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Second Baseman

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler said he views himself as a capable second baseman, but he's willing to move positions if it helps the team. "I'm paid to be a Ranger," Kinsler said. "Where I play on the field is not my decision."


SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal (elbow) has had MRIs confirm that his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament continues to heal.

SS | Brian Bixler | New York Mets | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Mets signed free-agent SS Brian Bixler (Astros) to a minor league contract.

SS | Adeiny Hechavarria | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins are expected to start SS Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop, and SS Yunel Escobar would play third base.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) may not be ready for the start of the season, according to manager Joe Girardi. Jeter was hobbled by a bone bruise in his left foot down the stretch, and it eventually gave out. He's expected to be out four to five months.

Third Baseman

3B | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Martin Prado is likely to move to third base in 2013.

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera was named the American League Most Valuable Player Thursday, Nov. 15. Cabrera received 22 of 28 first-place votes, with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout receiving the other six first-place votes.


C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey was named the National League Most Valuable Player Thursday, Nov. 15.

C | Dioner Navarro | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent C Dioner Navarro (Reds) to a one-year, $1.75 million deal Thursday, Nov. 15.


OF | Melky Cabrera | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays signed free-agent OF Melky Cabrera (Giants) to a two-year, $16 million deal Friday, Nov. 16.

OF | Brad Snyder | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed free-agent OF Brad Snyder (Astros) to a minor league deal Friday, Nov. 16.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins president David Samson said OF Giancarlo Stanton isn't going anywhere in the near future. "Giancarlo is on the team for, I want to say, four years at the minimum," Samson said. "We'd love to have him end his career here because we think he is that good. If he wants to be with us, we will be able to work out something long term. If not, not. But we're not even up to that now."

OF | B.J. Upton | free agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Phillies met with free-agent OF B.J. Upton (Rays) earlier this week.

OF | Dayan Viciedo | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox are unlikely to move OF Dayan Viciedo back to third base next season.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have no plans to trade SS Troy Tulowitzki or OF Carlos Gonzalez.

OF | Josh Hamilton | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are not prioritizing free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers), and their interest in him is overblown, according to a source.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said he expects to have one of the largest payrolls in baseball next season. They currently have only $45 million in guaranteed salary committed for next year, but Cherington plans to invest in OF Jacoby Ellsbury and RP Andrew Bailey and hit the free-agent market hard. Boston is looking for corner outfielders, a first baseman and starting and relief pitching.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Tyson Ross | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres acquired SP Tyson Ross and 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for INF Andy Parrino and SP Andrew Werner.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins president David Samson said the team will hold onto SP Ricky Nolasco for the 2013 season. He'll make $11.5 million next season, making him the highest paid player on their current roster.

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox are interested in signing free-agent SP Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees) this offseason.

SP | Scott Olsen | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent SP Scott Olsen (White Sox) to a minor league deal.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale is unlikely to play in the World Baseball Classic. SP Hector Santiago would like the chance to pitch for Puerto Rico.

SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Diamond is the only starter on the team guaranteed a rotation spot heading into spring training. "I would say that without even thinking about it," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's definitely one of the guys we count on for next year."

Relief Pitcher

RP | Ryota Igarashi | Japanese League | Transaction, Free Agents
The SoftBank Hawks signed free-agent P Ryota Igarashi (Pirates) to a three-year deal.

RP | Zach Kroenke | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Milwaukee Brewers signed free-agent RP Zach Kroenke (Diamondbacks) and P Frankie De La Cruz (Cubs) to minor league deals without invitations to spring training.


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