SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The Houston Astros have received interest in SS Jed Lowrie, but they intend to keep him unless they're overwhelmed with an offer.
C | Mike Napoli | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent C Mike Napoli (Rangers) said he's willing to play other positions besides catcher if it gets him in the lineup. He said "a bunch of teams" are interested in signing him this offseason. "I just want to play," Napoli said. "I feel the most comfortable behind the plate because that's where most of my reps have been. Do I think I can be good at first base if I had reps and practiced it all the time? Yes. But it's not like I'm saying I have to be a catcher. I just want to be in the lineup and play. If it helps at catcher, I'll catch, or at first base, I'll play there. But I like catching. I look at myself as catcher." Napoli is interested in re-signing with the Texas Rangers, too.
C | Juan Apodaca | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent C Juan Apodaca (Indians), OF Jim Adduci (Cubs), RP Neal Cotts, OF Aaron Cunningham (Indians) and P Yonata Ortega (Diamondbacks) to minor league contracts.
C | Russell Martin | free agent | Free Agents
The Texas Rangers are showing interest in free-agent C Russell Martin (Yankees).
C | A.J. Pierzynski | free agent | Free Agents
The Chicago White Sox have expressed interest in re-signing free-agent C A.J. Pierzynski but may not be able to because he could be too expensive and have more pressing areas to fill. The team believes C Tyler Flowers can take over as the starting catcher.
OF | Torii Hunter | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers considered signing free-agent OF Torii Hunter (Angels), but they could not guarantee him more than 350 at-bats next year. The Dodgers had shown some willingness to go two years with Hunter.
OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers tried to acquire Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons for 3B Mike Olt in order to flip Simmons to the Arizona Diamondbacks for OF Justin Upton. The Braves rejected the deal.
OF | Josh Hamilton | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies are OK with free-agent OF Josh Hamilton's (Rangers) salary demands, but they are concerned about the length of a potential deal.
OF | Jerry Sands | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF/1B Jerry Sands could be a platoon option at first base next season.
OF | Jason Bourgeois | free agent | Transaction
Kansas City Royals OF Jason Bourgeois declined his outright assignment and elected free agency.
OF | Jonny Gomes | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are pursuing free-agent OF Jonny Gomes (Athletics).
OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo will not play for South Korea in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
OF | Cody Ross | free agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Phillies are showing interest in free-agent OF Cody Ross (Red Sox).
SP | Scott Baker | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent SP Scott Baker (Twins) to a one-year deal. Financial terms haven't been disclosed.
SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane said SP Brett Anderson is not on the trading block. Several teams have checked in on his availability.
RP | Joe Beimel | free agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent RP Joe Beimel (elbow) is throwing off a mound in his rehab from Tommy John surgery in March.
RP | Daniel McCutchen | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent RPs Daniel McCutchen (Pirates) and Dan Meyer (Pirates) to minor league contracts.
RP | Zach Simons | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent RP Zach Simons (Rockies) to a minor league deal.
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