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    Most Added Players
    Player% ±
    1Bartolo Colon, NYM, SP2
    2Nick Martinez, TEX, SP2
    3Chris Bassitt, CHW, SP2
    4Nick Markakis, BAL, RF1
    5Michael Pineda, NYY, SP1
    6R.A. Dickey, TOR, SP1
    7Alfredo Simon, CIN, SP1
    8Curtis Granderson, NYM, RF1
    9Henderson Alvarez, MIA, SP1
    10Clay Buchholz, BOS, SP1
    Most Dropped Players
    Player% ±
    1Trevor Plouffe, MIN, 3B-3
    2David Freese, LAA, 3B-3
    3Joc Pederson, LAD, LF-3
    4Tyson Ross, SD, SP-2
    5Jacob deGrom, NYM, SP-2
    6Marcell Ozuna, MIA, CF-2
    7Shelby Miller, STL, SP-2
    8Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP-2
    9Marcus Stroman, TOR, SP-2
    10Russell Martin, PIT, C-2
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    Player News
    Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum leaves due to injury
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (11:24 pm ET) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's game against the Royals due to an injury.

    Lincecum tossed 1 2/3 innings before leaving the contest. After going 2-2 against Salvador Perez, Lincecum called the trainer out to the mound. He appeared to slip on the mound during the pitch. After some discussion, Lincecum was removed from the game. The team has yet to officially announce an injury for Lincecum.


    Twins' Kris Johnson heading to Japan next season
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (9:29 pm ET) The Twins have sold pitcher Kris Johnson to the Hiroshima Carp, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press

    The club received "mid six figures" in the deal. Johnson received just 13 1/3 innings last season, posting a 4.73 ERA. 


    Phillies sign John Hester to a minor-league deal
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (9:24 pm ET) The Phillies have signed catcher John Hester to a minor-league deal.

    Hester will receive an invite to spring training, where he'll attempt to make the 25-man roster. He spent most of last season in Triple-A. 


    Report: Indians likely to exercise option on Mike Aviles
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (5:30 pm ET) The Indians are expected to exercise their $3.5 million option on versatile veteran Mike Aviles, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

    Aviles played outfield and all infield positions aside from first base last season in earning 344 at-bats. He finished the year with a stat line of .247/.273/.343 and tied a career-best with 14 stolen bases.

    He was part of a lopsided deal before the 2013 season for Esmil Rogers in which the Indians also received emerging standout catcher Yan Gomes.


    Bochy: Illness kept Tim Lincecum out of pregame ceremony
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (5:15 pm ET) Giants reliever Tim Lincecum declined to elaborate about his absence from pregame introductions Tuesday night, claiming he was in a back room and that he preferred not to run out in the middle of the ceremony.

    Bruce Bochy, however, came up with another explanation. He said Lincecum was busy throwing up. "That's the honest truth," Bochy told the San Jose Mercury News. Lincecum, who told trainer Dave Groeschner that he was feeling ill, made it out to the bullpen after the first inning.

    "He said he was good to go," Bochy said. "Timmy was available."


    Pirates giving prospect Josh Bell shot at first base in AFL
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (4:43 pm ET) The Pirates are determined to find out if premier prospect Josh Bell can fill their longstanding hole at first base. That's why he's playing that position in the Arizona Fall League.

    Bell split the first 10 games at designated hitter and first base, where he has already committed four fielding errors. His unfamiliarity with the position has proven problematic.

    "Getting to feel overall comfortable has been the biggest challenge," Bell told MLB.com. "I'm sure that will come with reps. When I get more playing time, I'll be able to just run with it, react. It's definitely something different. You're a lot more active. It keeps you more in the game, always on your toes."

    Bell is coming off another strong year offensively, batting .325 with nine home runs, 60 RBI and nine stolen bases at the Class A Advanced and Double-A levels combined.


    C Jackson Williams hooks up with Angels
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (4:27 pm ET) The Angels have signed catcher and former top prospect Jackson Williams. The 28-year-old Williams finally reached the majors in late August and earned 13 at-bats with Colorado before undergoing right knee surgery.

    Williams was a first-round pick of San Francisco in 2007.


    Dodgers still waiting for SP Dan Haren to act on option
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (4:17 pm ET) The Dodgers have confirmed that veteran right-hander Dan Haren has yet to exercise his $10 million option for 2015.

    Haren certainly had other concerns Wednesday, when he underwent arthrocopic surgery on his non-throwing shoulder.

    The 34 year old, who did not pitch in the playoffs, finished strong in the regular season. He yielded just 10 earned runs in his last 43 innings and concluded the year at 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA and just 36 walks in 186 innings.


    Twins allow reliever Jared Burton to leave for free agency
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (4:08 pm ET) The Twins have declined their option on veteran right-hander reliever Jared Burton, making him a free agent.

    The 33-year-old Burton, who finished the year as the closer after Glen Perkins was shut down, compiled an ERA of 4.36, his worst since 2009. His control has weakened in each of his last three seasons and his strikeouts were well down in 2014.


    Orioles facing dilemma in regard to future of 1B Chris Davis
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (4:00 pm ET) The Orioles have a difficult decision to make regarding Jekyll-Hyde first baseman Chris Davis, who followed a stunningly productive 2013 with a stunningly horrible 2014.

    Davis batted .196 with 26 home runs and 72 RBI before losing the last 17 games to suspension for PED use. The team might not want to risk taking him to arbitration, however, CSNBaltimore.com has speculated. Davis earned $10.35 million this season, a raise of more than $7 million from the previous year.

    Further speculation is that the Orioles will not cut his salary 20 percent because they believe $8.65 million is too rich for their blood considering his monumental struggles this year. In addition, that move would likely prompt Davis to seek arbitration.


     
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    Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

    Nolan Arenado, Rockies
    17%
    Manny Machado, Orioles
    25%
    Todd Frazier, Reds
    33%
    Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
    4%
    Kyle Seager, Mariners
    17%
    Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
    4%

    Total Votes: 3,689


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