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First Baseman

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) said Friday, Dec. 7, that his knee is much better, but not quite 100 percent. He won't play in the World Baseball Classic for Canada unless his knee is 100 percent.

Second Baseman

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Free Agents
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano will not give the Yankees a hometown discount when he becomes a free agent next offseason. Scott Boras, Cano's agent, said he does not plan on talking with the Yankees about new deal until after the 2013 season. There is a chance Cano leaves the Yankees next year because the team has been looking to keep their payroll down.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Friday, Dec. 7, that 2B Neil Walker (back) is "getting close to getting into his (regular) offseason routine after a great rehab program."

2B | Jayson Nix | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees announced Friday, Dec. 7, that 2B Jayson Nix has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro passed his physical Friday, Dec. 7, and he finalized his three-year, $20 million contract.


SS | Billy Hamilton | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Billy Hamilton, who converted from shortstop to the outfield this offseason, could be a candidate to become the leadoff hitter at some point next season.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have told teams that inquired about SS Troy Tulowitzki that he was not available.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians are pursuing a multi-team trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks involving SS Asdrubal Cabrera, as the Indians try and improve their pitching staff. They are also exploring a number of alternatives.

SS | Jhonny Peralta | Detroit Tigers | Free Agents, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said the team is happy with what SS Jhonny Peralta gives them at shortstop. "We're happy with Peralta," Dombrowski said. "What happens is a lot of times, people talk about getting more athletic with our club. There are very few positions we can get more athletic. That is one of the spots that is often discussed, but we're happy with Jhonny Peralta. When you look at his numbers over the last couple years, we're very happy with him." Detroit has been mentioned as a suitor for free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Athletics), though, and if they were to sign him, Peralta would become expendable.

SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are telling teams they aren't ready to trade SS Dee Gordon. The Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies called about him. All but Seattle wanted to try him in the outfield.

Third Baseman

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) will undergo surgery on his left hip in mid-January, and he could be out until the All-Star break. "I'm not concerned," Rodriguez said. "I'm actually, in many ways, relieved that there's something tangible that we can go fix." Rodriguez needs time to strengthen his hip before surgery can be performed.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners are both interested in free-agent 3B Kevin Youkilis (White Sox), with the New York Yankees being his most serious suitor. Youkilis' agent, Joe Bick, said his client is "giving serious consideration to the Yankees." The Yanks offered him a one-year, $12 million deal, and the Cleveland Indians made a two-year, $18 million offer.

3B | Michael Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Michael Young will be the team's starting third baseman next season, giving 3B Cody Asche more time to develop in the minors.

3B | Mark Reynolds | Cleveland Indians | Free Agents, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Mark Reynolds is expected to take over as the team's starting first baseman next year. He can earn another $1.5 million in incentives as part of his one-year, $6 million deal. The signing likely takes the team out of the running for free-agent 3B Kevin Youkilis (White Sox). 3B Lonnie Chisenhall is expected to start at third base to begin the year.

3B | Eric Chavez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks finalized their one-year contract with free-agent 3B Eric Chavez (Yankees) Saturday, Dec. 8.


C | A.J. Pierzynski | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Yankees have been hesitant in showing interest in free-agent C A.J. Pierzynski (White Sox) because they view him as only an average defensive catcher.

C | Devin Mesoraco | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays are searching for a catcher and tried to get a third team involved to acquire Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco.


OF | Josh Hamilton | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners may be willing to offer free-agent OF Josh Hamilton a five or six-year deal.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
After initially saying the team could afford to wait and re-sign OF Ichiro Suzuki, the New York Yankees have changed course and now are "all over" Suzuki to sign him, according to a team source. "They are all over him," one source says. "That (a deal with Ichiro) will happen."

OF | Wil Myers | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays acquired pitching prospects Mike Montgomery and Jake Odorizzi from the Kansas City Royals Sunday, Dec. 9, along with OF Wil Myers and 3B Patrick Leonard, for Ps James Shields and Wade Davis.

OF | Jason Bay | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners have designated P Mauricio Robles for assignment, presumably clearing space on the 40-man roster for newly-signed OF Jason Bay.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers might have lost out on free-agent SP Zack Greinke (Dodgers), but they still want to trade for Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton.

OF | Johnny Damon | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Johnny Damon (Indians) said he will retire if he does not sign with a team before spring training starts.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies were contacted by other teams about the availability of OF Carlos Gonzalez during the winter meetings but told teams that Gonzalez was not available.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts, OF Nate McLouth and OF Nick Markakis are options to hit first in the starting lineup next season.

OF | Starling Marte | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates are about to rein in OF Starling Marte, who is batting .317 with 19 RBIs in 26 games for Escogido of the Dominican Winter League. The club wants Marte to have some quality down time before spring training, and general manager Neal Huntington said Friday, Dec. 7, that the team will tell him to shut it down "sooner rather than later."

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan passed his physical Friday, Dec. 7, and he finalized his four-year, $40 million contract.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds re-signed OF Ryan Ludwick to an undisclosed deal Friday, Dec. 7, pending a physical.

OF | Andruw Jones | Japanese League | Transaction, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Andruw Jones (Yankees) has signed a one-year deal worth around $3.5 million to play in the Japanese League next season for the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner will make $2.85 million as part of his one-year deal to avoid arbitration. He can make another $1 million performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 375, 400, 425, 450, 475 and 500 plate appearances.

OF | Nick Swisher | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians hope they can sign free-agent OF Nick Swisher (Yankees) to a four-year, $48 million deal. However, the market shift has him looking at four years and $60 million.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Hyun-Jin Ryu | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu has an opt-out clause in his contract that will allow him to opt out of his contract after the fifth year if he has pitched 750 innings or more.

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he is holding firm that he wants a "difference-maker" in any trade involving SP R.A. Dickey, despite the fact that Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke and Kansas City Royals SP James Shields are off the market. The Mets would want more than 3B Mike Olt in any deal with the Texas Rangers, for example. The Toronto Blue Jays could interest New York with a package of C J.P. Arencibia and OF Anthony Gose.

SP | James Shields | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
A National League executive said Kansas City Royals SP James Shields is definitely a No. 1 starter. "I saw Shields four times in Sept. Between his stuff, pitchability and stamina that rivals (Philadelphia Phillies SP) Roy Halladay's."

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SPs Luke Hochevar and Bruce Chen are on the bubble for the starting rotation. Chen is most likely to be used as a swingman. Hochevar likely has a rotation spot, but he'll have a short leash.

SP | Wade Davis | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals want to use newly acquired P Wade Davis as a starter.

SP | Francisco Liriano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins have not made any progress in contract talks with free-agent SP Francisco Liriano (White Sox).

SP | Anibal Sanchez | free agent | Free Agents,
The Los Angeles Dodgers may pursue free-agent SP Anibal Sanchez (Tigers) if they are not able to sign Korean SP Hyun-Jin Ryu.

SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Updating previous items, the six-year, $147 million contract the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed upon with SP Zack Greinke calls for a $12 million signing bonus. Greinke receives a base salary of $17 million in 2013. The salary goes to $24 million in 2014, $23 million in 2015, $24 million in 2016, $23 million in 2017 and $24 million in 2018. Greinke was not given a no-trade clause.

SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents,
The Boston Red Sox could show interest in free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) if he is willing to accept a three-year deal.

SP | Ryan Dempster | free agent | Free Agents,
The Boston Red Sox offered free-agent SP Ryan Dempster (Rangers) a two-year deal worth $25 million but he decided to reject the offer.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto (oblique) saw the doctor Friday, Dec. 7, and he was cleared to throw. Cueto said he feels good, and he said he would probably play in the World Baseball Classic.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Brandon McCarthy will receive a $2.5 million signing bonus and salaries of $4 million next season and $9 million in 2014, according to a baseball source.

SP | Dan Haren | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Dan Haren (back, hip) is confident that he's heading into the 2013 season fully healthy after dealing with back and hip concerns last season. He said the Nationals were much less concerned after passing him through a physical before signing his deal. Haren said he has pitched through his hip issue since he was with the Oakland Athletics earlier in his career. "As for my health I feel great," Haren said. "I actually felt great towards the end of last year, and I was battling my mechanics a lot but was still getting good results. I guess teams were concerned of a hip issue that I've dealt with since my time in Oakland. It never has and never will cause me to miss time."

SP | Graham Godfrey | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox acquired SP Graham Godfrey from the Oakland Athletics to complete the deal for P Sandy Rosario.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Josh Lindblom | Texas Rangers | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Philadelphia Phillies have acquired 3B Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for RP Josh Lindblom and P Lisalverto Bonilla.


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