1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said the club is still optimistic that they can re-sign 1B Adam LaRoche. "I thought there were some positive signs from (General Manager Mike Rizzo) that he thought we could get something done before Christmas," Johnson said. "Adam knows we want him back." The Nats are holding firm on their two-year deal to LaRoche, and LaRoche turned down the proposal of adding an option for a third year. A team that loses out on free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers) may up their offer to LaRoche, which may be why he's still holding out.
1B | Brandon Snyder | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers re-signed 1B Brandon Snyder to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Wednesday, Dec. 12.
2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler said he is open to the idea of moving to first base in order to accommodate SS Jurickson Profar in the infield next year. "My feeling is whatever I need to help this team win," said Kinsler. 1B Mitch Moreland would receive more at-bats at designated hitter or off the bench in that case. A move to the outfield for Kinsler has not been talked about.
SS | Jean Segura | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Jean Segura is still playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic after his 2012 season started in February of this year, but the Brewers are not worried about overworking their prospect. Segura's team in the Dominican will play through Friday, Dec. 21. He hit .328 with 22 runs scored, 20 RBIs and nine stolen bases in his first 31 games in winterball. Segura will enter the 2013 season as Milwaukee's starting shortstop.
SS | Cliff Pennington | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said SS Didi Gregorius will compete with SSs Willie Bloomquist and Cliff Pennington for the job at shortstop in spring training. "If he had to go back to Triple-A, I don't think it's such a bad thing. I think Triple-A at-bats would be good for him. Fortunately, we're in a situation where we've got depth at that area. Long term, having a guy like him and (Triple-A shortstop) Chris Owings, we've got two, I think industry-wide, two of the best young middle infielders in the game," Towers said about Gregorius. One talent evaluator said Gregorius could play in the big leagues right away.
SS | Mike Aviles | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Mike Aviles is likely to fill the team's utility spot, taking the place of INF Jason Donald after he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds.
3B | Jack Hannahan | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Reds 3B Jack Hannahan signed a two-year deal with a club option for 2015. More details will follow when available.
3B | Scott Rolen | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Scott Rolen has suggested that he may want to return for another season, according to sources, and the Reds would be happy to give him another chance.
C | Eli Whiteside | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers claimed C Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, Dec. 12.
C | Rene Rivera | San Diego Padres | Transaction,
The San Diego Padres signed free-agent SP Sean O'Sullivan (Blue Jays), INF Gregorio Petit (Indians) and C Rene Rivera (Twins) to minor league deals with invitations to spring training Wednesday, Dec. 12.
OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Andres Torres could serve in a platoon in left field with OF Gregor Blanco, with Torres facing left-handed pitchers. Torres hit .286 against southpaws this past year.
OF | Ichiro Suzuki | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies offered New York Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki a two-year, $14 million deal, which he declined.
OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves are involved in trade talks for Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler and Toronto Blue Jays OF Emilio Bonifacio.
OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs are willing to pay about $26 million of the $36 million owed to OF Alfonso Soriano the next two years to deal him. That is contingent on the Cubs receiving the right prospect back.
OF | Nick Swisher | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
According to team sources, the Cleveland Indians are continuing their aggressive pursuit of free-agent OF Nick Swisher (Yankees). He would replace OF Shin-Soo Choo, who was traded to the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday, Dec. 11, in right field.
OF | Jeff Francoeur | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore is sticking with OF Jeff Francoeur as the team's starting right fielder next season, barring the addition of more players. Francoeur his only .235 with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs last season.
OF | Brandon Boggs | Minnesota Twins | Transaction,
The Minnesota Twins signed free-agent OF Brandon Boggs (Pirates), 2B Ray Olmedo (White Sox), RP Bryan Augenstein (Rays), 1B Reynaldo Rodriguez (Red Sox), SP Virgil Vasquez (Angels) and SP Mike O'Connor (Yankees) to minor league deals Wednesday, Dec. 12. Boggs, Olmedo and Augenstein received invites to spring training.
OF | Josh Hamilton | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers remain optimistic that they have a good chance to re-sign OF Josh Hamilton. "My feelings about Josh haven't changed from Day 1," general manager Jon Daniels said. "I think we have been consistent. We want Josh back and always have. It has nothing to do with who is still on the market and who is off the market. We've maintained communication and the relationship is good. We'd still like to work something out but I can't handicap it."
OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to hold onto OF Justin Upton after completing a trade Tuesday, Dec. 11, that netted them SS Didi Gregorius, RP Tony Sipp and 1B Lars Anderson. "I would say with all the areas we've addressed, I would say it's highly unlikely that we move Justin," general manager Kevin Towers said.
SP | Ryan Dempster | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, the Boston Red Sox are working on the framework of a two-year deal with free-agent SP Ryan Dempster (Rangers).
SP | Shaun Marcum | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said he hasn't had any talks with free-agent SP Shaun Marcum (Brewers). Marcum said he has left the door open to returning.
SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy
According to sources, four teams are seriously interested in New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey.
SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation will be open heading into spring training. "We'll open it up," Yost said. "Our goal is to put five guys out there that give us a chance to win every day. We've got four of them right now with Wade, James, (Ervin) Santana, who we think is going to be tremendous, and Jeremy Guthrie."
SP | Brandon McCarthy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Brandon McCarthy (head) said he's had no setbacks from brain surgery after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar. "I was sort of hesitant as to what I could do or what I was capable of, and then once they pushed me through it, I realized actually I think I'm fine," McCarthy said. "Ever since that day, I haven't been restricted by anything. I've felt no symptoms. Really it's become as much of a non-factor as something that major can be. I've resumed full workouts with no limitations. Haven't had even the slightest hint of a setback." McCarthy is under no physical limitations as spring training approaches.
SP | Joe Blanton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joe Blanton will make $6.5 million next year and $7.5 million in 2014. His club option is worth $8 million with a $1 million buyout for the 2015 season. he can make an extra $500,000 per year; $100,000 for 180 innings. $200,000 for 190 innings and $200,000 for 200 innings.
SP | Trevor Bauer | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said SP Trevor Bauer will factor into the team's plans for next season, but it's unclear if he'll make the team out of spring training. "We feel we're getting a young pitcher with a ton of potential," Antonetti said, "a guy who we feel has a chance to pitch at the top of the rotation once he develops and a guy who we had longstanding interest in."
SP | Roberto Hernandez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays are close to inking free-agent SP Roberto Hernandez (Indians), formerly known as Fausto Carmona. Hernandez would provide depth for the rotation.
SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers are very comfortable with using SPs Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly in their rotation next year if they fail to re-sign SP Anibal Sanchez. The Tigers want to bring Sanchez back, but not at $90 million. They'd like to re-sign him for between $45 and $60 million, but that's unlikely to happen. It's unclear if Detroit is pursuing free-agent pitchers other than Sanchez.
RP | Mike Adams | free agent | Free Agents
The Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers are interested in free-agent RP Mike Adams (Rangers). He could sign in the next few days.
RP | Chang-yong Lim | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction
The Chicago Cubs signed 36-year-old Korean RP Chang-yong Lim (elbow) to a two-year, split contract that could be worth up to $5 million. He underwent his second Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last July and isn't expected to be ready until July of 2013.
RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) wants to have the chance to close out game right when the season starts, even though he may not be in full swing following his rehab from Tommy John surgery. "If there's a situation where it's back-to-back and it's not allowed, then that's fine. But if I'm available, I want to pitch in the ninth inning because that's where I think I've tuned my mentality. I've tuned just everything about the way I pitch to that inning. It is a lot different inning than the eighth," Madson said. He's currently making around 120 throws from 120 feet, which is on schedule in his recovery. He doesn't have a date set to resume throwing off a mound, but he hopes it'll be in early January, which will make him ready for spring training and opening day.
RP | George Sherrill | Kansas City Royals | Injury,
Kansas City Royals RP George Sherrill (elbow) has no timetable for when he will return following Tommy John surgery in May of this year. He made just two appearances for the Seattle Mariners this past season.
RP | Sean Burnett | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Sean Burnett will make a minimum of $8 million over two years, and his salary can increase to $13.25 million over three years. He'll have a base salary of $3.75 next year and in 2014, with $250,000 coming next year as a signing bonus. Burnett can earn an extra $625,000 in each of those years based on games pitched. His 2015 option will be worth $4.5 million and will vest automatically if he appears in 110 combined games in the next two years. The buyout on the option is worth $500,000.
RP | Bruce Rondon | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Bruce Rondon, who will enter spring training as the favorite for the closer job, is pitching in winter ball, and he's been effective in 12 of his 13 outings entering last weekend. He was dominant in more than half of them, and he faltered in only one, giving up five runs and five hits Nov. 24. Rondon rebounded his next time out with a perfect inning and a save. He has only five walks and 14 strikeouts this winter over 12 2/3 innings, and just three of those walks have come over his last 10 outings. There will be no innings limit on him in winterball, but they don't want to overwork him. "I'll get a pulse for him in spring training, what I feel about him, his makeup," manager Jim Leyland said. "The one thing that (former closer Jose) Valverde was very good at is he could turn the page pretty quickly, and a closer has to be able to do that. When you get a young guy, I don't know for sure how a guy's going to respond. You don't know if you give somebody an opportunity, and those things happen."
RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera (knee) said promises that he'll be ready to go by opening day next year. "Oh yeah, I don't see why not," Rivera said. "We have at least three months, four months to that point. I'll be ready." Rivera expects to be 100 percent healthy soon, but he has yet to resume throwing. "My arm is good. Everything else feels good," he said, "so I will start throwing the baseball pretty soon."
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