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Alexi Ogando, SP, BOS1/31/2015 4:45:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox signed right-handed relief pitcher Alexi Ogando to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
Insight: Ogando had a rough 2014, posting a 6.85 ERA while battling injuries all season, but he is still a quality signing for the Red Sox to bolster the bullpen.
Chad Billingsley, SP, PHI1/30/2015 2:45:00 PM
Description: Right-hander Chad Billingsley has signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia.
Insight: Billingsley (torn flexor tendon) has made just two starts in two years. Given the team he'll be playing with, it's hard to expect him to amass a high win total and his WHIP and ERA don't figure to be elite in the Phillies' hitter-friendly ballpark. It would probably be best to stay away.
Ichiro Suzuki, RF, NYY1/27/2015 10:39:00 PM
Description: The Marlins signed outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year deal.
Insight: Suzuki hit .284/.324/.340 with a home run and 15 steals last season in the Bronx. He is 156 hits away from 3,000 major league hits although he already has 4,000 counting his numbers from Japan. At 41 years old, Ichiro is really just a flier in standard leagues.
Jimmy Nelson, SP, MIL1/26/2015 11:03:00 AM
Description: Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the team wasn't looking for another big piece to replace Yovani Gallardo in the rotation, according to beat writer Andrew Grumen.
Insight: That's good news for Brewers 25-year-old right-hander Jimmy Nelson, who figures to be the No. 5 starter. Nelson was just 2-9 with a 4.93 ERA last season with the big club, but posted great minor league numbers and should get another look.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS1/26/2015 10:55:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had offseason surgery to deal with his sleep apnea and he hopes to be healthy for spring training.
Insight: Napoli had a good first season in Boston but his numbers fell off in 2014 to .248 with 17 HR and 55 RBI. The 33-year-old might not have many more chances, so we hope this works.
Tyler Clippard, RP, OAK1/25/2015 10:45:00 AM
Description: Newly acquired setup man,Tyler Clippard, could be the A's early season closer as Sean Doolittle is dealing with a slight tear in his rotator cuff, as well as inflammation and irritation in his throwing shoulder.
Insight: Clippard could rack up a few saves until Doolittle can return. He has 32 saves in a clsing role back in 2012 for the Nationals.
Sean Doolittle, RP, OAK1/25/2015 10:42:00 AM
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle has a slight tear in his rotator cuff, as well as inflammation and irritation in his throwing shoulder, according to mlb.com's Jane Lee.
Insight: He is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. Fortunately for the A's they acquired Tyler Clippard who is capable of closing.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL1/23/2015 1:28:00 PM
Description: Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (patella tendon surgery) has gotten the go-ahead to begin straight-line running, according to the Rockies' site.
Insight: Gonzalez has been taking batting practice for about a month. Cargo doesn't appear to be as far along as teammate Troy Tulowitzki, but should be ready for Opening Day. He has never played more than 145 games in a season, so fantasy owners must take that into account when selecting him.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL1/23/2015 1:22:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (hip) has started fielding practice this week, according to the team's site.
Insight: Tulowitzki was already taking hitting sessions. He's played 143 games or less in each of the last five seasons. In 91 games last year, the fantasy stud batted .340 with 21 homers, 52 RBI, 71 runs and a 1.035 OPS. He just has to stay healthy.
Jesus Montero, DH, SEA1/22/2015 2:23:00 PM
Description: Mariners trainer Rick Griffin told the Seattle Times that Jesus Montero has his weight down to 235 pounds which is his recommended weight.
Insight: The Tacoma News Tribune reported Montero played at 275 pounds towards the end of last season. Perhaps he was motivated to lose some weight after a scout sent Montero an ice cream cone in the dugout of a Triple-A game last summer. Montero threw the ice cream back at the scout, and the team suspended him for the final weeks of the season. He is talented, but Montero is still not fantasy relevant.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SDP1/22/2015 2:19:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays are considering signing shortstop Everth Cabrera according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Insight: Cabrera's career has suffered from off-the-field issues the last few years. He should come very cheap, and Toronto would presumably play him at second base. If Cabrera gets significant time, he will be one of the best base-stealing second basemen for fantasy owners in 2015.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS1/22/2015 2:16:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth told the Washington Post that his goal is to be ready for the start of the 2015 season.
Insight: Werth received surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder in January. Rehab for this type of injury typically takes two to three months, so that puts him on par with a possible opening day return. Werth went on to say he will not jeopardize further injury to play on opening day, but that is still his goal.
Javier Baez, 2B, CHC1/22/2015 12:20:00 PM
Description: Cubs second baseman Javier Baez has gone 0-for-9 with six strikeouts to start the Puerto Rican Winter League playoffs according to FOX Sports.
Insight: Baez also struck out 21 times in 43 at-bats during the regular season in winter ball. Baez has great speed but doesn't put the ball in play enough.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN1/22/2015 10:49:00 AM
Description: Reds manager Bryan Price said first baseman Joey Votto's health is looking "very, very good" according to MLBlogs.
Insight: That's reassuring for a first baseman who missed 100 games last season due to a distal quad strain. Votto should be healthy at the start of the season and has a .310/.417/.533 career slash line.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL1/18/2015 10:44:00 AM
Description: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, who had his ligament "trimmed" in his right elbow last October, was playing catch, according to a St.Louis Dispatch report.
Insight: Wainwright will likely be lightly tested in the preseason, but is expected to be ready for Opening Day. He went 20-9 last season with a career-best 2.38 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. He has averaged 226 1/3 IP and 18.4 wins over the past five seasons so he's been an innings-eater as well as an elite starter.
Jung-Ho Kang, IF, PIT1/16/2015 11:54:00 AM
Description: The Pirates have signed shortstop Jung-ho Kang to a four-year deal.
Insight: Kang should be given a chance to beat out Jordy Mercer, who did little to help fantasy owners (.255, 12 HR, 55 RBI, 56 RBI, 4 SB). Kang batted .356 with 40 home runs and 117 RBI in 117 games last season for the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization.
Lance Lynn, SP, STL1/15/2015 2:24:00 PM
Description: It looks like Cardinals starter Lance Lynn will stay in St. Louis for a while as he signed a three-year deal.
Insight: Lynn had another solid season in the Cardinals rotation, going 15-10 with a career-best 2.74 ERA. He struck out 181 batters in 203 2/3 IP. He's a viable back end of the fantasy rotation guy.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS1/15/2015 11:52:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (September season-ending wrist surgery) has been cleared for all baseball activities, according to manager John Farrell.
Insight: Pedroia hit.278 with seven home runs, 72 runs scored and 53 RBI last season. Those numbers were a significant drop from previous years, but if he's healthy he's still a top-10 fantasy second baseman.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL1/15/2015 11:46:00 AM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (August knee surgery) appears ready for training camp.
Insight: Machado took part in minicamp and has been cleared for most baseball activities. He batted .278 with 12 HR and 32 RBI in 82 games last season. He has huge upside if he can get, and stay, healthy.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET1/12/2015 4:04:00 PM
Description: According to Anthony Fenech of the free press, Miguel Cabrera isn't likely to be ready for the start of spring training.
Insight: We don't care as long as he's ready to go on Opening Day. Cabera had surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle in October. This note speaks more to the fact that even though he's only 31, he's played 1,819 games in his career and in the last 10 seasons he's played 157 or more games eight times. That wear and tear could take its toll.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK1/10/2015 1:58:00 PM
Description: Infielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar have been traded to Oakland.
Insight: The Rays will receive Daniel Robertson, John Jaso, and Boog Powell in return. Zobrist and Escobar should fit in nicely with Oakland.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B, TAM1/9/2015 1:09:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay signed second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal.
Insight: Cabrera doesn't have a spot to play, at least until the rumored deal of Ben Zobrist. he batted .241 last season with 14 HR 61 RBI and 10 steals for Cleveland and then the Washington Nationals.
Garrett Richards, RP, ANA1/8/2015 4:30:00 PM
Description: Angels starter Garrett Richards (knee) will start running on a de-weighted treadmill on Monday.
Insight: He suffered the unfortunate injury in late August, when he tore his patellar tendon in his left knee. Look for Richards to be ready to pitch sometime in May. He is still just 26-years-old, and could make for a steal on draft day.
Emilio Bonifacio, IF/OF, CWS1/8/2015 4:26:00 PM
Description: The White Sox have finalized a deal with utilityman Emilio Bonifacio.
Insight: He will likely be the team's primary second baseman, and should be on fantasy owners' radars. Look for Bonifacio to hit atop the Sox lineup, and be a threat to steal bases.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS1/8/2015 4:23:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth will undergo arthroscopic surgery Friday on his right shoulder, and will likely be sidelined for the next 2-to-3 months.
Insight: This puts Werth's availability for the season-opener in extreme question. If he is not ready to play, Michael Taylor would likely find himself in the Opening Day lineup.
Stephen Drew, 2B, NYY1/6/2015 10:58:00 PM
Description: The Yankees resigned shortstop Stephen Drew to a one-year, $5 million contract according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
Insight: Including incentives, the deal is worth between $6-7 million. Drew only hit .150/.219/.271 last season, but he gives the Yankees depth at middle infield. He shouldn't really be fantasy relevant.
Tom Gorzelanny, SP, DET1/6/2015 11:45:00 AM
Description: Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny signrf a one-year deal with Detroit.
Insight: Off shoulder surgery, Gorzelanny only pitched 23 times in 2014, but posted a 0.86 ERA and 1.429 WHIP. He won't have any fantasy value in Detroit as he hasn't in his 10 seasons in the majors.
Nick Hundley, C, COL1/6/2015 9:30:00 AM
Description: Catcher Nick Hundley has signed a two-year deal with Colorado.
Insight: One might think this signing has little fantasy value, but the Rockies seem ready to get rid of Wilin Rosario which would leave the catching job to Hundley and Michael McKenry. If Hundley gets to start in the light Colorado air, he could be a useful platoon. It's certainly worth watching.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN1/2/2015 10:35:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder Alex Gordon had right wrist surgery, but is expected to be ready for the regular season, according to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Gordon underwent extensor retinaculum repair. He's a four-time Gold Glove winner who batted .266 with 19 HR, -74 RBI, 87 runs and stole 12 bases. He's capable of more and this wrist injury, which may have happened back in July, could be the culprit.
Josh Johnson, SP, SDP12/23/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Padres starter Josh Johnson signed a one-year deal with the club, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Johnson is rehabbing from a second Tommy John surgery and isn't likely to be ready until around June. He hasn't pitched since 2013 and he's a longshot, to say the least, to have any fantasy value in 2015.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SFG12/23/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro had back surgery on Sunday to fuse the L2 and L3 vertebrae, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Scutaro's recovery time is estimated at 4-6 months and at 39-years-old is likely a career-killer. He played just five games last season and should not be on fantasy radar screens for the upcoming season.
Brian Wilson, RP, LOS12/21/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: The Dodgers have released reliever Brian Wilson.
Insight: Wilson was a disaster in 2014 (2-4, 4.66 ERA, 1.61 WHIP) after pitching well in 2013. Someone will take a chance of the "bearded one."
Justin Upton, LF, SDP12/19/2014 5:03:00 PM
Description: The Padres have acquired outfielder Justin Upton.
Insight: The deal is now official, and Upton will continue to be a threat, even in a pitcher-friendly park. He has a lot of nice pieces surrounding him.
Nathan Eovaldi, SP, NYY12/19/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Newly-acquired starter Nathan Eovaldi will not be a great option during 2015.
Insight: He was the main piece of the deal the Yankees got in return for Martin Prado. However, after a record of 6-14 and a 4.37 ERA last season, there is little reason to believe Eovaldi will improve by pitching in the AL East.
Martin Prado, 3B, MIA12/19/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: The Marlins have traded for 3B/OF Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps, and cash considerations in exchange for RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B/OF Garrett Jones, and RHP Domingo German.
Insight: Prado will likely mad third base for Miami, sending Casey McGehee to a reserve role. Prado could be a sneaky option come draft day.
Alex Rios, RF, KAN12/19/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: The Royals have signed outfielder Alex Rios to a one-year $11 million contract.
Insight: The deal has a mutual option for 2016, and would be worth $12.5. Rios will be 34-years-old at the start of the season, but he could be worth a look later in drafts.
Edinson Volquez, SP, PIT12/17/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Starter Edinson Volquez has agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with the Kansas City Royals according to CBS Sports reporter Jon Heyman.
Insight: Volquez had a great bounce back year with a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and nearly twice as many strikeouts as walks over 192 2/3 innings in 2014 with the Pirates. Volquez, however, was one of the worst pitchers in the league in 2013, and Pittsburgh has become a pitcher's heaven, where down-and-out pitchers revitalize their careers. Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett were the first to do that with the Pirates and now Volquez. Now let's see if Volquez can be better than Burnett was after he left Pittsburgh.
Kevin Jepsen, RP, TAM12/16/2014 3:03:00 PM
Description: The Rays have acquired right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen.
Insight: Jepsen went 0-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 1.046 WHIP in 74 relief appearances last season. With news of the injury to closer Jake McGee, Jepsen could end up at the back end of the bullpen.
Matt Joyce, RF, ANA12/16/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Outfielder/DH Matt Joyce has been traded to the Angels.
Insight: Joyce is strickly a platoon player. He's a career .261 hitter with an .819 OPS against right-handers and a .189 hitter with an ugly .573 OPS against southpaws.
Jake McGee, RP, TAM12/16/2014 2:54:00 PM
Description: Rays left-hander Jake McGee had arthroscopic elbow surgery on Friday and will begin the season on the disabled list, according to Marc Topkin of the Tama Bay Times.
Insight: McGee well last season going 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA, 0.897 WHIP and 19 saves in 23 opportunities. Ernesto Frieri might get the first shot at the closer's role.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG12/16/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: Outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse has signed a deal to play with Miami, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Morse is expected to play first base, though he can also handle the outfield if needed. He could bat cleanup and be protection for Giancarlo Stanton which would offer him plenty of opportunities to drive in runs. On the other hand, Marlins Park is a hard place to go deep.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL12/16/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: According to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, first baseman Chris Davis has been given an exemption (TUE) to take Adderall in 2015.
Insight: Davis was suspended for 25-games last season because he used it without the exemption. He still have one more game to serve which will be opening day.
Melky Cabrera, LF, CWS12/14/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: Outfielder Melky Cabrera has agreed to a three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox, pending a physical.
Insight: Cabrera batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this season. The White Sox are putting together an excellent offseason, having already added starter Jeff Samardzija, closer David Robertson and Adam LaRoche.
Dan Haren, SP, MIA12/11/2014 3:01:00 PM
Description: Dan Haren could enjoy throwing in pitcher-friendly Miami Park, but may retire instead of reporting.
Insight: Haren was 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. There is a lot of pitching talent on Miami, particularly if Jose Fernandez comes back and Haren doesn't have a guaranteed spot in the rotation.
Eugenio Suarez, SS, DET12/11/2014 2:49:00 PM
Description: Detroit has traded shortstop Eugenio Suarez to Cincinnati.
Insight: Suarez will have to beat out incumbent Zack Cozart, but we feel that's likely to happen and Cozart's numbers have tumbled since his rookie season. Suarez batted .242 with a .652 OPS in 244 big league at-bats.
Alfredo Simon, SP, DET12/11/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati's All-Star pitcher Alfredo Simon has been traded to Detroit.
Insight: Simon struggled down the stretch, but finished 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Id the "first-half guy" shows up (12-3, 2.70 ERA) its a good deal, but if the post-break guy is in a Tigers uniform he won't be fantasy worthy.
Mat Latos, SP, MIA12/11/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: The Cincinnati Reds have traded starter Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins.
Insight: Latos was 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.153 WHIP in 16 starts this season, but heads to a very pitcher-friendly Marlins Park and could be an undervalued selection this spring.
Rick Porcello, SP, BOS12/11/2014 2:37:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello has been traded to the Boston Red Sox in amulti-player deal involving Yoenis Cespedes.
Insight: After losing the Jon Lester sweepstakes, the Red Sox made a big move to bring Porcello in. he was solid last season going 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He's a career 2-1 in Fenway, but with an ugly 6.41 ERA and 1.475 WHIP, so be careful in expecting too much from him.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, DET12/11/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers.
Insight: Adding Cespedes to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in the heart of the Tigers lineup will make it very difficult on opposing pitchers. Cespedes is expected to play in left field.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LOS12/11/2014 2:55:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick has been traded to the Dodgers.
Insight: Well at least he probably doesn't have to sell his house. The Dodgers are loading up on talent and Kendrick should replace Dee Gordon (traded to Miami) and hold the job until he becomes a free agent at the end of 2015. By then, Alex Guerrero should be ready.
Wade Miley, SP, ARI12/10/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: The Boston Red Sox have traded for starter Wade Miley according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Insight: Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, and a minor leaguer will reportedly be sent to Arizona. Miley will be inserted into Boston's rotation right away.
Andrew Heaney, SP, MIA12/10/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded for left-hander Andrew Heaney.
Insight: He is the main piece the Dodgers will be getting in return for Dee Gordon and Dan Haren. Heaney was the top prospect in Miami's organization, and he will have a chance to open up the season in Los Angeles' rotation. Kike Hernandez, Chris Hatcher, and Austin Barnes are also headed to the Dodgers.
Dee Gordon, 2B, MIA12/10/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded second baseman Dee Gordon to the Miami Marlins, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.
Insight: The Dodgers will reportedly get top prospect Andrew Heaney in return, and it is possible Dan Haren could be headed to Miami in the deal as well. We will let you know once we learn of all the specifics.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI12/10/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has reportedly been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Insight: Buster Olney of ESPN confirmed the move, however it is not known what the Phillies are receiving in return. Physicals will also need to be passed. Stay tuned.
Garrett Richards, RP, ANA12/10/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Angels coach Mike Scioscia said Wednesday he doesn't expect starter Garrett Richards to be ready for Opening Day according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Richards had surgery in August to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. Rehab is going well and Richards has already began throwing, but Scioscia is apparently keeping his expectations realistic, saying Richards will make his 2015 debut in May.
Jon Lester, SP, OAK12/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
Description: The Chicago Cubs made perhaps the biggest free-agent signing of the offseason agreeing to a six-year, $155 million deal with Jon Lester according to FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal.
Insight: According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Red Sox offered six-years, $135 million, so Lester went with the bigger contract. Perhaps Boston was hoping for a hometown discount because its unlikely the organization couldn't have offered him $155 million. Lester will be at the top of the Cubs rotation that includes Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT12/9/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Francisco Liriano and the Pirates have agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract according to Robert Murray of MLB Daily Rumors and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Insight: It's nice to finally see the Pirates open up the wallets a bit to keep an important player to their cause. Liriano has posted a 3.20 ERA with 338 strikeouts in 323 1/3 innings over two seasons in Pittsburgh. Last season, he was just 7-10 but had a 3.38 ERA in 162 1/3 innings.
Jeff Samardzija, SP, CWS12/9/2014 3:20:00 AM
Description: Right-hander Jeff Samardzija has been traded to the Chicago White Sox in a multi-player deal.
Insight: Samardzija was 7-13 with a very nice 2.99 ERA and 1.065 WHIP. He returns to the Windy City, but to the other side after playing six and a half seasons with the Cubs. U.S. Cellular Field is a very hitter-friendly park.
Shane Greene, RP, DET12/5/2014 3:15:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have sent starter Shane Greene to the Tigers in a three way deal that netted them shortstop Didi Gregorius.
Insight: Greene is a hard-thrower who went 5-4 with a 3.78 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. he had 81 strikeouts in 78 2/3 IP, but also walked 20 batters. He'll compete for the back end of the Tigers rotation.
Didi Gregorius, SS, NYY12/5/2014 3:13:00 PM
Description: The Diamondbacks have traded shortstop Didi Gregorius to the New York Yankees.
Insight: Gregorius hit .226 last season with six homers, 27 RBI, 35 runs and six steals in 270 at bats. Replacing Yankees all-time great Derek Jeter, Gregorius may have more pressure on him than anyone in baseball.
Nick Markakis, RF, ATL12/3/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: The Braves and outfield Nick Markakis have agreed to a four-year deal according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: The deal is somewhere in the neighborhood of 44 millions dollars. Markakis will replace Jason Heyward in right field. He hit .276/.342/.386 with 42 extra-base hits, 81 runs and 50 RBI.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA12/1/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Good news for Mariners second basman Robinson Cano and his fantasy owners,
Insight: Cano will have Nelson Cruz and his 40 home run power protecting him in the lineup next season
Nelson Cruz, LF, SEA12/1/2014 2:08:00 PM
Description: Former Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz has signed a four-year deal with Seattle
Insight: Cruz will leave hitter-friendly Baltimore for Seattle and will be hard-pressed to match last season's 40 homer output. He'll likely bat clean up and protect Robinson Cano in the Mariners lineup.
Yasmany Tomas, OF, ARI11/26/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Yasmany Tomas, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.
Insight: The deal is reportedly a six-year contract worth $68.5 million. Tomas will have a great chance to rake homers at Chase Field.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL11/26/2014 2:57:00 PM
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun says his right thumb is back to 100 percent since surgery according to MLB.com.
Insight: Braun had surgery to fix his inflamed nerve at the base of his thumb. He has already begun swinging and has not suffered a setback. Braun will remain a top pick in 2015 after hitting .266/.324/.453 with 19 home runs and 81 RBI this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS11/24/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: The Boston Red Sox and free agent Hanley Ramirez have agreed to terms on a four-year deal.
Insight: What a day for Boston, as they also have reportedly locked up Pablo Sandoval to play third base. Ramirez actually may play left field for the Red Sox, if the team hangs on to youngster Xander Bogaerts. Nevertheless the deal will be four years worth $88 million. Boston will now focus on their starting pitching.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS11/24/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: The Boston Red Sox and third baseman Pablo Sandoval have reached an agreement on a five-year contract.
Insight: The deal is still pending a physical, but the contract is expected to be close to $100 million. Sandoval should fit into Boston's lineup very nicely.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, CWS11/21/2014 8:48:00 PM
Description: First baseman Adam LaRoche agreed to a two-year, $25 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: With Jose Abreu the everyday first baseman, it appears as though the White Sox intend to start LaRoche at designated hitter. The 35-year-old hit .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 140 games during 2014. U.S. Cellular Field is a more friendly hitters park, so it is quite possible LaRoche hits even more home runs next season.
Russell Martin, C, TOR11/19/2014 8:45:00 PM
Description: Catcher Russell Martin signed a five-year, $82 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
Insight: The deal became official on Tuesday. He will receive $7 million next season, $15 million next year and $20 million the final three years. Martin is 31-years old and hit .290 with 11 home runs, 20 double and 67 RBI last season in Pittsburgh. Although it doesn't matter for fantasy, he is also one of the best defensive catchers in the league.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA11/15/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano has a non-displaced fracture in his right pinkie toe according to MLB.com.
Insight: Cano will need three-to-four weeks to recover. He should resume all baseball activities in the middle of December, and Cano will definitely be ready for training camp.
A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT11/14/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Right-hander A.J. Burnett will return to the scene of his last successful seasons, Pittsburgh, for 2015.
Insight: Burnett agreed to a one year deal. He was 26-21 in two seasons with the Pirates from 2012-13. He'll try an capture the magic again after an 8-18 campaign in Philadelphia.
Mike Trout, CF, ANA11/13/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout won the 2014 American League MVP award.
Insight: He won it unanimously after finishing second to Miguel Cabrera the past two seasons. Trout slashed .287/.377/.561 with 36 homers and 111 RBI. Congrats to the Angels' star outfielder.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LOS11/13/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was named the winner of the 2014 National League MVP award.
Insight: After taking home the NL Cy Young on Wednesday, Kershaw capped off his stellas season with the MVP award on Thursday. He is the best pitcher in baseball.
David Robertson, RP, NYY11/12/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson is looking to be paid in the same range as Jonathan Papelbon, who set the record for biggest contract for a closer before the 2012 season.
Insight: So basically Robertson wants to be the richest closer in baseball. The Wall Street Journal reported Robertson's agent and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met on Tuesday. Robertson turned down a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer. ESPN reports Robertson wants something in the range of four years, $50 million. He has posted a 2.20 ERA over the past four years, but that is still a lot of money for a closer.
George Springer, RF, HOU11/11/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Houston's young right fielder, George Springer, is completely recovered from the left quad injury that put a stop to am impressive early-season run, according to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Insight: The 24-year-old outfielder hit 20 home runs, knocked in 51 RBI, stole five bases and posted a .804 OPS in 78 games, but didn't play a game after July 19. He's got all the tools to be a fantasy star and should go high in next year's fantasy drafts.
Jacob deGrom, SP, NYM11/10/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom won the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year award.
Insight: DeGrom received 26 of 30 first-place votes with Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton getting the other four first-place votes. DeGrom posted a 2.69 ERA in 140 1/3 innings this season.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS11/10/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu won the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year award.
Insight: He won the award unanimously. Abreu hit .317/.383/.581 with 36 home runs and 107 RBI. Matt Shoemaker finished second.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL11/10/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Mets have apparently agreed to a two-year deal with former Colorado outfielder Michael Cuddyer.
Insight: Cuddyer only had 190 at-bats this past season due to injury, but he won a batting title in 2013 (.331) and hit 20 home runs with 84 RBI. Of course, that was in Coors Field and not Citi Field, but he's nothing if not a professional hitter.
David Wright, 3B, NYM11/7/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Mets beat writer Mike Puma of the New York Post.reports that Mets third baseman David Wright's shoulder is unlikely to need surgery after his rehab work.
Insight: Wright batted just .269 with eight home runs and 63 RBI while playing hurt this season. Even healthy he's no longer the power/speed player who was a 30-30 guy in 2007.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS11/7/2014 1:22:00 PM
Description: Free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez is telling teams he'll play anywhere, not just shortstop if needed, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
Insight: Ramirez' s best fantasy value is obviously at shortstop, but a move to third base wouldn't killl his value as much one to first base or a corner outfield spot.
Peter Bourjos, CF, STL11/7/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos underwent hip surgery to address impingement, according to mlb.com reporter Jenifer Langosch.
Insight: Bourjos is just a part-time player in St. Louis. He had one useful season with the Angels in 2011, but hasn't proven he can handle a full-time gig and fantasy owners likely won't have much use for him next season even when healthy.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG11/6/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Pablo Sandoval's agent, Gustavo Vasquez, told the San Francisco Chronicle the third baseman is looking for a six-year contract.
Insight: At 28-year-old, we agree that Sandoval has earned a long-term deal even as much as six years, but it is going to be tough for a team to give a player who has battled conditioning issues through his career a six-year deal.
J.J. Putz, RP, ARI11/6/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Relief pitcher J.J. Putz has officially retired from baseball according to USA Today.
Insight: The Diamondbacks released Putz in June, but he did not officially retire until this week. He will begin a new career, joining the Arizona front office. Putz finished with a 3.08 ERA and one All-Star appearance.
Tim Lincecum, SP, SFG11/5/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Giants manager Bruce Bochey told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area he expects Tim Lincecum to return to the starting rotation next season.
Insight: Lincecum lost his spot in the rotation in August, and barely pitch in the postseason. Bochy, however, said he believes the team will need him as a starter. The 30-year-old made 26 starts and posted a 4.67 ERA in 2014.
Alfonso Soriano, RF, NYY11/4/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Outfielder Alfonso Soriano has announced his retirement from baseball, according to Hector Gomez of Listin Diario in the Dominican Republic.
Insight: He was released by the Yankees in July, and at 38-years-old, finishes a nice career, batting .270/.319/.500 with 412 homers and 1,159 RBI during 16 seasons. Soriano also made seven All-Star teams.
A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI11/3/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Right-hander A.J. Burnett declined his $12.75 million player option with the Phillies, for 2015.
Insight: He will now become a free agent, and his agent said Burnett wants to continue pitching, preferably for a contender, during the upcoming season.
Billy Butler, DH, KAN11/1/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: The Royals have declined the 2015 option on 1B/DH Billy Butler.
Insight: Butler would like to return to Kansas City, but will be seeking a multi-year deal as a free agent. The Royals preferred to pay the $1 million buyout, as opposed to picking up a $12.5 option. Butler hit .266 in 2014, with nine homers and 66 RBI.
Marco Estrada, SP, TOR11/1/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: The Brewers have traded starter Marco Estrada to the Blue Jays for Adam Lind.
Insight: The 31-year-old was 7-6 with a 4.36 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 127 strikeouts in 2013.
Adam Lind, DH, MIL11/1/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish , Blue Jays 1B/DH Adam Lind has been reportedly traded to the Brewers for pitcher Marco Estrada. UPDATE: The Blue Jays have announced the deal sending Adam Lind to the Brewers for RHP Marco Estrada, making it official.
Insight: The deal is still pending physicals, but this will be a solid addition for Milwaukee. Over the past two seasons, Lind slashed .301/.366/.490 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI, through 239 games. He is a below-average defender, so will most likely be rested against most left-handed starters.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN11/1/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: The Twins will hire Paul Molitor as their next manager, according to Patrick Reusse of 1500ESPN.
Insight: He was the favorite and will take over Ron Gardenhire. Molitor will be the third manager in franchise history.
A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI11/1/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: The Phillies and right-hander A.J. Burnett both declined their $15 million mutual options for 2015.
Insight: Burnett still has a player option for $12.75 million for next season, and will have a few more days to make that decision. If he does not retire, he probably would not fetch more than that on the open market.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS10/30/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox re-signed RHP Koji Uehara to a two-year deal.
Insight: The contract is worth $18 million, and Uehara will be an option at closer for Boston in 2015.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC10/29/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Chicago Cubs will hire Joe Maddon as their next manager.
Insight: After opting out of his contract with the Rays, it took less than a week for Maddon to find a new gig. The deal is reportedly for five years and is worth $25 million. Current manager Rick Renteria's status is now up in the air, after being named the Cubs' manager last November.
Juan Perez, LF, SFG10/29/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Juan Perez is starting in left field in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Insight: Manager Bruce Bochy is going with his best lineup with Perez in left rather than Travis Ishikawa. Perez will bat ninth and shortstop Brandon Crawford moves up to bat eighth. The rest of the Giants lineup remains the same.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KAN10/29/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas will hit eighth again in Game 7 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.
Insight: Moustakas hit eighth for the first time in the postseason in Game 6 and rewarded his manager with an RBI-double and solo home run.The Royals lineup is the same as it was in Game 6.
Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN10/29/2014 3:19:00 PM
Description: The Reds exercised their $10 million club option on Johnny Cueto for the 2015 season according to Sports Nation.
Insight: That is a no-brainer. Cueto posted career-highs with 20 wins, a 2.25 ERA and 243 2/3 innings. He will be one of the top pitchers selected in 2015 fantasy drafts.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SFG10/29/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is a career 4-for-5 with a home run versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie
Insight: It is a small sample size, but Crawford has had success against Guthrie. Crawford also has a home run. He was 0-for-1 in one at-bat versus Guthrie in Game 3.
Omar Infante, 2B, KAN10/29/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante is 6-for-27 (.222) in his career against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Insight: Infante has faced Hudson the most out of any hitter in the Royals lineup. Alex Gordon is the only batter with a home run off Hudson.
Buster Posey, C/1B, SFG10/29/2014 9:27:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey continues to struggle in the 2014 World Series.
Insight: Posey hit with the bases loaded and one out in the third inning. San Francisco had just allowed Kansas City to score seven runs in the second, so any kind of run would have meant a slight swing in momentum. Instead, Posey grounded into a double play to end the inning. Posey is batting just .190 since the start of the NLCS and doesn't have an extra base hit the entire postseason.
Hunter Strickland, RP, SFG10/29/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland has surrendered six home runs in 8 1/3 innings of work this postseason.
Insight: Five of those six home runs have come from left-handed batters. Manager Bruce Bochy must have very little confidence in Strickland, his fireball right-handed reliever, going into Game 7.