Daily Fantasy Baseball Offseason Update: Monday, Jan. 20

by KFFL Staff on January 20, 2014 @ 11:55:06 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig (foot) took a month off after the season before beginning a rehab program. He has begun conditioning and has spent the offseason stretching out his arm in preparation to play right field.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman is asking for $5.75 million in arbitration, while the Braves are countering with $4.5 million.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland is asking for $3.25 million in arbitration, while the Rangers are countering with $2.025 million.

1B | Jesus Guzman | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 1B Jesus Guzman will make $1.3 million as part of his one-year deal to avoid arbitration.

1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles avoided arbitration with 1B Chris Davis Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $10.35 million deal plus incentives. He made $3.3 million last year.


Second Baseman

2B | Matt Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
A contract extension for St. Louis Cardinals INF Matt Carpenter does not appear imminent but general manager John Mozeliak said negotiations could take place during spring training.

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Travis Wood is asking for $4.25 million in salary arbitration and the Cubs are countering with $3.5 million. 2B Darwin Barney has submitted $2.8 million and Chicago is countering with $1.8 million.

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets avoided arbitration with 2B Daniel Murphy Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $5.7 million deal. He can make an extra $50,000 for 500 plate appearances.

2B | Emilio Bonifacio | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration with INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million deal.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration with 2B Neil Walker Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $5.75 million deal.


Shortstop

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) resumed on-field workouts Monday, Jan. 20, by hitting off a tee and fielding 108 groundballs at the team's spring training complex. "It's good to have a normal offseason and get some work in," Jeter said. "Everything is normal now."

SS | Jhonny Peralta | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Jhonny Peralta expressed remorse for his past performance-enhancing drug transgressions Saturday, Jan. 18, and he indicated he wants to prove that the Cardinals made the right decision to look beyond his mistakes. "I want to show to the fans and to the people that it's not what everybody thinks about it," Peralta said. "I know I could play baseball before (this connection to Biogenesis). I know I can play baseball naturally. I have to show people that I can do it and that I can help."


Third Baseman

3B | Chone Figgins | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are not expected to pursue free-agent INF Chone Figgins (Marlins). They were not in attendance at his workout in Arizona last week for interested teams.

3B | Carson Kelly | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals minor league 3B/C Carson Kelly and OFs Stephen Piscotty and James Ramsey will be among the non-roster invitees to spring training camp.

3B | David Freese | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B David Freese is asking for $6 million in arbitration, while the Angels are countering with $4.1 million.

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with 3B Chris D. Johnson Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $4.75 million deal.

3B | Juan Francisco | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers agreed on one-year deals with SP Marco Estrada and 3B Juan Francisco Friday, Jan. 17. Estrada will receive $3.25 million plus $100,000 in performance bonuses based on innings. Francisco will make $1.35 million.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration with 3B Pedro Alvarez Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $4.25 million deal.


Catcher

C | Jason Castro | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The Houston Astros have not yet discussed a long-term contract extension with C Jason Castro, according to an unnamed source.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
Major League Baseball continues to pursue eliminating home-plate collisions, and St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina is all for it. "I'm good with it," Molina said Saturday, Jan. 18. "I'm 100 percent certain it's going to help, especially the catchers."

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters is asking for $8.75 million in arbitration, while the Orioles are countering with $6.5 million.

C | Manny Pina | Seattle Mariners | Transaction,
The Seattle Mariners signed free-agent RP Logan Kensing (Rockies) and C Manny Pina (Royals) to minor league deals with invites to spring training Friday, Jan. 17.


Outfielder

OF | Travis Buck | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres signed free-agent OF Travis Buck (Mets) to a minor league deal Monday, Jan. 20.

OF | Grady Sizemore | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds are in advanced discussions with free-agent OF Grady Sizemore (Indians). However, it's still possible he could go in another direction because multiple teams remain interested in him.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins never discussed a multi-year contract extension during recent negotiations with Joel Wolfe, the agent for OF Giancarlo Stanton, because neither side felt the timing was right. Stanton agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal Friday, Jan. 17, in order to avoid arbitration.

OF | Delmon Young | Baltimore Orioles | Free Agents, Fantasy
As a result of signing OF/DH Delmon Young, the Baltimore Orioles are unlikely to continue pursuing free-agent DH/1B Kendrys Morales (Mariners).

OF | Vernon Wells | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have expressed some interest in free-agent OF Vernon Wells (Yankees). However, there is a possibility that he may decide to retire.

OF | Nelson Cruz | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Nelson Cruz (Rangers) is not getting interest from teams because his salary demands have not come down enough.

OF | Jack Cust | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles still have not decided whether they will sign free-agent OF Jack Cust (Rays) to a minor-league deal or not, and discussions continue on whether to bring him to spring training as one of the invitees. "It's still under consideration," executive vice president Dan Duquette said Saturday, Jan. 18. Beat writer Roch Kubatko says the feeling is that the team will sign Cust as long as he is willing to being the 2014 season at Triple-A Norfolk, but nothing has been decided. Cust last appeared in the majors in 2011.

OF | Oscar Taveras | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras (ankle) said Saturday, Jan. 18, that he expects to be "100 percent ready" when he reports to spring training in February. General manager John Mozeliak said Taveras should be cleared to run at full speed within the next few weeks.

OF | Peter Bourjos | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak envisions OF Peter Bourjos as a bottom-of-the-order hitter despite his speed because he doesn't possess an on-base percentage as high as players such as 2B Matt Carpenter. However, he cautioned that manager Mike Matheny is responsible for setting the lineup.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda is asking for $1.9 million in arbitration, while the Mets are countering with $1.35 million.

OF | Mark Trumbo | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Mark Trumbo is asking for $5.85 million in arbitration, while the Diamondbacks are countering with $3.4 million.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward is asking for $5.5 million in arbitration, while the Braves are countering with $5.2 million.

OF | Craig Gentry | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics avoided arbitration with OF Craig Gentry Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.145 million deal.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with OF Austin Jackson Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $6 million deal.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller said he didn't tire down the stretch and wasn't injured in any way at the end of last season. Miller was used for only one inning in the Cardinals' postseason run. "It's tough to not get to pitch in the postseason and stuff, but at the same time, we had a good thing going and it's hard to change it up," Miller said. "I don't really have a good answer for it to be honest. We were winning games, so you can't really complain."

SP | Masahiro Tanaka | Japanese League | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are among the teams that made formal offers to Japanese free-agent SP Masahiro Tanaka before the Jan. 16 deadline. Almost all of the offers are believed to be more than $100 million over six years. According to Nikkan Sports, the Diamondbacks' offer is believed to be for six years and $120 million. The Dodgers and Yankees reportedly made similar offers, while Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno hinted that the team would have difficulty fitting Tanaka into its budget.

SP | Aaron Cook | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Aaron Cook (Rockies) is looking to make a comeback after his 2013 season was halted in July due to a tired arm. Cook made eight starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs but did not pitch in the majors last year.

SP | Carl Pavano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Carl Pavano (Twins) (spleen) is throwing off flat ground while working out in Arizona. According to his agent, Dave Pepe, Pavano has drawn interest from several teams and is expected to throw bullpen sessions for them in mid-February.

SP | Matt Garza | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent SP Matt Garza (Rangers) has not found a team to give him a four-or-five year deal in part because there may be some concerns about about him physically.

SP | Bronson Arroyo | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Bronson Arroyo (Reds) remains a target for the Baltimore Orioles, but the team is not likely to hand out a three-year deal to the pitcher.

SP | A.J. Burnett | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles are still trying to sign another starting pitcher to place near the top of their rotation. The team has not determined whether free-agent SP A.J. Burnett (Pirates) is interested in pitching this year.

SP | Scott Baker | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
According to a source, the Seattle Mariners are among several teams interested in free-agent SP Scott Baker (Cubs), and the team has emerged as a favorite along with the Cleveland Indians in a field of five to seven teams who have expressed an interest. He is likely to settle for a minor-league deal when he does finally sign.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright said Saturday, Jan. 18, that he normally begins his offseason throwing program around the first of the year, but he pushed the start date back two weeks to compensate for a shorter offseason and heavy 2013 workload.

SP | John Lannan | New York Mets | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets have signed free-agent SP John Lannan (Phillies) to a minor league contract, with an invitation to major league spring training camp.

SP | Dillon Gee | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets have avoided arbitration with SP Dillon Gee by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.625 million.

SP | Chris Carpenter | Retired Players | Transaction
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said retired SP Chris Carpenter will join the team's front office in a role that has not yet been clearly defined. He could be involved in the scouting process and will be present in Jupiter, Fla. for part of spring training.

SP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner is asking for $2.4 million in arbitration, while the team is offering $2.275 million.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said he is optimistic that the team will be able to sign SP Homer Bailey to a long-term extension before his scheduled arbitration hearing.

SP | Doug Fister | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Doug Fister is asking for $8.5 million in arbitration, while the Nationals are countering with $5.75 million.

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson is asking for $11.8 million in arbitration, while the Indians are countering with $8.05 million.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija is asking for $6.2 million in salary arbitration, while the Cubs are countering with $4.4 million.

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia (elbow) has reported to the team's spring training facilities in Florida after having a bone spur removed from his right elbow Aug. 28 of last year. Mejia is the current front-runner to be the fifth starting pitcher. SPs Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero will be competing with Mejia.

SP | Mike Minor | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with SP Mike Minor Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $3.85 million deal.

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with SP Max Scherzer Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $15.525 million deal.

SP | Vin Mazzaro | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration with RP Vin Mazzaro Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $950,000 deal.

SP | Cesar Ramos | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction,
The Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration with RP Cesar Ramos Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $749,750 deal.

SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with SP Kris Medlen Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $5.8 million deal.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds avoided arbitration with SP Mike Leake Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $5.9 million deal plus incentives.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles avoided arbitration with SP Brian Matusz Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $2.4 million deal.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees avoided arbitration with SP Ivan Nova Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million deal.

SP | Anthony Swarzak | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins avoided arbitration with SP Anthony Swarzak Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $935,000 deal. He can make an extra $25,000 in incentives for 10 games started.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals RP Jason Motte (elbow) will head to the team's spring training facility Monday, Jan. 20, and will resume throwing a day or two later.

RP | Jared Wells | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Jared Wells (Rockies) is scheduled to throw for interested teams Wednesday, Jan. 22.

RP | Ryan Madson | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have expressed interest in free-agent RP Ryan Madson (Angels). However, he is not expected to sign with a team until after he throws off a mound during the first week of February. The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies have also shown interest in Madson.

RP | Fernando Rodney | free agent | Free Agents
The Washington Nationals are not interested in free-agent RP Fernando Rodney (Rays).

RP | Grant Balfour | free agent | Free Agents
The Washington Nationals are interested in free-agent RP Grant Balfour (Athletics) for a late inning role with the team.

RP | Tommy Hunter | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles beat writer Roch Kubatko reports it is becoming more apparent by the day that P Tommy Hunter will head to spring training as the favorite to land the closer's job, although manager Buck Showalter would not commit to that this week. The skipper said Hunter is simply a candidate.

RP | Giancarlo Alvarado | New York Mets | Transaction,
The New York Mets re-signed P Giancarlo Alvarado to a minor-league deal Saturday, Jan. 18, according to a source. The deal does not include an invitation to spring training.

RP | Rafael Perez | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have signed RP Rafael Perez (Red Sox) to a minor league contract, with an invitation to major league spring training camp.

RP | Joe Beimel | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners have signed free-agent RP Joe Beimel (Braves) to a minor league contract, with an invitation to major league spring training camp. Beimel's velocity has increased noticeably since his recovery from Tommy John surgery, according to scouts.

RP | Kenley Jansen | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen is asking for $5.05 million in arbitration, while the Dodgers are countering with $3.5 million.

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel is asking for $9 million in arbitration, while the Braves are countering with $6.55 million.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman is asking for $5.4 million in arbitration, while the Reds are countering with $4.6 million.

RP | Greg Holland | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Greg Holland is asking for $5.2 million in arbitration, while the Royals are countering with $4.1 million.

RP | Pedro Strop | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with RP Pedro Strop Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.325 million deal.

RP | Ernesto Frieri | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim avoided arbitration with RP Ernesto Frieri Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $3.8 million deal.

RP | Fernando Salas | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim avoided arbitration with RP Fernando Salas Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $870,000 deal.

RP | Al Alburquerque | Detroit Tigers | Transaction,
The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with RP Al Alburquerque Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $837,500 deal.

RP | Jerry Blevins | Washington Nationals | Transaction,
The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration with RP Jerry Blevins Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to an undisclosed one-year deal.

RP | Marc Rzepczynski | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
The Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration with RP Marc Rzepczynski Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.375 million deal.

RP | Joe Thatcher | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction,
The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with RP Joe Thatcher Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $2.375 million deal.

RP | Mike Dunn | Miami Marlins | Transaction,
The Miami Marlins avoided arbitration with RP Mike Dunn Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million deal.

RP | Steve Cishek | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Miami Marlins avoided arbitration with OF Giancarlo Stanton and RP Steve Cishek Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to one-year deals with both. Stanton will make $6.5 million and Cishek will earn $3.8 million.

RP | James Russell | Chicago Cubs | Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with RP James Russell Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.775 million deal.

RP | David Robertson | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees avoided arbitration with RP David Robertson Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $5.215 million deal.

RP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration with SP Luke Hochevar Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $5.21 million deal. He can earn an extra $400,000 in performance bonuses for games started and finished.

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