Pirates GM Neal Huntington says OF Travis Snider had offseason surgery on the left big toe that forced him to the disabled list last season.
Snider hit .215 with 5 HR & 25 RBI last season for the Pirates. He was once considered a "can't miss" prospect for the Blue Jays but injuries and strikeouts have derailed his career. Analyst: Jeff Mans View Profile
Clubs that have talked to the Pirates believe that James Loney is emerging as their top choice at first base. They are also interested in Adam Lind and Mitch Moreland.
What has to mentally wrong with you to ever consider James Loney as your top choice at anything? James Loney isn't his own families first choice to start at 1B at the family reunion softball game. If the Pirates want to remain among the elite of the NL this year and in the future they must stop acting like a pathetic small market scrap seeking franchise. Analyst: Jeff Mans View Profile
Update: Multiple team sources confirmed Wednesday that Paul Konerko will forgo retirement and return for one last season, although the 37-year-old first baseman/designated hitter figures to have a limited role with Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn also on the roster. Konerko will make $2.5 million in the upcoming season, with $1 million of that deferred until 2021, sources said.
Konerko is just 37 and thus retirement seemed a little premature. Konerko has battled wrist and leg injuries the past few years but will provide a very solid RH bat off the bench for the White Sox. Analyst: Jeff Mans View Profile
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports the teams interested in free-agent 2B Mark Ellis include the Royals, Rays and Dodgers. However the Rays are an unlikely fit for Ellis, at least at moment. Difficult to see how he could end up in Tampa Bay.
Doesn't Ellis just feel like a Minnesota Twin? While Ellis provides a solid defense and OBP he really isn't a Fantasy commodity whatsoever. Analyst: Jeff Mans View Profile
Update: ESPN.com reports that the Royals made an offer of a three-year deal worth $48 million to outfielder Carlos Beltran.
Beltran would be an outstanding pick-up for the Royals as they could immediately slot him into right field and the three-hole in the batting order. His presence in the lineup would give an immediate boos in value to surrounding hitters such as Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer and even Alex Gordon who would likely return to the leadoff spot. Coming back to where it all began would also make for a nice feel-good story for Kansas City and give the fans a reason to forget that they don;t have Wil Myers anymore. Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile
The Texas Rangers are interested in C Kurt Suzuki as as backup catcher to C Geovany Soto.
I really like Soto in AL-only or two-catcher leagues, but a Suzuki signing could be bad news. Suzuki is good enough to win the starting job if Soto struggles early on. The good news is there isn't much threat of them falling into a platoon, since they both bat from the right side. Analyst: Steve Pimental View Profile
The Arizona Diamondbacks have an offer out to re-sign 3B Eric Chavez.
Chavez has proven he can hit righties when healthy, even if he isn't healthy very often. He might get more playing time if he went back to the AL so he could DH some, but he has plenty of value in deep leagues and daily games in Arizona. Analyst: Steve Pimental View Profile
Sources say Paul Konerko will return to the White Sox.
The White Sox threw a lot of money at Jose Abreu to play first base, and with the outfield pretty well set, the best guess here is Konerko platoons with Adam Dunn at DH. Unless an injury happens or Konerko starts the season on fire, it is hard for me to picture him getting more than 400 plate appearances. I could see him excelling in part-time work and being a great AL-only play like Jim Thome at the end of his career, but I wouldn't waste a pick on him (or Adam Dunn) in mixed leagues. Analyst: Steve Pimental View Profile