1B | Anthony Rizzo | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo will play for Italy in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
1B | Randy Ruiz | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox signed free-agent 1B Randy Ruiz (Diamondbacks) to a minor league deal.
2B | Delwyn Young | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent 2B Delwyn Young (White Sox) to a minor league contract without an invitation to spring training.
2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have had preliminary discussion about a contract extension for 2B Aaron Hill. He'll make $5.5 million in 2013 in the last year of a two-year, $11 million deal.
2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler (ankle) is happy to remain at second base this year and feels he has plenty left to contribute after having a down season in 2012. "Second base is where I want to play and I still feel I have a lot to give this team in that position. It's nice that I'm at a position where I think I'll help us win." An offseason ankle injury before last season bothered him until July and hurt his ability to run the bases, he admitted. Kinsler said his ankle feels fine now, and he's been working on his speed and swing in the offseason.
2B | Omar Infante | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Omar Infante (wrist) is healing fine and is joining a team in the Venezuelan Winter League this week. His agent, Scott Pucino, said Infante's wrist "is healing perfectly." His injury did not require surgery.
SS | Nick Green | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins re-signed INF Nick Green to a minor league deal.
SS | Ravel Hernandez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Dominican OF Deivey Castillo, SS Ravel Hernandez and P Miguel Urena to deals Monday, Jan. 14.
SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera is expected to play for Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) may not play for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic because he might not be cleared by the committee. The committee would have to insure the remaining $140 million left on his contract. Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) is going through a similar process to play for Team Canada.
SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro plans to play for the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
SS | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers INF Jerry Hairston Jr. (hip) said he will retire this year if he's able to win another World Series ring. "If we win the World Series, I guarantee you I'm going to retire," Hairston said. "You can't get any better than that." He added that his surgically repaired left hip isn't bothering him and he won't be limited at all during spring training. Hairston could back up OF Carl Crawford in left field or be used extensively at third base if 3B Luis Cruz doesn't suffice.
SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins will represent Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez is not expected to play for the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
3B | Alex Liddi | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Alex Liddi will play for Italy in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
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.
C | George Kottaras | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics C George Kottaras signed a one-year, $1 million deal.
C | Bryan Henry | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Free-agent C Bryan Henry (Diamondbacks) was suspended 50 games Monday, Jan. 14, after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine, a dietary supplement originally developed as a nasal decongestant. Henry spent time with Single-A South Bend and Visalia, with the Arizona Diamondbacks before being released.
C | Russell Martin | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin will play for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
C | David Wendt | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
Tampa Bay Rays C David Wendt was suspended 50 games Monday, Jan. 14, after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine. Wendt was playing for Double-A Montgomery last year.
C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario will not play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic. Rosario is passing up the opportunity in order to improve his defense behind the plate in spring training. He led the league in passed balls last season.
C | Luis De La Cruz | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves signed free-agent C Luis De La Cruz (Cardinals) to a minor league deal.
C | Ramon Castro | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent C Ramon Castro (White Sox) to a minor league deal.
C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (shoulder) expects to be ready to play on opening day after having offseason surgery on his right shoulder. Anchors were placed in the posterior portion of his shoulder and a labrum tear was also fixed during surgery in October. He will visit with Dr. Xavier Duralde Tuesday, Jan. 15, to see if he can resume playing catch at the end of the week. McCann might have to wait to swing a bat for another two weeks, though. "Being three months out of surgery, I feel like I'm ahead of schedule," McCann said. "I feel better each day, and I'm very encouraged by the signs that I have received recently. Now that I've had the surgery, I can tell a huge difference with my range of motion and flexibility. This is as free as my shoulder has been for a few years." He was initially believed to miss at least the first two weeks of the season.
OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves have rekindled trade talks for Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton.
OF | Scott Hairston | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Scott Hairston (Mets) is expected to sign with a team this week.
OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz is expected to play for the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Marco Estrada (Mexico) and OF Carlos Gomez (Dominican Republic) have both expressed interest in playing in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
OF | Starling Marte | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte has been invited to play for the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but he has yet to announce his decision.
OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen has decided that he won't play for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
OF | Chris Denorfia | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Chris Denorfia is scheduled to represent Italy in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
OF | Jason Bay | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Jason Bay has elected not to play for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
OF | Colby Rasmus | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed OF Colby Rasmus to a one-year deal worth $4.675 million. He was scheduled for arbitration before the deal was made.
SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo will play for Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison declined an invite to pitch for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He threw a career-high 213 innings last season, which was up 11 innings from the previous year.
SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates will re-sign SP Jeff Karstens to a one-year deal to stabilize their rotation. The deal is worth roughly $2.5 million. SPs A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez and James McDonald will join Karstens in the rotation. SPs Jeff Locke and Kyle McPherson will compete for the No. 5 spot in the rotation.
SP | Tim Stauffer | free agent | Injury, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres fear that SP Tim Stauffer (elbow) may not be ready to return to the team until May. SPs Andrew Cashner (thumb), Cory Luebke (elbow) and Joe Wieland (elbow) also won't be starting the season on time.
SP | Edinson Volquez | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Edinson Volquez is scheduled to represent the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
SP | Nick Blackburn | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Nick Blackburn (wrist) will miss the beginning of the season because he's scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist Wednesday, Jan. 16, and he'll be in a cast for six weeks. Blackburn won't be ready in time for spring training, and he'll need to go through rehab work once his cast is off.
SP | Tommy Hunter | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles avoided arbitration with SP Tommy Hunter Monday, Jan. 14, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.82 million deal. He made $493,500 last season. The team is also expected to reach a deal with RP Brian Matusz to avoid salary arbitration. Matusz will have four years of arbitration as a Super 2 player.
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.'"
RP | Rafael Soriano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have begun looking at free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Yankees).
RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) has been throwing off the front of the mound and is on schedule to be ready for opening day.
RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed RP J.J. Putz to a one-year deal worth $7 million and will run through the 2014 season.
RP | Eric Hacker | Korean League | Transaction,
Free-agent RP Eric Hacker (Giants) signed to play in the Korean League. Financial terms weren't given.
RP | Fernando Rodney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Fernando Rodney plans to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
RP | Brian Wilson | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy,
A source said free-agent RP Brian Wilson (elbow) isn't back to pre-surgery form during his recent workouts. However, Wilson expects to be ready for spring training and opening day.
RP | Joakim Soria | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria would love to have the chance to close again, although he's fine with serving as RP Joe Nathan's setup man this season. Soria will have a base salary of $2 million this year and a $5.5 million salary in 2014. He'll have a $7 million option for 2015, with a $500,000 buyout. He'll receive a $500,000 bonus this year if he's on the active roster for one day. His 2014 salary can jump from $100,000 to $1 million more depending how many games he finishes in 2013; he'll get $100,000 if he finishes 10 games and another $100,000 each on his 2014 contract for 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 60, 65 and 70 games finished. Soria has plenty of other incentives in his contract for games finished and innings pitched.
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