Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on November 5, 2012 @ 09:09:18 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Travis Ishikawa | free agent | Transaction
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Travis Ishikawa declined his outright assignment and became a free agent.

1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals made a qualifying offer of one year, $13.3 million to 1B Adam LaRoche, but they declined the offer to SP Edwin Jackson. LaRoche has one week to accept or decline the qualifying offer, and Jackson becomes an immediate free agent.

1B | Jason Giambi | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent 1B Jason Giambi (Rockies) is still deciding whether to play next season or go into coaching. The Colorado Rockies are the only team looking for him to become a coach.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton (knee) and SPs Christian Friedrich (back) and Juan Nicasio (knee) have been activated from the 60-day disabled list.


Second Baseman

2B | Brooks Conrad | Japanese League | Transaction, Free Agents
The Hanshin Tigers have signed free-agent 2B Brooks Conrad (Rays) to an undisclosed deal.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have reinstated 2B Brian Roberts (hip), OF Nolan Reimold (neck) and Ps Oliver Drake (shoulder), Stuart Pomeranz (back, oblique) and Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list.


Shortstop

SS | Jonathan Schoop | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles INF Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles' third-ranked prospect, was 0-for-2 with a run scored, and left-handed RP Mike Belfiore was perfect through 2/3 inning in relief in a winning cause in the AFL East's 9-4 win over the AFL West in the Rising Stars game. The Oriole prospects have had strong Arizona Fall League seasons. Playing mostly third base, Schoop has put up a .292 average with two homers and seven RBIs in 16 games. Belfiore has held left-handed hitters to a .143 batting average, yielding just two hits over 4 1/3 innings. He's allowed just one run in his last six relief appearances over six innings.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said the team's acquisition of INF Mike Aviles does not mean SS Asdrubal Cabrera will be traded.

SS | Alexi Casilla | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Alexi Casilla will compete for the starting job at second base with INFs Robert Andino and Ryan Flaherty in spring training. The team isn't expected to pursue another second baseman this offseason. Andino is expected to make slightly under $2 million next season.


Third Baseman

3B | Nick Castellanos | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Nick Castellanos went 2-for-5 in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game Saturday, Nov. 3. Castellanos started at designated hitter and hit cleanup for the West team. He singled to right-center in the first off Minnesota Twins SP Kyle Gibson and through the left side of the infield against Seattle Mariners P James Paxson in the third. Castellanos is hitting .239 in 17 AFL games (17-for-71), with one home run and three RBIs.

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have reinstated SPs John Lackey (elbow) and Franklin Morales (shoulder), 3B Will Middlebrooks (wrist) and OF Ryan Sweeney (hand) from the 60-day disabled list.

3B | Brandon Inge | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics are unlikely to bring back free-agent 3B Brandon Inge next season.

3B | Kevin Kouzmanoff | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins have signed 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff (Royals) and P Jordan Smith (Reds) to minor league contracts, with invitations to big league camp.


Catcher

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers DH Victor Martinez (knee) will begin running on a treadmill later this week and begin full hitting drills Dec. 1.

C | David Ross | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Yankees have long been interested in free-agent C David Ross (Braves).

C | Robinson Chirinos | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays have reinstated C Robinson Chirinos (concussion) and OF Brandon Guyer (shoulder) from the 60-day disabled list. They have also purchased the contract of P Frank De Los Santos from Triple-A Durham.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals have activated RPs Cole Kimball (shoulder) and Henry Rodriguez (elbow) and C Wilson Ramos (knee) from the 60-day disabled list.

C | Ramon Solis | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have sent C Ramon Solis outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

C | Mike Nickeas | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
New York Mets C Mike Nickeas has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

C | Yan Gomes | Cleveland Indians | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said C Yan Gomes will report to spring training camp to compete for a job on the major league roster. He will either be the backup catcher or a third catcher/corner infielder.

C | Bryan Anderson | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have outrighted Cs Bryan Anderson and Steven Hill and P Adam Reifer off their 40-man roster and assigned them to Triple-A Memphis.

C | Mike Napoli | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers made a $13.3 million qualifying offer to OF Josh Hamilton Friday, Nov. 2, ensuring that they'll receive draft-pick compensation if he signs elsewhere. They did not make the offer to C Mike Napoli. The team doesn't expect Hamilton to accept their offer. The Rangers are still interested in re-signing Napoli. Hamilton is unlikely to be re-signed for the $20 million annually that he's seeking. The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers are expected to have interest in Hamilton, with the Brewers being a serious candidate because of their connection to hitting coach Johnny Narron, who has a long-time relationship with Hamilton.

C | Manny Pina | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
Kansas City Royals C Manny Pina cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha Friday, Nov. 2.


Outfielder

OF | Cody Ross | free agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Phillies are among a group of teams targeting free-agent OF Cody Ross (Red Sox).

OF | Josh Hamilton | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers) is seeking a seven-year, $175 million deal in free agency, according to a source.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Draft, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates figure to add to their $61.375 million payroll next season, but the combined salaries of 3B Pedro Alvarez and six players already under contract for 2013 SP A.J. Burnett, SP Wandy Rodriguez, OF Andrew McCutchen, SS Clint Barmes and OF Jose Tabata will account for $27.7 million. Re-signing a handful of the team's eight arbitration-eligible players will require about $20 million. What is left will likely go toward two areas of particular interest for the Pirates, starting pitcher and catcher.

OF | Scott Hairston | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Scott Hairston, RP Jon Rauch, RP Ramon Ramirez, SS Ronny Cedeno, C Kelly Shoppach, RP Tim Byrdak and SP Chris Young all became free agents on Saturday, Nov. 3. A club source mentioned Hairston as the free agent the Mets most want to keep, but the outfielder is coming off a career season (20 homers and 57 RBIs) and figures to command a huge raise from the $1.1 million he received in 2012.

OF | Jonny Gomes | free agent | Free Agents
The Oakland Athletics made an offer to impending free-agent OF Jonny Gomes at the end of the season but the two sides were not able to reach an agreement.

OF | Brian Bogusevic | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Houston Astros have outrighted OFs Brian Bogusevic and J.B. Shuck and P Jorge DeLeon off their 40-man roster. They have all cleared waivers and will become free agents.

OF | Michael Bourn | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Atlanta Braves made a $13.3 million qualifying offer to free-agent OF Michael Bourn Friday, Nov. 2, ensuring them draft-pick compensation if Bourn signs with another team. Free-agent C David Ross, RP Peter Moylan, OF Reed Johnson and RP Chad Durbin were not extended offers. Bourn could receive a five-year deal with an average salary of at least $15 million on the open market this year.

OF | Torii Hunter | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim did not give free-agent OF Torii Hunter a qualifying offer of $13.3 million Friday, Nov. 2. The Angels won't receive draft-pick compensation if he signs somewhere else. Hunter said he's willing to take a significant pay cut to remain with the team, and the Angels are interested in bringing him back.

OF | Scott Podsednik | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox extended a $13.3 million qualifying offer to free-agent DH David Ortiz Friday, Nov. 2, assuring that they'll receive draft-pick compensation should he sign elsewhere. However, the two sides are "very close" to agreeing on a two-year deal, according to a source close to negotiations. The team didn't extend offers to free-agent OF Scott Podsednik, OF Cody Ross, SP Aaron Cook, SP Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP Vicente Padilla or 1B James Loney.

OF | Blake Tekotte | San Diego Padres | Transaction,
The San Diego Padres designated RP Josh Spence and OF Blake Tekotte for assignment Friday, Nov. 2.

OF | B.J. Upton | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays made a qualifying offer of $13.3 million to free-agent OF B.J. Upton Friday, Nov. 2, ensuring they'll receive draft-pick compensation if he signs with another squad.

OF | Lew Ford | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
Baltimore Orioles OF Lew Ford, INF Steven Tolleson and P Zach Phillips cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk Friday, Nov. 2.

OF | Jason Bourgeois | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals designated P Tommy Hottovy, OF Jason Bourgeois and RP Jeremy Jeffress for assignment.

OF | Nyjer Morgan | free agent | Transaction
Milwaukee Brewers OF Nyjer Morgan rejected his outright assignment and elected free agency.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon's one-year deal could be worth more than $5 million if he reaches all of his incentives.

SP | Kevin Slowey | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Kevin Slowey has opted to become a free agent.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have activated SP Matt Garza (elbow), RP Arodys Vizcaino (elbow) and 3B Ian Stewart (wrist) from the 60-day disabled list.

SP | Vicente Padilla | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox would like to re-sign free-agent RP Vicente Padilla but several other teams have also shown interest, including the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SP | James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
In addition to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Minnesota Twins have also expressed interest in trading for Tampa Bay Rays SP James Shields.

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays could look to trade SP Jeremy Hellickson this offseason because he is represented by Scott Boras and will not be signing a club-friendly extension in the near future.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | free agent | Free Agents,
The Oakland Athletics are still interested in re-signing free-agent SP Brandon McCarthy even though they have re-signed SP Bartolo Colon.

SP | Danny Duffy | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have reinstated SPs Danny Duffy (elbow) and Felipe Paulino (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have reinstated Ps Carlos Carrasco (elbow), Rafael Perez (shoulder) and Josh Tomlin (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list. Carrasco and Perez are both expected to be ready by spring training, although Perez is eligible for salary arbitration and could be non-tendered. Tomlin is expected to miss the entire 2013 season.

SP | Fernando Abad | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Houston Astros INF Matt Downs and Ps Fernando Abad, Sergio Escalona, Edgar G. Gonzalez and Jose Valdez have opted to become free agents.

SP | Dan Haren | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Dan Haren has become a free agent, after the team declined their $15.5 million option on him for the 2013 season. Haren will receive a buyout of $3.5 million.

SP | Hisashi Iwakuma | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms with SP Hisashi Iwakuma on a two-year contract extension, along with a club option for the 2015 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SP | Esmil Rogers | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have acquired INF Mike Aviles and C/INF Yan Gomes from the Toronto Blue Jays, in exchange for P Esmil Rogers.

SP | Cory Luebke | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
San Diego Padres SPs Cory Luebke (elbow) and Joe Wieland (elbow), C Nick Hundley (knee), INF James Darnell (shoulder) and OF Kyle Blanks (shoulder) have been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list.

SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals issued a $13.3 million qualifying offer to free-agent SP Kyle Lohse Friday, Nov. 2, to ensure that they'll receive a draft pick as compensation if he signs with another team this offseason. Lohse is expected to pass on the one-year offer in order to explore multi-year deals elsewhere. 1B Lance Berkman was not extended the same offer.

SP | Samuel Deduno | Minnesota Twins | Transaction,
Minnesota Twins SP Samuel Deduno cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester Friday, Nov. 2.

SP | Shaun Marcum | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers did not make qualifying offers to free-agent SP Shaun Marcum and RP Francisco Rodriguez, meaning they won't receive compensation in the draft should they sign with another team.

SP | Guillermo Moscoso | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals claimed SP Guillermo Moscoso (Rockies) and C Brett Hayes (Marlins) off waivers.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) expects to start his throwing program in January and return to the team no later than the All-Star break next season. He has been doing forearm exercises and doesn't have any soreness. "I feel great," said Lewis, who is doing his work at his home in Bakersfield, Calif. "I don't feel any pain and I have my range of motion. I'm not going to do anything to put my career in jeopardy, but I'm doing my exercises and getting ready."


Relief Pitcher

RP | Michael Kohn | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Michael Kohn (elbow) has been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list.

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Alfredo Aceves could be traded during the offseason, although the team won't give him away for nothing. Aceves still prefers starting to pitching out of the bullpen.

RP | Oliver Perez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners RP Oliver Perez will make $1.5 million next season. He also has the opportunity to earn up to $600,000 in performance bonuses.

RP | Mariano Rivera | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said free-agent RP Mariano Rivera has informed the team of his intention to return for the 2013 season. "He wants to play again," Cashman said. "I'll work with his agent, Fernando Cuza, on the details of a contract."

RP | Mike Gonzalez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Mike Gonzalez has reportedly drawn interest from 10 MLB teams but would like to remain with the Washington Nationals, if possible. The 34-year-old lefthander is seeking a two-year deal. Gonzalez's agent has had preliminary talks with the Nationals but financial terms have not yet been discussed.

RP | Brett Myers | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent P Brett Myers (White Sox) is willing to market himself as either a starter or reliever. "I've got the mentality, I want to pitch," he said. "Whichever way a team wants me to go I'll do. I think I've proven I can start. I've proven I can do both. Hindsight is 20/20. Some teams might like me in the bullpen. Some might like me as a starter. It's up to the team."

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs pulled a deal off the table Friday, Nov. 2, that would have sent RP Carlos Marmol to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for SP Dan Haren. The Angels will continue to have trade talks with other teams interested in Haren. Marmol was willing to waive his no-trade clause in order to head to the American League.

RP | Kameron Loe | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Kameron Loe refused his minor league assignment to Triple-A Nashville Friday, Nov. 2, becoming a free agent. 1B Travis Ishikawa cleared waivers and was outrighted to Nashville.

RP | Mike Adams | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers didn't extend qualifying offers of $13.3 million to free-agent RPs Mike Adams, Koji Uehara and Mark Lowe.

RP | Zach Putnam | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs claimed RP Zach Putnam (Rockies) off waivers.

RP | Josh Roenicke | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins claimed RP Josh Roenicke and INF Tommy Field (Rockies) off waivers.

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