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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.


Showalter: Machado appears more likely for O's opener than Wieters


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter conveyed third baseman Manny Machado has a better chance of being ready for the Orioles season opener than catcher Matt Wieters, according to CSNBaltimore.com. 

Machado had right knee surgery in August and Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery in June.

"With both of these guys, it will be when and not if. I think if you held a gun up to my head, I think Manny makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter, but we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind," Showalter said.


Cashman: A-Rod will not be everyday infielder for Yankees


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated Tuesday veteran Alex Rodriguez's days as an everyday infielder are over, and he's hopeful Rodriguez will be able to fill the role of full-time DH.

"I can't expect Alex to be anything," Cashman said during a phone interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. "Even before the suspension, he wasn't the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side.

"We look forward to him hopefully solidifying himself as a tremendous DH for us."

The New York Daily News published a report Monday citing a source saying Rodriguez is determined to regain his role as an everyday third baseman. However, New York re-signed Chase Headley to a four-year deal to be the team's starting third baseman.

"In his mind, he’s still the third baseman," the source said. “That was before (Headley was re-signed) today, anyway.

"Based on what he was being told by the Yankees, Alex believed he would get the chance to play third base, and he believes he can do it. He’s motivated by it because he loves to play the field."


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.


Report: A-Rod determined to reclaim starting job at third base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is determined to reclaim his spot in the infield after sitting out 2014 due to a season-long suspension and wants no part of being a full-time DH, a person who has spoken to Rodriguez "several times" told the New York Daily News.

The Yankees re-signed Chase Headley on Monday to be the team's primary third baseman.

"In his mind, he’s still the third baseman," the person said Monday. "That was before (Headley was re-signed) today, anyway.

"Based on what he was being told by the Yankees, Alex believed he would get the chance to play third base, and he believes he can do it. He’s motivated by it because he loves to play the field.

"Whatever (poor) decisions he’s made, he’s still addicted to the game and he says he’s working hard to be ready. He’s said to me, ‘people are going to be surprised,’ meaning he’s convinced he still has game."


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.


Yankees officially announce Chase Headley deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Yankees announced Monday they signed third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year contract. The deal is worth $52 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

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."


Headley agrees to four-year, $52 million deal with Yankees


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Yankees and infielder Chase Headley agreed to a four-year contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal is worth $52 million.

Headley split the 2014 season between the Padres and Yankees, batting .243 with 13 home runs, 20 doubles and 49 RBI in 135 games. He hit .262 with six home runs, eight doubles and 17 RBI in 58 games with New York.

Headley has a career .265/.347/.409/.756 slash line in eight MLB seasons. He also has 93 home runs, 194 doubles and 418 RBI.


Report: Chase Headley could come to decision as soon as Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Third baseman Chase Headley could come to a decision about his free agency as soon as Monday, according to WFAN. The Yankees and Giants are among the teams pursuing the 30-year-old infielder.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated during an interview Monday with NBC New York the team's desire to re-sign Headley, and apparently Headley's desire to stay in New York.

"I do know this -- Chase wants to be a Yankee," Cashman said, per NJ.com. "He was a tremendous acquisition in the second half. A great leader. A tremendous defender. A switch-hitter with great discipline. He kind of checks off every box that we’d like a prototypical Yankee to look like.

"If we can find common ground, I’d like to have him man third base as we move forward."


Marlins, Scott Sizemore agree to minor-league deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) The Marlins have agreed to a minor-league deal with infielder Scott Sizemore . CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports. Sizemore went 5 for 13 with the Yankees last season while also posting a .266/.329/.433 line with seven home runs and 41 RBI in 289 Triple-A at-bats.

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.


Tigers' Castellanos spending offseason improving his defense


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos is focusing on improving his quickness during offseason workouts in order to improve defensively, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.

Castellanos committed 15 errors and had a .950 fielding percentage in 145 games at third base in 2014.

"His hands are solid and his arm is solid," Dombrowski said, per MLive.com. "He normally catches what he gets to, but we're looking to increase his quickness over there.

"There's no question, from a defensive perspective, that he needs to improve. But when I say that, we try to give him the benefit of the doubt. He hadn't played third base in a while."

Dombrowski also has confidence in Castellanos' offensive abilities after he hit just .259 with 11 home runs as a rookie.

"We think he has a chance to be a good offensive player," Dombrowski said. "He had a good solid year last year, and we think he's going to continue to get better. When you look at his numbers for a rookie, and in a pennant race, his offensive numbers were pretty good."


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.


Yankees won't work Alex Rodriguez out at 1B until spring training


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters at the winter meetings Tuesday that Alex Rodriguez has not worked out at first base yet, and that he's won't do so until the start of spring training, per the Star-Ledger. Girardi has been in contact with Rodriguez this offseason and has even seen videos of him working out in the offseason.

The Yankees are in search of a third baseman in case Rodriguez is unable to fill that void on an everyday basis. The 39-year-old hasn't played more than 140 games since 2007 and missed the 2014 campaign due to a season-long suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal.


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. 


Report: Angels showing some interest in Red Sox's Brock Holt


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Angels have shown some interest in Red Sox infielder/outfielder Brock Holt, according to ESPN. The Angels view Holt as shortstop insurance.

Holt had the best season of his MLB career in 2014, batting .281 with a .331 on-base percentage, 23 doubles and 68 runs in 106 games. He was a very valuable utility player for Boston, as he played seven different positions last season. The only positions he didn't make an appearance were pitcher and catcher.


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.


 
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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