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First Baseman

1B | Brad Hawpe | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free-agent 1B Brad Hawpe (Padres) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

1B | Tyler Moore | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Tyler Moore will become the team's primary right-handed pinch-hitter and backup to 1B Adam LaRoche after the team traded OF Mike Morse to the Seattle Mariners.

1B | Matt Clark | Japanese League | Transaction
The San Diego Padres sold the contract of 1B Matt Clark to the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese League Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Second Baseman

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said 2B Brian Roberts has had a health issue this offseason, but he is working out now.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he has positive reports on 2B Chase Utley's (knee) conditioning. Utley has been doing baseball activities five days a week. "Chase is doing very, very well," Amaro said. "Scott has been with him the last couple of days and he says Chase looks great and is feeling great. We hope it continues."


SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki could be added to Team USA for the World Baseball Classic before the first games in March.

SS | Jed Lowrie | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
Houston Astros SS Jed Lowrie and P's Bud Norris and Wesley Wright are among 133 to file for salary arbitration. Lowrie made $1.15 million in 2012, while Norris made $511,000 and Wright made $512,000.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) has been cleared to start baseball activities in his recovery from a broken left ankle. He will not take the field for workouts until later in the month, which he is said his normal pre-spring training routine. "I've got the okay to start," Jeter said Wednesday, Jan. 16. "But I don't start until next week or the week after, anyway. In terms of baseball activity, I'm right where I need to be."

SS | Ryan Theriot | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies are interested in free-agent SS Ryan Theriot (Giants). Theriot would likely compete for playing time with SS Brandon Crawford if he were to re-sign in San Fran. Theriot would likely be insurance to Phillies 2B Chase Utley in Philly.

Third Baseman

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Dr. Bryan Kelly said New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez's (hip) surgery Wednesday, Jan. 16, "went as planned and without complication." Rodriguez had his labrum and impingement repaired. He's expected to be released from the hospital Thursday, Jan. 17, and his recovery time will be around six months.


C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox avoided arbitration with C Jarrod Saltalamacchia by signing him to a one-year, $4.5 million deal.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia has begun working with SP R.A. Dickey to get used to catching his knuckleball.

C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox agreed to a new, one-year deal with C/1B Mike Napoli. The two sides had been renegotiating after hip concerns surfaced in a physical to complete a three-year deal.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey and five other teammates filed for salary arbitration this week. Posey made $615,000 a year ago and figures to get a substantial, if unspecified, raise. Other Giants from the 133 players who filed include OF Hunter Pence ($10.4 million in 2012), OF Gregor Blanco ($516,000), INF Joaquin Arias ($500,000) and RP's Sergio Romo ($1.575 million) and Jose Mijares ($925,000).

C | George Kottaras | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics designated C George Kottaras for assignment Wednesday, Jan. 16, just one day after agreeing to terms with him on a one-year deal worth $1 million to avoid arbitration.

C | John Jaso | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C John Jaso will likely form the left-handed half of a platoon at catcher with C Derek Norris this season.


OF | Mike Carp | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox could have interest in Seattle Mariners 1B/OF Mike Carp.

OF | Will Venable | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres avoided arbitration with OF Will Venable by signing him to a one-year, $2.675 million contract.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF's Tyler Colvin Dexter Fowler, SP Jhoulys Chacin and SS Jonathan Herrera were the four Rockies players who filed for salary arbitration this week out of 133. Two others, P's Wilton Lopez and Josh Outman, also filed but settled for new contracts to avoid arbitration.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward, SP Kris Medlen, RP's Cristhian Martinez, Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters, and 2B Martin Prado are set to gain raises as six of 133 players to file for arbitration. Prado made $4.75 million last year, while Heyward made $565,000, Medlen made $490,000, Martinez made $491,000, O'Flaherty made $2.49 million and Venters' salary was $533,000.

OF | Seth Smith | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF's Seth Smith and Brandon Moss joined RP Jerry Blevins in filing for salary arbitration. The three are among 133 who filed for arbitration, and teams and players will exchange salary figures on Friday, Jan. 18.

OF | Nyjer Morgan | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Nyjer Morgan had his Twitter account hacked by someone who claimed he had been unfaithful to his girlfriend. "I did something horrible today nation I cheated on my girlfriend," the initial tweet began. "I ruined her life and I will pay the price for this I loved her but was bad." Morgan later went on Twitter to say he did not write that and was changing his passwords.

OF | Mike Morse | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals received P A.J. Cole and will receive a player to be named later from the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the three-team trade that sent OF Mike Morse to the Seattle Mariners.

OF | Torii Hunter | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said OF Torii Hunter is expected to hit No. 2 in the batting order, in front of 3B Miguel Cabrera. Hunter hit .343 in the second spot in the lineup with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last year. OF Andy Dirks, who hit .295 in 173 at-bats in the No. 2 spot last year, is another option.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Luke Hochevar filed for salary arbitration, the only Royals player out of 133 to do so. Hochevar went through arbitration last year and came away with a $3.51 million salary.

SP | Carl Pavano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The New York Mets need a fifth starter, and they have had dialogue with free-agent SPs Carl Pavano (Mets) and Chris Young (Mets).

SP | J.A. Happ | Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
The rotation for Triple-A Buffalo, the top minor-league affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, could feature SPs J.A. Happ, Brad Lincoln, Chad Jenkins, Justin Germano and Claudio Vargas barring any injuries or changes in spring training.

SP | Brett Cecil | Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brett Cecil and RP Jeremy Jeffress are both out of options and therefore must be exposed on waivers before they can be setn to the minors. That likely means each has a leg up in the hunt for a spot in Toronto's bullpen.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) continues to rehab, and the team remains optimistic Lewis will be back by May or June to fill a spot in their rotation.

SP | Shaun Marcum | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Shaun Marcum (Brewers) is on the radar of Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, who seeks to add depth for a rotation which was plagued by injuries in 2012.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers and SP Matt Harrison agreed on a five-year contract extension with an option Wednesday, Jan. 16, according to a major league source.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes avoided arbitration Wednesday, Jan. 16, by agreeing to a one-year, $7.15 million deal.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SPs Matt Garza (elbow) and Scott Baker (elbow) are both expected to be healthy for the start of the regular season, according to executive Theo Epstein. "Garza we expect to be full go in spring training and ready to start the year. And Baker, if he stays on schedule that's laid out for him now - he's up to about 75 pitches by the end of March. So we'll just make a call from there. Both guys are on a nice timetable for the start of the season," Epstein said.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said SP Rick Porcello has a "leg up" on the No. 5 starting rotation post this season. SP Drew Smyly will be Porcello's main competition this spring. "Smyly did such a good job for us last year and, ideally, you want a left-hander in your rotation," Dombrowski said. "So I don't know which way that will end up going, but Porcello would have to be a leader."

Relief Pitcher

RP | Antonio Bastardo | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies RP Antonio Bastardo was one of 133 players to file for salary arbitration and the only Phillie to do so. Bastardo is expected to be the Phils' primary southpaw setup reliever next season after posting a 4.33 ERA in 65 games in 2013.

RP | Brian Wilson | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, while the New York Mets management team was not impressed by a private workout by free-agent RP Brian Wilson (Giants) (elbow), the team still hasn't closed the door on a major league deal for the pitcher, according to a source. Wilson is making his way back from Tommy John surgery.

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RPs Casey Janssen, Darren Oliver, Esmil Rogers and Sergio Santos are considered locks for bullpen jobs heading into spring training. RP Steve Delabar also closed the season on a strong note, and displacing him might not be easy.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
One National League scout believes the Washington Nationals won't trade either RPs Tyler Clippard or Drew Storen after signing RP Rafael Soriano to be the team's new closer. "The Nationals have to hang on to Clippard and Storen - for right now," the NL scout said. "You never know what you are going to have as far as injuries in spring training. Those guys are always going to have market value as far as being trade bait."

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays are in the mix to re-sign RP Kyle Farnsworth, who is expected to sign with a team in the next few days.

RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan declined an invite to pitch for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Nathan said he wants a "full and normal" spring training.


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