1B | Jose Abreu | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox agreed to a six-year, $68 million deal with Cuban 1B Jose Abreu Thursday, Oct. 17, which will be the largest free-agent contract given to an international player. Abreu hit .453 with 33 home runs and 93 RBIs in 63 games in the 2010-11 season in Cuba and missed time with a shoulder ailment. He's expected to take over the first base position from 1B Paul Konerko, who is set to become a free agent and may retire. The Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants were all interested in Abreu.
1B | Justin Morneau | Pittsburgh Pirates | Free Agents
The Minnesota Twins are not expected to sign Pittsburgh Pirates impending free-agent 1B Justin Morneau this offseason because Morneau is looking to sign with a contending team.
2B | Michael Martinez | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies re-signed 2B Michael Martinez to a minor league deal Thursday, Oct. 17.
SS | Xander Bogaerts | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Xander Bogaerts is starting at third base over 3B Will Middlebrooks in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series Thursday, Oct. 17.
SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly expects both SS Hanley Ramirez (rib) and OF Andre Ethier (ankle) to start in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 18. However, he sounded more confident that on Ethier than Ramirez.
C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (knee) expects to receive treatment and play in Game 6 of the ALCS.
OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino hit from the left side of the plate against Detroit Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series Thursday, Oct. 17, for the first time since Sept. 3. He went 0-for-3 and didn't hit a ball out of the infield in the game, prompting him to move to the right side in his final two at-bats. He's hitting .095 (2-for-21) in the series. "I thought I'd give it a try but it wasn't what I expected," Victorino said. "It just wasn't there. I saw the ball well, but I just wasn't comfortable with the swing and the whole approach. I felt as if I was trying to rush to get to everything. It's hard to change, especially since I hadn't done it for two months."
OF | Trevor Crowe | Houston Astros | Transaction,
The Houston Astros outrighted OF Trevor Crowe and P Jorge De Leon to the minors Thursday, Oct. 17, after they cleared waivers.
OF | Mike Baxter | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers claimed OF Mike Baxter from the New York Mets Thursday, Oct. 17, and designated OF Alex Castellanos for assignment in a corresponding move.
RP | Aaron Poreda | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent RP Aaron Poreda (Pirates) to a minor league deal Thursday, Oct. 17.
RP | Greg Burke | New York Mets | Transaction,
New York Mets Ps Sean Henn and Greg Burke cleared waivers and were outrighted to the minors Thursday, Oct. 17.
RP | Matt Capps | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
The Cleveland Indians re-signed RP Matt Capps to a minor league deal Thursday, Oct. 17. He'll receive an invitation to spring training.
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