Fantasy Baseball Daily Offseason Update: Monday, Jan. 13

by KFFL Staff on January 13, 2014 @ 06:00:31 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland is preparing to work as the backup first baseman, as an outfielder and designated hitter. "I'm just going to try and go out and prepare for anything and everything," Moreland said Sunday, Jan. 12. "I'll work at those spots when they tell me in spring training and prepare myself as best I can and be ready for the season."

1B | Lyle Overbay | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers could be interested in free-agent 1B Lyle Overbay (Yankees).

1B | Justin Morneau | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the team had shown interest in 1B Justin Morneau before he signed with the Colorado Rockies. Melvin added that the trade market for first basemen was very thin this offseason, hinting that he had had discussions with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers but that they were unwilling to make moves.

1B | James Loney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers had shown interest in 1B James Loney before he re-signed with the Tampa Bay Rays last month for three years and $21 million. Milwaukee had offered him a similar deal to the one Loney eventually accepted from the Rays.


Second Baseman

2B | Kelly Johnson | New York Yankees | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Kelly Johnson said Sunday, Jan. 12, that he will be prepared to serve as the team's starting third baseman on opening day, if needed. "My thinking coming in is to be prepared, work my butt off and get my work in," Johnson said. "I'll get my early work at third, go to second, go everywhere. I've got to think that I'm going to play in a lot of different places."


Shortstop

SS | Stephen Drew | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Agent Scott Boras continues to push for a deal for his client, free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox). He says several teams have an interest. "There are five or six teams who I have actively talked to concerning Stephen," Boras said. "(Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington) and I have continued dialogue and will continue to talk." The Red Sox apparently would prefer a one-year contract, while Drew's camp is looking for a two-year deal.


Third Baseman

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees are prepared to replace 3B Alex Rodriguez with an in-house candidate, and a source says that they haven't contacted the San Diego Padres about 3B Chase Headley "in a while."

3B | Maikel Franco | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have invited minor league Ps Jesse Biddle, Kenneth Giles and Mario Hollands, 3B Maikel Franco and C Sebastian Valle to major league spring training camp.

3B | Mark Reynolds | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins have expressed interest in free-agent INFs Mark Reynolds (Yankees) and Justin Turner (Mets), according to a team source.

3B | Michael Young | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees are not expected to add another infielder to their roster on a major league deal, according to a source. This would likely eliminate free agents such as SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox) and 3B Michael Young (Dodgers) from consideration.


Catcher

C | Sebastian Valle | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have invited minor league Ps Jesse Biddle, Kenneth Giles and Mario Hollands, 3B Maikel Franco and C Sebastian Valle to major league spring training camp.


Outfielder

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (appendix, hernia) will need approximately four to eight weeks to recover from an emergency appendectomy performed Friday, Jan. 10. Most standard appendectomies require a period of four weeks to recover but Gonzalez also needed a minor hernia repair, resulting in a longer recovery period. Doctors have prescribed complete rest for two weeks and the early portion of Gonzalez's spring training schedule could be impacted.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Sunday, Jan. 12, that SP Clay Buchholz (neck, shoulder) has gone through a "normal" offseason, and he should be ready for spring training.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
Industry sources say the Chicago Cubs and SP Jeff Samardzija remain far apart on a long-term deal, although there is mutual respect on both sides and hope they can eventually find common ground. Samardzija is two seasons away from free agency.

SP | Masahiro Tanaka | Japanese League | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are reportedly finalists to sign SP Masahiro Tanaka, according to a translated article from the Japanese website Sports Hochi.

SP | Ervin Santana | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
If the Chicago Cubs are unable to sign Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka, the team would be unlikely to pursue free-agent SPs Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana (Royals), according to a major league source. In order to sign either pitcher, the Cubs would have to give up their second-round draft pick and corresponding draft pool money.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
If the Chicago Cubs are unable to sign Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka, the team would be unlikely to pursue free-agent SPs Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana (Royals), according to a major league source. In order to sign either pitcher, the Cubs would have to give up their second-round draft pick and corresponding draft pool money.

SP | Bronson Arroyo | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
According to a source familiar with the situation, free-agent SP Bronson Arroyo (Reds) has recently attracted interest from two teams that were previously not involved in discussions. Arroyo is seeking a three-year deal and at least one team was moving in the direction of offering him a third year. The Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies are among the teams that have expressed interest in him this offseason.

SP | Jerome Williams | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have expressed increased interest in free-agent SP Jerome Williams (Angels). Talks intensified as a result of the injury to SP Derek Holland (knee), which is expected to keep him sidelined until midseason.

SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have expressed increased interest in free-agent SP Jerome Williams (Angels). Talks intensified as a result of the injury to SP Derek Holland (knee), which is expected to keep him sidelined until midseason.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Grant Balfour | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent RP Grant Balfour (Athletics) (shoulder) remains on the open market since the Baltimore Orioles backed out of a deal after discovering shoulder trouble.

RP | John Axford | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP John Axford learned plenty in his previous stop with the St. Louis Cardinals. The coaches sat him down last summer after he was acquired, letting him know he had been tipping his pitches. "I recall, sitting in that room when they told me that, a few different games running through my mind, including blown saves, and thinking, 'Maybe that's why they didn't swing at that slider that was just out of the zone'," Axford said. He ended up posting a 1.74 ERA in 13 games with the Cardinals, and posting a 1.59 ERA in six postseason appearances. Axford parlayed that success into a $4.5 million deal which could climb to $6.25 million with incentives.

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