Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on November 8, 2012 @ 11:30:22 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Jared Goedert | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free-agent 1B Jared Goedert (Indians) to a minor league deal Wednesday, Nov. 7.

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Mark Trumbo is unlikely to return to third base, as general manager Jerry DiPoto called it "an experiment unlikely to be revisited."

1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are pursuing free-agent 1B Adam LaRoche (Nationals), who is expected to reject a $13.3 million qualifying offer from the Washington Nationals.


Second Baseman

2B | Luis Hernandez | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians signed free-agent 2B Luis Hernandez (Rangers) to a minor league deal Wednesday, Nov. 7.

2B | Marco Scutaro | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants are actively trying to re-sign OF Angel Pagan, 2B Marco Scutaro and RP Jeremy Affeldt.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano is one of five American League Most Valuable Player Award finalists named Wednesday, Nov. 7. The winner will be announced Nov. 15.

2B | Emmanuel Burriss | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Emmanuel Burriss was outrighted to Triple-A Fresno Wednesday, Nov. 7.


Shortstop

SS | Maicer Izturis | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Maicer Izturis' option for a fourth season will be worth $3 million.

SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers officials are encouraged by SS Dee Gordon's play in the Dominican Winter League.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks don't love Texas Rangers 3B Mike Olt in trade talks for OF Justin Upton. They want SS Jurickson Profar or SS Elvis Andrus.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
According to a report in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Indians trade speculation involves moving SS Asdrubal Cabrera, OF Shin-Soo Choo, CL Chris Perez and SP Justin Masterson if the price is right.

SS | Pete Kozma | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak doesn't envision SS Pete Kozma as the answer to the team's starting shortstop question, which means the team will likely pursue a shortstop in a trade or in free agency this winter.


Third Baseman

3B | Kevin Youkilis | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies could be a fit for free-agent 3B Kevin Youkilis (White Sox).

3B | Anthony Rendon | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B prospect Anthony Rendon went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a sacrifice fly, a walk, a stolen base and four RBIs as the Salt River Rafters outslugged the Scottsdale Scorpions, 14-12, in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera, who won the Triple Crown this past season, is one of five American League Most Valuable Player Award finalists named Wednesday, Nov. 7. The winner will be announced Nov. 15.

3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre and OF Josh Hamilton are two of five American League Most Valuable Player Award finalists named Wednesday, Nov. 7. The winner will be announced Nov. 15.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley was named one of the five National League Most Valuable Player Award finalists Wednesday, Nov. 7. The winner is announced Nov. 15 at 6pm ET on MLB Network.


Catcher

C | Carlos Maldonado | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals re-signed C Carlos Maldonado to a minor league deal Wednesday, Nov. 7.

C | Mike Napoli | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are considering signing free-agent C/1B Mike Napoli (Rangers) for their first base vacancy.

C | Russell Martin | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers might look into free-agent C Russell Martin (Yankees).

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey was named one of the five National League Most Valuable Player Award finalists Wednesday, Nov. 7. The winner is announced Nov. 15 at 6pm ET on MLB Network.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina was named one of the five National League Most Valuable Player Award finalists Wednesday, Nov. 7. The winner is announced Nov. 15 at 6pm ET on MLB Network.

C | Yasmani Grandal | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal was suspended 50 games Wednesday, Nov. 7, after a positive test of testosterone.


Outfielder

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the Arizona Diamondbacks are unlikely to trade OF Justin Upton this offseason. "We want to win in 2013. He will not be an easy guy for us to move. I think we've said that. It's probably unlikely we end up doing something with him, but if somebody is willing to step up and we think it's a deal that's going to make the Diamondbacks better going forward, we'll talk about trading him," general manager Kevin Towers said.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane said he plans to hand onto the excess of outfielders the team has in OFs Chris B. Young, Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith.

OF | Torii Hunter | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Torii Hunter (Angels) is a hot item on the free-agent market, and he's being compared to St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran's two-year, $26 million deal.

OF | Josh Hamilton | free agent | Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles are highly unlikely to land free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers).

OF | Jason Bay | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Jason Bay (Mets) prefers to sign with a West Coast team.

OF | Hunter Pence | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Wednesday, Nov. 7, that the Giants plan to tender a contract to OF Hunter Pence, even though he could be in line to make $13 million-plus in salary arbitration next season. Some media outlets have suggested the combination of Pence's big salary and his struggles at the plate might prompt the team to cut ties.

OF | Blake Tekotte | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox acquired OF Blake Tekotte from the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in exchange for minor league P Brandon Kloess. Tekotte was added to the 40-man roster, bringing the White Sox roster total to 34.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen was named one of the five National League Most Valuable Player Award finalists Wednesday, Nov. 7. The winner is announced Nov. 15 at 6pm ET on MLB Network.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun was named one of the five National League Most Valuable Player Award finalists Wednesday, Nov. 7. The winner is announced Nov. 15 at 6pm ET on MLB Network.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout is one of five American League Most Valuable Player Award finalists named Wednesday, Nov. 7. The winner will be announced Nov. 15.

OF | Grady Sizemore | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have checked in on free-agent OF Grady Sizemore (Indians).

OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals might trade OF Mike Morse if they are able to re-sign free-agent 1B Adam LaRoche (Nationals).

OF | Cody Ross | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles will make runs at free-agent OFs Josh Hamilton (Rangers) and Cody Ross (Red Sox), according to a source with knowledge of the team's offseason plans. Baltimore is targeting Hamilton to play left field. Hamilton is reportedly asking for seven years and $175 million, which will make it tough for Baltimore to sign him.

OF | Rick Ankiel | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Scott Boras, the agent for free-agent OF Rick Ankiel (Nationals), said his client isn't interested in a return to pitching at this time.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Jeremy Jeffress | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired SP Jeremy Jeffress from the Kansas City Royals Thursday, Nov. 8. It's unknown what the Royals received in return.

SP | Trevor Bauer | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Despite a report stating the contrary, Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said he's willing to listen to trade offers for SP Trevor Bauer, and some sources say the team has developed questions about his makeup and coachability. Towers said: "I listen on everybody," but the team is still hesitant to trade their pitching prospects.

SP | Zack Greinke | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers will pursue free-agent SP Zack Greinke (Angels) this winter because they have no idea whether they will or can re-sign OF Josh Hamilton. President Nolan Ryan really likes Greinke, too. "When I look at him, he's got a real feel for pitching," Ryan said. "He has good command and a really good changeup. When I look him at him, I don't have as many concerns about him breaking down. He has a good delivery, effortless. You probably feel stronger about him holding up than some of the power guys. That's my initial thoughts."

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are "probably unlikely" to trade for a starting pitcher this winter and might have to address that need in the free-agent market, General Manager Ned Colletti said. Colletti's assessment was based on conversations he had with other teams at the general managers' meetings, which started Wednesday, Nov. 7. The Dodgers are looking for a No. 2 or 3 pitcher behind SP Clayton Kershaw.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies are not anticipating a bid for either free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers) or SP Zack Greinke (Angels). Both are expected to command $100 million or higher on the open market, and the Phillies gave SP Cole Hamels $144 million in the last offseason.

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey said Wednesday, Nov. 7, that contract talks with the team have progressed, and he feels the franchise is going in the right directions.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Jair Jurrjens is drawing some trade interest. He finished the season healthy, but is not guaranteed a spot in the team's deep rotation heading into 2013.

SP | Joe Blanton | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox have checked in on free-agent SP Joe Blanton (Dodgers).

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz (abdominal) is on track to be ready for spring training after undergoing surgery to fix a rectus abdominis tear last month. "It didn't get worse; it actually stayed the same," Matusz said of the injury, which prevented him from sprinting but didn't bother him lifting or on the mound. "(I'm) doing rehab-type work right now. ... Within the next couple weeks, I plan on starting to lift heavy weights again. It's healing pretty quick." The team will look at him as a starter again next spring.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals have "real" interest in trading for Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera if the Indians decide to shop him in the offseason. St. Louis would have to part with multiple prospects in order to pull off a trade, though, and SP Lance Lynn and 1B Matt Adams are likely to be discussed.

SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (elbow) is wearing a brace on his surgically repaired left elbow, but he said Wednesday, Nov. 7, that he expects to be ready for spring training. "I feel pretty good," Sabathia said. "The flexibility is coming back. I expect there to be no delays up until spring training so I should be ready to go." He's currently rehabbing his arm five days a week, and he'll be able to resume a throwing program after Christmas.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants are unlikely to tender a contract to RP Brian Wilson (elbow) by Nov. 30 because he's unlikely to be ready to pitch until midseason next year, meaning he'll likely hit the open market as a free agent. "This was his second (Tommy John), and if anyone could defy the odds, it would be him," general manager Brian Sabean said. "But he's a long way from being at full strength, which means he's a long way from being cleared medically. It's wait and see. Until I get more medical information, we're not going near the subject."

RP | Joakim Soria | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Joakim Soria (Royals) is seeking a multiyear contract. He could re-sign with the Kansas City Royals if he can't land one. He's expected to be out until May or June due to Tommy John surgery.

RP | Yoshinori Tateyama | free agent | Free Agents,
The Texas Rangers have discussed bringing free-agent RP Yoshinori Tateyama (Rangers) back on a minor-league deal. The team declined a $1 million option on him last week.

RP | Clay Hensley | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Clay Hensley declined an outright assignment and elected to become a free agent.

RP | Mike Adams | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent RP Mike Adams (Rangers) questioned the makeup of free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers) and whether the Texas Rangers should make a strong effort to re-sign the superstar outfielder. "Sometimes he shows up and you don't know which Josh is going to show up at the ballpark. It's nothing to be negative about toward Josh; that's just the way it is. That's what you get with Josh," Adams said. "You want to see a guy like him succeed just with the past that he's gone through, but as far as if he'll be a Texas Ranger, I don't know," Adams said. "I don't know what's going to happen. I'm not sure if it's in the best interest of the Texas Rangers or not. That question is so hard. It's a difficult question to answer."

RP | Mariano Rivera | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees are expected to ask free-agent RP Mariano Rivera to take a pay cut to re-sign with the team. After making $15 million in 2012, the team is expected to offer him only $10 million for the 2013 season, but they could add incentives to boost his base pay.

RP | Greg Burke | New York Mets | Transaction,
The New York Mets signed free-agent RP Greg Burke (Orioles) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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