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    1Bartolo Colon, NYM, SP2
    2Nick Martinez, TEX, SP2
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    4Nick Markakis, BAL, RF1
    5Michael Pineda, NYY, SP1
    6R.A. Dickey, TOR, SP1
    7Alfredo Simon, CIN, SP1
    8Curtis Granderson, NYM, RF1
    9Henderson Alvarez, MIA, SP1
    10Clay Buchholz, BOS, SP1
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    2David Freese, LAA, 3B-3
    3Joc Pederson, LAD, LF-3
    4Tyson Ross, SD, SP-2
    5Jacob deGrom, NYM, SP-2
    6Marcell Ozuna, MIA, CF-2
    7Shelby Miller, STL, SP-2
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    Jayson Nix replaces Christian Colon on World Series roster
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (12:26 pm ET) The Royals added third baseman Jayson Nix to their World Series roster, replacing infielder Christian Colon. Nix got 83 at-bats during the regular season, batting .120 with a homer and four RBI.

    Report: Adam Wainwright 'should have normal offseason'
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (10/20/2014) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright had his elbow examined following the team's elimination, and it checked out "optimistically," general manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wainwright "should have a normal offseason," Mozeliak added.

    Michael Morse to DH in World Series
    by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
    (10/20/2014) Giants outfielder Michael Morse will serve as the team's designated hitter in the World Series games in Kansas City, manager Bruce Bochy told the San Jose Mercury News. Morse batted .279 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games.

    He missed the NLDS with an oblique injury, but hit a tying homer in Game 5 of the NLCS.


    Giants announce World Series rotation
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (10/18/2014) Giants manager Bruce Bochy will maintain his current rotation for the World Series, which means Madison Bumgarner and Jake Peavy will start Games 1 and 2 in Kansas City, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Saturday. Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong will pitch Games 3 and 4 at home.

    Bochy is also expected to keep veteran Tim Lincecum on the roster. Lincecum has yet to make an appearance this postseason for San Francisco.


    Royals tab Shields, Ventura for World Series Games 1, 2
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (10/18/2014) The Royals will start pitchers James Shields in Game 1 and Yordano Ventura in Game 2 of the World Series, Yahoo! Sports reports. The Royals are making their first World Series appearance in 29 years.

    Cord Phelps elects free agency
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (10/18/2014) Orioles infielder Cord Phelps has elected free agency. Phelps hit .259/.361/.388 with seven home runs, 51 RBI and two stolen bases in 343 at-bats with Triple-A Norfolk.

    Kelvin De La Cruz elects free agency
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (10/18/2014) Orioles pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz has elected free agency. He delivered a 5.98 ERA and 49:31 K:BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings with Triple-A Norfolk.

    Julio DePaula elects free agency
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (10/18/2014) Orioles pitcher Julio DePaula has elected free agency. DePaula, whose only work as a major-league game in 2007 with the Twins, posted a 4.97 ERA and 43:13 K:BB ratio in 38 innings with Double-A Bowie.

    Reds pitcher Trevor Bell elects free agency
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (10/17/2014) Reds pitcher Trevor Bell has elected to become a free-agent.

    Bell pitched just two-thirds of an inning in the majors last season due to elbow inflammation. He'll seek a deal with another club during the offseason.


    Cardinals may not be able to keep Pat Neshek
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (10/17/2014) Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek may have to test the open market this winter, according to MLB.com.

    After his performance last season, there's a sense that Neshek has priced himself out of St. Louis' bullpen. Neshek was exceptional with the club, posting a 1.87 ERA over 67 1/3 innings. The performance earned him a trip to the All-Star Game. The team will likely attempt to re-sign Neshek, but there's a sense he can get a more lucrative deal elsewhere. 


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

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