Player Notes - Minnesota and Boston
Minnesota
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Joe Mauer1BThe Twins will hire Paul Molitor as their next manager, according to Patrick Reusse of 1500ESPN.He was the favorite and will take over Ron Gardenhire. Molitor will be the third manager in franchise history.11/1/2014 12:05:00 PM
Trevor Plouffe3BTwins third baseman Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery to repair his fractured left forearm according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Plouffe originally thought he wasn't going to need the surgery, but a second opinion convinced him to receive it. He should be ready for spring training.9/29/2014 5:33:00 PM
Joe Mauer1BTwins first baseman Joe Mauer is not a good fantasy start on the last day of the season.Not many are against Tigers pitcher David Price, but Mauer is just 3-for-20 against Price in his career. One of those hits is a double while Mauer also has two RBI, four walks and six strikeouts against the Tiger lefty.9/28/2014 9:53:00 AM
Tommy MiloneSPTwins starter Tommy Milone threw a scoreless inning in his return to the mound on Saturday.Milone had not pitched since Sept. 2 due to shoulder fatigue and a neck injury. He did not receive another start, but the scoreless inning is encouraging. Milone finishes the year with a 6-4 record and 4.19 ERA in 118 innings.9/28/2014 9:18:00 AM
Brian Dozier2BTwins second baseman Brian Dozier goes 2-for-6 with a homer Saturday versus Detroit.It was his 23rd of the year, and now is hitting .244/.347/.419 with 71 RBI. Dozier has made for great value for fantasy owners in 2014.9/27/2014 10:42:00 PM
Eduardo EscobarSS/3BTwins infielder Eduardo Escobar has monster night.Not only did he hit his sixth homer rof the year, but Escobar also had six RBI on a 4-for-5 night. Not a bad way to end a season.9/27/2014 10:40:00 PM
Ricky NolascoSPTwins starter Ricky Nolasco wins sixth game of season.In his final start of 2014, Nolasco went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, and struck out six. It has not been a good year, however (6-12, 5.38 ERA). Nolasco will look to rebound in 2015.9/27/2014 10:38:00 PM
Phil HughesSPTwins starter Phil Hughes turned down an opportunity to pitch this weekend to reach his 210 innings quota and earn a $500,000 bonus according to MLB.com.That's a head scratcher. Hughes pitched eight innings on Tuesday before the game was stopped due to rain, which ultimately left Hughes 1/3 inning short of 210 on the season. Minnesota offered to let him pitch this weekend to receive the bonus, but he turned it down. If you really don't need the money Hughes, I'll take a half a million bucks. In all seriousness, Hughes has been excellent this year, posting a 16-10 record with a 3.52 ERA and 186 strikeouts versus just 16 walks.9/25/2014 5:00:00 PM
Trevor Plouffe3BTwins third baseman Trevor Plouffe tweeted on Thursday that he will not need surgery to repair his fractured left forearm.Plouffe broke his forearm on Wednesday when A.J. Pollock's leg hit his arm on a slide at third base. He will not need surgery but will be in a cast for six-to-eight weeks. We expect him to be fine for spring training next year.9/25/2014 4:20:00 PM
Kurt SuzukiCIt is a small sample size, but Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is a career .400 (4-for-10) hitter against Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer.The catcher also has a home run in his 10 at-bats. Prior to his 0-for-3 on Tuesday, Suzuki had hits in his previous nine games.9/25/2014 10:32:00 AM


Boston
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Alexi OgandoSPThe Red Sox signed right-handed relief pitcher Alexi Ogando to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.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.1/31/2015 4:45:00 PM
Mike Napoli1BRed Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had offseason surgery to deal with his sleep apnea and he hopes to be healthy for spring training.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.1/26/2015 10:55:00 AM
Dustin Pedroia2BRed Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (September season-ending wrist surgery) has been cleared for all baseball activities, according to manager John Farrell.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.1/15/2015 11:52:00 AM
Rick PorcelloSPTigers right-hander Rick Porcello has been traded to the Boston Red Sox in amulti-player deal involving Yoenis Cespedes.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.12/11/2014 2:37:00 PM
Hanley RamirezSSThe Boston Red Sox and free agent Hanley Ramirez have agreed to terms on a four-year deal.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.11/24/2014 4:32:00 PM
Pablo Sandoval3BThe Boston Red Sox and third baseman Pablo Sandoval have reached an agreement on a five-year contract.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.11/24/2014 4:29:00 PM
Koji UeharaRPThe Red Sox re-signed RHP Koji Uehara to a two-year deal.The contract is worth $18 million, and Uehara will be an option at closer for Boston in 2015.10/30/2014 9:52:00 PM
Jake PeavySPGiants starter Jake Peavy will start Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cardinals.Madison Bumgarner gets the ball for Game 1. Tim Hudson is ready for Game 3. The series begins on Saturday.10/8/2014 6:33:00 PM
Ryan DempsterSPRed Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster is retiring from baseball according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. Dempster did not pitch at all in 2014 due to a neck injury and decided he would like to spend more time with his family. Dempster played 16 seasons with five different teams. He finishes 132-133 with a 4.35 ERA in 2,387 innings.10/8/2014 6:30:00 PM
Jake PeavySPGiants starter Jake Peavy helps San Francisco take Game 1 of the NLDS.He did his job, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out three. Peavy was at 104 pitches when manager Bruce Bochy decided to take him out. The bullpen did their job, with Santiago Casilla earning the save.10/3/2014 7:07:00 PM