Fantasy Baseball Daily Offseason Update: Wednesday, Jan. 22

by KFFL Staff on January 22, 2014 @ 06:01:46 PDT

 



Second Baseman

2B | Logan Forsythe | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays acquired 3B Logan Forsythe from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The deal is rumored to involve up to five players; the other players were not disclosed, but SP Alexander Torres is rumored to be in the deal.

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (thumb) is taking dry swings after having surgery on his thumb last November. OF Shane Victorino (wrist) is slightly behind, but manager John Farrell expects both players to be ready by opening day.


Shortstop

SS | Xander Bogaerts | Boston Red Sox | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox do not appear close to re-signing SS Stephen Drew, and general manager Ben Cherington indicated that the team is happy with where they are at. Boston is prepared to move forward with SS Xander Bogaerts at shortstop and 3B Will Middlebrooks at the hot corner.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (back, rib) is doing his normal offseason hitting program and is not being limited at all. He took part in a back-strengthening program this winter.


Third Baseman

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy
Major League Baseball Players Association player representatives overwhelmingly agreed that New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez should be kicked out of the union during a 90-minute conference call the day he sued the MLBPA. However, union leaders said they could not legally pursue his expulsion, three sources on the call said. "That's what everyone was thinking," an anonymous player said Tuesday, Jan. 21. "We wanted to get on this call and not let him back. (To say), 'This is our game and we don't want you in it'."

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox do not appear close to re-signing SS Stephen Drew, and general manager Ben Cherington indicated that the team is happy with where they are at. Boston is prepared to move forward with SS Xander Bogaerts at shortstop and 3B Will Middlebrooks at the hot corner.


Outfielder

OF | Bobby Abreu | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies OF Bobby Abreu's contract is for one year and $800,000.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton said he's been working with a "functional movement coach" in an effort to get back on track in 2014.

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (thumb) is taking dry swings after having surgery on his thumb last November. OF Shane Victorino (wrist) is slightly behind, but manager John Farrell expects both players to be ready by opening day.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are encouraging OF Matt Kemp (ankle) not to rush himself to play in the first two games of the regular season against the Arizona Diamondbacks. "His biggest issue with injuries has been trying to get back too soon," agent Dave Stewart said. "I'm urging him to make sure he's totally healthy." Kemp's left shoulder hasn't given him any problems, and he's been lifting weights regularly.

OF | Peter Bourjos | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Peter Bourjos hopes to steal 40 bases in 2014.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Alexander Torres | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays acquired 3B Logan Forsythe from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The deal is rumored to involve up to five players; the other players were not disclosed, but SP Alexander Torres is rumored to be in the deal.

SP | Masahiro Tanaka | Japanese League | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka is down to the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks as he decides where to sign this week. The deadline for teams to complete a deal with him is Friday, Jan. 24, and he's expected to sign for more than $100 million. Tanaka is expected to make his decision by Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the latest.

SP | Hyun-Jin Ryu | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu returned to the team in much better shape than he was in last year, according to president Stan Kasten.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux said SP Colby Lewis (hip) looked free and easy during a video clip of Lewis' throwing session in California recently. Lewis is unlikely to be ready to enter the season in the starting rotation. "Great things from Colby," Maddux said. "Of course he's going to be on a little different program (in spring training) because the surgery and the procedure he had nobody else has had it. We're going to have to listen to him and really get with the medical team. We're in unchartered waters right now but if anybody's going to find their way to shore it's Colby Lewis."

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison (back) felt fine after throwing a 35-pitch bullpen session Monday, Jan. 20. Harrison has lost 30 pounds in order to try to take some strain off his surgically repaired back, and he was throwing at 80 percent intensity yesterday. "Every day it's getting a little better," said Harrison. "It's just a matter of getting my repetition back in place and getting my arm ready for spring training. I'm eager to get back out there. Hopefully everything's 100 percent and I can get going and be ready to start the season."

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Dave Stewart, the agent for Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow), said his client is "coming along great" and could be back in the majors in early May.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn will be in competition for a starting spot in spring training, and he spent the winter working with former SP Chris Carpenter.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Grant Balfour | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen could be traded if the team elects to sign free-agent RP Grant Balfour (Athletics). Storen is set to make $3.5 million in 2014, and while he was decent in the final month and a half of the season, he struggled so much last season that he was briefly demoted to Triple-A Syracuse.

RP | Jesse Crain | Houston Astros | Injury
Houston Astros RP Jesse Crain (shoulder) will start throwing again in the next couple weeks after dealing with a shoulder injury. There is no timetable for when he will be ready.

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