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A's C Stephen Vogt expects to be ready for opening day


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt believes he'll be ready for opening day, according to MLB.com.

Vogt had foot surgery in October, but had his walking boot removed Thursday. Vogt admitted that he may not be 100 percent by spring training, but said he expects to be ready for opening day. After playing multiple positions due to the injury last season, Vogt said he's eager to get behind the plate again. 

The 30-year-old Vogt hit .279/.321/.431 over 269 at-bats last year. 


Blue Jays, first baseman Daric Barton agree to minor-league deal


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Blue Jays have signed free agent first baseman Daric Barton to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. 

Barton spent the last eight seasons as a member of the Athletics organization, posting a career .247 average with 30 home runs and 184 RBI. He hit just .158 in 2014 with five RBI. 


Royals officially announce signing of Kendrys Morales


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Royals made their signing of first baseman Kendrys Morales official Tuesday by announcing a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2017. The deal is said to be worth $17 million. 

Morales hit .218 with eight home runs, 20 doubles and 42 RBI in 2014. 


Showalter: Chris Davis gets approval 'for what he got suspended for'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in an interview with 105.7 The Fan on Tuesday slugger Chris Davis received approval "for what he got suspended for" during the 2014 season, according to MASNsports.com. Davis was suspended 25 games late in the season for using Adderall without a therapeutic-use exemption.

Davis, who hit an MLB-best 53 home runs in 2013, struggled offensively in 2014. He hit just .196 in 127 games. He did hit 26 home runs, while also posting 16 doubles, 65 runs and 72 RBI.


Report: Rangers agree to minor-league deal with Kyle Blanks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Rangers agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Blanks has a career .234/.319/.407/.726 slash line over six MLB seasons. He also has 30 home runs, 37 doubles and 105 RBI in 260 games.


Cashman: Mark Teixeira is 'definitely an everyday first baseman'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman appears confident first baseman Mark Teixeira won't be as injury prone in 2015, per NJ.com.

Teixeira payed in just 123 games in 2014 due to a myriad of injuries, which included problems with his surgically repaired wrist, strained hamstring, sore knee, tired legs, dizziness, lacerated left hand and strained oblique.

"I don’t think we’ll have the same issues this year as we had last year," Cashman said. "I think Mark Teixeira is definitely an everyday first baseman. I think he’ll prove that this year. I think last year is something he felt will be part of the process and he feels it won’t be part of this year’s process. In terms of his recovery and rehab, last year was expected for him. And that won’t be expected going forward."


Athletics agree to trade Austin House for Rockies' Mark Canha


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Athletics announced pitcher Austin House has been traded to the Rockies Thursday. In exchange for House and cash, the Rockies sent infielder Mark Canha to the A’s.

House has a 3.27 ERA over three seasons in the minors. While playing in Triple-A in 2014, Canha hit .303 with 20 home runs and 83 RBI. The Rockies picked up Canha from the Marlins in Thursday's Rule 5 draft.


Kendrys Morales agrees to two-year, $17 million deal with Royals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Free agent Kendrys Morales has agreed to a contract with the Royals, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Morales is getting a two-year, $17 million deal, which could increase to $18.5 million due to incentives.

The 31-year-old Morales hit .218 with eight home runs, 20 doubles and 42 RBI in 98 games between the Twins and Mariners in 2014. He is a career .271 hitter with a .460 slugging percentage and .784 OPS in 718 games.

Morales has a .281 average, .509 slugging percentage, .825 OPS, three home runs, four doubles and seven RBI in 15 career games at Kauffman Stadium.


Mariners 1B Logan Morrison in line for full-time duty


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison is in line to be the team's regular first baseman in 2015, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

"Listen, I’ve always said that playing time is dictated on performance," manager Lloyd McClendon said, "and he performed very well. As we speak right now, I’d be very happy if things work out that he’s my regular first baseman."

Morrison hit .262/.315/.420 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 336 at-bats in 2014 but improved in the second half, hitting .284/.341/.448 in 201 second-half at-bats.


Semien among four players A's acquire in trade with White Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Athletics announced Tuesday they completed a six-player trade with the White Sox. The Athletics acquired infielder Marcus Semien, pitcher Chris Bassitt, catcher Josh Phegley and infielder Rangel Ravelo in exchange for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa.

Semien has hit .240 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 85 career games for Chicago. He was considered a top-100 prospect (No. 91) by Baseball America heading into 2014. He has appeared at second base, third base and shortstop in his MLB career.

Bassitt went 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in six outings (five starts) for the White Sox last season. He was 22-10 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 96 career appearances (44 starts) in the minors.

Phegley hit .207 with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 76 games over the last two seasons for Chicago. 

Ravelo hit .309 with a .473 slugging percentage, .859 OPS, 11 home runs, 37 doubles and 66 RBI in 133 games for Double-A Birmingham last season. He has a career .301/368/.424/.792 slash line. The 22-year-old Ravelo has played at both first base and third base in the minors.


Report: Kendrys Morales seeking 'multiple years, substantial dollars'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) According to ESPN.com baseball writer Jerry Crasnick, free agent DH/first baseman Kendrys Morales might be on the market "for a while" again this winter unless his contract expectations change. His agent, Scott Boras, is seeking "multiple years and substantial dollars" for the 31-year-old veteran, an American League source told Crasnick.

Morales hit .218/.274/.338 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 367 at-bats between the Twins and Mariners last season.


Report: Teams have inquired about Indians' Carlos Santana


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Teams have contacted the Indians about slugger Carlos Santana, according to FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi. However, no deal is close.

The 28-year-old Santana is owed $14.25 million over the next two seasons. He has a $12 million team option for 2017, which includes a $1.2 million buyout. 

Santana hit just .231 in 152 games in 2014, but he tied a career-best with 27 home runs and had a career-high 113 walks. He also had 25 doubles and a career-best 85 RBI.


Blue Jays claim Chris Colabello off waivers from Twins


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Blue Jays announced Monday they claimed first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello off waivers from the Twins. Colabello hit .214 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI in 114 games over the last two seasons for Minnesota.

Report: Indians' Nick Swisher not generating much trade interest


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) While the Indians have reportedly made first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher available in a trade, there hasn't been much interest, according to FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi. The Indians acquired first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss in a trade with the Athletics on Monday.

Swisher, who hit .208 in 97 games in 2014, is owed $30 million over the next two seasons. He also has a $14 million vesting option for 2017.


Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera ditches walking boot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is no longer in a walking boot, per his social media account on Monday.

Cabrera underwent right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in a bone at the top of his foot on Oct. 22.

The injuries caused a drop in Cabrera's power numbers in 2014, as he finished the year with a .313 batting average, 25 homers and 109 RBI over 611 at-bats. He is still on track to be re-evaluated once he's three months removed from the procedure. However, there's no update on when he'll be fully recovered this spring, per the Detroit News.


A's trade Brandon Moss to Indians for prospect Joe Wendle


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Athletics have traded first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss to the Indians in exchange for infielder Joe Wendle.

Moss was a first-time All-Star in 2014. He has hit more than 20 home runs in three straight seasons. Moss is a career .248 hitter with a .326 on-base percentage, .460 slugging percentage and .786 OPS in 625 games.

Wendle is considered the Indians' ninth-best prospect by MLB.com. He has a .292 average, .357 on-base percentage, .471 slugging percentage and .828 OPS in 261 career minor-league games. He spent most of the 2014 season at Double-A, batting .253 with eight home runs, five triples, 20 doubles and 50 RBI in 87 games.


Twins 1B Chris Colabello almost recovered from thumb injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Twins first baseman Chris Colabello said his injured right thumb is almost healed, according to the Pioneer Press. He will not need surgery after a series of doctor visits.

Colabello said he hopes to start his normal offseason hitting routine in the next few weeks. Colabello was having lingering issues with his right thumb as as a result of getting jammed on a pitch during an April 23 game against the Rays.


Report: A's, Indians likely to finalize Moss deal at winter meetings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Indians and Athletics are moving close to finalizing a trade involving Brandon Moss, according to New York Post baseball columnist Joel Sherman. The deal is likely to be completed at the winter meetings.

Dodgers add Ryan Lavarnway, designate Drew Butera


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) The Dodgers have claimed former Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway and designated fellow catcher Drew Butera for assignment.

Lavarnway was limited to 10 at-bats last season due to wrist surgery, rehab assignment and stretch in the minors.


Report: Resolution on Indians, A's Moss talks expected Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) A resolution on trade talks between the Indians and Athletics involving outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss is expected Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The Indians were reported to be "guardedly optimistic" that a deal would eventually be completed earlier Thursday, but it appears that the team is ready to move on if a deal can't be reached Friday. Moss hit .234/.334/.438 with 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 500 at-bats in 2014.

If a deal does get done, Indians second base prospect Joe Wendle could be headed to Oakland, according to the Plain Dealer. A sixth-round pick in 2012, Wendle is one of several players the two teams have discussed in trade talks involving Moss.


Duquette: Orioles have internal replacements for open OF slot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Orioles executive vice president for baseball operations Dan Duquette said Thursday that the team has internal options on hand to replace outfielder Nick Markakis, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Markakis is heading to Atlanta, leaving the Orioles with a hole in the outfield, but it appears they're leaning towards plugging that slot internally. Duquette mentioned Alejandro De Aza, David Lough and Steve Pearce as potential options, while Dariel Alvarez and Mike Yastrzemski are minor-leaguers who could also figure into the mix. The Orioles will still be looking for outfield depth on the market, even if the team's starting replacement for Markakis is already in the organization. Duquette also mentioned the bullpen as an area of priority this offseason.

Of the major-league options mentioned, Pearce shined the brightest offensively in 2014, hitting .292/.373/.556 with 21 home runs, 49 RBI and five stolen bases in 338 at-bats in the best season of his career by far. De Aza spent much of the season with the White Sox before coming to Baltimore, and he hit .252/.314/.386 between the two teams with eight home runs, 41 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 477 at-bats. Lough hit .247/.309/.385 with four home runs, 16 RBI and eight stolen bases in 174 at-bats.


Report: John Mayberry, Jr., Kyle Blanks on Mets' radar


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Free agent outfielders/first basemen John Mayberry, Jr. and Kyle Blanks are two nontendered players who are on the Mets' radar, Newsday reports.

Either player would fit the needs of the team as potential options at first base or in a corner outfield spot. Mayberry hit .212/.310/.425 with seven home runs and 23 RBI in 146 at-bats between the Phillies and Blue Jays in 2014. Blanks hit .309/.409/.436 with two home runs and seven RBI in 55 at-bats between the Padres and A's.


Report: Indians 'guardedly optimistic' Moss deal will happen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) The Indians are "guardedly optimistic" that a trade for Athletics outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss will be completed, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The two teams were reported to be in discussions on a Moss deal Wednesday, and the Athletics appear likely to trade the slugger away this offseason. He hit .234/.334/.438 with 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 500 at-bats in 2014 and has collected 76 home runs in 1,211 at-bats over the last three seasons.


Report: Athletics appear active in trying to trade Brandon Moss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) The Athletics are "going to trade" first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss, one baseball executive told ESPN baseball columnist Jayson Stark. 

It was first reported by the Bay Area News Group on Wednesday the Indians were showing interest in trading for Moss, who was a first-time All-Star in 2014. MLB.com then reported the Indians weren't the only team interested in Moss, but nothing appears imminent.

On Thursday, FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal reported the Indians are still working on trying to acquire Moss, but what the Athletics receive in return remains an issue. Moss is coming off hip surgery and is projected to make around $7 million in arbitration.

Moss hit .234 with 23 doubles, 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 147 games last season. He has hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last three seasons. He is batting .254 with a .504 slugging percentage and .844 OPS in 376 games since 2012.


Report: Indians talking to Athletics about Brandon Moss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Indians are showing interest in acquiring Brandon Moss from the Athletics, a source told the Bay Area News Group.

Moss was a first-time All-Star in 2014. He hit .234 with 23 doubles, 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 147 games. He has hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last three seasons. He is batting .254 with a .504 slugging percentage and .844 OPS in 376 games since 2012.


 
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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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