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First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim general manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday, Jan. 29, that he is still not expecting 1B Albert Pujols (knee) to play in the World Baseball Classic, in the second round or any time. "It's our understanding that Albert will be with us the entirety of spring training and we look forward to having him," Dipoto said.

Second Baseman

2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy settled for $2.925 million Tuesday, Jan. 29, to avoid an arbitration hearing. Murphy will earn $500,000 less than the midpoint of his asking price and the team's offer, a baseball source said.


SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) worked out again Tuesday, Jan. 29, taking 72 grounders on the field. He took 55 grounders Monday, Jan. 28. Jeter also did some work in the batting cage Tuesday.

SS | Alex Gonzalez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Alex Gonzalez is expected to serve as the backup to SS Jean Segura this season. The team reiterated over the weekend that they remain committed to Segura as the starter at shortstop.

Third Baseman

3B | Placido Polanco | Miami Marlins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Marlins executive Larry Beinfest said Tuesday, Jan. 29, that because 3B Placido Polanco is "coming off injury, it's realistic to say (he's) probably not going to be an everyday player. If he's at third five days a week, it's going to be terrific. (3B Greg Dobbs) can still play over there against tough right-handers."

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees are attempting multiple angles in order to void 3B Alex Rodriguez's remaining five-year, $114 million contract after new allegations of performance-enhancing drug use have leaked. However, the odds may be against them being able to pull this off, even if the charges are true. The Yanks "are looking at about 20 different things," including whether Rodriguez breached his contract by taking medical treatment from an outside doctor without the team's permission, and the possibility that he may have broken the law. According to two baseball sources, New York won't be able to impose a punishment on Rodriguez worse than a 50-game ban for a first-time offender if he is found guilty. "Baseball's drug policy was specifically written so that teams can't do things like this," one of the sources said. "You can't use this to try to get out of the last years of a contract."


C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila (knee) said he is healthy this offseason after tendonitis in his knee put a damper on his 2012 season. "I'm already able to do stuff this offseason I wasn't able to do last offseason," Avila said. At the beginning of the season I was fine. But by (May) when I had to miss those two or three games in Seattle, I could hardly walk. It was pretty sudden."

C | Tyler Flowers | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C Tyler Flowers has already been working with hitting coach Jeff Manto and assistant hitting coach Harold Baines in an effort to get a jump on the season, and successfully replace C A.J. Pierzynski (Rangers). "I'm not taking anything for granted. There's no guarantee on anything. From the sound of it there might be a guarantee on Opening Day, but that's about it," Flowers said. "If I don't continue to work hard and produce and help the White Sox win, I might not have the job at the end of the year. The focus is to continue to get better."

C | Brian Schneider | Retired Players | Transaction, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Brian Schneider has announced his retirement from baseball. He played for four teams, with the last three seasons spent with the Phillies. He is a career .247 hitter with 67 home runs and 387 RBIs in 1,048 games.

C | Kelly Shoppach | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners agreed to terms with free-agent C Kelly Shoppach (Mets) on a one-year, $1.5 million deal Tuesday, Jan. 29. Shoppach can make $500,000 in performance bonuses. Shoppach played for manager Eric Wedge from 2006 to 2009 with the Cleveland Indians.


OF | Justin Upton | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said OF Justin Upton will be the team's No. 3 hitter "no matter who is pitching against you." OF B.J. Upton and C Brian McCann will round out the middle of the order.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda (wrist) faced live pitching Monday, Jan. 28.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Joe Saunders | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
A mystery team has offered free-agent SP Joe Saunders (Orioles) a two-year deal in the neighborhood of $15 million. The offer is not from the Baltimore Orioles.

SP | Wade LeBlanc | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins executive Larry Beinfest said Tuesday, Jan. 29, that the fifth rotation spot is wide open. "(SP Wade LeBlanc) pitched well last year in the pen and starting so he may have a little leg up," Beinfest said. "(SP Brad Hand) had a great year in Triple-A. (SP Alex Sanabia) is back from injury and feeling well. And we have non-roster invitees who get in the mix as well, guys like (SP John Maine)."

SP | Zach Stewart | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago White Sox sent P Zach Stewart outright to Triple-A Charlotte Tuesday, Jan. 29.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte officially has passed on the opportunity to pitch for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The Yankees had voiced concerns about Pettitte playing in the tournament, given his injury history.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin will make $1.65 million this year and $4.85 million in 2014 as part of his two-year, $6.5 million deal to avoid salary arbitration. He'll have one more year of arbitration eligibility in 2015 before becoming a free agent.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres signed free-agent SP Tim Stauffer (Padres) and P Arturo Lopez (Mets) to minor league deals with invites to spring training Tuesday, Jan. 29.

SP | Trevor May | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Trevor May, who has a fastball that reaches 95 mph and a 12-6 curveball that has effectively been his out pitch in the minors, is developing a circle changeup. "Having a good curveball is kind of what carried me to where I am, but in rookie ball guys can hit curveballs and 90-plus-mph fastballs," May said. "So throwing changeups to offset throwing hard is huge. Guys who throw hard and throw good changeups are that much better, and a lot of guys don't. It's not something seen by everyone. I feel like having that makes it that much better." May is considered a big part of the team's future, and he could morph into a No. 2 starting pitcher.

SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez denies taking or purchasing performance-enhancing drugs of any kind after being implicated in a report Tuesday, Jan. 29. "I've never used performance-enhancing drugs of any kind, and I never will," the statement says. "I've never met or spoken with Tony Bosch or used any substances provided by him. Anything said to the contrary is a lie."

Relief Pitcher

RP | Kyle Waldrop | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free-agent RP Kyle Waldrop (Twins) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Tuesday, Jan. 29. Waldrop went 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA in 17 outings with the Minnesota Twins last year.

RP | Kevin Jepsen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim avoided arbitration with RP Kevin Jepsen Tuesday, Jan. 29, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.181 million deal. Jepsen asked for $1.4 million and the Angels countered with $975,000.

RP | Chad Durbin | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction,
The Philadelphia Phillies designated P J.C. Ramirez for assignment Tuesday, Jan. 29, to make room on the roster for RP Chad Durbin.


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