1B | Fernando Tatis | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles worked out two former players to see if they have anything left to offer the team. RP Arthur Rhodes worked out for the team at Camden Yards, while the team checked out INF/OF Fernando Tatis in the Dominican Republic. At this point, no final decision has been made on either player.
1B | Lyle Overbay | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox signed free-agent 1B Lyle Overbay (Braves) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Thursday, Jan. 31.
2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker signed a one-year deal worth $3.3 million.
2B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe has started taking fly balls in the outfield this week at PETCO Park as the team looks to make Forsythe a super-utility player this season. San Diego will also ask Forsythe to play some shortstop in spring training. He will specifically concentrate on playing left field. Forsythe's natural position is third base, but 3B Chase Headley won't be taking many days off there.
SS | Jhonny Peralta | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta has lost 18 pounds this winter to help his defense.
SS | Aledmys Diaz | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers have expressed some interest in Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz, although the team has said it would be happy to have SS Jhonny Peralta open the 2013 season at shortstop.
SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus won't be playing in the Caribbean World Series, which starts in Mexico Friday, Feb. 1. Andrus played in 40 games and received 141 at-bats with Magallanes of the Venezuelan league.
3B | Scott Rolen | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said he has not talked with the representatives for free-agent 3B Scott Rolen (Reds) in a few days but believes a deal can be made.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) said he has no plans to retire following allegations that he was tied to an anti-aging clinic in Miami that is suspected of supplying human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs to athletes. "Alex says he's working diligently on his rehabilitation and is looking forward to getting back on the field as soon as possible," a source said. It was reported earlier this week that the Yanks will explore multiple avenues to void Rodriguez's contract.
3B | Martin Prado | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Martin Prado will play for Team Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Prado will earn $7 million this year and $11 million the following three years as part of his four-year, $40 million extension.
C | Jose Felix | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
The Texas Rangers invited Ps Cody Buckel and Nick Tepesch, C Jose Felix and OF Joey Butler to spring training this year Thursday, Jan. 31.
OF | Bobby Abreu | free agent | Free Agents
The Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays are two possibilities for free-agent OF Bobby Abreu (Dodgers).
OF | Chris Coghlan | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox had talks about a three-team deal that would acquire Miami Marlins OF Chris Coghlan before they signed 1B Lyle Overbay.
OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz is denying allegations that he purchased $4,000 worth of "product" from a Miami anti-aging clinic that is being reported to have supplied performance-enhancing substances to major league players. "We are aware of certain allegations and inferences," Cruz's law firm, Farrell & Reisinger, said in a statement released to the Associated Press. "To the extent these allegations and inferences refer to Nelson, they are denied."
OF | Aaron Hicks | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is hoping OF Aaron Hicks wins the team's competition for the starting spot in center field this spring. However, Hicks is only 23 years of age and hasn't played above Class AA.
SP | Charlie Haeger | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox re-signed RP Charlie Haeger to a minor league contract on Thursday, Jan. 31. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Haeger missed all of 2012 with arm trouble.
SP | Kip Wells | free agent | Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles viewed workouts for three pitchers on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Peoria, Ariz. Oriole scouts watched SP Kip Wells, RP Mark Lowe and SP Ryan Rowland-Smith work out.
SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles could consider pursuing free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) if his asking price significantly drops.
SP | James McDonald | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald signed a one-year deal worth $3.025 million.
SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello, who will compete for the No. 5 rotation spot with SP Drew Smyly in spring training if he isn't traded before then, said he's been focusing on his slider this offseason and shoring up his mechanics with the help of mentor Jeff Jones. "Right now, I've been focusing on my slider, because that's the pitch that I'm going to throw more than my curveball generally," Porcello said. "A lot of it has to do with just your consistency in your delivery and your arm angle. If all of those fall into place, then your pitches should be where they need to be. That's the main thing I've been focusing on is just repeating my delivery and getting all my body parts where they need to be." Hitters were more aggressive against Porcello last season, but he allowed a .310 average against and he allowed the most doubles in baseball with 53. His struggles with command led to left-handed hitters feasting off of him.
SP | Shaun Marcum | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Shaun Marcum can make $250,000 each for 120, 140, 160 and 170 innings this year, $375,000 each for 180 and 190 innings, $500,000 for reaching 200 innings, $375,000 each for 90 and 120 days on the active roster and $500,000 each for being on the active roster or disabled list for an injury unrelated to his right arm for 150 and 170 days. Marcum is guaranteed $4 million with his new one-year deal in 2013.
SP | Brad Peacock | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brad Peacock struggled with making adjustments to his game last season, and the A's worked on quite a few in-season mechanical tweaks with him, and they think his focus on those adjustments took away from it during games. However, Peacock finished the season on a high note and struck out more than a hitter per inning as his delivery adjustments paid off. It appears likely that he'll open the season at Class AAA this year, though.
SP | Alfredo Figaro | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction,
The Milwaukee Brewers officially signed free-agent SP Alfredo Figaro (Japanese League) to a minor league deal Thursday, Jan. 31, after Figaro and his agent reached a deal with the Orix Buffaloes this week. Figaro will be in the team's spring camp.
SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
The evidence given in Miami New Times linking New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez and others to the BioGenesis clinic in Florida is not enough for Major League Baseball to hand out suspension. MLB can discipline players without a positive test if there is a preponderance of evidence that the specific person doped or tried to dope. The ledgers that connect Rodriguez and the others to the clinic would have to be sworn to under oath by someone with direct knowledge of them, and Anthony Bosch has denied any wrongdoing in this situation. MLB would need a witness or some sort of documentation to suspend Rodriguez, Toronto Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera, Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon, Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez, San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal or Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz. Cabrera, Colon and Grandal were each suspended 50 games last season after testing positive, and they would each face a second, 100-game ban if the league can establish that they used performance-enhancing drugs on other occasions.
RP | Brian Wilson | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Mets are unlikely to sign free-agent RP Brian Wilson (Giants).
RP | Francisco Rodriguez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets are interested in free-agent RP Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers).
RP | Jose Valverde | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets are interested in free-agent RP Jose Valverde (Tigers) to compete for the closer role with RP Frank Francisco.
RP | Hiroyuka Kobayashi | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed free-agent RP Hiroyuka Kobayashi (Japanese League) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Thursday, Jan. 31.
RP | Alfredo Simon | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Alfredo Simon avoided arbitration with the team Thursday, Jan. 31, by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $890,000.
RP | Fernando Rodney | Tampa Bay Rays | Free Agents, Fantasy,
A report about Tampa Bay Rays RP Fernando Rodney receiving an extension from the team was inaccurate due to a "misunderstanding" between the closer and a reporter from the Dominican Republic. There have been no discussions on a new deal for Rodney. He will become a free agent after the 2013 season, and he would like to stay with Tampa Bay.
RP | Matt Capps | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians signed free-agent RP Matt Capps (Twins) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Thursday, Jan. 31. The team also announced that 1B Matt LaPorta will be invited to spring training as a non-roster player.
RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Carlos Marmol has been accused of abusing a 24-year-old woman in the Dominican Republic. Miledys Mejia Cepeda filed a complaint but no police charges have been filed. Marmol's attorney has denied the allegations and said he has filed a counter complaint, accusing the woman of trying to extort or blackmail Marmol.
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