Fantasy Baseball Daily Offseason Update: Friday, Jan. 24

by KFFL Staff on January 24, 2014 @ 05:57:31 PDT

 



Shortstop

SS | Stephen Drew | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Yankees may pursue free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox) since they are already over the $189 million luxury tax threshold.


Catcher

C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 1B Jesus Montero (hand) has recovered from a hand injury that required stitches after being involved in a car accident while playing winter ball in Venezuela. He will report to camp early with the pitchers and catchers on Feb. 12. Montero is being viewed primarily as a first baseman now, though general manager Jack Zduriencik said he might see a little duty behind the plate early in camp when extra catchers are needed.


Outfielder

OF | Grady Sizemore | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said OF Grady Sizemore (knee) is not guaranteed a spot on the opening day roster, even though he has signed a major league deal. The team will wait to see how Sizemore does during spring training before make a decision on his roster spot.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins have made it know that they're interested in negotiating a long-term deal with OF Giancarlo Stanton, and would prefer to get it done sooner rather than later.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (finger, appendix, hernia) has been cleared for physical activity after a meeting with his doctors Thursday, Jan. 23.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Masahiro Tanaka | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies engaged in cursory negotiations with representatives for Japanese League SP Masahiro Tanaka, but the club's desire not to go beyond five years on a contract likely sealed its fate. Sources also indicated additions to the Phillies staff are not likely.

SP | Danny Hultzen | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Danny Hultzen (shoulder) has already been ruled out for 2014 after having rotator cuff surgery. Hultzen is on the verge of beginning a throwing program that the club will oversee in Arizona as he begins his return.

SP | Matt Garza | Milwaukee Brewers | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, the Milwaukee Brewers are still working on finalizing a contract with free-agent SP Matt Garza (Rangers). No medical issues are delaying an agreement between the two sides.

SP | Erasmo Ramirez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik would like to add another veteran starting pitcher. Behind SPs Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma are plenty of questions surrounding the rotation. Manager Lloyd McClendon said he would be disappointed if SP Taijuan Walker didn't make the rotation out of spring training, but he's expected to compete with SPs James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez and Brandon Maurer.

SP | James Paxton | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik would like to add another veteran starting pitcher. Behind SPs Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma are plenty of questions surrounding the rotation. Manager Lloyd McClendon said he would be disappointed if SP Taijuan Walker didn't make the rotation out of spring training, but he's expected to compete with SPs James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez and Brandon Maurer.

SP | Taijuan Walker | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik would like to add another veteran starting pitcher. Behind SPs Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma are plenty of questions surrounding the rotation. Manager Lloyd McClendon said he would be disappointed if SP Taijuan Walker didn't make the rotation out of spring training, but he's expected to compete with SPs James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez and Brandon Maurer.

SP | Brandon Maurer | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik would like to add another veteran starting pitcher. Behind SPs Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma are plenty of questions surrounding the rotation. Manager Lloyd McClendon said he would be disappointed if SP Taijuan Walker didn't make the rotation out of spring training, but he's expected to compete with SPs James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez and Brandon Maurer.

SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester said he's willing to give the team a discount in order to stay in Boston on a long-term extension. Lester is eligible for free agency after the 2014 season. "These guys are my No. 1 priority," Lester said. "I want to be here 'til they rip this jersey off my back."

SP | Ervin Santana | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Ervin Santana (Royals) is reportedly looking for a four-year deal in the $60 million range, but the chances that he gets that on the free-agent market are slim.

SP | A.J. Burnett | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates are turning the page on re-signing SP A.J. Burnett, but they will leave some financial leeway in case he decides to pitch in 2014. "We'd love to have A.J. back, but right now we've turned the page and we're heading to Bradenton (Fla.) thinking he's not going to be with us," president Frank Coonelly said. "But if he surprises us and calls up tomorrow and says he wants to pitch again, we'd love to have him." Burnett's silence has many wondering if he's leaning toward retirement this offseason. The Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in Burnett in the event he decides to keep playing and does not return to the Pirates.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia said he hasn't lost weight this offseason but that he's "just a little more toned and a lot more strong." "This is the first offseason I was able to weight train and get stronger and not worry about weight loss," Sabathia said.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Joe Smith | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim general manager Jerry DiPoto told media the team is not looking for relief pitchers who have closing experience. Sources believe the team is set with RP Joe Smith as a setup guy and CL Ernesto Frieri as the main stopper.

RP | Ernesto Frieri | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim general manager Jerry DiPoto told media the team is not looking for relief pitchers who have closing experience. Sources believe the team is set with RP Joe Smith as a setup guy and CL Ernesto Frieri as the main stopper.

RP | Fernando Rodney | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The New York Mets are unlikely to sign free-agent RP Fernando Rodney (Rays).

RP | Grant Balfour | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon confirmed that RP Grant Balfour will serve as the team's closer in 2014.

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