Daily Fantasy Baseball Offseason Update: Thursday, Nov. 21

by KFFL Staff on November 21, 2013 @ 08:57:39 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Prince Fielder | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Prince Fielder will be the team's primary first baseman, and the team is still trying to determine 1B Mitch Moreland's role. SS Jurickson Profar can now move to second base full time with 2B Ian Kinsler gone. Manager Ron Washington hasn't decided on where Fielder will hit in the lineup yet, but he wants to leave 3B Adrian Beltre in the cleanup spot.

1B | Brandon Snyder | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox re-signed 1B Brandon Snyder to a minor league contract to a minor league contract.

1B | Kennys Vargas | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins invited non-roster players SS James Beresford, OF Jermaine Mitchell, RP Lester Oliveros, OF Wilkin Ramirez, C Daniel Rohlfing, 3B Deibinson Romero and SP Aaron Thompson to spring training. The team also signed SP Deolis Guerra to a minor-league contract Wednesday, Nov. 20, and invited him to spring training. The team also selected the contracts of OF Max Kepler and SS Jorge Polanco from Class A Cedar Rapids, and selected the contract of P Logan Darnell from Triple-A Rochester and 1B Kennys Vargas from Class A Fort Myers.

1B | Jesus Aguilar | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians selected the contract of 3B Erik Gonzalez from Class A Carolina Wednesday, Nov. 20, and they selected the contract of SP Austin Adams, 1B Jesus Aguilar and P Carlos Moncrief from Double-A Akron, and P Bryan C. Price from Triple-A Columbus.

1B | Corey Hart | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
There is mutual interest between the Milwaukee Brewers and free-agent 1B Corey Hart (knee), but the team is waiting to see if Hart will receive medical clearance to begin baseball activities before offering him a contract. Hart is expected to receive medical clearance Dec. 3. Hart said he'd prefer to re-sign with the Brewers. Hart missed the entire 2013 season.

Second Baseman

2B | Dean Anna | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees acquired 2B Dean Anna from the San Diego Padres for P Ben Paullus Wednesday, Nov. 20.

2B | Cord Phelps | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians designated 2B Cord Phelps for assignment Wednesday, Nov. 20.

2B | Jake Elmore | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox claimed 2B Jake Elmore off waivers from the Houston Astros Wednesday, Nov. 20. They also purchased the contracts of 3B Carlos Sanchez and OF Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Charlotte.


SS | Didi Gregorius | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks are open to trading SS Didi Gregorius. The team loves SS Chris Owings and would be open to starting the season with him at shortstop.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are still open to trading SS Elvis Andrus or SS Jurickson Profar in the right deal.

SS | Christian Colon | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals designated P Noel Arguelles and INF Irving Falu for assignment Wednesday, Nov. 20. The Royals also selected the contracts of OF Lane Adams, SS Christian Colon and P Michael Mariot from Triple-A Omaha, and selected the contract of 3B Cheslor Cuthbert from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

SS | Greg Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction
The St. Louis Cardinals selected the contracts of SS Greg Garcia and OF Mike O'Neil from Triple-A Memphis Wednesday, Nov. 20.

SS | Ryan Jackson | Houston Astros | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Houston Astros claimed INF Ryan Jackson off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Nov. 20, and also outrighted OF J.D. Martinez to Triple-A Oklahoma City. P John Ely was released.

Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have talked to the St. Louis Cardinals about acquiring 3B David Freese.

3B | Nick Castellanos | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers have agreed on a trade which sends 1B Prince Fielder to the Rangers for 2B Ian Kinsler, pending a physical, CBSSports.com learned Wednesday, Nov. 20. There might be another player involved in the deal, but that has not been confirmed. Fielder has a $214 million contract, and it is uncertain if any cash will be changing hands to help the Rangers pay that contract. Fielder has a limited no-trade clause that includes the Rangers, but it is believed he is willing to accept the deal.

Fielder and Kinsler remain must-start fantasy options, but Kinsler might slip ever so slightly moving to a more spacious ballpark for half of his games. Jurickson Profar will be a regular in the lineup in Arlington, and he might even be a little bit overvalued by fantasy owners with a clear path. Still, he is worth a roster spot in most fantasy formats because he is a middle infielder with a ton of upside.

Miguel Cabrera or perhaps even Victor Martinez presumably will take over at first base, although it is possible the Tigers could still make additional moves to shore up the position. Nick Castellanos could also find a more regular role now, either at third base or as the designated hitter.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez straight up denied using any performance-enhancing drugs that were supplied by Biogenesis during a hearing Wednesday, Nov. 20. "I did nothing. About the Bosch nonsense? Nothing," Rodriguez said in an interview on WFAN 660 about four hours after he stormed out of his own grievance hearing upon learning MLB commissioner Bud Selig would not be required to testify.


C | Gary Sanchez | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees outrighted INF Corban Joseph to the minors after he cleared waivers Wednesday, Nov. 20, and purchased the contract of C Gary Sanchez in a corresponding move.

C | Tommy Joseph | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies purchased the contract of C Tommy Joseph Wednesday, Nov. 20.


OF | Jaff Decker | San Diego Padres | Transaction,
The San Diego Padres designated RP Brad Brach, RP Miles Mikolas and OF Jaff Decker for assignment Wednesday, Nov. 20.

OF | Gary Brown | San Francisco Giants | Transaction,
The San Francisco Giants designated RP Guillermo Moscoso for assignment Wednesday, Nov. 20, and purchased the contract of OF Gary Brown in a corresponding move.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said there is absolutely no truth to the rumors of the Brewers shopping OF Ryan Braun to the New York Mets.

OF | Gregory Polanco | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates selected the contracts of OF Gregory Polanco from Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2B Alen Hansen from Double-A Altoona, and P Joely Rodriguez from Class A Bradenton.

OF | Michael Taylor | Oakland Athletics | Transaction
The Washington Nationals designated Ps Fernando Abad and Tyler Robertson for assignment Wednesday, Nov. 20. The team also selected the contracts of P Sammy Solis and OF Michael Taylor from Class A Potomac, and the contract of P Aaron Barrett from Double-A Harrisburg.

OF | Ender Inciarte | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks selected the contracts of OF Ender Inciarte and P Bo Schultz from Double-A Mobile Wednesday, Nov. 20.

OF | Mike O'Neil | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction
The St. Louis Cardinals selected the contracts of SS Greg Garcia and OF Mike O'Neil from Triple-A Memphis Wednesday, Nov. 20.

OF | Oscar Taveras | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals selected the contract of OF Oscar Taveras from Triple-A Memphis Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Taveras is a great looking prospect who is a must-have in long-term keeper fantasy leagues. He will have a chance to win a regular spot in the lineup in spring training, and he will be a must-start in all NL-only leagues and most mixed formats if he breaks camp with the team.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Collin Balester | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free-agent Ps Collin Balester (Rangers), Jake Brigham (Rangers), Jay Jackson (Cubs), Josh Kinney (Mariners) and Seth McClung (Brewers) to minor-league contracts Wednesday, Nov. 20.

SP | John Gast | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction
The St. Louis Cardinals sent INF Jermaine Curtis and SP John Gast to Triple-A Memphis Wednesday, Nov. 20.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals are discussing possibly trading for Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson.

SP | Phil Hughes | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The New York Mets like free-agent SP Phil Hughes (Yankees) and prefer signing him over free-agent SP Bronson Arroyo (Reds).

SP | Chris Carpenter | Retired Players | Transaction, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter officially announced his retirement Wednesday, Nov. 20.

SP | Josh Johnson | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said SP Josh Johnson (elbow) should be ready for the start of spring training. Johnson underwent surgery Oct. 1, to have bone spurs removed from his elbow.

SP | Dan Haren | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers have contacted the agent for free-agent SP Dan Haren (Nationals) to express their interest in Haren.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Justin Miller | Detroit Tigers | Transaction,
The Detroit Tigers purchased the contract of RP Justin Miller Wednesday, Nov. 20.

RP | Daniel Moskos | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent RP Daniel Moskos (White Sox) to a minor league deal Wednesday, Nov. 20.

RP | Phil Coke | Detroit Tigers | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with RP Phil Coke by signing him to a one-year deal.

RP | Brian Duensing | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Wednesday, Nov. 20, in a radio interview that it is a "possibility" SP Brian Duensing could start in 2014, although he personally doesn't feel it is "probable."

RP | Tony Sipp | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction,
The Arizona Diamondbacks designated RP Tony Sipp for assignment Wednesday, Nov. 20.

RP | Edgmer Escalona | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent RP Edgmer Escalona (Rockies) to an undisclosed one-year deal Wednesday, Nov. 20. He went 1-4 with a 5.67 ERA with the Colorado Rockies last season. "He's a big, strong guy - 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds - and he has a good arm," said executive vice president Dan Duquette. "The thing that got our attention is he's developing a changeup as well that's helping him get out left-handed hitters." Escalona is currently starting in the Venezuelan Winter League to refine his changeup.

RP | Shawn Tolleson | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
The Texas Rangers claimed RP Shawn Tolleson off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Nov. 20. Tolleson went 3-1 with a 4.30 ERA in 41 relief outings (37 2/3 innings) in the last two years with the Dodgers.

RP | Javier Lopez | free agent | Free Agents,
The San Francisco Giants continue to work on re-signing RP Javier Lopez to a three-year deal Wednesday, Nov. 20. The sides are "close" but a physical must be completed before a final deal is reached. Lopez went 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 69 outings for the Giants last season.

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