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First Baseman

1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals' contract talks with free-agent 1B Adam LaRoche (Nationals) are going slowly, according to a source familiar with the discussions. LaRoche's top priority is to re-sign with the team after he turned down their qualifying offer of $13.3 million for one year. He's searching for at least a three-year deal. The Boston Red Sox have reported interest in him as well. OFs Mike Morse or Tyler Moore could be put at first base if Washington fails to bring LaRoche back.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals may consider listening to trade offers for 1B Eric Hosmer, 3B Mike Moustakas, OF Alex Gordon, DH Billy Butler and OF Wil Myers, in order to acquire pitching help.

1B | Lance Berkman | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent 1B Lance Berkman (Cardinals) could take a volunteer assistant job at Rice University if he decides against playing next season. "Quite frankly, that's an extremely appealing option," he said.


SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera.

SS | Billy Hamilton | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Billy Hamilton (back) left the Arizona Fall League championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, with back spasms. It was just precautionary.

SS | Jason Christian | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Free Agents
The Minnesota Twins signed free-agent INF Jason Christian (Athletics) to a minor league deal.

SS | Zack Cozart | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the team will not look to trade SS Zack Cozart this offseason. Reports had circulated that the team was willing to part ways with Cozart or SS Didi Gregorius.

Third Baseman

3B | Kevin Youkilis | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
If the Cleveland Indians sign free-agent 3B Kevin Youkilis (White Sox), he would be used primarily at first base, due to the presence of 3B Lonnie Chisenhall. The Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers are considering him as a third baseman, although he is a back-burner option for the Dodgers at the hot corner.


C | Gerald Laird | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves C Gerald Laird's two-year deal is expected to be worth approximately $3.3 million.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Gerald Laird will serve as the backup to C Brian McCann (shoulder) next season. However, with McCann expected to miss at least the first couple of weeks of the season, Laird will serve as the primary catcher for much of the season's first month.


OF | Matt Carson | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cleveland Indians signed free-agent OF Matt Carson (Twins) and OF Cedric Hunter (Cardinals) to minor league deals with invitations to spring training.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Ichiro Suzuki (Yankees) will not play for Japan in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
An Arizona Diamondbacks source said there's a 90 percent chance that OF Justin Upton will remain with the team this offseason.

OF | B.J. Upton | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF B.J. Upton (Rays) is expected to talk with at least three other teams before making a decision, including the Washington Nationals and possibly the San Francisco Giants.

OF | Juan Pierre | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins have signed free-agent OF Juan Pierre (Phillies) to a one-year contract worth $1.6 million.

OF | Michael Bourn | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets are not expected to pursue free-agent OF Michael Bourn (Braves).

OF | Kevin Russo | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers have reportedly signed INF/OF Kevin Russo (Yankees) to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training camp.

OF | Justin Christian | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have reached agreement with free-agent OF Justin Christian (Giants) on a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training camp.

OF | Josh Hamilton | free agent | Free Agents
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said the team will not target free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers) this offseason. He is not ruling out signing Hamilton but said the length of the contract and the money he is seeking may be too much for the team to offer.

OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the team won't be signing OF Jay Bruce to a contract extension anytime soon. "We control him for five more years," Jocketty said. "It's so far off. It's something we haven't talked about."

OF | Melky Cabrera | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera will be the obvious choice to start in left field next year. OF Rajai Davis is another option, but the team prefers to use him as the fourth outfielder and pinch-runner.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees) has elected not to pitch in next spring's World Baseball Classic for Team Japan.

SP | Zack Greinke | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
An industry source said the Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to sign free-agent SP Zack Greinke (Angels).

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets are seeking a huge package in return for SP R.A. Dickey, and don't want to trade him unless they receive one.

SP | Carl Pavano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Dave Pepe, the agent for free-agent SP Carl Pavano (Twins), said he has received several preliminary calls regarding his client. A bone bruise in his right shoulder limited Pavano to only 11 starts in 2012 but he has been given a clean bill of health.

SP | Kevin Slowey | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent SP Kevin Slowey (Indians) is receiving interest from teams this offseason.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale is looking to build his endurance in the offseason after finishing inconsistently down the stretch last year. He has started doing crossfit workouts and is doing some pilates with a personal trainer in Florida. After starting to throw last November for the coming season, Sale has taken pitching coach Don Cooper's advice to wait until January to throw for the upcoming season. Sale surpassed his previous high for innings this year by 56 frames. He'll play light catch in mid to late December. "He's going to be treated like any other starter," said general manager Rick Hahn. "We are cautious with our guys and cognizant of the challenges that come with any six-month major league pitching regimen."

Relief Pitcher

RP | Andrew Carignan | Oakland Athletics | Injury,
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Carignan (elbow) is halfway through his rehab from Tommy John surgery, and he thinks he is on schedule in his recovery. "Everything feels great," said Carignan, who underwent the operation on June 19. "I've talked to enough people and kind of been around enough, so I kind of know what to expect, and I haven't had any surprises. So far, so good." He's currently throwing from 90 feet now after starting to throw a month ago. He doesn't expect to throw off a mound until spring training.

RP | Shawn Camp | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs re-signed RP Shawn Camp to a one-year, $1.35 million deal, plus incentives.

RP | Jason Grilli | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Jason Grilli (Pirates) has received interest from eight teams this offseason, including the Boston Red Sox, according to agent Gary Sheffield.

RP | Kyuji Fujikawa | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Kyuji Fujikawa (Japanese League) has toured the facilities of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs over the past week and is expected to visit the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Los Angeles Dodgers in the near future. It is uncertain if he is scheduled to visit the Texas Rangers, even though the club has scouted him.

RP | J.P. Howell | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP J.P. Howell (Rays) said multiple teams have expressed interest in him this offseason but he is unsure when he will make a final decision. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim could be one of the teams pursuing him.


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