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First Baseman

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Free Agents
The Boston Red Sox explored free-agent 1B Nick Johnson (Orioles) and 1B Casey Kotchman (Indians). They also checked in on Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak.

1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said 1B Lance Berkman likely will hit third in the batting order this season. The first five spots in the batting order are expected to be 2B Ian Kinsler, SS Elvis Andrus, Berkman, 3B Adrian Beltre and OF Nelson Cruz.

Second Baseman

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said 2B Chase Utley (knees) should be 100 percent when spring training begins. Utley has been field groundballs several times a week. Trainer Scott Sheridan will evaluate Utley's progress in person next week.


SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have talked about moving SS Dee Gordon to the outfield, but they plan to keep him at shortstop. He figures to start the season at Triple-A.


OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (thumb) said he's ready to go with no limitations for spring training.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are moving on from trade talks involving Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton.

OF | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Logan Morrison (knee) said he will not be ready to participate at the start of spring training and may not be ready for the start of the season. He said he does not want to return until he is 100 percent because he had to battle the injury last season. He expects to start running about a week into spring training.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) said he has not felt any pain since starting his throwing program but is not rushing through his rehab because he does not want to suffer a setback. He is currently throwing from 60 feet three times a week.

SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) has been making progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery, but the team is not saying if Danks will make the opening day roster. General manager Rick Hahn said that if Danks is not on the team when they leave spring training, it does not mean he suffered a setback. "These are broad targets when they are laid out and you have to respond to how the player feels and how his body reacts," Hahn said. "Being on the roster by Opening Day is the target, but if we have to push that back a few weeks to err on the side of caution, that is what we will do." Danks is expected to be examined by team doctors when he comes to town later this month.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he is getting good reports on SP Roy Halladay's (shoulder) throwing this offseason. He said Halladay's mechanics are looking good and he is getting loose faster than before. Halladay will start throwing off of a mound later this month and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said SP Cole Hamels (shoulder) did experience some shoulder soreness during his offseason throwing program but is fine now. Amaro said Hamels got aggressive during his program in October and contacted the team's trainer when he experienced the soreness. Hamels was shut down for a few weeks but is now doing fine and is throwing again. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.


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