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First Baseman

1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are talking to free-agent 1B Adam LaRoche (Nationals), but they prefer to complete the deal with C/1B Mike Napoli.

Second Baseman

2B | Jose Lopez | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent INF Jose Lopez (White Sox) is getting close to a deal with the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants.


C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Raul Ibanez will be looked at in left and right field, as the designated hitter and at first base. General manager Jack Zduriencik said the move to sign Ibanez probably means C Jesus Montero will spend more time behind the plate.

C | A.J. Pierzynski | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said C A.J. Pierzynski will be the team's starting catcher next year over C Geovany Soto. "As far as playing time goes, A.J. is our guy," Washington said. "Geo (Soto) will get some playing time. A.J. is going to be the front-runner." Pierzynski offers more offensive upside than Soto does.

C | John Jaso | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C John Jaso could become expendable after the team signed OF Raul Ibanez.


OF | Vernon Wells | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The New York Yankees have discussed making a trade for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Vernon Wells.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SPs Justin Grimm and Martin Perez could be used as a fifth starter to start the season, bridging the gap until SP Colby Lewis (elbow) is ready to return.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) has made progress in his return from flexor tendon surgery. The original plan was for Lewis to be ready in June, but he has already started a throwing program there is a chance he could return to the mound earlier than that.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers are pleased with the progress RP Neftali Feliz (elbow) had made in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He had surgery in July, and is still on target for a post All-Star break return to the club. "Nefty is doing well," general manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday, Dec. 26. "He's coming into Arlington in a couple of weeks to get checked up by (team doctor Keith) Meister and then will report out in Arizona to continue his rehab. Everything's on schedule at this point."

RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli is expected to serve as the team's closer next season with RPs Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and Jared Hughes serving in a setup role.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has declared RP Joel Hanrahan the closer ahead of RP Andrew Bailey heading into the 2013 season.


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