Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on December 31, 2012 @ 07:38:26 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent 1B Adam LaRoche (Nationals) said he is still interested in re-signing with the Washington Nationals but is talking with other teams in case a deal with the Nationals is not able to be reached.

1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis will get every opportunity to prove he can be the answer at first base for manager Buck Showalter. Showalter has said he believes Davis is better defensively than he's shown, and barring any notable acquisitions, Davis is the team's top option.


Second Baseman

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles INF Yamaico Navarro is in the mix at second base with SS Alexi Casilla and 2B Ryan Flaherty in case 2B Brian Roberts (hip) is not ready for the season.

2B | Josh Rutledge | Colorado Rockies | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 2B Josh Rutledge is expected to enter spring training camp as the team's starter at second base, ahead of INF DJ LeMahieu.


Shortstop

SS | Adeiny Hechavarria | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins will likely start 2B Donovan Solano and SS Adeiny Hechavarria as part of the 2013 batting order.

SS | Brendan Ryan | Seattle Mariners | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Brendan Ryan is expected to enter spring training camp as the team's starting shortstop, although INF Robert Andino could compete for the job. SS Carlos Triunfel is likely to start the 2013 season with Triple-A Tacoma.

SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado transitioned from his natural position of shortstop to third base rather nicely, and he is expected to start at third base in 2013, with SS J.J. Hardy remaining the team's shortstop. Machado is still viewed as the long-term solution at shortstop.

SS | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado transitioned from his natural position of shortstop to third base rather nicely, and he is expected to start at third base in 2013, with SS J.J. Hardy remaining the team's shortstop. Machado is still viewed as the long-term solution at shortstop.


Outfielder

OF | Delmon Young | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves are not expected to pursue free-agent OF Delmon Young (Tigers) for their opening in left field.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are likely out on a trade for Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton, as Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has suggested the Red Sox would have to surrender prospects it did not wish to trade.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton admitted his quitting chewing tobacco following over a decade of use contributed to some of his 2012 slumps with the Texas Rangers. "To think it doesn't have an effect on your physical, mental... I've been chewing for almost 11 or 12 years, but I knew I needed to do it during the season because if I could do it during the season around guys doing it all the time I knew I would be okay," Hamilton said.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins assistant general manager Daniel Jennings said the club will listen to all trade offers involving OF Giancarlo Stanton, even though they are not actively shopping him and do not want to move him.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners' 2013 starting outfield is currently projected to feature Michael Saunders, Franklin Gutierrez and a possible platoon of Casper Wells and Raul Ibanez, with Eric Thames and Carlos Peguero likely competing for reserve outfield roster spots, along with OF Jason Bay, who is not a lock to make the 25-man roster. Ibanez is also expected to split time at designated hitter with Kendrys Morales and Jesus Montero.

OF | Nick Swisher | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Nick Swisher, whose mother is Italian, has turned down an offer to play for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic.

OF | Justin Ruggiano | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Justin Ruggiano is expected to enter spring training as the favorite for the starting center field job unless the team adds a center fielder during the offseason.

OF | Brett Jackson | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Brett Jackson has continued to work on his swing during the offseason, shortening the swing while driving the ball with more authority.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Mike Fiers | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers Ps Mike Fiers, Wily Peralta and Mark Rogers each proved in 2012 that they could pitch at the Major League level, but questions remain whether they can pitch successfully in the Majors over the course of a full season. All three will be in the mix for one of four open rotation spots behind SP Yovani Gallardo. Fiers and Peralta have options remaining, while Rogers is out of options.

SP | Marco Estrada | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Marco Estrada might be the closest thing to a lock, outside of SP Yovani Gallardo, for one of the team's five rotation spots. He posted 4.93 strikeouts per walk to rank fourth in the majors. He will be arbitration-eligible for the first time.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter has several in-house candidates for the fifth starter job heading into spring training. Those candidates include SPs Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter, Steven Johnson and T.J. McFarland. The Orioles would likely prefer to keep Arrieta and Britton as starters at Triple-A Norfolk if they can't win a big-league rotation job in the spring.

SP | Jason Hammel | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles rotation isn't necessarily set in stone just yet, but the first four spots are expected to go to SPs Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman.

SP | Dillon Gee | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Dillon Gee (shoulder) has been feeling good one month into an offseason throwing program following surgery for a blood clot in his right shoulder. He is feeling fresher after he throws, and looser. "One of the things with my surgery we were hoping for was, by recouping some of the blood flow I had lost, that my recovery would be better and that seems to be the case so far," Gee said.

SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler is expected to serve as the team's fourth starter following the departure of free-agent SP Edwin Jackson (Cubs).

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (elbow) recently received clearance from doctors to begin throwing as he continues to rehab from a right elbow stress reaction that sidelined him for the final 11 weeks of the 2012 regular season. Garza guaranteed he'll be ready for Opening Day. "If spring training started tomorrow, I would be ready to go," Garza said Friday, Dec. 28. "I'm ready to pitch six innings today, but I will be ready to go when the season starts. I will be ready to go Opening Day, that's guaranteed."


Relief Pitcher

RP | Andrew Bailey | Boston Red Sox | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey is penciled in as the team's primary setup man, following the acquisition of RP Joel Hanrahan. Bailey could also be called upon to close games when Hanrahan is unavailable.

RP | Brian Wilson | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent RP Brian Wilson (Giants) (elbow) is generating plenty of interest on the open market, according to a source. He is not close to signing, but he has narrowed his list from nine or 10 teams to five or so.

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