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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
    MRI on Michael Wacha's shoulder comes back clean
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (5:34 pm ET) An MRI on the injured shoulder of Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha came back clean, MLB.com reports.

    Wacha has been dealing with a stress reaction in his right shoulder, but he is expected to follow his normal offseason program. "Even the doctors were a little surprised on how that looked," general manager John Mozeliak said.


    Giants 2B Joe Panik batting second in World Series Game 1
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (5:31 pm ET) Giants second baseman Joe Panik remains in the second spot in the team's announced starting lineup for Game 1 of the World Series against the Royals Tuesday.

    Panik has hit second in all nine of the Giants' postseason games so far, but he's hit just .239/.271/.348 in 46 at-bats, with three of his 11 hits coming during the Wild Card game to open the postseason. He bat just after leadoff man and center fielder Gregor Blanco. Catcher Buster Posey bats third, followed by third baseman Pablo Sandoval, right fielder Hunter Pence, first baseman Brandon Belt, designated hitter Michael Morse, left fielder Travis Ishikawa and shortstop Brandon Crawford.


    Royals tab SS Alcides Escobar to lead off in World Series Game 1
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (5:26 pm ET) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is leading off in the team's announced lineup for Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday against the Giants.

    Escobar led off just 16 times while playing all 162 games during the regular season, but he's been the man atop the lineup in each of the Royals' first eight postseason games -- all wins. He'll be followed by right fielder Norichika Aoki, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, first baseman Eric Hosmer, designated hitter Billy Butler, left fielder Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez, second baseman Omar Infante and third baseman Mike Moustakas.


    Phillies sign Jerome Williams to one-year deal
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (5:21 pm ET) The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $2.5-million deal with pitcher Jerome Williams, the team announced Tuesday. The contract includes performance bonuses.

    Williams went 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 38:17 K:BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings over nine starts after joining the team off waivers in August. He has pitched for seven teams while compiling a 4.40 ERA in 891 1/3 career innings.


    Cardinals to attempt to trade RP Randy Choate
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (5:18 pm ET) The Cardinals will look to move relief pitcher Randy Choate this offseason, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    I think in Choate’s case, for us, he’s fairly one-dimensional," general manager John Mozeliak said. "That makes it difficult for us to use him, particularly during a long season."

    Choate posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 32:13 K:BB ratio in 36 innings during the regular season. He fared much better against left-handed hitters, who hit .093/.205/.147 in 75 at-bats against the reliever. Righties posted a .938 OPS when facing Choate in 2014.


    Taijuan Walker finishes with Arizona Fall League 'healthy'
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (5:10 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker was scratched from his most recent scheduled start in the Arizona Fall League and will not pitch again in the league, although the team said he is completely healthy, MLB.com reports.

    "Taijuan is completely healthy and was very impressive in his two outings, but made a personal decision that he needed to return home at this time," general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement. "He will continue with his offseason program and we look forward to seeing him at spring training in February."

    Walker posted a 2.00 ERA in his two AFL starts, striking out 11 and walking two in nine innings of work.


    Cardinals getting Trevor Rosenthal ready to be 2015 closer
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (4:08 pm ET) While other relievers have been told to condition themselves as starters before spring training opens, Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal has been told he will stay in the bullpen, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Rosenthal, who had 45 saves in 2014, has not started since the 2012 season in the minors.

    "We need Trevor to prepare to be a closer," manager Mike Matheny said. "This was the first full season that he pitched in that role. There's a learning curve to that, to understanding how to make it through a long season as a closer, and how to have the effectiveness, and how to stay in the strike zone and adjusting your workload as far as what you’re doing in between your appearances."


    Jon Jay expected to be Cardinals' starting CF in 2015
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:48 pm ET) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay was bumped from the starting job in center field last spring when the team acquired Peter Bourjos in a trade from the Angels. However, as the season progressed, Jay worked his way back into being the regular center fielder and is on track to keep the job heading into 2015.

    "Center field (for 2015) right now is Jon Jay’s, based on how he played," general manager John Mozeliak said at a news conference Monday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I think he played a much better center field than he did a year ago.

    “Peter Bourjos is someone we have under control and certainly envision him being a part of this club. How we create more playing time for him is something we strategize over this offseason. But, clearly, Jay’s performance and how he played the second half frankly is altering how we look at him moving forward."

    Mozeliak added Jay will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist Wednesday. He is expected to need 6-8 weeks of recovery, but he will be ready for spring training.


    Jayson Nix replaces Christian Colon on World Series roster
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (12:26 pm ET) The Royals added third baseman Jayson Nix to their World Series roster, replacing infielder Christian Colon. Nix got 83 at-bats during the regular season, batting .120 with a homer and four RBI.

    Report: Adam Wainwright 'should have normal offseason'
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (10/20/2014) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright had his elbow examined following the team's elimination, and it checked out "optimistically," general manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wainwright "should have a normal offseason," Mozeliak added.

     
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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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