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    Athletics' Jeff Samardzija has not been informed of possible trade
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (9:41 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija has not been informed about a possible trade, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

    There was an earlier report suggesting Samardzija was involved in a deal, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Samardzija is a high profile player, and likely would have been contacted by the team if a deal was close. Oakland is said to be working on something, but it's unclear which players are involved. 


    Update: Athletics 'close' to making a deal
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:48 pm ET) Update: The Athletics are close to making a deal, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Oakland is looking to acquire hitters in a possible deal. The initial rumor had pitcher Jeff Samardzija in a potential deal, but that may not be the case, according to FoxSports.com. First baseman Brandon Moss is also not included in a possible deal, according to MLB.com. The reports seem to indicate the A's are actively pursuing a deal, but the players involved are not known at this time. 


    Report: Nationals' Ross Detwiler open to a trade
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (7:14 pm ET) Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler is open to a trade, according to The Washington Post

    The 28-year-old has been a starter most of his career, but was shifted to the bullpen last season. Though he was effective, Detwiler was relagated to being the team's long relief option/mop-up man. Detwiler doesn't have much of a role with the club, and his camp has suggested that the Nats pursue a trade if possible. Detwiler posted a 4.00 ERA over 63 innings. 


    Report: Nationals have checked in on Asdrubal Cabrera
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (6:15 pm ET) The Nationals are one of several teams to have checked in on second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, according to The Washington Post

    Cabrera spent the second half of 2014 in Washington, and has expressed a desire to remain with the club. The Nationals are said to be in pursuit of a middle infielder. Shortstop Ian Desmond is in the final year of his contract, and it's unclear if the team wants to go with Danny Espinosa at second. The 29-year-old Cabrera hit .241/.307/.387 over 553 at-bats last year.


    Giants pitcher Juan Gutierrez elects free agency
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (5:33 pm ET) Giants pitcher Juan Gutierrez has elected free agency.

    Gutierrez was designated for assignment by the club on November 20. The team attempted to send him to the minors, but Gutierrez rejected the assignment, becoming a free-agent. He's now free to sign with any club. Gutierrez posted a 3.96 ERA over 63 2/3 innings last season. 


    Marlins will consider using Aaron Crow as a starter
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (5:12 pm ET) The Marlins will consider using newly-acquired pitcher Aaron Crow as a starter, according to the Sun Sentinel.

    There's no guarantee Crow will be stretched out during spring training, but President of Baseball Operations Michael hill praised Crow's versatility. "We love the thought he could possibly be a starting option for us, but at a minimum we know he’ll be a valuable bullpen piece," Hill said. Crow started 48 games in the minors before converting to the bullpen. He's been solid with the change, posting a 3.43 ERA over 233 2/3 career innings as a reliever. 


    RHP Belisario opts for free agency after assigned by White Sox
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (2:42 pm ET) Reliever Ronald Belisario has chosen free agency over a minor league assignment from the White Sox.

    Belisario struggled in 2014 to the tune of a 5.56 ERA and 78 hits allowed in 66 1/3 innings.


    White Sox sign OF Tony Campana
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (2:35 pm ET) The White Sox have signed speedy veteran outfielder Tony Campana to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

    Campana spent brief periods of time with the Diamondbacks and Angels this season and managed just 14 hits in 75 at-bats.


    Report: Nats, Doug Fister not making progress in extension talks
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (12:52 pm ET) The Nationals made pitcher Doug Fister an extension offer in the spring after acquiring him in a trade with the Tigers. Both sides weren't able to agree to terms at the time. According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, both have not made any progress in extension talks "for months"

    Fister is entering a contract year after going 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA in 25 starts. He'll make $7.2 million in 2015.


    Report: Royals trade RHP Crow to Marlins for lefty Flynn
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (12:24 pm ET) The Royals have swapped right-hander Aaron Crow to the Marlins for southpaw Brian Flynn, according to Fox Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal, who has further reported that minor league righty Reid Redman is also heading to Kansas City in the trade.

    Crow, who had been pitching for Kansas City since 2010, struggled at times in 2014 despite a 6-1 record. His 4.12 ERA was nearly a point higher than what he compiled the previous year. Flynn has pitched in just six major league games over the past two seasons.


     
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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%

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