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Second Baseman

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley (ankle) is fully recovered after undergoing offseason arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs in his left ankle. Team trainer Rick Griffin said Ackley's ankle affected his swing last year as he struggled to push off his plant foot.


SS | Aledmys Diaz | free agent | Free Agents
The Oakland Athletics are interested in Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz and will be in attendance for his workout at the end of the month.

SS | Jhonny Peralta | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta is working with a strength coach this offseason in the Dominican Republic to improve his agility, and he is determined to lose at least 10 pounds. "I want to keep it low," Peralta said. "Feel more lighter. It's good. When I played in Cleveland, that was the weight I was at right now. When I come to Detroit, I never had that (low) weight that I had right now. I was five more pounds. Right now, I'm, like, 218. After the season was over, I was, like, 226." The Tigers have stressed that they want him to improve his range, particularly in the hole.

SS | Nick Ahmed | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks are now trying to package SS Nick Ahmed, who they just acquired from the Atlanta Braves in a six-player deal involving OF Justin Upton, and a pitching prospect in order to acquire Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello, according to a National League official.

SS | Brendan Ryan | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Brendan Ryan (elbow) is fully recovered from offseason arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow, and he is throwing up to 120 feet and hitting and "doing all the things he was unable to do last year prior to spring training," according to team trainer Rick Griffin.

Third Baseman

3B | Martin Prado | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Arizona Diamondbacks are talking about a long-term contract extension with 3B Martin Prado. "He's looking for some security," Towers said. "We're confident we can get a deal done." Prado filed for $7.05 million in salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves last week, while the Braves countered at $6.65 million. The D-backs assume that offer with the trade. Prado is expected to be Arizona's primary third baseman.


C | Yorvit Torrealba | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have inked free-agent C Yorvit Torrealba (Blue Jays) to a minor league contract. The deal is expected to become final on Friday, Jan. 25. No financial terms were disclosed.


OF | Jonny Gomes | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jonny Gomes is preparing to be more than a platoon player that plays against left-handed pitchers. He has hit lefties at a .284 clip in his career, but he has hit just .223 against righties.

OF | Pat White | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins signed OF Pat White to a minor league deal. White is a former quarterback with the Miami Dolphins.

OF | Todd Linden | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Francisco Giants signed free-agent 1B Todd Linden (Yankees) to a minor league deal.

OF | Michael Bourn | free agent | Free Agents
The Atlanta Braves were prepared to pursue free-agent OF Michael Bourn (Braves) if they were not able to acquire OF Justin Upton.

OF | Justin Upton | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks, by trading OF Justin Upton, OF Chris B. Young and SP Trevor Bauer this offseason, have made the statement that they are looking for single-minded, outwardly intense and fierce ball players like OF Cody Ross and 3B Martin Prado. "The problem is that he didn't play with a high level of energy," said one of Upton's former teammates who spoke on the condition that he would not be identified. "What I think they want is guys who play with the speed, energy and intensity of the Oregon football team - all out, all the time."

OF | Luke Scott | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays are set to re-sign OF Luke Scott to an undisclosed deal Thursday, Jan. 24. The deal may not be official until next week.

OF | Thomas Neal | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees signed free-agent OF Thomas Neal (Indians) to a minor league deal Wednesday, Jan. 23.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez has had a healthy offseason, including a solid showing in the Venezuelan Winter League. "He's not having any issues of any kind," trainer Rick Griffin said. "Anything he's had in the last three years, they do not exist. He's going in with good frame of mind and we're just hoping everything works out. He's been snake bit the last three years, but hopefully this year we can get back to the way things were."

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano said he doesn't want to be rested frequently, especially after the team signed OF Scott Hairston, who could possibly be used to give Soriano more breathers throughout the season. "That's what they said to me last year, and I played a lot of games," said Soriano, who hit 32 home runs and drove in 108 runs in 151 games, his highest number of games played since joining the Cubs in 2007. "This year, I'm ready to play every day. I don't like to have a day off. I know I'm 37 years old, but I don't feel like it. I feel like I'm 25, 26, and that's what I want to do is play every day to win." Hairston could wind up in a platoon with OF Nate Schierholtz in right field.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jair Jurrjens has two minor league options remaining.

SP | Carl Pavano | free agent | Free Agents,
The Colorado Rockies are no longer interested in free-agent SP Carl Pavano (Twins).

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers denied that the team is looking to add another starting pitcher via trade. Previous reports suggested that Arizona was looking to acquire Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello. Towers said the battle for the team's No. 5 starting spot will be between SPs Patrick Corbin, Tyler Skaggs and Randall Delgado.

SP | Zach Stewart | Chicago White Sox | Transaction,
The Chicago White Sox claimed SP Zach Stewart off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, Jan. 24.

SP | Chris Young | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The New York Mets are unlikely to re-sign SP Chris Young after agreeing to a one-year deal with SP Shaun Marcum.

SP | Jeremy Bonderman | Seattle Mariners | Injury,
Seattle Mariners SP Jeremy Bonderman (elbow) has already reported to Arizona and is throwing off a mound. Trainer Rick Griffin said he'll be on the same schedule as the rest of the pitchers when camp opens Feb. 12.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Yohan Pino | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cincinnati Reds signed free-agent P Yohan Pino (Blue Jays) to a minor league deal.


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