SS | Stephen Drew | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday, Dec. 30, that the team will not be signing free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox).
SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro's off-the-field issues with money being taken from his bank accounts apparently affected his play last season. Being involved in a countersuit against the coach of his baseball school in the Dominican Republic is an ordeal that had a "direct impact on his duties as a professional ballplayer, leading to one of his worst-ever statistical performances." Castro's agent, Paul Kinzer, said the issue is now in the past, however, and Castro is focused on bouncing back in 2014. Kinzer said Castro is adhering to his strength and conditioning routing in the Dominican this offseason and looks to be in great shape.
C | John Jaso | Oakland Athletics | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
It is expected Oakland Athletics C John Jaso will get considerable playing time at the designated hitter spot to start the 2014 season to save the team from adding salary to acquire a bat. The club also plans on OF Yoenis Cespedes and OF Coco Crisp in the DH spot to avoid continued wear and tear in the field.
OF | Nelson Cruz | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics are thought to be not in the running for free-agent OF Nelson Cruz (Rangers). The team is trying to maintain some payroll flexibility and Cruz's asking price (four years, $75 million) has scared off some suitors.
OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Despite trade rumors floating around this offseason, Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes is likely off the table for deals unless the club gets a huge offer for the young star.
SP | Ervin Santana | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim front office does not want to lose its first-round draft pick for 2014, so it is avoiding free agents whose signing would cause the team to forfeit the pick. MLB.com Angels reporter Alden Gonzalez believes this will lock them out of pitchers like Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez.
SP | Masahiro Tanaka | Japanese League | Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are still very interested in free-agent SP Masahiro Tanaka (Japanese League) even after adding SP Mark Mulder.
SP | Trevor Bauer | Cleveland Indians | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
The fifth starter job for the Cleveland Indians is expected to be very competitive in spring training. SPs Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin, Trevor Bauer and Shaun Marcum are among the candidates for the job. Carrasco and Tomlin also can work out of the bullpen.
SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SPs Justin Masterson, Danny Salazar, Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister are expected to open the 2014 in that order in the starting rotation.
SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller (shoulder) complained of shoulder soreness at the beginning of September.
RP | Jesse Crain | Houston Astros | Transaction,
The Houston Astros signed free-agent RP Jesse Crain (Rays) to an undisclosed one-year deal Tuesday, Dec. 31.
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