Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on October 22, 2012 @ 10:30:02 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Should the St. Louis Cardinals reach the World Series, 1B Lance Berkman (knee) believes he will not be ready in time. He is making continued progress in rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee, but Berkman said he has a lot of ground to cover. "I'm not going to rule it out entirely, but I just don't want to put the team in a bad spot. I have to be pretty close to 100 percent or I wouldn't want to take a spot," Berkman said.

1B | Jason Giambi | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Jason Giambi interviewed for the team's managerial vacancy Thursday, Oct. 18, according to a team source. Giambi said he would retire before becoming the club's next manager. The Rockies haven't revealed any of their external coaching candidates.

Second Baseman

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano is looking to cash in with a 10-year deal for "top-of-the-market dollars" in free agency next offseason, according to people close to Cano.

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro is 11-for-24 (.458) during this year's National League Championship Series.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker (back) will not need surgery, and he continues to recover from a herniated disc in his back. However, he hasn't ramped up his activities to full speed yet. "By the middle of November, I should be back to 100 percent, which is kind of right on schedule," Walker said. "I think I'll probably be a little more cautious, with how much I do at the start of spring training. But I don't think anything is going to hold me back overall."


SS | Yunel Escobar | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to trade SS Yunel Escobar.

SS | Mike Aviles | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the Boston Red Sox have acquired RP David Carpenter from the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the deal which allowed John Farrell to take Boston's managerial job. It was previously announced that the Blue Jays would receive INF Mike Aviles.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) underwent surgery Saturday, Oct. 20, to repair a fractured ankle. His recovery time is expected to be four to five months but should be ready for spring training if he does not have any setbacks.

SS | Cliff Pennington | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded OF Chris B. Young and cash considerations to the Oakland Athletics for SS Cliff Pennington and INF Yordy Cabrera.

SS | Edward Salcedo | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SS Edward Salcedo, SS Nick Ahmed and P Ezekiel Spruill are competing in the Arizona Fall League.

SS | Hector Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have outrighted SS Hector Gomez to Triple-A Nashville.

Third Baseman

3B | Matt Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (back) suffered back spasms before Game 6 of the National League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 21, and he was removed from the starting lineup. OF Matt Carpenter took his place. Holliday is unsure whether he will be able to play Game 7 on Monday.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told a New York radio show Sunday, Oct. 21, that 3B Alex Rodriguez will be in the team's plans for 2013, but Cashman will listen to offers. "It's not like I'm going to hang phones up on anybody who wants to make any overtures about anything," Cashman said. "You're talking about realistic stuff and unrealistic stuff. I don't think it's realistic at all for us to be moving forward with anything but Alex Rodriguez at third base."

3B | Ty Wigginton | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies are expected to buy out the $4 million contract option for INF Ty Wigginton for the 2013 season. The team will pay $500,000 to cut ties with him and search for a younger, more defensively-sound utility player.


C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP's CC Sabathia and Derek Lowe came to the defense of C Russell Martin, who is set for free agency after the season, saying that he has been a great addition to the team. Lowe said he had Martin as a catcher while in Los Angeles with the Dodgers and said "once you have people here that you know can perform here, in my opinion, you've got to keep them. Because you know what you're going to get."


OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (back) is doubtful to start Game 7 of the NLCS.

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees will likely make a qualifying offer to OF Nick Swisher, but he's expected to sign elsewhere. The one-year qualifying offer would be around $13.5 million. Rival executives believe Swisher can land a three-year deal.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Speculation in Arizona is the three-team trade that sent Arizona Diamondbacks OF Chris B. Young to the Oakland Athletics could also spell the end of OF Justin Upton's days with the club. Although Upton is only 25, he is owed $38.5 million on the remainder of his contract and the club is seeking starting pitching.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays could be interested in Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp if the team decides to trade him.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson will reportedly visit an eye specialist to determine if vision problems caused his struggles at the plate. He struck out a career-high 195 times during the regular season and went 3-for-30 with 16 strikeouts during the playoffs. Granderson has not had his eyes checked since spring training.

OF | Rich C. Thompson | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays have outrighted OF Rich C. Thompson and P Wilking Rodriguez to Triple-A Durham.

OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (knee) said he believes he will be able to play in the remaining games of the National League Championship Series.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (oblique) is likely to rejoin the starting rotation if the team makes the World Series.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong struck out nine batters Sunday, Oct. 21, during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, which the Giants won 6-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter allowed six hits and five runs, two earned, in four innings of work during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The Cardinals lost Game 6, 6-1, to the San Francisco Giants.

SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) will not be ready for the start of the regular season in 2013 and may not be available until summer. "We have to keep him off our radar for now. We're talking June of next year ... the second half of next year," Cashman said.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum could be available in a trade during the offseason. He is scheduled to make $22 million during the final year of his contract in 2013.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers have decided not to make any changes to their starting rotation for the World Series. SP Justin Verlander will start Game 1, followed by SP Doug Fister in Game 2, SP Anibal Sanchez in Game 3 and SP Max Scherzer in Game 4.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the team has considered the possibility of using SP Adam Wainwright in relief if he is needed during the rest of the National League Championship Series. Wainwright is currently in line to start one of the first few games if the team is able to reach the World Series.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has not revealed what his starting rotation would look like if the team advances to the World Series. A possibility exists for SP Jake Westbrook (oblique) to replace SP Lance Lynn, who has allowed four runs in each of his two starts in the NLCS.

SP | Trevor Rosenthal | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals RP Trevor Rosenthal has allowed just one hit over 6 2/3 innings in the postseason while striking out 11 batters. He whiffed four batters in two scoreless innings during Game 5 of the NLCS Friday, Oct. 19.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito allowed six hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS Friday, Oct. 19. He allowed one walk and struck out six.

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SPs Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran will join the Tigres del Licey of the Dominican Winter League next week. They are each expected to make approximately seven starts, tossing between 30 and 40 innings. They will be joined by minor league C Christian Bethancourt.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Takashi Saito | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have designated RP Takashi Saito for assignment.

RP | Heath Bell | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired RP Heath Bell and cash considerations from the Miami Marlins for INF Yordy Cabrera.

RP | Rafael Soriano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Scott Boras, the agent for New York Yankees RP Rafael Soriano, said there is a strong chance that his client will turn down a $14 million player option to accept a $1.5 million buyout and test free agency. If he rejects the option, the Yankees could make a qualifying offer between $13.3 million and $13.6 million and Soriano would have one week to accept the new amount or decide to become a free agent.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (elbow) played catch for 10 minutes Friday, Oct. 19, and said he felt "great." It was his first time playing catch since undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery. Manager Bruce Bochy said he expects Wilson to be ready by the end of spring training.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he plans to use RP Jose Valverde again in the ninth, but he has no idea when that might be. "I think you'll definitely see him in the ninth inning, it's just a matter of what game it might be. It depends on how the lineup turns over or who's coming up," Leyland said.

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