1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals want a resolution in their pursuit to re-sign 1B Adam LaRoche soon, and they could press him soon. General manager Mike Rizzo would tell LaRoche the Nationals would like him to accept their two-year offer, but if not, then they would like to move on with their offseason and commit to Mike Morse at first.
2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee), who has had knee issues each of the past two offseasons, is cautiously optimistic he can return to full-time duty in 2013. "He's taking ground balls pretty much every other day," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He didn't take a whole lot of time off. One of the things I think we've all learned, including Chase, that it probably behooved him to continue to work and do things to be able to keep his joints going, keep his knees going. He's actually done very well."
SS | Bobby Crosby | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent SS Bobby Crosby (Diamondbacks) is planning a comeback and is scheduled to work out for teams in mid-January.
3B | Cody Ransom | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Diego Padres signed free-agent INF Cody Ransom (Yankees) to an undisclosed deal.
3B | Casey McGehee | Japanese League | Transaction, Free Agents
The Rakuten Golden Eagles signed free-agent 3B Casey McGehee (Yankees) to a one-year, $1.3 million deal.
3B | Placido Polanco | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins 3B Placido Polanco can earn an extra $125,000 next year if he appears in 100 games and another $125,000 if he appears in 120 games.
C | Corky Miller | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction
The Cincinnati Reds have re-signed C Corky Miller to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have received trade inquiries about C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but it appears the team begin could spring training with Saltalamacchia, C David Ross and C Ryan Lavarnway on the roster.
C | A.J. Pierzynski | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent C A.J. Pierzynski (White Sox) Thursday, Dec. 20, according to a high-ranking official. He's expected to platoon with C Geovany Soto and be used as a designated hitter.
OF | Michael Bourn | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are starting to look into free-agent OF Michael Bourn (Braves).
OF | Scott Hairston | free agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Phillies are interested in free-agent OF Scott Hairston (Mets).
OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
The New York Mets are interested in Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp, but the feeling is that the Athletics will keep him.
OF | Scott Van Slyke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have outrighted OF Scott Van Slyke to Triple-A Albuquerque upon his clearing waivers.
OF | Grady Sizemore | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Mets are showing interest in free-agent OF Grady Sizemore (Indians).
OF | Adam Greenberg | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent OF Adam Greenberg (Marlins) to a minor league deal Thursday, Dec. 20. Greenberg hasn't been with a major league team since 2008.
SP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds plan to install an innings limit on SP Aroldis Chapman in 2013, and pitching coach Bryan Price hinted that he'll be on a strict innings limit after tossing 71 2/3 frames last season. "I think regardless of where people stand on the question, I think the days of hiking a pitcher's innings number by 50 or 60 or 80 innings in today's standards would be considered irresponsible," Price said. "We're going to be very conscientious of that."
SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Diamond (elbow) had surgery to remove a bone chip from his left elbow, but he should be ready for spring training.
SP | Rich Harden | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Free Agents
The Minnesota Twins signed free-agent SP Rich Harden (Cubs) to a minor league deal.
SP | Francisco Liriano | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed with free-agent SP Francisco Liriano (Twins) on a two-year, $14 million deal, pending a physical.
SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres have contacted the Detroit Tigers about SP Rick Porcello, but the Padres aren't as active in discussions as the other two teams.
SP | Edwin Jackson | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Sources indicate the Texas Rangers were never serious bidders for SP Edwin Jackson, who signed with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, Dec. 20.
SP | Carl Pavano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
According to multiple industry sources, the New York Mets have reached out to the representative for free-agent SP Carl Pavano (Twins) to help re-stock the rotation. The Mets also have talked to SP's Francisco Liriano (White Sox), Shaun Marcum (Brewers) and Chris Young (Mets).
SP | Joe Saunders | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles would like to re-sign free-agent SP Joe Saunders and are talking to him about a contract. Saunders is also receiving interest from three unidentified teams.
RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates are targeting Boston Red Sox SS Jose Iglesias and Los Angeles Dodgers SS Dee Gordon in trade talks involving CL Joel Hanrahan.
RP | Jesse Litsch | free agent | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays SP Jesse Litsch (shoulder) is waiting for a donor cadaver to have a bone graft surgery in a last-ditch effort to save his career. His third surgery in a calendar year will graft bone and cartilage onto the back of his right arm and shoulder, helping to compensate for the cartilage lost as a result of an infection.
RP | Mason Tobin | free agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent P Mason Tobin (elbow) threw for 10 teams Thursday, Dec. 20, and reportedly touched 94 mph. Tobin is coming off his coming off his second Tommy John surgery.
RP | Mike Gonzalez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals still have interest in RP Mike Gonzalez, as do the Cincinnati Reds, sources indicate.
RP | Yoshinori Tateyama | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
The Texas Rangers re-signed RP Yoshinori Tateyama to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Thursday, Dec. 20.
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