Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 11, 2013 @ 09:11:18 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins and 1B Ryan Howard are in camp early.

1B | Matt LaPorta | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
The odds are stacked against Cleveland Indians 1B Matt LaPorta (hip) making the Opening Day roster. However, he is not focusing on his battle for a spot, but rather just feeling better than he did last season. "I feel a million times better," LaPorta said. He is making his way back from an arthroscopic procedure on his left hip to clean up bone fragments.

1B | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Logan Morrison (knee) said he has not been cleared to run, as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery. He said he won't know for a while if he will be ready for Opening Day April 1. Morrison is moving from left field to first base this season and he expects that "will help my knee."

1B | Jason Giambi | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Cleveland Indians have signed free-agent 1B Jason Giambi (Rockies) to a minor league contract. He would earn $750,000 plus incentives if he makes the team.

1B | Paul Goldschmidt | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers recently approached 1B Paul Goldschmidt about signing a long-term deal but he told the club he would like to wait.

1B | Lyle Overbay | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have announced that the following 19 players will participate in major league spring training camp as non-roster invitees: Ps Pedro Beato, Christopher Carpenter, Anthony Carter, Jose De La Torre, Terry Doyle, Chris Hernandez and Oscar Villarreal, INFs Xander Bogaerts, Jonathan Diaz, Mark Hamilton, Justin Henry, Deven Marrero, Lyle Overbay and Drew Sutton and OFs Jackie Bradley, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Juan Carlos Linares, Mitch Maier and Ryan Sweeney.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez has been training with former boxing heavyweight Chris Byrd in the offseason, and Byrd said the 230-pound Gonzalez is a world-class athlete. "I've been at the highest level at amateur and pro," says Byrd, a silver medalist at the 1992 Olympics. "I know how hard guys work. He's a monster." Boxing drills have become a big part of Gonzalez's core-strengthening work. "Everything is an explosive movement," Gonzalez says. "Nothing's stationary." He's also taking part in a body-alignment program similar to yoga. 3B Luis Cruz has also been involved in some of Gonzalez's workouts, and the two have formed a close bond.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis (ankle) confessed that his bout with valley fever last year left him very fatigued. "I had to limit a lot of things last year as far as workload," Davis said. "I didn't have a beer all of spring training last year. I went home and laid on the couch. And I usually fish for another six hours every day (after Mets workouts)." Davis' ankle wasn't fully healthy at the start of last season, either. Now, he feels a noticeable difference in his ability to push off during batting practice and described it as an "explosion."

Second Baseman

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
In an interview with Dallas radio station KTCK-AM, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler will stay at that position through the season unless something happens organically to force the switch to a new position. "To answer your question, Ian is our second baseman. Could that change at some point? Only if it happens in really organically. It's not something we're going to manipulate to make happen. Could it change after the year, or in a future year? Yeah. I think that's what we discussed when we signed the deal," Daniels said.

2B | Jason Kipnis | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis played 152 games last season, batting .277 in the first half and just .233 in the second half. The signing of SS Mike Aviles might mean the veteran sees time at second base to give Kipnis rest or allow him to serve as the designated hitter.

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill will make $11 million during the 2014 season and $12 million each during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said Friday, Feb. 8, that the team has discussed the possibility of a long-term contract extension for 2B Robinson Cano, who will be eligible for free agency after this year. A source with knowledge of the situation said Steinbrenner has spoken with Scott Boras, the agent for Cano. Cano is expected to be looking for a deal that could reach $200 million if he enters free agency.


SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating an ongoing story, New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) ran for the first time this offseason Monday, Feb. 11.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond and 2B Danny Espinosa are in camp early.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Mike Aviles will be used as the designated hitter at times this season. However, Aviles might also be used to spell 2B Jason Kipnis, SS Asdrubal Cabrera and 3B Lonnie Chisenhall.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Updating previous items, Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki has elected not to take part in the World Baseball Classic. The news was expected, as Tulowitzki wasn't listed on the team's provisional roster that was announced in January. Tulowitzki's 2012 season ended early because of groin surgery, and he told The Denver Post that an insurance issue will prevent him from taking part in the WBC.

SS | Reid Brignac | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The San Diego Padres are reportedly interested in Tampa Bay Rays SS Reid Brignac, who was recently designated for assignment.

SS | Javier Baez | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs C Javier Baez (thumb) had his Arizona Fall League season end after a freak thumb injury, but he was invited to take part in a rookie development camp in January. The team says their plan is to give Baez a full season at one level, although if he continues to make progress, he could be promoted again.

SS | Wilson Valdez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SS Wilson Valdez might be late to report for spring training due to visa issues.

SS | Nick Franklin | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin said he added 35 pounds in the offseason.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees INF Eduardo Nunez, C Francisco Cervelli, P Cody Eppley and SP Ivan Nova all have minor league options remaining. C Chris Stewart and RP Cody Eppley are out of options.

SS | Ryan Theriot | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers remain interested in free-agent SS Ryan Theriot (Giants).

SS | Adeiny Hechavarria | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins executive Larry Beinfest is happy with the team's crop of minor league talent at this time. Six players, Ps Jose Fernandez, Justin Nicolino and Andrew Heaney, OFs Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick and SS Adeiny Hechavarria, are listed among baseball's top-100 prospects this year. Beinfest said 3B Derek Dietrich "could be our future third baseman. We love him."

Third Baseman

3B | Lonnie Chisenhall | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall managed just a .184 batting average last season, and a .227 average in major league career, against left-handed pitching. He also struggled against southpaws in the minors, and could be rested against lefties with SS Mike Aviles getting starts at third base.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese said he would like to remain with the team for the rest of his career. "I want to be a Cardinal for life. If a long-term deal is going to happen I know for a fact that I have to do some things. I have to be a leader. I have to do what I do on the field. I have do the things expected of me," Freese said.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Although Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) is fully rehabbed from offseason shoulder surgery, the team will monitor him closely in the field because he had altered his throwing motion last season due to the pain.

3B | Chone Figgins | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins signed free-agent 3B Chone Figgins (Mariners) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Friday, Feb. 8. OF Bryan Petersen also cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said 3B Pablo Sandoval has plenty of work to do before the season to improve his conditioning.


C | Yan Gomes | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Yan Gomes has not yet decided whether he will play for Team Brazil in the World Baseball Classic. The final rosters are due by Feb. 20, and manager Terry Francona said he would support Gomes' decision either way.

C | Dioner Navarro | Chicago Cubs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs C Dioner Navarro will be the team's backup catcher behind starter C Welington Castillo. Navarro gives the team experience behind the youngster, and he might be matched up as the personal catcher for SP Matt Garza, as the two worked together previously with the Tampa Bay Rays.

C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Mike Napoli (hips) has been cleared to play. "He talks very confidently of how he feels," manager John Farrell said. "The work he's gone through; he's on a treadmill now running. Even though it's a modified treadmill to reduce overall some weight impact, he's back running. And watching him hit, there are no restrictions on his lower half."

C | Rod Barajas | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks C Rod Barajas' minor league deal will be worth $800,000 if he makes the major league roster. C Wil Nieves will also make $800,000 if he makes the team, but it's not fully guaranteed. If the team cuts ties with Nieves before opening day, they'll owe him $200,000.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey is open to discussing a long-term extension with the club.

C | Luis Martinez | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
Baltimore Orioles C Luis Martinez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk Friday, Feb. 8.


OF | Justin Upton | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton, 2B Dan Uggla and 3B Chris D. Johnson are in camp early.

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon is extremely excited with the tweaks OF Brennan Boesch made in his swing this offseason. "You'll see better balance, a shorter stride and shorter stroke," McClendon said. "But I don't think you'll see a lot of differences in his stance."

OF | Chad Huffman | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Free Agents
The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent OF Chad Huffman (Indians) to a minor league contract without an invitation to big-league camp.

OF | Antoan Richardson | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Free Agents
The Minnesota Twins signed free-agent INF Doug Bernier (Yankees) and OF Antoan Richardson (Orioles) to minor-league deals.

OF | Juan Pierre | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Juan Pierre said Sunday, Feb. 10, that he was 15 minutes from signing with the Houston Astros in the offseason before the Marlins called and offered $1.6 million. Pierre said it "was a no-brainer" to return to Miami. "It's a special place. I met my wife when I was with the Marlins," Pierre said.

OF | Tony Campana | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have designated OF Tony Campana for assignment, to make room for OF Scott Hairston on their 40-man roster.

OF | Reggie Golden | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs minor league OF Reggie Golden (knee) is fully healthy after a hyperextended left knee ended his 2012 season for Class A Peoria after only seven games.

OF | Michael Bourn | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the New York Mets are still hopeful that they can sign free-agent OF Michael Bourn (Braves), but there are reportedly no current discussions between the players' union and Major League Baseball regarding the draft pick issue.

OF | Scott Podsednik | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins haven't ruled out signing free-agent OF Scott Podsednik (Red Sox) but no deal appears imminent.

OF | Bryce Brentz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox minor league OF Bryce Brentz (leg) accidentally shot himself in the leg while cleaning a handgun, according to general manager Ben Cherington. The bullet entered his leg and went out the other side. He is currently recovering in Fort Myers, Fla., but will be unable to participate when spring training camp opens. There is a possibility that Brentz could see game action before the exhibition season is over. "It's something he's going to recover from and be fine, and it won't affect his baseball career," Cherington said. "I think he understands he got lucky. It's a serious thing. He's got to be careful." Cherington said the Red Sox do not have a policy against players legally owning handguns.

OF | Nate Schierholtz | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Nate Schierholtz is expected to get most of the playing time in right field. He gives the team a much-needed left-handed bat and a good defensive outfielder.

OF | David DeJesus | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF David DeJesus is projected as the team's leadoff hitter, with SS Starlin Castro batting second. 2B Darwin Barney is expected to serve as the team's eighth hitter ahead of the pitcher.

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano is projected to bat cleanup in manager Dale Sveum's lineup between 1B Anthony Rizzo (third) and 3B Ian Stewart (fifth).

OF | Juan Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OFs Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz are able to opt out of their minor league deals at the end of spring training because of a clause in the new collective bargaining agreement. As a result, general manager Brian Cashman said both players are all-or-nothing options, meaning they'll either make the major league roster, or they won't be on the team. 1B Dan Johnson can also opt out at some point, but it's not at the end of camp. Johnson is likely to open the year at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

OF | Trayvon Robinson | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles designated OF Trayvon Robinson for assignment Friday, Feb. 8.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander said he will not pitch for the United States in the World Baseball Classic.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton (elbow) is ahead of schedule in his return from Tommy John surgery. He has already thrown four bullpen sessions and hopes to throw live batting practice before spring training ends.

SP | Francisco Liriano | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano (arm) needs four more weeks of rehab before he can begin throwing off a mound.

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez is the front runner for the fifth starting spot in the rotation. Ps Robbie Ross, Kyle McClellan, Randy Wells and Justin Grimm are also in the mix.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Kyle Drabek (elbow) is playing long toss Monday, Feb. 11.

SP | Brett Myers | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Brett Myers' $8 million option for 2014 becomes guaranteed if he pitches 200 innings in 2013 and passes a physical at the end of the year.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn used better eating and workout habits to shed 40 pounds in the offseason. Lynn did this following the wear and tear he noticed on his body. "At the end of last year I felt some aches and pains that might have been due to the fatigue as the year went on and, candidly, to the excess weight you shouldn't be carrying," Lynn said.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Sunday, Feb. 10, that he is confident SP Ubaldo Jimenez can smooth out his mechanics in 2013. "I think he still has great stuff and the ability to be a very effective Major League starting pitcher," Antonetti said. "But as we've talked about, the thing that's the key for him is consistency. It starts with his ability to execute his delivery consistently."

SP | David Huff | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
If Cleveland Indians P David Huff makes the team in spring training, he is expected to work out of the bullpen. He is out of minor-league options.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco (elbow) is reportedly healthy, and he was throwing 94-96 mph in the Arizona Fall League.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners have expressed concern about SP Felix Hernandez's (elbow) elbow, which may affect talks with him about his proposed contract extension.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians SP Daisuke Matsuzaka could make up to $4 million if he reaches all of his incentives on his minor-league deal.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez has accepted an invitation to join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) will have no restrictions throwing once spring camp opens up. "I'm only worrying about today," Garcia told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Today it's been good. They told me there are no limitations [this spring] as far as I know. I'm ready for no limitations. I'm ready to come in and be like a normal guy."

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
Negotiations between the St. Louis Cardinals and SP Adam Wainwright on a possible contract extension are expected to intensify during spring training. Sources on both sides had described the talks as "casual" but ongoing to this point.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito said he would be interested in a contract extension and would like to remain with the team until he retires.

SP | Scott Feldman | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Scott Feldman is projected to serve as the fifth starter. One of the reasons he wanted to sign with the Cubs was to be a full-time starter.

SP | Scott Baker | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Scott Baker signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal during the offseason, but he could be in line for a long-term deal.

SP | Robert Whitenack | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Robert Whitenack (elbow) is making his way back from Tommy John surgery. He took part in the team's rookie development camp in January, and he will be a pitcher to watch as he continues his comeback.

SP | Vin Mazzaro | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates sent P Vin Mazzaro outright to Triple-A Nashville Friday, Feb. 8.

SP | Kyle McPherson | Pittsburgh Pirates | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates Ps Jeff Locke and Kyle McPherson will compete for the final spot in the team's rotation while SP Francisco Liriano (arm) recovers from a broken arm.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles have reached an agreement with SP Jason Hammel, who accepted a $6.75 million deal to avoid an arbitration hearing, according to an industry source. Hammel can make another $300,000 in incentives.

SP | Jon Garland | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners agreed to terms with free-agent SP Jon Garland (Dodgers) to a minor-league deal Friday, Feb. 8. He will receive an invitation to spring training, and will take a physical in Arizona next week to complete the deal.

SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Diamond (elbow) has started a throwing program, but it's doubtful that he'll be ready by opening day.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum had new trainers this offseason that focused on "dynamic workouts," which included gaining some weight. He also stopped eating cheeseburgers from fast-food restaurants. He said he is feeling stronger in his core and more balanced as he throws off the mound. Lincecum thinks his new conditioning will help his pitching mechanics and give him more stamina for the long season.

SP | Joe Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Updating a previous item, Seattle Mariners SP Joe Saunders will earn $6.5 million this year, and he can make another $1 million in incentives. His one-year deal includes a mutual option for the 2014 season.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees INF Eduardo Nunez, C Francisco Cervelli, P Cody Eppley and SP Ivan Nova all have minor league options remaining. C Chris Stewart and RP Cody Eppley are out of options.

SP | Drew Smyly | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Drew Smyly is getting an early start to spring camp this year, and he's focusing on his changeup while working with pitching coach Jeff Jones. "That's been our focus with him this offseason. It looks like it's getting better, so I'm curious to see how it's going to be," Jones said.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets C John Buck said SP Johan Santana might have tipped his pitches last season. Buck played with the Miami Marlins last year, but he went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts against Santana. "Being on the other side - whether it's Johan tipping his pitches or whatever - those little tiny things will help. I was just on the other side hitting off of him. Maybe we can tighten some of those things up." Buck said he and Santana have cleared up the issue of tipping pitches already. Santana is working out and hopes to pitch for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

SP | Eric Surkamp | San Francisco Giants | Injury,
San Francisco Giants SP Eric Surkamp (elbow), who had Tommy John surgery last July, is throwing at 90 feet and hopes to return in July.

SP | David Phelps | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova, who will compete with SP David Phelps for the No. 5 starting rotation spot, could have the leg up in the battle, according to pitching coach Larry Rothschild. "You look at Nova and he's had a lot of wins the last two years," Rothschild said. "My job going into spring training is to get him back to where he should be and pitching the way he's capable of, and the rest will take care of itself." Rothschild said Nova had a few bad months because he kept going with a pitch even though he wasn't having success using it.

SP | Wade Davis | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said SP Wade Davis is as much of a lock for the starting rotation as SPs James Shields, Jeremy Guthrie and Ervin Santana are.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Will Ohman | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent RP Will Ohman (Reds) to a minor league contract.

RP | Hideki Okajima | free agent | Free Agents
The Oakland Athletics are close to signing free-agent RP Hideki Okajima (Japanese League).

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos (shoulder) resumed throwing last September after surgery on his labrum, and he said he does not anticipate any setbacks. "Since November and into December I've pretty much been back on a normal throwing schedule," Santos said. "It has felt great, there have been no hold-backs, nothing to stop me. I'll throw my bullpens on schedule and I'll throw my innings when I'm supposed to throw. The goal is to get out of here healthy and ready to start the season."

RP | Kevin Gregg | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed free-agent RP Kevin Gregg (Orioles) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RP | Mark Prior | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
According to multiple sources, free-agent RP Mark Prior (Red Sox) is working out at his San Diego home with the intent of heading to spring training with an MLB team and making one more comeback attempt. His agent, John Boggs, has contacted several teams but Prior has not received any contract offers or invitations to spring training camps. Prior has focused on strengthening the area around his shoulder capsule in an effort to prevent the injury problems that have bothered him throughout his career and he is throwing between 92 and 93 mph, according to Boggs.

RP | Darren O'Day | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles RP Darren O'Day signed a two-year deal worth $5.8 million. The team includes a 2015 option worth $4.25 million with a $400,000 buyout.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Although Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey is happy to have RP Joel Hanrahan as a teammate, he still would like to return to closing one day and wants to remain with the Red Sox. Hanrahan, who will become a free agent at the end of the year, will serve as the closer, while Bailey will pitch in a set-up role.

RP | Jose Contreras | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Jose Contreras (Phillies) worked out earlier this week at the Minnesota Twins' spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. However, a Twins official said that was "random" rather than meaningful.

RP | Arodys Vizcaino | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs P Arodys Vizcaino (elbow) is making his way back from Tommy John surgery. He was able to throw for the team during the last road trip of the regular season in September, and at that time he appears to be on schedule in his rehab. Vizcaino could be used in the bullpen or start at Triple-A Iowa.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio got RP Carlos Marmol on track last season in a unique way with a friendly wager. If Marmol shook off the catcher, he owed Bosio a case of wine. Marmol posted a 5.61 ERA before the All-Star break, and a 1.52 ERA after the break.

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles avoided arbitration with RP Jim Johnson Friday, Feb. 8, by agreeing to a one-year, $5.6 million deal. He can earn an extra $50,000 in incentives based on games finished.

RP | Dan Runzler | San Francisco Giants | Injury,
San Francisco Giants RP Dan Runzler (back, shoulder) is 100 percent recovered from upper back and shoulder strains that he dealt with last season.

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox P Alfredo Aceves will serve as a starting pitcher for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

RP | Cesar Cabral | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees P Cesar Cabral (elbow) is still being held to Rule 5 restrictions, meaning he must remain on the roster when he's activated. However, he'll be starting on the disabled list and will be able to be assigned to the minors as part of his rehab.

RP | Brian Wilson | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent RP Brian Wilson (elbow) is currently throwing off a mound three times a week and is close to 90 percent healthy, according to his agent, Dan Lozano. Wilson still expects to be ready by opening day, and Lozano said his client refuses to talk money with interested clubs until he's fully healthy. Four or five teams are interested in Wilson, but he isn't ready to listen to offers just yet.

RP | George Sherrill | Kansas City Royals | Injury,
Kansas City Royals RP George Sherrill (elbow) threw free and easy during a conditioning workout Friday, Feb. 8, and he could be ready to return around late April after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

RP | Ramon Ramirez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Ramon Ramirez is likely to report late to spring training due to visa problems.

RP | Sergio Romo | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said RP Sergio Romo has "earned the right" to be the team's closer this year, but Bochy also added that the team will be careful with Romo's workload.

RP | Brandon Lyon | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Brandon Lyon's base salary this year will be between $750,000 and $900,000, but he'll have the chance to raise the total of the deal to $2.4 through performance bonuses.

RP | Mark Lowe | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were all interested in signing RP Mark Lowe before he landed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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