Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on October 24, 2011 @ 08:43:29 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The top four hitters in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup for Game 4 of the World Series, SS Rafael Furcal, OF Allen Craig, 1B Albert Pujols and OF Matt Holliday, combined to go 0-for-14.

1B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Michael Young will be the designated hitter for Game 3 of the World Series Saturday, Oct. 22. 1B Mitch Moreland is expected to receive a start at first base at some point this weekend, but C Mike Napoli will be there in Game 3.

1B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera (shoulder) will skip the MLB All-Star Series in Taiwan as he attempts to rest his sore right shoulder. The injury isn't considered serious, but if it continues to nag him, he will undergo an MRI exam to rule out serious damage.

Second Baseman

2B | Johnny Giavotella | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 2B Johnny Giavotella (hip) underwent surgery to fix a torn labrum in his right hip Thursday, Oct. 20, and he is expected to be fully healthy in time for spring training next year.

2B | Matt Tolbert | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Minnesota Twins 2B Matt Tolbert refused his minor league assignment Thursday, Oct. 20, and became a free agent.


SS | Ryan Theriot | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Ryan Theriot will start at second base in Game 3 of the World Series Saturday, Oct. 22, against the Texas Rangers.

SS | Jose Reyes | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SS Jose Reyes is up for two Players Choice awards, which will be given out in November after balloting determined by Major League Baseball players. One of the awards is Comeback Player of the Year in the National League.

Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese saw his 13-game postseason hitting streak come to an end in Game 4 of the World Series. Freese hit .456 (21-for-46) during the streak with seven doubles and 16 RBIs, but Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland kept him two shy of tying OF Marquis Grissom's 15-game playoff hitting streak, the longest by a National League player.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre went 4-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 22.

3B | Eric Chavez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Eric Chavez is reportedly contemplating retirement. If Chavez does not return next season to back up 3B Alex Rodriguez, the team could pursue a free agent like 3B Casey Blake, who is not expected to be retained by the Los Angeles Dodgers, or look for an in-house solution, such as 3B Brandon Laird.

3B | David Winfree | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have added 3B/OF David Winfree to their 40-man roster.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets will be open minded this offseason when it comes to trade requests for 3B David Wright. The Colorado Rockies are interested in Wright, but they will not give up OF Dexter Fowler or trade multiple prospects for one season of Wright.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart (wrist) and OF Ryan Spilborghs (heel) have yet to commit to playing winter ball this offseason as they continue to rehab their injuries. Stewart was unable to play in the instructional league and won't be cleared to swing a bat until Nov. 1.


C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli became the first catcher to hit two home runs in a World Series since New York Mets C Mike Piazza did it in 2000.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina went 2-for-3 with two doubles, four RBIs and a run scored in Game 3 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers Saturday, Oct. 22.

C | Ryan Doumit | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates do not plan on picking up the 2012 options on Cs Ryan Doumit or Chris Snyder (back). Doumit's option was worth $7.25 million, and he had another option for 2013 worth $8.25 million. His buyout is for $500,000. Snyder's option was worth $6.75 million, and he will receive a $750,000 buyout. The Bucs will not try to re-sign either backstop at a reduced cost. Snyder continues to rehab from back surgery in Arizona and hopes to resume throwing around Thanksgiving.

C | Yorvit Torrealba | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Yorvit Torrealba will likely start behind the plate for Game 3 of the World Series Saturday, Oct. 22, with C Mike Napoli at first base.


OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (knee) tweaked his knee in a collision at first base in Game 3 of the World Series Saturday, Oct. 22. He said he'll be fine, and he started in Game 4 the next day.

OF | Jon Jay | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa never considered moving OF Jon Jay out of the starting lineup for the World Series despite his struggles. Jay entered the game 0-for-12 in the World Series and 8-for-49 in the postseason. "We've played three games in this World Series -- that's nothing," La Russa said. "He's putting the ball in play, he's not getting beat at the plate. It certainly hasn't affected his defense. We have a legitimate option with (2B Skip Schumaker). But I just don't think you jump to conclusions based on three days."

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman, serving as the designated hitter again in Game 4 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers, went 2-for-3 with a double and a strikeout. "They worked us over," manager Tony La Russa said. "Nobody centered the ball except Lance." Berkman is 7-for-15 (.467) during the World Series, and he is 12-for-28 (.429) all-time in the World Series, including his appearance in 2005 with the Houston Astros.

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians will have three days after the final out of the World Series to decline or exercise a club option on OF Grady Sizemore for 2012. The team has a $9 million club option, or the team can elect to pay a $500,000 buyout and allow Sizemore to become a free agent. "The one thing that we know," general manager Chris Antonetti said, "is that when Grady is healthy, he's been a very productive Major League player."

OF | Joey Gathright | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have outrighted OF Joey Gathright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees are expected to pick up the $10.25 million option on OF Nick Swisher. They have until three days following the conclusion of the World Series to make their decision.

OF | Robbie Grossman | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Robbie Grossman could be moved to Double-A Altoona following a torrid Arizona Fall League performance. Grossman leads the Arizona League with 23 hits and five home runs, and he is batting .365 with a .452 on-base percentage.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
A report by the Sports Xchange on Friday, Oct. 21, said Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (hernia) is suffering from a sports hernia and will need surgery after the season.

OF | Val Pascucci | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets have removed OF Val Pascucci, RP Dale Thayer and P Manny Alvarez from their 40-man roster.

OF | Lenny Dykstra | Retired Players | Fantasy
Former Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets OF Lenny Dykstra was convicted of three counts of grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement after declining to challenge the charges in Los Angeles. Dykstra, 48, pleaded "no contest" in court Wednesday, Oct. 19, and faces as long as four years in state prison. He was released pending his sentencing on Jan. 20.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse may be called on to start Game 7 of the World Series if one is necessary. "I've given Kyle's appearance (in Game 3) some thought and put in the context of the other ones. Dave (Duncan, St. Louis' pitching coach) and I drove to the ballpark today and discussed it some. But it's all about today, period," La Russa said.

SP | Edwin Jackson | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
Before St. Louis Cardinals SP Edwin Jackson walked seven batters in his start in Game 4 of the World Series, the last pitcher with more than seven walks in a World Series start was Florida Marlins SP Livan Hernandez (eight) in 1997.

SP | Jamie Moyer | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Jamie Moyer (elbow) says he has worked his way up to 60 pitches during bullpen sessions and is going to start contacting clubs that might be interested in watching him throw. Moyer wants to come back for the 2012 season.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals RP Lance Lynn was credited with the win in Game 3 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers Saturday, Oct. 22. He allowed one run on three hits over 2 1/3 innings, with two walks and two strikeouts.

SP | Yu Darvish | Japanese League | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners could be among the teams bidding for Japanese League SP Yu Darvish if he goes through the posting process required to enter the major leagues.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison was touched up for five runs - three earned - and six hits in just 3 2/3 innings in Game 3 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 22. He threw just 42 of his 73 pitches for strikes.

SP | Fausto Carmona | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Fausto Carmona is waiting to find out if the team will exercise a club option for 2012. Carmona's option is worth $7 million, though he would still be eligible for arbitration if the team declines the option. "With Fausto, we're constantly working with him to get more consistent with the start to his delivery, and his mentality," general manager Chris Antonetti said.

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson was named Major League Baseball's Rookie of the Year by Baseball America Friday, Oct. 21. He went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA and 20 quality starts this year.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves CL Craig Kimbrel and 1B Freddie Freeman are up for Outstanding Rookie honors at the Major League Baseball Players Choice awards, to be held in November. The awards are determined from ballots cast by Major League Baseball players.

RP | Arthur Rhodes | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals RP Arthur Rhodes attracted some interest from the Philadelphia Phillies before he signed with St. Louis upon his release from the Texas Rangers. "It was close with Philly," Rhodes said. "But they wanted to send me down to Clearwater and get some work in. I had enough work in for 4 months. Why should I go down to Clearwater and wait and if I don't get called up, I'd be at home?" The Boston Red Sox were also interested.

RP | Jesse Chavez | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays claimed RP Jesse Chavez off waivers from the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 21.

RP | Jeff Fulchino | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
San Diego Padres RP Jeff Fulchino refused his minor league assignment Thursday, Oct. 20, and became a free agent.

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