Player News

Review the latest player news for a specified group of players.

Justin UptonAtl - LF, RF
News: Upton was traded to the Padres on Friday in exchange for four prospects, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. (Dec 19 7:10a)
Impact: New general manager A.J. Preller has been quite busy throughout the offseason stocking up on hitting talent for the offensively-challenged Padres, and he may have gotten his biggest catch yet in Upton, who joins a retooled outfield that now includes Matt Kemp and Wil Myers. The move to Petco Park figures to result in a downgrade in power production for Upton, but his presence in the middle of the order -- along with the Padres' other aforementioned outfielders -- gives the lineup some legitimate bite. He will become a free agent after the 2015 season, however, so he could just be a rental player for the Padres in their attempt to return to the postseason for the first time since 2006. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:10a ET)
Overall Rank: 35 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 84.0 % Owned: 96.4
Wil MyersTB - RF
News: The Rays agreed to trade Myers to the Padres on Wednesday as part of a three-team deal with the Nationals, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports. (Dec 17 3:12p)
Impact: New GM A.J. Preller has been aggressive in upgrading an offense that ranked dead last in runs scored last season (535), with this move coming less than a week after the team acquired Matt Kemp from the Dodgers. Myers hit just .227/.313/.354 in April and May before suffering a wrist injury that cost him the better part of three months. He was worse upon his return in August, managing just five extra-base hits (one homer) over his final 34 games, but Myers showed enough in just 88 games in 2013 to earn AL Rookie of the Year honors. Further, he's still just 24 and has tremendous pedigree, so there's reason for optimism heading into 2015, even with the move to another pitcher's park and lingering concern about the health of his wrist. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 3:12p ET)
Overall Rank: 65 Position Rank: 8
% Started: 27.0 % Owned: 40.9
Alex RiosTex - RF, DH
News: Rios signed a one-year, $11 million deal with the Royals on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. (Dec 15 5:36p)
Impact: The 33-year-old spent last season with the Rangers, hitting .280/.311/.398 with 54 RBI, four home runs and 17 steals in 492 at-bats. While his power has tailed off in recent years, he's been extremely consistent from an average perspective, hitting between .278 and .280 in each of the last four seasons. Rios will likely be penciled in as the Royals' starting right fielder, as he joins an outfield rotation featuring Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 5:36p ET)
Overall Rank: 38 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 49.6 % Owned: 67.3
Yoenis CespedesBos - LF, DH
News: Cespedes is headed to Detroit in exchange for pitcher Rick Porcello, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports. (Dec 11 7:00a)
Impact: Cespedes should serve as an everyday outfielder for Detroit, likely taking reps away from the likes of Rajai Davis and Anthony Gose. He hit a combined 22 long balls between Oakland and Boston in 2014, and will effectively land in his third destination in two seasons. The move will open up an opportunity for in right field for Shane Victorino or Allen Craig to see consistent reps in Boston. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:00a ET)
Overall Rank: 67 Position Rank: 6
% Started: 83.6 % Owned: 96.7
Matt KempLAD - CF, LF, RF
News: A deal to send Kemp to the Padres has been agreed upon, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. (Dec 11 6:30a)
Impact: The deal will reportedly send Kemp, along with catcher Tim Federowicz and roughly $30 million cash, to the Padres in exchange for catcher/first baseman Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and a third player to be named. It will effectively end the logjam in the Dodgers' outfield, and open up an opportunity for top prospect Joc Pederson to see everyday reps. Kemp's fantasy value should improve with consistent playing time, but his power numbers may suffer a bit hitting in the spacious confines of Petco Park. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times also confirms that the deal has been done. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:30a ET)
Overall Rank: 46 Position Rank: 7
% Started: 81.2 % Owned: 96.2
Josh DonaldsonTor - 3B
News: The A's traded Donaldson to the Blue Jays on Friday in exchange for Brett Lawrie and prospects Franklin Barreto, Sean Nolin, and Kendall Graveman, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. (Nov 28 6:56p)
Impact: Donaldson will head to Toronto after spending the last six and a half years in the A's organization. He will replace Lawrie at the hot corner and figures to bat in the middle of the Blue Jays' order. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 6:56p ET)
Overall Rank: 60 Position Rank: 5
% Started: 87.9 % Owned: 97.7
Hanley RamirezBos - SS
News: Ramirez has agreed to terms with the Red Sox on a four-year, $88 million deal that includes a $22 million vesting option for a fifth season, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. (Nov 24 10:16a)
Impact: The original terms were rumored to be five years and $90 million, but the total value of the final deal will be $110 million if the fifth-year option vests. Ramirez is currently penciled in to play third base for the Red Sox, but a move to left field is likely in order with the team closing in on a deal for Pablo Sandoval. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 10:16a ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 78.9 % Owned: 98.0
Hanley RamirezBos - SS
News: Ramirez is reportedly headed to Boston on Monday to finalize a deal with the Red Sox, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. (Nov 23 9:58p)
Impact: The Red Sox are still in pursuit of Pablo Sandoval, and are apparently considering the possibility of shifting Ramirez to left field if necessary. Of course, it's expected that trades will remove the current logjam in the outfield. Further details should surface once the signing is official, but the contract is believed to be in the neighborhood of a five-year, $90 million deal. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:58p ET)
Overall Rank: 8 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 78.9 % Owned: 98.0
Jason HeywardStL - RF, CF
News: Heyward was traded to the Cardinals along with Jordan Walden in exchange for Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins. (Nov 17 9:15a)
Impact: He is under contract through the 2015 season, but the Cardinals could make a deal to keep him in St. Louis. The 25-year-old outfielder hit .271/.351/.384 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI last season with the Braves, and could see an increase in production with a move into a better offensive lineup from a club that scored the second-least runs in 2014. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 9:15a ET)
Overall Rank: 70 Position Rank: 9
% Started: 55.8 % Owned: 78.6
Yu DarvishTex - SP
News: Darvish will report to Arlington on November 20 for an MRI on his elbow, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. (Nov 10 2:30p)
Impact: In addition to the MRI, Darvish will meet with the Rangers' medical staff, and with new manager Jeff Banister. To this point, Darvish has been going through the typical offseason workout routine, and it should be noted that this MRI has been on the schedule for several weeks. Typically, Darvish doesn't begin throwing until December, and a clean MRI later this month would presumably give him the green light to continue following his regular schedule. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 2:30p ET)
Overall Rank: 20 Position Rank: 2
% Started: 36.5 % Owned: 75.0
Adam WainwrightStL - SP
News: Wainwright will undergo elbow surgery, Will Carroll of Turner Sports reports. (Oct 24 1:07p)
Impact: Wainwright was dealing with some elbow issues during the playoffs, but it didn't force him to miss any action and he was cleared to have a normal offseason. The surgery will deal with a bone spur situation, normally a minor procedure, so he should be good to go before spring training. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 1:07p ET)
Overall Rank: 26 Position Rank: 4
% Started: 91.0 % Owned: 99.2
Miguel CabreraDet - 1B, 3B, DH
News: Cabrera underwent right ankle surgery Wednesday afternoon to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone in the top of his foot. He will be evaluated again in three months. (Oct 24 7:02a)
Impact: The bone spurs were a known issue that seemed to hamper Cabrera throughout the second half of the season, but the issue with the navicular bone adds a degree of complexity to the procedure that Cabrera underwent this week. That he'll be evaluated in late January prior to the start of spring training suggests that there's a possibility he won't be 100 percent when the Tigers report to Florida in February, as he may be very limited in his workouts in the coming months. Nevertheless, the procedure should offer some much needed relief with the ankle, following a season in which Cabrera hit .313/.371/.524 with 25 homers, 109 RBI and 101 runs scored. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 7:02a ET)
Overall Rank: 2 Position Rank: 1
% Started: 97.1 % Owned: 99.7
Yasiel PuigLAD - RF, CF
News: Puig is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals. (Oct 7 11:04a)
Impact: Puig went 1-for-8 with seven strikeouts over the last two games, so manager Don Mattingly decided to hold him out Tuesday with the Dodgers facing elimination. Andre Ethier will take Puig's spot in center field, and Carl Crawford will hit second in his place. (Source: RotoWire / Time: 11:04a ET)
Overall Rank: 25 Position Rank: 3
% Started: 88.2 % Owned: 98.4
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