Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 13, 2011 @ 15:31:18 PDT

 



Second Baseman

2B | Orlando Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians view IF Orlando Cabrera as a super utility infielder who would be capable of playing second base, shortstop or third base, according to Terry Pluto of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cabrera has never played third base at the major league level but the organization believes that shortstops can easily handle a move to second or third because they are less-demanding positions.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Fred Lewis, OF Jonny Gomes, OF Drew Stubbs and 2B Brandon Phillips are all legitimate options to hit leadoff, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay.


Third Baseman

3B | Juan Francisco | Cincinnati Reds | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B/OF Juan Francisco may have an edge over 1B/OF Yonder Alonso for a spot on the 25-man roster because of the recent injury history of 3B Scott Rolen, according to Jeremy P. Kelley of the Dayton Daily News.


Outfielder

OF | Yonder Alonso | Cincinnati Reds | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B/OF Juan Francisco may have an edge over 1B/OF Yonder Alonso for a spot on the 25-man roster because of the recent injury history of 3B Scott Rolen, according to Jeremy P. Kelley of the Dayton Daily News.

OF | Jonny Gomes | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Fred Lewis, OF Jonny Gomes, OF Drew Stubbs and 2B Brandon Phillips are all legitimate options to hit leadoff, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay.

OF | Fred Lewis | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Fred Lewis, OF Jonny Gomes, OF Drew Stubbs and 2B Brandon Phillips are all legitimate options to hit leadoff, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Fred Lewis, OF Jonny Gomes, OF Drew Stubbs and 2B Brandon Phillips are all legitimate options to hit leadoff, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson feels more adjusted to his surroundings and believes this season will be better for him, according to The New York Daily News' Anthony McCarron. "I know the guys more, I know the facility more, the coaching staff more," Granderson said. "This year will be very similar in mentality to every other spring training except for last year. I'm excited about that. Everything is just normal again."


Starting Pitcher

SP | Jarrod Washburn | Retired Players | Fantasy
Several MLB general managers claim that former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Detroit Tigers SP Jarrod Washburn would only return to baseball if he is given a fairly sizable major league contract, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe. He would prefer to stay in the Midwest if he made a comeback, pitching for a team such as the Milwaukee Brewers or Minnesota Twins.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is considering using a four-man rotation early in the season with the uncertainty surrounding SP Jake Peavy (lat), according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. The team has two off days in the first 14 games of the regular season and would only require the use of a fifth starter on April 10 and April 21. In this scenario, P Chris Sale would remain in the bullpen and the team would use Jeff Gray, Lucas Harrell or Philip Humber on days when a fifth starter is necessary.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Bergesen is expected to win the No. 4 spot in the team's starting rotation behind SPs Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz and Justin Duchscherer, according to Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun. SPs Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman will likely battle for the No. 5 spot, with Zach Britton, Ryan Drese and Rick VandenHurk also expected to get an opportunity to compete.

SP | Zach Duke | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said SP Zach Duke may arrive to spring training camp late because his wife is expecting a baby soon, according to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic.

SP | Joe Blanton | Philadelphia Phillies | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies Ps Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley will be stretched out as starting pitchers during spring training, even though pitching coach Rich Dubee said SP Joe Blanton has already secured the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, according to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News.

SP | Kyle Kendrick | Philadelphia Phillies | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies Ps Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley will be stretched out as starting pitchers during spring training, even though pitching coach Rich Dubee said SP Joe Blanton has already secured the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, according to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News.

SP | Jeff Suppan | San Francisco Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have one bullpen spot open, according to The San Jose Mercury News' Andrew Baggarly. RP Guillermo Mota and RP Jeff Suppan are the favorites to vie for this spot.

SP | Bronson Arroyo | Cincinnati Reds | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SPs Bronson Arroyo, Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto are in the rotation to start 2011, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay. SPs Homer Bailey, Travis Wood and Mike Leake will compete for the last two spots. "It's pretty much between them," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We'll also get Sam LeCure and Matt Maloney ready to give us some depth."

SP | Mat Latos | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Mat Latos will not have any innings limits put on him this season, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center. "There will be no hard numbers in regards to his innings pitched. We will monitor him, just as we do all our pitchers. At any time, any pitcher can be backed off. We saw it with pitchers beside Mat last season," manager Bud Black said.

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Geren has four-fifths of his pitching rotation set with SPs Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Gio Gonzalez and Dallas Braden, according to The Oakland Tribune's Joe Stiglich. Geren is looking for a fifth starter, and SP Josh Outman or SP Rich Harden could fill that role.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Updating previous items, FOXSports.com reports New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia lost 25 pounds in an effort to avoid the knee issues that plagued him last year. "I feel a lot better. I'm just ready to go and (I) feel good, and my arm's feeling good, so I'm ready to get down there," Sabathia said.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SPs Chris Carpenter, Kyle Lohse and Jake Westbrook all threw side sessions Saturday, Feb. 12, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. It is their last session before official workouts begin Monday, Feb. 14.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SPs Chris Carpenter, Kyle Lohse and Jake Westbrook all threw side sessions Saturday, Feb. 12, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. It is their last session before official workouts begin Monday, Feb. 14.

SP | Ian Snell | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals SP Ian Snell may not automatically be going to Triple-A Memphis at the end of spring training. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports Snell will begin spring as a starter but may be converted for the long-relief opening in the bullpen.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Chris Bootcheck | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays have signed RP Chris Bootcheck (Pirates) to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.

RP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is considering using a four-man rotation early in the season with the uncertainty surrounding SP Jake Peavy (lat), according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. The team has two off days in the first 14 games of the regular season and would only require the use of a fifth starter on April 10 and April 21. In this scenario, P Chris Sale would remain in the bullpen and the team would use Jeff Gray, Lucas Harrell or Philip Humber on days when a fifth starter is necessary.

RP | Chris Ray | Seattle Mariners | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP Manny Delcarmen may be in the mix with RPs Brandon League and Chris Ray to close games while RP David Aardsma (hip) is sidelined, according to Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times.

RP | Chad Durbin | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners are reportedly interested in free-agent RP Chad Durbin (Phillies), according to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Baseball sources also claim that the Tampa Bay Rays may be interested but the Minnesota Twins are not pursuing him.

RP | Guillermo Mota | San Francisco Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have one bullpen spot open, according to The San Jose Mercury News' Andrew Baggarly. RP Guillermo Mota and RP Jeff Suppan are the favorites to vie for this spot.

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