1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (knee) wasn't cleared by doctors to play in the World Baseball Classic. He had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, and doctors wouldn't clear him due to liabilities connected to the surgery.
1B | Lyle Overbay | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Brewers are talking to free-agent 1B Lyle Overbay (Braves) about a minor league contract, which would reunite him with the club where he played in 2004 and 2005. The Brewers want some backup for 1B Mat Gamel with 1B/OF Corey Hart out due to injury.
1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis is back at 100 percent following a bout with ankle injuries and valley fever in the offseason. "My lungs look good,'' Davis said. "My ankle feels good, I'm in shape. I'm strong and back to being kind of athletic. This is the first time in two years that nothing crazy has happened. It feels good to start fresh, there are no what-ifs going into spring training.''
1B | Nick Johnson | Retired Players | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent 1B Nick Johnson (Orioles) has decided to retire from baseball, according to WFAN in New York, and later acknowledged by Johnson on his Twitter feed. Johnson left the Baltimore Orioles in late June due to a wrist injury that had plagued him in his career, and he never returned. Johnson was attempting to come back from injury after not playing at all in the majors in 2011.
2B | Daniel Descalso | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Ronny Cedeno will likely compete with INFs Daniel Descalso and Ryan Jackson at second base, and he'll provide backup insurance to SS Rafael Furcal at shortstop.
2B | Ben Zobrist | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Ben Zobrist will still play a lot of second base this season, according to a source. 2B Kelly Johnson will bounce around a bit.
SS | Ronny Cedeno | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Ronny Cedeno can make $850,000 in incentives as part of his one-year, $1.15 million deal; he will make $170,000 each for 200, 250, 300, 350 and 400 plate appearances this year.
SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond (oblique), who said he's feeling fine physically after spending time on the disabled list last year with an injury to his left oblique, has plenty of things that he would like to improve upon in 2013. "Striking out over 100 times isn't something that I feel like I should be doing," Desmond said. "I'd like to cut down on the strikeouts, works some more walks, be a little more aggressive running the bases, pick up some more stolen bases and just try to help the team in any way that I feel like I can."
SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) worked out for the first time on a baseball field Monday, Jan. 28, since breaking his left ankle during the playoffs last October. He took 55 ground balls at the team's minor league complex and also hit in the batting cages. "Everything went well," Jeter says.
SS | Yuniesky Betancourt | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent SS Yuniesky Betancourt (Royals) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Monday, Jan. 28.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Updating an ongoing story, New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez was named 16 times in the Biogenesis records obtained the Miami New Times. He even had a nickname at the clinic, "Cacique," a pre-Columbian Caribbean chief. Rodriguez allegedly paid $3,500, Anthony Bosch notes. Below that, he writes, "1.5/1.5 HGH (sports perf.) creams test., glut., MIC, supplement, sports perf. Diet." HGH, of course, is banned in baseball, as are testosterone creams. Another document from the files, a loose sheet with a header from the 19th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine, lays out a full regimen under the name Cacique: "Test. cream... troches prior to workout... and GHRP... IGF-1... pink cream." Yuri Sucart is also named in the files. Sucart was the cousin A-Rod admitted got him the performance-enhancing drugs that he admitted he took in the early 2000s. A-Rod is in records from 2009-2012.
OF | Chris Dickerson | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent OF Chris Dickerson (Yankees) to a minor league contract.
OF | Michael Bourn | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets dined with free-agent OF Michael Bourn (Braves) last week. However, the two sides are far apart in negotiations. Bourn is demanding a five-year deal after San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan signed a four-year, $40 million deal.
OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Evidence has been discovered that the following players were sold performance-enhancing drugs from an anti-aging clinic in Miami called Biogenesis: New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez, Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz, Toronto Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera, Detroit Tigers SP Cesar Carrillo, Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon and San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal.
OF | Ryan Sweeney | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Ryan Sweeney will make $1.25 million plus incentives this year. "He didn't really say what he expected of me, he just said I have a good shot at making the team and begin able to play different positions," Sweeney said. "He said something before talking about maybe needing a first baseman. Not to me. ... I had talked to Ben on the phone, I was like, 'Hey, Ben, do you need me to go get a first baseman's glove?' And he just kind of laughed." Sweeney also mentioned that he is 100 percent healthy heading into spring training.
OF | Juan Rivera | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees signed free-agent OF Juan Rivera (Dodgers) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Monday, Jan. 28. Rivera will compete with OFs Matt Diaz and Russ Canzler to be the team's main right-handed hitting outfielder.
OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies are willing to consider a long-term deal with OF Dexter Fowler in order to avoid salary arbitration. Fowler is the team's only player that has yet to reach a deal to avoid arbitration. Fowler is looking for $5.15 million and the team is countering with $4.25 million.
OF | Ryan Kalish | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Ryan Kalish (shoulder) will have surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday, Jan. 29, and he's expected to miss spring training.
OF | Joe Mather | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed free-agent OF Joe Mather (Cubs) to a minor league deal.
SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Updating an immediate story, Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez's father, Max, said Gio is innocent in the performance-enhancing drug implications. Max Gonzalez said the drugs were for him. "My son works very, very hard, and he's as clean as apple pie," Max Gonzalez said. "I went to (Anthony Bosch) because I needed to lose weight. A friend recommended him, and he did great work for me. But that's it. He never met my son. Never. And if I knew he was doing these things with steroids, do you think I'd be dumb enough to go there?"
SP | Javier Vazquez | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Javier Vazquez (knee) will have surgery to repair meniscus in his right knee and should be throwing again in two or three weeks.
SP | Joe Saunders | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins are exploring a one-year contract offer for free-agent SP Joe Saunders (Orioles). The Twins don't want to meet Saunders' asking price of a three-year deal, but could be willing to offer a two-year contract. One Twins source wonders if Saunders prefers to pitch somewhere else.
SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels, in his first media interview since rumors of current shoulder soreness leaked, refuted any talk he had an injury but admitted there was some soreness in the offseason. "That's the honest truth. I wasn't the one who started it. I know I feel good and I'm ready to go. That's all I can really answer because that's where it is. It's the same program, and I'm looking forward to spring training and finally getting out of the cold," Hamels said.
SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) is set to move to throwing off a half mound Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the team's minor league complex in Florida. The team is hoping Pineda can help out the major league pitching staff in June or July.
SP | Freddy Garcia | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Free Agents,
The San Diego Padres have agreed to terms with free-agent SP Freddy Garcia (Yankees) on a minor league deal. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. He is expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.
SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Although the Cincinnati Reds haven't engaged SP Homer Bailey in talks for a long-term contract extension, the pitcher said he is open to the idea. "Nothing has been mentioned at all," Bailey said. "If it happens, it does. I don't know what their thoughts on it are. If it was ever brought up or brought to the table to us, it would be something to consider. I haven't really heard anything. I'm just getting prepared for the season. It's all I can do." He has already started a throwing program and will start working off a mound for the first time Tuesday, Jan. 29.
SP | Carl Pavano | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Carl Pavano (spleen) underwent surgery last week to fix a lacerated spleen and has been hospitalized. His agent said that Pavano suffered the injury in mid-January when he was injured while shoveling snow at his home in Vermont. Pavano is hoping to leave the hospital this week, and he's not putting a timetable on his return to baseball activities.
RP | Scott Atchison | New York Mets | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Mets signed free-agent RP Scott Atchison (Red Sox) to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
RP | Hideki Okajima | free agent | Transaction
The SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese League released RP Hideki Okajima so he could pursue opportunities in Major League Baseball.
RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim general manager Jerry Dipoto said RP Ryan Madson (elbow) should only miss the first week if he's not ready for the season.
RP | Robert Coello | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed P Robert Coello (Blue Jays) to a minor league contract Monday, Jan. 28.
RP | Barret Browning | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction
The St. Louis Cardinals have designated RP Barret Browning for assignment.
RP | Luke Gregerson | San Diego Padres | Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres avoided arbitration with RP Luke Gregerson Monday, Jan. 28, by agreeing to a one-year, $3.2 million deal.
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