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2015 Outlook: Angels
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Top heavy with Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and rotation arms, the Angels can again win 90-plus if things break right, Al Melchior says in his Fantasy preview. Full Story
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    Player News
    White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie bulks up
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (2:52 pm ET) White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie says his offseason weight training program has enabled him to add 15-20 pounds of muscle, "which should translate into driving the ball harder," reports ESPN.com.

    “Honestly I’m hoping that by taking the same swing that I did last year, because I’m stronger, I’m hoping that translates into more power,” Gillaspie said, per the website. “It may or may not. We have enough guys that do hit for power on this team now. There are quite a few of them, so truthfully, I think I might be just as valuable getting on base, drawing walks, moving runners.” 

    Gillaspie hit .282 with seven homers and 57 RBI in 130 games last year.


    Brewers reliever Tyler Thornburg throwing bullpen sessions
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (2:36 pm ET) Brewers reliever Tyler Thornburg, who missed the second half of last season with an elbow injury, is throwing bullpen sessions as he tries to prepare for spring training, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Thornburg went 3-1 with a 4.25 ERA in 27 appearances before getting shut down in June.

    Yu Darvish: 'My elbow feels fine'
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (2:17 pm ET) Speaking publicly for the first time since he was shut down late last season with right elbow inflammation, Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said he's feeling no ill effects now, reports MLB.com. Darvish, who's throwing off flat ground, is on track to begin throwing off a mound early next month.

    "My elbow feels fine and I am able to throw on my throwing program," Darvish said, per the website.

    Darvish has been working out in Texas during the offseason and said his training is "going well." General manager Jon Daniels said Darvish is "right on schedule."

    "I think Darvish is very in tune with his body as much as anybody and knows how he's feeling," Daniels said. "He's very confident. Like any of these guys, until they're out there you're always going to have some reservation, but that's the worrywart in me. From all the information we have, I'm encouraged. He's basically been cleared to do just about everything."

    Darvish's last start came Aug. 9 against Houston. He went 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts, tossing two complete games and one shutout.


    Brewers reliever Jim Henderson throwing again
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (1:13 pm ET) Brewers reliever Jim Henderson, who had shoulder surgery last August, began throwing off a mound last week and will toss bullpen sessions this week, reports MLB.com. Henderson hopes to be 100 percent by Opening Day, the report added.

    Henderson was limited to 14 appearances last season. He went 2-1 with a 7.15 ERA.


    Ryan Braun says his thumb feels 'significantly better'
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (1:05 pm ET) Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun, who underwent a thumb procedure last October, said his thumb feels "significantly better" than at this time last year, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Braun was plagued throughout last season by a nerve issue at the base of his thumb, the paper noted.

    "Knock on wood, I feel great; it feels really good," Braun told reporters.

    "Everything is going well. Regular offseason, regular routine. I started hitting a little bit earlier than I typically do, just to see how it felt. So far, so good. It feels really good.

    "I do everything I regularly do. I don't hit off live pitching but I take regular batting practice like we would during the season, and it feels good. I don't feel anything at all."

    Added Braun: "I know it's significantly better than where it was this time last year, which I'm encouraged by. But as I told you guys the last time I saw everybody (at Thanksgiving) the real test will come in spring training, once we've played games for a couple of weeks and that everyday wear and tear. See how it recovers, see how it responds."


    Stiff competition for fifth spot in Mariners' rotation
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (12:16 pm ET) Taijuan Walker, Roenis Elias and Erasmo Ramirez are the leading candidates for the fifth spot in the Mariners' starting rotation, reports the Tacoma News Tribune. "The more competition, the better," Walker told the paper.

    "It brings out the best of everyone who is fighting for the spot."

    Walker posted a 1.96 ERA in six outings last September after being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.


    Report: Yankees decline reconciliation with Alex Rodriguez
    by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
    (11:50 am ET) After meeting with new Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred to clear the air over his year-long suspension in 2014, Alex Rodriguez also reached out to the Yankees to set up a meeting, but was turned down, reports the New York Post.

    Rodriguez requested to meet with the Yankees to apologize for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, but was told to wait until spring training. Reports also surfaced that Rodriguez is looking noticeably thinner compared to recent seasons, a source told the New York Post.

    Rodriguez is set to report to spring training Feb. 25.


    Rockies' Boone Logan appears to be fully healthy
    by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
    (11:33 am ET) Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said pitcher Boone Logan has completely recovered from elbow issues that ended his 2014 season, reports The Denver Post.

    Boone struggled in 2014 and was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. He produced a 6.84 ERA over 25 innings.


    Report: Yelich, Hechavarria turn down offers from Marlins
    by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
    (11:21 am ET) The Marlins are no longer discussing multiyear contracts with outfielder Christian Yelich and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, reports the Miami Herald.

    A significant gap between Yelich and the Marlins has caused contract talks on a long-term deal to stall. Hechavarria turned down the Marlins' multiyear contract because the offer was not significant enough. He can become a free agent after the 2018 season, while Yelich can become a free agent after 2019.


    Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin ready for bounce back 2015 season
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (12:46 am ET) Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin had a tough 2014 season. After injuring his shoulder in spring training, Chacin struggled in 11 starts, posting a 1-7 record with a 5.40 ERA in 63 1/3 innings. He suffered right rotator cuff strain, which forced him to miss nearly half the season.

    However, manager Walt Weiss is happy with Chacin's progress this offseason.

    "He's doing great. He's been throwing and working out really hard. He's had a really good offseason," Weiss said to The Denver Post.

    Teammate and pitcher Jorge De La Rosa thinks 2015 will be much kinder to Chacin.

    "He surprised me a lot," De La Rosa said. "He was playing catch with me every day (in Scottsdale, Ariz.), and his arm looks really good. His ball really had some life, and he's lost some weight. I think he's getting stronger. He's going to have a good year."


     
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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
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    Todd Frazier, Reds
    33%
    Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
    4%
    Kyle Seager, Mariners
    17%
    Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
    4%

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