Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on October 29, 2012 @ 08:58:10 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Miguel Beltran | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays have released minor league Ps Brett Blaise, Daniel Bream, Zach Butler, Shane Dyer, George Jensen, Alex Koronis, Kyle Pelchy, Dayne Quist, Brohiglyn Rivero, Stayton Thomas, and Justin Woodall, INFs Miguel Beltran, Daniel Duran and Phil Wunderlich, OFs Deshun Dixon and Chris Murrill and C Michael J. Williams.

Second Baseman

2B | Omar Infante | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers 2B Omar Infante (finger) suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand. He will not need surgery on the fracture.


SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have reinstated SS Rafael Furcal (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list.

SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Dee Gordon is batting .320 (with an on-base percentage of .393) through his first six games with Tigres del Licey of the Dominican winter league. If Gordon is able to win the Dodgers' starting shortstop job and serve as the leadoff hitter, 2B Mark Ellis would likely be moved to the bottom of the order, with SS Hanley Ramirez moving back to third base and 3B Luis Cruz coming off the bench.

SS | Angel Sanchez | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed free-agent SS Angel Sanchez (Astros) to a minor league deal Friday, Oct. 26, according to general manager Jerry Dipoto.

SS | Gustavo Nunez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks claimed SS Gustavo Nunez off waivers.

Third Baseman

3B | Lonnie Chisenhall | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall is expected to start at third base next season.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera and 1B Prince Fielder are a combined 3-for-19 against the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy,
The New York Mets are not close to reaching contract extensions with 3B David Wright and SP R.A. Dickey, as the team is still in preliminary stages of talks with both players. The sides are "still talking about when to really get talking," according to a source. Wright and Dickey both have options for the 2013 season.


C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies exercised C Carlos Ruiz's $5 million option for 2013.

C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (forearm) was out of the Tigers' lineup for Game 4 of the World Series Sunday, Oct. 28, due to a bruised right forearm.

C | Miguel Olivo | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets are reportedly interested in free-agent C Miguel Olivo (Mariners). The team had previously expressed interest in acquiring him midway through the 2012 season.

C | Kelly Shoppach | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets C Kelly Shoppach appears unlikely to return to the team next year.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey earned the National League Hank Aaron Award, given to the outstanding offensive player in that league.

C | Tyler Flowers | Chicago White Sox | Free Agents
Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said he believes C Tyler Flowers will be an everyday catcher at some point which could affect the team's negotiations with impending free-agent C A.J. Pierzynski.

C | Hector Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Friday, Oct. 26, that C Hector Sanchez will serve as the designated hitter in Game 3 of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers.


OF | Lew Ford | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles OF Lew Ford (hernia) underwent sports hernia surgery and is expected to fully recover before spring training.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays appear likely to make a qualifying offer to potential free-agent OF B.J. Upton for one year and $13.3 million, which would give the Rays a compensatory draft pick if he signs with another team.

OF | Desmond Jennings | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Agent Scott Boras believes it is unlikely that the Tampa Bay Rays will agree to long-term deals with SP Jeremy Hellickson and OF Desmond Jennings. "At the point of the careers where they're at, it's usually an annual relationship," Boras said.

OF | Melky Cabrera | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
According to several baseball executives, the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies have repeatedly surfaced as potential landing spots for San Francisco Giants OF Melky Cabrera, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the World Series.

OF | Henry Urrutia | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles OF Henry Urrutia is still unable to enter the United States because of visa issues. The 25-year-old native of Cuba has declared residence in Haiti and executive director of international scouting Fred Ferreira is hopeful that he will be able to report soon to Sarasota, Fla.

OF | Quintin Berry | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Quintin Berry is hitting .217 (5-for-23) with six strikeouts, two walks and two stolen bases during this year's World Series.

OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said OF Yasiel Puig (elbow) is expected to play in the Puerto Rican winter league in December. Puig could not play in the Arizona Fall League because of an elbow infection.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles are not expected to pursue Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim impending free-agent SP Zack Greinke or Texas Rangers impending free-agent OF Josh Hamilton this offseason.

OF | Che-Hsuan Lin | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros claimed OF Che-Hsuan Lin off waivers from the Boston Red Sox Friday, Oct. 26.

OF | Joe Mather | Chicago Cubs | Transaction,
Chicago Cubs OF Joe Mather and Ps Manuel Corpas, Justin Germano and Blake Parker cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Iowa Friday, Oct. 26.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (elbow) said he regrets waiting to have shoulder surgery when he was playing with the Boston Red Sox earlier this year. He admits that the pressure to play in Boston compelled him to play injured. "I tried to push it a little bit. With the Boston fans, you've got to try. A big deal was made about my money and stuff, so I tried to prove it and play for the team," Crawford said. "Maybe I shouldn't have done that, I should have taken care of myself when the doctor told me to." He has yet to be cleared to take batting practice or throw, and he likely won't be until January.

OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OFs Quintin Berry and Andy Dirks will be in the lineup for Game 3 of the World Series Saturday, Oct. 27, with the team facing right-handed San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong.

OF | Rich C. Thompson | free agent | Transaction
Tampa Bay Rays OF Rich C. Thompson has declined his outright assignment and became a free agent.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon (face) was hospitalized after he was struck by a line drive in the mouth during a Dominican Winter League game Sunday, Oct. 28. He didn't suffer any fractures or lose any teeth.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Major League Baseball presented Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw with the Roberto Clemente Award at a news conference before Game 4 of the World Series Sunday, Oct. 28, at Comerica Park. The award recognizes the player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum will return to a starter's role in 2013 following his relief appearances in the postseason. "It just so happened it worked out that we thought he could really help us in the bullpen, which he's done an amazing job. But he's a starter, and that's where he's going to next year," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

SP | James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays are expected to exercise contract options for next season on RP Fernando Rodney ($2.5 million) and SP James Shields ($10.25 million). It is uncertain if they will exercise the options of DH Luke Scott ($6 million) and C Jose Molina ($1.5 million).

SP | P.J. Walters | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins SP P.J. Walters has refused an outright assignment to the minor leagues and has opted to become a free agent.

SP | Doug Fister | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating previous reports, Detroit Tigers SP Doug Fister (head) is scheduled to start Game 6 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 31, if necessary. He was checked out Friday, Oct. 26, as well as Saturday, Oct. 27, and passed both tests without any problems. "He never had a headache, never had any dizziness," trainer Kevin Rand said. "Nothing. All he had was an abrasion on the scalp."

SP | Madison Bumgarner | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner, SP Ryan Vogelsong and the relievers in Game 2 and Game 3 of the World Series made history by becoming the first team in nearly 50 years to toss back-to-back shutouts. The Giants won Game 3, 2-0. The 1966 Baltimore Orioles were the last team to toss two shutouts in a row.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals acknowledge a new contract with SP Jeremy Guthrie is now unlikely before he hits the open market. "I think it's pretty safe to say he's going to explore free agency," general manager Dayton Moore said. "We'll continue to monitor how that goes. He's going to explore his options, and it's important that we do as well." Guthrie is said to want a three-year contract, but the team doesn't want to go longer than two years.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SPs Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly, Trevor Rosenthal and Shelby Miller are expected to compete for one spot in the starting rotation during spring training.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) is scheduled to face batters next week to determine if he will need to undergo Tommy John surgery.

SP | Hisashi Iwakuma | Seattle Mariners | Free Agents
The Seattle Mariners are expected to make a strong push to re-sign impending free-agent SP Hisashi Iwakuma this offseason.

SP | Tim Stauffer | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SPs Dustin Moseley and Tim Stauffer cleared waivers Friday, Oct. 26, and each elected to become free agents.

SP | Chris Volstad | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals claimed SP Chris Volstad off waivers from the Chicago Cubs Friday, Oct. 26.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Manuel Corpas | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs RP Manuel Corpas refused an outright assignment to the minor leagues and elected to become a free agent.

RP | Joakim Soria | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Talks remain ongoing regarding a new contract for rehabbing Kansas City Royals CL Joakim Soria, who missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery to replace a torn elbow ligament for the second time in his career. The Royals are expected to exercise a $750,000 buyout in Soria's contract to void their $8 million option for 2013. Both sides have indicated a desire to work out a new deal, which would likely include a low guarantee and significant performance bonuses.

RP | Brandon League | free agent | Fantasy
According to people familiar with the situation, the Los Angeles Dodgers are attempting to re-sign RP Brandon League to a three-year contract. "He has interest in coming back and we have interest in keeping him," general manager Ned Colletti said. League made $5 million during the 2012 season and is poised to become a free agent for the first time in his career.

RP | Kyuji Fujikawa | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly expressed interest in Japanese RP Kyuji Fujikawa. The 32-year-old right-hander possesses a mid-90s fastball and has posted a 1.26 ERA over his last eight seasons with the Hanshin Tigers. Fujikawa is expected to pitch in the majors next season and whoever signs him would not have to pay a posting fee to the Tigers because he is a free agent.

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | Milwaukee Brewers | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers likely will not re-sign impending free-agent RP Francisco Rodriguez this offseason.

RP | Enerio Del Rosario | free agent | Transaction,
The Houston Astros designated P Enerio Del Rosario for assignment Friday, Oct. 26.

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