1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard has lost a significant amount of weight during his offseason conditioning program.
1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are not close to re-signing 1B Adam LaRoche as of Monday, Nov. 5, according to a person close to LaRoche and general manager Mike Rizzo. LaRoche has until Friday, Nov. 9, to accept his one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer. LaRoche wants to return but only under a multi-year contract.
2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are considering what to do at second base heading into the 2013 season, with both 2B Danny Espinosa and INF Steve Lombardozzi as options. Espinosa was the starter at the keystone all of last season, but he struggled from the left side of the plate (.233 average with 141 strikeouts). There is no talk of making Espinosa only a right-handed hitter.
3B | Josh Bell | free agent | Transaction
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Josh Bell, P Jonathan Albaladejo, P Daniel Cabrera, P Mike DeMark, P Jensen Lewis, P Yonata Ortega, SP Brett Tomko, C Ryan Budde, 1B Ryan Strieby, 3B Matt Mangini, SS Wladimir Sutil, OF Irfran Becerra and OF Tyler Graham elected free agency.
C | Bryan Anderson | free agent | Transaction
St. Louis Cardinals C Bryan Anderson, C Luis De La Cruz, C Roberto Espinoza, 2B Lance Zawadzki, 3B Jose G. Garcia, 3B Kleininger Teran, OF Cedric Hunter, OF Ray Kruml, OF Lou Montanez, OF Jamie Romak, OF Rainel Rosario, OF Eugenio Velez and OF Matt Young have declared for free agency.
C | Eli Whiteside | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees claimed C Eli Whiteside off waivers from the San Francisco Giants Monday, Nov. 5.
C | Russell Martin | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have started contract talks to re-sign C Russell Martin, and Martin is interested in coming back. Martin's agent, Matt Colleran, said other teams have already called to express interest in the free-agent catcher and said the market for his position will "take a little bit of time to develop."
OF | Justin Christian | free agent | Transaction
San Francisco Giants OF Justin Christian became a minor league free agent.
OF | Torii Hunter | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are interested in free-agent OF Torii Hunter (Angels). Red Sox DH David Ortiz, a former teammate and longtime friend of Hunter, is believed to be recruiting him.
OF | James Van Ostrand | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals re-signed OF Chris Rahl and OF James Van Ostrand to minor league deals.
OF | Darin Ruf | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Darin Ruf is making progress playing left field in the Venezuelan Winter League. The team has received good reports on him.
OF | Cody Ross | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Cody Ross (Red Sox) was believed to be looking for a three-year, $25 million deal in his discussions with the Boston Red Sox.
OF | Starling Marte | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte, who will likely start in left field next season, is batting .346 with an on-base percentage of .452 in the Dominican Winter League this offseason.
OF | Vernon Wells | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Vernon Wells, presuming he's not traded in the offseason, will open next season as the team's fourth outfielder. The departure of free-agent OF Torii Hunter opens up a spot in center field for OF Peter Bourjos, with OF Mike Trout shifting to left field. OF Mark Trumbo will take over in right field for Hunter.
SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (hip) said his hip is fine, and he is healthy. He'd like to avoid arbitration and sign a multiyear deal with the club.
SP | Jeremy Bonderman | free agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent SP Jeremy Bonderman (elbow) is recovering well from Tommy John surgery he had last April and is intent on resuming his career.
SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson has drawn the most trade interest of the Tampa starters.
SP | Samuel Deduno | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins re-signed RP Samuel Deduno and P Esmerling Vasquez to minor league contracts.
SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
The Chicago White Sox have indicated that they are willing to trade a starting pitcher this offseason in order to acquire a third baseman, and SP Gavin Floyd may be the most likely trade chip. The team picked up Floyd's $9.5 million option last week. "I suspect given this market for pitchers that is out there right now, I think we're going to hear from a lot of teams about our starting pitching depth," general manager Rick Hahn said. "I think we're going to be pretty popular in that regard vis-a-vis trades because we're in a better position than a lot of clubs right now."
RP | Ryan Madson | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent RP Ryan Madson (Reds) wants to sign to be a team's closer this offseason. He's expected to be ready for spring training after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.
RP | Jairo Asencio | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Milwaukee Brewers signed free-agent RP Jairo Asencio (Cubs) to a minor league contract.
RP | Kyuji Fujikawa | free agent | Free Agents,
The Texas Rangers are interested in Japanese RP Kyuji Fujikawa and are among several teams to scout the right-hander. He was 2-2 with 24 saves and a 1.32 ERA in 47 2/3 frames with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese League this year. He would not have to go through the posting process because he is eligible for free agency. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Los Angeles Dodgers have also scouted Fujikawa.
RP | Joakim Soria | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent RP Joakim Soria (Royals) said he's willing to serve as the setup man to free-agent RP Mariano Rivera (Yankees) if they New York Yankees call with interest in signing him this offseason. However, New York has yet to ask about Soria. Eight other contending teams have expressed interest in his services. Soria will be ready for spring training, but he is unlikely to pitch in major league games until May or June. "Joakim is not a greedy individual," agent Oscar Suarez said. "He wants to win so if it is (the) right situation he is probably not going to be a guy to wait until February. If he goes back to Kansas City, he loves the people and he will be part of the rebuilding process."
RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds are still undecided on whether to use RP Aroldis Chapman as a starter or reliever next season, according to general manager Walt Jocketty. "It depends on if we re-sign (Jonathan) Broxton and (Ryan) Madson," Jocketty said. "Or if we get another closer." There is mutual interest in having both Broxton and Madson return.
RP | Joel Peralta | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction,
The Tampa Bay Rays re-signed RP Joel Peralta to a new contract Monday, Nov. 5. Terms are not available, but a report out of the Dominican Republic had Peralta signing a two-year deal for $6 million with a $2.5 million option for 2015.
RP | Mariano Rivera | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team still has faith that free-agent RP Mariano Rivera can return and fill the role of closer next season. "I believe in his ability to fill that job that he's always done," Cashman said. "He's never failed, and I know that knee is going to be good, so we look forward to returning him to the closer's role." The Yanks are likely to offer less than $15 million to Rivera for next season.
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