Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on December 24, 2012 @ 06:10:17 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are said to have some interest in Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak. Smoak is viewed as expendable after the acquisition of 1B Kendrys Morales from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Texas Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said the organization has not discussed pursuing free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) or 1B Adam LaRoche (Nationals) at this point.


Catcher

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia has been told by team management to not worry about all the trade rumors and that he is staying with the club. "Not only does that make me feel good, but it makes you want to go out and work harder, go the extra mile and go the extra distance for this organization," Arencibia said.


Outfielder

OF | Rajai Davis | Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Rajai Davis will begin the season as the fourth outfielder and late-game pinch runner, meaning OF Anthony Gose will likely start at Triple-A Buffalo in 2013.

OF | Raul Ibanez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Raul Ibanez was told by the club he could see action at left field, right field and even designated hitter during the 2013 season. "They mentioned to me that if I can play first base, they might need it," Ibanez said. "I can play first base, I've done it before so we'll see what winds up happening."

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Seattle Mariners were one of two American League teams that contacted the Los Angeles Dodgers last week about trading for OF Andre Ethier. However, the talks failed to progress, according to multiple major league sources.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox had expressed interest in trading for Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton earlier this offseason but would have had to give up SS Alexei Ramirez.

OF | Jason Kubel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox have expressed interest in trading for Arizona Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel.

OF | Cody Ross | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Arizona Diamondbacks OF Cody Ross will make $5 million in 2013, $8.5 million in 2014 and $8.5 million in 2015. The contract also includes a $9.5 million club option for the 2016 season or a $1 million buyout, as well as a $3 million signing bonus.

OF | Nick Swisher | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have agreed to terms with free-agent OF Nick Swisher (Yankees) on a four-year contract worth $56 million. The deal is contingent upon Swisher passing a physical after the holidays. Swisher's contract also includes a $14 million vesting option for the 2017 season that could make the total value $70 million.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Texas Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said the organization has not discussed pursuing free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) or 1B Adam LaRoche (Nationals) at this point.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Mark Melancon | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
By the end of the 2012 season, Boston Red Sox RP Mark Melancon was throwing several miles per hour faster than he had at the beginning of the year. In his final appearance of the year against the New York Yankees Oct. 2, Melancon's fastball averaged 94.3 mph, his cutter averaged 94 mph and his curveball averaged 82.9 mph. In his first game of the season against the Detroit Tigers April 6, his fastball averaged 92.6 mph, while his curveball averaged 82 mph.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, a baseball source confirmed that the proposed trade between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox involving RP Joel Hanrahan will not be finalized until after Christmas.

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