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Marlins' Derek Dietrich to miss rest of winter ball with ankle injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2:53 pm ET) Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich is going to miss the rest of the winter ball season after suffering an ankle injury that required him to be carried off the field Tuesday, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Dietrich was hurt while playing in the Dominican league when covering second base and a runner collided with him trying to grab the ball. 

Dietrich played in 20 games for Miami in 2014, hitting .290 with two triples and 11 RBI. It is unknown if this injury will keep Dietrich out into spring training and the beginning of the regular season. 


Indians' Jason Kipnis undergoes surgery on damaged finger tendon


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2:28 pm ET) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis underwent surgery for a damaged tendon in his finger Tuesday, but is expected to be ready for the beginning of the upcoming season, the team announced Wednesday.

Kipnis, who was in and out of the lineup for Cleveland in 2014 with a hamstring injury, hit .240 last year with six home runs and 41 RBI. He has spent his four-year career in Cleveland, managing a .262 career average.


Report: Angels going nowhere in talks with 2B Beckham


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:41 pm ET) The Angels remain interested in bringing back second baseman Gordon Beckham, but negotiations have stalled, according to the Orange County Register.

The free agent landed with the Angels late in the season before being non-tendered two weeks ago. His numbers have been unimpressive since a strong rookie year of 2009. Beckham managed a slash line of .227/.271/.348 in 2014.


Jed Lowrie agrees to three-year, $23 million deal with Astros


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Astros announced Monday they signed infielder Jed Lowrie to a three-year contract. Lowrie is guaranteed to make $23 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Lowrie will make $8 million in 2015, $7.5 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017, according to Heyman. The team has a $6 million option for 2018, which includes a $1 million buyout.

The deal runs through 2017 and includes a team option for 2018. Lowrie is back for his second stint with Houston after batting .244 with a career-high 16 home runs, 18 doubles and 42 RBI in 97 games for the Astros in 2012.

Lowrie has a career .261/.330/.411/.741 slash line in seven MLB seasons. He has a .279/.370/.505/.875 slash line in 61 games at Minute Maid Park. He also has 11 home runs, 15 doubles and 31 RBI.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Lowrie will play at shortstop, per MLB.com.


Report: Yankees sign INF Noonan to minor league deal


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) The Yankees have signed former Giants infielder Nick Noonan  to a minor league contract, a source has told the LoHud Yankees Blog.

The former first-round pick has never reached his potential. He managed just a .237/.282/.303 slash line at the Triple-A level in 2014. Though he has played second base, the Yankees are reportedly seeking to convert him to shortstop.


Phillies select Rangers INF Herrera in Rule 5 draft


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Phillies selected Rangers infielder David Herrera in Thursday's Rule 5 draft.

The 22-year-old Herrera hit .315 with two home runs, five triples, 19 doubles and 59 RBI in 125 games between high Class A and Double-A last season. He has a career .294/.354/.377/.730 slash line over six seasons in the minors.


Cubs trade Featherston to Angels after selection in Rule 5 draft


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Cubs selected Rockies pitcher Taylor Featherston in Thursday's Rule 5 draft. The Cubs then traded Featherston to the Angels.

The 25-year-old Featherston hit .260 with 16 home runs, 33 doubles and 57 RBI in 127 games for Double-A Tulsa in 2014. He has a .276/.346/.457/.802 slash line in 397 career games.


Rangers nab former first-round DeShields in Rule 5 draft


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Rangers selected outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. from the Astros in Thursday's Rule 5 draft. 

The 22-year-old DeShields, who was selected eighth overall in the 2010 MLB draft, hit .236 with 11 home runs, 14 doubles, 57 RBI, 75 runs and 54 stolen bases in 114 games at Double-A in 2014. He had 101 stolen bases during the 2012 season.


Daniels: Rangers won't trade Profar, not likely to make opening day roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said at the Winter Meetings on Thursday he has no plans to trade infielder Jurickson Profar, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

However, Daniels indicated Profar -- who missed the 2014 season due to a shoulder injury -- is not likely to make the opening day roster.

"Probably not. We're not keeping him as our utility guy," Daniels said.


Angels acquire Josh Rutledge from Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Angels acquired infielder Josh Rutledge from the Rockies in exchange for pitcher Jairo Diaz, the Rockies announced Wednesday.

Rutledge has spent three seasons in the majors and hit .269/.323/.405 with four home runs and 33 RBI in 309 at-bats in 2014. While he proved much more dangerous against lefthanders last season, posting a .309/.371/.469 line in 81 at-bats against southpaws, he's delivered virtually identical splits against lefties and righties in his career. Where he's struggled is away from Coors Field, hitting just .230/.274/.354 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 418 road at-bats in his career. Rutledge will likely compete for the starting second-base role vacated by the Howie Kendrick deal.

Diaz started 2014 in high Class A and ended the season in the majors, giving up two earned runs on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight over five appearances. He posted a 3.48 ERA and 85:20 K:BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings between high Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Arkansas.


Pirates discussing extension with Neil Walker


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Pirates are discussing a possible contract extension with second baseman Neil Walker, according to MLB.com.

Walker is under contract through 2016, but the team would like to make sure the Pittsburgh native is a Pirate for life. "We would like nothing more than to have Neil Walker end his career as a Pirate, there's no question about that," general manager Neal Huntington said. The club attempted to extend Walker back in 2011, but talks broke off quickly. 

Walker, 29, hit .271/.342/.467 over 512 at-bats last year.


Dodgers pick up Howie Kendrick from Angels


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Dodgers have traded pitcher Andrew Heaney to the Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com was the first to report Kendrick would be going to the Dodgers.

The Dodgers acquired Heaney earlier on Wednesday in a six player deal with Miami. Once that trade was processed, the team dealt the 23-year-old pitcher to the Angels for Kendrick. Kendrick, 31, hit .293/.347/.397 over 617 at-bats last year. Kendrick is owed just under $10 million, and is entering the final year of his contract.

Heaney appeared in seven games for the Marlins last year, including five starts. He posted a 5.83 ERA over 29 1/3 innings. He was considered a top-20 prospect entering last season, according to MLB.com.


Report: Dodgers and Phillies have discussed Chase Utley


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Dodgers and Phillies have discussed second baseman Chase Utley, according to Yahoo!

The 35-year-old Utley hit .270/.339/.407 over 589 at-bats last season. Utley is owed $10 million in 2015, and then his contract goes year-to-year based on options. His options are dependent on how much time Utley spends on the disabled list. If he were to remain completely healthy, Utley would be under team control through the 2018 season. 


Report: Jed Lowrie talking to multiple teams, including Astros


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Free-agent infielder Jed Lowrie is talking to multiple teams, including the Astros, according to FoxSports.com.

The 30-year-old Lowrie hit .249/.321/.355 over 502 at-bats last season. Houston has reportedly been interested in bringing back Lowrie for some time. Lowrie was a member of the club in 2012 before being dealt to Oakland prior to the 2013 season.


Dodgers deal Dee Gordon to Marlins


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Dodgers have traded infielder Dee Gordon to the Marlins, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 26-year-old hit .289/.326/.378 over 609 at-bats last season. He stole 64 bases. The Dodgers will also send Dan Haren over in the deal. The 34-year-old pitcher is owed $10 million, but has said he would consider retiring if dealt away from Los Angeles. 

Los Angeles will also send shortstop Miguel Rojas to Miami. Rojas hit .181 over 149 at-bats in the majors last year.

Pitcher Andrew Heaney will head to Los Angeles in the deal, according to the Miami Herald. The Marlins will also send over Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes and Chris Hatcher. 

The 23-year-old Hernandez hit .319/.372/.484 over two minor-league levels last year. Hatcher, 29, posted a 3.38 ERA over 56 innings. Barnes, 24, hit .304/.398/.472 over two levels last year.

Gordon is entering his first season of arbitration, and will not be a free-agent until after the 2019 season. 


Report: Marlins/Dodgers discussing Gordon for Heaney swap


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Marlins and Dodgers are in "serious talks" about a deal involving Dee Gordon and Andrew Heaney, according to ESPN.

The 26-year-old Gordon hit .289/.326/.378 over 609 at-bats last season. Gordon is entering his first season of arbitration, and wouldn't become a free-agent until after the 2019 season. The 23-year-old Heaney got his first taste of the majors last year. He posted a 5.83 ERA over seven appearances. Heaney made five starts. It's possible other players are involved in the trade discussions. 


Report: Angels talking to Rockies about Josh Rutledge


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Angels have approached the Rockies about infielder Josh Rutledge because they believe he can develop into an everyday player, according to The Denver Post. As of Tuesday, the teams were merely talking and no trade offers were made.

The Rockies could be interested in some of the Angels relievers, including Vinnie Pestano and Fernando Salas. 


Report: Cardinals showing interest in Rickie Weeks as bench option


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Cardinals are showing some interest in free agent infielder Rickie Weeks as a right-handed bat off the bench, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He could also be a backup at first base, which would be a new position for the 32-year-old Weeks.

Weeks has spent his entire 11-year MLB career with the Brewers. He has played solely at second base in the majors.


Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi: We're not trading Dee Gordon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi denied a recent report that had his team shopping infielder Dee Gordon, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Gordon led the league with 64 stolen bases and slashed .289/.326/.378 last season for the Dodgers, earning his All-Star appearance.

"He's a cost-controlled, All-Star second baseman," Zaidi said. "We are not dangling him. He is our second baseman."


Report: Rangers like Nationals SPs, but won't deal Rougned Odor


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Rangers have expressed interest in the Nationals starting pitchers, a source told The Washington Post. However, the Nationals asked for infielder Rougned Odor to be included in a deal, but the Rangers said they will not trade him.

Tigers' Hernan Perez could move to outfield in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Tigers second baseman Hernan Perez may be on the move to the outfield this season. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday that Perez was asked to take some fly balls and see how it goes. 

"It increases his flexibility and versatility. And depending on how the club fits, we may want him to play outfield," Dombrowski said. 

Perez, who has played for the Tigers since 2012, has a career average of .205 with five RBI. 


Report: Royals open to trading second baseman Omar Infante


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Royals are putting second baseman Omar Infante on the trading block, sources told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. Infante hit .252 with six home runs, 21 doubles and 66 RBI in 135 games for Kansas City last season.

Infante has three years left on a four-year, $30.25 million contract. He also has a $10 million team option ($2 million buyout) for 2018.


Report: Seven teams interested in Dan Uggla


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Sources have indicated seven teams have shown interest in free agent Dan Uggla, according to FOXSports.com.

Uggla wants to play in 2015, but his recent struggles at the plate may have teams considering other options. Since 2011, Uggla has failed to produce a higher batting average than .233.

The Giants released Uggla in August after failing to produce a hit in 11 at-bats.


Orioles outright Patrick McCoy, Steve Lombardozzi to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Orioles left-hander Patrick McCoy and infielder Steve Lombardozzi have been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, per the team's official website. The Orioles now have 37 players on their 40-man active roster. 

Red Sox outright INF Jemile Weeks to Triple-A Pawtucket


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Red Sox infielder Jemile Weeks cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, MassLive.com reports. Weeks appeared in only 14 games last season for Boston, slashing .308/.406/.423 with three RBI and two stolen bases over 32 plate appearances.

 
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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