Description: Minnesota dealt utility man Ryan Doumit to the Braves on Wednesday. SOURCE: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Doumit's greatest asset is that he's still eligible at catcher though he spent the majority of last season as a DH. The jack of all trades has also started at first base and both corner outfield positions. He'll be a low-risk, high-reward fantasy option in 2014.
Description: The Diamondbacks were able to re-sign third baseman Eric Chavez on Wednesday. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: It's believed to be a one-year deal though terms of the contract haven't been released yet. Chavez was a trendy pick in fantasy leagues last season after batting .303 in the first half, though he only managed to hit .241 the rest of the way. We'd expect some regression in 2014.
Description: The Indians have traded outfielder Drew Stubbs to Colorado for lefthander Josh Outman. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: It's never a bad thing when a hitter plays half of his games at Coors Field. With that said, Stubbs has never hit above .270 and his 17 stolen bases last season were his fewest since 2009. We wouldn't waste a draft pick on him.
Description: Raul Ibanez's new one-year deal with Anaheim will be worth $2.75 million according to Sports Illustrated.
Insight: That's exactly how much he made last season with Seattle. It's amazing how productive Ibanez continues to be in his early 40s but fantasy owners have to know the end is coming sooner or later. We wouldn't take him until later in the draft.
Description: Reliever Joaquin Benoit is headed to San Diego on a two-year contract. SOURCE: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
Insight: The deal is going to be in the $14-15 million range. A few years ago it would have been unheard of for a setup man to make that much money but that seems to be where we're headed. He'll get a chance to close when Huston Street inevitably gets hurt again.
Description: The Angels are close to signing veteran outfielder/DH Raul Ibanez. SOURCE: Chris Cotillo, SB Nation
Insight: It sounds like it will be a one-year deal. Ibanez wasn't able to hit for a high average last season (.242) but his 29 homers led the team. With Mark Trumbo out of the picture, he could be an everyday DH.
Description: The Cubs inked closer Jose Veras to a one-year, $4 million deal on Tuesday. SOURCE: Enrique Rojas, ESPN Deportes
Insight: For Veras, it's his eighth team in the last four years. Veras won't have many save opportunities in Chicago but he's probably still worth looking at in the later rounds of most fantasy drafts.
Description: Closer Grant Balfour is headed to Baltimore on a two-year, $15 million deal. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: It's a great signing for the O's, who recently parted ways with Jim Johnson (traded to Oakland). Balfour is a fan favorite and also a consistent fantasy contributor with 20+ saves in each of his last two seasons. He's worth drafting in mixed and AL-only leagues.
Description: Lefthanded reliever Matt Thornton and the Yankees have agreed on a two-year pact. SOURCE: Jack Curry, YES
Insight: The deal is worth $7 million. The once dominant setup man struggled to an 0-4 record last season and wasn't even good enough to crack Boston's postseason roster. He won't have any use to fantasy owners in 2014.
Description: The Dodgers re-signed lefthanded reliever J.P. Howell on Tuesday.
Insight: ESPN's Buster Olney says the deal will pay Howell $11.25 million over the next two years. Howell is a terrific lefthanded specialist but he isn't a candidate to close next season. Fantasy owners don't need to pay much attention to him.
Description: Second baseman Brian Roberts has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Yankees. SOURCE: Jon Paul Morosi, Fox Sports
Insight: At best, the injury-prone second baseman will share time with Kelly Johnson. At one time he was a .280 hitter who could produce 100 runs and 30-40 stolen bases, but that was at least five years ago. Today, he's a .250 hitter with no speed or pop. Even if he's healthy, fantasy owners should look elsewhere.
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino had thumb surgery on Monday. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: It won't affect Victorino's fantasy value as he's expected to be back in plenty of time for spring training. Victorino was excellent for the Red Sox last year, contributing a .294 average with 15 HR, 61 RBI and 21 SB. He also had a number of clutch hits in the postseason including a game-winning grand slam against the Tigers.
Description: Former White Sox righthander Gavin Floyd has agreed to a one-year deal with Atlanta. SOURCE: Jerry Crasnick, ESPN
Insight: He'll earn $4 million next season. Floyd is likely to miss the first few months while he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Fantasy owners would be wise to use a wait and see approach with the 30-year-old.
Description: Former Brewers and Mets righthander Shaun Marcum has agreed to a minor league deal with Cleveland. SOURCE: Jordan Bastian, MLB.com
Insight: Marcum was dreadful last season, finishing with a 1-10 record in 14 appearances. We wouldn't rule out a bounceback year in 2014, however, as Marcum owns a respectable 3.88 ERA in 188 career appearances.
Description: Michael Morse's new deal with San Francisco is worth $6 million. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: He signed a one-year contract last week. Injuries and poor play limited Morse to just 88 games last season (.215, 13 HR, 27 RBI). The 31-year-old is set to be the Giants' Opening Day left fielder.
Description: Diamondbacks third base prospect Matt Davidson has been traded to the Chicago White Sox for closer Addison Reed.
Insight: The 22-year-old Davidson could open the season as the White Sox starter at third base. He hot just .237 in 76 at-bats with Arizona, but banged out 17 HR at Triple-A. The last time Chicago had a fantasy quality was 2006 when Joe Crede batted .283 with 30 HR and 94 RBI.
Description: Closer Addison Reed has been traded from the White Sox to Arizona for 3B Matt Davidson.
Insight: Reed (3.79 ERA, 1.107 WHIP, 40 SV) should be a solid fantasy contributor for the NL West contending Diamondbacks. The D'Backs didn't need Davidson with Martin Prado set to play the hot corner.
Description: Former Yankees reliever Boone Logan inked a three-year deal with Colorado on Friday. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: Logan finished with a 3.23 ERA last season, the fourth year in a row he's posted an ERA of lower than four. Pitching at hitter-friendly Coors Park isn't always easy but as a lefthanded specialist Logan should do fine.
Description: Second baseman Omar Infante is headed to Kansas City. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: He signed for four years and about $30 million. The Yankees were also in on him but they only offered Infante three years and $24 million. Infante hit .318 for the Tigers last year but is just a .279 career hitter. Expect him to come back to Earth a little in 2014.
Description: James Loney is staying with the Rays. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: His new deal will pay him $21 million over the next three seasons. The 29-year-old hit .299 last year with 13 HR and 75 RBI. He's expected to hit third behind Wil Myers and ahead of Evan Longoria.
Description: OF/DH Jason Kubel has signed a minor league deal with Minnesota.
Insight: Some of Kubel's best seasons have come in Minnesota. He hit 30 homers for Arizona in 2012 before completely falling off the map last season (.216, 5 HR, 32 RBI). Kubel should be comfortable back in Minnesota where he played for seven seasons, though Target Field isn't always kind to power hitters.
Description: Infielder Ryan Roberts was signed to a minor league contract by the Chicago Cubs.
Insight: Roberts never got it going in Tampa Bay. His best season came in 2011 when he played full-time in Arizona and batted .249 with 19 HR, 65 RBI, 86 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. Given the talent level in Chicago, he has a chance to make the big club.
Description: The Tigers added a bullpen arm on Thursday by signing righthander Joba Chamberlain to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Once considered a top prospect, Chamberlain has never lived up to the hype, generating just 23 wins across seven seasons in the Bronx. Leaving New York might clear his head a bit but it won't help his fantasy value.
Description: The Phillies inked righthander Roberto Hernandez to a one-year, $4.5 million deal on Thursday. SOURCE: Tim Dierkes, MLB Trade Rumors
Insight: Hernandez had an up and down year for the Rays in 2013, finishing with six wins, 13 losses and a 4.89 ERA in 32 appearances. We wouldn't rule it out completely but it's doubtful he'll return to fantasy relevance next year in Philly.
Description: Jerry Hairston Jr. is retiring. SOURCE: Bruce Levine, ESPN Chicago
Insight: He's already got a broadcasting gig lined up. Hairston hit .257 over the course of 4,387 major league at bats. He drove in 420 runs while smacking 70 HR. He spent his first several seasons in Baltimore before moving around to Chicago, Texas, Cincinnati, New York, San Diego, Milwaukee, Washington and Los Angeles in the later part of his career. He played every position during his career except catcher.
Description: The Pirates inked righthander Edinson Volquez to a one-year deal on Wednesday. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: He'll earn $5 million next season. Volquez hasn't been fantasy relevant since 2007 when he won 17 games for Cincinnati. In 33 appearances last season, Volquez went 9-12 with a 5.71 ERA. He figures to be a back of the rotation starter/long relief option for Pittsburgh in 2014.
Description: The Mariners have signed 1B/OF Corey Hart to a one-year contract, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com. Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com reports the deal is for $5 million with $8 million in incentives.
Insight: Hart missed all of 2013 after having knee surgery but he averaged .277/.335/.495 with 24 homers, 78 RBI and 70 runs per season from 2007-12 with the Brewers. He'll serve as a first baseman and designated hitter for Seattle.
Description: The Marlins have traded 1B/OF Logan Morrison to the Mariners for pitcher Carter Capps, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
Insight: Morrison hit 23 homers and had a .798 OPS in 2011 but has played just 178 games over the last two seasons with 17 homers, 72 RBI and a .708 OPS in that span. He's unlikely to be a strong fantasy option with the M's.
Description: Boston manager John Farrell said Daniel Nava and Shane Victorino will both be candidates to lead off next season. SOURCE: Mike Silverman, Boston Herald
Insight: Jacoby Ellsbury had been the team's leadoff hitter for the previous six seasons but he signed with New York last week. Victorino hit .194 out of the leadoff spot last season (7-for-36) while Nava hit .289 (11-for-38). Dustin Pedroia will stay in the three hole for Boston with David Ortiz occupying the cleanup spot.
Description: The Marlins and first baseman Garrett Jones have agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.
Insight: The deal became official when Jones passed his physical on Tuesday. He was let go by the Pirates earlier this offseason. Now that Jones (.233, 15 HR, 51 RBI in 2013) is signed, the next move for Miami is to trade Logan Morrison (.242, 6 HR, 36 RBI).
Description: After being away from the game for almost four years, lefthanded starter Mark Mulder has decided to come out of retirement and resume his career. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Mulder is only 36 so it's not inconceivable that he could make a comeback. Scouts who have seen him pitch this offseason have clocked his fastball in the high 80s. Mulder hasn't pitched in the majors since 2008.
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Description: Righthanded starter Mark Prior has announced his retirement. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Insight: Prior pitched in Triple-A last season but never came close to cracking a big league roster. He'll finish his career with 42 wins, 29 losses and a 3.51 ERA in 106 starts.
Description: The Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Mark Trumbo from the Angels on Tuesday.
Insight: Trumbo was the center piece of a three-team trade that saw the Angels get lefthanded starter Hector Santiago as well as top pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs. The White Sox received outfielder Adam Eaton as part of the swap. Trumbo hit just .234 last season and he could be a liability defensively. He's got great power though (34 HR, 100 RBI in 2013) and playing at hitter-friendly Chase Field should help his numbers.
Description: Atlanta C/LF Evan Gattis was told that he would be the everyday catcher in 2014 by manager Fredi Gonzalez, according to a report by Kevin McAlpin.
Insight: Gattis starrted 38 games at catcher and 47 in the outfield last season, but with Brian McCann jumping ship, he'll get the first chance at the job behind the plate. Gattis batted .243 with 21 HR and 65 RBI last season, but most of the damage was done in the first half of the season. His first half OPS was .873 vs. .678 after the break.
Description: Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, who had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow, is expected to be ready for Day 1 of Spring Training.
Insight: Strasburg didn't get much run support last season (3.47 RS was tenth-worst in the National League) but that shouldn't keep owners from taking him early in the 2014 fantasy draft as he posted a 3.00 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with 191 Ks in 183 IP.
Description: Rajai Davis' new deal with the Tigers will pay him $10 million over the next two seasons. SOURCE: Ben Nicholson-Smith, Sportnet
Insight: Davis has 50-steal potential but he probably won't get close to that while playing in Detroit. He's going to platoon with Andy Dirks in left field. In 331 at-bats for Toronto in 2013, Davis produced six homers, 24 RBI and 49 runs scored.
Description: Free agent righthander Roy Halladay will retire, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Insight: Always the perfectionist, Halladay struggled with shoulder problems and couldn't pitch at his usual high level last season. He'll finish his career with a 203-105 record, a 3.38 ERA, 1.178 WHIP and 2,117 stikeouts.
Description: Baltimore righthander Bud Norris could be asked to close next season. SOURCE: Eduardo A. Encina, Baltimore Sun
Insight: The O's traded closer Jim Johnson to Oakland earlier this week. Norris would have more fantasy value as a ninth inning man than he would as a starter but it's probably not going to happen. Tommy Hunter throws harder and has better stuff than Norris. Plus, the O's need Norris in the rotation now that Scott Feldman has signed with Houston.
Description: According to ESPN, Matt Kemp's agent, Dave Stewart, believes Kemp will be traded before the season starts.
Insight: It would probably take a handful of prospects to get the deal done. Kemp's primary suitors appear to be the Red Sox and Mariners. Kemp missed most of last season with ankle and shoulder injuries.
Description: Brian Wilson's new one-year deal with the Dodgers is worth $10 million. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Ten million to be a setup man? We knew the Dodgers had a lot of money but this is ridiculous. Wilson isn't a fantasy candidate for the time being but that could change if Kenley Jansen suffers an injury or starts pitching poorly.
Description: Righthanded reliever Edward Mujica has agreed to a two-year, $9.5 million contract with Boston. SOURCE: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Mujica got off to a nice start last season (2.20 ERA, 26 saves before the All-Star break) but fell apart in the second half (11.05 ERA in September). If he returns to his pre-All-Star break form, he'll be a solid addition to what is already one of the stronger bullpens in the major leagues. Mujica won't be a candidate to close unless Koji Uehara gets injured.
Description: Left fielder Nate McLouth has signed a two-year contract with the Nationals. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The deal is worth $10.75 million. It's a lot of money to give a backup outfielder but when you consider Jayson Werth's injury history as well as Bryce Harper's, it could end up being a wise move. McLouth doesn't hit for much power (just 12 HR last season) but he's got decent speed (30 steals on 37 attempts in 2013).
Description: The Yankees have brought back starter Hiroki Kuroda on a one-year pact worth $16 million.
Insight: Kuroda had a 3.31 ERA and a 1.162 WHIP in 2013, nearly identical to the 3.32 ERA and 1.165 ERA he had in his first season with New York. However, his record fell to 11-13 from 16-11. He's had an ERA of 3.76 or lower and a WHIP of no higher than 1.216 in his six major league seasons.
Description: According to Sean McAdam of csnne.com, the Red Sox have re-signed first baseman Mike Napoli to a two-year deal worth $32 million.
Insight: We never expected Napoli to leave the Red Sox after he changed the clubhouse culture, ushered in the bearded brotherhood and brought a World Series title to Boston in his first season. Just remember he'll have significantly less fantasy value in 2014 because he won't be eligible at catcher after playing zero innings there in 2013.
Description: According to ESPN.com, Carlos Beltran has agreed to a three-year, $45 million contract with the New York Yankees.
Insight: What, you thought the Yankees were just going to sit tight after losing Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson Friday? Beltran will return to the city he played in from 2005-2011 as a member of the Mets. He played 296 games and hit .282 with 56 homers, 181 RBI and an .836 OPS with the Cardinals over the last two seasons.
Description: The Marlins have signed Rafael Furcal to a one-year contract.
Insight: Furcal is expected to start at second base. He missed all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. In his most recent season, Furcal batted .264 with five homers, 49 RBI, 69 runs and 12 steals in 121 games.
Description: Kelly Johnson is in line to be the Yankees starting second baseman after finalizing a one-year, $3 million contract Friday.
Insight: Robinson Cano agreed to a 10-year deal with the Seattle Mariners, opening up a spot at second base for Johnson. The veteran also can play third if Alex Rodriguez' suspension is upheld. Johnson hit .235 with 16 home runs, 52 RBI and a .715 OPS in 118 games with the Rays last season and has averaged .254 with 16 homers, 57 RBI, 11 steals and a .765 OPS since he became a full-time player in 2007.
Description: The Mariners and second baseman Robinson Cano have come to terms on a new 10-year, $240 million deal.
Insight: Cano is the crown jewel of this year's free agent class. He's a career .309 hitter with an .860 OPS. Cano won't have a great lineup around him but we're not concerned about it affecting his fantasy value. As far as second basemen go, he's the best there is.
Description: The Mets have agreed to terms with outfielder Curtis Granderson, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Insight: He'll make $60 million over four seasons. It's a nice signing for the Mets, but fantasy owners aren't going to like him playing in spacious Citi Field. Granderson averaged 36 homers from 2010-2012 in Yankee Stadium, but 23 homers in Detroit from 2006-2009. Fantasy owners and Mets fans should expect power totals more in line with his Detroit days, but without the speed.
Description: Outfielder Norichika Aoki has been traded from Milwaukee to Kansas City.
Insight: Aoki hasn't shown a lot of power, but he's averaged 25 SB in his to seasons with Milwaukee. If he earns a spot at the top of the Royals lineup he could have a solid value as a No. 3 fantasy outfield. He's a career .287 hitter with a .355 OBP and a .755 OPS.
Description: Paul Konerko isn't going anywhere. The veteran first baseman has agreed to a $2.5 million contract that will keep him in Chicago for another season. SOURCE: Scott Merkin, MLB.com
Insight: Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn are likely to see most of the reps at first base which means Konerko probably won't be an everyday player anymore. Because of this, his fantasy use will be limited to AL-only formats.
Description: The Royals have offered free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran a three-year, $48 million deal and there's a good chance he'll end up taking it.
Insight: Tacoma News Tribune reporter Bob Dutton has pegged the Royals as the clear favorites to land Beltran. The 36-year-old started his career in Kansas City and enjoyed three straight 20 HR/100 RBI seasons there between 2001 and 2003.
Description: Talks seem to be heating up between free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: With Jacoby Ellsbury playing center field and Robinson Cano still unsigned, Granderson is no longer a priority for the Yankees. The two sides are discussing a three-year contract though Granderson's camp is pushing for a four-year pact. With the Winter Meetings coming up, Granderson should make his decision in the near future.
Description: Kelly Johnson is headed to the Yankees. According to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, his new deal is worth between $2.75 and $3 million.
Insight: It's a one-year contract. Johnson (.235, 16 HR, 52 RBI) played all over the field in Tampa Bay last season including left field and three out of the four infield positions (he didn't play shortstop). He could be an option for the Yankees at second base should Robinson Cano sign with another team.
Description: Justin Morneau's new deal with the Rockies will pay him $13 million over two years. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: Morneau's power disappeared over the final month of the season but he should find it again in Colorado. Coors Field had the highest park factor in the majors last season. Twenty-five homers with an average in the .270 range seems like a reasonable expectation for fantasy owners.
Description: The Rangers sent outfielder Craig Gentry to Oakland as part of a four-player swap. SOURCE: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Gentry was a solid platoon guy for Texas last season, batting .280 with 22 RBI in 246 at bats. The problem is the A's already have a guy like that in Seth Smith. Gentry is only going to see playing time if one of Oakland's starters (Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick) gets injured. Until that happens, he won't have any fantasy significance.
Description: The D'Backs traded righthander Heath Bell to the Rays on Monday. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: With Fernando Rodney likely to leave in free agency, Bell should take over the closer's role for Tampa Bay. It's always an adventure with Bell but the good news is, he should have plenty of opportunities for saves. He's worth thinking about in the later rounds of this year's fantasy draft.
Description: The Dodgers are close to re-signing righthanded relief pitcher Brian Wilson. SOURCE: Bob Nightengale, USA Today
Insight: That's not what fantasy owners wanted to hear. Wilson was hoping to land a ninth inning job this offseason but instead he's coming back to setup Kenley Jansen. Wilson could overtake Jansen if he struggles in the early going or gets hurt. Wilson's contract will be a one-year deal.
Description: The Astros acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler on Monday for Brandon Barnes and righthander Jordan Lyles. SOURCE: Rockies on Twitter
Insight: Fowler got off to a hot start lin Colorado last season but injuries led to a second half slump (.221 AVG after the All-Star break). It will be interesting to see how this trade affects the progression of George Springer, who was arguably the best hitter in minor league baseball last season. Fowler and Springer both play center field.
Description: The Rockies are close to signing Justin Morneau to a two-year contract. SOURCE: Troy Renck, Denver Post
Insight: Morneau hasn't been an All-Star since 2010 and the .259 clip he hit for last season was well below his career average (.277). Then again, if he was ever going to have a bounceback season, hitter-friendly Coors Field is the perfect park for him to do it in.
Description: The Yankees and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury have agreed to a seven-year, $153 million deal. SOURCE: Mark Feinsand, New York Daily News
Insight: So much for the Yankees shrinking their payroll. In the last two weeks, they've spent almost $240 million on two players (Ellsbury and Brian McCann). Ellsbury should do well in the Bronx and could be a 20-HR threat with the short porch out in right field. More importantly though, this leaves New York with almost no money left to spend on Robinson Cano. It will be interesting to see what teams go after Cano now that the Yankees are almost certainly out of the running for him.
Description: According to ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews, the Mariners have become a serious player for free agent second baseman Robinson Cano.
Insight: The Yankees and Cano haven't been seeing eye to eye in contract talks and at this point the odds of him returning to the Bronx are less than 50 percent. The M's are reportedly offering Cano an eight-year deal worth $200 million. The Yankees previously offered him seven years at $160 million. Cano's fantasy value could take a big hit if he left the hitter-friendly confines of Yankee Stadium to play at spacious Safeco Field in Seattle.
Description: The Marlins have signed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a three-year deal worth $21 million. SOURCE: Juan C. Rodriguez, Sun Sentinel
Insight: Saltalamacchia was also being pursued by Minnesota. He ended up choosing the Marlins because they were the only team that offered him three years. He's a serviceable fantasy catcher though he tends to strike out a lot (139 K's in 425 at bats last season).
Description: Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a one-year, $8.25 million deal with Boston. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: It's a nice haul for the soon-to-be 37-year-old. Pierzynski could be a liability defensively but he rarely gets injured and his .283 lifetime batting average is extremely impressive for a player at his position. The Pierzynski signing marks the end of the Jarrod Saltalamacchia Era in Boston.
Description: The A's have acquired closer Jim Johnson in a trade with Baltimore.
Insight: The Orioles will receive second baseman Jemile Weeks. No player in the majors has more saves than Johnson over the last two seasons (101 saves in 113 chances). He's replacing Grant Balfour, who became a free agent after the season.
Description: Orioles closer Jim Johnson appears to be on the Dodgers' radar. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: It's unlikely the O's will be able to keep Johnson when he hits free agency in 2015 so they're looking to trade him now. It's unknown if the Dodgers would ask Johnson to close or have him setup ahead of current closer Kenley Jansen.
Description: The Yankees dealt catcher Ian Stewart to the Pirates on Monday. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: The Pirates are giving the Yanks a player to be named later. With Brian McCann inked to a five-year contract, Stewart was only going to be a backup if he stayed in New York. Then again, that's all he'll be in Pittsburgh with Russell Martin slated to get the lion's share of the work behind the plate.
Description: The Yankees are taking a hard stance with second baseman Robinson Cano. According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, they won't spend more than $200 million to keep him.
Insight: That spells trouble for Cano, who was hoping for at least a nine-year, $252 million deal. It will be interesting to see if other teams start getting involved now that Yankees GM Brian Cashman has drawn a line in the sand.
Description: Now that the A's have signed lefthander Scott Kazmir, they're probably out of the running for Bartolo Colon. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: In an unusual move, Billy Beane opened up his pocket book and forked over $22 million for Kazmir, who figures to be a four or five starter at best. Given the team's tight budget, Colon is probably out of the equation. The 40-year-old had a resurgent season in 2013 and shouldn't have any difficulty securing a new contract.
Description: Pitcher Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year deal with Minnesota, according to a Minneapolis Star-Tribune report.
Insight: It's probably a good move for Hughes to get out of New York. He has talent, but hasn't shown it since around 2010. Out of the spotlight, he may yet develop into a fantasy-worthy starting pitcher.
Description: The Rockies are hoping to sign free agent first baseman Justin Morneau before the Winter Meetings begin on December 9th. SOURCE: Troy Renck, Denver Post
Insight: Morneau (.259, 17 HR, 77 RBI) was a borderline fantasy player last season and he should see a nice boost in production from the hitter-friendly conditions at Coors Field, assuming the two sides can work out a deal. Morneau would be replacing Todd Helton at first base.
Description: The Mets are making a play for free agent righthander Bronson Arroyo. SOURCE: Chris Cotillo, SB Nation
Insight: The Giants had been the frontrunner for Arroyo until they signed Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong to fill out their starting rotation. Arroyo is 3-0 with a 2.32 ERA in four career starts at Citi Field.
Description: The Giants have re-signed starter Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year deal. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: The contract details haven't been released yet but it's likely he'll be getting less than the $5 million he made last season. Vogelsong (4-6, 5.73 ERA) will join Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Tim Hudson and Madison Bumgarner in the Giants' starting rotation.
Description: Righthander Ricky Nolasco has agreed to a four-year, $49 million deal with Minnesota. SOURCE: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Nolasco isn't an ace but with such little talent in this year's free agent pool, he still got a big pay day. He'll get his 200 innings in Minnesota and has posted double-digit wins in six consecutive seasons.
Description: ESPN's Jim Bowden suspects free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will re-sign with Boston.
Insight: If Ellsbury can get a seven-year deal from Washington or Texas, he'll take it. However, it's unlikely that any team would offer him that many years and Bowden seems to believe Ellsbury would be willing to give Boston at least a little bit of a hometown discount. If Boston decides the price to keep Ellsbury is too high, they'll probably opt to use Jackie Bradley in center field next season.
Description: Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun said he'd be open to playing right field next season. SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Insight: Wednesday marked Braun's first public comments since getting suspended for performance enhancing drugs in July. Moving to right would solidify Khris Davis' place in the starting lineup, though it wouldn't have much of an impact on Braun's output. Braun, a third baseman early in his career, said he would not be open to playing that position again.
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