Daily Fantasy Baseball Offseason Update: Thursday, Nov. 14

by KFFL Staff on November 14, 2013 @ 09:01:38 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis is likely to be traded this offseason, and he's generating much more interest from other teams than OF Lucas Duda. The Mets are just starting to exchange a set of names to acquire in any trade for Davis, so there is still plenty of work to be done. The Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays and Colorado Rockies are interested.

1B | Corey Hart | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants are interested in free-agent 1B Corey Hart (Brewers) and are looking into his health. However, he isn't high on their priority list this offseason.

1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche has received trade interest from a few American League teams that see him as a first base/designated hitter type.


Second Baseman

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (thumb) had the least complicated surgery done on his thumb, according to general manager Ben Cherington. The team isn't expecting any issues to come up.

2B | Nick Punto | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SS Nick Punto will receive $3 million next season; $2.75 million in salary and a $250,000 buyout on a $2.75 million 2015 vesting option.


Shortstop

SS | Stephen Drew | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox will not re-sign free-agent SS Stephen Drew, who has multiple multi-year offers.

SS | Jhonny Peralta | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Mets conducted a secret meeting with free-agent SS Jhonny Peralta (Tigers) during the GM meetings this week, according to league sources. Peralta hit .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs last season. Free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox) is another shortstop the Mets are interested in, and they're still evaluating SS Ruben Tejada.

SS | Brendan Ryan | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees are close to re-signing SS Brendan Ryan, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Ryan would serve as insurance for SS Derek Jeter. The deal would be small and won't keep the team from signing another player that can play shortstop.

SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles aren't actively shopping SS J.J. Hardy in offseason trade talks, but they are just listening to other teams' offers. "We are not shopping J.J. Hardy," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "The fact that other clubs might be interested in him would be a good reflection on the kind of year that he had. He had a great year. He won the Silver Slugger and he won the Gold Glove."


Third Baseman

3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The New York Yankees are unlikely to trade for St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese because the Yankees have very little to offer in return.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval will stay in Venezuela and work out this offseason instead of working out in Arizona at the team's year-round facilities, which was the original plan. Head trainer Dave Groeschner would have preferred if Sandoval had come back to be under the team's supervision. Sandoval has gained more weight in previous seasons when he's stayed in his native country. Sandoval plans to return to the U.S. in mid-January and spend a month getting ready for spring training.


Catcher

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox made a two-year offer to free-agent C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (Red Sox) Wednesday, Nov. 13, but there's no word on whether the two sides are close to an agreement. The BoSox are also talking with free-agent Cs Brian McCann (Braves), Carlos Ruiz (Phillies) and A.J. Pierzynski (Rangers). The offer is believed to be less than $10 million a year, and Salty is thought to be looking for at least a three-year deal.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Contrary to a previous report, Baltimore Orioles executive Dan Duquette said the team isn't shopping C Matt Wieters on the trade market.


Outfielder

OF | Jacoby Ellsbury | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The usual major-market suspects - the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox - don't appear to be in the mix for free-agent OF Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox), and the San Francisco Giants are also out. However, agent Scott Boras is saying there are plenty of teams interested in his client.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | free agent | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds haven't given up on re-signing OF Shin-Soo Choo, but they'd probably have to trade 2B Brandon Phillips and SP Homer Bailey to sign him.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners are interested in trading for Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler, according to sources.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Max Scherzer | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Max Scherzer is open to discussing a contract extension with the team despite being a full year away from free agency, according to his agent, Scott Boras. "They know Max likes it there," Boras said. "We would have to sit down and talk about their plans for the future. But when you have a player who likes playing where he's playing and an ownership that has been what Mike Ilitch has been in Detroit, it's certainly something we would listen to." Scherzer has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw was named the National League Cy Young Award winner.

SP | Josh Johnson | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Kansas City Royals are interested in free-agent SP Josh Johnson (Blue Jays).

SP | Doug Fister | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers are gauging trade interest in SP Doug Fister as another way to clear a rotation spot for SP Drew Smyly next season.

SP | Jason Hammel | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants are interested in free-agent SP Jason Hammel (Orioles) and have requested his medical records, according to sources.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SPs Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront and John Lackey are all generating trade interest, and teams are particularly interested in Lackey, who is owed $15.75 million over the next two seasons.

SP | Randy Wolf | free agent | Injury, Free Agents,
Free-agent SP Randy Wolf (elbow) will throw for interested clubs later this month in Los Angeles. Wolf had Tommy John surgery last November.

SP | Scott Kazmir | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles have some heavy interest in signing free-agent SP Scott Kazmir (Indians).

SP | Matt Harvey | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Matt Harvey (elbow) will begin his rehab for Tommy John surgery in a few weeks.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (forearm) is doing well following offseason surgery, according to his agent, Scott Boras.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Joba Chamberlain | free agent | Free Agents
The Kansas City Royals are interested in free-agent RP Joba Chamberlain (Yankees).

RP | Brian Wilson | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent RP Brian Wilson (Dodgers) is open to a return to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a setup role if they pay him like a closer.

RP | Jonny Venters | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves re-signed RP Jonny Venters (elbow) to a one-year deal worth $1.625 million to avoid arbitration Wednesday, Nov. 13. He is expected to return early next season after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

RP | Rex Brothers | Colorado Rockies | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies are "moved on" from free-agent C Carlos Ruiz (Phillies) and are now focusing their efforts on finding a closer. RPs Rex Brothers and Chad Bettis are expected to fill setup roles.

RP | Javier Lopez | free agent | Free Agents,
The Washington Nationals have contacted free-agent RP Javier Lopez (Giants) to express their interest in him.

RP | Shawn Camp | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed free-agent RP Shawn Camp (Cubs) to a minor league deal. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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