Fantasy Baseball Daily Offseason Update: Tuesday, Dec. 31

by KFFL Staff on December 31, 2013 @ 05:42:59 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the plan is for the team to use a platoon at the designated hitter spot. 1B Mitch Moreland would face right-handed pitching, with OF Michael Choice or another right-handed hitter against left-handed pitchers.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy,
Although the Baltimore Orioles have talked trade with the New York Mets about 1B Ike Davis, sources indicate the Mets' asking price was too high. The Mets were thought to want P Eduardo Rodriguez, the Orioles' top pitching prospect, in any deal for Davis.


Shortstop

SS | Stephen Drew | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets remain in contact with Scott Boras, the agent for free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), according to a source with knowledge of the situation. However, if the season started today, SS Ruben Tejada would be the team's starting shortstop.


Catcher

C | Austin Romine | New York Yankees | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Yankees C Austin Romine may be on the trading block before the 2014 season gets underway. The team is using newly-signed C Brian McCann in the No. 1 spot and will have C Francisco Cervelli as backup, barring injury.


Outfielder

OF | Michael Choice | Texas Rangers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the plan is for the team to use a platoon at the designated hitter spot. 1B Mitch Moreland would face right-handed pitching, with OF Michael Choice or another right-handed hitter against left-handed pitchers.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Updating previous items, the San Francisco Giants may have some interest in New York Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki if the team trades him to relieve its crowded outfield situation.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Johan Santana | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Johan Santana (Mets) reportedly has offers from multiple teams, but nothing is imminent. The Minnesota Twins have not made an offer, although they remain interested in a reunion.

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Monday, Dec. 30, that the team is confident SP Brandon Morrow (forearm) is "fine and he's good to go."

SP | Masahiro Tanaka | Japanese League | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays are considered long shots to acquire SP Masahiro Tanaka (Japanese League). General manager Alex Anthopoulos would not characterize how aggressively the team would pursue Tanaka, but acknowledged he is a rare talent.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Although Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey has come up in trade talks this offseason, it is thought Boston has little interest in dealing the veteran pitcher. Lackey has a $500,000 contract option for 2015 which could provide some payroll flexibility, provided a new deal is not reached before then.

SP | Cory Luebke | San Diego Padres | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Despite signing free-agent RP Joaquin Benoit (Tigers) on Saturday, Dec. 28, the San Diego Padres are still in the market for extra bullpen help if it comes up. The team has floated the idea of using SP Cory Luebke in relief as he works back from injury.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz appears to be the front-runner to fill the closer's role as a result of the departure of Joe Nathan, although RPs Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers could also see save opportunities.

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