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First Baseman

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets have decided against trading 1B Ike Davis this offseason.

1B | Jason Giambi | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies hope 1B Jason Giambi will consider serving as their next hitting coach after he lost out on the managerial position to Walt Weiss. Giambi said he would only consider retiring to become the manager of the club, but he's prepared to listen to the team about the hitting coach position. It's unlikely that Giambi will return as a player next year for the Rockies.

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


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.


Shortstop

SS | Zack Cozart | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds could trade SS Zack Cozart or SS Didi Gregorius this offseason.

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.


Third Baseman

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski (first), Detroit Tigers 1B Prince Fielder (third), New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano (fourth), Yankees SS Derek Jeter (fifth), Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera (fourth), Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (third), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout (first), Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (first) and Kansas City Royals DH Billy Butler (first) won American League Silver Slugger awards.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | free agent | Free Agents
The Cleveland Indians are believed to be interested in free-agent 3B Kevin Youkilis (White Sox). Youkilis likely would be used as a first baseman or designated hitter if he signed with the Indians.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy,
The New York Mets continue to talk to the representatives of 3B David Wright and SP R.A. Dickey about contract extensions, but nothing appears close with either player. It'll likely take seven years and $125 million to $130 million to sign Wright, and Dickey will likely command two to three years in the $10 million to $12 million range per season.


Catcher

C | Manny Pina | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals signed C Manny Pina, 1B Ian Gac and OF Luis Durango to minor league deals.

C | Mike Napoli | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners have expressed interest in free-agent C Russell Martin (Yankees) and C Mike Napoli (Rangers). They're also interested in corner outfielders.

C | Nick Hundley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres Cs Nick Hundley and Jeff Baker are likely to head into next season as the starting catchers now that C Yasmani Grandal will have to serve a 50-game suspension from the start of the season. "We still have Hundley and Baker. We have decent coverage there," general manager Josh Byrnes said. "Hundley had knee surgery at the end of the year. He's feeling good. Hopefully he'll be full go in spring training."

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


Outfielder

OF | Josh Hamilton | free agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Phillies quietly checked in on free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers).

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have opened extension talks with 1B Corey Hart.

OF | Angel Pagan | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Angel Pagan (Giants) is the Atlanta Braves' top target this offseason.

OF | B.J. Upton | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF B.J. Upton (Rays) will decline the team's qualifying offer.

OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (first), Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (first), Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill (second), Nationals SS Ian Desmond (first), San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (third), Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (fifth), Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen (first), Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce (first) and Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (first) won National League Silver Slugger awards.

OF | Michael Bourn | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Michael Bourn (Braves) will reject the qualifying offer he received from the Atlanta Braves because he is looking for a multi-year deal.

OF | Nick Swisher | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Nick Swisher (Yankees) is receiving interest from five teams including the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers are interested in trading for Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton, but it's unknown if they've had specific talks with the D-backs.

OF | Avisail Garcia | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
The New York Yankees won't make an effort to trade for Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton because they lack the necessary trade chips to get a deal done. The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays appear to be the most interested in landing Upton at the moment, and the Detroit Tigers could be a darkhorse candidate. 3B Nick Castellanos, OF Avisail Garcia and SPs Drew Smyly and Rick Porcello could get a deal done with Arizona.

OF | Jackie Bradley | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox feel OF Jackie Bradley is fine defensively but needs more seasoning offensively, so he's likely to stay another full year in the minors. It's another reason why the team is unlikely to trade OF Jacoby Ellsbury this winter.

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


Starting Pitcher

SP | Hyun-jin Ryu | Korean League | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs submitted a bid for Korean left-handed SP Hyun-jin Ryu.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have had preliminary discussions with SP Jeff Samardzija on an extension.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen is considering sitting out of the World Baseball Classic next year.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Anibal Sanchez (Tigers) is seeking a six-year, $90 million deal.

SP | Ryan Dempster | free agent | Free Agents
The Milwaukee Brewers are interested in free-agent SP Ryan Dempster (Rangers).

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees) is receiving interest from teams that are willing to sign him to a two-year contract.

SP | Garrett Richards | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim general manager Jerry Dipoto seems comfortable with SP Garrett Richards in the rotation next season. "He just needs time," Dipoto said. "He's had spectacular major league starts and some starts where he's looked like he's just cutting his teeth. That's what you are going to go through. We feel the upside is extremely high, but we don't want to put him in position where he has to pitch in the No. 2 or No. 3 hole. We want him to break into a major league rotation (at the back)."

SP | Hector Rondon | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
The Cleveland Indians re-signed SP Hector Rondon to a minor league deal Thursday, Nov. 8.

SP | Jeremy Jeffress | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
The Kansas City Royals received cash considerations from the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, Nov. 8, in exchange for SP Jeremy Jeffress.

SP | Jon Garland | free agent | Injury, Free Agents,
Free-agent SP Jon Garland (shoulder), who sat out all year after having shoulder surgery in 2011, will attempt to make a comeback next season. He threw for 10 to 15 teams in September and figures to sign in late January.

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."


Relief Pitcher

RP | Mitch Stetter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Free Agents
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed free-agent RP Mitch Stetter (Brewers) to a minor league deal.

RP | Joakim Soria | free agent | Free Agents,
The Texas Rangers have shown interest in free-agent RB Joakim Soria (Royals).

RP | Rafael Soriano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Yankees) will reject the qualifying offer he received from the New York Yankees.

RP | Sean Burnett | free agent | Free Agents,
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said the team would like to add at least one left handed relief pitcher this offseason. Rizzo has talked with free-agent RPs Sean Burnett and Mike Gonzalez about the possibility of re-signing with the team.

RP | Tommy Hottovy | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
The Texas Rangers acquired RP Tommy Hottovy from the Kansas City Royals Thursday, Nov. 8, in exchange for a player to be named and cash considerations.

RP | Brett Myers | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent RP Brett Myers (White Sox) is telling teams he would rather be a starter again, a closer second and a setup man third.

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."



 


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