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    4Franklin Barreto, TOR, SS0
    5Sean Nolin, TOR, SP0
    6Troy Tulowitzki, COL, SS0
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    Player News
    Report: Athletics talking to Braves about Upton, Gattis
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (12:46 am ET) The Athletics are talking to the Braves about outfielder Justin Upton and catcher Evan Gattis, according to the Bay Area News Group.

    Oakland was involved in a shocking deal on Friday, and it doesn't appear the club is done making deals just yet. Upton is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 over 566 at-bats. The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract.

    Gattis hit .263/.317/.493 over 369 at-bats. He was hindered by a back injury over the second half of the year. Gattis won't be a free-agent until 2019.


    A's deal Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (11/28/2014) The Athletics have dealt third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays for third baseman Brett Lawrie and pitcher Kendall Graveman, according to FoxSports.com. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed the deal.

    Pitcher Sean Nolin and shortstop Franklin Barreto are also heading to Oakland, according to Yahoo! The 28-year-old Donaldson is entering his first year of arbitration. He's under team control until 2019. Lawrie is also entering his first year of arbitration, but will become a free-agent in 2018. Lawrie is entering his age-25 season. Graveman sky-rocketed through Toronto's farm system last year, jumping multiple levels. The 23-year-old posted a 1.83 ERA in 27 starts over four levels. He made his major-league debut as well, coming out of the bullpen five times at the end of the year. 

    The 24-year-old Nolin posted a 3.43 ERA over three levels in the minors last season. He tossed one inning in the majors last season, giving up one run. The 18-year-old Barreto hit .311/.384/.481 over 328 at-bats in Class A ball. 


    Athletics' Jeff Samardzija has not been informed of possible trade
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (11/28/2014) 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
    (11/28/2014) 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
    (11/28/2014) 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
    (11/28/2014) 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
    (11/28/2014) 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
    (11/28/2014) 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
    (11/28/2014) 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
    (11/28/2014) 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.


     
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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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