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Fantasy Baseball Daily Offseason Update: Thursday, Nov. 7

By KFFL Staff

Second Baseman

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have assured 2B Brandon Phillips that he will be traded this winter. The Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees are two teams that are interested.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are considering trading 2B Ian Kinsler or SS Elvis Andrus in order to make room in the middle infield for SS Jurickson Profar, according to major league sources. Kinsler could also make a position switch to first base, but he's also seemingly easier to deal. Kinsler is owed $57 million over the next four years and has a $10 million option or $5 million buyout in 2018. Andrus is guaranteed $126,475,000 over the next nine seasons.

Third Baseman

3B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Major League Baseball announced its Silver Slugger Awards for the American League Wednesday, Nov. 6. The winners were Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz, New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano, Detroit Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera, Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer, Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles OF Adam Jones, Detroit Tigers OF Torii Hunter and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout.


C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Free Agents, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Wilin Rosario could move to the outfield or first base if the team signs free-agent C Carlos Ruiz (Phillies).

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (Red Sox) said he won't wait for free-agent C Brian McCann (Braves) to set the market for free-agent catchers this winter. Saltalamacchia plans to sign with the team that offers him the most security.


OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Major League Baseball announced its Silver Slugger Awards for the National League Wednesday, Nov. 6. The winners were Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen, St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals 2B Matt Carpenter, Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond, Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce, Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer and Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke.

OF | Byron Buxton | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton (shoulder) is likely to be shut down for the remainder of the Arizona Fall League after aggravating his shoulder injury.

OF | David DeJesus | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF David DeJesus agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million deal Wednesday, Nov. 6. He'll receive a $250,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.25 million next year and $5 million in 2015. He has a $5 million option for the 2016 season with a $1 million buyout.

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners are the team most frequently linked with free-agent OF Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox), but they also might make a run at free-agent C Mike Napoli (Red Sox). The Mariners also pursued Napoli last year in free agency.

OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Charges of reckless driving and speeding against Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig have been dismissed by prosecutors in Tennessee. Puig has completed at least 12 hours of community service since the incident. He was driving 97 mph in a 50 mph zone and was veering in and out of his lane when he was pulled over in April.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals want to trade for an elite starting pitcher, and Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer could be at the top of their list, as well as Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price. Scherzer was general manager Mike Rizzo's last first-round pick as the Arizona Diamondbacks scouting director in 2006. The price in prospects for Scherzer will be lower than it is for Price. The Nationals also have a strong relationship with Scherzer's agent, Scott Boras. According to sources, the Tigers are in the "listening, not shopping" mode on Scherzer.

SP | A.J. Burnett | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to re-sign A.J. Burnett despite not offering him a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer.

SP | Chris Volstad | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed free-agent SP Chris Volstad (Rockies) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Grant Balfour | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies are interested in free-agent RPs Grant Balfour (Athletics), Brian Wilson (Dodgers), RP Jose Veras (Tigers) and Joe Smith (Indians).

RP | Greg Burke | Colorado Rockies | Transaction,
The Colorado Rockies are signing free-agent RP Greg Burke (Mets) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Wednesday, Nov. 6.


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