Fantasy Baseball Daily Offseason Update: Tuesday, Jan. 7

by KFFL Staff on January 7, 2014 @ 09:21:20 PDT

 



Shortstop

SS | Stephen Drew | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox) is completely healthy as he looks for work in free agency, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.


Outfielder

OF | James Darnell | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free-agent OF James Darnell (Padres), C Ali Solis (Pirates) and 2B Ray Olmedo (Twins) to minor league deals Monday, Jan. 6.

OF | Bobby Abreu | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians are very interested in signing free-agent OF Bobby Abreu (Dodgers). The team has been monitoring his play during winter ball, and talking deal with him.

Abreu has been smoking the ball in the Dominican Republic, and he is interested in a return to the majors after sitting out the 2013 season. The Indians have a boatload of outfielders, so it is uncertain where Abreu might fit in, although he certainly could help at the designated hitter spot.

OF | Jeff Francoeur | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians officially signed free-agent OF Jeff Francoeur (Giants) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Monday, Jan. 6.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Matt Garza | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are likely in on free-agent SP Masahiro Tanaka (Japanese League), but beat writer Jeff Fletcher does not expect the team to land him. The team is also in on free-agent SP Matt Garza (Rangers), and he is the more likely target, although neither is a sure thing.

SP | Masahiro Tanaka | Japanese League | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are likely in on free-agent SP Masahiro Tanaka (Japanese League), but beat writer Jeff Fletcher does not expect the team to land him. The team is also in on free-agent SP Matt Garza (Rangers), and he is the more likely target, although neither is a sure thing.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds are considering a long-term contract extension for SP Homer Bailey, who is set to become a free agent after the 2014 season. "He would be probably the one guy that's going to be the most difficult because of how well he's done and where he's at in this service class," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "Young pitchers are getting quite a bit."

SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller averaged just under 10 strikeouts per nine innings in his first 21 starts last year, but his K/9 fell to 6.4 in his last 10 starts and his walk rate jumped from 2.6 per nine to four over his last 10 starts. Miller had 173 1/3 innings and has tossed 328 combined innings in the last two seasons.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright has made 74 starts and thrown 490 1/3 innings in the last two years, second in the league to Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander. His late-season struggles were attributed to a delivery flaw that had him tipping his curveball, however. He went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last five regular season starts and had a 2.57 ERA in five playoff starts.

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