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Thu, 19 Dec 2013 06:05:37 -0800
The Rakuten Golden Eagles will not post SP Masahiro Tanaka this season, according to several Japanese newspapers. The team plans to double or triple his annual $4 million salary, which would make him the highest-paid Japanese pitcher in history.
FANTASY TIP: This is not confirmed, but several Japanese media outlets are reporting this development. This would take the biggest chip off the free-agent board for teams, and SP Ervin Santana is likely to become one of the hottest targets on the market.
Source: The New York Times - Ken Belson |
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:57:47 -0800
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) had no trouble throwing the ball with his usual velocity Wednesday, Dec. 18. He made several sharp throws during the individual drills that were open to the media. "He's got that fresh arm," QB Matt Flynn said. "He's the same old Aaron. He's the best in the league in my opinion."
FANTASY TIP: Rodgers has still not been medically cleared, and the team's position in the playoff race is said not to be a factor. The team is expected to decide later this week whether or not Rodgers will start against the Pittsburgh Steelers, so hang tight.
Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky |
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:02:29 -0800
Despite the signing of RP Joaquin Benoit, the San Diego Padres are not actively looking to move CL Huston Street.
FANTASY TIP: Benoit and Street are likely to battle for the closer's job in 2014. Whoever emerges as the winner will be a strong fantasy play. The Padres aren't likely to blow out many teams, so there will be plenty of save opportunities.
Source: MLB.com - Corey Brock |
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:01:00 -0800
Free-agent SP Jeff Karstens (Pirates) (shoulder) is said to be pain-free and in the midst of a normal winter throwing program. He is planning to work out for clubs in January.
Source: CBSSports.com - Jon Heyman |
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:18:30 -0800
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) did have an MRI on his ailing left knee, and the test revealed a mild medial collateral sprain. He is expected to wear a brace, but the injury will not prevent him from playing in the Week 16 game against the New England Patriots.
Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter |