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First Baseman

1B | Nate Freiman | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros selected San Diego Padres 1B Nate Freiman with the 31st pick in the Rule 5 draft.

1B | Chris McGuinness | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians selected Texas Rangers 1B Chris McGuinness with the fifth pick in the Rule 5 draft.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko will have more time away from field duty during the 2013 season, as manager Robin Ventura said Konerko would be used more often as a designated hitter and 1B Adam Dunn would play first.

1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are still looking to re-sign 1B Adam LaRoche, but they are standing firm on their two-year offer. LaRoche is looking for three years, and the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers are also in on him. If the Nationals re-sign him, OF Mike Morse is likely to be traded.


Second Baseman

2B | Jeff Kobernus | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Detroit Tigers acquired 2B Jeff Kobernus from the Boston Red Sox for OF Justin Henry. They also acquired P Kyle Lobstein from the New York Mets for cash. General manager Dave Dombrowski said Kobernus will compete for a utility spot in camp.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano will not discuss a potential contract extension until after the 2013 season, agent Scott Boras said on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Cano will earn $14 million next season, his final year under a pact signed in 2008 that included lucrative club options for 2012 and '13.


Shortstop

SS | Angel Sanchez | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox selected Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Angel Sanchez with the 17th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

SS | Stephen Drew | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics still are in touch with free-agent SS Stephen Drew, indicating they have an interest to bring him back for 2013. The club plans to meet with Drew's agent soon.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) said Wednesday, Dec. 5, that his surgically repaired left ankle feels good and he expects to be ready for the team's regular season opener. Jeter was wearing a restrictive boot on his left foot.

SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians are interested in trading for Los Angeles Dodgers SS Dee Gordon.

SS | Justin Sellers | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Justin Sellers (back) has been cleared for full baseball activity.

SS | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF/INF Jerry Hairston Jr. (hip) will resume baseball activities later this month. He hasn't started running yet.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are planning to go into spring training with SS Hanley Ramirez as their shortstop.


Third Baseman

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies are close to acquiring Texas Rangers 3B Michael Young. Young just has to waive his no-trade clause.

3B | Mark Reynolds | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent 1B/3B Mark Reynolds (Orioles) is believed to prefer playing first base rather than third base.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Yankees have a one-year, $12 million offer out to free-agent 3B Kevin Youkilis (White Sox).

3B | Jeff Keppinger | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The New York Yankees offered more than the three years and $12 million that the Chicago White Sox used to sign 3B Jeff Keppinger.

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Chris D. Johnson and 3B Eric Chavez will platoon at third base. Chavez is a left-handed hitter.

3B | Jack Hannahan | free agent | Free Agents
The Chicago White Sox are still interested in free-agent 3B Jack Hannahan (Indians), despite agreeing with 3B Jeff Keppinger.


Catcher

C | Salvador Perez | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals will limit C Salvador Perez's appearances next season, but he is still expected to catch 140 games. However, manager Ned Yost admits that number could go higher if Perez wields a hot bat. "I hope it's not 159 or 160," Yost said. "I hope I can give him a break here and there. I love that kid. I have a hard time not playing him. I love to write his name in the lineup because he's that special."

C | Tyler Flowers | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C Tyler Flowers (hand), who underwent left hand surgery in October, has resumed his catching duties but won't play winter ball in the Dominican Republic, agent Tom O'Connell said.

C | Allan de San Miguel | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent Cs Allan de San Miguel (Twins) and Jose Gil (Yankees) Wednesday, Dec. 5. The team also re-signed C Chris Robinson, as well as Czech P Jan Novak (Czech Republic).

C | A.J. Ellis | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers C A.J. Ellis (knee) will resume running later this month and he'll also resume catching exercises. He is expected to be 100 percent healthy for spring training.

C | A.J. Pierzynski | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman eliminated the idea that the team will pursue free-agent C A.J. Pierzynski (White Sox), even though the two sides have talked. The team is prepared to enter next year with Cs Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli competing for the starting job. C Austin Romine has an outside chance to win the job. "I doubt I can upgrade on what I have catching-wise because the defense is an important aspect for us," Cashman said. "The bats are a secondary aspect."

C | Wil Nieves | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks re-signed C Wil Nieves to a one-year, $800,000 deal.

C | Rod Barajas | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have made an offer to free-agent C Rod Barajas (Pirates), according to an industry source.


Outfielder

OF | Ben Revere | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies acquired OF Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins for SP Vance Worley and P Trevor May.

OF | Wil Myers | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals talked more about SP Jonathon Niese and SP Zack Wheeler than SP R.A. Dickey in trade talks with the New York Mets for OF Wil Myers.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees are listening to offers on OF Curtis Granderson and SPs Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova.

OF | Ender Inciarte | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies selected Arizona Diamondbacks OF Ender Inciarte with the 15th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

OF | Alfredo Silverio | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins selected Los Angeles Dodgers OF Alfredo Silverio with the sixth pick in the Rule 5 draft.

OF | Nick Swisher | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners are interested in free-agent OF Nick Swisher (Yankees).

OF | Josh Hamilton | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners are reportedly close to a deal with free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers). The holdup is the Texas Rangers are still in the mix, but they are working on several different fronts.

OF | Jason Bourgeois | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free-agent OF Jason Bourgeois (Royals) to a minor league contract without an invitation to spring training.

OF | Jason Kubel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Free Agents, Fantasy
If the Cincinnati Reds can't sign OF Ryan Ludwick, the team has expressed interest in OF Jason Kubel as a second option.

OF | Blake Tekotte | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox will likely put OF Blake Tekotte in the minors at the start of the season so he can work on his swing, according to general manager Rick Hahn.

OF | Conor Jackson | Baltimore Orioles | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles agreed to terms with free-agent OF Conor Jackson (White Sox) on a minor-league deal Wednesday, Dec. 5.

OF | Nate Schierholtz | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year, $2.25 million deal with free-agent OF Nate Schierholtz (Phillies) Wednesday, Dec. 5.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
A potential four-team trade that would involve Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton has not progressed Wednesday, Dec. 5, and any kind of deal is unlikely to be completed at the winter meetings this week. Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera would be involved in a swap, too.

OF | Michael Bourn | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Scott Boras, the agent for free-agent OF Michael Bourn (Braves), said he has already met with the Seattle Mariners. Boras said he won't meet with Seattle again during the winter meetings.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said the team isn't planning on dealing OF Jacoby Ellsbury after they signed OF Shane Victorino. "No, that's not our intent," Cherington said. "We're expecting Jacoby to have a really big year in 2013, be a huge part of what we're doing. You answer the phone and take the calls and listen to ideas, but our expectation is Jacoby will be here and be our center fielder."

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds refuted reports that they are trying to acquire Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler. Cincinnati seems to have SP Mike Leake in their plans even though he's been mentioned as a trade chip, and they have no thoughts of converting him to a reliever next year.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper will not play for Team USA in next spring's World Baseball Classic, according to his agent, Scott Boras.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (elbow) has full range of motion in his arm and is currently on a normal offseason program. He's expected to be 100 percent healthy for spring training.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (shoulder) is expected to start baseball activities at the end of this month or early January, and he should be able to hit at the start of spring training.

OF | Jason Bay | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Jason Bay is expected to be used in left field and as the designated hitter next season.

OF | Ryan Sweeney | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are doing their diligence on free-agent OFs Nick Swisher (Yankees) and Ryan Sweeney (Red Sox), among others. Swisher is unlikely to fit within the team's payroll constraints. The O's also reportedly checked in on free-agent OF Nate Schierholtz (Phillies). However, the Yankees are considered the front-runners for Schierholtz.

OF | Andruw Jones | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees are not expected to re-sign OF Andruw Jones.

OF | Raul Ibanez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers are three teams that are most interested in free-agent OF Raul Ibanez (Yankees).

OF | Nate McLouth | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nate McLouth can make $50,000 each next year for 300 and 350 plate appearances, $100,000 each for 400, 450, 500 and 550 plate appearances.

OF | Chih-Hsien Chiang | Texas Rangers | Transaction
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (Mariners) to a minor league deal Tuesday, Dec. 4.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers have considered trading 1B Corey Hart.

OF | Cody Ross | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are likely out on free-agent OFs Nick Swisher (Yankees) and Cody Ross (Red Sox) unless they trade OF Jacoby Ellsbury.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins continue to tell teams that OF Giancarlo Stanton is not available in a trade.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Danny Rosenbaum | Colorado Rockies | Transaction
The Colorado Rockies selected Washington Nationals P Danny Rosenbaum with the third pick in the Rule 5 draft.

SP | Hector Rondon | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs selected Cleveland Indians SP Hector Rondon with the second pick in the Rule 5 draft.

SP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Despite RP Aroldis Chapman being moved to the starting rotation for the 2013 season, the plan is still to keep SP Mike Leake as a starter.

SP | Zack Greinke | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Texas Rangers team president Nolan Ryan would not rule out the possibility the team could re-sign free-agent OF Josh Hamilton and add SP Zack Greinke (Angels).

SP | Jeff Francis | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent SP Jeff Francis (Rockies) Wednesday, Dec. 5, according to a source. The deal is pending a physical. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

SP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner (thumb) will likely begin the 2013 regular season on the 15-day disabled list after he suffered a lacerated tendon in his right thumb this past week. Cashner has surgery on the thumb, and general manager Josh Byrnes said Wednesday, Dec. 5, that doctors informed the pitcher he will need a three-month recovery from the injury before he can start a throwing program.

SP | James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers have talked with the Tampa Bay Rays about the availability of their starting pitchers, according to sources. SP James Shields' name has been bandied about in many offseason rumors, as well as SP Jeremy Hellickson.

SP | Ryan Dempster | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, a report of the Chicago Cubs and free-agent SP Ryan Dempster having discussions is erroneous, as negotiations are not happening. A reunion is reportedly implausible.

SP | Joel Carreno | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays P Joel Carreno (eye) underwent successful surgery on his broken orbital bone. He's expected to be ready for spring training.

SP | Joe Blanton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins were pursuing SP Joe Blanton before he inked with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Anibal Sanchez (Tigers) is at the top of the Kansas City Royals' starting pitching wish list this winter.

SP | Andrew Oliver | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired P Andrew Oliver from the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, Dec. 5, in exchange for C Ramon Cabrera.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds seem to be a good fit to try to land Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury in a trade. The Reds could dangle SPs Homer Bailey or Mike Leake. However, Ellsbury will make around $9 million next year, which could be problematic for Cincy.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (hip) is pain-free and has no tightness in his right hip. He is on a full running program and is doing physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around his hip.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have had talks about Arizona Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel. The Diamondbacks are seeking young pitching in return. SP Chris Tillman is unavailable.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Jason Grilli | free agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco Giants are out on free-agent RP Jason Grilli (Pirates).

RP | Joshua Fields | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros selected Boston Red Sox RP Joshua Fields with the first pick in the Rule 5 draft. He has a good chance to stick with the Astros due to his good fastball and hard curve.

RP | Sergio Romo | San Francisco Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday, Dec. 5, that RP Sergio Romo is his closer, but he plans "to give him some help" with RPs Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez and Santiago Casilla.

RP | J.P. Howell | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals are interested in signing free-agent RP J.P. Howell (Rays) as they look to add another lefty reliever. Howell appears to be very interested in joining the Nats, too.

RP | Wade Davis | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies have made it known that they are shopping OF Dexter Fowler at the winter meetings this week, but the price remains high for the center fielder. Colorado won't trade him away unless they receive an impact player in return. The Cincinnati Reds are linked because they are searching for a leadoff hitter, and the Rockies would likely ask for a package involving SP Mike Leake and possibly a power arm at the top of their farm system. It's unclear if the Philadelphia Phillies are involved in talks for Fowler. The Rockies have interest in Tampa Bay Rays SPs Jeremy Hellickson and Wade Davis, but there is no indication if there is a fit between the teams.

RP | Matt Guerrier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Matt Guerrier (elbow) avoided surgery by receiving platelet-rich plasma injections. He has no restrictions in his workouts.

RP | Javy Guerra | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Javy Guerra's (shoulder) surgery on the AC joint in his right shoulder was considered minor. He is now pain-free and has resumed throwing.

RP | Scott Elbert | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury,
Los Angeles Dodgers P Scott Elbert (elbow) is on schedule in his rehab from elbow surgery and is expected to be on a normal offseason program.

RP | Kenley Jansen | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen (heart) is currently on a conditioning program and won't have any limitations heading into spring training.

RP | Sean Burnett | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed free-agent RP Sean Burnett (Nationals) to a two-year deal that includes a team option for a third year Wednesday, Dec. 5. Financial terms were not disclosed but the deal is expected to be just south of the two-year, $9.5 million deal the Chicago Cubs gave RP Kyuji Fujikawa. The addition of Burnett has "no effect" on the team's plans to re-sign SP Zack Greinke.

RP | Bruce Rondon | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he prefers if the team has one established closer as opposed to a closer-by-committee approach. RP Bruce Rondon is considered the favorite to open as the closer next year, but nothing is settled yet. "I know the guys who are on our team . . . Rondon is certainly a possibility to get an opportunity. I'll get a pulse for him in spring training - what I feel about him, his makeup."

RP | Randy Choate | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction,
The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent RP Randy Choate (Dodgers) to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, Dec. 5.

RP | Adam Russell | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent RP Adam Russell (Braves) to a minor league deal Wednesday, Dec. 5. He'll be at spring training as a non-roster invite.



 


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