2B | Blake DeWitt | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Free Agents
The Atlanta Braves signed free-agent INF Blake DeWitt (Cubs) to a minor league contract.
2B | Hernan Iribarren | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies re-signed 2B Hernan Iribarren to a minor league deal Thursday, Dec. 6.
SS | Miguel Tejada | free agent | Free Agents
The Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in free-agent INF Miguel Tejada (Giants) on a minor league deal. He's looking for a guaranteed deal.
SS | Jhonny Peralta | Detroit Tigers | Free Agents, Fantasy
If the Oakland Athletics cannot sign SS Stephen Drew, indications are they might attempt a trade with the Detroit Tigers for SS Jhonny Peralta. Slusser writes that Drew may be out of the A's' price range -- he made $7,750,000 this past season and, with Scott Boras as his agent, is expected to make more than that in a multi-year deal. Peralta will make $6 million this coming season.
3B | Kevin Youkilis | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees met with Joe Bick, the agent for free-agent 3B Kevin Youkilis (White Sox), twice during the winter meetings this week. Youkilis is believed to be willing to sign for one year if the salary was high enough. The Cleveland Indians are New York's prime competition for the services of Youkilis. New York doesn't think their in-house options of SS Eduardo Nunez or INF Jayson Nix are sufficient stop-gaps at third base in 3B Alex Rodriguez's (hip) absence. Minor league 3Bs David Adams and Ronnier Mustelier are not realistic options.
3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs re-signed 3B Ian Stewart (wrist) to a one-year deal worth $2 million plus $500,000 in incentives Thursday, Dec. 6. Stewart resumed light baseball activities this week and is another option for the team at third base, along with 3B Josh Vitters.
C | Gustavo Molina | Colorado Rockies | Transaction,
The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent P Justin Berg (Cubs) and C Gustavo Molina (Yankees) to minor league deals with invites to spring training Thursday, Dec. 6.
C | Jose Yepez | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves re-signed C Jose Yepez to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Wednesday, Dec. 5.
OF | Josh Hamilton | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers) is holding out for a six or seven-year deal around $25 million per year.
OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the Cincinnati Reds are talking to the Colorado Rockies about OF Dexter Fowler. Any deal would probably start with SP Mike Leake, but the Rockies likely want OF Drew Stubbs as well.
OF | Cody Ross | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies are still searching for a power-hitting corner outfielder, and they are interested in free-agent OF Cody Ross (Red Sox). If Philadelphia prefers the trade route, they could try to land Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano, Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer or Arizona Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel.
OF | Ben Revere | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Revere will likely hit eighth in the batting order next season.
OF | Wil Myers | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals are high on OF Jorge Bonifacio, which is one reason they're willing to trade OF Wil Myers. He's at least two years away, though.
OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox are listening to offers on OFs Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza. They're seeking a big, left-handed bat or prospects in return.
OF | Nick Swisher | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians are in the best position to sign free-agent OF Nick Swisher (Yankees).
OF | Johnny Damon | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Johnny Damon (Indians) hopes to sign with a team for the 2013 season.
OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the team wants to make trades this winter. "I think we have a sense of a couple of things that are possible and hopefully we'll be able to advance the ball there," Daniels said. "I feel like we have a better sense of what's real and what's not. We want to make deals. We don't want to sit here every day and talk about the idea of making deals. It just hasn't happened yet." Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton is their biggest target, with Tampa Bay Rays SP James Shields another option. Texas is also willing to trade INF Michael Young if he agrees to waive his no-trade clause.
OF | Jordan Brown | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Free Agents
The Miami Marlins signed free-agent 1B Jordan Brown (Red Sox) and P Zach Phillips (White Sox) to minor league deals.
OF | Gregor Blanco | San Francisco Giants | Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants are unlikely to sign free-agent OF Cody Ross (Red Sox) because Ross is seeking a long-term deal, and the Giants want a one-year deal for a right-handed bat to platoon with OF Gregor Blanco in left field. OF Nick Swisher (Yankees) was ruled out long ago.
OF | Ryan Ludwick | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Ryan Ludwick would have to take less money than he's being offered elsewhere to re-sign with the Cincinnati Reds. He's still mulling his options.
OF | Reed Johnson | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves re-signed OF Reed Johnson to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014.
OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon could return to the leadoff role in 2013 because the team envisions 1B Eric Hosmer returning as a force in the middle of the order.
OF | Nate Schierholtz | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Nate Schierholtz can make an extra $500,000 in performance bonuses next year, according to a source. The Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees were interested in Schierholtz. He is expected to be the starting right fielder for the Cubs.
OF | Ryan Spilborghs | Japanese League | Transaction, Free Agents
The Seibu Lions of the Japanese League have signed free-agent OF Ryan Spilborghs (Rangers) to a one-year deal.
SP | Tyler Cloyd | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said SP Tyler Cloyd will have a shot in spring training to win a post in the starting rotation. That's if the team doesn't sign an established starter in free agency this winter, though.
SP | Carl Pavano | free agent | Free Agents
The Minnesota Twins and Miami Marlins are interested in free-agent SP Carl Pavano (Twins). Miami is only interested if he'll accept a low salary, around $3 million with incentives.
SP | James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been working to acquire Tampa Bay Rays SP James Shields in three-team and four-team trade talks.
SP | Kevin Correia | free agent | Free Agents
The Milwaukee Brewers met with the agent for free-agent SP Kevin Correia (Pirates) during the winter meetings but it is not known how much interest they have at this point.
SP | Zack Greinke | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers are considering pulling out of the sweepstakes for free-agent SP Zack Greinke (Angels) in order to pursue other pitchers.
SP | Anibal Sanchez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers are pessimistic about landing free-agent SP Zack Greinke (Angels) after leaving the winter meetings this week. The Dodgers have had negotiations with Greinke's representatives but don't appear to have made him an offer. The Dodgers are likely to be outbid for Greinke, so it's possible that Greinke prefers another team, and reports are indicating that he's leaning toward the Texas Rangers. The Dodgers could still attempt to trade for Tampa Bay Rays SP James Shields or sign free-agent SPs Anibal Sanchez (Tigers) or Kyle Lohse (Cardinals).
SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
The New York Yankees are not a realistic landing spot for New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey. The Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers are possibilities, with the Rangers possibly being the strongest candidates to land the knuckleballer. The Mets like C Travis D'Arnaud and 3B Mike Olt as major pieces in potential deals. The Orioles were not close to finding a match to land Dickey. The Kansas City Royals left the winter meetings "definitely not in on Dickey." The Yankees and Nationals were early suitors for Dickey but have faded out of the picture. However, the Mets remain far apart on signing Dickey to an extension.
SP | Randy Wells | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent SP Jake Brigham (Rays), SP Randy Wells (Cubs) and RP Evan Meek (Rangers) to minor league deals.
SP | Ryan Dempster | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are unlikely to sign free-agent SPs Anibal Sanchez (Tigers), Kyle Lohse (Cardinals), Ryan Dempster (Rangers) or Shaun Marcum (Brewers) after adding SP Joe Blanton Wednesday, Dec. 5.
RP | Drew Carpenter | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent RP Drew Carpenter (Mets) to a minor league deal Friday, Dec. 7.
RP | Kyuji Fujikawa | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Kyuji Fujikawa, who throws between 91 and 93 mph with an excellent breaking pitch, fits better in the bullpen as a setup man than a closer, according to a scout.
RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs CL Carlos Marmol feels like he is not wanted, according to team sources, because the club went out and signed CL Kyuji Fujikawa. "Just to clarify, Marmol is going to be our closer," general manager Jed Hoyer said, although speculation remains he could still be traded.
RP | Jared Burton | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins extended RP Jared Burton for two more years worth $5.5 million Thursday, Dec. 6. The deal also includes a team option for the 2015 season. He will make $2.05 million next year and $3.25 million in 2014 and the option is worth $3.6 million with a $200,000 buyout. Burton is expected to be the top setup man behind RP Glen Perkins.
RP | Zach Miner | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Free Agents
The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent P Cesar Jimenez (Mariners) and P Zach Miner (Tigers) to minor league deals.
RP | Brian Wilson | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent RP Brian Wilson (elbow) was told by Dr. James Andrews that he will be cleared for spring training and will be ready for opening day. The San Francisco Giants are keeping the door open on re-signing Wilson. The Giants are focusing more on what Wilson can provide them later in the year, not in the first few months of the season. Wilson wants to remain a closer.
RP | J.P. Howell | free agent | Free Agents,
Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the team hasn't made any offers to free-agent relievers. Free-agent RPs Mike Gonzalez (Nationals), Tom Gorzelanny (Nationals), J.P. Howell (Rays), Will Ohman (Red) and Hideki Okajima (Japanese League) are potential options for the Brew Crew.
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