Fantasy Baseball Daily Offseason Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10

by KFFL Staff on December 10, 2013 @ 06:14:51 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Monday, Dec. 9, that there has been no consideration given to 1B Mike Napoli changing positions. He lacks the speed to play anywhere other than first base. "At some point it's something to think about. We're not quite at that point. If we get a point where we think his bat might help us at another spot, it's something to consider," Cherington said.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are one of the teams interested in trading for New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy, and they also have some interest in 1B Ike Davis.

1B | Corey Hart | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants are interested in free-agent OF Mike Morse (Orioles) and 1B Corey Hart (Brewers), but both players are expected to be too expensive for their taste.

1B | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have checked in on Miami Marlins 1B Logan Morrison.

1B | Garrett Jones | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, the Miami Marlins signed 1B Garrett Jones to a two-year, $7.75 million contract Monday, Dec. 9. He'll make $2.75 million next year and $5 million in 2015. 1B Logan Morrison is on the trading block with the addition of Jones to the roster. Jones hit just .233 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs in 144 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013.


Second Baseman

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (thumb) recently had a pin taken out of his surgically repaired thumb. "He feels good," manager John Farrell said Monday, Dec. 9. "We'll see how things advance but everything points to him being ready not only for spring training, but getting ample at bats."

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are one of the teams interested in trading for New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy, and they also have some interest in 1B Ike Davis.

2B | Brian Roberts | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have talked with free-agent 2B Brian Roberts (Orioles).

2B | Alexander Guerrero | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said 2B Alexander Guerrero needs more at-bats in winter ball, but he's currently the favorite to enter the season at second base. The club would rather not move him over to third base.


Shortstop

SS | Stephen Drew | free agent | Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
If the Boston Red Sox bring back free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), they would be confident with SS Xander Bogaerts playing third base after seeing him there in the postseason. "I think we're completely comfortable with him playing either position," manager John Farrell said Monday, Dec. 9.

SS | Rafael Furcal | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins have no concerns with 2B Rafael Furcal (elbow) after he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last spring. "If you ask him he's going to be out there 162 games," Hill said. "He just loves to play. Before we went down that road obviously we had to get our arms around the medicals and get comfortable with the medicals. We have zero concerns about his ability to post for us and be a productive player."

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro is working on his strength for three weeks in the Dominican Republic.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are considered a long shot to trade SS Elvis Andrus this offseason. The Rangers have not discussed him with other teams since acquiring 1B Prince Fielder.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said the team isn't thinking of moving SS Hanley Ramirez back to third base.


Third Baseman

3B | Miguel Sano | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 3B Miguel Sano (elbow) remains shut down with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Surgery has not been ruled out at this point.


Catcher

C | Ryan Lavarnway | Boston Red Sox | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Ryan Lavarnway is stuck in the middle between two veteran catchers and three prospects, and stuck is where he might stay. "He's a good hitter. Obviously we made a decision not to just pencil him in the lineup next year. But we still like him. I think that overall at that position, we've obviously got two veterans with one year left on their contracts and a bunch of young guys behind them. But there's plenty of opportunity for competition down the road, not too far down the road," general manager Ben Cherington said Monday, Dec. 9.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals think C Wilson Ramos is prepared to start 125 games or more in 2014, with Cs Jhonatan Solano and Sandy Leon backing him up. "I don't think he needs any more regular time off than any other front-line, full-time catcher," general manager Mike Rizzo said of Ramos. "He can play regularly. I don't know what the average everyday catcher caught … what, about a 125-128 games? I think he can take on that load. And if that's the case, we feel good about what we've got as our backups." Ramos hasn't caught more than 106 games in a single season in his career and has been limited to 101 games in the last two seasons combined.


Outfielder

OF | Rajai Davis | free agent | Free Agents
The Detroit Tigers are close to signing free-agent OF Rajai Davis (Blue Jays) to a two-year deal.

OF | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are primarily focused on Arizona Diamondbacks SPs Trevor Cahill and Tyler Skaggs in their trade talks for OF Mark Trumbo.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in signing free-agent OF Shin-Soo Choo (Reds).

OF | Mike Morse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants are interested in free-agent OF Mike Morse (Orioles) and 1B Corey Hart (Brewers), but both players are expected to be too expensive for their taste.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants are interested in trading for New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner, but a deal is "not likely, but not impossible."

OF | Peter Bourjos | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Peter Bourjos (wrist) has been cleared to swing, but OF Oscar Taveras (ankle) has yet to be cleared to resume running. Both players met with the team over the weekend for checkups with the medical staff.

OF | Oscar Taveras | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Peter Bourjos (wrist) has been cleared to swing, but OF Oscar Taveras (ankle) has yet to be cleared to resume running. Both players met with the team over the weekend for checkups with the medical staff.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (finger) said his sprained right middle finger "felt really good" after he took swings for the first time this winter. He took 50 swings off a batting tee Monday, Dec. 9, and expects to take batting practice later this week. "It's getting stronger. It felt really good. No issues," said Gonzalez, a two-time all-star. "I am happy with how it feels."

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said OF Shane Victorino will likely return to switch hitting next year.

OF | Eric Young Jr. | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Eric Young Jr. will receive consideration to start at second base if the team trades 2B Daniel Murphy this winter. INFs Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada will also be considered if they have an opening at the keystone.

OF | Nelson Cruz | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers met with free-agent OF Nelson Cruz (Rangers) Monday, Dec. 9.

OF | Daniel Nava | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OFs Shane Victorino and Daniel Nava are being considered for the leadoff spot next season.

OF | Mike Carp | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in trading for Boston Red Sox OF Mike Carp.

OF | Jeff Francoeur | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Jeff Francoeur (Giants) had LASIK surgery during the offseason and is looking to latch on somewhere as an extra outfielder. He also will abandon the 35-ounce bat he used in 2013.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson is entering the final season before free agency, and the team is listening to offers with the idea of exploring longer-term options, according to sources.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics have been talking with the Colorado Rockies about a trade for SP Brett Anderson. According to beat writer Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post, talks are slowly fading. The talks are not dead, but there is no traction as of now.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are primarily focused on Arizona Diamondbacks SPs Trevor Cahill and Tyler Skaggs in their trade talks for OF Mark Trumbo.

SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are primarily focused on Arizona Diamondbacks SPs Trevor Cahill and Tyler Skaggs in their trade talks for OF Mark Trumbo.

SP | Johan Santana | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Johan Santana (Mets) is not expected to retire this offseason.

SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said P Jenrry Mejia (elbow) should be a candidate for the starting rotation next year if he can remain healthy. Mejia hasn't pitched more than 108 2/3 innings in any of his seven professional seasons, and he had surgery on his right elbow in August. Alderson prefers for his upper-level prospects to open the season in the minors and then be promoted later in the year.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) is in the "early stages of his throwing program" and is feeling good, according to general manager Neal Huntington.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners are not ready to trade SP Taijuan Walker. The Tampa Bay Rays are believed to have asked for Walker in a package that would include SP David Price. "We think the guy has the ability to be a front-line starter," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "I expect Taijuan to be with us."

SP | Taijuan Walker | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners are not ready to trade SP Taijuan Walker. The Tampa Bay Rays are believed to have asked for Walker in a package that would include SP David Price. "We think the guy has the ability to be a front-line starter," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "I expect Taijuan to be with us."

SP | Bartolo Colon | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The New York Mets are unlikely to sign free-agent SP Bartolo Colon (Athletics) because he's unlikely to fit within the team's price range.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (thumb) is fully expected to be ready for spring training. SP Clay Buchholz (shoulder) has already resumed his throwing program.

SP | Wade Davis | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said SPs Luke Hochevar and Wade Davis will be candidates for the last two spots in the starting rotation in spring training. SPs Danny Duffy, Yordano Ventura and Kyle Zimmer will be competing with them.

SP | Felipe Paulino | Chicago White Sox | Transaction,
The Chicago White Sox signed SP Felipe Paulino to a one-year, $1.75 million deal Monday, Dec. 9. The deal includes a $4 million option for the 2015 season with a $250,000 buyout.

SP | Bronson Arroyo | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are looking at free-agent SP Bronson Arroyo (Reds).

SP | Jason Hammel | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles are interested in re-signing SP Jason Hammel to an incentive-laden deal.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox would be looking for a package that is much bigger than what Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price is supposed to return in order to trade SP Chris Sale.

SP | A.J. Burnett | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent SP A.J. Burnett (Pirates) is undecided about whether he wants to continue his career.

SP | Matt Garza | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees don't plan on pursuing free-agent SPs Matt Garza (Rangers), Ervin Santana (Royals) or Ubaldo Jimenez (Indians) this winter, which is why they are more open to trading OF Brett Gardner. Gardner has been receiving a good amount of interest from other teams. The Yankees are interested in Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka but are pessimistic he'll be posted.

SP | Roy Halladay | Retired Players | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays will sign free-agent SP Roy Halladay (Phillies) to a one-day contract so he can retire as a member of the team.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Depth Chart Tidbit,
The Texas Rangers are still looking for help in the bullpen despite having RPs Neftali Feliz, Tanner Scheppers and Joakim Soria.

RP | Grant Balfour | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles are interested in signing free-agent RPs Grant Balfour (Athletics) and John Axford (Cardinals). They could also look to turn to free-agent RP Chris Perez (Indians).

RP | Jose Veras | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros are interested in signing free-agent RP Jose Veras (Tigers).

RP | Carlos Marmol | free agent | Free Agents,
The Milwaukee Brewers are interested in free-agent RP Carlos Marmol (Dodgers). Three to four teams are interested in his services.

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers agreed on a trade to acquire RP Sergio Santos from the Toronto Blue Jays, but another player involved in the deal failed his physical.

RP | Tyler Clippard | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs are interested in Washington Nationals RPs Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard.

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