Daily Fantasy Baseball Offseason Update: Monday, Nov. 18

by KFFL Staff on November 18, 2013 @ 08:33:25 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) said his left foot is "99.9 percent healthy" and added that his rehab was going "really good."

1B | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins are not aggressively shopping 1B Logan Morrison this offseason but are not ruling out a trade if they are able to upgrade. The team would be fine if Morrison is their first baseman next season.

1B | Dan Johnson | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays announced that they have signed 1B Dan Johnson to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. No financial terms were disclosed.


Second Baseman

2B | Robinson Cano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said the team has had discussions regarding all of the big-time free agents available this offseason, including 2B Robinson Cano (Yankees) and OF Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox).


Shortstop

SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Free Agents
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada is contemplating filing a grievance against the Mets accusing the team of shorting him one day of service time that would have allowed him to become a free agent after the 2016 season instead of 2017, two sources with knowledge of the situation said.

SS | Brendan Ryan | New York Yankees | Transaction
The New York Yankees re-signed SS Brendan Ryan to an undisclosed deal.

SS | Xander Bogaerts | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are not thinking about locking up 21-year-old SS/3B Xander Bogaerts to a long-term contract, general manager Ben Cherington confirmed earlier this month. Cherington would like to see Bogaerts' development through the 2014 season before opening up the checkbook. Bogaerts is not eligible for arbitration until 2017 and free agency until 2020.

SS | Walter Ibarra | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Longtime New York Yankees farmhand Walter Ibarra, a shorstop, has agreed to play short in the Chicago Cubs organization on a minor league contract. No financial terms were disclosed for Ibarra, a 26-year old who hit .276 in Double-A and Triple-A in 2013.

SS | Rey Navarro | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have signed minor league free-agent P Lee Hyde (Reds), 2B Rey Navarro (Royals), OF Mike Wilson (Padres) and C Rossmel Perez (Diamondbacks).

SS | Jimmy Swift | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have re-signed minor league free-agent P Orangel Arenas, OF Julio Concepcion and SS Jimmy Swift.

SS | Juan Diaz | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins have signed minor league free-agent SS Juan Diaz (Indians).

SS | Josh R. Johnson | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals have re-signed minor league free agents SS Josh R. Johnson and C Sean McCauley.

SS | Mike McCoy | Boston Red Sox | Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox signed free-agent RP Tom Layne (Padres) and SS Mike McCoy (Blue Jays) and re-signed 3B Mario Martinez to minor league deals Friday, Nov. 15.


Third Baseman

3B | Kris Bryant | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant was named the Most Valuable Player of the Arizona Fall League. He hit .346 with eight doubles, six home runs and 17 RBIs in 21 games.

3B | Zelous Wheeler | New York Yankees | Transaction,
The New York Yankees signed free-agent 3B Zelous Wheeler (Orioles) and re-signed RP Jim Miller to minor league deals Friday, Nov. 15.

3B | Alex Liddi | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Free Agents
The Chicago White Sox signed free-agent 3B Alex Liddi (Orioles) to a minor league deal.


Catcher

C | Eli Whiteside | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have signed C Eli Whiteside (Rangers) to a minor league contract.

C | Francisco Pena | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have signed free-agent C Francisco Pena (Mets) to a minor league contract.

C | Mike Napoli | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Colorado Rockies have expressed interest in free-agent 1B James Loney (Rays) and 1B Mike Napoli (Red Sox), according to a person familiar with direct knowledge of their plans.

C | Mark Thomas | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed minor league free-agent OF Danny Dorn (Tigers) and C Mark Thomas (Rays).

C | Guillermo Quiroz | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have signed minor league free agent Ps Jason Berken (White Sox) and Caleb Clay (Nationals). They have also re-signed C Guillermo Quiroz and Ps Daryl Maday and Mason Tobin.

C | Carlos Ruiz | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
MLB.com writer Todd Zolecki, who writes for the Philadelphia Phillies site, speculates the Phillies may have been the team to offer C Carlos Ruiz a two-year deal worth $20 million.


Outfielder

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are interested in free-agent OF Shin-Soo Choo (Reds).

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
A grievance hearing could occur involving Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper, all because of language in Harper's contract. Harper's five-year, $9.9 million contract contains a letter of agreement stating if Harper qualified for salary arbitration before he reached the end of the contract, a grievance hearing would determine whether he could opt out of his contract. His draft deal calls for him to earn $1.5 million in 2015. Presuming he remains healthy and continues to perform at projected levels in 2014, he could land a 2015 salary between $4 million and $7 million through arbitration were he eligible.

OF | Leandro Castro | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have re-signed OF Leandro Castro to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training camp. The team also announced that recently-signed RP Shawn Camp and OF Clete Thomas will participate in camp as non-roster invitees.

OF | Miles Durham | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed minor league free-agent C Francisco Diaz, OF Miles Durham and P Jhonathan Ramos.

OF | Carlos Beltran | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly interested in free-agent OF Carlos Beltran (Cardinals) but their pursuit may be contingent upon moving another high-salaried player, such as C Matt Wieters.

OF | Chris B. Young | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Chris B. Young has shown interest in playing for his hometown Houston Astros, but he would not say if the team has contacted him.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Ryan Rowland-Smith | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Free Agents
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed free-agent SP Ryan Rowland-Smith (Red Sox) to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres appear unlikely to land free-agent SP Ricky Nolasco (Dodgers).

SP | James Shields | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP James Shields said he has not had any contract extension talks with the team but is open to signing one at some point.

SP | Hiroki Kuroda | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers would prefer to offer free-agent starting pitchers one or two-year deals, according to multiple sources. Free-agent SP Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees) is not under consideration because the team does not want to lose their first-round draft pick.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have had discussions with SP Jeff Samardzija on a contract extension. "We've had discussions with Samardzija because we like him and want to keep him," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "We'll see where things go. We like hearing he wants to be here."

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants are continuing dialogue with free-agent SP Ryan Vogelsong (Giants) in the hopes to re-sign him to another deal.

SP | Bartolo Colon | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics are scheduled to meet with the representatives for free-agent SP Bartolo Colon (Athletics) and discuss a one-year contract.

SP | Matt Garza | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Matt Garza (Rangers) is open to returning to the Minnesota Twins, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The Twins have met with Garza's representatives this week during the GM meetings but have yet to make an offer. Minnesota hasn't made offers to free-agent SPs Phil Hughes (Yankees), Jason Vargas (Angels), Bronson Arroyo (Reds) or Ubaldo Jimenez (Indians), either.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Alfredo Aceves | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Alfredo Aceves (Red Sox) has been working out in Mexico and has asked his former agent, Tom O'Connell, to represent him once again. The New York Mets have shown the most interest in him so far.

RP | Zach Russell | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers have signed RP Zach Russell away from the St. Louis Cardinals system with a minor league contract. Russell topped out with a brief Double-A stint last year, but he struggled there. No financial terms were disclosed.

RP | Will Startup | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Former Baltimore Orioles RP Will Startup is back with the Detroit Tigers courtesy of a minor league contract after he notched a 3.41 ERA in 58 Double-A innings last year. Startup reached Triple-A as a 21-year-old back in 2006, but before joining Detroit had landed with the Sugar Land Skeeters in 2012.

RP | David Purcey | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox signed RP David Purcey to a minor league contract. The 31-year-old had rejected an outright assignment from the Sox in late October to become a free agent. No financial terms were disclosed.

RP | Oliver Perez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals are interested in free-agent RPs Boone Logan (Yankees) and Oliver Perez (Mariners). They may also consider going after free-agent RPs J.P. Howell (Dodgers) and Manny Parra (Reds), whom the Nationals spoke to last offseason.

RP | Mark Lowe | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Tampa Bay Rays have signed free-agent RP Mark Lowe (Nationals) to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

RP | Javier Lopez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The New York Yankees have shown interest in free-agent RP Javier Lopez (Giants). The two sides have had preliminary discussions and plan to have more substantial discussions later in the offseason once the Yankees have had time to address their biggest issues.

RP | Edward Mujica | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies are strongly pursuing eighth-inning relievers, including free-agent RP Edward Mujica (Cardinals). The Phillies are believed to be willing to go three years for a setup man.

RP | Eduar Quinonez | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction,
The Tampa Bay Rays re-signed RPs Eduar Quinonez and Albert Suarez to minor league deals Friday, Nov. 15.

RP | Cesar Jimenez | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction,
The Philadelphia Phillies re-signed RP Cesar Jimenez to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Friday, Nov. 15.

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