1B | Justin Morneau | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Justin Morneau signed a two-year, $12.5-million deal that breaks down to a $5 million salary in 2014, $6.75 million in 2015 and a $9 million mutual option for 2016. The option can be voided with a $750,000 buyout. Morneau also can make an additional $500,000 this season if he reaches 550 at-bats and finishes the season on the active 25-man roster. There are also boosts for finishing in the top-10 in the MVP voting and standard postseason bonuses. Morneau is no hurry to be traded either. He must be paid a $375,000 assignment bonus if dealt.
2B | Brian Roberts | New York Yankees | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Yankees agreed with free-agent 2B Brian Roberts (Orioles) on a one-year deal worth about $2 million, pending a physical.
SS | Jimmy Rollins | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies are very willing to move SS Jimmy Rollins.
3B | Eric Chavez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks continue to talk with free-agent 3B Eric Chavez and hope to re-sign him by the holiday.
3B | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) will start doing light running this week as he rehabs from knee surgery. The team is still hopeful that he'll be ready for opening day against the Boston Red Sox.
3B | Matt Davidson | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago White Sox have traded RP Addison Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks for 3B Matt Davidson.
Davidson is expected to be the team's third baseman next season but likely will not be more than an option in AL-only leagues. Matt Lindstrom may be the top choice to close at this point, but the team still has time to address the closer position during the offseason.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is optimistic that he'll be allowed to play next season as he awaits the final hearing on whether his 211-game suspension will be upheld for the 2014 season. The final ruling on Rodriguez is expected to be handed down next month.
OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (thumb) underwent successful nerve release surgery on his right thumb Monday, Dec. 16. He is expected to be ready for spring training.
SP | Shaun Marcum | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The contract signed by Cleveland Indians RP Shaun Marcum calls for a $1 million base salary in 2014 if he makes the Opening Day roster plus a chance at $3 million in incentives. There is an opt-out clause in Marcum's deal that allows him to declare free agency if he is not on the opening roster.
SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy will earn $1.45 million in 2014.
SP | Bartolo Colon | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Bartolo Colon has thrown the most fastballs of any starter with a minimum of 450 innings since 2011. He's thrown around 86 percent fastballs over the last three seasons with Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez in second place at just under 70 percent. Colon has been successful, though, because he varies the speeds of his fastballs from 86 mph to 94 mph and effectively changes the location of his pitches.
SP | Gavin Floyd | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Free Agents
The Atlanta Braves agreed with free-agent SP Gavin Floyd (White Sox) on a one-year deal.
RP | Addison Reed | Arizona Diamondbacks | Free Agents, Fantasy
The acquisition of CL Addison Reed from the Chicago White Sox does not mean the Arizona Diamondbacks are finished looking for pitching. Diamondbacks general manager Ken Towers said he will continue to look on the free agent market because a trade for a pitcher may be difficult.
RP | Jose Veras | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Houston Astros are thought to still have interest in RP Jose Veras despite their signing of free-agent RP Matt Albers to a one-year contract on Monday, Dec. 16.
RP | Nate Jones | Chicago White Sox | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Monday, Dec. 16, that the team has several in-house candidates to take over in the ninth inning for the departed RP Addison Reed (Diamondbacks). Hahn identified RPs Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom and Daniel Webb as the team's possible in-house candidates. RP Ronald Belisario (Dodgers), who is expected to complete a deal with the team soon, might also be in the mix.
RP | Grant Balfour | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, the Baltimore Orioles are considering a vesting option to the two-year offer for free-agent RP Grant Balfour (Athletics), according to a source.
RP | John Axford | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP John Axford will make $4.5 million plus incentives as part of his one-year deal with the team.
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