Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 4, 2011 @ 03:38:28 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Matt LaPorta | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 1B Matt LaPorta will be the starting first baseman in 2011, and the team is hopeful he can put his poor 2010 season behind him, reports Jordan Bastian, of "This is going to be a good test for him," manager Manny Acta said. "He's done everything people were expecting him to do in the minor leagues. He's not rehabbing any injuries now. He's just training for baseball. Hopefully he learned from 2010 and he can help us out this year."

1B | James Loney | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly are not close to signing 1B James Loney to a new deal to avoid arbitration, according to's Tony Jackson.

1B | Kendry Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendry Morales (leg) continues to rehab his injured leg and could show up to Spring Training pain-free, according to's Mark Saxon. "You can't really tell what you're going to get," one scout said recently. "A leg injury like that affects your leverage, so it could be an issue for a while. That's a major question mark for them."

Second Baseman

2B | Felipe Lopez | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free-agent IF Felipe Lopez (Red Sox) Wednesday, Feb. 2, according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin. Lopez reportedly can make a $1 million salary if he is on the big league roster plus another $1 million in performance bonuses.


SS | Orlando Cabrera | free agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent SS Orlando Cabrera (Reds) might need an injury to occur in Spring Training to open up a potential starting job and landing spot, according to Jon Heyman, of

SS | Alexei Ramirez | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox finalized their four-year, $32.5 million deal with SS Alexei Ramirez Thursday, Feb. 3, according to The Sports Network. Ramirez will make $5 million next year, $7 million in 2013, $9.5 million in 2014 and $10 million in 2015. The team has a $10 million option for the 2016 season, which includes a $1 million buyout. He will earn $2.75 million this year.

SS | Alex Cora | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent SS Alex Cora (Rangers) to a minor league deal and invited him to Spring Training, reports Bryan Hoch, of

Third Baseman

3B | Scott Rolen | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds plan to have 3B Scott Rolen play 120 games this year to keep him fresh, The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.

3B | Pedro Feliz | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Kansas City Royals 3B Pedro Feliz will make $800,000 and can earn an extra $200,000 if he makes the major league roster, according to The Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor. Feliz will compete with IFs Mike Aviles, Wilson Betemit and Mike Moustakas.

3B | Eric Chavez | free agent | Free Agents
The Florida Marlins might be interested in adding free-agent 3B Eric Chavez (Athletics), reports Joe Capozzi, of the Palm Beach Post. The team is looking for an every day option in case 3B Matt Dominguez is not ready.

3B | Matt Dominguez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Florida Marlins 3B Matt Dominguez will have an opportunity to win a starting job in Spring Training, reports Joe Capozzi, of the Palm Beach Post. If Dominguez proves to not be major league ready, recently acquired 3B Greg Dobbs might be a fallback option.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis (thumb) is long since recovered from thumb surgery in August 2010, and he plans to leave for Spring Training next week, reports Scott Lauber, of the Boston Herald. Since 2008, Youkilis is second in the majors only to St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols in on-base/slugging percentage. However, this year he'll move across the diamond following the offseason acquisition of 1B Adrian Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres.

3B | Lonnie Chisenhall | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Lonnie Chisenhall is likely to start the season with Triple-A Columbus, reports Jordan Bastian, of Chisenhall is expected to get a look in Spring Training, and might factor into the plans before the season is over. He'll battle IFs Jason Donald, Jack Hannahan, Jayson Nix and Luis Valbuena for the job at third base in the spring.


C | Eliezer Alfonzo | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Free Agents
The Colorado Rockies signed free-agent C Eliezer Alfonzo (Mariners) to a minor league contract Thursday, Feb. 3, reports Matt Eddy, of Baseball America.

C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals are expected to give C Yadier Molina more frequent off days this season, according to's Matthew Leach. C Gerald Laird will serve as the backup.

C | Adrian Nieto | Washington Nationals | Transaction
Washington Nationals C Adrian Nieto was suspended 50 games Thursday, Feb. 3, after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, according to The Associated Press.

C | John Buck | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the team made a commitment to start C John Buck from start to finish last year despite the fact that the team was out of playoff contention, according to's Gregor Chrisholm. C J.P. Arencibia, who is considered the team's future at catcher, was unable to receive valuable playing time down the stretch. "When we give our word to someone ... that's part of our brand," Anthopoulos said. "When I'm negotiating with an agent or I'm trying to recruit a player, and we have to tell them something, whether it's good or bad news, they know that we're going to honor our word and we're going to be straight shooters."


OF | Timo Perez | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Detroit Tigers signed free-agent OF Timo Perez (Phillies) to a minor league contract Thursday, Feb. 3, reports Matt Eddy, of Baseball America.

OF | Jim Edmonds | free agent | Free Agents
The agent for free-agent OF Jim Edmonds (Reds) said Thursday, Feb. 3, that his client will make his decision after one more doctor's appointment, probably by next week, whether he'll retire or play in 2011, reports Jon Heyman, of

OF | Randy Winn | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles have invited OF Randy Winn, P Ryan Drese, P Mitch Atkins, P Armando Gabino, P Mark Hendrickson, P Wynn Pelzer, P Clay Rapada, P Raul Rivero, IF Ryan Adams, IF Nick Green, IF Brendan Harris, IF Tyler Henson, C Adam Donachie, C Michel Hernandez and C Caleb Joseph to Spring Training, according to The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec.

OF | Mark Kotsay | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction
The Milwaukee Brewers signed free-agent OF Mark Kotsay (White Sox) to a one-year, $800,000 deal Thursday, Feb. 3, according to The Associated Press' Colin Fly. The deal includes $450,000 in incentives.

OF | Gary Matthews Jr. | free agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Phillies are considering signing free-agent OF Gary Matthews Jr. (Reds) to a minor league deal, according to's Jim Salisbury.

OF | Laynce Nix | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent OF Laynce Nix (Reds) to a minor league deal Thursday, Feb. 3, according to The Sports Network.

OF | Lastings Milledge | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox agreed to a minor league deal with free-agent OF Lastings Milledge (Pirates) Thursday, Feb. 3, according to's Ken Rosenthal. Milledge could back up OF Juan Pierre against left-handed pitchers.

OF | Jermaine Dye | free agent | Free Agents
The Los Angeles Dodgers looked at signing free-agent OF Jermaine Dye (White Sox) this offseason but nothing materialized, according to's Chris Bahr.

OF | Justin Maxwell | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees OF Justin Maxwell (elbow) is expected to be ready for Spring Training after undergoing Tommy John surgery last October, according to the New York Post's Brian Costello.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (illness) said he lost roughly 10 pounds during his recent bout with pneumonia, according to's Keith Whitmire. "Physically, I feel good. I really do," Hamilton said. "That's the great thing about being an athlete your whole life. Your body bounces back from things."

OF | Brian Bogusevic | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros agreed to one-year deals with OF Brian Bogusevic, P Enerio Del Rosario, P Wilton Lopez and IF Jimmy Paredes Wednesday, Feb. 2, according to The Associated Press. Bogusevic signed for $416,500, Del Rosario will make $417,000, Lopez receives $442,000 and Paredes will make $414,000.

OF | Chris Coghlan | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
The Florida Marlins plan on starting OF Chris Coghlan (knee) in center field this year with OF Logan Morrison in left and OF Mike Stanton in right, according to's Joe Frisaro. "I think Chris is going to be fine. I really do," president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "If you are able to pick up left field that quickly and make yourself as good as Chris has made himself in left field, why can't he do it in center? That's what we asked ourselves." Coghlan is not expected to be limited in Spring Training after undergoing knee surgery last year.

OF | Brent Clevlen | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves have invited P Yohan Flande, P Brett Oberholtzer, P Michael Broadway, P Kenshin Kawakami, P Rodrigo Lopez, P Jay Sborz, P Julio Teheran, P Arodys Vizcaino, C Christian Bethancourt, C Jean Boscan, C Wilkin Castillo, C Braeden Schlehuber, C Jesus Sucre, IF Shawn Bowman, IF Ed Lucas, IF Tyler Pastornicky, OF Brent Clevlen, OF Jose Constanza, OF Mycal Jones and OF Wilkin Ramirez to Spring Training, according to's Brian McTaggart.

OF | J.D. Drew | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said OF J.D. Drew needs to improve his plate discipline this year, according to's Evan Drellich. "He's had his struggles (last) year with the strike zone," Epstein said. "His walks were down, and it got him out of his natural swing a little bit, where he wasn't able to stay inside the ball because he was having trouble with some pitches off the plate. He got in a mode where he had to hook the ball a little bit, and that affected him."

OF | Shane Victorino | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino thinks the team should be a favorite to win the 2011 World Series, according to the New York Post. "I'm not one to sit here and make predictions or make bold statements to stir the pot," Victorino said, "but I think if you look on paper, we're the favorites to win it all."

OF | Jordan Parraz | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees designated OF Jordan Parraz for assignment Wednesday, Feb. 2, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Garrett Jones | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Pittsburgh Pirates OF Garrett Jones has changed his offseason workout to focus on flexibility, footwork, agility and speed, according to's Jenifer Langosch. Jones also has lost about five or six pounds. "I think last year I was a little bulky," Jones said. "I think losing those extra pounds is key for me in the outfield. Physically, I feel great. I feel better than I have ever felt in terms of flexibility and speed. I'm excited for this year."

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Free Agents, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 1B Leslie Anderson, P Robert Delaney, P Mike Ekstrom, C Jose Lobaton, OF Sam Fuld and OF Justin Ruggiano are all candidates to be taken off the roster if the team signs free-agent IF Felipe Lopez (Red Sox), according to the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Mets explored trading OF Carlos Beltran (knee) to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this offseason, according to's Adam Rubin. The Angels were concerned with how Beltran's knee issues would affect his ability to play center field.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Andy Pettitte | Retired Players | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, free-agent SP Andy Pettitte (Yankees) has decided to retire, and the New York Yankees said Thursday, Feb. 3. that a morning news conference Friday, Feb. 4, will be held at Yankee Stadium for the pitcher to make the announcement, reports Ron Blum, of The Associated Press. "I'm really sad that Andy is going to retire," C Jorge Posada said. "He was so much more than a teammate to me - he was one of my closest friends."

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez posted a 1.96 ERA in 18 games with C Jason Castro behind the plate, while he managed a 6.19 ERA in 15 games with C Humberto Quintero as the catcher, reports Jon Heyman, of

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello said his slider was more inconsistent at the end of last year, according to The Detroit News' Tom Gage. "Of the two pitches (slider and sinker)," Porcello said, "my slider was still the more inconsistent at the end of last year. In some games it was where I wanted it to be. In others it wasn't quite as sharp."

SP | Kevin Millwood | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Kevin Millwood (Orioles) is reportedly seeking $4-5 million, which may be higher than most teams are willing to go, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

SP | Josh M. Johnson | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Josh M. Johnson (back, shoulder) worked to strengthen his core muscles this offseason, according to's Joe Frisaro. Johnson also has changed his diet and has done more distance running in the offseason. He currently sits at 250 pounds, but wants to drop five pounds before Spring Training. "The back pretty much caused the shoulder (issue)," Johnson said. "The shoulder just was sore. I went to a chiropractor. It's fine." Johnson also wants to change his conditioning program during the season.

SP | Mike Minor | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor, who is the favorite for the fifth rotation spot, said he plans to fine tune his curveball this spring, according to's Guy Curtright. "I need to have three pitches working to get major league hitters out and that's what I'll be working on in Spring Training," Minor said. "I have to be able to throw my curveball for strikes. Hitters in September were taking the curve, because they knew it was going to end up out of the strike zone."

SP | Rodrigo Lopez | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Rodrigo Lopez will compete with SPs Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy for the team's No. 5 rotation spot this year, according to's Guy Curtright. "I'm comfortable to go with rookies," said manager Fredi Gonzalez. "We'll see what happens in Spring Training. Rodrigo gives us a little backup, but we're looking for the young guys to come through. It should be a good competition." Minor is the early favorite to win the job.

SP | Shairon Martis | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals outrighted P Shairon Martis to the minors Wednesday, Feb. 2, according to

SP | Andrew Miller | Boston Red Sox | Transaction
The Boston Red Sox have invited P Rich Hill, P Andrew Miller, P Randy Williams, P Jason Bergmann, P Brandon Duckworth, P Matt Fox, P Tony Pena Jr., P Jason Rice, P Clevelan Santeliz, P Kyle Weiland, P Alex Wilson, C Tim Federowicz, C Paul Hoover, C Ryan Lavarnway, IF Brent Dlugach, IF Hector Luna, IF Nate Spears, IF Drew Sutton, OF Che-Hsuan Lin and OF Juan Carlos Linares to Spring Training, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel is likely to replace retired CL Billy Wagner as the closer heading into the regular season, reports David O'Brien, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I hope so," Kimbrel said Thursday, Feb. 3. "There's a lot of guys working for that job. No job is set in stone. We've got all of spring training. I'm just going to come in, get ready to pich on the mound. Whatever role it's in, I'll be ready for it."

RP | Ron Mahay | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent RP Ron Mahay (Twins) to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training Thursday, Feb. 3, according to The Associated Press.

RP | Juan Cruz | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free-agent RP Juan Cruz (Royals) to a minor league deal Thursday, Feb. 3, according to

RP | Merkin Valdez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent RP Merkin Valdez (Blue Jays) to a minor league contract Wednesday, Feb. 2, reports Matt Eddy, of Baseball America.

RP | Cla Meredith | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent RP Cla Meredith (Orioles) to a minor league deal Wednesday, Feb. 2, according to

RP | Hong-Chih Kuo | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers avoided arbitration with RP Hong-Chih Kuo Wednesday, Feb. 2, by agreeing to a one-year, $2.725 million deal, according to's Ken Gurnick. Kuo can make an extra $675,000 in incentives.

RP | Matt Thornton | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox RP Matt Thornton is the early front-runner for the team's closer job entering the 2011 season, according to's Scott Merkin. RP Chris Sale could be asked to enter the rotation if SP Jake Peavy (lat) is not recovered. However, there will be heavy competition for the closer role during Spring Training.

RP | Scott Proctor | Atlanta Braves | Injury
Atlanta Braves RP Scott Proctor (elbow) said he is in great shape and is not worried about his elbow issues, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien.

RP | Rafael Rodriguez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks outrighted RP Rafael Rodriguez to the minors Tuesday, Feb. 1, according to

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