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First Baseman

1B | Luis A. Jimenez | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Free Agents
The Toronto Blue Jays signed free-agent 1B Luis A. Jimenez (Mariners) to a minor league contract.

Second Baseman

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler isn't particularly thrilled with the idea of changing positions.


SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians are still shopping SS Asdrubal Cabrera for young pitching, but the market is dwindling.

SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Now that the Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays have made a trade of their own, the chances of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers hooking up for a deal involving OF Justin Upton is unlikely. The Rangers have been unwilling to part with SSs Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar to acquire Upton.

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.

Third Baseman

3B | Ian Stewart | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Ian Stewart (wrist) is working with Hall of Famer Rod Carew this offseason and said he is back to full health.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent 3B Kevin Youkilis (White Sox) is mulling an offer from the New York Yankees. Youkilis' uncle, Edward, said the former Red Sox player loves New York and always said he wanted to play there someday.

3B | Jeff Keppinger | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Jeff Keppinger (leg) is expected to be 100 percent healthy by opening day, but it's unknown if he'll be full speed on Day 1 of spring training. Keppinger will make $3.5 million next year, $4 million in 2014 and $4.5 million in 2015.

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 | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | 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.


C | Jim Vahalik | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent P Kyle Mertins, C Jim Vahalik and P Luis Pardo to minor league deals.

C | A.J. Pierzynski | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are interested in free-agent C A.J. Pierzynski (White Sox).

C | Brayan Pena | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers signed free-agent C Brayan Pena (Royals) to a one-year deal Monday, Dec. 10. Financial terms were not disclosed. Pena is the favorite to serve as the backup catcher to C Alex Avila.


OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton appears to be staying with the team, as trade talks have fizzled.

OF | Willy Taveras | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Kansas City Royals signed free-agent OF Willy Taveras (Rockies) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

OF | Cody Ross | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Mets are kicking the tires on free-agent OF Cody Ross (Red Sox).

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees are moving closer to re-signing OF Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year deal, and the two sides are expected to reach an agreement "within the next few days." Suzuki's first choice all winter has been to return to New York.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick's two-year, $15 million deal includes a mutual option for the 2015 season.

Starting Pitcher

SP | R.A. Dickey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey said he'd almost certainly leave in free agency next winter if the Mets choose to bring him back for the 2013 season on the year remaining in his contract. Dickey insists that he's asking for a far-below-market-value extension with the Mets, and he doesn't appreciate the slow pace of the extension talks. He is looking for a combined $26 to $28 million for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, according to sources. Dickey said he will not negotiate an extension during the season. General manager Sandy Alderson said talks with Dickey are ongoing at this point.

SP | Kevin Correia | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Kevin Correia will be part of the team's starting rotation next season.

SP | Claudio Vargas | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Free Agents
The Toronto Blue Jays signed free-agent SP Claudio Vargas (Brewers), RP Rich Thompson (Athletics), OF Eugenio Velez (Cardinals) and RP Juan Perez (Brewers) to minor league contracts.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (elbow) resumed throwing Monday, Dec. 10.

SP | Chris Capuano | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates have talked about a possible trade involving Dodgers SP Chris Capuano. No other player names were mentioned.

SP | James Shields | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP James Shields said Monday, Dec. 10, that he would be open right now to talk about an extension with the team if they are interested. "No doubt about it," Shield said.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
According to Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti Monday, Dec. 10, the team might explore a contract extension for SP Clayton Kershaw in the coming weeks.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
According to a baseball source, the Los Angeles Dodgers are finished in the market for starting pitching, which rules them out from signing free-agent SP Anibal Sanchez (Tigers), unless something unexpected pops up.

SP | Hyun-Jin Ryu | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu said his goals are double-digit wins, a two-something ERA and to eventually break former SP Chan Ho Park's record of 124 career wins for a Korean pitcher. Ryu, as part of his contract, isn't allowed to be demoted to the minors.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates re-signed RP Jason Grilli to a two-year deal worth $6.75 million Monday, Dec. 10, according to a source.


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