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Cubs claim Oakland castoff OF Shane Peterson


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:45 pm ET) Outfielder Shane Peterson has been claimed by the Cubs a week after being designated for assignment by Oakland.

Peterson managed one hit in seven at-bats for the Athletics in 2013 and has not played since.


Cubs sign C Ryan Lavarnway, DFA two others


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:23 pm ET) The Cubs have claimed former Boston catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers. They have also desginated for assignment right-hander Donn Roach and infielder Logan Watkins.

Lavarnway was hitless in 10 at-bats for the Red Sox in 2014 after missing extended time with a broken wrist.


Marlins, Yankees formally announce five-player trade


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) The Marlins and Yankees formally announced a five player trade on Friday, per MLB.com. The Marlins acquired infielder Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps from New York in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones and Domingo German. Miami also received an undisclosed amount of cash in the deal.

Prado hit .282 with 12 homers and 58 RBI in 143 games played between the Yankees and Diamondbacks. Phelps went 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA and 92 strikeouts over 113 innings pitched. 

Eovaldi registered a 4.37 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and 142:43 K:BB ratio over 199 2/3 innings as a starter in Miami. Jones hit .246 with 15 homers and 53 RBI over 496 at-bats in his lone season with the Marlins.


Marlins acquire Martin Prado in trade with Yankees


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:45 pm ET) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed the Yankees have traded third baseman Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps to the Marlins in exchange for pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, first baseman Garrett Jones and Domingo German. The Marlins will also receive an undisclosed amount of cash in the deal.

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. 


Michael Morse signs two-year, $16 million deal with Marlins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Outfielder Michael Morse's agent confirmed he's signed a contract with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports the deal is worth $16 million for two years.

Morse played a crucial part in San Francisco's championship run in 2014, batting .279 with 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 61 RBI in 131 regular season games. He had just six hits over 20 postseason at-bats.


Report: Marlins starting to field trade inquiries on Garrett Jones


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) With the reports the Marlins have agreed to a two-year deal with Michael Morse, the Marlins are already receiving trade inquiries about first baseman Garrett Jones, according to MLB.com. 

The Marlins still could keep Jones as a left-handed bat off the bench, but his $5 million salary could be make him too expensive of a bench option. Jones hit .246 with 15 home runs, 33 doubles and 53 RBI in 146 games last season for Miami.


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.


Michael Morse agrees to two-year deal with Marlins


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Free agent outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse has agreed to a deal with the Marlins, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. MLB.com reports it is a two-year deal, pending a physical. FOX Sports was first to report Morse was close to a deal with Miami.

Morse heads to Miami with a .281/.335/.473/.808 slash line over 10 seasons in the majors. He helped San Francisco to a World Series title in 2014, while batting .279 with a .475 slugging percentage, 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 61 RBI in 131 regular season games.

In nine career games at Marlins Park, Morse has a .314 average, .457 slugging percentage, .771 OPS, one triple, three doubles and five 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."


Report: Twins have interest in Jack Hannahan


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2014) The Twins have been in contact with free-agent third baseman Jack Hannahan, 1500 ESPN reports.

The Twins were interested in signing Hannahan two offseasons ago before he landed with the Reds. He was held to just 48 at-bats with the Reds in 2014 after undergoing shoulder surgery last offseason.


Orioles on Ryan Howard's pre-approved list for trades


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2014) The Orioles and the Phillies discussed a package deal that included outfielder Marlon Byrd and first baseman Ryan Howard during the winter meetings, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports Saturday.

According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, the Orioles are one of eight teams on Howard's pre-approved list for trades. An American League team seems like an ideal landing spot for the veteran, who could spend the final two years of his contract as a designated hitter. However, according to Heyman, there's "not a lot there at the moment" between the two clubs.

Howard has two years and a guaranteed $60 million remaining on his contract, with a $23 million option for 2017. He slashed .223/.310/.380 with 23 homers, 95 RBI while also striking out 190 times over 569 at-bats last season


Athletics designate center fielder Shane Peterson for assignment


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Athletics announced center fielder Shane Peterson has been designated for assignment Thursday.

Peterson has one hit in seven at-bats.


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.


Mets agree to deal with John Mayberry


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Free agent outfielder/first baseman John Mayberry Jr. has agreed to a major-league deal with the Mets, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. It is a one-year deal for $1.45 million, according to the New York Post.

Mayberry has a .241 average, .305 on-base percentage, .429 slugging percentage and .734 OPS in six MLB seasons. He also has 53 career home runs.

Mayberry has a .208 average, two home runs, five doubles and 12 RBI in 31 career games at Citi Field.


Dodgers take Ryan Lavarnway off 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Dodgers catcher Ryan Lavarnway was designated for assignment Thursday. Lavarnway was added off waivers Dec. 5.

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.


Report: Phillies, Orioles discuss 1B Ryan Howard


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Phillies and Orioles have talked about first baseman Ryan Howard this week, the New York Daily News reports.

It's unclear how much interest the Orioles have in Howard, a player who has declined in recent years and is owed $25 million in each of the next two seasons as well as a $10 million buyout of his 2017 option. He hit .223/.310/.380 with 23 home runs and 95 RBI in 569 at-bats in 2014.


Rockies garnering heavy interest in Morneau; Marlins interested


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Tuesday there has been substantial interest in first baseman Justin Morneau, according to The Denver Post

Morneau is heading into the final year of a two-year, $12.5 million contract that includes a $750,000 mutual option for 2016. 

"Now that there are fewer free-agent hitters to be had, we are getting more calls on our hitters," Bridich said Tuesday. "Justin is a heck of a player and a heck of a hitter under a very fair contract."

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed Wednesday the Marlins are one team showing interest in acquiring Morneau, who hit .319 with a .496 slugging percentage in 135 games in 2014.


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.


 
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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