Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on November 26, 2012 @ 09:02:44 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Jeff Clement | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Free Agents
The Minnesota Twins signed free-agent 1B Jeff Clement (Pirates) to a minor league contract.

Second Baseman

2B | C.J. Retherford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers re-signed INF C.J. Retherford to a minor league contract.

2B | Ryan Raburn | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays could be interested in free-agent 2B Ryan Raburn (Tigers) or Seattle Mariners 3B Chone Figgins.

2B | Jeff Keppinger | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees are interested in free-agent 2B Jeff Keppinger (Rays), according to multiple sources.

2B | Julio Cesar Izturis | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Free Agents
The Toronto Blue Jays signed free-agent 2B Julio Cesar Izturis (Giants) to a minor league contract.


SS | Nate Spears | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have re-signed P Jose Flores and signed free-agent 2B Nate Spears (Red Sox) to minor league contracts.

SS | Osvaldo Martinez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed SS Osvaldo Martinez to a minor-league contract. No financial terms were announced.

SS | Cesar Izturis | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed free-agent SS Cesar Izturis (Angels) to a minor league deal.

Third Baseman

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) had a minor surgery on his left hamstring Nov. 20, and he'll be ready for spring training.

3B | Mark Reynolds | free agent | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are leaning toward non-tendering 1B Mark Reynolds. He would earn around $9 million in arbitration. He wants to stay, but is willing to test the market.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees general Brian Cashman said 3B Alex Rodriguez will not change positions even though the team is searching for an infielder who can play both third base and shortstop. "There is no discussion whatsoever about Alex transitioning from third base to DH, part-time DH, first base or any other position on the field," Cashman said. "As we approach anyone in the free-agent market or anyone in trades, we're making sure we have insurance policies, (asking) our what-ifs?"

3B | Josh Fields | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Free Agents
The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent 3B Josh Fields (Dodgers) to a minor league contract.


C | Mike Napoli | free agent | Free Agents
The Seattle Mariners want to sign multiple hitters this offseason and are pushing hard for free-agent C/1B Mike Napoli (Rangers).

C | Russell Martin | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Yankees reopened talks with free-agent C Russell Martin (Yankees).

C | George Kottaras | Oakland Athletics | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent C Russell Martin (Yankees) is receptive to the idea of playing shortstop for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. "If it's something that would help the team, I am willing to do it," Martin said. "I told (head coach Greg Hamilton) I want to do it, and he said he's open to it." Martin has never played shortstop in the majors but considers it his natural position, after having played shortstop and third base in high school and college. Team Canada does not have a major league shortstop on its roster but also has George Kottaras of the Oakland Athletics available to catch.

C | Brad Davis | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers have re-signed C Brad Davis to a minor league contract.

C | Wilkin Castillo | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent C Wilkin Castillo (Rockies) and P Gregory Infante (White Sox) to minor league deals.


OF | B.J. Upton | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF B.J. Upton (Rays) is expected to sign with a team this week.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies could shop OF Michael Cuddyer once free agents start coming off the market.

OF | Nick Swisher | free agent | Free Agents
The Cleveland Indians have called about free-agent OF Nick Swisher (Yankees).

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
If the Atlanta Braves sign free-agent OF B.J. Upton (Rays), the market for Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler could intensify, with the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals likely to be in the hunt. However, the Rockies' asking price is expected to be quite high.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies are among the teams that contacted the Miami Marlins regarding the availability of OF Giancarlo Stanton, according to a major league source.

OF | Michael Bourn | free agent | Free Agents
An industry source believes free-agent OF Nick Swisher (Yankees) could command a four-year deal in the $60 million range. However, the same source believes free-agent OFs Michael Bourn (Astros) and B.J. Upton (Rays) will receive lengthier, more expensive contracts because they are younger and have the ability to play center field.

OF | Scott Hairston | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have contacted the agent for free-agent OF Scott Hairston (Mets).

OF | Wil Myers | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals are willing to part with OF Wil Myers, the top hitting prospect in the minor leagues and consensus 2012 minor league player of the year, if it brings a bonafide top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher to the club.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers' pursuit of Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton may not be over just yet, but it sounds like the team is willing to wait it out in hopes of getting a discount. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers are "waiting for the D-backs to back off on their demands for either SS Elvis Andrus or INF Jurickson Profar as the centerpiece of an Upton deal." The Diamondbacks are reportedly so insistent on receiving a top young shortstop in exchange for Upton that they have refused any offers that don't include one.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Zack Greinke | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent SP Zack Greinke's (Angels) representatives are confident Greinke will sign a contract that makes him the highest-paid right-hander in baseball.

SP | Kyle Gibson | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Kyle Gibson will battle for a spot in the rotation this spring. He is healthy and recorded about 75 innings between the season and winter ball. He's likely to be limited to 130-140 innings.

SP | Andy Pettitte | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent SP Andy Pettitte (Yankees) has begun his offseason training program to see how his body reacts before making a decision to pitch next season.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Independent League | Free Agents
There are multiple teams scouting free-agent SP Scott Kazmir (Independent League) as he pitches in the Dominican Winter League.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Minnesota Twins are interested in free-agent SP Anibal Sanchez (Tigers), in addition to the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers.

SP | Shaun Marcum | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres have expressed interest in free-agent SP Shaun Marcum (Brewers).

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The San Diego Padres have reportedly expressed interest in Cleveland Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | free agent | Free Agents,
Free-agent SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (Red Sox) told the Japanese media that he would be interested in signing with the San Diego Padres this offseason.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly not yet started discussions with SP Clayton Kershaw on a contract extension, although general manager Ned Colletti claims the situation is on the team's winter agenda. Kershaw and his agent, J.D. Smart, recently changed representation, from Hendricks Sports to Excel Sports.

SP | Dan Haren | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres are interested in free-agent SP Dan Haren (Angels), though Haren may not be in San Diego's price range. Teams are hesitant to offer Haren more than two years due to lingering questions about Haren's health, so the Padres may offer Haren two years or two years with an option year.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers and the agents for SP Matt Harrison have entered into preliminary negotiations on a contract extension for him. Harrison went 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA in 32 starts and 213 1/3 innings for the Rangers. The victories and innings were career highs for Harrison, who has two years of salary arbitration remaining before hitting free agency.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Ryan Madson | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have expressed interest in free-agent RP Ryan Madson (Reds). It is uncertain if he would automatically step into the team's closer role if signed, or if he would have to compete with RP Ernesto Frieri for the job.

RP | Brett Myers | free agent | Free Agents,
Craig Landis, agent for free-agent RP Brett Myers (White Sox), said Minnesota Twins have expressed interest in Myers this offseason. Some believe the team will target Myers because he would be reasonably priced and likely would embrace becoming one of the leaders in the starting rotation.

RP | Casey Janssen | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Casey Janssen is entering the 2013 season as the closer.

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