Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 11, 2011 @ 10:49:52 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein thinks 1B Adrian Gonzalez (shoulder) will be ready to go by opening day, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. "He has been on or ahead of schedule the whole winter with his rehab in terms of range of motion and strength in the shoulder. He had been projected to start swinging a bat March 1 and getting into games the third week of March or so. But if he's doing as well as it seems, there might be some flexibility to move that timetable up. I think we all feel like he'll be ready for Opening Day. We're going to get together and map out a schedule that makes sense. We're excited that he feels so good and is here early," Epstein said.

1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros signed 1B Brett Wallace and RP Jeff Fulchino to one-year deals Thursday, Feb. 10, according to the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine. Wallace will receive $418,000 and Fulchino will make $467,000.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira needs 25 home runs for 300 in his career, reports Doug Miller, of Teixeira also needs 94 RBI for 1,000, and 179 hits for 1,500 in his career.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko enters the 2011 season needing 35 home runs to reach 400 for his career, reports Doug Miller, of

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox DH Adam Dunn enters the 2011 season needing 46 home runs to reach 400 for his career, reports Doug Miller, of

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals are so far apart in their talks to extend 1B Albert Pujols that people close to the negotiations say there is hardly any chance that the team can re-sign him before Feb. 16, according to's Jon Heyman.

Second Baseman

2B | Scott Sizemore | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers 2B Scott Sizemore (ankle) said his ankle is fully healed, The Detroit News' Lynn Henning reports. Sizemore said his problem last season was that he couldn't put sufficient weight on his front side, and it left him spinning out on pitches. It was also the probable cause of hip and groin problems he suffered in Triple-A.

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox plan to be cautious with 2B Dustin Pedroia (foot) during spring training, according to's Gordon Edes.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have been discussing a one-year deal as well as a multi-year deal with 2B Rickie Weeks and hope to reach an agreement before his arbitration hearing, reports Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The team is hoping to get something done because Weeks does not want the negotiations to carry into spring training.


SS | Jose Reyes | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SS Jose Reyes said he will report to camp at 205 pounds, which is seven pounds above his old playing weight, according to's Spencer Fordin. "I spent the winter working out, getting myself strong and 100 percent to go to Spring Training. I can't wait to get there," said Reyes, who has spent his entire career with the Mets. "The last two years have been kind of rough on me. There's no doubt in my mind I'm going to be the same as I played in 2008. There's no doubt in my mind, (because) I've been working so hard this offseason."

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera could be moved to second base this year after the team recently signed SS Orlando Cabrera, according to's Jordan Bastian. Orlando Cabrera could also compete for the second base job this spring.

Third Baseman

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley seemed to wear down mentally and physically last season, and we could see a better season in 2011, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center reports.

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Updating an ongoing story, the Colorado Rockies remain interested in trading for Texas Rangers 3B Michael Young but are unwilling to part with everyday players or top-level prospects, according to's Thomas Harding. There is now a better chance that Young remains with the Rangers.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (ankles) likely will take it slow during spring training because of his recovery from ankle surgeries but intends to play in some spring training games, reports Matthew Leach, of

3B | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista's arbitration case has been set for Monday, Feb. 14, according to's Jon Paul Morosi. Bautista asked for $10.5 million and the team countered with $7.6 million.


C | Chris Snyder | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Chris Snyder will be the team's primary catcher this year, with C Ryan Doumit assured a bench spot, according to's Jenifer Langosch. Doumit can also play the outfield from time to time.

C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Russell Martin (knee) participated in defensive drills Wednesday, Feb. 9, for the first time since surgery on his knee in December, according to The Associated Press. He also did some running and agility work.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said the only reason C Carlos Santana did not make the team out of spring training last year was because the team wanted him to work on his defense, according to's Jordan Bastian. "We did a very good job last year not allowing kids to come up when they weren't ready," Acta said. "Case No. 1 is Carlos Santana. We knew from the get-go that Carlos could compete offensively. We never felt the pressure (to call him up)." Santana could also see some time at first base and designated hitter this year.


OF | Colby Rasmus | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Colby Rasmus said he spent the offseason getting in better shape and wants to be the best athlete in camp, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports. This winter, Rasmus didn't spend as much time lifting and strengthening as he did adopting workouts from a rehab-geared schedule. He said he borrowed rehab exercises as a preventative measure, and he plans to continue them at a nearby facility until full-squad workouts begin Feb. 19 and take the workouts into the season. "I think it's going to be a big help," Rasmus said when asked if it would enhance his durability. "That will be one of the ways that I can improve. If you get hurt, you go through the rehab strengthening (drills) that put you back where you need to be. Why not do it beforehand to keep it from happening at all?"

OF | Fred Lewis | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds front office reportedly would like to see OF Fred Lewis win the starting left field job and become their leadoff hitter this season, The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Erardi reports.

OF | Barry Bonds | Retired Players | Fantasy
Federal prosecutors cut the number of felony charges former major-league OF Barry Bonds faces from 11 to five, according to They reduced from nine to three the number of charges alleging Bonds lied under oath when he testified that he never knowingly took performance enhancing drugs. He is also charged with making false statements for telling the grand jury that no one other than his doctor ever stuck a needle in his body and a catch-all charge that he obstructed the grand jury's investigation into sports doping with his allegedly misleading testimony.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers still plan on trying to work out a long-term deal with OF Josh Hamilton after signing him to a two-year deal to avoid arbitration Thursday, Feb. 10, according to's T.R. Sullivan. Hamilton receives a $3 million signing bonus, a $7.25 million deal this year and $13.75 million in 2012.

OF | Johnny Damon | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon may use some sort of combination of C John Jaso and OF Johnny Damon at the top of the order this year, according to The Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney. OF B.J. Upton can also hit near the top of the order. Maddon is unsure if DH Manny Ramirez will hit before or after 3B Evan Longoria.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said he sees SP Jenrry Mejia as a reliever long term, but Mejia will work out as a starter for now, The Star-Ledger's Andy McCullough reports.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating earlier reports, New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said SP Johan Santana (shoulder) has already thrown three times,'s Adam Rubin reports.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (elbow) could possibly return to the majors in mid-September, The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reports.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins are open to the idea of trading SP Francisco Liriano, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Joe Christensen.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said he is impressed with the conditioning of SPs John Lackey, Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka, according to's Gordon Edes.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese admitted to fatigue down the stretch last season, reports Dan Martin, of the New York Post. Niese reported to camp early and plans to work on his conditioning more. "Last year, I kind of got fatigued," Niese said. "I don't think I hit a wall. It was one of those things that I felt good before and after games and even during games in the first part, but in the later innings, I felt myself get fatigued a little bit."

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SPs Adam Wainwright (elbow) and Jake Westbrook (shoulder) both said they are healthy heading into spring training, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. Wainwright said scar tissue has built up around his previous elbow strains, making his joint sound. Westbrook said he won't pick up a bat anytime soon this spring, but his throwing rehab has not been slowed. He will throw off a mound for the first time this offseason Thursday, Feb. 10.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Joe Nathan (elbow) has already started throwing breaking balls off a mound as spring training approaches, according to's Tom Verducci. "Joe has had a tremendous run. I don't think he's had one single setback day. The guy he's hoping to duplicate is Billy Wagner, who was about the same age and came back in just under a year," general manager Bill Smith said.

RP | Ryan Franklin | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals RP Ryan Franklin will have a starter's regimen early in camp in order to give him time to work on all of his pitches, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold.

RP | Chris Ray | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP Chris Ray has the chance to win a bullpen job in Spring Training, and he might emerge as the closer for the early part of the season with RP David Aardsman (hip) sidelined, reports Greg Johns, of Ray turned down a major league offer from another club to sign a minor league deal with the Mariners, liking his chances in Seattle. "Chris is going to be given every shot to make this club," general manager Jack Zduriencik said Wednesday, Feb. 9. "Here's a guy that has closed games out at times and he's a veteran. He's bounced back now healthy."

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