Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on January 14, 2013 @ 10:52:43 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira is set to play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, playing for Team USA and its manager Joe Torre.

1B | Carlos Lee | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins are not interested in re-signing free-agent 1B Carlos Lee (Marlins).

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) expects to play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic but needs to sort through insurance issues related to his contract and the left knee injury he suffered last season.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Dan Lozano, the agent for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (knee), said his client is expected to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic as long as his surgically repaired knee feels fine. Pujols could still opt out of participating if he doesn't feel completely comfortable during spring training.

1B | Lyle Overbay | free agent | Free Agents
The Boston Red Sox have expressed interest in free-agent 1B Lyle Overbay (Braves) this offseason but are not actively pursuing him at this point.

1B | Mike Jacobs | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners highly touted young prospects SS Nick Franklin, P James Paxton, SP Taijuan Walker and C Mike Zunino are among 18 non-roster players invited to Major League Spring Training by the team Friday, Jan. 11. P Jonathan Arias, P Logan Bawcom, P Jeremy Bonderman, SP Andrew Carraway, P Danny Farquhar, C John Hicks, 1B Mike Jacobs, SS Brad Miller, SP D.J. Mitchell, P Brian Moran, INF Stefen Romero and RP Carson Smith are the other players invited to camp.


Second Baseman

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips has expressed his intention to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler said he does not expect to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic because he hasn't been asked to participate.


Shortstop

SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins will represent Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

SS | Cale Iorg | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers P Shawn Hill and SS Cale Iorg have made Team Canada's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said SS Derek Jeter (ankle) is working out at the team's minor league complex in Tampa, Fla. "He's doing fine," Cashman said. "All the boots are off. He's allowed to walk around now in shoes and stuff, but he's not doing any running. He's at the complex and they have an underwater treadmill, so he's doing some walking underwater." He is expected to be cleared for baseball activities, such as hitting and fielding, before the end of the month, and is scheduled to resume running shortly thereafter.


Third Baseman

3B | Nolan Arenado | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado is on the preliminary roster for Puerto Rico for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. However, he is a long shot to play in the tournament since he'll be competing for a starting job at third base in spring training. INFs Jordan Pacheco, Chris Nelson and Ryan Wheeler will be competing with Arenado at the hot corner.

3B | Scott Rolen | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said Sunday, Jan. 13, that he still hasn't heard from 3B Scott Rolen since before Christmas. Rolen has yet to inform the team whether he wants to play or retire. "It's getting late," Baker said. "Life goes on and business goes on. Since we signed (3B Jack Hannahan), it's getting crowded. Plus, (3B Todd Frazier) deserves a chance to play."

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright has committed to playing for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, and he is excited about the opportunity. "After I got the chance to play a few years ago, I knew I wanted to participate again," Wright said. "The biggest reason is obviously the opportunity to represent your country and wear the uniform with USA across the chest. It's an incredible feeling."

3B | Taylor Green | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Taylor Green and RP Jim Henderson have made Team Canada's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.

3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie has made Team Canada's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.

3B | Carlos Sanchez | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Five of the top 10 Chicago White Sox prospects are among 20 non-roster invitees the team will bring to spring camp. OF's Trayce Thompson and Keenyn Walker are joined by INF Carlos Sanchez and P's Scott Snodgress and Erik Johnson. The White Sox had also agreed to minor league contracts with P's Jeff Gray, David Purcey and Ramon Troncoso; C Brian Anderson; INF's Josh Bell and Steven Tolleson; and OF Stefan Gartrell.

3B | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in Texas Rangers 3B Mike Olt and would likely ask for him in any trade proposal between the two clubs involving OF Justin Upton.

3B | Geoff Blum | Retired Players | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent 3B Geoff Blum (Diamondbacks) has retired to take a television broadcasting job with the Houston Astros. Blum spent six seasons of his 14-year playing career with Houston.

3B | Scott Sizemore | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 2B Scott Sizemore (knee) missed the entire 2012 season due to a left knee injury, but he is fully healthy after surgery and a lengthy rehab. The team is expected to use him at both second base and third base this season. "(General manager) Billy (Beane) kind of put the thought in the back of my mind at the end of the year just to kind of be ready to play both, but to go about the offseason just as I would have any other time," Sizemore said.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre said Friday, Jan. 11, that he is going to play for his native Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. He played for the DR in 2006, but did not participate in 2009. "The fans over there in our country, they take a lot of pride in what we do here," Beltre said. "Obviously, it's the biggest sport in our land."

3B | Kaleb Cowart | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have not released an official list of prospects invited to major league spring training, but their top prospect 3B Kaleb Cowart will be in camp.


Catcher

C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox still have ongoing discussions with C/1B Mike Napoli.

C | Lucas May | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed free-agent C Lucas May (Mets) to a minor-league deal.

C | Joe Witkowski | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent C Joe Witkowski (Astros) to a minor-league contract.

C | Craig Tatum | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins signed free-agent C Craig Tatum (Orioles) to a minor-league contract.

C | Jason Jaramillo | Houston Astros | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Houston Astros signed free-agent C Jason Jaramillo (Athletics) to a minor-league contract.

C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Francisco Cervelli is batting .305 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in the Venezuelan Winter League. Although he appears to be the favorite to be the Yankees' primary catcher in 2013, he has not yet decided if he will play in the World Baseball Classic. Cervelli, who is of Venezuelan and Italian descent, represented Italy in the 2009 Classic.

C | Chris Robinson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles minor league C Chris Robinson and OF Tim Smith have made Team Canada's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.

C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Jose Mijares, agent for Detroit Tigers C Victor Martinez (knee), said Martinez will be 100 percent for spring training.

C | Evan Gattis | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis might get a look in left field during spring training if the team fails to land Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton via trade. Gattis swatted 16 homers, tying for the league lead, in the Venezuelan Winter League. He also batted .303 with a league-high .595 slugging percentage in 195 at-bats.

C | Geovany Soto | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington indicated Friday, Jan. 11, that his plan is to have C Geovany Soto catch most of the starts for SP Yu Darvish this season. "I just think they have a good communication and a good relationship. I think Soto was in Darvish's head to the point that whatever Darvish felt like he wanted to do, Soto was doing it," Washington said of their rapport down the stretch last season.

C | Jesus Sucre | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners signed C Jesus Sucre (Braves) to a minor-league contract and invited him to spring training. He'll be in camp for a second straight season.

C | Henry Blanco | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Free Agents
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed free-agent C Henry Blanco (Diamondbacks) to a one-year deal worth $750,000. Blanco's salary is not guaranteed. In a corresponding move, the team designated RP Tommy Hottovy for assignment.


Outfielder

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies are talking about a potential deal for Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce has offered to play center field, but the team is expected to go with OF Shin-Soo Choo.

OF | Milton Bradley | free agent | Fantasy
Former Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners OF Milton Bradley has been charged with abusing his estranged wife and faces up to 13 years in jail if convicted, Los Angeles city prosecutors announced. Bradley was charged with 13 misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and dissuading a witness from making a report. In addition to jail time, Bradley could face up to $13,000 in fines and restitution if convicted. He remained free pending a scheduled Jan. 24 arraignment.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said Sunday, Jan. 13, likes OF Shin-Soo Choo as the leadoff man. "Choo can hit," Baker said. "He's quicker than you think. He's not as quick as (former OF) Drew Stubbs. But Choo's stolen base percentage is very good. There are very few guys who can really, really run and really, really hit. Everybody's looking for Rickey Henderson. But Choo can get on base."

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said Sunday, Jan. 13, that he will not lower his asking price for potential deals involving OF Justin Upton in the wake of a deal with the Seattle Mariners nixed by the player. "I'm not taking less," Towers said. "I'm in no hurry."

OF | Adam Loewen | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays signed free-agent OF Adam Loewen (Mets) to a minor-league deal Saturday, Jan. 12.

OF | Michael Hernandez | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers signed free-agents P Michael Dubee (Pirates) and OF Michael Hernandez (Rangers) to minor-league deals.

OF | Austin Kearns | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Miami Marlins and free-agent OF Austin Kearns (Marlins) have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

OF | Chris Dickerson | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have released OF Chris Dickerson.

OF | Peter Orr | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies RP Phillippe Aumont, INF Peter Orr and OF Tyson Gillies have been named to Team Canada's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders has made Team Canada's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.

OF | Thomas Neal | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have released OF Thomas Neal.

OF | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Miami Marlins 1B Logan Morrison (knee) has yet to hit, run or throw and his availability for Opening Day is in question. He is not expected to begin running until mid-February. "It'll take a week into spring training, then it will be a progression to lead up to bases at some point," he said. "I don't know when that will be."

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners expressed interest in trading for Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer but the Rockies have no intention of moving him.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold's one-year deal to avoid arbitration is worth $1 million. He can earn an additional $50,000 if he makes the All-Star team and $50,000 if he wins a Silver Slugger award. Reimold made $490,500 last season.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has floated the idea to OF Carl Crawford about batting leadoff, but the skipper also said 2B Mark Ellis, 3B Nick Punto and 2B Skip Schumaker will be looked at as potential leadoff men. "The leadoff's the one spot I wrestle with a little bit, not having that true leadoff guy," Mattingly said.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (shoulder) has started baseball activities, recently resuming hitting and throwing after shoulder surgery in October. He is on track for the start of spring training.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander is a possibility to be added to Team USA's roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong has committed to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

SP | Jeff Francis | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies Ps Adam Ottavino (Italy) and Jeff Francis (Canada) have declined to play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals would like to see SP Stephen Strasburg top 200 innings this season after they shut him down at just under 160 innings in 2012. "To say there's no restrictions really means, 'Hey, we'd like him to pitch 200 innings,'" vice president of player development Bob Boone said. "But, you're not gonna say no restrictions like you might have on Steve Carlton, who would throw 320 innings. You're not gonna do that. There's always restrictions, but the meaning is, 'We're not gonna shut him down after 160 innings.'"

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners have approached the Detroit Tigers about SP Rick Porcello.

SP | Brandon Webb | free agent | Free Agents
The Colorado Rockies are interested in free-agent SP Brandon Webb (Rangers). He's moving closer to setting a date to audition for teams.

SP | Shaun Marcum | free agent | Free Agents
The Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in free-agent SP Shaun Marcum (Brewers).

SP | Bruce Chen | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen will pitch for Team China in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

SP | Aaron Cook | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies have interest in several free agent SPs including Aaron Cook (Red Sox), Jeff Karstens (Pirates), Derek Lowe (Yankees) and Chris Volstad (Cubs). The team would prefer not to offer a guaranteed contract, however.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte has committed to playing for former manager Joe Torre and Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

SP | R.A. Dickey | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey has committed to play for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

SP | Rich Harden | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Rich Harden did not make Team Canada's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.

SP | Ryan Dempster | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Ryan Dempster did not make Team Canada's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.

SP | Javier Vazquez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies are among the latest teams to take a look at free-agent SP Javier Vazquez (Marlins). A scout for the Phillies has attended Vazquez's workouts in Puerto Rico.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (elbow) has pronounced himself healthy following his arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow in October. "My elbow is feeling good," Sabathia said during a recent ESPN interview. "I just started throwing on Monday (Jan. 7). That's the time I would normally start my throwing program, and I'll be ready to lengthen it out and be ready to go for spring training."

SP | Armando Galarraga | free agent | Free Agents
The Minnesota Twins may be interested in signing free-agent SP Armando Galarraga (Astros) to a minor league contract.

SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are not expected to pursue free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) because they are close to their payroll ceiling and likely do not have room in their starting rotation.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Confirming a previous report, Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale will not pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic because of workload concerns, although he is healthy.

SP | Rodrigo Lopez | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed free-agent P Rodrigo Lopez (Cubs) to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training camp. He will receive a $1 million base salary plus incentives if he makes the team's Opening Day roster.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to have a rotation consisting of SPs Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Chad Billingsley (elbow), Hyun-Jin Ryu and Josh Beckett. As such, Ps Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly (shoulder) might be turned into long relievers if they aren't traded. With Billingsley coming off an elbow injury and Lilly back from shoulder surgery, manager Don Mattingly said he likes the team's depth. General manager Ned Colletti added that none of the pitchers have asked to be dealt.

SP | Ross Ohlendorf | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Nationals have signed free-agent SP Ross Ohlendorf (Padres) and P Sean West (Marlins) to minor league contracts. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

SP | Kip Wells | free agent | Free Agents,
The New York Mets have expressed interest in free-agent P Kip Wells (Padres). Wells is receiving interest from two other teams.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Luke Gregerson | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres RP Luke Gregerson will pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

RP | Brian Wilson | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, while New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson watched free-agent RP Brian Wilson (Giants) (elbow) in a private workout over the weekend, he said he is "not sure" if the team will extend an offer to the closer.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RPs Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez will both pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

RP | Matt Capps | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins are among several teams that have expressed interest in free-agent RP Matt Capps (Twins).

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford has made Team Canada's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.

RP | Jesse Crain | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox RP Jesse Crain has made Team Canada's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Free Agents, Fantasy
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has said RP Frank Francisco will start the 2013 season as the team's closer, but there are other options he might be exploring. "We want to go to spring training with the best possible roster," Alderson said. "If that includes signing a major league free agent, so be it. So far, we've been unwilling to overpay for what's available."

RP | Joakim Soria | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria (elbow) has targeted late May or early June for a return to the big leagues following the second Tommy John surgery of his career. Soria, appearing at a fan event in Dallas on Thursday, Jan. 10, said he's throwing out to 120 feet and feels good. He does not know when he might get on a mound. Soria had surgery last April and the usual recovery time is 12 to 18 months.

RP | Manuel Corpas | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies RP Manuel Corpas' contract will pay him $800,000 this season if he's in the major leagues and $14,000 a month if he's in the minors. He can also make an additional $200,000 in incentives ($75,000 for appearances, capped at 50 games and $125,000 for innings pitched, capped at 60). Corpas can opt out of his contract and become a free agent in July if he is not on the major league roster.

RP | Mark Hendrickson | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Mark Hendrickson (Orioles) will try out for the Baltimore Orioles next week. The 38-year-old left-hander, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011, took the advice of current manager Buck Showalter and dropped his arm slot. He is now using a sidearm delivery.

RP | Glen Perkins | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Glen Perkins has committed to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan was approached by Team USA manager Joe Torre about the possibility of pitching the in the World Baseball Classic. "I asked if I could give them an answer in a couple of weeks and they said, 'No problem,'" Nathan said. "We left it at that." He played for the US team in 2006, but did not partake in 2009. He said he is focused on making sure he is fresh down the stretch for the Rangers in 2013.

RP | Miguel Gonzalez | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Miguel Gonzalez has been invited to pitch for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. He said Friday, Jan. 11, that he is awaiting the team's approval.

RP | Jhonny Nunez | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners signed free-agent P Jhonny Nunez (Rays) to a minor-league deal and invited him to spring training.

RP | Fernando Cabrera | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim agreed to terms with P Fernando Cabrera (Mets) on a minor-league deal Friday, Jan. 11.

RP | Mason Tobin | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Francisco Giants have signed free-agent P Mason Tobin (Rangers) to a minor league deal. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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