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Report: Indians expressing interest in Kendrys Morales


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) The Indians have expressed inerest in DH/first baseman Kendrys Morales

Morales, who split time between the Twins and Mariners last season, hit .218 with 42 RBI.


Report: Marlins showing interest in Evan Gattis, Chris Davis


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) The Marlins have expressed interest in acquiring Braves catcher Evan Gattis and Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, according to the Miami Herald.

Gattis has been mentioned in trade rumors this offseason. It has also been spectulated he could move from catcher to left field.

Gattis, 28, hit .263 with 22 homers and 52 RBI last season while Davis, 28, hit .196 with 26 homers and 72 RBI. Davis was also third in the MVP race in 2013, hitting .286, 53 homers, 138 RBI.


Ryan Lavarnway taken off Red Sox's 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway was designated for assignment Tuesday to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Pablo Sandoval, who was signed to a five-year contract.

The former top-100 prospect hit .201 with five home runs, 17 doubles and 34 RBI in 97 games over four seasons for Boston. Lavarnway appeared in just nine games for Boston in 2014.


Athletics acquire Ike Davis via trade with Pirates


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) The Athletics announced they acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Pirates Sunday.

The Pirates had previously designated Davis for assignment. To acquire Davis, the A’s exchanged international slot money with the Pirates. The A’s traded their international slot 27 and received the Pirates’ 86th international slot. The A’s then designated outfielder Andrew Brown for assignment.

In 2014, Davis hit .233 with 11 home runs and 19 doubles. His best season came in 2012 while playing for the Mets when he hit 30 home runs and had 90 RBI.


Josh Satin signs minor-league deal with Reds


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) Josh Satin signed a minor-league deal with the Reds, according to ESPN New York on Saturday. Satin made the opening day roster for the Mets in 2014. The first baseman appeared in only 25 games and had three hits in 35 at-bats. He was outrighted off the 40-man roster on Oct. 31.

White Sox sign Adam LaRoche to two-year deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The White Sox have signed first baseman Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $25 million deal, according to the USA Today. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed the move.

The 35-year-old LaRoche hit .259/.362/.455 over 494 at-bats with Washington last season. LaRoche will likely split time at first and serve as the designated hitter with his new club. 


Marlins reach out to Adam LaRoche and James Shields


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Hoping to add a top hitter and pitcher to its roster, the Marlins have reached out to first baseman Adam LaRoche and pitcher James Shields, reports MLB Insider Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

While Shields is considered a long shot for the Marlins, reports have indicated LaRoche is a real possibility. The Marlins have reportedly offered him a two-year, $20 million contract. Shields’ asking price of $20 million per year is thought to be too pricey for the Marlins.


Padres shore up 40-man roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Padres have altered their 40-man roster.

The team purchased the contracts of Tayron Guerrero, Taylor Lindsey and Alex Dickerson . In order to make room for those adds, the team designated both Blaine Boyer and Yeison Ascensio for assignment. 


Pirates designate Ike Davis for assignment


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Pirates have designated first baseman Ike Davis for assignment.

Davis was acquired by the club midseason, and hit .233/.344/.378 over 360 at-bats last year. The 27-year-old should draw interest if he chooses to become a free-agent. 


Orioles' Chris Davis expresses regret over suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis expressed regret for the 25-game suspension he received for using Adderall without a therapeutic-use exemption, according to MASNsports.com.

"I haven't really talked a lot about it," Davis said during an interview with WRBS-FM, a contemporary Christian music station. "I didn't want to take the focus off what the team was doing, but eventually I knew that I was going to have to address it and I wanted to. I think the fans deserve an explanation. I think they want to know what happened.

"Basically, in a moment of weakness I made a decision that cost me greatly. And it just goes to show that no matter how successful you've been in the past, no matter how much stuff you have, no matter how strong you are in your faith, the devil is going to continue to come after you.

"Looking back on it, it was probably the best thing that could have happened at the time, but it was definitely one of the hardest things that I've ever had to go through.

"I'm at a point right now where I don't wish to ever go through that again, but I appreciate the process and where it has brought me spiritually."


Report: Marlins have made offer to Adam LaRoche


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Marlins have reportedly made an offer to first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to the Miami Herald.

The team's has offered the 35-year-old first baseman a two-year, $20 million deal. LaRoche is coming off a season in which he hit .259/.362/.455 over 494 at-bats. 


Athletics make it official, ink Billy Butler to 3-year deal


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Athletics announced they've signed designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler to a three-year deal. Reports indicate Butler will receive $30 million despite coming off a down year in which he hit .271 with nine homers and 66 RBI for the Royals.

Report: DH Billy Butler agrees to $30 million deal with Oakland


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Former Royals designated hitter Billy Butler agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Athletics, reports MLBDailyRumors.com. The Royals had declined their 2015 option on Butler, who hit .271 with nine homers and 66 RBI in 549 at-bats.

Butler, 28, reportedly will receive a $5 million signing bonus.


Report: Marlins, White Sox, Padres inquire about LaRoche


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Marlins, White Sox and Padres have inquired about free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche, sources told FOX Sports. He is also considered a contingency plan for some teams looking to trade a first baseman.

LaRoche became a free agent after the Nationals opted for a $2 million buyout for the 2015 season. The veteran slugger hit .259 with 19 doubles, 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 140 games.


Reds first baseman Votto 'doing great'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto is "doing great" this offseason, according to MLB.com. Votto struggled with a distal strain of his quad near his left knee. General manager Walt Jocketty said the team is "getting good reports" on Votto's progress. Votto hit .255/.390/.409 over 220 at-bats last season.

Huntington: Could be 'a challenge' for Pirates to keep Ike Davis


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) With the Pirates committing to Pedro Alvarez as an everyday first baseman, it seems the team might have to part ways with first baseman Ike Davis, according to the New York Post. It still might happen even though Davis is trying to learn how to play in the outfield to improve his versatility, as CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Wednesday.

"It is probably a challenge," general manager Neal Huntington said of keeping Davis. "Ike works hard and is a great guy. He didn’t give the production we were hopeful for. It doesn’t mean the door is closed. But as it sits now, Pedro will be at first."


Pirates' Ike Davis working in the outfield to improve versatility


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis is working in the outfield this offseason to improve his versatility, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Davis, who is once again the subject of trade rumors, hasn't played in the outfield since appearing in two games in right field the minors in 2009.

Royals interest in trading for Ryan Howard is minimal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) While the Royals talked to the Phillies about first baseman Ryan Howard, Kansas City showed little interest in trading for the veteran slugger, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Royals responded to Philadelphia's inquiry by saying, "We're concentrating on pitching."


Angels' Albert Pujols focused on having productive 2015 season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is looking forward to the offseason since he feels it will present a chance to build up his strength after the two previous offseasons he had to deal with injury issues.

Even though Pujols said he wasn't bothered by his right knee or left foot in 2014, he added his right side hasn't been at full strength since the 2012 season, according to MLB.com.

"The thing that I'm excited about is just to get my leg strong," Pujols said. "I think that's something I'm going to be able to do this year."

Pujols is confident he will be able to have a productive season in 2015, even at 35 years old. But he added the key is making sure his right knee is at full strength. Pujols underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee leading up to the 2013 season.

"You just never know until you come to spring training and start the season, but I'm pretty sure it's going to help me a lot more," Pujols said. "It was a good year (in 2014), but I think it could've been better. I'm going to be able to cover the plate a little bit more (in 2015). You're not going to see me [strike out] as much as I did the first couple of years here, and hopefully driving the ball a little better."


Mitch Moreland could be option in left field for Rangers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland, who missed the rest of the 2014 season after undergoing ligament reconstruction and bone realignment surgery on his left ankle in late June, could become an option in left field for Texas, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Moreland has made 47 appearances in the outfield over five seasons. However, he has made just two appearances and one start in left field.


Report: Royals have talked about acquiring Ryan Howard


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) The Royals are showing interest in acquiring Phillies veteran first baseman Ryan Howard, according to USA Today.

The Phillies are trying to trade Howard and the $60 million remaining on his contract. The Royals are unlikely to take on that much money, but if the Phillies will pay most of the contract, the Royals could be interested in trading for Howard, who turns 35 on Nov. 19.

The Royals have had internal discussions about acquiring Howard, according to the report. They believe Howard could replace Billy Butler as the team's DH and be the 20-homer, 75-RBI threat they need to get back to the World Series.

Although, a source told the Philadelphia Daily News that Howard isn't considered the top option for the Royals. Trading for Howard could be an option down the road, if the team's first few options don't pan out.


Jose Abreu a unanimous pick as AL Rookie of the Year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu won the AL Rookie of the Year award unanimously, drawing all 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Abreu, 27, who defected from Cuba last offseason, batted .317/.383/.581 with 35 doubles, 36 homers and 107 RBI.

Abreu is the first White Sox player to win the award since shortstop Ozzie Guillen in 1985.


Agent claims Cuban slugger Tomas has 'a lot more' power than Abreu


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) The Phillies met Monday with the agent for Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, according to CSNPhilly.com. The two sides have been in talks since Tomas worked out for the Phillies in September.

"There are several teams that I could say are frontrunners, but yes (the Phillies are one of them)," Jay Alou said at the general managers' meetings Monday. "We continue to speak. I know they have things in-house they want to take care of. We’ve been talking. I respect (general manager) Ruben (Amaro Jr.) a lot and he respects me."

The Phillies are expected to make an offer for Tomas, but no formal offer has been made yet, according to Alou. The Padres, Tigers, Mets and Giants are some of the other teams showing interest in Tomas.

Tomas is a power-hitting corner outfielder. Alou said his client has "a lot more" power than White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, who hit 36 home runs as a rookie in 2014.

"With the way home runs are going, this is a guy who can hit 40," Alou said. "He can miss balls and hit them out. Tomas is a very impressive hitter. I represent Jose Bautista and he hits a lot of home runs. I’ve never seen a guy hit them as far (as Tomas)."


Brett Wallace elects free agency


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2014) Orioles infielder Brett Wallace has elected free agency. Wallace hit .282/.350/.426 with 17 home runs and 58 RBI in 472 Triple-A at-bats in 2014.

Rays outright Vince Belnome to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2014) The Rays have sent first baseman Vince Belnome outright to Triple-A Durham.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot in advance of December's Rule 5 draft. Belnome went 1 for 10 in his major-league debut in 2014 while also hitting .245/.358/.383 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI in 419 at-bats with Durham.


 
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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