Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 7, 2013 @ 05:31:35 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman could play for Team USA or Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He was born in the United States but both of his parents are originally from Canada.


Shortstop

SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Jurickson Profar might end up at Triple-A Round Rock to start the season if he doesn't stick in the undesirable role of utility infielder. The depth chart for the team changed following the addition of 1B Lance Berkman. Berkman will serve as the team's designated hitter, keeping 1B Mitch Moreland at first base and 2B Ian Kinsler at second base rather than a position change.

SS | Mike Aviles | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti mentioned a mix of veterans and youngsters who could potentially factor into the team's plans at designated hitter. Antonetti said Rule 5 pick 1B Chris McGuiness could get a look as well as C Yan Gomes and INF Mike Aviles. OFs Ezequiel Carrera and Tim Fedroff are also seen as potential options. "We have a number of internal alternatives that we'll look to," Antonetti said.


Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals plan to operate in 2013 with a $115 million payroll, fueled primarily by increases to P's Jason Motte, Mitchell Boggs, Edward Mujica and Marc Rzepczynski and to 3B David Freese. All are arbitration-eligible.

3B | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Mike Olt was considered the leading candidate to serve as the team's designated hitter, but that has changed since the team added veteran 1B Lance Berkman. Olt is likely to start the season with Triple-A Round Rock.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, a tentative date has been set for New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez's (hip) hip surgery but general manager Brian Cashman wouldn't reveal the date. Rodriguez has not suffered any setbacks as he prepares for the procedure.


Catcher

C | Jose Molina | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C Jose Molina is expected to be the primary catcher in 2013, playing approximately two-thirds of the team's games. Cs Robinson Chirinos, Chris Gimenez and Jose Lobaton will battle for the backup catcher spot in spring training, barring another offseason move.


Outfielder

OF | Leonys Martin | Texas Rangers | Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Leonys Martin is in line to platoon in center field with OF Craig Gentry, but that arrangement could be in jeopardy if the team considers pursuing free-agent OF Michael Bourn (Braves).

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres reportedly discussed a potential trade that would have sent OFs Justin Upton and Jason Kubel to San Diego, in exchange for 3B Chase Headley. However, the Padres are no longer looking to trade Headley and Kubel would not have had a spot in the Padres' starting lineup because of the presence of OF Carlos Quentin.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins have not had internal discussions about trading OF Giancarlo Stanton. The team's plans to have him start the year as their cleanup hitter have "not changed at all," according to a source with knowledge of the their intentions.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cleveland Indians | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro said the team has approached OFs Drew Stubbs and Michael Brantley about playing center field but has not made a final decision on who will play the position. The winner could be determined during spring training.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Jose Bautista (wrist) is not expected to play for the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
During an appearance with children at the Shane Victorino Boys and Girls Club in Philadelphia Friday, Jan. 4, Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino said he wanted to return to the Philadelphia Phillies this offseason. "I wanted to come back," he said. "We kept in touch and I informed them of what was going on and the opportunities I was getting. We gave them every last shot to give me an opportunity to come back. This is the place I wanted to be. But unfortunately it didn't work out."

OF | Scott Hairston | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies continue to search for a veteran corner outfielder. Philadelphia has been going after free-agent OF Scott Hairston (Mets) and are pursuing a trade for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Vernon Wells. The Angels would need to eat most of Wells' remaining salary for the trade to be a fit. If no more outfielders are acquired, the team will enter spring training with OFs Domonic Brown, John Mayberry Jr., Darin Ruf and Laynce Nix on the corner spots.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (shoulder) is pain-free after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, and doctors cleared him to resume upper body workouts. "He's fired up, because he's finally able to lift weights and do upper-body work," said agent Dave Stewart. "Until January, he was really limited by the doctors. Do we know for sure he'll be ready (for Opening Day)? In my opinion, no. But he has done all of the rehab. They wanted him to be pain-free, and he is. Now is the real strength-building process, starting to swing and throw. It's step by step."

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward has declined a chance to play for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
If Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (elbow) can stay healthy entering this spring, the Cubs may try to gauge his trade value. The team is building for the future but also signing veteran pitchers.

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers P Martin Perez has long been considered the team's top pitching prospect, but after going 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA last season as the fifth starter, the team has sought possible alternatives.

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Breaking, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren said SP Julio Teheran appears to be the favorite to win the fifth spot in the starting rotation, based on his performance in the Dominican Winter League.

SP | Brett Myers | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said SP Brett Myers' contract includes provisions if he winds up back in the bullpen. He is currently penciled in as the team's third starter, behind Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez.

SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners have expressed interest in free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) but believe he would be too expensive to sign.

SP | Chris Young | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The New York Mets continue looking at pitchers to replace SP R.A. Dickey, and there is interest in SP Chris Young.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Friday, Jan. 4, that SP Justin Masterson, SP Ubaldo Jimenez and P Brett Myers have spots in the rotation entering spring training.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) has had no setbacks in his rehab from a partially torn right elbow ligament this offseason. He hit 94 mph on a radar gun while throwing a two-inning simulated game in November. Billingsley took a month off and resumed throwing in December. "Physically, Chad's doing great, and he's excited about the year," said agent Dave Stewart. "He sounds confident. I'm not in his head, but he sounds like he's relieved that the throwing program worked out well. He's pain-free. He said he's right where he needs to be." The team is cautiously optimistic that he can avoid surgery, but the club won't know until he tests his elbow in spring training.

SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Kris Medlen will pitch in this spring's World Baseball Classic for Team USA.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals plan to operate in 2013 with a $115 million payroll, fueled primarily by increases to P's Jason Motte, Mitchell Boggs, Edward Mujica and Marc Rzepczynski and to 3B David Freese. All are arbitration-eligible.

RP | Rafael Soriano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Yankees) is unlikely to return to the New York Yankees. General manager Brian Cashman said the team is not currently looking to add bullpen help.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera (knee) said that his knee feels about "95 percent" now. He plans to begin throwing in approximately one week.

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