PLAYING TIME: Hart shooting for late April return

Brewers | Corey Hart begins rehab
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Corey Hart (knee) said he has already started his rehab after undergoing surgery on his knee last week, and he'll undergo an MRI exam in three weeks. He said there is a 'realistic' chance that he could be ready to play by the end of April, nearly a month ahead of his projected return date. 'If it takes a little longer then mid to end of May but I feel good about end of April,' said Hart, 'So basically like 2011, when I came back and hit 26 homers in five months.'  Source: The Associated Press - Andrew Wagner
BHQ take: PT change from 70% to 65%. Had reduced from 90% to 70% immediately after injury first disclosed in early January.  —Tom Kephart
Impact: Med
Hart, Corey C PT Loss: -20%      

Reds | Manny Parra signs
The Cincinnati Reds signed free-agent SP Manny Parra (Brewers) to an undisclosed one-year deal Friday, Feb. 1. In a corresponding move, P Todd Redmond was designated for assignment.  Source: The Sports Network
BHQ take: Noted Redmond DFA and reduced his PT% from 2% to 1%.   —Tom Kephart
Impact: Low
Redmond, Todd    PT Loss: -2%   
Parra, Manny    PT Loss: -2%   

Yankees | Russ Canzler cut
The New York Yankees designated OF Russ Canzler for assignment Friday, Feb. 1, to make room on the roster for DH Travis Hafner.  Source: New York Daily News - Kristie Ackert
BHQ take: Hafner will get the majority of DH ABs versus RHP (health permitting). Canzler will head to the minors unless claimed on waivers, and could resurface as a RH bat if/when Hafner is unable to play.   —Matt Dodge
Impact: Med
Canzler, Russ PT Loss: -10%      
Hafner, Travis PT Gain: 15%      

White Sox | Lars Anderson claimed
The Chicago White Sox claimed 1B Lars Anderson off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, Feb. 1. Anderson hit .259 with nine home runs and 52 RBIs in 93 games for Triple-A Pawtucket for the Boston Red Sox last season. He also hit only .196 (11-for-56) in 18 games with the Cleveland Indians' top minor league affiliate after being traded at midseason.  Source: - Paul Casella
BHQ take: Could make the team as a lefty on the bench, but he'd have to beat out Jordan Danks, DeWayne Wise and Blake Tekotte.  —Mike Shears
Impact: Low
Anderson, Lars PT Gain: 5%      

Brewers | Mark Rogers out of options
Milwaukee Brewers SP Mark Rogers is out of minor league options, meaning he will most likely be on the team's opening day roster barring an injury. Rogers is the only pitcher on the squad that is vying for a starting rotation spot that is out of options. 'Clearly, we can't get him back to the minor leagues, so we're really focused on trying to get him as an active member of this pitching staff,' assistant general manager Gord Ash said. SPs Chris Narveson, Wily Peralta and Mike Fiers are also competing for spots in the rotation.  Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Haudricourt
BHQ take: Boosted Rogers' IP projection from 8% to 9% based on fact he is out of options.   —Tom Kephart
Impact: High
Rogers, Mark    PT Gain: 1%   

Reds | Miguel Olivo signs
The Cincinnati Reds signed free-agent C Miguel Olivo (Mariners) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Friday, Feb. 1. The Reds already have Cs Ryan Hanigan and Devin Mesoraco on the roster. The Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers also showed interest in Olivo.  Source: - Chris Cwik
BHQ take: Triple-A depth for now.   —Tom Kephart
Impact: Low
Olivo, Miguel PT Loss: -30%      

Cubs | Welington Castillo the starter
Chicago Cubs C Welington Castillo will be the team's starting catcher this season, and he will be backed up by C Dioner Navarro. Castillo hit .265 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 52 games last season after the team traded C Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers. Castillo decided to skip playing in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic.  Source: - Carrie Muskat
BHQ take: Boosted Castillo and Navarro's PT%s, while reducing Clevenger's PT%.  —Tom Kephart
Impact: Med
Castillo, Welington PT Gain: 10%      
Navarro, Dioner F        

Blue Jays | No closer named
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has not named a closer heading into the season, meaning RP Sergio Santos (shoulder) will likely compete with RP Casey Janssen for the role in spring training. Santos is recovered from his shoulder surgery and plans to report early to spring training.  Source: - Gregor Chisholm
BHQ take: A healthy Santos could steal a few saves from Janssen over the course of the season. This situation bears watching over the course of Spring Training and the regular season, but expect these 2 pitchers to have the 8th and 9th innings covered for TOR all year.   —Matt Dodge
Impact: Med
Santos, Sergio       SV Gain: 5%
Janssen, Casey C       SV Loss: -5%

Indians | Matt Capps signs
The Cleveland Indians signed free-agent RP Matt Capps (Twins) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Thursday, Jan. 31. The team also announced that 1B Matt LaPorta will be invited to spring training as a non-roster player.  Source: The Sports Network
BHQ take: Changed PT% for both players.   —Tom Kephart
Impact: Low
LaPorta, Matt PT Loss: -15%      
Capps, Matt    PT Loss: -2%  SV Loss: -35%

Yankees | Agree with Travis Hafner
The New York Yankees have agreed on a one-year deal in the $2 million range with free-agent DH Travis Hafner (Indians).  Source: Newsday - Ken Davidoff
BHQ take: Yankees like to cycle players through the DH slot as a "half day off," and with the aging roster, that leaves fewer ABs for the creaky Hafner.  —Matt Dodge
Impact: Med
Hafner, Travis PT Loss: -15%      

Mets | Shaun Marcum's incentives
New York Mets SP Shaun Marcum can make $250,000 each for 120, 140, 160 and 170 innings this year, $375,000 each for 180 and 190 innings, $500,000 for reaching 200 innings, $375,000 each for 90 and 120 days on the active roster and $500,000 each for being on the active roster or disabled list for an injury unrelated to his right arm for 150 and 170 days. Marcum is guaranteed $4 million with his new one-year deal in 2013.  Source: - Adam Rubin
BHQ take: Marcum may thrive in CitiField. There's a good chance his signing delays Zach Wheeler's arrival and even when Wheeler gets the call, it may be Johan Santana who is moved to make room in the rotation.  —Phil Hertz
Impact: High
Marcum, Shaun M        

Padres | Logan Forsythe working in OF
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe has started taking fly balls in the outfield this week at PETCO Park as the team looks to make Forsythe a super-utility player this season. San Diego will also ask Forsythe to play some shortstop in spring training. He will specifically concentrate on playing left field. Forsythe's natural position is third base, but 3B Chase Headley won't be taking many days off there.  Source: - Corey Brock
BHQ take: Forsythe has been the winter fave on most SD 2B depth charts, but it now sounds like the player who led SD in 2012 2B innings is going to move between several positions. This has the potential of increasing his value as well as opening up 2B AB for Alex Amarista and Jedd Gyorko. It also increases the already high chances that the Pads will be looking to move an OF or two.   —Jock Thompson
Impact: Med
Forsythe, Logan        

Mets | LaTroy Hawkins signs
The New York Mets have signed free-agent RP LaTroy Hawkins (Angels) to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. No financial terms were disclosed.  Source: USA Today - Bob Nightengale
BHQ take: Hawkins still has a low 90s fastball, but unless he starts missing bats, he won't contribute much even in a Mets bullpen that's short of competent MLB arms.  —Phil Hertz
Impact: Low
Hawkins, LaTroy    PT Loss: -1%   

Red Sox | Ryan Kalish could miss six months
Updating previous items, Boston Red Sox OF Ryan Kalish (shoulder) may miss up to six months due to his recent shoulder surgery. Sources indicate he may not be ready to start baseball activities until mid-August.  Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham
BHQ take: range of June to August for his return. Many OF options in BOS indicates a later return time is more likely  —Matt Dodge
Impact: Low
Kalish, Ryan PT Loss: -10%      

Rangers | Might use Mitch Moreland, Mike Olt in OF
If the Texas Rangers need a replacement in the outfield, either due to injury or a potential suspension, the thought is that 1B Mitch Moreland or 3B Mike Olt might be used in the outfield.  Source: - T.R. Sullivan
BHQ take: Added a bit of OF playing time for both Olt and Moreland. Getting time in the OF may be the quickest path to the majors for Olt, as the Nelson Cruz PED situation bears watching.  —Rod Truesdell
Impact: Low
Olt, Mike        
Moreland, Mitch PT Gain: 5%      

Pirates | Francisco Liriano will have time
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano (arm) will wind up coming to camp on a minor-league deal and invite to spring training once all of the roadblocks are cleared up to formalizing his signing. On a minor-league deal, the team will have ample time to figure out how to make room on the 40-man roster for the veteran, whose participation figures to be delayed due to the broken right arm that complicated his signing.  Source: - Tom Singer
BHQ take: It was assumed he was coming to PIT on a Major League deal, even after his injury, so this may significantly change the SP situation. Liriano had a 5+ ERA in 2011 and 2012, so this could be a chance for him to work out some things in the Minors.  —Mike Shears
Impact: Med
Liriano, Francisco    PT Loss: -2%   

Orioles | Three signed
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent OF Chris Pettit (Rockies), RP Manny Delcarmen (Yankees) and RP Robert Delaney (Marlins) to minor league deals Wednesday, Jan. 30. Pettit will not receive an invite to spring training.  Source: The Baltimore Sun - Dan Connolly
BHQ take: Delcarmen may get a chance or two if other middle relievers get burned out in BAL  —Matt Dodge
Impact: Low
Delcarmen, Manny    PT Gain: 1%   

Marlins | Placido Polanco not an everyday player?
Miami Marlins executive Larry Beinfest said Tuesday, Jan. 29, that because 3B Placido Polanco is 'coming off injury, it's realistic to say (he's) probably not going to be an everyday player. If he's at third five days a week, it's going to be terrific. (3B Greg Dobbs) can still play over there against tough right-handers.'  Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson
BHQ take: Polanco's health may be an issue, but he's still one of the few Marlin infielders who has had a regular gig in the Majors. While we've dropped his playing time a notch, expect him to be out there so long as his health permits.  —Phil Hertz
Impact: High
Polanco, Placido PT Loss: -5%      

Japanese League | Hideki Okajima released
The SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese League released RP Hideki Okajima so he could pursue opportunities in Major League Baseball.  Source: NPB Tracker - Patrick Newman
BHQ take: Which Okajima will the team that signs him get? The one with the 0.94 ERA in Japan last year, or the one with the 4.50 ERA / 1.72 WHIP at BOS in 2010?  —Mike Shears
Impact: Med
Okajima, Hideki    PT Gain: 3%   

MLB | Javier Vazquez having surgery
Free-agent SP Javier Vazquez (knee) will have surgery to repair meniscus in his right knee and should be throwing again in two or three weeks.  Source: MLB Network Radio - Jim Bowden
BHQ take: Well, if he's having surgery on his own dime, maybe he *is* seriously considering coming back to the majors.  —Mike Shears
Impact: High
Vazquez, Javier    PT Gain: 6%   

Yankees | Juan Rivera signs
The New York Yankees signed free-agent OF Juan Rivera (Dodgers) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training Monday, Jan. 28. Rivera will compete with OFs Matt Diaz and Russ Canzler to be the team's main right-handed hitting outfielder.  Source: - Joey Nowak
BHQ take: Fewer DH ABs available with the signing of Hafner.  —Matt Dodge
Impact: High
Rivera, Juan PT Loss: -5%      

MLB | Carl Pavano has surgery
Free-agent SP Carl Pavano (spleen) underwent surgery last week to fix a lacerated spleen and has been hospitalized. His agent said that Pavano suffered the injury in mid-January when he was injured while shoveling snow at his home in Vermont. Pavano is hoping to leave the hospital this week, and he's not putting a timetable on his return to baseball activities.  Source: The Associated Press - Ron Blum
BHQ take: If you plan on drafting Pavano on his potential as an SP, the wait for him to provide fantasy value just got longer. Not only will he need to heal from the surgery, he'll need to adjust to life without a spleen, and he'll need to build up arm strength as he hadn't had a 6-IP start since May 19th.  —Mike Shears
Impact: Med
Pavano, Carl    PT Loss: -4%   

Rangers | Jeff Baker agrees to terms
The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with free-agent INF Jeff Baker (Cubs) on a minor league contract. He will be a non-roster invitee to spring training camp.  Source: The Dallas Morning News - Evan Grant
BHQ take: There would appear to be little in the way of playing time in TEX for Baker. He may get some time against LHP especially early in the year, but with prospect Mike Olt waiting in the wings, and with Baker's iffy skills overall, he may not get many chances to impress.  —Rod Truesdell
Impact: Med
Baker, Jeff G PT Loss: -5%      

Mariners | Two to compete for time in OF
Seattle Mariners OFs Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez will compete for time in the outfield. Ibanez has also been told to bring a first baseman's glove to camp. 'I have a clear idea of how I see it playing out, but they'll ultimately determine that. Players make decisions for you,' manager Eric Wedge said Wednesday, Jan. 23.  Source: - Greg Johns
BHQ take: Added a bit of time for Ibanez at 1B. No net change, however, as the logjam at DH/1B/corner OF in SEA is putting a crimp in his playing time possibilities at this point (barring a trade).  —Rod Truesdell
Impact: Low
Ibanez, Raul PT Loss: -20%      

Mariners | Mike Morse to be used all over
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Morse will get a majority of his playing time in the outfield, but he is also available to play first base and perhaps even serve as a backup third baseman if needed.  Source: - Greg Johns
BHQ take: Morse has most of his PT allocated in the outfield, with a lesser amount at 1B. The chances of him appearing at 3B appear to be very slim, however. Watch the progress of Justin Smoak at 1B; if Smoak struggles again, Morse may be asked to shift to 1B, as the leash on Smoak is likely to be short. This may open up some playing time for other SEA corner OFs.  —Rod Truesdell
Impact: Low
Morse, Michael J        

Mariners | Kendrys Morales viewed as primary DH
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge views 1B Kendrys Morales as the player who will handle much of the designated hitter duties.  Source: - Greg Johns
BHQ take: Reduced 1B time for Morales given this note and the presence of Smoak, Morse, and Ibanez, all of whom appear likely to get 1B time. With his wheels, it seems likely Morales will get little time in the field in 2013.  —Rod Truesdell
Impact: Low
Morales, Kendrys        

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