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    5Chris Davis, BAL, 1B0
    6Mookie Betts, BOS, CF0
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    Player News
    Yankees, Phillies discuss deal for shortstop Jimmy Rollins
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (2:18 pm ET) The Yankees and Phillies reportedly discussed a deal for 35-year-old shortstop Jimmy Rollins before talks broke down, according to ESPN Baseball Insider Jayson Stark.

    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Stark Rollins is "one of the best shortstops in baseball still" but wouldn't confirm Yankees interest in the veteran. Amaro also said Rollins is "somebody we want on our club and would be very hard to replace."

    Rollins is due $11 million this season and his contract is up at the end of 2015. Rollins hit .243 with 55 RBI and stole 28 bases last year. 


    Padres' Blaine Boyer clears waivers, heads for free agency
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (2:08 pm ET) Padres right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer cleared waivers Wednesday and will enter free agency, according to U-T San Diego. Boyer was designated for assignment last week.

    Boyer appeared in 32 games last season for the Padres and posted a 3.57 ERA. 


    Rays designate Sean Rodriguez for assignment
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (2:04 pm ET) The Rays have designated 29-year-old Sean Rodriguez for assignment. 

    Rodriguez hit .211 with 12 home runs last season. 


    Jose Molina, Cole Figueroa clear waivers, released by Rays
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (1:55 pm ET) Catcher Jose Molina and infielder Cole Figueroa cleared waivers and were released by the Rays Wednesday. 

    Both Molina and Figueroa were designated for assignment Thursday. Molina, 39, hit .178 over 225 at-bats last year, while Figueroa hit .233 in 43 at-bats. 


    Rays sign right-hander Ernesto Frieri to major-league contract
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (1:33 pm ET) The Rays have announced signing of right-hand pitcher Ernesto Frieri to a one-year contract. Frieri will make a base salary of $800,000, going up to $3.15 million with incentives, according to the Tampa Tribune.

    Frieri, who had a career-high 37 saves in 2013, had 11 last season with a 7.34 ERA.


    Yankees' Sabathia confident he can return to being 200-inning pitcher
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:23 pm ET) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia continues to deliver positive updates coming off July knee surgery.

    "The knee, I have no complaints," Sabathia told YES Network. "I’m able to do all of my workouts. … I’m changing a few things. Not as much pounding and running. I’m in the pool a lot, on different machines to get cardio, (on the) bike. Just adding a few different things to get some cardio in."

    Despite coming off surgery and being limited to eight starts (46 innings) in 2014, Sabathia feels he can get back to being a 30-start, 200-inning pitcher in 2015.

    "Yeah, for sure," he said. "I feel like I can. If you asked me that a couple of months ago, I would have said, ‘I don’t know,’ but the way I’m feeling now and being able to work out, definitely."


    Report: Indians expressing interest in Kendrys Morales
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (12:05 pm ET) The Indians have expressed inerest in DH/first baseman Kendrys Morales

    Morales, who split time between the Twins and Mariners last season, hit .218 with 42 RBI.


    Brewers' Ryan Braun 'cautiously optimistic' coming off thumb surgery
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:54 am ET) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is optimistic coming off October thumb surgery. Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure in Los Angeles on Oct. 2, in which a needle was inserted at the base of his right thumb to essentially freeze a nerve.

    "It definitely worked," Braun said Wednesday, per MLB.com. "It makes a huge difference."

    Braun swung a bat 10 days after the procedure and was happy the pain in his thumb was gone.

    "Right now, I don’t feel any [discomfort], and I haven’t been able to say that for two years," he said. "I think I’ve told you guys, it [bothered him] shaking hands, writing -- you know, just everyday activities. Now I don’t feel it at all, so I’m excited."

    While Braun is definitely optimistic, he is also a bit cautious because he isn't in the grind of playing baseball every day. He has received full clearance, however, for all offseason activities.

    "I’m encouraged by how it feels, but at the same time, I think I have to be cautiously optimistic [until] I get into spring training and see how it responds," Braun said. "But it hasn’t felt this good in a really long time."


    Red Sox GM: Cespedes 'in our plans for next year'
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (11:13 am ET) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said in a radio interview Wednesday that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is in the team's plans for next year. 

    “We acquired him at the deadline in the [Jon] Lester trade because we felt that was the best deal at the time, we still feel that way. He’s in our plans for next year and his versatility and skill in the outfield and gives us the flexibility, could play any of the three positions," Cherington said. "We’ll just see what the rest of the offseason brings. We have a long way to go, and as we get to January, closer to spring training, we’ll know more about who’s here and how it all adds up.”

    Cespedes hit .260 with 100 RBI last season between Oakland and Boston. 


    Mets SP Matt Harvey eager for the start of spring training
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (10:59 am ET) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who missed the 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, said "spring training can't come quick enough" during a radio interview Tuesday with WFAN.

    "My whole goal is to be able to face hitters in February as soon as I get down to Florida," Harvey said, per NJ.com. "I haven't faced any hitters. I haven't done any batting practice."

    Harvey, who was an All-Star in 2013, is 12-10 with a 2.39 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 36 career starts. He is also striking out 9.9 batters per nine innings.


     
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    Fan Poll

    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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