1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins are pushing for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mark Trumbo in trade talks involving SP Ricky Nolasco. This confirms a report that the Marlins aren't very interested in OF Peter Bourjos.
3B | Mark Reynolds | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 1B Mark Reynolds will make an extra $250,000 for every 50 plate appearances from 400 to 500 next season and another $250,000 each for reaching 575 and 600 plate appearances. Reynolds will play first base and designated hitter and will slide over to third base on occasion.
3B | Nick Castellanos | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OFs Avisail Garcia and Nick Castellanos could compete to platoon with OF Andy Dirks next season if the team doesn't add another outfielder this winter.
C | A.J. Pierzynski | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers will meet with free-agent C A.J. Pierzynski (White Sox) and his agent Tuesday, Dec. 18, according to two major league sources. If he signs with Texas, he'll be regarded as both a catcher and designated hitter.
C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Victor Martinez (knee) is on schedule to be ready for spring training, and he resumed swinging a bat. "I can't say he's 100 percent but he's very close," general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "We anticipate he'll be 100 percent for spring training. He's doing very well."
OF | Vernon Wells | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have an interest in Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Vernon Wells. If the Phillies made a deal for Wells, they would likely expect the Angels to pick up the vast majority of the $42 million remaining on Wells' contract through 2014.
OF | Nick Swisher | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Nick Swisher (Yankees) is visiting potential suitors this week, but he will not meet with the Seattle Mariners.
OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez and Carlos Peguero are both having strong winter ball seasons. Gutierrez has hit .382 in his last nine games in the Venezuelan Winter League to raise his average to .313 in 18 totals games, while Peguero has hit .381 (8-for-21) in five games since returning to the Dominican Winter League after taking a month off. Peguero is hitting .367 with three doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs in 14 games overall.
OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating earlier reports, the Los Angeles Dodgers have no interest in trading OF Andre Ethier. Two American League teams contacted the Dodgers about Ethier because the free-agent outfielder market is drying up.
OF | Michael Bourn | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in free-agent OF Michael Bourn (Braves), but would have to trade OF Andre Ethier first. They would shift OF Matt Kemp to right field and slot Bourn in center.
SP | Edwin Jackson | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres are out on free-agent SP Edwin Jackson (Nationals) because they refused to offer him a four-year deal. It appears it's down to the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.
RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) had surgery Tuesday, Dec. 18, to remove a bone spur from his elbow. He is expected to resume throwing in six weeks.
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