Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on December 4, 2012 @ 11:30:54 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles aren't exactly putting much effort into signing free-agent 1B Adam LaRoche (Nationals). Baltimore is putting more effort into trading for a middle-of-the-lineup bat. The Orioles aren't in a position to add much payroll this offseason.

1B | James Loney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians had serious interest in 1B James Loney before he signed with the Tampa Bay Rays.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles apparently have asked the Minnesota Twins about OF Josh Willingham, and they have contacted the Kansas City Royals about DH Billy Butler and 1B Eric Hosmer.


Second Baseman

2B | Skip Schumaker | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to trade 2B Skip Schumaker this winter after he asked the team to find him a team that will give him more consistent playing time. However, it's still possible that they hang onto him.

2B | Marco Scutaro | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees have entered the mix for free-agent INF Marco Scutaro (Giants). The Cards are pursuing him as a starting second baseman, while the Yankees likely view him as a stopgap at third base.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are unlikely to move 2B Ian Kinsler to the outfield next year if they fail to re-sign OF Josh Hamilton. It's more likely that Kinsler moves to first base.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano will play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic next spring.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are entertaining trade offers for SS Danny Espinosa if the price is right, according to sources.

2B | Jayson Nix | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees INF Jayson Nix is the leading in-house candidate to take over at third place in the absence of 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip), with 3Bs David Adams and Ronnier Mustelier behind him. General manager Brian Cashman said SS Derek Jeter is not a candidate to shift over to third base.


Shortstop

SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Texas Rangers SS Jurickson Profar (elbow) only has a slight ligament strain in his right elbow.

SS | Sean Rodriguez | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration with SS Sean Rodriguez by signing him to a one-year, $1 million deal.

SS | Yunel Escobar | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins are projecting SS Yunel Escobar to play third base next season, even though he is a natural shortstop.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera has a limited no-trade clause in his contract that will allow him to block trades to the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants and New York Mets. The Indians have been willing to listen to offers for him this winter.

SS | Jose Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes will play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic next spring.

SS | Paul Janish | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with SS Paul Janish and signed him to a one-year deal worth a little less than $1 million.

SS | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins want to bring in a third person to compete with SS/3B Trevor Plouffe for playing time.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he doesn't envision SS Eduardo Nunez as an option at third base now that 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) won't be ready to play until around June of next season.


Third Baseman

3B | Kevin Youkilis | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have had talks with free-agent 3B Kevin Youkilis (White Sox).

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Yankees are insured for a good portion of the $114 million owed to 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) over the next five years. According to a source, who has worked on similar contracts, it is likely that New York could recoup at least 75 percent, and perhaps as much as 100 percent, of the money it would still have to pay Rodriguez. However, Rodriguez would have to be disabled for at least a full season before the team could begin to collect on the policy.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval will play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic next spring.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright will play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic next spring.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
The San Diego Padres believe they can contend and have no intentions of trading 3B Chase Headley.

3B | Ian Stewart | free agent | Fantasy
Free-agent 3B Ian Stewart (Cubs) recently received a clean bill of health with his wrist and has drawn wide interest on the free-agent market.

3B | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are getting a lot of calls for 3B Mike Olt. The feeling of other teams is that Olt is blocked by 3B Adrian Beltre, but the team doesn't feel that way and aren't motivated to move him.

3B | Mark Reynolds | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins are interested in free-agent 1B Mark Reynolds (Orioles).

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Although teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees have made inquiries, the Texas Rangers are not interested in trading 3B Michael Young.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera will play for Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic next spring.


Catcher

C | Rod Barajas | free agent | Free Agents
The Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in free-agent C Rod Barajas (Pirates).

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau will play for Team Canada during the 2013 World Baseball Classic, while C Joe Mauer will play for Team USA. The moves were announced during the winter meetings' first day.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Victor Martinez (knee) will not be allowed to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic next spring. Martinez is running and taking swings as part of his rehab from knee surgery, and he's expected to be ready for spring training. Also, C Alex Avila, who battled nagging injuries the last two years, was asked not to play for Spain.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays could be ready to make a push to trade for New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey. Toronto could dangle C J.P. Arencibia as part of a package for the Cy Young winner.


Outfielder

OF | Jason Bay | free agent | Free Agents
The Seattle Mariners are closing in on free-agent OF Jason Bay (Mets).

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are considering re-signing OF Josh Hamilton, then trading SS Elvis Andrus for Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton. They'd go with SS Jurickson Profar at shortstop.

OF | Eric Hinske | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Free Agents
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed free-agent OF Eric Hinske (Braves) to a one-year deal.

OF | Michael Bourn | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners could pursue free-agent OF Michael Bourn (Braves).

OF | Raul Ibanez | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Raul Ibanez (Yankees) has multiple teams pursuing him, but he would prefer to re-sign with the New York Yankees.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | free agent | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds are the favorites to re-sign OF Ryan Ludwick. The New York Mets are open to a two-year deal with him, though.

OF | Scott Hairston | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have inquired about free-agent OF Scott Hairston (Mets).

OF | Shane Victorino | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have emerged as a prime suitor for free-agent OF Shane Victorino (Dodgers). Manager Terry Francona reached out to him earlier in the offseason.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies made a four-year offer to OF Angel Pagan before he re-signed with the San Francisco Giants.

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are interested in Washington Nationals OF/1B Mike Morse.

OF | Jason Kubel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have had as much trade talk for OF Jason Kubel as they have for OF Justin Upton.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees are listening to offers on OF Curtis Granderson.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds are interested in Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler.

OF | Grady Sizemore | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Grady Sizemore (knee) underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee in September, according to his agent, Joe Urbon. Sizemore may not be ready for a game next year until midseason at the earliest. Urbon said Sizemore's surgery was "a lot less invasive" than Sizemore's last microfracture surgery on his other knee in 2010.

OF | Jackie Bradley | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox and seven other teams are looking into trade talks for New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey. The Mets would want Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley and SS Xander Bogaerts in exchange for Dickey, but Boston is unlikely to accept that package, according to a baseball source. New York met with eight teams interested in Dickey at the winter meetings Monday, Dec. 3. General manager Sandy Alderson said the incoming players for Dickey wouldn't have to be an outfielder or catcher.

OF | Nick Swisher | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox's talks with free-agent OF Nick Swisher (Yankees) are "moving slow," according to an industry source. However, things may pick up after C/1B Mike Napoli signed. Boston would lose a second-round pick to the New York Yankees if they sign Swisher.


Starting Pitcher

SP | John Lannan | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Mets have expressed interest in free-agent SP John Lannan (Nationals).

SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Boston Red Sox are pursuing free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals).

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals haven't had discussions regarding an extension for SP Adam Wainwright, according to one official. General manager John Mozeliak doesn't expect to speak with Wainwright's representatives at the winter meetings this week, either. The team is interested in extended Wainwright, but they will be "focused on additions to the roster" first. St. Louis is mainly looking for a left-handed reliever. Free-agent RPs Sean Burnett (Nationals), Mike Gonzalez (Nationals) and Manny Parra (Brewers) are possibilities.

SP | Dan Haren | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox didn't like what they saw from Washington Nationals SP Dan Haren's medicals on his hip.

SP | Zack Greinke | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals are unlikely to pursue free-agent SP Zack Greinke (Angels) after reaching an agreement with SP Dan Haren. The Nats' starting rotation now consists of SPs Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Ross Detwiler and Haren.

SP | Roberto Hernandez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
At least five teams are interested in signing free-agent SP Roberto Hernandez (Indians), with the Cleveland Indians likely one of them. Hernandez is seeking a one-year contract. He currently has two offers on the table and is mulling his options, but he doesn't want to pitch in relief. Hernandez no longer has visa issues and expects to report to spring training on time.

SP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker wants to keep SP Aroldis Chapman as his closer.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays have told at least one team that SP David Price is not available for trade.

SP | Scott Kazmir | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent SP Scott Kazmir (Angels) is reportedly throwing 90-94 mph in Puerto Rico, and multiple teams are interested in him.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and a mystery team are in the mix for free-agent SP Anibal Sanchez (Tigers).

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals have talked to the New York Mets about SP R.A. Dickey. The Nats are unlikely because the Mets want to trade him outside of the division.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins are telling teams interested in SP Ricky Nolasco that they aren't trading him.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The Houston Astros are listening to calls they have received about SP Bud Norris.

SP | Edwin Jackson | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are interested in free-agent SP Edwin Jackson (Nationals).

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost believes SP Luke Hochevar is due to have a breakout season in 2013, despite his struggles in the past. "I like his pitches. I like the quality of his pitches. I like his stuff. I like the way he competes on the mound. I like his makeup. He's not scared. He goes right after hitters. He does his homework. The intangibles are there to have success. He just hasn't had it," Yost said.

SP | Liam Hendriks | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Liam Hendriks (elbow) had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow about one month ago, general manager Terry Ryan said Monday, Dec. 3. Hendriks will not play for his native Australia in the World Baseball Classic tournament next spring, as he continues his recovery from the operation.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have talked to the New York Mets about a trade for National League Cy Young Award SP R.A. Dickey, according to a baseball source. Dickey not only would be a fallback if the Dodgers can't sign No. 1 target SP Zack Greinke, but if added with Greinke would give the rotation triple Cy Young-winning aces along with SP Clayton Kershaw. The stumbling block would appear to be prospects, as the Mets are looking for a premier young outfielder and catcher.

SP | Hyun-Jin Ryu | Korean League | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are making efforts to reestablish their international presence but are becoming uncertain about their chances of signing their top targets from Asia. Talks with South Korean P Hyun-Jin Ryu are moving very slowly, according to general manager Ned Colletti. The Dodgers also think high school P Shohei Otani could remain in his native Japan instead of signing with a U.S. ballclub.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP's Jorge De La Rosa and Juan Nicasio will not pitch winter ball, according to team executives. The club wants them to work out in controlled environments before spring training due to injury histories.

SP | Zach Duke | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Zach Duke will be stretched out as a starter in spring training as insurance for the No. 5 starter, according to general manager Mike Rizzo. If he's not needed as a starter, Duke will be moved back to relief.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy,
The New York Mets talked with several teams at the winter meetings Monday, Dec. 3, about SP Jonathon Niese.

SP | Brad Bergesen | Japanese League | Transaction,
The Chunichi Dragons of the Central Japanese League have bought SP Brad Bergesen from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SP | Ryan Dempster | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox's interest in free-agent SP Ryan Dempster (Rangers) is characterized as "medium," according to a source. The Red Sox may not be willing to give Dempster a three-year contract.

SP | Brett Myers | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles haven't had any talks with free-agent RP Brett Myers (White Sox) since they arrived at the winter meetings. If Baltimore has any interest, it would be considered minimal and preliminary, according to a source. Myers is interested in returning to starting, and the Orioles don't have that as a high priority this winter.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Kelvim Escobar | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent P Kelvim Escobar (Angels) is pitching in winter ball and drawing interest at the Winter Meetings. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009.

RP | Rafael Soriano | free agent | Free Agents
A Detroit Tigers official said free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Yankees) won't be signing with them.

RP | Oscar Villarreal | Boston Red Sox | Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox signed free-agent RP Oscar Villarreal (Orioles) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Monday, Dec. 3.

RP | Sergio Romo | San Francisco Giants | Free Agents, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans had some strong words to say, indicating that free-agent RP Brian Wilson (Giants) would remain in San Fran. "I think Brian's a Giant for life, and he'll hopefully be a guy who'll consider coming back here as he evaluates his options," Evans said, adding that the organization respected Wilson's right to look elsewhere. Manager Bruce Bochy plans to call Wilson soon in order to persuade him to re-sign. Regardless of if Wilson returns, though, Bochy said that RP Sergio Romo will serve as the team's closer, barring drastic roster moves.

RP | Brian Wilson | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans had some strong words to say, indicating that free-agent RP Brian Wilson (Giants) would remain in San Fran. "I think Brian's a Giant for life, and he'll hopefully be a guy who'll consider coming back here as he evaluates his options," Evans said, adding that the organization respected Wilson's right to look elsewhere. Manager Bruce Bochy plans to call Wilson soon in order to persuade him to re-sign. Regardless of if Wilson returns, though, Bochy said that RP Sergio Romo will serve as the team's closer, barring drastic roster moves.

RP | Mike Adams | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are one of the teams looking at free-agent RP Sean Burnett (Nationals) as they look to strengthen the depth of their bullpen. Burnett would give the Angels another lefty to pair with RP Scott Downs. Another option is free-agent RP Mike Adams (Rangers). The Angels checked in on RP Joakim Soria before he agreed with the Texas Rangers. Signing another reliever would almost surely take the Angels out of the sweepstakes to re-sign SP Zack Greinke.

RP | Vinnie Pestano | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The New York Mets have pursued Cleveland Indians RP Vinnie Pestano at the Winter Meetings. They also pursued Tampa Bay Rays RP Joel Peralta, but they deemed the asking price too high.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets consider RP Bobby Parnell virtually untouchable, according to a major league source.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs informed RP Carlos Marmol that they are shopping him, but they won't give him away.

RP | Bill Bray | Washington Nationals | Transaction,
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent RP Bill Bray (Reds) to a minor league deal Monday, Dec. 3.

RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies are looking for a late-inning reliever who could close out games, according to a major league source. The Rockies went after RP Jordan Walden before he was traded to the Atlanta Braves last week. The Rockies are also looking at Houston Astros RP Wilton Lopez, who was nearly traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. They want to find a reliever who can compete for the closer role with RP Rafael Betancourt. The Rockies are interested in free-agent RP Joakim Soria (Royals), but he won't be joining Colorado, according to a source close to Soria. Free-agent RP Jason Grilli (Pirates) is another option.

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