1B | Lance Berkman | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent 1B Lance Berkman (Cardinals) said Wednesday, Jan. 2, that he is talking about a possible return with multiple clubs, including the Texas rangers, major league sources said. The Rangers stand a better chance of the Houston Astros, one of Berkman's former employers, because the Rangers stand a much better chance of competing in the American League West next season. He is likely to be used in the designated hitter role with any team he signs, a role that suits him best at this stage of his career.
1B | Ji-Man Choi | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners prospect 1B Ji-Man Choi has been playing well in the Australian Baseball League, which is the equivalent to winter ball in the Caribbean and South America. Choi has hit safely in 15 of his past 18 games to raise his average to .326 (28-for-86) with 15 runs, five home runs and 17 RBIs in 24 games in the ABL.
SS | Carlos Triunfel | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners prospect SS Carlos Triunfel managed to hit just .147 (5-for-35) in 25 games as a part-time player for Tigres de Licey of the Venezuelan Winter League.
C | A.J. Pierzynski | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C A.J. Pierzynski, in his first interview since joining the team, said the Chicago White Sox never entered the picture as far as talks to re-sign the veteran went. "It was really one of those things that never seemed like it was going to work out," Pierzynski said. "They made some calls, but it never got to the point where it was, 'Hey, let's move on something. Am I disappointed? Anytime you've been eight years in a place, you'd love to go back and I'd like to have finished my career there. But I'm looking forward to a new place and a new challenge."
OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez tore it up in winter ball in Venezuela, and the team is hoping he can carry over the momentum into spring training. He batted .349 (30-for-86) with 13 runs scored, six doubles, three home runs and 19 RBIs in 22 games for Leones del Caracas.
OF | Raul Ibanez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OFs Jason Bay, Mike Carp (shoulder), Raul Ibanez, Carlos Peguero and Casper Wells will be competing for outfield positions in spring training.
OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders might be used at one of the corner outfield spots if OF Franklin Gutierrez, who was hot in winter ball, can stay healthy.
OF | Darin Mastroianni | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he expects the team to fill the center field vacancy from within their organization next year, with OFs Darin Mastroianni, Aaron Hicks and Joe Benson (knee) competing for the position. Mastroianni will be the favorite heading into spring training. Hicks has never played at Class AAA and is likely to start at Triple-A Rochester before being brought up. Benson is expected to be fully healthy after having knee surgery in late August.
SP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres P Andrew Cashner (thumb) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.
SP | Javier Vazquez | Retired Players | Free Agents,
The Boston Red Sox are expected to scout free-agent SP Javier Vazquez (Marlins) when he pitches for Caguas of the Puerto Rican Winter League Friday, Jan. 4. He last pitched in the majors in 2011 with the Miami Marlins, but he recently indicated he would like a chance to win a World Series and continue his career.
SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants will keep a close eye on SP Tim Lincecum this offseason, which will include a shoulder strengthening program and a program designed for him to slightly increase his weight. "He's just a little light," trainer Dave Groeschner said. "He's fluctuated, as you've seen. He gets real low. A year ago, he got too big, put a little too much weight on. So this is just a little happy medium. He doesn't need to add a lot of weight. Five pounds would be nice, in that neighborhood. He's a super strong kid."
SP | Edwin Jackson | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Edwin Jackson will receive an $8 million signing bonus and he'll make $11 million per season as part of his four-year, $52 million contract.
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