Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 29, 2013 @ 08:50:01 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Paul Goldschmidt | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed with 1B Paul Goldschmidt on a five-year, $32 million deal with a $14.5 million club option for 2019. It buys out all his arbitration years and at least one free-agent year.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (back) was scratched from the lineup with mild back tightness Thursday, March 28.

1B | Micah Owings | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals reassigned 1B Micah Owings and SS Carlos Rivero to minor league camp Thursday, March 28.

1B | Mauro Gomez | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox optioned 1B Mauro Gomez to Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday, March 28.

1B | Lyle Overbay | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Lyle Overbay will start the year as the team's starting first baseman, and OF Ben Francisco will be the fourth outfielder.

1B | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Logan Morrison (knee) is hoping to return to the team in early to mid-May. The club could choose to put him on the 60-day disabled list, though, if they feel he'll be ready closer to June, which would open a spot on the 40-man roster. Morrison will start running on the field and taking ground balls next week, and he's been going at 90 percent intensity on an anti-gravity treadmill. He has also taken swings in the cages but has yet to take batting practice. Morrison will begin the year playing games in extended spring training.

Second Baseman

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts will hit ninth on Opening Day.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (intercostal) is in the lineup Friday, March 29, and will be ready for the start of the season.

2B | Alexi Amarista | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Alexi Amarista will get the start at second base when the team faces a right-handed pitcher in the second game of the year April 3. 2B Jedd Gyorko will shift to third base.

2B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black announced Thursday, March 28, that 2B Logan Forsythe (foot) will be out at least six weeks with plantar fasciitis in his foot. He will be in a boot for the next three weeks.


SS | Alex Gonzalez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Alex Gonzalez is expected to see most of the time at first base until 1B Corey Hart (knee) returns.

SS | Hiroyuki Nakajima | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Hiroyuki Nakajima (hamstring) will not play in the team's three-game exhibition series against the San Francisco Giants this weekend. Manager Bob Melvin said he is not sure if Nakajima will have to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

SS | Stephen Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox placed SS Stephen Drew (concussion) on the seven-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. RP Daniel Bard was also optioned to Double-A Portland, meaning RP Clayton Mortensen has won the final bullpen spot.

SS | Alexei Ramirez | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez (shoulder) has a right shoulder contusion and X-rays performed came back negative.

SS | Danny Worth | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers optioned SS Danny Worth to Triple-A Toledo Thursday, March 28.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) is very optimistic that he will be ready for opening day. He has missed the last six spring games with his back ailment. Cabrera could serve as the designated hitter in a minor league game Friday, March 29. "He's doing well," manager Terry Francona said. "He's definitely on pace for opening day. We're just trying to figure out the best way for him to feel more comfortable at the plate."

Third Baseman

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright (intercostal) is in the lineup Friday, March 29, and will be ready for the start of the season.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (back) worked out his legs in the weight room Thursday, March 28, and will do work in the batting cages Friday March 29, with hopes of playing in a minor league game this weekend.


C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said C Jesus Montero will see most of his playing time at catcher this season because the team has other options to use as the designated hitter.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies will designate C Ramon Hernandez for assignment Friday, March 29, meaning C Yorvit Torrealba has made the team as a backup catcher.

C | Miguel Olivo | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins are in agreement with free-agent C Miguel Olivo (Reds) on an undisclosed deal Thursday, March 28.

C | Carlos Maldonado | Washington Nationals | Transaction,
The Washington Nationals reassigned C Carlos Maldonado and RP Fernando Abad to minor league camp Wednesday, March 27.


OF | Mike Carp | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B/OF Mike Carp has made the team for Opening Day. OF Jackie Bradley isn't confirmed yet, but he's likely to make the team as well.

OF | Trayvon Robinson | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles reassigned OF Trayvon Robinson to minor league camp Thursday, March 28.

OF | Ryan Sweeney | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OFs Ryan Sweeney, Daniel Nava, Mike Carp and Jackie Bradley are basically fighting for the last two roster spots. Sweeney can opt out of his contract if he doesn't make the roster. Manager John Farrell wouldn't indicate how good of a chance Bradley has at making the team.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (neck) will hit leadoff every inning for State College in an exhibition game Friday, March 29.

OF | Fernando Martinez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Fernando Martinez (oblique) was scratched from the lineup Thursday, March 28, and he could start the season on the disabled list. His back tightened up earlier in camp, and he'll head to Houston to be looked at by a doctor Friday, March 29. Martinez said he thinks it's his left oblique muscle.

OF | Chris Dickerson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles OF Chris Dickerson (Achilles') had his ankle heavily taped Thursday, March 28, but he's confident he'll be ready for opening day. He didn't undergo X-rays. OF Trayvon Robinson (back) remains day-to-day with tightness in his lower back that returned during batting practice Wednesday, March 27. Dickerson and Robinson could be sent to Triple-A Norfolk.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Chris Coghlan entered the final day of camp hitting .311 with a home run and 17 RBIs in 19 spring games. "He has been great," manager Mike Redmond said. "He is making the most of his opportunity. (Tuesday) it was just kind of a topper for him to get that pinch-hit home run. A nice swing off the bench." OF Gorkys Hernandez is competing with Coghlan for a roster spot, but the team may be trying to trade Hernandez. Coghlan has one minor league option left and Hernandez is out of options.

OF | Juan Rivera | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees released OF Juan Rivera Thursday, March 28.

OF | Delmon Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies placed OF Delmon Young (ankle) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, March 27.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Mike Fiers | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Mike Fiers is likely to begin the season in the bullpen.

SP | Roberto Hernandez | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeff Niemann has been placed in the bullpen. SP Roberto Hernandez has won the fifth spot in the rotation. The team said they wanted Niemann to build up arm strength and could return to the rotation sometime this year.

SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that he thinks SP Johan Santana's (shoulder) contract is not insured. The team will owe him $25.5 million this year and a $5.5 million buyout for the 2014 season.

SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said SP Zack Wheeler's timetable won't be sped up with the news that SP Johan Santana (shoulder) is likely to miss the entire season.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles placed SP Chris Tillman (abdominal) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, March 28. The move is retroactive to March 22.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay gave up two runs in 4 1/3 innings in his final spring outing Thursday, March 28, and he said he felt fine after dealing with a stomach virus earlier this month. "Physically this is as good as I've felt coming out of spring training in probably five years as far as total body," Halladay said. "Stuff-wise, I think location and movement I'm just a click behind where I want to be."

SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester noted that he has refined his mechanics to stand taller on the mound, revealing that he started making an effort to correct his posture late last summer. "I was pitching like a guy who was 5-foot-10 as opposed to 6-foot-4," Lester said. "It makes a big difference on the way the ball comes in the zone."

SP | Aaron Cook | Colorado Rockies | Transaction,
The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent SP Aaron Cook (Phillies) to a minor league deal Thursday, March 28.

SP | Cory Luebke | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres will place SPs Casey Kelly (elbow) and Cory Luebke (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list this weekend.

SP | Liam Hendriks | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Liam Hendriks (hand) will throw in the bullpen Thursday, March 28, to test his injured right hand.

SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Diamond (elbow) tossed 65 pitches in a minor league game Thursday, March 28, and he'll have two more outings before joining the team April 12.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jair Jurrjens' (rib cage) X-rays came back negative Thursday, March 28, but he's still in pain.

SP | Jeremy Hefner | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jeremy Hefner (elbow) is expected to pitch one or two innings in the next day or two before he starts the fourth game of the regular season.

SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco, who will start the year with Triple-A Columbus, received praise from manager Terry Francona after his last spring outing Wednesday, March 27, in which he tossed five shutout innings while striking out eight and walking one. "They said he was just blowing guys away," Francona said. "Most of the time when a guy goes to a back field, you'll see a velocity dip a little bit. Nobody's in the stands. His (velocity) spiked up. It's interesting. We're trying to get a handle on why that is. ... Maybe it's like he gets in a comfort zone, he's loose and he lets it fly. The good news is it's there. Now, you want to see it more consistently." Carrasco is still making his way back from Tommy John surgery.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright will make $12 million this year and $19.5 million in each of the following five years. He'll make an extra $500,000 each times he's among the top 10 in Cy Young voting, $50,000 if he's an All-Star, $50,000 for being voted the league championship MVP, for World Series MVP for a Gold Glove and $25,000 for a Silver Slugger.

SP | Edgar G. Gonzalez | Houston Astros | Transaction,
The Houston Astros sent SP Edgar G. Gonzalez to Triple-A Oklahoma City Thursday, March 28.

SP | J.A. Happ | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ has a $6.7 million team option for the 2015 season with a $200,000 buyout. He signed a two-year, $9.1 million extension Wednesday, March 27.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Bruce Rondon | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland would like to see RP Bruce Rondon work on his two-seamer, four-seamer and slider in the minor leagues. "I don't think he needs to master the changeup; I think that's too much for a kid. Right now, for development purposes, just put the changeup on the back burner and get the command of the fastball and the breaking ball," Leyland said. The team could recall Rondon at any moment this year.

RP | Ramon Ramirez | San Francisco Giants | Transaction,
The San Francisco Giants re-signed RP Ramon Ramirez to a minor league contract Thursday, March 28.

RP | Alex Burnett | Minnesota Twins | Transaction,
The Minnesota Twins optioned RP Alex Burnett to Triple-A Rochester Wednesday, March 27.

RP | Phil Coke | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RPs Phil Coke, Joaquin Benoit and Octavio Dotel figure to see the bulk of save chances with manager Jim Leyland using a closer-by-committee setup to begin the season. RP Bruce Rondon will serve as the closer at Triple-A Toledo in order to try and find consistency. Rondon made a mechanical tweak this spring that seemed to help out, but the team wants him to work on it some more in the minors. General manager Dave Dombrowski didn't rule out the team bringing Rondon up quickly, but they aren't putting a time frame on it.

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