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Twins prospect Miguel Sano won't play winter ball


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) Twins infielder Miguel Sano won't play winter ball, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press

Sano missed most of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He has not experienced a setback, but "doctors do not want him to play," according to the report. Sano was considered one of the top prospects in the game prior to the 2014 season. 


Report: Indians likely to exercise option on Mike Aviles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) The Indians are expected to exercise their $3.5 million option on versatile veteran Mike Aviles, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Aviles played outfield and all infield positions aside from first base last season in earning 344 at-bats. He finished the year with a stat line of .247/.273/.343 and tied a career-best with 14 stolen bases.

He was part of a lopsided deal before the 2013 season for Esmil Rogers in which the Indians also received emerging standout catcher Yan Gomes.


Jayson Nix replaces Christian Colon on World Series roster


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) The Royals added third baseman Jayson Nix to their World Series roster, replacing infielder Christian Colon. Nix got 83 at-bats during the regular season, batting .120 with a homer and four RBI.

Ryan Flaherty homers in Game 4 loss Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty went 1 for 3 with a solo home run Wednesday, but it was the only offense Baltimore could muster in a 2-1 eliminaton loss to the Royals in Game 4 of the ALCS.

Flaherty performed well during the postseason, hitting .286/.400/.429 in 21 at-bats after posting a .221/.288/.356 line during the regular season. The Orioles were outscored by only six runs during the ALCS but wound up being swept by the Royals, ending their season in disappointing fashion.


Orioles Ryan Flaherty makes a difference Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Orioles third baseman Ryan Flaherty played a big role Friday against the Royals.

Flaherty was a bright spot offensively, driving in two runs during the contest. In the fifth inning, Flaherty aided in the team’s comeback, driving in two runs with a single. He would also single two other times during the contest. Flaherty finished 3 for 5, with two RBI.


Royals' Mike Moustakas adds insurance runs Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Royals infielder Mike Moustakas came up with a big hit late Friday.

Moustakas stepped to the plate with a man on base in the 10th inning, and blasted a two-run homer. The Royals had already taken a one-run lead on an Alex Gordon home run earlier in the frame, but Moustakas’ hit gave the team some breathing room in the bottom of the inning. Moustakas finished 1 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Report: Alex Rodriguez in mix at first base for Yankees in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Embattled Yankees veteran Alex Rodriguez , who missed nearly the entire last two seasons with legal issues, has spoken with general manager Brian Cashman about playing some first base in 2015, per MLB.com.

The Yankees could need depth and insurance at that position behind the oft-injured Mark Teixeira, who has been limited to 138 games in the last two years combined and batted .216 in 2014.


Indians still undecided on Mike Aviles option for 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) The Indians remain undecided whether to pick up the $3.5 million option for 2015 on utility player Mike Aviles. The team has about three weeks to make that decision.

Aviles played multiple positions and managed a .247/.273/.343 stat line. He swung a more potent stick against left-handers, an area that has proven problematic for the Indians.

"We'll go through our meetings and make sure we make the decision in time," general manager Chris Antonetti told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "But I can tell you much we appreciate Mike's contributions to the team, what he means on the field, his versatility, the way he's filled in almost anywhere on the diamond when we've had injuries, the presence he has in our clubhouse and the way he helps unify our group and create the energy and atmosphere in our clubhouse every day. We don't take those things for granted."

The emergence of middle infielder Jose Ramirez and presence of top prospect Francisco Lindor as the potential starting shortstop next season could make Aviles expendable, though he has filled in as an outfielder as well.


Twins GM suggests Miguel Sano could become outfielder


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Twins general manager Terry Ryan indicated Wednesday third base prospect Miguel Sano, who missed the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, could move to different position, per 1500ESPN.com.

"He looks pretty healthy," Ryan said of Sano. "He could go to the outfield if needed."


Kevin Kouzmanoff opts to leave Rangers for free agency


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, who lost nearly the entire 2014 season to a back injury, has opted to accept free agency rather than return to the organization, per Fox Sports.

Kouzmanoff was on a roll before going down. He began the year on a 20-game hitting streak and finished it with a stat line of .362/.412/.617. His 47 at-bats were his first in the major leagues since 2011.


Seven Blue Jays elect for free agency


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) According to Baseball America, the following Blue Jays have elected for free agency rather than an outright assignment: shortstop Jonathan Diaz, outfielders Cole Gillespie and Darin Mastroianni, first baseman Dan Johnson, right-hander Bobby Korecky and left-handers Brad Mills and Raul Valdes.

Mike Moustakas' go-ahead HR lifts Royals past Angels in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas came up big with the go-ahead home run to lift his team past the Angels in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.

Moustakas took Fernando Salas deep for a solo home run to lead off the 11th inning. It was his first home run since Aug. 25. Moustakas went 1 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in a 3-2 victory.


Yankees prospect Eric Jagielo out 4-6 weeks after getting hit in face


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Yankees third base prospect Eric Jagielo is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after getting hit in the face in late September during an Instructional League game, according to The Journal News. Jagielo will not be able to participate in th Arizona Fall League due to the injury.

The 2013 first-round pick (26th) hit .256 with a .461 slugging percentage and .811 OPS in 92 games between the Rookie League and high Class A in 2014. He had 14 doubles, 18 home runs, 46 runs and 58 RBI.


Orioles 3B Manny Machado has full range of motion in right knee


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado told reporters Wednesday he has full range of motion in his right knee coming off surgery in late August, according to MASNsports.com. He could begin jogging in a pool next week.

Mariners already have D.J. Peterson on radar for 2015 season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) The Mariners are expected to be in the market this offseason for a right-handed power bat, but if they can't find an external option, then an internal option could be prospect D.J. Peterson, according to The News Tribune.

"His age and experience might be working against him," general manager Jack Zduriencik said, "but this is also a pretty good hitter. You don’t shut the door on it. You leave it open and see what he does.

"Coming out of Double-A to the big leagues is challenging, but he’s going to be in the Fall League. There are a lot of people who’ve been around him who think this guy is the real deal. We’ll bring him into spring training. He’ll get a fair shot. What happens, happens."

Peterson has primarily played third base in the minors, but he is expected to see significant time at first base in the Arizona Fall League. With Kyle Seager blocking his path at third base, Peterson's fastest route to the majors could be first base.

"I played a lot of first base in college," Peterson said. "It’s a position that I’m acquainted with. I’m very used to it. It wouldn’t be too much of an adjustment."


Josh Donaldson says his knee feels more 'stable'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson, who's been dealing with a knee injury, said he's encouraged because it feels more "stable" than it did the past couple days, reports CSNCalifornia.com. Donaldson should be in the lineup when Oakland visits the Royals in Tuesday's Wild Card game.

Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks chooses not to play winter ball


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks will forgo playing winter ball and instead spend the offseason in Dallas working out in prep for the 2015 season, according to The Providence Journal.

The Red Sox wanted Middlebrooks to make up for some of the at-bats he lost this season due to injury. However, Middlebrooks decided it was best for him to work on being 100 percent by spring training.

"He’s made a decision he’s going to focus on other things," general manager Ben Cherington said. "He feels like he can address what he needs to address without playing winter ball, so that’s the decision that he’s made. Ultimately, the offseason belongs to the players."


Red Sox's Brock Holt scheduled to visit concussion specialist


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Red Sox infielder Brock Holt is scheduled to visit a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh for a follow-up appointment on Oct. 9, according to MassLive.com. Holt missed the final month of the season with the injury but participated in baseball activities while rehabbing with the team.

"He was doing baseball activity here - BP, ground balls," Cherington said. "Assuming he gets the clearance from Dr. Collins, we're not concerned about it."


Trevor Plouffe undergoes forearm surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Twins general manager Terry Ryan told reporters that third baseman Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery on his fractured forearm on Monday, per MLB.com.

Plouffe slashed .258/.328/.423 with 14 home runs and a team-high 80 RBI over 520 at-bats. He became the just the third Minnesota player to 80-plus RBI over the last four seasons. Ryan expects Plouffe to be ready for the start of spring training.


Yankees expect Alex Rodriguez to be starting 3B in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday he expects Alex Rodriguez, who missed the 2014 season due to a 162-game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal, to be the team's starting third baseman in 2015. However, Girardi added the team has to see where Rodriguez is at physically.

David Ortiz, Will Middlebrooks out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and third baseball Will Middlebrooks are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Yankees.


Josh Donaldson in lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is in the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Rangers.

Donaldson suffered a knee injury in Friday's game but managed to stay in and finish the game. He was examined after the game and expressed hope he'd be able to play Saturday. Donaldson has hit .251/.340/.452 with 28 home runs and 97 RBI in 593 at-bats.


Alex Rodriguez passes on winter ball


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said he is uninterested in playing in winter ball after missing the season while serving a suspension, the New York Times reports.

General manager Brian Cashman said Saturday that he has been in touch with Rodriguez about his workouts and added that the third baseman didn't want to participate in an offseason league. Rodriguez seems likely to appear in the team's starting lineup on opening day of next season, barring an injury.


Orioles add Alexi Casilla to active roster, DFA Preston Guilmet


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) The Orioles selected the contract of infielder Alexi Casilla from Triple-A Norfolk Saturday, designating pitcher Preston Guilmet for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Casilla is starting at third base for the Orioles Saturday. He hit .264/.315/.320 with one home run, 19 RBI and nine stolen bases in 213 at-bats with Norfolk.


Will Middlebrooks remains sidelined Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks remains out of the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Yankees.

Middlebrooks hasn't played since being scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a sprained hand. He has struggled with the bat this season, hitting .191/.256/.265 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 215 at-bats.


 
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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