Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on November 18, 2011 @ 08:40:32 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins will pursue options at first base this winter in case 1B Justin Morneau (concussion, wrist, knee) isn't able to play many games at the position next season. Either way, the Twins will likely use Morneau as the designated hitter often. Free-agent 1B Derrek Lee (Pirates) could be an option, or OF Michael Cuddyer could play first base if he is re-signed. INF Chris Parmelee is another in-house option.

1B | Eric Duncan | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals signed free-agent 1B Eric Duncan (Rockies) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Second Baseman

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (knee) said he is completely healthy after suffering a Grade 2 strain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in August. Murphy did not need surgery.


SS | Hanley Ramirez | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
A source said the Miami Marlins intend to move SS Hanley Ramirez to third base if they sign SS Jose Reyes (Mets). There was some speculation that Ramirez would be moved to center field. The team is clearly down on 3B Matt Dominguez.

SS | Brandon Wood | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Free Agents
The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent SS Brandon Wood (Pirates) to a minor-league contract Thursday, Nov. 17. He has been outrighted by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

SS | Jimmy Rollins | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers were unable to meet with Dan Lozano, the agent for free-agent SS Jimmy Rollins (Phillies), at the general manager meetings this week.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals feel comfortable enough with SS Ian Desmond starting off the 2012 season as the team's leadoff hitter.


C | Jose Molina | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays are close to signing free-agent C Jose Molina (Blue Jays) to a one-year deal with an option for the 2013 season, according to a major league source.

C | Brian Schneider | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Brian Schneider will make $800,000 guaranteed on his one-year deal. The contract includes incentives based on playing time that could earn him an extra $200,000. Schneider will back up C Carlos Ruiz.

C | Gerald Laird | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent C Gerald Laird (Cardinals) Thursday, Nov. 17. The deal is still pending a physical. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.


OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette doesn't seem to be sold on OF Nick Markakis. "How many home runs did he hit last year?" Duquette asked. Markakis hit 15 home runs this past season. "Is that what you want from a corner outfielder," Duquette said.

OF | Wilkin Ramirez | Minnesota Twins | Transaction,
The Minnesota Twins signed free-agent RP Brendan Wise (Tigers), OF Matt Carson (Rays), OF Wilkin Ramirez (Braves), P Samuel Deduno (Padres) and RP Luis Perdomo (Padres) to minor league deals Thursday, Nov. 17.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan is unwilling to trade OFs Denard Span or Ben Revere this winter. The Washington Nationals pushed hard to acquire Span at the trading deadline this summer and were expected to re-open talks this winter.

OF | Val Pascucci | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets re-signed OF Val Pascucci to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Wednesday, Nov. 16.

OF | Nick Evans | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
New York Mets OF Nick Evans refused his minor league assignment Wednesday, Nov. 16, and has become a free agent.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Free Agents
The New York Yankees looked into acquiring Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza and Chicago White Sox SP John Danks. The Cubs are highly unlikely to trade Garza. The White Sox are interested in Yankees C Austin Romine, but the Yankees don't want to overspend for a pitcher that will be a free agent after the 2012 season.

SP | Jeff Francis | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers are showing interest in free-agent SP Jeff Francis (Royals).

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has been contemplating extending contract extensions to SPs Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, but there is no timetable for discussions to take place.

SP | Freddy Garcia | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team is considering re-signing SPs Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon. "I have an interest in both Freddy and Bartolo," Cashman said. "Those guys all did a good job for us, a really good job."

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw was named the winner of the National League Cy Young award Thursday, Nov. 17.

SP | C.J. Wilson | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will host free-agent SP C.J. Wilson (Rangers) for a visit Monday, Nov. 21. The Angels have already met with Wilson's agent, Bob Garber.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates have yet to enter into contract extension talks with RP Joel Hanrahan. "Yeah, of course I'd listen to it," said Hanrahan, who saved 40 games in his first full season as the club's closer. "It's every player's goal to get a multi-year contract. If they approach me with it, I'll listen to it and take it in. It's a situation where we'll see what happens."

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers have no plans to re-sign RP Francisco Rodriguez because he is looking for a job as a closer. Milwaukee must still decide whether to offer him arbitration, though.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers are open to discussing contract extensions with RP John Axford and C Jonathan Lucroy.

RP | Taylor Buchholz | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
New York Mets RP Taylor Buchholz refused his minor league assignment Thursday, Nov. 17, and has become a free agent.

RP | Anthony Ortega | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim released RP Anthony Ortega Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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