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Second Baseman

2B | Kolten Wong | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong is batting .324 with 12 RBIs and five stolen bases in the Arizona Fall League this offseason.

2B | Kensuke Tanaka | Japanese League | Free Agents, Fantasy
P Kyuji Fujikawa of the Hanshin Tigers was one of four professional baseball players in Japan who became unrestricted free agents Wednesday, Nov. 14, in hopes of moving to Major League Baseball. The other players were Seibu Lions SS Hiroyuki Nakajima, Nippon Ham Fighters INF Kensuke Tanaka and Orix Buffaloes C Takeshi Hidaka.


SS | Brandon Wood | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals signed free-agent SS Brandon Wood (Rockies) to a minor league deal Wednesday, Nov. 14.

SS | Stephen Drew | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have shown interest in signing free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Athletics).

SS | Yunel Escobar | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
A National League scout said Miami Marlins SS Yunel Escobar "makes former Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez look like teammate of the year."

SS | Jhonny Peralta | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers could look to trade SS Jhonny Peralta this offseason, but it's unlikely because the team indicated shortstop is not a very big priority for them.


C | Gerald Laird | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, the Atlanta Braves signed C Gerald Laird to a two-year deal Thursday, Nov. 15. Financial terms of the deal were not given.

C | J.C. Boscan | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent C J.C. Boscan (Braves) to a minor-league contract Wednesday, Nov. 14, according to a report out of Venezuela.

C | Luke Carlin | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Free Agents
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed free-agents C Luke Carlin (Indians), INF Brendan Harris (Rockies), OFs Trent Oeltjen (Dodgers) and J.B. Shuck (Astros), and SPs Billy Buckner (Red Sox) and Jo-Jo Reyes (Pirates) Wednesday, Nov. 14.

C | Blake Lalli | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers signed free-agent C Blake Lalli (Athletics) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Wednesday, Nov. 14.


OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce is interested in signing a long-term extension with the club, particularly adding another six years to his deal. Bruce is already under contract through the 2016 season, however. His current deal also includes an option for the 2017 season worth $13 million with a $1 million buyout.

OF | Josh Hamilton | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox want to make a big splash this offseason and may enter the bidding for free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers).

OF | Wil Myers | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays covet Kansas City Royals OF Wil Myers, according to two rival officials.

OF | Shane Victorino | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Shane Victorino (Dodgers) has eight teams with realistic interest in him. He's seeking a deal of more than two years.

OF | Johnny Damon | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Johnny Damon (Indians) will be playing this week for yet another team as he tries to help Thailand, his mother's homeland, qualify for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

OF | B.J. Upton | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The top target in free agency for the Atlanta Braves is OF B.J. Upton (Rays). The team had hoped to sign both Upton and OF Torii Hunter, but the latter has since signed with the Detroit Tigers.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (neck) is done with his rehab and has been working out in hopes to be fully healthy for spring training. He'll receive another X-ray in December to ensure his neck is fully healed before hitting the weight room full bore. Reimold is on track for full baseball activities after Christmas, a routine he's kept in previous seasons when healthy. Baltimore isn't sold on having Reimold serve as their starting left field come opening day, though, and they've been looking around in free agency.

OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain plans to put in plenty of work this winter to strengthen his legs in order to avoid a repeat of the injuries he dealt with to his lower half this season. "I'm going to drive up here once a month and stay here for a few days and just try doing stuff to strengthen my legs to prevent some of these injuries," Cain said. "That's my main focus, just to come here and work on certain areas that I'm weak in, and continue to do it throughout the season and stay healthy." OFs Wil Myers, Jarrod Dyson and David Lough will all be competing with Cain next spring for starting spots in the outfield.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (elbow) was cleared to resume normal offseason workouts after receiving a clean scan of his right elbow Thursday, Nov. 15.

SP | Kyle Gibson | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Kyle Gibson finished his Arizona Fall League season with a 3-2 record, a 5.40 ERA and 28 strikeouts to two walks in 23 1/3 innings. He was happy with his health and results.

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are interested in free-agent SP Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees).

SP | Brandon Dickson | Japanese League | Transaction, Free Agents
The Orix Buffaloes signed free-agent SP Brandon Dickson (Cardinals) to an undisclosed contract.

SP | Roberto Hernandez | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent SP Roberto Hernandez (Indians) is drawing healthy interest on the free-agent market. The Cleveland Indians still have some interest.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said the recent good rehab news on SS Rafael Furcal (elbow) and SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) means he can modify his offseason shopping list. "Knowing that the two players we're talking about have had positive outcomes in (their rehabs) provides optimism," Mozeliak said. "It's something you consider in your offseason strategy. It does mean we don't have to chase a shortstop at this point."

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey said Wednesday, Nov. 14, that he is "fairly confident" about being back with the team next year.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Brandon McCarthy (head) has been cleared to resume all normal baseball activities after 20 hours of testing.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price won the American League Cy Young Award Wednesday, Nov. 14. Price beat out Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander by just one vote. Price becomes the first player in team history to win the award. He went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA that was the best in the AL and second in the majors.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery nearly five months ago, but his recovery is still a bit unknown. "I can't even tell you what my throwing program will be at the start of any week," Beachy said. "I specifically told (the trainers) not to tell me. Just when I show up, tell me what I have to do that day. That way, I'm not looking ahead, because I know I'll just get anxious and start circling dates on my calendar." He has already played catch from 30, 45 and 90 feet, and he has regained some arm strength slowly. Beachy will be cleared to throw off a mound again in a couple of months if he doesn't suffer any setback, and he'll likely increase his activity during spring training. He hopes to be back in the rotation around the middle of June.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch would still like to re-sign SP Anibal Sanchez after inking OF Torii Hunter to a two-year deal worth $26 million. Sanchez has let some teams know he's looking for $90 million over six years, and he told at least one squad that he wants over $100 million for seven seasons. Detroit is unlikely to go that high, but they never say never when it comes to adding talent. If they don't re-sign him, they are unlikely to make any big splashes for pitching. Instead, they'll stick with SPs Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
The New York Yankees are interested in trading for Miami Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco as the Marlins look to dismantle their entire 2013 roster. Nolasco has one year and $11.5 million remaining on his contract.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Ramon Troncoso | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Chicago White Sox signed free-agent RP Ramon Troncoso (Dodgers) to a minor-league contract Wednesday, Nov. 14.

RP | Brian Fuentes | Retired Players | Transaction, Free Agents,
Free-agent RP Brian Fuentes (Cardinals) announced his retirement, ending a 12-year career.

RP | Bruce Rondon | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers won't be pursuing a free-agent closer in the offseason, instead feeling comfortable trying out RP Bruce Rondon early in the year.


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