1B | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Allen Craig (foot) has recovered enough from his left foot sprain to be placed on the World Series roster, and he anticipates being the designated hitter in Game 1. Doctors believe he has recovered to the point where he's not risking a major setback.
Rust is expected, as he hasn't seen major-league pitching in six weeks. However, Craig's presence alone should be a factor early on in the series.
1B | Jose Abreu | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox agreed to a six-year, $68 million deal with Cuban 1B Jose Abreu Thursday, Oct. 17, which will be the largest free-agent contract given to an international player. Abreu hit .453 with 33 home runs and 93 RBIs in 63 games in the 2010-11 season in Cuba and missed time with a shoulder ailment. He's expected to take over the first base position from 1B Paul Konerko, who is set to become a free agent and may retire. The Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants were all interested in Abreu.
2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves could have interest in trading for Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips if the Reds are willing to take 2B Dan Uggla as part of the trade. The Braves likely would have to add a top prospect to any trade for Phillips.
2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
The New York Yankees are trying to devise a plan that could allow them to go on a shopping spree this offseason, that would start by re-signing 2B Robinson Cano They believe they can cut payroll by $189 million and spend big on free agents. The Yanks are also expected to target Japanese P Masahiro Tanaka, Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann and St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran. New York is interested in bringing SP Hiroki Kuroda and Curtis Granderson back, too.
2B | Michael Martinez | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies re-signed 2B Michael Martinez to a minor league deal Thursday, Oct. 17.
SS | Jhonny Peralta | Detroit Tigers | Free Agents, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SS/OF Jhonny Peralta, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the season, said that he would like to return to Detroit - even if it means having to play left field full-time.
SS | Jose Iglesias | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias will get the start at shortstop again in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 20, according to manager Jim Leyland.
SS | Stephen Drew | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Stephen Drew will start again in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, Oct. 19. "I know there's been a lot calling for Stephen's head, seemingly. But this is a very good player and in these games, defense is a premium," manager John Farrell said Friday, Oct. 18. "When a defensive play hasn't been made and you give a team an extra out, as good as these two teams are you're likely going to pay for that."
SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (rib) was able to make the start in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 18. He finished hitless in three at-bats, wrapping up the NLCS hitting just .133.
Ramirez struggled tremendously, but he was dealing with a broken rib. He should be fully healed by spring training next season, so fantasy owners in long-term keeper formats need not worry about his rib.
SS | Xander Bogaerts | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia and 3B Xander Bogaerts will both be in the starting lineup for Game 6 of the American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 19.
3B | Nick Punto | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (rib) is not in the lineup for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 18, with SS Nick Punto replacing him.
C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Injury
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said C Alex Avila (knee) was tested for a concussion after Game 5 of the American League Championship Series and passed the tests.
C | Victor Martinez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Friday, Oct. 18, that C Victor Martinez is an option to start behind the plate in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 19, if C Alex Avila (knee) is unable to start.
C | Dave Wallace | Washington Nationals | Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves have to give permission to the Baltimore Orioles to interview minor-league pitching coordinator Dave Wallace. The Orioles are expected to interview him starting next week, as well as former Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, Seattle Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis and Texas Rangers bullpen coach Andy Hawkins. Dubee's interview is set for Tuesday, Oct. 22. Manager Buck Showalter said Friday, Oct. 18, that the team will also consider bullpen coach Scott McGregor, interim pitching coach Bill Castro and Triple-A pitching coach Mike Griffin.
OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino hit his second career postseason grand slam Saturday, Oct. 19, against the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. He had been 2-for-23 in the ALCS up to that point.
OF | Casper Wells | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OFs Roger Bernadina and Casper Wells and P J.C. Ramirez have refused outright assignments to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and opted to become free agents.
OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Houston Astros could be interested in impending free-agent OF Shin-Soo Choo (Reds).
OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez (elbow) recently underwent minor elbow surgery to remove some loose bodies from the elbow.
OF | Yasiel Puig | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig was hitless in three at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Puig was fabulous all season and into the playoffs, but he managed just five hits with two RBI and 10 strikeouts in 22 at-bats during the NLCS. Still, he'll be a high-round pick in fantasy leagues in 2014, and fantasy owners in long-term keeper leagues have to like what they have seen.
OF | Shane Robinson | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Shane Robinson is starting in center field over OF Jon Jay in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 18.
SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers offered SP Clayton Kershaw a contract worth around $300 million at some point during the season, but no deal was reached because Kershaw was initially uncertain about committing to a deal so encompassing and did not want to have contract talks during the season. The two sides made enough progress that a deal is expected to be made this offseason.
SP | Doug Fister | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said it is unlikely that SP Doug Fister will get used in long relief in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. If the ALCS is extended to a seventh game, this is a more likely scenario.
SP | Michael Wacha | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha allowed just two hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18. He earned MVP honors in the NLCS as a result of his victory.
SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants impending free-agent SP Tim Lincecum plans to test the free-agent market this offseason, according to sources. The Giants have approached Lincecum with a two-year offer, but talks haven't progressed. If nothing else happens before the end of the World Series, the team expects to offer him a one-year qualifying offer for roughly $14 million. The Seattle Mariners are one team that could be interested in his services, and they had a scout watching him during the team's final homestand.
SP | Sonny Gray | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Sonny Gray (thumb) underwent left thumb surgery Friday, Oct. 18, and a screw was inserted to help stabilize the fracture.
RP | Koji Uehara | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox CL Koji Uehara was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series. He recorded one win and three saves during the series.
RP | Jose Arredondo | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Jose Arredondo has elected to become a free agent.
RP | Hideki Okajima | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RPs Hideki Okajima and Chris Resop have elected to become free agents.
RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan is expected to decline his $9.5 million option for the 2014 season and become a free agent. However, a formal decision is unlikely to be made until after the World Series is over. If Nathan leaves Texas, RPs Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers appear to be the top candidates for the closer's role.
RP | David Purcey | Chicago White Sox | Transaction,
Chicago White Sox P David Purcey cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte Friday, Oct. 18.
RP | Aaron Poreda | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent RP Aaron Poreda (Pirates) to a minor league deal Thursday, Oct. 17.
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