1B | Prince Fielder | free agent | Free Agents
A rival executive believes the Texas Rangers will still end up signing free-agent 1B Prince Fielder (Brewers). "They're experts at playing possum," the executive said.
1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he didn't even want to talk about a backup plan in case 1B Justin Morneau is forced to the sidelines again. "I don't even want to talk about a backup plan because right now I'm encouraged the way he's going about his business," Ryan said. "There is no backup plan because we've got a first baseman we're counting on here." Ryan said Morneau is likely to start swinging a bat in the next week or two.
1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday, Jan. 18, that 3B Ty Wigginton will start at first base to open the season, with 1B Jim Thome serving as his backup. 1B Ryan Howard (Achilles') is recovering from surgery, and isn't expected to be ready to play until around Memorial Day.
1B | Carlos Pena | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers could look to sign free-agent 1B Prince Fielder (Brewers) to offset the loss of C Victor Martinez (knee) for the entire season, but they are more likely to go with cheaper options such as free-agent OF Johnny Damon (Rays) or 1B Carlos Pena (Cubs).
2B | Orlando Cabrera | Retired Players | Transaction
Free-agent 2B Orlando Cabrera (Giants) plans to retire from baseball.
3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre, who dealt with multiple injuries last season -- including a bruised left knee in the postseason -- said he is healthy and ready to go when spring training begins next month. "I feel good," Beltre said. "It's always good. Right now I'm good."
3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals and 3B Ryan Zimmerman continue to talk about a new deal, but the two sides are no closer to a deal.
C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said C Joe Mauer (leg, pneumonia) is healthy, and already working out at the team's spring training facility in Florida. "Mauer's doing fine. There aren't any concerns about Joe," Ryan said. "He's going through the paces down there in Fort Myers right now, actually."
C | Jason Jaramillo | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Free Agents
The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent C Jason Jaramillo (Pirates) to a minor-league contract Wednesday, Jan. 18. He will compete for the backup job to C Geovany Soto.
C | Craig Tatum | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros designated C Craig Tatum for assignment Wednesday, Jan. 18.
C | Nevin Ashley | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
Tampa Bay Rays C Nevin Ashley cleared waivers Wednesday, Jan. 18, and was outrighted to Triple-A Durham.
C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers aren't ruling out a possible return late in the season for C Victor Martinez (knee) but it seems very unlikely. Typical recovery time from surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament usually takes somewhere between nine and 10 months.
OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler has added seven pounds and shed 4 percent of his body fat this offseason.
OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said OF Josh Willingham will play right field for the team in 2012. He has spent of a majority of his previous eight years in the majors in left field, playing just 34 games in right.
OF | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Trevor Plouffe is expected to fight for time in left field with OF Ben Revere. Plouffe played in right field for 11 games and left field for three games last season.
OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said the team views OF Denard Span as its everyday center fielder.
OF | Brett Jackson | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Brett Jackson wants to make the team out of camp, but the team won't rush him. A summertime arrival at Wrigley Field might be more realistic. The team told the Boston Red Sox that Jackson was untouchable in the compensation negotiations for president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.
OF | Jack Cust | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jack Cust will make $600,000 in 2012, and his deal includes a team option for the 2013 season.
OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington indicated that OF Carl Crawford's (wrist) surgery was a routine procedure, and Cherington expects Crawford to be the team's left fielder for "the bulk of the season." "It was a basic debridement of some cartilage in his left wrist," said Cherington. "(It's a) relatively routine procedure. We expect Carl to be recovered and hitting at some point during Spring Training. We're not going to put an exact timeline on it." Crawford had soreness in his wrist while hitting early in January.
SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren isn't sure SP Tim Hudson (back) will be ready for the start of the season. "It's too early to know at this point. Everything is going well, he just may be slightly behind the other guys. Or he may not be. Or, we may choose to be a little more careful with him in spring, depending on how he responds. So there's some unknowns there, but it's going well so far. Quite frankly that's the beauty of having our pitching depth - if we need to slow him down, we have the personnel to allow that to happen."
SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox are still showing an interest in trading for Chicago White Sox SP Gavin Floyd. The teams discussed potential deals during the Winter Meetings.
SP | Jamie Moyer | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent SP Jamie Moyer (Phillies) to a minor league deal Wednesday, Jan. 18.
SP | Oliver Perez | Seattle Mariners | Transaction,
The Seattle Mariners signed free-agent P Oliver Perez (Nationals) to a minor league deal Wednesday, Jan. 18.
SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish can opt out of his six-year deal after the fifth year.
SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta (elbow) threw to a catcher for the first time since having surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow Monday, Jan. 16, and he expects to be 100 percent healthy in time for spring training. He has been playing consistent long toss and has done a few flat-ground sessions. Arrieta threw all fastballs from a makeshift mound. "I definitely gained some mobility, but I don't feel any instability in my elbow," Arrieta said. "Everything feels solid, and a lot of that is attributed to the rehab, the strength and conditioning I did - just trying to stay on top of things. I wanted to work as hard as I could with the rehab to leave no room for setbacks."
SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson (shoulder) and the team are confident that the right-hander is fully recovered from a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Hanson "feels great," according to general manager Frank Wren.
SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison is unlikely to be moved to the bullpen if the team signs Japanese League SP Yu Darvish.
RP | Jeremy Accardo | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cleveland Indians signed free-agent RP Jeremy Accardo (Orioles) to a minor league deal.
RP | Francisco Cordero | free agent | Free Agents
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are likely to add a late-inning reliever before the season, and they're interested in free-agent CL Francisco Cordero (Reds).
RP | Brian Duensing | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Brian Duensing is a likely candidate to move to the bullpen after starting in 2011. General manager Terry Ryan said the team won't decide that until spring training. "We've got a situation there where we've got probably six, seven, eight guys that will be in the area of starting and potential to be starters," Ryan said. "I wouldn't eliminate Duensing. I wouldn't eliminate (SP Anthony Swarzak). I wouldn't eliminate (P Matt Maloney). I wouldn't eliminate (P Scott Diamond). We're going to end up opening that thing up down there. Obviously we'll have decisions to make.
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