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Mariners deal Ty Kelly to Cardinals for Sam Gaviglio


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Mariners have traded Ty Kelly to the Cardinals for Sam Gaviglio , according to MLB.com.

The 26-year-old Kelly hit .263/.381/.412 over 549 plate appearances at Triple-A last year. The 25-year-old Gaviglio posted a 4.28 ERA in 136 2/3 innings at Double-A. Neither player was on the 40-man roster prior to the deal.


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez expected to have normal offseason


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is expected to have a normal offseason, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Alvarez had a stress reaction in his foot. The injury ended his season prematurely. The team designated Ike Davis for assignment Thursday, confirming it will move ahead with Alvarez at first next season. General manager Neal Huntington confirmed the news, saying "we've essentially committed to Pedro over Ike Davis."


Pirates shore up 40-man roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Pirates have added four players to the 40-man roster on Thursday.

Jameson Taillon , Nick Kingham , Willy Garcia and Elias Diaz all had their contracts purchased. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the team outrighted Brent Morel and designated Ramon Cabrera for assignment. 


Braves add seven to 40-man roster on Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Braves have added seven players to the 40-man roster on Wednesday.

Mauricio Cabrera, Williams Perez, Kyle Kubitza, Tyrell Jenkins, Yean Carlos Gil, Brandon Cunniff and Jose Peraza all had their contracts purchased on Wednesday. Peraza was the co-winner of the team's Minor League Player of the Year last season. 


Report: Red Sox eye Alvarez, Chisenhall as trade possibilities


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) The Red Sox will target Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez and Indians counterpart Lonnie Chisenhall as trade possibilities if their attempt to sign free agent Pablo Sandoval is unsuccessful, according to the Boston Herald.

The 27-year-old Alvarez was moved to first base last season, but prefers the hot corner, where he committed 24 throwing errors in 2014. Chisenhall also struggled mightily on defense and fizzled out at the plate after a torrid start.

Both players are arbitration-eligible. The Indians have been rumored to be seeking an upgrade at third base and are also looking to be less dependent on left-handed hitters.


Report: Andy Marte takes talents to Korea


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Veteran third baseman Andy Marte has signed with new Korean team KT Wiz, according to Fox Sports, which is reporting that his one-year contract is worth $1 million.

The 31-year-old Marte has been a disappointment. He had three hits in 16 at-bats for Arizona last season in his first major league stint since 2010.


Collins doesn't want David Wright pressing to hit HRs at Citi Field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday he hopes third baseman David Wright doesn't change his approach at the plate even though the fences are being moved in at Citi Field.

"I just hope guys don't get caught up in trying to change too much," Collins said, per NJ.com. "I don't want to give David Wright a chance to hit home runs. I want David Wright to be a good hitter. As I told him, when he's swinging a bat good, he's dangerous. I'll take some balls off the wall."

Wright hit just eight home runs in 134 games last season. He has just 46 home runs and a .452 slugging percentage in 399 games at Citi Field since 2009.


Mets' Wright making 'significant improvement' with shoulder injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday third baseman David Wright is in Florida rehabbing his shoulder and has progressed to weight training, according to the New York Daily News.

Wright checked in with MLB Network Radio Thursday to also update his status.

"It's feeling good," he said of his shoulder. "I had an MRI last week, and there's significant improvement. That's a good sign. I've worked hard."


Phillies sign eight veteran players to minor-league deals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) The Phillies announced Thursday they signed Andres Blanco, Brian Bogusevic, Russ Canzler, Chase d'Arnaud, Jeff Francoeur, John Hester, Darin Mastroianni and Xavier Paul to minor-league contracts. All eight players received invites to attend spring training as non-roster invitees.

Braves' Chris Johnson could be in platoon at 3B next season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) The Braves would like to add a left-handed hitter this offseason that they can possibly platoon with third baseman Chris Johnson, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Johnson hit .263 in 2014, but he hit .395 against lefties and just .231 against righties.

Josh Harrison will be Pittsburgh's 'regular' 3B in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Tuesday infielder Josh Harrison will be the team's "regular" third baseman in 2015, per MLB.com. Although, Huntington did leave the door open for Pedro Alvarez to receive some starts at third base as well.

"His (best) fit is at first, but we'll keep Pedro's versatility in mind," Huntington said.


Cardinals could look to add right fielder in offseason


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday at the general managers' meetings in Arizona the team could look to right-field options outside the organization in the wake of the tragedy involving Oscar Taveras, according to MLB.com.

Mozeliak talked about Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty being internal options as well.

"I think it certainly leaves that position in question," Mozeliak said. "Clearly internally, we have Grichuk and potentially Piscotty to fill that spot. I would also say that it does now force us to explore other options, whether it's the free-agent market or the trade market. Really, this past week and [this] week will be groundwork to see if something like that is possible.

"I'm not saying it's a must, but I also think we need to be prudent and make sure that we understand what that landscape looks like. When you look at sort of what Grichuk did and you look at Piscotty's inexperience at the big leagues, if our goal is to try and find ways to get an uptick in offense, we do have to explore it."


Report: Ailing shoulder coming along well for Mets 3B Wright


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright has made significant progress with his ailing shoulder, per the New York Post, which is further reporting that surgery should be unnecessary.

Wright is coming off his worst season, including a miserable second half in which he was sidelined for the last three weeks. All his numbers were career-lows, including his stat line of .269/.324/.374, as well as his eight home runs.


INF Pete Orr returns to Brewers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Veteran infielder Pete Orr has returned to the Brewers on a contract that will allow him to join the team for spring training, according to the Toronto Sun.

Orr earned no major league plate appearances this season for the first time since 2010. He hasn't had more than 96 at-bats in any season since 2006.


Aramis Ramirez exercises option to return to Brewers


(11/3/2014) Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez will return the Brewers for the 2015 season after exercising his option Monday. The Brewers had already opted into their portion of the $14 million mutual option.

Ramirez will return to the team after hitting .288 with 15 home runs and 66 RBI in 2014.

"He is comfortable in Milwaukee, and obviously Aramis has made a lot of money in his career and he has invested wisely and is in very good shape (financially)," said Ramirez's agent, Paul Kinzer, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He told me he wants to control his own destiny. He'll decide after next year if he wants to keep playing."


Brewers exercise option on 3B Ramirez, await his decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) 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.


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. 


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.


Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman likely to play first base in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Nationals third baseman/outfielder Ryan Zimmerman will likely shift over to first base in 2015, MLB.com reports. He's currently resting his right hamstring after suffering a Grade 3 strain in July.

"I'm sure I'll talk to them soon or they will talk [to the media]," Zimmerman said. "I think Anthony [Rendon] is the future third baseman. Obviously, he played great there. He played some second and some third. If he goes into Spring Training knowing that he is playing third base, he has a chance to be a very good third baseman.

"Obviously, I love playing third base. But some of the injuries over the last two or three years made it tougher for me to be an above average third baseman. It's hard to accept that, but I think that's the truth. Sometimes, the truth hurts sometimes. But Anthony has a great chance to be very good over there. I could be an above average first baseman if I work at it during Spring Training and the rest of this offseason. But that's not just my decision. Obviously, I'll talk with [general manager] Mike [Rizzo] and Matt and see what their plans are. I'm sure we'll find out in the next week or two."

The Nationals have first base open due to the impending free agency of 2014 starter Adam LaRoche.


Ryan Zimmerman 'hurt enough not to play' during NLDS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said his right hamstring wasn't strong enough for him to be a starter or even make an impact during the NLDS against the Giants, according to The Washington Post. Zimmerman went 1 for 4 (.250) with no RBI in four games against the Giants.

"Hurt enough not to play," Zimmerman said. "I think if it was good enough, I would have played. We would have maybe found a place to put me. This team was one of the best teams in the month of September. It’s hard to mess with something like that. We just didn’t get enough hits to win. That’s what got us."


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. 

 
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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