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The Reds have yet to make a decision about whether to place Joey Votto (quad) on the disabled list.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday that Votto was expected to land on the DL with a strained left quad, but the Reds are still waiting on test results. Still, fantasy owners would do well to have a backup plan in place.
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 04:30:00 PM

According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Mets have informed Jay Bruce that they intend to open the 2017 season with him starting in right field.

Bruce was dangled as trade bait all winter, but no team matched the Mets' asking price of a pair of prospects. This renewed commitment to Bruce will either mean a backup role for Michael Conforto or a return to Triple-A Las Vegas. He does have minor league options remaining. Bruce batted just .219/.294/.391 down the stretch with the Mets in 2016, but he still finished with an .815 overall OPS, 33 home runs, and 99 RBI in 147 total games between New York and Cincinnati. The 29-year-old is due $13 million in 2017.
Jan 24 - 6:03 PM

Blue Jays signed C Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca was the first to report a deal was close and now FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has the financial framework: a $1.25 million salary, non-guaranteed. Salty is expected to open the 2017 season as the Blue Jays' backup catcher, after batting .171/.284/.346 with 12 home runs in 92 games last year with Detroit. He had a good first two months but fell off completely in the second half. The switch-hitting 31-year-old is not relevant in standard fantasy leagues.
Jan 24 - 5:26 PM

Angels GM Billy Eppler said it "remains to be seen" whether Albert Pujols (foot) will be ready for Opening Day.

Pujols underwent surgery in early December for right plantar fasciitis, an injury that has bothered the 10-time All-Star throughout his 30s. Newly-signed corner infielder Luis Valbuena could open the 2017 season as the Angels' primary first baseman, with C.J. Cron handling DH duties. Pujols is a risky fantasy bet for his age-37 campaign.
Jan 24 - 5:18 PM

Cuban right-hander Hector Mendoza has been declared a free agent but is expected to wait until March 3 to sign.

Mendoza turns 23 years old on March 3 and will become exempt from international spending rules, essentially making him an unrestricted free agent. The young right-hander worked as a closer for Isla de la Juventud of Cuba's Serie Nacional, but Ben Badler of Baseball America says he has the repertoire to make it as a starter in the majors. He should draw bids from a range of clubs this spring.
Jan 24 - 5:09 PM

Angels signed INF Luis Valbuena to a two-year, $15 million contract with an $8.5 million mutual option for 2019.

The deal was agreed to last week and then finalized Tuesday after Valbuena passed his pre-signing physical. He will make $6.5 million in 2017 and $8 million in 2018 with a $500,000 buyout on his mutual option for 2019. Valbuena could open as the Angels' starting first baseman this season with Albert Pujols recovering from offseason foot surgery. Valbuena also figures to see time at third base and DH in Anaheim. He posted a career-high .816 OPS with 13 homers and 40 RBI over 90 games last year with Houston.
Jan 24 - 4:22 PM

Andrew Baggarly reports that the Giants have signed catcher Nick Hundley.

Baggarly reports that Hundley has passed his physical, but we're still waiting on an official announcement from the team. It's expected to be a major league deal worth $2 million. The 33-year-old batted .260/.320/.439 with 10 homers in 83 games for the Rockies last season and will serve as Buster Posey's backup in San Francisco.
Jan 24 - 1:34 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Joe Blanton and Jerry Blevins are on the Dodgers' radar.

Now that the Dodgers have landed their second baseman with Logan Forsythe, Rosenthal hears that their next move will be a reliever. The catch is that they are only willing to offer a one-year deal. Blanton and Blevins surely hoped for more at the start of the winter, but their chances of getting it have grown smaller with spring training approaching. Blanton, 36, posted a 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio across 80 innings with the Dodgers last season. Blevins was excellent with the Mets last season, putting up a 2.79 ERA and 52/15 K/BB ratio over 42 innings.
Jan 24 - 8:33 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Brett Anderson has agreed to a contract with the Cubs, pending a physical.

We can't consider Anderson passing the physical a slam dunk given all his previous injury issues. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan says the contract is worth $3.5 million and contains incentives that could push the total to $10 million. Anderson didn't have any arm problems in 2016, but he was limited to just 11 1/3 innings with the Dodgers due to back, wrist and blister issues. He's made more than eight big league starts just once in his last five campaigns. However, Anderson has mostly pitched well when able to take the mound, and Rosenthal says the Cubs were impressed by a bullpen session the southpaw threw recently in Arizona. He'll be an option for their rotation, although he might be on the outside looking in as it stands right now.
Jan 23 - 9:51 PM

Dodgers acquired 2B Logan Forsythe from the Rays in exchange for RHP Jose De Leon.

The Dodgers finally have their second baseman after months of trade talks with the Twins involving Brian Dozier that ultimately led to nothing. They refused to give up more than De Leon for Dozier but have landed Forsythe for De Leon straight up in a deal that makes sense for both sides. Forsythe has batted .273/.347/.444 over the last two seasons and is under team control for $15.5 million through 2018.
Jan 23 - 7:06 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers and Rays "are believed to be in the mix" for Chris Carter.

Carter's agent, Dave Stewart, said in an interview earlier this month that he had talked to the Rangers about his client, but this is the first we've heard of the Rays' interest. The slugger is likely a backup plan for Texas, as they would still like to sign Mike Napoli. Tampa is known to be looking for a hitter, and Carter would make since especially since he can probably be had relatively cheaply at this point.
Jan 23 - 4:52 PM

Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that the Giants are nearing a minor league contract with Korean third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang.

Baggarly says Hwang will be paid $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster. The 29-year-old is coming off a big season with the Lotte Giants when he put up a .330/.391/.558 batting line with 26 home runs, 104 RBI and 24 stolen bases. He will compete for a bench job with the Giants but could potentially push Eduardo Nunez to a super utility role if he fares well.
Jan 23 - 4:29 PM




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