Fantasy Baseball Daily Offseason Update: Thursday, Dec. 12

by KFFL Staff on December 12, 2013 @ 06:00:51 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners were approached by the Houston Astros about 1B Justin Smoak, but the talks reportedly did not go far.

Smoak appears to be an odd-man our following the signing of Corey Hart and the acquisition of Logan Morrison. As of right now, Smoak is only worth a look in AL-only fantasy play until it becomes clear he has more of a role than an occasional starter and bench player.

1B | Logan Morrison | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Miami Marlins traded 1B Logan Morrison to the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, Dec. 11, in exchange for RP Carter Capps.

Capps has the skills to pitch in the ninth but will fall into a setup role to Steve Cishek. Garrett Jones will take over full time at first base for Morrison. Moving to a pitcher-friendly environment lowers Jones' power impact, which has been his main contributing factor to fantasy owners.

1B | Corey Hart | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms with free-agent 1B Corey Hart (Brewers) on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Hart could be a sleeper candidate next season because he was not able to play in 2013 due to a knee injury. Hart could see time at first base, designated hitter and in the outfield for the Mariners. His power numbers may go down with the move, but he has the power to play in any stadium. His fantasy value likely will be determined by his health in 2014.


Second Baseman

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have rejected a trade offer from the Cincinnati Reds which would send 2B Brandon Phillips to the Bronx for OF Brett Gardner in a straight-up deal.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins reportedly have some interest in Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks.

Weeks' contract calls for $11 million in 2014, so it is unclear if the Marlins could take on all or some of that money. They have been adding players this offseason, but that type of money seems to be out of their ballpark.


Shortstop

SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are considering a contract extension for SS J.J. Hardy. Hardy is signed through the 2014 season.

SS | Stephen Drew | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox remain in talks with free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox) and would like to re-sign him.


Third Baseman

3B | Mark Reynolds | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays may be interested in free-agent 1B Mark Reynolds (Yankees) as a power bat who may not come with a higher price tag.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays have an interest in free-agent 1B Kevin Youkilis (Yankees), who is not expected to be back in New York.

Youkilis said earlier in the week that he wants to be closer to his California home, so St. Petersburg isn't much closer than New York. It is unclear how firm he is on his stance, but this might not go far.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval is open to the possibility of discussing a contract extension this spring. An extension would buy out his first few years of free agency.


Catcher

C | Josmil Pinto | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Josmil Pinto (shoulder) has been removed from the roster of the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League due to a sore right shoulder.

C | Mike Zunino | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners have had teams ask about C Mike Zunino, but they are not interested in moving him.

C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss wants C Wilin Rosario to receive 100 more at-bats next year, which means he will play some first base.


Outfielder

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
A source for another club said the Philadelphia Phillies have explored trading OF Domonic Brown and CL Jonathan Papelbon in a package. The money would then be used to pursue starting pitching.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
There was a report earlier Wednesday, Dec. 11, that free-agent OF Shin-Soo Choo (Reds) was considering a seven-year deal from the Texas Rangers. However, a source told beat writer Jeff Wilson that the club does not have a seven-year offer out to Choo, although they still have interest in him.

OF | Nelson Cruz | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
There was a report earlier Wednesday, Dec. 11, that the Baltimore Orioles had offered free-agent OF Nelson Cruz (Rangers) a four-year, but beat writer Roch Kubatko said that multiple people associated with the team say the club is not in on Cruz. He said he was told earlier in the week that the reported interest is exaggerated.

OF | Mike Morse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Houston Astros are currently in serious talks to sign free-agent OF Mike Morse (Orioles).

OF | Raul Ibanez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are expected to sign free-agent OF Raul Ibanez (Mariners).

OF | Colby Rasmus | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the team doesn't expect to move any of their core position players this winter, including OF Colby Rasmus. "The acquisition cost just doesn't work for us right now," Anthopoulos said. "I don't know if I can quantify how far off, but we continue to have dialogue, if you want to look at that as encouraging, I don't know. It's not so out of the realm that we won't continue to have talks." The Blue Jays are interested in Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija and Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Dexter Fowler will hit leadoff and start in center field in 2014. 2B Jose Altuve will hit second and C Jason Castro will be in the No. 3 slot.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) is expected to be 100 percent healthy by February.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Dave Stewart, agent for Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp, said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told him the team will not trade Kemp.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti has said the door is not closed on free-agent SP Ubaldo Jimenez and that the team would love to have him back.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs are not close to signing SP Jeff Samardzija to a long-term contract extension after meeting with him Wednesday, Dec. 11. "There is no trade imminent," executive Theo Epstein said. "We'll see what happens. We hope he's here for a long time." Samardzija is under team control for two more seasons before he becomes a free agent. Samardzija is likely requesting a deal that would pay him $12-17 million per year, and the Cubs aren't close to that request.

SP | Ervin Santana | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The New York Mets have talked with free-agent SP Ervin Santana (Royals), but they are unlikely to add him after just signing SP Bartolo Colon.

SP | Johan Santana | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox are not interested in free-agent SP Johan Santana (Mets).

SP | Drew Pomeranz | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Drew Pomeranz will be given a shot to win a spot in the starting rotation next year.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks are pursuing a trade for Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey.

SP | Bartolo Colon | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy,
The New York Mets agreed to terms with free-agent SP Bartolo Colon (Athletics) on a two-year, $20 million deal Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Colon will surely see some regression in his numbers from a season ago heading into his age-41 season. However, the move to Citi Field may have been the best place he could have gone to buoy his fading fantasy value.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free-agent SP Edinson Volquez (Dodgers) to a one-year, $5 million deal Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Volquez becomes the Bucs' latest reclamation pitching project after they turned Francisco Liriano around last season. Volquez has had control problems his entire career. If he can get that fixed, he could be a surprise in Pittsburgh. Don't forget about him.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the team doesn't expect to move any of their core position players this winter, including OF Colby Rasmus. "The acquisition cost just doesn't work for us right now," Anthopoulos said. "I don't know if I can quantify how far off, but we continue to have dialogue, if you want to look at that as encouraging, I don't know. It's not so out of the realm that we won't continue to have talks." The Blue Jays are interested in Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija and Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price.

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona told SP Justin Masterson he will not be traded this winter.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton will earn $4 million next year, and his contract will increase to $8 million in 2015 and 2016. A team option for the 2017 season could increase the overall value of his deal to $30 million. The team option will turn into a mutual option if Morton is traded.


Relief Pitcher

RP | John Axford | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles have had discussions with free-agent RP John Axford (Cardinals).

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
A source for another club said the Philadelphia Phillies have explored trading OF Domonic Brown and CL Jonathan Papelbon in a package. The money would then be used to pursue starting pitching.

RP | Grant Balfour | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles have a two-year offer on the table to free-agent RP Grant Balfour (Athletics), beat writer Roch Kubatko confirmed Wednesday, Dec. 11.

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