Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 31, 2013 @ 09:21:57 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers DH Lance Berkman (knee) is meeting with team officials Wednesday, July 31, and is considering retiring. He's willing to forfeit the $4.4 million owed to him the rest of the season.

Second Baseman

2B | Howie Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are unlikely to deal SS Erick Aybar, but 2B Howie Kendrick is available. Kendrick can block trades to 12 teams.

2B | Alberto Callaspo | Oakland Athletics | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Adam Rosales is left without a regular spot following the acquisition of 2B Alberto Callaspo from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tuesday, July 30. Callaspo will be the team's everyday second baseman, 3B Josh Donaldson is entrenched at the hot corner and SS Jed Lowrie will occasionally be spelled by 2B Eric Sogard, who can play shortstop.

2B | Grant Green | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim acquired 2B Grant Green from the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, July 30, in exchange for 3B Alberto Callaspo. Green will report to Triple-A Salt Lake.

2B | Chris Getz | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 2B Chris Getz (knee) remains out of the lineup Tuesday, July 30, with a sore left knee.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals have had discussions about trading for Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Howie Kendrick and Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks as they seek to upgrade second base. However, there's no indication that the Royals are close to any trade at this time. They have yet to rule out trading SP Ervin Santana. Weeks is owed $11 million next year and has an $11.5 million option in 2015, and the Royals will not want to take that money on. Kansas City has also looked at Philadelphia Phillies INF Kevin Frandsen.

2B | Emilio Bonifacio | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Emilio Bonifacio is the player most likely to be traded by the deadline Wednesday, July 31. The team is also shopping OF Melky Cabrera.

2B | Jayson Nix | New York Yankees | Injury, Transaction
The New York Yankees activated 2B Jayson Nix (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, July 30.


SS | Xander Bogaerts | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox may be the only team still talking to the Philadelphia Phillies about SP Cliff Lee. The Red Sox could take on the $70 million left on Lee's deal, and Lee would likely approve a trade to Boston, even though they are on his limited no-trade list. However, the Phillies are believed to be asking for SP Brandon Workman and SS Xander Bogaerts, along with a big league-ready outfielder. One executive thinks there is "no chance" that Boston will part with Bogaerts in any package, though. "That's just unrealistic, to set that kind of price," the exec went on. "This guy (Lee) has so much money coming. I'd bet 27 teams wouldn't even claim him on waivers because they can't afford him. So the Red Sox have to be looking at the Phillies and thinking, 'What's your leverage?' It wouldn't surprise me if the Red Sox really want him. So would they give up one of their top prospects who's not Bogaerts? Maybe. But they're a team that's set up really well for the future. So they're not going to do anything out of desperation. Why would they?"

SS | Jhonny Peralta | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers haven't been scrambling to trade for a backup to SS Jhonny Peralta in case he gets suspended in the Biogenesis investigation. "They've shown no urgency (to find a replacement for Peralta) whatsoever," said one executive. "It's almost like they know something, or maybe they've talked to Peralta and they know he's going to appeal it."

Third Baseman

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera (hip) is out of the lineup Wednesday, July 31. He left the game the previous day after aggravating his hip injury.

3B | Michael Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Michael Young will not waive his no-trade clause to go to the New York Yankees. Young apparently will only accept a trade to the Boston Red Sox.

3B | Placido Polanco | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins are gauging other teams' interest in OF Juan Pierre and 3B Placido Polanco.

3B | Cody Asche | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Cody Asche will be recalled from the minors Tuesday, July 30, signaling that the team might be on the verge of trading 3B Michael Young. Young has been linked to the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers, although a reunion in Texas is unlikely to happen. Young is in the last year of his deal and is unlikely to be re-signed. Asche hit .295 with 24 doubles, four triples, 15 home runs, 68 RBIs and an .837 OPS in 446 plate appearances for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

3B | Jordan Pacheco | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies optioned 3B Jordan Pacheco to the minors Monday, July 29, and recalled OF Charlie Culberson in a corresponding move.


C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Contradicting an earlier report, the St. Louis Cardinals are now surveying the catcher market after C Yadier Molina's (knee) injury.

C | Gerald Laird | Atlanta Braves | Injury
Atlanta Braves C Gerald Laird (kidney) has been in a lot of pain while trying to pass a kidney stone the last few days. Laird was taken to a hospital Sunday, July 28, and isn't expected to be available Tuesday, July 30.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (illness) is out of the lineup because he is sick Tuesday, July 30.


OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (quadriceps) left the game Tuesday, July 30, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to a bruised left quadriceps.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (head) took a knee to the head during a three-man collision on defense in the game Tuesday, July 30, against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he was able to remain in the game.

OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios (foot) fouled a ball off his left foot in the game Tuesday, July 30, against the Cleveland Indians. His foot is fine, and he also does not appear likely to be traded before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (knee) took batting practice Tuesday, July 30, and he hopes to start a rehab assignment this weekend.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (ankle) is still favoring his sprained ankle, and he has yet to resume jogging.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (throat) is back in the lineup Tuesday, July 30, after dealing with a throat infection.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) is back in the lineup Tuesday, July 30.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) is playing left field for Triple-A Louisville Tuesday, July 30.

OF | Melky Cabrera | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon, Toronto Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera and San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal are unlikely to be suspended for their involvement in the Biogenesis scandal because they've already served their suspensions for failed tests in 2012. The other suspensions for players involved are expected to be announced later this week, and the league wants to announce them all at once.

OF | B.J. Upton | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton (adductor) will begin his rehab assignment in the minors Wednesday, July 31, and it'll last three games. OF Jordan Schafer (foot) could start his rehab assignment Saturday, Aug. 3.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton remains unavailable as the trade deadline nears.

OF | Steve Susdorf | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies designated OF Steve Susdorf for assignment Tuesday, July 30.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Teams that have spoken to the Texas Rangers are convinced that they think the Rangers expect OF Nelson Cruz to be suspended soon for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal because Texas has been the most aggressive in looking for an outfield bat to trade for. "They have to have had that conversation," a high-ranking executive of one rival club said of Cruz and the Rangers. "If you're his GM, you have to go to him and say, 'What are your plans if you get suspended?' You're not doing your job if you don't have that conversation. And depending on the answer, I'm sure that conversation will lead to another one." The Rangers have asked about Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios, San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence, Seattle Mariners 1B Kendrys Morales, Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista, Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp, San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin and Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann.

OF | Reed Johnson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves placed OF Reed Johnson (Achilles') on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendonitis Tuesday, July 30, and recalled OF Todd Cunningham from the minors in a corresponding move.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs are going to hold on to SP Jeff Samardzija and try to trade him in the offseason or sign him to an extension. They weren't able to get the blockbuster package they were seeking.

SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon will not be suspended a second time for his connection to the Biogenesis scandal, according to several reports. Colon was suspended 50 games Aug. 22 after testing positive for synthetic testosterone.

SP | Jason Vargas | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jason Vargas is still being targeted by the Baltimore Orioles as a possible acquisition before the non-waiver trade deadline Wednesday, July 31.

SP | Jake Peavy | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, the Boston Red Sox have acquired RP Brayan Villarreal from the Detroit Tigers as part of the three-team, seven-player deal which also netted the Red Sox SP Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, July 30.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (foot) threw a 57-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, July 30, and didn't encounter any setbacks. He could go on a rehab assignment in the next week.

SP | Sean O'Sullivan | San Diego Padres | Transaction,
The San Diego Padres placed SP Sean O'Sullivan on the paternity list Tuesday, July 30, and recalled RP Miles Mikolas from the minors in a corresponding move.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks are believed to be the favorites to land Houston Astros SP Bud Norris. The Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates are also in on Norris.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said there is "very little chance" that SP Cliff Lee is traded before the deadline Wednesday, July 31. The Boston Red Sox are considered the most likely team to trade for him, and the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals are also interested. The BoSox are concerned about Lee's age, the money owed to him and the prospects they'd have to give up.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb (finger, concussion) didn't suffer any setbacks in his simulated game Tuesday, July 30, and he expects to pitch for Single-A Charlotte Saturday, Aug. 3. His blister is healing properly.

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, San Diego Padres and possibly even the Chicago Cubs, are interested in trading for Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy. The Padres are probably long shots, though.

SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo (hamstring) left his start early Tuesday, July 30, and was grabbing his left hamstring.

SP | Andre Rienzo | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago White Sox recalled SP Andre Rienzo from the minors Tuesday, July 30, and optioned OF Blake Tekotte to Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move.

SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks are discussing Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy, according to a baseball source. Peavy pitched eight seasons with the San Diego Padres under general manager Kevin Towers, who is now the GM of the Diamondbacks. Peavy is owed roughly $5.28 million for the rest of this year and $14.5 million next season. The White Sox are interested in receiving infielders, and the D-backs have 3B Matt Davidson and SS Chris Owings playing at Triple-A Reno. Arizona could also include SP Tyler Skaggs in a package.

SP | Kyle Lohse | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers still have SPs Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse on the trade market, but they don't expect to deal either before the deadline Wednesday, July 31, and will look to dangle both again in the winter.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs recalled SP Jake Arrieta from Triple-A Iowa Tuesday, July 30.

SP | Tyler Lyons | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals recalled SP Tyler Lyons and P Keith Butler from the minors Tuesday, July 30, and optioned RPs Marc Rzepczynski and Fernando Salas in corresponding moves.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Vinnie Pestano | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians optioned RP Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Columbus.

RP | Marc Rzepczynski | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
The Cleveland Indians designated RP Joe Martinez for assignment Tuesday, July 30, to clear a roster spot for RP Marc Rzepczynski.

RP | Jose Cisnero | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said the team will use a closer-by-committee after they traded away RP Jose Veras.

RP | Brian Wilson | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers RP Brian Wilson's deal with the team is worth $1 million with performance bonuses included.

RP | Duane Below | Korean League | Transaction,
Free-agent RP Duane Below (Marlins) signed with a team in the Korean League Tuesday, July 30.

RP | Kenley Jansen | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent RP Brian Wilson (Giants) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, July 30, according to a source. He will start out in the minors.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks have suddenly made RP J.J. Putz available on the trade block.

RP | Kevin Gregg | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs might not be done making trades before the deadline Wednesday, July 31. RP Kevin Gregg is the most likely to be traded, along with OF Nate Schierholtz. RP James Russell and SP Jeff Samardzija are extremely unlikely to be traded.

RP | Lucas Harrell | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris was scratched from his start against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, July 30, in the midst of trade rumors surrounding him. Three teams have been interested in Norris, including the Orioles, but no deal is imminent at this time. Norris is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 starts this season. However, he's 0-2 with an 8.47 ERA in his last three starts. SP Lucas Harrell will make the start in Norris' absence.

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