Daily Fantasy Baseball Offseason Update: Wednesday, Dec. 11

by KFFL Staff on December 11, 2013 @ 08:48:38 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Corey Hart | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent 1B Corey Hart (Brewers) (knee) is expected to make his decision on his 2014 team soon, perhaps as early as Tuesday, Dec. 10. The Milwaukee Brewers are still in play to re-sign him.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers appears positioned to move quickly to add 1B Ike Davis (Mets) if they are unable to re-sign 1B Corey Hart.

1B | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners are the three teams going after Miami Marlins 1B Logan Morrison the hardest.

1B | Hunter Morris | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers are believed to have made an offer to re-sign 1B Corey Hart, and the club is waiting on his answer, which is expected to come later this week. General manager Doug Melvin said he spoke to Hart's agent, Jeff Berry. It's likely that the Brewers offered Hart a one-year deal heavy with incentives. 3B Juan Francisco or names like Hunter Morris, Jason Rogers and Sean Halton would be options at first base next year if Hart doesn't come back.

1B | James Loney | free agent | Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in talks about possibly signing free-agent 1B James Loney (Rays).


Second Baseman

2B | Howie Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Free Agents, Fantasy
With free-agent 2B Omar Infante (Tigers) said to want a contract in excess of $8 million per season, speculation is Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Howie Kendrick may see his price go up once he hits free agency.

2B | Robinson Cano | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday, Dec. 10, that he had discussions with former 2B Robinson Cano (Mariners) about his unhappiness batting second in the lineup at times.

2B | Brian Roberts | free agent | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are interested in re-signing 2B Brian Roberts to a one-year deal. If they don't, they think 2B Ryan Flaherty is ready for a bigger role. "The way they do the metrics they profile him out as hitting 20 home runs at second base and playing pretty good defense. That's a pretty good combo. We have Jemile (Weeks), we have the potential of (prospect) Jonathan Schoop. First and foremost, we have the potential of Brian Roberts. So, I like our options," manager Buck Showalter said.

2B | Alberto Callaspo | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 2B Alberto Callaspo will play some first base next season.


Shortstop

SS | Stephen Drew | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets are interested in free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox) but will be keen to watch the market develop. The team is thought to have interest in Drew unless the contract length goes to three years.

SS | Cesar Izturis | free agent | Free Agents,
The New York Mets met with agents Peter and Ed Greenberg Tuesday, Dec. 10, who represent free-agent SS Cesar Izturis (Reds), SP Freddy Garcia (Braves) and SP Johan Santana (Mets).

SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins is confident in using SS Ruben Tejada as the starting shortstop entering next season. Tejada recently traveled to Michigan to do a nutrition and conditioning camp, and he plans to return next month. The Mets could sign a veteran shortstop to mentor Tejada at the position, but he's likely to enter as the starter.

SS | Cliff Pennington | Arizona Diamondbacks | Free Agents, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Cliff Pennington and 3B Ben Davidson are expected to remain as bench players next season. The Snakes would like to re-sign 3B Eric Chavez and have SSs Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings battle for playing time at shortstop.


Third Baseman

3B | Juan Uribe | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Despite reports indicating interest, team sources have said the Chicago White Sox are not in on free-agent 3B Juan Uribe. The Miami Marlins also are rumored to be out.

3B | Michael Young | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies are interested in free-agent OF Mike Morse (Orioles) and INF Michael Young (Dodgers).

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman will remain the everyday third baseman in 2014, but he will also move across the diamond and spend some time at first base. He'll take grounders at first in spring training, and it's a possible transition for a permanent position switch down the road. He could spell 1B Adam LaRoche against tough left-handed pitchers for 10 to 15 games in the season. "If that's best for the team, I'm willing to play over there," Zimmerman said. "I don't want to play 60 games over there. The way I played at the end of last season and the way my arm felt, I think third base is my best position and it gives our team the best chance to win. I feel like I'm the best third baseman that we have." Manager Matt Williams doesn't want Zimmerman playing first out of fear that his previous throwing woes will continue, but rather to give the club more versatility.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent 3B Kevin Youkilis (Yankees) said he has no interest in re-signing with the New York Yankees because he wants to play closer to his home in California.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said he's not trying to trade 3B Aramis Ramirez because of their lack of options to replace him at third base.

3B | Mark Reynolds | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Yankees have talked to the agents of 1B Mark Reynolds and RP Boone Logan, according to general manager Brian Cashman.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said 3B Miguel Cabrera (groin) is "doing great" and will be 100 percent healthy in time for spring training. Cabrera is moving back to first base after two seasons of manning the hot corner.


Catcher

C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said C Jesus Montero is currently on the outside looking in and will have to earn a spot on the roster next season.


Outfielder

OF | Nelson Cruz | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are thought to have minimal interest in free-agent OF Nelson Cruz (Rangers) but are interested in free-agent SP Gavin Floyd (White Sox).

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi feels a possible trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers to Detroit Tigers for OF Matt Kemp is complicated and unlikely. The Tigers signed OF Rajai Davis, and they would need to move OF Austin Jackson to make sense.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
There have been rumors of Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista being traded this offseason, and the Seattle Mariners are one team that makes sense because they have the arms to get a deal done, and they need power. However, sources have said there have been zero conversations concerning a potential trade between the two clubs.

Well, that rumor has been put to rest, at least for now. Fantasy owners in keeper formats breathe a sigh of relief, as Safeco Field is not exactly a power hitter's paradise.

OF | Nook Logan | Independent League | Transaction, Free Agents
Free-agent OF Nook Logan (Independent League) is at the MLB Winter Meetings in Florida looking to revive his career. He last played in the majors in 2007. "I didn't shut it down. They shut me down. I still run about the same," Logan said Tuesday, Dec. 10.

OF | Alejandro De Aza | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have checked in on the availability of Chicago White Sox OF Alejandro De Aza.

OF | Grady Sizemore | free agent | Free Agents
The Houston Astros are one of a handful of teams talking to free-agent OF Grady Sizemore (Indians).

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants are not interested in trading for New York Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki because they are searching for a right-handed hitter to platoon with OF Gregor Blanco.

OF | Adam Eaton | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox will put OF Alejandro De Aza on the trading block after acquiring OF Adam Eaton.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is planning to use OF Jason Heyward in the leadoff spot next season.

OF | Cody Ross | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks are hoping to have OF Cody Ross (hip) return in April or May after fracturing his hip in August, according to general manager Kevin Towers.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees are planning on holding onto OF Brett Gardner, and instead are looking to trade OF Ichiro Suzuki. However, Suzuki has a limited trade market. The San Francisco Giants were once interested in Suzuki, but they may not be anymore.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed concern that OF Nolan Reimold (neck) will be ready in time for spring training. "In today's world, it's probably pretty cheap when you look at the going rate of things. If Nolan comes back 100 percent, we've got something, a pretty good deal, so I'm pulling for him. It's been a long, tough road for him," Showalter said.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks are likely to move on from free-agent OF Shin-Soo Choo (Reds), and their next move is expected to be for a front-line starting pitcher.

OF | Mark Trumbo | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction,
The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired P A.J. Schugel from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as part of a three-team deal Tuesday, Dec. 10, that also sent OF Mark Trumbo to Arizona.

OF | Nate McLouth | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams plans to give OF Nate McLouth around 350 at-bats next season. Williams thinks both OFs Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper will benefit from semi-frequent off days.


Starting Pitcher

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price's agent, Bo McKinnis, said Price's camp wouldn't consider signing an extension with the Seattle Mariners if they acquired him. They would consider signing with other teams.

This doesn't rule out a trade since he has two years until free agency, but it probably makes it less likely.

SP | Johan Santana | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Yankees are interested in free-agent SP Johan Santana (Mets).

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers are pessimistic about signing SP Max Scherzer to an extension, but aren't looking to move him either.

SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) is finally healthy after two years of shoulder issues and will compete for a job in spring camp.

SP | Jason Hammel | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves are interested in free-agent SP Jason Hammel (Orioles), according to sources.

SP | Mark Mulder | free agent | Free Agents,
Formerly retired SP Mark Mulder will attempt to make a comeback in 2014. Mulder retired in 2009 after two surgeries to his left shoulder. Mulder watched Los Angeles Dodgers RP Paco Rodriguez and decided that he could emulate something about his delivery and has been working since November to get himself into shape. His fastball has been clocked at 89-90 mph. "The best way to describe it is, the ball is coming out of my hand better now than at any point when I was in St. Louis," Mulder said. "I wouldn't be trying this is if I didn't think the stuff I was throwing was good enough (to pitch in the big leagues)."

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison (back) has been long tossing three days a week and hasn't been experiencing any soreness. He is being stretched out to 150 feet.

SP | Bartolo Colon | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers are interested in signing free-agent SP Bartolo Colon (Athletics). Colon went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA last year for the Oakland Athletics. If he were to sign, it would likely push SP Alexi Ogando out of the rotation and keep P Robbie Ross in the bullpen.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds will not be looking to trade SP Homer Bailey if they re-sign SP Bronson Arroyo.

SP | Matt Garza | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are still considering adding starting pitching, and free-agent SP Matt Garza (Rangers) is on the list. Garza is more appealing because the Angels wouldn't have to give up a draft pick.

SP | Brett Anderson | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Brett Anderson (foot, elbow) said he is completely healthy and has been working out every day. He will resume throwing after Christmas.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins have made an offer to re-sign SP Mike Pelfrey.

SP | Jeremy Hefner | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction,
The New York Mets re-signed SP Jeremy Hefner (elbow) to minor league deal after he was non-tendered last week. Hefner is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

SP | Drew Pomeranz | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies acquired SP Brett Anderson and cash considerations from the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, Dec. 10, in exchange for Ps Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen.

Anderson's value has tanked the last few years because he hasn't been able to stay healthy. With that still clouding his future, the move to Coors Field should turn what little hope any of us had left for him down the drain. Pomeranz must show better control to become relevant in the majority of fantasy leagues, but the move to Oakland may put him on many a sleeper list for 2014.

SP | Tyler Thornburg | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said SP Tyler Thornburg will have the first shot to win the No. 5 starting rotation spot next year behind SPs Kyle Lohse, Yovani Gallardo, Wily Peralta and Marco Estrada.

SP | Bronson Arroyo | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates are unlikely to sign free-agent SP Bronson Arroyo (Reds).

SP | Hector Santiago | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago White Sox acquired OF Adam Eaton from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade Tuesday, Dec. 10. The White Sox sent SP Hector Santiago to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Angels also acquired SP Tyler Skaggs from the Diamondbacks in exchange for OF Mark Trumbo.

First and foremost, the trade of Santiago likely means Chris Sale isn't going anywhere. Eaton is a high-energy type that should fit nicely in the outfield alongside Avisail Garcia and Dayan Viciedo. Eaton loses some intrigue moving to U.S. Cellular Field, a place that will sap what's left of his already limited power stroke.

SP | Barry Zito | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Barry Zito (Giants) isn't in a rush to sign with a team for next season, but he's definitely not ready to retire.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Joaquin Benoit | free agent | Free Agents
The Colorado Rockies' talks with free-agent RP Joaquin Benoit (Tigers) is losing steam as he is believed to have a more lucrative offer.

RP | Jesse Crain | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros are interested in free-agent RP Jesse Crain (White Sox) and free-agent RP Chad Gaudin (Giants).

RP | Sean Marshall | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds discussed RP Sean Marshall at length, and a trade appeared close at one point, but talks have idled for now. It was not clear whether the Reds would have included any salary relief to help offset the remaining $12 million on Marshall's deal.

RP | Scott Downs | free agent | Transaction,
The Washington Nationals are expected to add a left-handed relief pitcher in the coming days, and they have expressed interest in RPs Scott Downs (Braves), J.P. Howell (Dodgers) and Boone Logan (Yankees), among others.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | free agent | Free Agents,
The Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs are teams interested in free-agent RP Joba Chamberlain (Yankees).

RP | Mark Rogers | free agent | Free Agents,
The Milwaukee Brewers do not plan on re-signing RP Mark Rogers.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Bobby Parnell (neck) is set to have a checkup next week with the doctor that performed his neck surgery. He could be cleared to resume baseball activities if everything goes well. "We've got to wait to see how he shows up, where he's at in a month," manager Terry Collins said, noting that he expects Parnell to report to spring training as early as January. "He hasn't done much yet, so he's got to get himself in shape, get his legs underneath him and start throwing. We'll just have to wait to see." Parnell lost a considerable amount of weight following his surgery, which has concerned Collins. New York may sign another reliever in free agency as a backup plan in case Parnell isn't ready.

RP | Rafael Betancourt | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies visited with free-agent RP Rafael Betancourt (elbow), and he could re-sign with the club. His rehab from elbow surgery is going well.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals aren't looking to trade RPs Tyler Clippard or Drew Storen or OF Denard Span, according to general manager Mike Rizzo. "We haven't been fielding all that many calls on Clippard and Storen," Rizzo said. "There's a lot of 'lobby talk,' I call it, about it. But there's been actually no offer, no trade scenario that's official, that included Clippard or Storen. Or Span." The price for Clippard or Storen would be very high if they change their mind.

RP | Jose Veras | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent RP Jose Veras (Tigers) is interested in returning to the Houston Astros this winter. Veras saved 19 games for Houston last year before being traded to the Detroit Tigers. "It feels like family there," Veras said. "It's a young team and they're hungry to win. I feel part of the team. It doesn't matter to me if we won or lose. When you play as a team and everybody cares, that's the best part for me. I do my job to make the team excited we won the game." The Astros are also talking to free-agent RPs Jesse Crain (Rays) and Chad Gaudin (Giants).

RP | Matt Thornton | free agent | Free Agents
The Washington Nationals are interested in free-agent RP Matt Thornton (Red Sox). It is believed that there are six or seven teams showing interest.

RP | Grant Balfour | free agent | Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles have not made an offer to free-agent RP Grant Balfour (Athletics) at this point.

RP | Mark Prior | Retired Players | Transaction,
Free-agent RP Mark Prior (Reds) announced his retirement at the winter meetings Tuesday, Dec. 10. Prior is interested in a front-office job in the major leagues.

RP | Fernando Rodney | free agent | Free Agents
The Seattle Mariners have interest in free-agent RP Fernando Rodney (Rays).

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