KFFL Mobile | NFL News | MLB News | NASCAR News

Fantasy baseball players in the news

By KFFL Staff


First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (knee) won't play in the World Baseball Classic, but should be fine for the start of the season.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez and 3B Luis Cruz will play for Team Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (calf) said his calf feels good. "Last season, unfortunately, was one of those years where I had a lot of nagging injuries and I played through them and they got worse," Teixeira said. "When you're young, you can do that. I have to be careful now, be smarter. I hurt myself way too much last year by playing through some little nagging injuries."


Second Baseman

2B | Ryan Roberts | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeff Niemann, INF Ryan Roberts and OF's Sam Fuld and Matt Joyce were among the 133 to file salary arbitration this week. The players and teams will exchange figures on Friday, Jan. 18.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa (Mexico), OF Roger Bernadina (Netherlands), Cs Spencer Kieboom (Netherlands) and Adrian Nieto (Spain), OF Randolph Oduber (Netherlands) and Ps Robbie Cordemans (Netherlands), James Van Ostrand (Canada) and Matt Torra (Italy) will all play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.


Shortstop

SS | Everth Cabrera | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres avoided arbitration with SS Everth Cabrera and RP Joe Thatcher. Cabrera signed a one-year, $1.27 million deal. Thatcher signed a one-year, $1.35 million deal.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
Seven Washington Nationals players are among the 133 to file for salary arbitration this week. OF Roger Bernadina, SS Ian Desmond, RP's Tyler Clippard, Craig Stammen and Drew Storen, and SP's Ross Detwiler and Jordan Zimmermann are among those to file.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) suffered a minor shoulder injury playing winter ball in Puerto Rico and only wound up serving as the designated hitter. He could potentially miss most of spring training, and he's unlikely to play shortstop for the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro was not on the provisional roster for the Dominican Republic for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

SS | Nick Punto | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers INF Nick Punto (Italy) and RP Peter Moylan (Australia) are playing in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Jurickson Profar will play for the Netherlands in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (USA) and SPs Jhoulys Chacin (Venezuela) and Jorge De La Rosa (Mexico) were all left off their country's provisional roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. All three dealt with serious injuries last season.

SS | Erick Aybar | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Erick Aybar will play for the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. 1B Albert Pujols (knee) was not on the provisional roster for the Dominican, but there is still time for him to be added to the list. Pujols is leaning toward playing as long as his knee is feeling fine.


Third Baseman

3B | Alberto Callaspo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim avoided arbitration with 3B Alberto Callaspo by signing him to a two-year, $8.975 million deal.

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese, CL Jason Motte, and RP's Mitchell Boggs, Marc Rzepczynski and Edward Mujica filed for salary arbitration this week. They are among 133 to file for arbitration; some cases have been settled already.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy
Seven San Diego Padres players were among the 133 that filed for salary arbitration this week. C John Baker, SS Everth Cabrera, 3B Chase Headley, and P's Luke Gregerson, Joe Thatcher, Clayton Richard and Edinson Volquez filed. An eighth player, OF Will Venable, filed but settled with his team already. The Padres estimate their payroll will increase to $65 million with these arbitration filings.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Surgery on New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) Wednesday, Jan. 16, revealed only minimal cartilage damage to his left hip, according to a person familiar with Rodriguez's diagnosis. Dr. Bryan Kelly fixed a torn labrum and reshaped a bone to alleviate impingement during the surgery.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval (abdominal) has been hospitalized with abdominal inflammation, but he's expected to be released from the hospital within 24 to 48 hours. He was hospitalized with stomach pains Wednesday, Jan. 16. No physical complications were found during an exam.


Catcher

C | Landon Powell | New York Mets | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Mets signed free-agent C Landon Powell (Mets) to a minor league contract.

C | Lou Marson | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration with C Lou Marson by signing him to a one-year, $1 million deal.

C | John Jaso | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 1B/DH Kendrys Morales, C John Jaso, SS Brendan Ryan and RP Shawn Kelley were among the 133 players to file salary arbitration this week. Jaso filed his arbitration papers before his trade to the Oakland Athletics.

C | Miguel Montero | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero will play for Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Ramon Hernandez will play for Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana will suit up for the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP Joel Peralta (Dominican Republic), C Jose Molina (Puerto Rico) and INF Leonardo Reginatto (Brazil) will all play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Molina will serve as the backup to St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina.

C | Ryan Lavarnway | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Ryan Lavarnway is expected to start the year with Triple-A Pawtucket. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be the primary catcher, with C David Ross projected to play around 40 or 50 games.

C | Drew Butera | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Drew Butera avoided arbitration Thursday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $700,000 deal. Butera also announced that he will play for Italy in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

C | Kelly Shoppach | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners will now be looking for another catcher after dealing C John Jaso to the Oakland Athletics. Free-agent Cs Kelly Shoppach (Mets), Yorvit Torrealba (Brewers) and Ronny Paulino (Orioles) are still available.


Outfielder

OF | Hunter Pence | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
The San Francisco Giants avoided arbitration with OF Hunter Pence by signing him to a one-year, $13.8 million deal.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cleveland Indians | Transaction
The Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration with OF Drew Stubbs by signing him to a one-year, $2.825 million deal.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
Nine Boston Red Sox players filed salary arbitration this week, including RP's Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard, Craig Breslow, and Joel Hanrahan, SP's Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales, OF Jacoby Ellsbury, and C Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Saltalamacchia settled his arbitration case on Thursday, Jan. 17. The others will exchange salary figures Friday, Jan. 18.

OF | Seth Smith | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics OF Seth Smith and C John Jaso avoided arbitration Thursday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to one-year deals. OF Brandon Moss and RP Jerry Blevins remain as the only players on the team that are set to exchange salary arbitration figures Friday, Jan. 18. Financial terms of the deals were not given.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros have invited free-agent OF Rick Ankiel (Nationals) to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios, RP Hector Santiago and INF Andy Gonzalez will all play for Puerto Rico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez avoided arbitration Thursday, Jan. 17, by signing a one-year deal worth $4.3 million.

OF | Fernando Martinez | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros OF Fernando Martinez (Spain), and Ps Rhiner Cruz (Spain) and Xavier Cedeno (Puerto Rico) will play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Others playing in the Classic include P Murilo Gouvea (Brazil), OF Che-Hsuan Lin (Chinese Taipei) and P Chia-Jen Lo (Chinese Taipei).

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez will play for Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

OF | Melky Cabrera | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera will suit up for the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

OF | Mike Morse | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Morse can play either corner outfield spot for the team, first base and designated hitter. "It's certainly gives you some big pop in this lineup," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "We were looking for a banger, and in Michael we got that. It gives you a different dynamic. Certainly Jaso has been a big part here and added a lot last year. But when you are in position to acquire an everyday guy who hits the ball hard and far, that does change your game."


Starting Pitcher

SP | J.A. Happ | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays avoided arbitration with SP J.A. Happ by signing him to a one-year, $3.7 million deal.

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration with SP Jeff Niemann by signing him to a one-year, $3 million deal.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | free agent | Free Agents
The Colorado Rockies are interested in free-agent SP Jair Jurrjens (Braves).

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with SP Matt Garza by signing him to a one-year, $10.25 million deal.

SP | Jaime Garcia | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia is not on the provisional roster for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. Garcia elected not to pitch to focus on the 2013 season.

SP | Kevin Pucetas | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers added two minor-league pitchers to the roster on Wednesday, Jan. 16. P's Ryan Feierabend and Kevin Pucetas will likely start spring training in the minor league camp. Feierabend appeared in 25 games, including 19 as a starter, with the Seattle Mariners between 2006 and 2008. Pucetas has spent the last four years at the Triple-A level with the San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals and Washington Nationals.

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Chris D. Johnson, SP Ian Kennedy, OF Gerardo Parra, SS Cliff Pennington and RP's Tony Sipp and Brad Ziegler were among the 133 players to file salary arbitration this week. This is the first time Johnson, Kennedy, Parra, Sipp and Pennington have been eligible for arbitration. Ziegler has been eligible for arbitration the past two seasons, and last year avoided a hearing when he and the Diamondbacks settled on a one-year deal worth $1.795 million.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Correcting a previous report, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said SP Alexi Ogando told him he won't be pitching in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Instead, he'll focus on joining the rotation in spring training.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez (Dominican Republic), C Ali Solis (Mexico), SS Stefan Welch (Australia) and INF Ivan De Jesus (Puerto Rico) will play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

SP | Jameson Taillon | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jameson Taillon will pitch for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

SP | Henderson Alvarez | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Henderson Alvarez will pitch for Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez will pitch for Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens can make an extra $1 million in performance bonuses based on innings as part of his one-year, $2.5 million contract.

SP | Zach Stewart | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates designated SP Zach Stewart for assignment Thursday, Jan. 17.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison's five-year, $55 million extension will include an option for the 2018 season worth $13.25 million that could increase by as much as $2.5 million depending on incentives. The option will carry a $2 million buyout. Harrison's option will vest if he pitches 200 or more innings in each of the final three years of the deal. He'll make $13 million combined in the first two years and then $13 million in each of the final three seasons. He's expected to be the team's No. 2 starter behind SP Yu Darvish.

SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers plan to monitor SP Derek Holland's workload as he pitches for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Holland tossed 175 innings last season after missing a month with shoulder fatigue.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte has declined an invite to pitch for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic after being expected to participate in the tournament. Concerns about his healthy may have ultimately led to the decision to pass.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Eric O'Flaherty | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with RP Eric O'Flaherty by signing him to a one-year deal.

RP | Tony Pena Jr. | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Free Agents
The Chicago White Sox signed free-agent RP Tony Pena Jr. (Royals) to a minor league deal.

RP | Tony Sipp | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with RP Tony Sipp by signing him to a one-year, $1.275 million deal.

RP | Tony Pena | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim don't expect RP Tony Pena (elbow) to be ready for the start of the season. He is still recovering from Tommy John surgery in August 2011.

RP | Jose Mijares | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
The San Francisco Giants avoided arbitration with RP Jose Mijares by signing him to a one-year, $1.8 million deal.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous item, the Washington Nationals and RP Drew Storen have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year deal for 2013 worth $2.5 million. Storen could make as much as an extra $1 million based on games finished. Storen will make $250,000 if he finishes 20 games. He'll make an additional $50,000 if he reaches 35 games finished; an additional $100,000 for 40 games finished; an additional $150,000 for 45 games finished; an additional $200,000 for 50 games finished; and, finally, an additional $250,000 if he finishes 60 games.

RP | Logan Ondrusek | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds and RP Logan Ondrusek have avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a two-year contract, according to team sources. Financial terms were not announced. Ondrusek has spent his entire three-year career with the Reds. He had a 5-2 record with a 3.46 ERA and two saves through 63 games last season.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers avoided arbitration with RP Neftali Feliz on a one-year deal worth $2.9 million. Feliz missed most of 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. General manager Jon Daniels said he would likely bring back Feliz as a reliever in 2013.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain will pay him $1,875,000 on a one-year deal. Chamberlin and the Yankees agreed to the deal to avoid arbitration Thursday, Jan. 17.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets avoided arbitration with RP Bobby Parnell, agreeing to a one-year, $1.7 million dollar deal. Parnell wont be eligible to become a free agent until after the 2015 season.

RP | Mark Hendrickson | free agent | Free Agents,
Free-agent RP Mark Hendrickson (Orioles) threw at the Baltimore Orioles' minicamp Wednesday, Jan. 16, and plans to do so again Friday, Jan. 18, with hopes of re-signing with the team. He last pitched in the majors with the Orioles in 2011.

RP | Octavio Dotel | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Octavio Dotel (Dominican Republic), SS Cale Iorg (Canada) and RP Shawn Hill (Australia) will participate in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

RP | Grant Balfour | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics P Pedro Figueroa will pitch for the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Ps Grant Balfour (Australia) and Travis Blackley (Australia) will not participate in the Classic.

RP | David Hernandez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra (Venezuela), RP David Hernandez (Mexico) and RP Nelson Figueroa (Puerto Rico) will play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt will not be pitching for Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent RP Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers) will pitch for Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

RP | Carlos Zambrano | free agent | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Carlos Zambrano will pitch for Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

RP | Miguel Gonzalez | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Miguel Gonzalez has declined his invite to pitch for Team Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Gonzalez's wife is four months pregnant with the couple's first child. Gonzalez didn't pitch in winter ball this year, either, but he's been working out with a special assistant in California.

RP | Tommy Hottovy | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Tommy Hottovy cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors Wednesday, Jan. 16.



 


Rate this article

Poor  
1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10
 Excellent

Average score: Fewer than 3 votes.