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    6Jose Pirela, NYY, SS0
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    Player News
    Report: Padres sign Josh Johnson to incentive-laden deal
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (2:46 pm ET) The contract signed by pitcher Josh Johnson with the Padres is for one year and $1 million with incentives that could raise it to $6.25 million, per Yahoo Sports.

    Johnson must prove himself healthy first. He has not pitched a full season since 2012 and has been plagued by injuries for the last five years.


    Giants dispatch 1B Villanola to minors
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (2:28 pm ET) The Giants have outrighted first baseman Angel Villanola to the minors. He is no longer on the 40-man roster.

    Villanola has yet to earn an at-bat in the major leagues.


    Twins sign 1B Brock Peterson to minor league deal
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (2:17 pm ET) The Twins have signed journeyman first baseman Brock Peterson to a minor league contract. He played in 117 games at the Triple-A levels of the Nationals and Dodgers organizations last year. He had a strong season with a .301 average, 15 home runs and 67 RBI in 117 games.


    Pair of Cubs clear waivers and sent to Triple-A
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (2:10 pm ET) Cubs right-hander Donn Roach and infielder Logan Watkins have cleared waivers and have been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa.

    Roach pitched in 16 games for San Diego last season before being claimed by the Cubs in mid-November. Watkins joined the Cubs late in the year and managed 16 hits in 65 at-bats.


    Royals secure waivers and assign pair to Triple-A
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (1:20 pm ET) The Royals have secured outright waivers on outfielder Moises Sierra and right-hander Casey Coleman, both of whom have been assigned to Triple-A Omaha. Coleman can reject the assignment and become a free agent.

    Yankees 1B Jones trying not to 'drool' over short porch
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (1:09 pm ET) Yankees recently acquired first baseman/designated hitter Garrett Jones anticipates getting plenty of action for his new team.

    Jones added in an interview with MLB Network Radio that "you start drooling as a power guy" over the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium, but that he does not want to alter his approach at the plate.

    His power numbers have decreased over the last two seasons. Jones slugged 30 home runs in 899 at-bats in 2013 and 2014 combined after mashing 27 in 475 at-bats in 2012.


    Twins make it official: Hughes in the fold for three years
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (12:15 pm ET) What was reported is now official - the Twins have announced that they have signed a three-year contract extension with right-hander and 2014 standout Phil Hughes for $42 million.

    Hughes thrived away from Yankee Stadium, where he yielded 59 home runs in 2012 and 2013 combined. Pitching in more spacious Target Field, he allowed just 16 dingers last season and finished 16-20 with a 3.52 ERA.

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    Report: Nationals sign reliever Heath Bell
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (12:08 pm ET) The Nationals have signed former standout closer Heath Bell to a minor league contract, a source has told MLBDailyDish.com.

    Bell was released by the Yankees in June, though he did not pitch for them at the major league level. He stumbled along with a 7.27 ERA earlier in the season with Tampa Bay.

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    Report: Padres planning to keep Wil Myers
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (11:48 am ET) The Padres have no intention of dealing away recently acquired outfielder Wil Myers, sources within the organization have told the San Diego Union-Tribune, which has conceded that mindset could change.

    Reports have Myers being included in trade talks with Philadelphia involving pitcher Cole Hamels.

    The Padres are planning to have Myers start the season in center field, flanked by more ballyhooed offseason acquisitions Matt Kemp and Justin Upton.

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    Yankees brass praises rookie second basemen
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (10:43 am ET) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has indicated that rookies Robert Refsnyder and Jose Pirela might have the inside track on the starting second base job in 2015.

    Free agents such as Stephen Drew and Asdrubal Cabrera could be more palatable options in teaming up with inexperienced shortstop Didi Gregorius as a double play combination. But Cashman is certainly open to starting the year with Refsnyder or Pirela.

    Cashman is high on Refsnyder, who hit .318 with 14 home runs at the Double-A and Triple-A levels last season, though he admits he hasn't seen much of him. "I know that in half a year he had nine errors in Double-A and in the seocnd half, in Triple-A, he had only three," Cashman told NJ.com. "So there's obviously a lot of improvement there. ... Very excited about his bat and his ability to get on base and do some things."

    Meanwhile, Joe Girardi has spoken highly of Pirela, who batted .333 in 24 at-bats for the Yankees after his September promotion.

    "He made every type of play: a slow roller, a ball to hisright, a ball to his left, a turn-and-throw play and a tag play at second," Girardi said.

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

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