Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on December 14, 2012 @ 09:45:05 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Despite trade rumors that 3B Mark Trumbo could be a chip in a trade for a pitcher like New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim said Trumbo will be with the team in 2013.

1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers aren't aggressively pursuing free-agent 1B Adam LaRoche (Nationals), according to a baseball official. Texas is likely to look at other options after OF Josh Hamilton signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Seattle Mariners could attempt to sign LaRoche and offer him a three-year deal to give them leverage over the Washington Nationals.

Second Baseman

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are very likely to install SS Jurickson Profar at second base and 2B Ian Kinsler at first base next season.

2B | Michael Martinez | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies invited nine players to spring training on Thursday, Dec. 13. C Humberto Quintero leads the list, which also includes INF's Andres Blanco, Josh Fields, Michael Martinez, and Peter Orr; C Steve Lerud; OF Jermaine Mitchell; and P's Cesar Jimenez and Zach Miner.

2B | Vincent Belnome | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction,
The Tampa Bay Rays acquired INF Vincent Belnome from the San Diego Padres Thursday, Dec. 13, in exchange for P Chris Rearick.


SS | Tommy Manzella | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have signed SS Tommy Manzella to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training included. No financial terms were disclosed.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera will likely stay with the team now that the Cincinnati Reds acquired OF Shin-Soo Choo in a nine-player, three-team deal. SP Justin Masterson and CL Chris Perez are likely safe as well.

SS | Ramiro Pena | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves signed free-agent SS Ramiro Pena (Yankees) to a one-year undisclosed deal Thursday, Dec. 13. He will compete to serve as the team's backup infielder. It's unlikely that both Pena and SS Paul Janish will be on the roster together. Pena is out of minor league options, so he's likely to start the season on the roster.

SS | Brian Bocock | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent SS Brian Bocock (Blue Jays) to a minor league deal Thursday, Dec. 13.

Third Baseman

3B | Ty Wigginton | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Free Agents
The St. Louis Cardinals agreed with free-agent 3B Ty Wigginton (Phillies) on a two-year, $5 million deal.

3B | Neivy Pilier | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals signed 16-year-old Dominican 3B Neivy Pilier to a $225,000 signing bonus Thursday, Dec. 13, according to a team official. His signing bonus is the largest the team has given to a Latin American teenager since they game $1.4 million to Esmailyn Gonzalez in 2006.


C | Bobby Wilson | New York Yankees | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent C Bobby Wilson (Angels) signed a minor-league contract with the New York Yankees on Thursday, Dec. 13. Terms of the deal were not announced.


OF | Ichiro Suzuki | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki turned down offers from two other teams, both of which offered more money than the Yankees. The Philadelphia Phillies were offering $14 million for two years, according to sources. The other team is unknown, but they were reportedly offering $15 million for two years.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Andres Torres can make an extra $250,000 in incentives next year: $50,000 each for 400, 425, 450, 475 and 500 plate appearances in 2013. Torres will likely platoon in left field with OF Gregor Blanco, but he'll also back up OFs Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence.

OF | Nick Swisher | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Nick Swisher (Yankees) will meet with multiple teams next week.

OF | Xavier Nady | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Kansas City Royals signed free-agent OF Xavier Nady (Diamondbacks) to a minor league deal.

OF | Jermaine Mitchell | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Free Agents
The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent OF Jermaine Mitchell (Athletics) to a minor league contract.

OF | Nate McLouth | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles announced OF Nate McLouth passed his physical, which finalized a one-year deal worth $2 million for the 2013 season. The deal includes $500,000 in performance incentives. "It was just a very enjoyable time for me personally, and it's a good team. That's the bottom line. We have a chance to kind of duplicate what we did last year and then some and move past that. For those reasons, it was my first choice," McLouth said.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he was upset with the way things played out when Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton didn't give the Rangers a chance to match or best the Angels' offer. "I thought we had additional conversations this week that had moved it along in a positive direction," Daniels said. "Apparently not. It's business and everybody has to make their own calls, and he has a family to look out for. I get it."

OF | Scott Van Slyke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers designated OF Scott Van Slyke for assignment Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson said his shoulder surgery in October of 2011 did not allow him to go through a normal offseason throwing program prior to last season, which led to inconsistencies in his mechanics throughout the year. "I just never really felt comfortable, even when things went well," Masterson said. "I think we got to a point where, sometimes you just have to keep it simple. There were some times we tried to do too much. It was, 'Let's do this,' or 'Let's do that.' There's a point where you just have to sit back."

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SPs Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly are likely to compete for the fifth starting spot for the team. SPs Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez are the other four starters.

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy
A rival general manager said New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey's trade value would enhance if the team signed him to a two-year, $26 million extension.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Detroit Tigers agreed with free-agent SP Anibal Sanchez (Tigers) on a five-year, $80 million deal.

SP | Edwin Jackson | free agent | Free Agents
The Texas Rangers are interested in free-agent SP Edwin Jackson (Nationals) on a short-term deal.

SP | Kevin Correia | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said SP Kevin Correia isn't a lock to be in the starting rotation next season. The Twins are still searching for other options to bolster their rotation.

SP | Ryan Dempster | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers made an offer to SP Ryan Dempster before he signed with the Boston Red Sox. Dempster's agent, Craig Landis, said they never countered Milwaukee's offer. SPs Marco Estrada, Chris Narveson, Mike Fiers, Wily Peralta and Mark Rogers figure to compete for rotation spots in spring training.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Chad Gaudin | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Chad Gaudin (Marlins) signed a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, Dec. 13. No financial terms were disclosed.

RP | Manny Acosta | Japanese League | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent RP Manny Acosta (Mets) is not returning next season, as he has signed a one-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RP | Chang-Yong Lim | Chicago Cubs | Injury,
Chicago Cubs RP Chang-Yong Lim (elbow) received offers from the Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and a handful of teams in the Japanese League. Lim isn't expected to pitch in a game until 2014, though, after coming off Tommy John surgery.

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