Aaron Cook is looking to make a comeback after he was forced to shut down after experiencing a tired arm in late July. Cook is fine now and looking for another chance.
While it's quite possible that a team so desperate for pitching could sign him, it's hard to say exactly who would be in the market for a guy who doesn't strike anyone out, has an injury history the size of a bread line in the Gulag, and hasn't posted an ERA below 5.00 since 2009. Yes, that's right, fantasy owners. Move along. Nothing left to see here. ANALYST: Howard Bender
The Saints are reportedly trying to trade Curtis Lofton.
Even after they released Pierre Thomas Wednesday the Saints were still well over the salary cap, and trading Lofton would save New Orleans $5.25 million. Only the Raiders had a worse fantasy defense than the Saints last season, and while trading Lofton probably cannot hurt, it certainly will not help, either. Whichever defense gets Lofton will get a slight bump in fantasy value. Analysis: Steve Pimental
Placido Polanco said he is "90 percent" retired.
The 39-year-old Polanco did not play anywhere in 2014 after batting .260/.315/.302 in 118 games for the Marlins in 2013. Polanco left open the possibility to return to the Marlins, Phillies or Tigers, though if he really wants to win a World Series ring the Phillies are probably out. Some team would probably do well to make Polanco a minor league player/coach like the Cubs did with Manny Ramirez last season. Polanco would have NL-only value with the Phillies or Marlins, but it is hard to believe he could ever again be relevant in mixed leagues. Analysis: Steve Pimental