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Brewers exercise option on 3B Ramirez, await his decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:51 pm ET) The Brewers have exercised their end of a mutual option on veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. He has three days to do the same on the $14 million deal.

They 36-year-old Ramirez continued to produce this season with a stat line of .285/.330/.427 and 66 RBI in 494 at-bats.


Reds' Ramon Santiago decides to test the market


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) Reds infielder Ramon Santiago has decided to become a free-agent, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Santiago was outrighted off the team's 40-man roster, but declined the assignment and opted to become a free-agent. He hit .246 over 179 at-bats last season. 


Red Sox to target Pablo Sandoval, Chase Headley


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2014) The Red Sox will target Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley this offseason, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Both players are set to be free-agents, though both could opt to remain in their current organizations. Boston would have interest in Aramis Ramirez if he's made available, but it's believed Ramirez will stay with Milwaukee. Will Middlebrooks hit just .191 over 215 injury-riddled at-bats last season. 


Reds decline option on Jack Hannahan


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2014) The Reds have declined an option on infielder Jack Hannahan, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

The team could have brought Hannahan back at $4 million, but decided to cut bait and pay him $2 million. Hannahan played just 26 games with the club last season. He hit .188. 


Cubs outright three players Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2014) The Cubs have outrighted Josh Vitters , Chris Valaika and Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Wednesday.

The move takes all three players off the 40-man roster. Vitters and Kalish had some prospect buzz early in their careers, but neither has lived up to the hype. The team will likely turn to other options next season. 


Heyman: Pablo Sandoval, Chase Headley on Red Sox wish list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) The Red Sox are prioritizing Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley in the team's search for a third baseman, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Boston is looking to improve at the position after Will Middlebrooks struggled in 2014. Both Sandoval and Headley will be free agents this offseason, but their respective organizations both have interest in re-signing them. The Red Sox could also take a look at Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez if he reaches free agency.


Pablo Sandoval likely to receive qualifying offer from Giants


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) The Giants are expected to extend the qualifying offer of $15.3 million to potential free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, sources have told CBSSports.com MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

The two sides broke off contract talks in spring training. The team claimed its unwillingness to sign Sandoval for more than three years while he was seeking a nine-figure contract, per Heyman.

Several teams appear interested in Sandoval, including the Red Sox and Yankees, both of whom are seeking major upgrades at that position, as well as the Marlins.

Sandoval rebounded from a .171 start to the season to bat .279 with 16 home runs. He owns a .333 postseason batting average and is again thriving in that role in 2014.


Giants' Pablo Sandoval drives in two in Game 1 World Series win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI in his team's 7-1 win over the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday.

Sandoval opened and closed the scoring for the Giants in the win, delivering an RBI double in the top of the first inning (and later scoring on a Hunter Pence home run) then adding an RBI single in the seventh to push the lead to 7-0. While he has yet to deliver a home run this October, Sandoval has been hard to conquer at the plate, hitting .333/.396/.438 in 48 postseason at-bats.


Giants' Pablo Sandoval notches three hits Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval picked up three hits Saturday against the Cardinals.

Sandoval would kick off the scoring for San Francisco, doubling in the second inning. He would eventually come around to score the team's first run of the game. Sandoval would add two more singles and a walk, reaching base four times. He finished 3 for 4, with one run scored. 


David Wright 'optimistic' about Mets' outlook in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright is pretty optimistic about New York's outlook in 2015, according to NJ.com.

"We're obviously going to look to better the team this offseason, whether it's through trades or free agency," Wright said during an interview with ESPN Radio Wednesday. "We should be ready to roll come spring training because I'm sure expectations are going to be fairly high on us and expectations on ourselves should be high.

"There's a lot of positives looking forward to next year. Obviously I'm optimistic and Mets fans should be optimistic but we have to go out there and prove it now."


Mets 3B David Wright happy with rehab from shoulder injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright has expressed satisfaction in an interview with ESPN Radio about his rehab from a shoulder injury that wiped out his last month of the season.

The shoulder bothered him through the summer and resulted in an uncharacteristically poor numbers. His rehab is scheduled to be completed around Nov. 1.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Wright said. "I'm excited to finish this six-week rehab program ... and go hopefully clear to start my normal offseason routine. The motivation for me is to be healthy first and foremost."

Wright finished 2014 with a .269 average and just eight home runs.


Surgery not required for Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) After being re-examined the day before his team got eliminated by the Giants, Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez will not require surgery for the stress reaction in his left foot, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Alvarez played just one game since Aug. 27 because of the issue. He batted .231/.312/.405 over 398 at-bats. 

Giants' Pablo Sandoval extends postseason hitting streak in dramatic fashion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval provided the hit that caused the longest game in postseason history on Saturday.

Sandoval made his presence felt at the dish, sending Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals to extras thanks to a two-out RBI double in the ninth off closer Drew Storen. With the hit, he extended his postseason hit-streak to 13 games. Sandoval struck out twice and finished 1 for 7 with an RBI in a 2-1 win in 18 innings, a game that lasted over six hours. He has four hits in 16 at-bats this postseason.


Matt Carpenter homers, drives in four runs in Game 1 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Cardinals third base Matt Carpenter went 2 for 5 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 10-9 win over the Dodgers Friday in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

Carpenter knocked a solo home run in the sixth inning to reduce his team's deficit to four runs before the Cardinals exploded for eight runs in the seventh, three of which came on a bases-loaded double by the third baseman. He hit just eight home runs in the regular season while posting a .272/.375/.375 line in 595 at-bats.


Josh Harrison the only bright spot Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison was the lone bright spot Wednesday night.

Harrison was the only player on the club to collect two hits during the outing. In his final two at-bats, Harrison hit two singles. The Pirates managed just four hits off Madison Bumgarner during the contest. Half of those came from Harrison's bat. Harrison enjoyed a breakout during the regular season, hitting .315/.347/.490 over 520 at-bats. 


Pedro Alvarez, Chris Stewart out of wild-card lineup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez (foot) and catcher Chris Stewart (wrist) are not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Giants. Alvarez hasn't played since Sept. 5, while Stewart sits in favor of regular starter Russell Martin.

Ramon Santiago blasts walkoff grand slam Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Reds shortstop Ramon Santiago went 1 for 5 with a walkoff grand slam in his team's 10-6, 10-inning win over the Pirates Saturday.

Santiago delivered the key home run with two outs in the 10th, marking his first home run since Aug. 5. He has hit .246/.343/.324 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 179 at-bats.


Todd Frazier homers, draws three walks Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier went 1 for 2 with three walks and a two-run home run in his team's 10-6 win over the Pirates Saturday.

Frazier watched his team fall behind 6-4 after the Pirates scored twice in the top of the seventh, but he evened the game with his blast in the bottom half of the inning before the Reds went on to win in extra innings. Frazier has hit .274/.337/.461 with 29 home runs, 79 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 594 at-bats.


Mike Olt to learn corner outfield positions this offseason


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) The Cubs will talk with infielder Mike Olt about learning the corner outfield positions this offseason, ESPNChicago.com reports.

"He's always a threat against left-handed pitching, so he can be a guy that covers the four corners and mashes left-handed pitching," team president Theo Epstein said Friday. "That's a nice default for him if the opportunity to play every day doesn't materialize."

Olt has hit .263/.370/.368 in 38 at-bats since rejoining the Cubs in September.


Josh Harrison extends hit streak to 14 games Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison went 1 for 4 in his team's 3-1 win over the Reds Friday to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

Though he hasn't managed to homer in September, Harrison has continued to be a tough out, hitting .344/.357/.417 in 96 at-bats. While he didn't enter the season as a starter, the versatile player has certainly worked his way into Pittsburgh's long-term plans moving forward. Harrison has hit .318/.349/.494 with 13 home runs, 52 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 512 at-bats.


Chris Johnson back in starting lineup Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson returned to the starting lineup Friday night against the Phillies, after sitting out Thursday with a back issue. The Braves slotted Johnson seventh in the batting order against Jerome Williams.

Johnson has six hits, including two doubles over his last 18 at-bats. He is hitting .265 with nine homers and 56 RBI over 570 at-bats this season.


Pedro Alvarez to meet with doctors Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez will meet with doctors Tuesday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Alvarez is dealing with a foot injury. The meeting will determine when Alvarez will be able to start baseball activities. He's hitting. 231/.312/.405 over 398 at-bats. 


Casey McGehee drives in three in home finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee proved to be the difference at the plate Thursday afternoon against the Phillies, plating three runs in a 6-4 home finale victory.

McGehee hit a sacrifice fly in the opening frame. He broke a 4-all tie with a two-run double in the seventh inning, securing the win for Miami. He finished 2 for 3 with three RBI. He is hitting .288/.356/.360 with four homers and 74 RBI over 600 at-bats.


Chris Johnson a no-go for Braves against Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) A back strain that knocked Braves third baseman Chris Johnson out of the game Wednesday has him sidelined Thursday with Pittsburgh in town.

Johnson is 9 for 26 in his last eight games, but has not driven in a run since Sept. 9.


David Wright confirms ligament damage in shoulder


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Mets veteran third baseman David Wright has confirmed to ESPN that he has "weak" and "stretched-out" ligaments in his non-throwing shoulder. He has been out since since Sept. 8 with rotator cuff inflammation.

Wright is on a six-week strengthening program he hopes will allow him to avoid surgery. But going under the knife, which would require nearly four months of recoery time, remains a possibility if pain persists. He plans on testing his shoulder by hitting around Nov. 1.


 
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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