1B | Lance Berkman | free agent | Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles are interested in free-agent 1B Lance Berkman (Cardinals).
C | Yadier Molina | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina had a slash line of .231/.293/.365 with a .658 OPS in 14 games in the Puerto Rican Winter League this offseason. He caught only two games while serving as the designated hitter for 10 games. Molina hit two homers during his time in winter ball.
OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton could still be traded now that the team has a surplus of outfielders. The Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves have shown interest in trading for him, according to major league sources. OF Jason Kubel carries less trade value than Upton since he's under club control for only one more season. The D-backs, however, are sending mixed signals. The Mariners are desperate to add a slugger, and they've checked in on just about every available hitter this winter, and Upton may be their most realistic pursuit. Arizona might be more receptive to taking some of the Mariners' young pitching after they dealt SP Trevor Bauer. However, Seattle is on Upton's four-team no-trade list, and he's unlikely to approve a deal to go to the Mariners.
SP | Mat Latos | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty indicated his team may try to lock up a couple of arbitration-eligible players like SP's Mat Latos and Homer Bailey to multi-year contracts. "We've talked to a couple of them," Jocketty said. "Nothing has gotten really serious yet. With it having been Christmas, and a couple of guys were on vacations, we didn't expect to get going until after the holidays."
SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Teams are hesitant this offseason to sign free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) because of the fact that they'll have to surrender a first-round draft pick in order to sign him. The St. Louis Cardinals are unlikely to re-sign the hurler, and Lohse hasn't talked with general manager John Mozeliak in three or four months.
RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette has said he would be open to adding another relief pitcher, even though he has a full relief corps. The Orioles currently have CL Jim Johnson and RP's Pedro Strop, Darren O'Day, Luis Ayala and Troy Patton. RP Tommy Hunter is a likely candidate to return, as is RP Brian Matusz. "The bullpen was strong last year," Duquette said. "These guys are at the age where some of them should improve and a couple of them should be able to maintain and perform at the level they did this past year, but that wouldn't preclude us from adding some additional depth to our pitching staff."
RP | Sergio Romo | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Sergio Romo was detained by police in Las Vegas Tuesday, Jan. 1, for an "agitated posture" with "clenched fists" while being disruptive toward TSA agents. He was issued a misdemeanor for "violation of airport rules."
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