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Tigers sign Jefry Marte to minor league contract


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) The Tigers signed third baseman Jefry Marte to a minor league contract.

In 2014, Marte hit .259 with 10 home runs at Double-A.


Report: Pablo Sandoval to make FA decision next week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) Free agent Pablo Sandoval will make a decision on his new team next week, WEEI.com reports.

The decision "looks like" it will be between the Red Sox, Giants and Padres, and all teams involved are believed to have been asked to submit final offers. Sandoval hit .279/.324/.415 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 588 at-bats.


Phillies sign trio to minor league deals


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) The Phillies signed infielder Chris Nelson, pitcher Paul Clemens,  and catcher Koyie Hill to minor league contracts.

Report: Red Sox could be in the lead for Pablo Sandoval


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Red Sox may be in the lead for infielder Pablo Sandoval , according to the Boston Globe

The team is believed to have offered a five-year, $95 million deal to the 28-year-old. It was reported early in Sandoval's free agency that he was seeking a six-year contract, and it's unclear if any of his current offers contain an option for a sixth season. Sandoval hit .279/.324/.415 over 588 at-bats.


Indians' Giovanny Urshela will not require surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Indians infielder Giovanny Urshela will not require surgery on his knee, according to MLB.com.

Urshela sprained his PCL, but the injury isn't as serious as expected. He should be ready to go for the start of 2015. 


Report: Padres making offer to Pablo Sandoval


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Sources have indicated the Padres are prepared to make free agent Pablo Sandoval a contract offer Friday, reports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Along with the Padres, the Giants, Red Sox, White Sox and Blue Jays have also shown interest in signing the third baseman.


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. 


Yankees add Williams, Austin, two more to 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Yankees announced Thursday they added outfielder Tyler Austin, pitcher Danny Burawa, pitcher Branden Pinder and outfielder Mason Williams to the 40-man roster. The Yankees also sold the rights of infielder Zelous Wheeler to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League.

Williams was considered the Yankees' third-best prospect by Baseball America heading into the 2014 season. 


Astros add two players to 40-man roster, outright Bass to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Astros announced Thursday they added infielder Ronald Torreyes and pitcher Vincent Velasquez to the 40-man roster. Pitcher Anthony Bass was also outrighted to Triple-A.

Torreyes hit .298 with two home runs, five triples, 20 doubles and 46 RBI in 126 games last season for Triple-A Oklahoma City. 

Velasquez went 7-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 18 appearances (13 starts) between Rookie League and high Class A last season.


Athletics add 20-year-old slugger Renato Nunez to 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Athletics announced Thursday they added infielder Renato Nunez to the 40-man roster. The 20-year-old Nunez hit .279 with 28 doubles, 29 home runs and 96 RBI in 124 games for Class A Stockton last season.

Indians add five players to 40-man roster Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Indians announced Thursday they added pitcher Cody Anderson, pitcher Shawn Armstrong, pitcher Ryan Merritt, infielder Giovanny Urshela and infielder Tony Wolters to the 40-man roster.

Swihart among four players added to Red Sox's 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Red Sox announced Thursday they added infielder Sean Coyle, pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, catcher Blake Swihart and infielder Travis Shaw to the 40-man roster.

Sano, Meyer, Rosario added to Twins' 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Twins announced Thursday they added starting pitcher Alex Meyer, pitcher Jason Wheeler, outfielder Eddie Rosario and third baseman Miguel Sano to the 40-man roster.

Report: Sandoval signing could impact Headley's free-agent plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) It's not a mystery that the Yankees are looking to re-sign third baseman Chase Headley. However, the competition to sign him could heat up, if he isn't re-signed by the time Pablo Sandoval agrees to a contract, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.

The Red Sox and Giants could become options for Headley, if one or neither sign Sandoval. The Blue Jays and White Sox could also make a push to sign Headley, according to Rosenthal.


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. 


Marlins sign Reid Brignac to a minor-league deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Marlins have signed infielder Reid Brignac to a minor-league deal, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 28-year-old Brignac received just 81 at-bats with the Phillies last season. He's hit .222/.266/.314 over 844 career at-bats. 


Report: Blue Jays haven't sent an offer to Pablo Sandoval yet


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Blue Jays do not currently have an offer out to third baseman Pablo Sandoval, according to Sportsnet.

Sandoval met with Blue Jays' brass last week, and the meeting reportedly went well. Despite that, the club has yet to extend an offer to the 28-year-old third baseman. The team is still expected to be in the mix for Sandoval, but no deal seems imminent. 


Red Sox claim Juan Francisco off waivers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Red Sox claimed third baseman Juan Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays, reports WEEI.com. In 287 at-bats this past season, Francisco hit .220 with 16 homers and 43 RBI.

Report: Giants still among teams vying to sign Pablo Sandoval


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Giants are not out of the race to sign Pablo Sandoval, despite a report from KPIX 5 in San Francisco that the Giants have dropped out of negotiations with the free agent third baseman. The report was emphatically denied Wednesday by a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations, according to CSNNE.com.

The source added the Giants are still very much interested in re-signing Sandoval, but the length of the potential contract offer is unknown. The Giants are wary of offering Sandoval a contract longer than five years.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Wednesday the Red Sox are expected to make an offer to Sandoval by Thursday. Heyman added it appears to be a five-team competition -- Giants, Red Sox, White Sox, Blue Jays and Padres -- to sign Sandoval, with Boston and San Francisco considered the favorites.


Report: Sandoval's agent to speak with Giants on Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Gustavo Vasquez, who is the agent for free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, plans to speak by phone Wednesday with the Giants, a source told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. It is possible Sandoval will be on the call as well.

Sandoval met Tuesday with the Red Sox. It has been rumored the Giants and Red Sox are the favorites to sign the 28-year-old slugger. ESPN reported Tuesday that Sandoval has discussed a five-year deal in the range of $80 million to $90 million with Boston and San Francisco.

Rosenthal reported Sandoval has not yet received an offer from the Red Sox.


Report: Sandoval has discussed five-year deal with Giants, BoSox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval has discussed five-year deals with the Giants and Red Sox in the range of $80 million to $90 million, according to ESPN.com writer Jerry Crasnick. Indications are a deal could come together quickly for Sandoval.

Sandoval is in Boston on Tuesday meeting with the Red Sox. It has been previously reported the Red Sox and Giants are favorites to sign Sandoval. The Blue Jays and White Sox have also been linked to Sandoval, and CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported earlier this week the Padres have also shown interest.


Rays 3B Evan Longoria sustains bruised forearm in exhibition game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Rays third baseman Evan Longoria left an exhibition game Tuesday in Japan for precautionary reasons after being hit by a pitch on his left forearm. Longoria was batting in the third inning of the sixth game in the Japan All-Star series when he suffered the injury.

MLB.com first reported doctors diagnosed Longoria with a bruised forearm and he did not need to undergo any further testing. The Rays then confirmed Longoria only suffered a bruise.

He appeared to be OK after getting hit, as he was able to take first base and play in the field in the bottom of the third inning. However, he was then replaced in the fourth inning. Longoria hit a grand slam in the exhibition opener Nov. 11.


Padres the latest team to show interest in signing Pablo Sandoval


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) The Padres are the latest team to show interest in signing free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Blue Jays, Giants, White Sox and Red Sox are other teams linked to Sandoval, and the Giants and Red Sox are still considered the favorites to sign him.

 
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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