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Archive for January, 2011

Speedy Tabata Wants to Boost His Power

Jose Tabata has a goal to hit more home runs this season. “Yeah, I’m bigger,” said Tabata. “I worked out in the gym every day this winter. I want to be bigger and stronger. This year, my idea is to hit more home runs.” Tabata hit just four dingers in his first 441 major league plate appearances with the Pirates last season. He didn’t have great power numbers in the minors, hitting 29 home runs over 2,008 plate appearances. He can still provide fantasy value via stolen bases, but the power thing is a pipe dream. (Rotoworld / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Blake Still Set as Dodgers’ Opening-Day Third Baseman

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he has talked to Casey Blake about being flexible and playing some outfield, though he is still expected to be the primary third baseman. Of course, Blake played the outfield regularly with the Indians from 2005-06, but this is a lot to ask of someone who is now 37 years old. He may add some additional flexibility this season, but it’s unlikely he’ll be very useful in most mixed leagues. (Rotoworld / Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter)

Reds: Chapman to Remain in Bullpen for 2011

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Monday that the club plans to keep Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen for the 2011 season. We’d love to see him get another try as a starter in the minor leagues, but the Reds have need a left-handed reliever now that Arthur Rhodes has signed with the Rangers. Jocketty said that he has no plans to look outside the organization in order to fill the role, so in addition to Chapman, look for Dontrelle Willis, Bill Bray, Matt Maloney and Daniel Ray Herrera to also get a look. Of course, Chapman was dominant as a reliever last season — both in the minors and the majors — so we wouldn’t dismiss the possibility that he could eventually steal save chances should Francisco Cordero struggle. (Rotoworld / Reds.mlb.com)

Nationals Sign LaRoche to Two-Year Contract

Nationals signed 1B Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $16 million contract with a $10 million option for 2013. The money is outrageous, but the Nationals have to overpay some free agents to convince them to join the organization, which hasn’t had much success recently and could be several years from competing. LaRoche batted .261/.320/.468 with 25 home runs and reached the 100 RBI plateau for the first time in his career last season with the Diamondbacks. He probably won’t match that success this year in the nation’s capital, but coming close would make him relevant in most fantasy leagues. (Rotoworld)

Lee Signs with Baltimore; Nats Targeting LaRoche

Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com says there is “confidence growing on both sides” that Adam LaRoche and the Nationals will agree on a contract. Now that Derrek Lee is off the board, an agreement looks like a foregone conclusion. Last we heard, the two sides were discussing a two-year deal worth between $8-9 million per season. LaRoche, 31, batted .261/.320/.468 with 25 homers and 100 RBI with the Diamondbacks last season. He would replace Adam Dunn at first base and as a left-handed bat in the Nats’ lineup. (Rotoworld / FOXSports.com)