town Talk.

RP | Frank Francisco | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to terms with RP Frank Francisco on a one-year, $4 million contract for the 2011 season, according to Sports Network.

RP | Chad Durbin | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Chad Durbin (Phillies) is reportedly looking for a two-year deal at more money than the Philadelphia Phillies are willing to offer him, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth will earn $2.6 million this season and $3.3 million in 2012, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. However, if the Rays decide not to bring him back in 2012, Farnsworth would receive a $650,000 buyout. He would receive $25,000 for making the All-Star team, $100,000 for winning the Cy Young, Rolaids relief or league MVP award and $100,000 for being traded. Farnsworth can also receive up to $300,000 in incentives for both seasons based on games finished.

RP | Jason Grilli | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in signing free-agent RP Jason Grilli (Indians) to a minor league contract, according to Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News.

RP | Jason Isringhausen | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Jason Isringhausen (Reds) will throw for the Cincinnati Reds Monday, Jan. 31, in Arizona, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer. The team will decide whether or not they will sign him after the session.

RP | Jason Frasor | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays signed RP Jason Frasor to a one-year, $3.5 million contract Friday, Jan. 28, avoiding arbitration, reports The Associated Press.

RP | Jerry Blevins | Oakland Athletics | Injury
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics RP Jerry Blevins (hip) has been cleared to start throwing and he'll be 100 percent for Spring Training, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

RP | Mike MacDougal | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed free-agent RP Mike MacDougal (Cardinals) to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, reports Jon Weisman, of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neil Huntington said the team is not ready to name either RP Joel Hanrahan or RP Evan Meek as their closer for this season, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com. Huntington said they will not use spring training to determine the closer. "To put a closer role up for grabs in Spring Training is just not something we're going to do," Huntington said. "It's impossible to evenly match Spring Training competition among pitchers."

RP | Joe Beimel | Pittsburgh Pirates | Free Agents
Updating previous reports, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed free-agent RP Joe Beimel (Rockies) to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, reports Jenifer Langosch, of MLB.com.

RP | Robert Delaney | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed free-agent RP Robert Delaney (Twins) off waivers, reports LaVelle E. Neal III, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

RP | Mark Hendrickson | free agent | Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles have made a minor league contract offer to free-agent RP Mark Hendrickson (Orioles), reports Dan Connolly, of The Baltimore Sun.

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