Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 18, 2012 @ 08:48:38 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Dean Green | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers 1B Dean Green (elbow) had a minor surgery on his elbow Tuesday, Jan. 17, and should be ready for spring training.

1B | James Loney | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided arbitration with 1B James Loney Tuesday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $6.375 million deal. He can make an extra $25,000 for 585 plate appearances and $50,000 each for 625 and 650 plate appearances.


Second Baseman

2B | Ryan Roberts | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks and 2B Ryan Roberts exchanged arbitration figures Tuesday, Jan. 17. The club offered $1.65 million, and he filed for $2.275 million.

2B | Blake DeWitt | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs and 2B Blake DeWitt agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal Tuesday, Jan. 17, as the two sides avoided arbitration.

2B | Jeff Baker | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs and 2B Jeff Baker avoided arbitration Tuesday, Jan. 17, by agreeing on a one-year, $1.375 million deal.

2B | Mike Aviles | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Darnell McDonald and SS Mike Aviles could fill in in left field if OF Carl Crawford (wrist) isn't ready for the start of the season.

2B | Kelly Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays avoided arbitration with 2B Kelly Johnson and OF Ben Francisco by signing them both to one-year contracts Tuesday, Jan. 17. Johnson will make $6.375 million and Francisco will earn $1,537,500 in 2012.


Shortstop

SS | Paul Janish | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds and SS Paul Janish avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year contract Tuesday, Jan. 17. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians and SS Asdrubal Cabrera exchanged arbitration figures Tuesday, Jan. 17. Cabrera filed for $5.2 million, while the team countered with $3.75 million.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie is asking for $1.5 million in salary arbitration and the team is countering at an offer of $900,000.

SS | Alexi Casilla | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 2B Alexi Casilla is filing for $1.75 million in salary arbitration. The Twins are countering with an offer of $1.065 million.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim agreed to a one-year, $5.075 million deal with SS Erick Aybar Tuesday, Jan. 17, to avoid arbitration.

SS | Wilson Valdez | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a one-year deal with SS Wilson Valdez Tuesday, Jan. 17, to avoid arbitration. Financial terms weren't disclosed.


Third Baseman

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with 3B Ian Stewart by signing him to a one-year, $2,237,500 deal.

3B | Casey McGehee | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates and 3B Casey McGehee exchanged arbitration figures Tuesday, Jan. 17. McGehee is asking for $2.725 million, while the club countered with $2.35 million. McGehee made $478,000 in 2011 with the Milwaukee Brewers.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants and 3B Pablo Sandoval agreed to a three-year, $17.15 million contract Tuesday, Jan. 17, according to a source. The contract will buy out Sandoval's arbitration-eligible years. He will receive $3.2 million in 2012, $5.7 million in 2013 and $8.25 million in 2014, and there are also incentives in the deal.

3B | Mark Teahen | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Toronto Blue Jays released 3B Mark Teahen Tuesday, Jan. 17.

3B | Jack Hannahan | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians signed 3B Jack Hannahan to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration Tuesday, Jan. 17. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. He will compete against 3B Lonnie Chisenhall for the starting third base job in spring training.


Catcher

C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks and C Miguel Montero exchanged arbitration figures Tuesday, Jan. 17. The Diamondbacks offered $5.4 million, while Montero is seeking $6.8 million.

C | Geovany Soto | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs and C Geovany Soto avoided arbitration Tuesday, Jan. 17, by agreeing on a one-year, $4.3 million contract.

C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees and C Russell Martin exchanged arbitration figures Tuesday, Jan. 17. The team filed at $7 million, while the player is asking for $8.2 million.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Breaking, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Victor Martinez (knee) was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee after undergoing an MRI exam. He injured his knee during an offseason workout last week and will likely miss the entire 2012 season. He will be re-evaluated next week and is expected to need surgery.


Outfielder

OF | Jack Cust | Houston Astros | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Houston Astros signed free-agent OF Jack Cust (Mariners) to a one-year contract with a club option for 2013, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees and OF Brett Gardner exchanged arbitration figures Tuesday, Jan. 17. The team is offering $2.4 million, while Gardner is seeking $3.2 million.

OF | Garrett Jones | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates and OF Garrett Jones exchanged arbitration figures Tuesday, Jan. 17. Jones is seeking $2.5 million, while the club submitted a figure of $2.25 million. Jones made just $455,000 in 2011.

OF | Raul Ibanez | free agent | Free Agents
The team for free-agent OF Raul Ibanez (Phillies) has contacted the New York Yankees about the vacancy at the designated hitter position.

OF | Norichika Aoki | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to a two-year deal with Japanese OF Norichika Aoki Tuesday, Jan. 17. The deal includes a team option for the 2014 season. Financial terms weren't disclosed, and the contract is expected to be finalized Wednesday, Jan. 18.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles failed to avoid arbitration with OF Adam L. Jones, 2B Robert Andino, SP Jeremy Guthrie and SP Brad Bergesen Tuesday, Jan. 17. Jones will ask for $7.4 million with the team countering with $5 million. Guthrie submitted $10.25 million and the Orioles countered with $7.25 million. Andino is looking for $1.6 million and Baltimore asked for $1 million. Finally, Bergesen is seeking $1.2 million with the team countering with $800,000.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus, OF Nelson Cruz, SP Matt Harrison and C Mike Napoli all submitted their arbitration figures Tuesday, Jan. 17. Andrus is asking for $3.6 million and the team is countering with $2.65 million. Cruz wants $7.5 million with the team countering with $5.5 million. Harris submitted $3.5 million and the team submitted $2.45 million and finally, Napoli is asking for $11.5 million with the team countering at $8.3 million.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse and SP John Lannan have filed for salary arbitration. Morse is asking for $5 million with the team countering at $3.5 million. Lannan filed at $5.7 million and Washington countered at $5 million.

OF | Nate Schierholtz | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants avoided arbitration with OF Nate Schierholtz by signing him to a one-year deal Tuesday, Jan. 17. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres released the contract terms of the players they signed to avoid arbitration Tuesday, Jan. 17; RP Joe Thatcher ($700,000), C John Baker ($750,000), 3B Chase Headley ($3.475 million), OF Carlos Quentin ($7.025 million), C Nick Hundley ($2 million), RP Luke Gregerson ($1.55 million), SP Edinson Volquez ($2.2375 million), OF Will Venable ($1.475 million) and SP Tim Stauffer ($3.2 million).

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon is filing for $5.45 million in salary arbitration. Kansas City is countering at $4.15 million.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler has been training in Las Vegas with SS Troy Tulowitzki and 1B Jason Giambi this offseason, and Fowler has already added seven pounds of muscle and improved his bench press from 185 pounds to 260 pounds. "This is the best I have ever felt with the weight I have gained," said Fowler. "I can't wait until spring training. I can't wait until the season starts to help turn things around." He worked extensively to correct his left-handed swing last summer, and he is focusing on improving his first-step quickness this winter.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Darnell McDonald and SS Mike Aviles could fill in in left field if OF Carl Crawford (wrist) isn't ready for the start of the season.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Cuban OF Yoenis Cespedes said that the Chicago Cubs have been the most persistent suitors for his services, but he indicated that doesn't mean he'll sign with them. The team's Latin American scout was in attendance for Cespedes' game in the Dominican Monday, Jan. 16. "We haven't yet received any offers because I am still resolving my domestic residence situation, but God willing, that will be soon," Cespedes said.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration with OF Shin-Soo Choo Tuesday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $4.9 million deal.

OF | Delmon Young | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Delmon Young will make $6.75 million as part of his one-year deal to avoid arbitration.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $8.05 million deal with OF Jacoby Ellsbury to avoid arbitration Tuesday, Jan. 17.

OF | David Murphy | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers avoided arbitration with OF David Murphy Tuesday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $3.625 million deal.

OF | Michael Bourn | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves agreed to a one-year, $6.845 million deal to avoid arbitration with OF Michael Bourn Tuesday, Jan. 17.

OF | Mitch Maier | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Mitch Maier can make an additional $10,000 in 2012 if he makes at least 100 plate appearances. He is expected to compete for a reserve outfield role this year.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier can make an extra $25,000 each in 2012 for 600 and 625 plate appearances.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick's one-year deal contains a mutual option for the 2013 season. Ludwick could form a platoon in left field with OF Chris Heisey.

OF | Andres Torres | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets avoided arbitration with OF Andres Torres by signing him to a one-year, $2.7 million deal.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Yusmeiro Petit | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Francisco Giants signed free-agent SP Yusmeiro Petit (Mexican League) and IF Gil Velazquez (Angels) to minor league deals.

SP | Yu Darvish | free agent | Free Agents,
The Texas Rangers must agree on a deal with Japanese League SP Yu Darvish by Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 5pm ET, or he will return to the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters for the upcoming season. The team remains confident they will sign Darvish, according to sources.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds and SP Homer Bailey avoided arbitration Tuesday, Jan. 17, on a one-year deal worth $2.425 million. He made just $441,000 in 2011.

SP | Randy Wells | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with SP Randy Wells on a one-year deal worth $2.705 million Tuesday, Jan. 17, as the two sides avoid an arbitration hearing.

SP | Chris Volstad | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs and SP Chris Volstad agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.655 million Tuesday, Jan. 17, as the two sides avoid arbitration.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays and SP Brandon Morrow exchanged arbitration figures Tuesday, Jan. 17, and are just $300K apart. Morrow is looking for $4.2 million, while the club offered $3.9 million. "I think we're all on the same page that we like the players and we want to give them a raise," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "What we can't see eye-to-eye on is how much of a raise to give them. So the third party had to get involved to tell us what the right amount is. We don't have a problem with that."

SP | Armando Galarraga | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent SP Armando Galarraga (Diamondbacks) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Tuesday, Jan. 17.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers and SP Shaun Marcum exchanged arbitration figures Tuesday, Jan. 17, with the club filing at $6.75 million, and the player at $8.7 million.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum is asking for $21.5 million in salary arbitration, with the Giants countering with $17 million. Lincecum's asking price neared the record amount of $22 million, requested by former Houston Astros SP Roger Clemens in 2005.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw filed for $10 million in salary arbitration Tuesday, Jan. 17, and the team countered at $6.5 million. The midpoint will be at $8.25 million.

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeff Niemann filed for $3.2 million in salary arbitration, with Tampa Bay countering at $2.75 million.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins avoided arbitration with SP Francisco Liriano by signing him to a one-year deal Tuesday, Jan. 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration with SP Justin Masterson and RPs Chris Perez and Joe Smith by signing them to one-year deals Tuesday, Jan. 17. Masterson will make $3.825 million and Perez will earn $4.5 million. Financial terms weren't disclosed for Smith.

SP | Joe Saunders | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders will receive $6 million as part of his one-year deal for the 2012 season.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando prefers to be a starting pitcher, but he said he would be willing to move back to the bullpen to accommodate the expected addition of Japanese League SP Yu Darvish. If Darvish is signed, the team is not expected to make a decision on which starter will be ousted from the rotation until spring training.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team is still interested in signing SP Cole Hamels to a long-term extension after agreeing to a one-year deal with him to avoid arbitration.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics agreed to one-year deals with Ps Brandon McCarthy and Joey Devine to avoid arbitration Tuesday, Jan. 17. McCarthy will make $4.275 million and Devine will earn $737,500 with added performance bonuses.

SP | Jason Vargas | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners signed SP Jason Vargas to a one-year, $4.5 million deal Tuesday, Jan. 17, to avoid arbitration.

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals agreed to one-year deals with SPs Luke Hochevar, Felipe Paulino and Jonathan Sanchez to avoid arbitration Tuesday, Jan. 17. Hochevar will make $3.51 million and Paulino will receive $1.9 million. Sanchez will make $5.6 million with an extra $200,000 in incentives.

SP | J.A. Happ | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros avoided arbitration with SP J.A. Happ Tuesday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $2.35 million deal. The deal also includes performance bonuses.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Atlanta Braves signed SP Jair Jurrjens to a one-year, $5.5 million deal to avoid arbitration Tuesday, Jan. 17.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration with SP David Price and OF B.J. Upton Tuesday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to one-year deals with both. Price will receive $4.35 million while Upton will make $7 million. RP Burke Badenhop also avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.075 million deal. The team appears headed to arbitration with SP Jeff Niemann.

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann will make $2.3 million as part of his one-year deal to avoid arbitration.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with SP Max Scherzer and OF Delmon Young Tuesday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to one-year deals with both players. Financial terms of the deals were not given.

SP | Tom Gorzelanny | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Tom Gorzelanny will make $2.7 million as part of his one-year deal to avoid arbitration.

SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens will make $3.1 million as part of his one-year deal to avoid arbitration.

SP | Carlos Villanueva | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays avoided arbitration with P Carlos Villanueva and signed him to a one-year, $2,277,500 deal.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Kameron Loe | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers avoided arbitration with RP Kameron Loe by signing him to a one-year, $2.175 million deal. Loe can earn bonuses of $25,000 for 60 games, $50,000 for 65 games, $50,000 for 70 games and $100,000 for 80 games.

RP | Peter Moylan | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves re-signed RP Peter Moylan to a minor league deal. He'll make a prorated sum of $1 million for time in the majors, plus incentives.

RP | Kyle McClellan | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals RP Kyle McClellan signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

RP | Byung-Hyun Kim | Korean League | Transaction, Free Agents
Former MLB RP Byung-Hyun Kim signed with the Nexen Heroes of the Korean League for $437,000. Free-agent P Brian Bass (Pirates) signed with the Hanwha Eagles for $300,000.

RP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox and RP Daniel Bard exchanged arbitration figures Tuesday, Jan. 17. Bard is looking for $1.825 million, while the club offered $1.4 million.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox and RP Andrew Bailey exchanged arbitration figures Tuesday, Jan. 17. The pitcher is seeking $4.7 million, while the club is countering with $3.35 million.

RP | Sergio Romo | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants and RP Sergio Romo exchanged arbitration figures Tuesday, Jan. 17. The club is offering $1.3 million, while Romo is looking for $1.75 million. It would not be surprising to see the two sides work out a long-term deal.

RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals and RP Jason Motte exchanged arbitration figures Tuesday, Jan. 17. Motte is asking for $2.4 million, while the club countered with just $1.5 million.

RP | Joey Devine | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Joey Devine can make up to $1.1 million in 2012 with added incentives in his contract.

RP | Evan Meek | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Evan Meek will make $875,000 as part of his one-year deal to avoid arbitration. He will have a chance to make another $25,000 in incentives.

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Francisco Rodriguez can make an extra $625,000 in performance bonuses this year; $125,000 each for 15, 20 and 25 games finished and $250,000 for 30 games finished.

RP | Shawn Kelley | Seattle Mariners | Transaction,
The Seattle Mariners avoided arbitration with RP Shawn Kelley Tuesday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RP | Tyler Clippard | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year deal with RP Tyler Clippard to avoid salary arbitration Tuesday, Jan. 17. Financial terms of the contract weren't given.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Transaction,
The New York Yankees avoided arbitration with RPs Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson Tuesday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to one-year deals with both. Financial terms of the deals weren't disclosed.

RP | Bill Bray | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction,
The Cincinnati Reds avoided arbitration with RP Bill Bray Tuesday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year deal. Financial terms weren't given. He made $645,000 last season.

RP | Edward Mujica | Miami Marlins | Transaction,
The Miami Marlins avoided arbitration with RP Edward Mujica by agreeing to a one-year deal with him Tuesday, Jan. 17. Financial terms weren't given.

RP | Manny Acosta | New York Mets | Transaction,
The New York Mets avoided arbitration with RP Manny Acosta Tuesday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $875,000 deal.

RP | Mike Adams | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers agreed to a one-year, $4.4 million deal with RP Mike Adams Tuesday, Jan. 17, to avoid salary arbitration.

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