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Ian Stewart signs minor league deal with Nationals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Nationals signed third baseman Ian Stewart to a minor league contract on Tuesday. Stewart hit .176/.22/.382 with two homers and seven RBI in 24 games last season for the Angels.

Nationals sign Mark Minicozzi to minor-league deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) The Nationals have signed infielder Mark Minicozzi to a minor-league deal.

Minicozzi, 31, hit .298/.400/.470 with 12 home runs and 62 RBI in 315 at-bats with Triple-A San Jose in 2014. He has yet to appear in a regular-season game in the majors.


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.


Giants get Class A hurlers for Marlins 3B McGehee


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Giants are trading minor league right-handers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo for Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee.

Both pitched at a Class A level last season and averaged more than a strikeout per inning.


Giants have acquired McGehee in deal with Marlins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Giants and Marlins have agreed to a deal that has sent deposed starting third baseman Casey McGehee to San Francisco, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Giants pitchers Matt Duffy and Hunter Strickland are reportedly among the possibilities to be sent to Miami.


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.


Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis finally set to start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Shortstop Freddy Galvis has been waiting for several years for a full-time opportunity from the Phillies and now he's got it. But general manager Ruben Amaro did not exactly give him a ringing endorsement Friday.

"Whether he's earned it or not, we don't know," Amaro told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He has not earned it at the plate. Galvis owns a .218 lifetime batting average and hit a mere .176 with a meager .227 on-base percentage last season.


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.


Rockies sign Daniel Descalso to two-year, $3.6 million deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Rockies announced Tuesday they signed infielder Daniel Descalso to a two-year contract. He is slated to make $3.6 million, agent Steve Canter told ESPN.

The 28-year-old Descalso has spent the last five seasons in the majors with the Cardinals. He has a .243/.313/.341/.654 slash line over 529 MLB games.


Braves finalize deal with Alberto Callaspo


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Braves have finalized a one-year deal with Alberto Callaspo.

Callaspo signed during the winter meetings, but the team waited to make the deal official. Callaspo is set to make $3 million next season. He hit .223/.290/.290 over 404 at-bats last year.


Pirates planning for Pedro Alvarez to play every day at first base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Pirates are planning to use Pedro Alvarez as their everyday first baseman in 2015, despite his struggles against left-handed pitchers. Alvarez is batting .196 in his career against southpaws.

"We're going to find out. It's going to be Pedro's job to keep," manager Clint Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Pedro knows what challenges he's got to meet. He loves his teammates, he wants to do well and perform well. He's taken on some necessary opportunities this winter to prepare and get ready."


Cardinals agree to terms with Mark Reynolds


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Cardinals have agreed to terms with free-agent first baseman Mark Reynolds, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The deal is contingent on Reynolds passing a physical.  In 2014, Reynolds hit .196 with 22 home runs and 45 RBI over 130 games.


Giants' bid to acquire Justin Upton and Chris Johnson is dead


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Giants won't be acquiring Braves outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson in a deal for prospects, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Those talks are "a week old" and the deal is "not happening," Heyman reported.

USA Today reported the Braves were skeptical the Giants could supply the necessary prospects to make a deal possible.


Report: Braves sign INF Alberto Callaspo to one-year deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Braves have signed free agent infielder Alberto Callaspo to a one-year deal worth $3 million, which includes $1 million in performance incentives, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports Tuesday.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported both sides were closing in on a deal earlier in the day.

Callaspo hit .223 with 15 doubles in 2014 with the Athletics.


Braves closing in on deal with Alberto Callaspo


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Braves are close to a deal with free agent infielder Alberto Callaspo, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 31-year-old veteran, who played with the Athletics last year, hit .223 with 15 doubles in 2014. 


Reds, Todd Frazier yet to talk contract extension


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2014) The Reds have yet to discuss a contract extension with third baseman Todd Frazier, MLB.com reports.

Frazier, 28, hit .273/.336/.459 with 29 home runs, 80 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 597 at-bats in 2014. Kyle Seager, 27, hit .268/.334/.454 with 25 home runs, 96 RBI and seven stolen bases in 590 at-bats last season before receiving a seven-year, $100-million extension from the Mariners this offseason. Frazier is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason.


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.

Pirates tender 11 arbitration-eligible players before deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Pirates have tendered a contract to 11 arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, according to the team's official website. Those players include: Sean Rodriguez, Neil Walker, Francisco Cervelli, Mark Melancon, Chris Stewart, Travis Snider, Pedro Alvarez, Tony Watson, Josh Harrison, Jared Hughes and Vance Worley.

Cardinals decline to tender 2B Daniel Descalso a contract


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Cardinals announced they non-tendered second baseman Daniel Descalso on Tuesday, per the team's official website. Descalso slashed .242/.333/.311 with 10 RBI and 30 stolen bases over 104 appearances.

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.

Marlins lock down all five arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Marlins have tendered all five of their arbitration-eligible players, according to MLB.com on Tuesday. Those players include: closer Steve Cishek, reliever Mike Dunn, starter Nathan Eovaldi, infielder Casey McGehee and starter Henderson Alvarez.

Report: Cubs to tender offers to 10 arbitration-eligible players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Cubs are expected to tender offers to the 10 arbitration-eligible players on their roster by Tuesday's deadline, according to MLB.com. The 10 players are Travis WoodJake ArrietaJohn BakerWelington CastilloChris CoghlanFelix DoubrontJustin RuggianoPedro StropLuis Valbuena and Wesley Wright.

Pirates sign three players to minor-league deals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Pirates announced Monday they signed outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, infielder Deibinson Romero and catcher Sebastian Valle to minor-league contracts. All three received an invite to major-league camp.

Report: Blue Jays considering Alberto Callaspo


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) The Blue Jays are considering signing free-agent infielder Alberto Callaspo , FOXSports.com reports.

Callaspo, who would play second base in Toronto, is seen as a potential bounce-back candidate who could outperform his contract if signed. He hit .223/.290/.290 in 404 at-bats with the A's last season.


Giants turn attention to Cruz, Scherzer after Sandoval departure


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) With the Red Sox officially signing Pablo Sandoval, the Giants have begun talks with a variety of free agents including pitcher Max Scherzer and outfielder Nelson Cruz, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Sandoval’s departure allows the Giants to focus their assets elsewhere and the Giants have also expressed interest in Nick Markakis, Torii Hunter and Chase Headley.


 
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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