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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.


Jonathan Diaz returns to Blue Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) The Blue Jays have brought back infielder Jonathan Diaz on a minor league contract just 10 days after he opted for free agency. He has an invitation to spring training.

Diaz earned just 38 at-bats last season and compiled a stat line of .158/.256/.154.


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. 


Ian Stewart refuses minor league assignment from Angels


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Veteran third baseman Ian Stewart has declined an assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake City and will leave the Angels to test free agency.

Stewart struggled to make contact in 2014, fanning 31 times in just 68 at-bats. He compiled a stat line of .176/.222/.382.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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."


 
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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