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Red Sox, Padres complete Hanigan-for-Middlebrooks trade


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Red Sox and Padres completed a trade Friday, with catcher Ryan Hanigan heading to Boston in exchange for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, the Red Sox announced.

Hanigan, 34, is signed for two more seasons with a team option for 2017. He hit .218/.318/.324 with five home runs and 34 RBI in 225 at-bats in 2014.

Middlebrooks, 26, is eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2015 season. He hit .191/.256/.265 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 215 at-bats in 2014.


Report suggests Marlins could trade deposed 3B McGehee


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The deal that sent Martin Prado to the Marlins could result in 2014 surprise Casey McGehee being expendable, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Prado is expected to assume the role of every-day third baseman for Miami. McGehee flashed virtually no power last season, but drove in 76 runs, batted .287 and committed just seven errors.


Marlins, Yankees formally announce five-player trade


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) 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
(12/19/2014) 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.

Padres to acquire Will Middlebrooks from Red Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Padres have agreed to a deal that would send Former Tampa Bay catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Red Sox in exchange for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

The deal will take care of one of the corner infield vacancies for the Padres. Middlebrooks has a career .237/.284/.411 slash line with 34 homers and 122 RBI over 830 at-bats through three seasons with the Red Sox. He has never played at Petco Field. Hanigan hit .218 with five home runs and 34 RBI over 225 at-bats last season with the Rays.


Showalter: Machado appears more likely for O's opener than Wieters


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter conveyed third baseman Manny Machado has a better chance of being ready for the Orioles season opener than catcher Matt Wieters, according to CSNBaltimore.com. 

Machado had right knee surgery in August and Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery in June.

"With both of these guys, it will be when and not if. I think if you held a gun up to my head, I think Manny makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter, but we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind," Showalter said.


Cashman: A-Rod will not be everyday infielder for Yankees


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated Tuesday veteran Alex Rodriguez's days as an everyday infielder are over, and he's hopeful Rodriguez will be able to fill the role of full-time DH.

"I can't expect Alex to be anything," Cashman said during a phone interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. "Even before the suspension, he wasn't the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side.

"We look forward to him hopefully solidifying himself as a tremendous DH for us."

The New York Daily News published a report Monday citing a source saying Rodriguez is determined to regain his role as an everyday third baseman. However, New York re-signed Chase Headley to a four-year deal to be the team's starting third baseman.

"In his mind, he’s still the third baseman," the source said. “That was before (Headley was re-signed) today, anyway.

"Based on what he was being told by the Yankees, Alex believed he would get the chance to play third base, and he believes he can do it. He’s motivated by it because he loves to play the field."


Report: A-Rod determined to reclaim starting job at third base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is determined to reclaim his spot in the infield after sitting out 2014 due to a season-long suspension and wants no part of being a full-time DH, a person who has spoken to Rodriguez "several times" told the New York Daily News.

The Yankees re-signed Chase Headley on Monday to be the team's primary third baseman.

"In his mind, he’s still the third baseman," the person said Monday. "That was before (Headley was re-signed) today, anyway.

"Based on what he was being told by the Yankees, Alex believed he would get the chance to play third base, and he believes he can do it. He’s motivated by it because he loves to play the field.

"Whatever (poor) decisions he’s made, he’s still addicted to the game and he says he’s working hard to be ready. He’s said to me, ‘people are going to be surprised,’ meaning he’s convinced he still has game."


Yankees officially announce Chase Headley deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Yankees announced Monday they signed third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year contract. The deal is worth $52 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Headley agrees to four-year, $52 million deal with Yankees


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Yankees and infielder Chase Headley agreed to a four-year contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal is worth $52 million.

Headley split the 2014 season between the Padres and Yankees, batting .243 with 13 home runs, 20 doubles and 49 RBI in 135 games. He hit .262 with six home runs, eight doubles and 17 RBI in 58 games with New York.

Headley has a career .265/.347/.409/.756 slash line in eight MLB seasons. He also has 93 home runs, 194 doubles and 418 RBI.


Report: Chase Headley could come to decision as soon as Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Third baseman Chase Headley could come to a decision about his free agency as soon as Monday, according to WFAN. The Yankees and Giants are among the teams pursuing the 30-year-old infielder.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated during an interview Monday with NBC New York the team's desire to re-sign Headley, and apparently Headley's desire to stay in New York.

"I do know this -- Chase wants to be a Yankee," Cashman said, per NJ.com. "He was a tremendous acquisition in the second half. A great leader. A tremendous defender. A switch-hitter with great discipline. He kind of checks off every box that we’d like a prototypical Yankee to look like.

"If we can find common ground, I’d like to have him man third base as we move forward."


Tigers' Castellanos spending offseason improving his defense


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos is focusing on improving his quickness during offseason workouts in order to improve defensively, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.

Castellanos committed 15 errors and had a .950 fielding percentage in 145 games at third base in 2014.

"His hands are solid and his arm is solid," Dombrowski said, per MLive.com. "He normally catches what he gets to, but we're looking to increase his quickness over there.

"There's no question, from a defensive perspective, that he needs to improve. But when I say that, we try to give him the benefit of the doubt. He hadn't played third base in a while."

Dombrowski also has confidence in Castellanos' offensive abilities after he hit just .259 with 11 home runs as a rookie.

"We think he has a chance to be a good offensive player," Dombrowski said. "He had a good solid year last year, and we think he's going to continue to get better. When you look at his numbers for a rookie, and in a pennant race, his offensive numbers were pretty good."


Yankees won't work Alex Rodriguez out at 1B until spring training


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters at the winter meetings Tuesday that Alex Rodriguez has not worked out at first base yet, and that he's won't do so until the start of spring training, per the Star-Ledger. Girardi has been in contact with Rodriguez this offseason and has even seen videos of him working out in the offseason.

The Yankees are in search of a third baseman in case Rodriguez is unable to fill that void on an everyday basis. The 39-year-old hasn't played more than 140 games since 2007 and missed the 2014 campaign due to a season-long suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal.


Report: Angels showing some interest in Red Sox's Brock Holt


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Angels have shown some interest in Red Sox infielder/outfielder Brock Holt, according to ESPN. The Angels view Holt as shortstop insurance.

Holt had the best season of his MLB career in 2014, batting .281 with a .331 on-base percentage, 23 doubles and 68 runs in 106 games. He was a very valuable utility player for Boston, as he played seven different positions last season. The only positions he didn't make an appearance were pitcher and catcher.


Report: Giants increase pursuit of Chase Headley


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2014) The Giants aren’t holding back in their pursuit of third baseman Chase Headley, sources indicated to Fox Sports.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Headley has a four-year, $65 million offer, but it is unclear which team extended the contract.

In 2014, Headley hit .243 with 13 home runs and 49 RBI.


Marlins' pursuit of Chase Headley delayed by $65-million offer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) The Marlins' pursuit of third baseman Chase Headley has been delayed by reports of a potential four-year, $65-million offer to the free agent by an unknown team, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The Marlins are looking for lefthanded bats this offseason, but a potential signing of Headley would necessitate the move of Casey McGehee to first base. The team would prefer to keep McGehee at third base and acquire someone to play first base.


Giants are engaged in free-agent talks with Chase Headley


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans acknowledged Thursday the team is engaged in talks with free agent third baseman Chase Headley, according to SFGate.com.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Thursday the Marlins have reached out to Headley and could be ready to make a significant offer.


Marlins might be ready to make significant offer to Chase Headley


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) The Marlins have reached out to free agent third baseman Chase Headley and could be ready to make a significant offer, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. If the Marlins were to sign Headley, then incumbent third baseman Casey McGehee would move to first base.

Ellis, Jansen, Gordon among Dodgers tendered players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Dodgers tendered contracts for all eight arbitration-eligible players, including agreeing to a one-year deal for Darwin Barney prior to Tuesday's midnight deadline, per the team's official website. Those players include: Catcher A.J. Ellis, closer Kenley Jansen, infielder Dee Gordon, third baseman Justin Turner, catcher Drew Butera, pitcher Juan Nicascio and newly-acquired outfielder Chris Heisey.

Trevor Plouffe among six Twins players tendered Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Twins tendered contracts to all six of their arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, MLB.com reports. Those players include: Third baseman Trevor Plouffe, reliever Brian Duensing, outfielder Jordan Schafer, shortstop Eduardo Nunez, pitchers Tommy Milone and Casey Fien.

Cubs tender eight arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Cubs tendered contracts to eight arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline. Those players included: Pitchers Travis Wood and Jake Arrieta, outfielder Chris Coghlan,  third baseman Luis Valbuena, reliever Pedro Strop, outfielder Justin Ruggiano, pitcher Felix Doubront and catcher Welington Castillo.

Mariners make 3B Kyle Seager signing official Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Mariners officially announced the signing of Kyle Seager on Tuesday, per the team's official website. Seager signed a seven-year contract through the 2021 season with a club option for the 2022 season. Although the team did not reveal the terms of the extension, the third baseman's contract is worth approximately $100 million, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported last week.

Seager 23, posted career highs in home runs (25), RBI (96), batting average (.268), slugging percentage (.454) and OPS (.788) in 2014. He has a .262/.328/.429 slash through his first four seasons in the majors.


O's tender contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) As expected, the Orioles announced Tuesday they have tendered contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players. Those players include: Catcher Matt Wieters, infielders Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty and Steve Pearce, outfielder Alejandro De Aza, right-handers Miguel Gonzalez, Tommy Hunter, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman and left-handers Zach Britton and Brian Matusz.

Tomlin, Chisenhall among Indians players tendered contracts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Indians tendered contracts to their five arbitration-eligible players Tuesday, according to MLB.com. They are pitcher Carlos Carrasco, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, pitcher Marc Rzepczynski, pitcher Bryan Shaw and pitcher Josh Tomlin.

Athletics' Brett Lawrie expects to be healthier in Oakland


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Athletics infielder Brett Lawrie expects to be healthier now that he's in Oakland, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Lawrie has dealt with a couple different oblique injuries throughout his career, but believes getting away from Toronto's fake turf should help him stay on the field. Since joining the Blue Jays, Lawrie career-high in games played in a single season is 125. Lawrie, who has also played second base, has been told that he'll be Oakland's primary option at third next 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