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Phillies invite five to spring training as non-roster players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:30 pm ET) The Phillies announced Tuesday they signed pitcher Paul Clemens, catcher Rene Garcia, catcher Koyie Hill, infielder Chris Nelson and infielder Cord Phelps to minor-league contracts. All five players received invites to spring training as non-roster invitees.

Ryan Lavarnway taken off Red Sox's 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:36 pm ET) Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway was designated for assignment Tuesday to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Pablo Sandoval, who was signed to a five-year contract.

The former top-100 prospect hit .201 with five home runs, 17 doubles and 34 RBI in 97 games over four seasons for Boston. Lavarnway appeared in just nine games for Boston in 2014.


Rays finalize 40-man roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Rays have finalized the 40-man roster on Thursday.

The team designated Cole Figueroa, Michael Kohn and Jose Molina for assignment, freeing up space on the roster. The team then added Matt AndrieseRyan Brett , Grayson Garvin, Mikie Mahtook  and Justin O’Conner to the 40-man roster. 


Rangers shore up 40-man roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Rangers have made changes to the 40-man roster.

The team purchased the contracts of Jorge Alfaro , Hanser Alberto, Jerad Eickhoff and Luke Jackson . All four players will now be protected from the Rule 5 draft. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the team designated outfielder Jim Adduci for assignment. 


Mariners add three to 40-man roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Mariners have added three players to the 40-man roster.

Mayckol Guaipe , John Hicks and Ketel Marte all had their contracts purchased by the team on Thursday. All three players will not be eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 draft. 


Angels add two to 40-man roster, designate two for assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Angels announced Thursday they added catcher Jett Bandy and pitcher Danny Reynolds to the 40-man roster. The team also announced pitcher Michael Roth and catcher Jackson Williams were designated for assignment.

White Sox make slew of roster moves, take Belisario off 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The White Sox announced Thursday they added pitcher Frankie Montas, infielder Rangel Ravelo, infielder Tyler Saladino and catcher Kevan Smith to the 40-man roster. They also outrighted outfielder Jared Mitchell to Triple-A Charlotte.

Chicago claimed pitcher Onelki Garcia off waivers from the Dodgers and designated pitcher Ronald Belisario for assignment to clear a roster spot.


Rangers sign Gimenez, Martinez to minor-league deals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Rangers announced Thursday they signed catcher Chris Gimenez and pitcher David Martinez to minor-league deals. Both players received invites to spring training as non-roster invitees.

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.

Report: Rangers backup catcher Tomas Telis suffers hand injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Rangers backup catcher Tomas Telis injured his left (non-throwing) hand while playing winter ball in Venezuela, according to ESPN. However, an examination revealed no structural damage and Telis is being considered day to day, according a Rangers source.

Telis appeared in 18 games in 2014, batting .250 with two doubles and eight RBI.


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.

Report: Tigers contact Astros about catcher trade, talks already over


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Tigers have had preliminary talks with the Astros about a potential trade involving a catcher, according to FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi. Houston appears willing to trade Jason Castro, Carlos Corporan or Hank Conger.

However, it appears the talks between the two teams are over, as the Tigers have moved on, a source told MLB.com. The talks were believed to be centered around a deal involving Corporan.


Navarro seeks trade from Blue Jays in wake of Martin signing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro has expressed his interest in being traded after Toronto signed catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Jays countered Navarro's request by telling him they could get him decent playing time between DH and catcher. However, Navarro prefers a full-time catching job.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday he is open to trading Navarro and wouldn't be surprised if a trade takes place, according to Sportsnet.ca. However, Navarro said he understands if a trade doesn't happen.


Athletics C John Jaso cleared for baseball activities


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Athletics catcher John Jaso, whose season ended in August due to a concussion, has been cleared for all baseball activities, general manager Billy Beane told MLB.com. This means Jaso can catch again, but how often he'll catch next year is unclear, the report said.

The team is considering using Jaso at first base, too, per MLB.com.


Report: Blue Jays getting trade interest for catcher Navarro


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Blue Jays are drawing trade interest in catcher Dioner Navarro in the wake of Toronto signing catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract, sources told FOX Sports. 

The Blue Jays appear willing to move Navarro to fill other needs, but they could keep him as a backup to Martin and use him at DH as well.

Navarro, who signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Blue Jays last offseason, played in a career-high 139 games in 2014. He hit .274 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 69 RBI.


Blue Jays finalize five-year deal with catcher Russell Martin


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Blue Jays officially announced Tuesday the signing of catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract. It is the largest free-agent contract during general manager Alex Anthopoulos' tenure with Toronto, according to the team's official website.

The breakdown of Martin's contract will be $7 million in the first year, $15 million in the second year and $20 million in each of the remaining three seasons, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 31-year-old catcher hit .290 with a .402 on-base percentage, .430 slugging percentage and .832 OPS in 111 games for Pittsburgh in 2014. The Blue Jays will be Martin's fourth MLB team. He played for the Dodgers, Yankees and Pirates over his first nine seasons in the majors.


Russell Martin signs five-year, $82 million deal with Blue Jays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Russell Martin will be heading back to his hometown, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Blue Jays and Martin have agreed to a five-year contract worth $82 million on Monday, per Heyman.

Martin is coming off a strong 2014 campaign in which he compiled a .290/.402/.430 slash line with 11 home runs and 67 RBI in just 379 at-bats.


Tigers pick up option for 2015 season on Alex Avila's contract


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) The Tigers announced Monday they exercised the $5.4 million option for the 2015 season on catcher Alex Avila's contract.

Avila, who has been the subject of trade rumors, hit a career-low .218 in 2014. He had 11 home runs, 22 doubles and 47 RBI in 124 games.


Victor Martinez says return to Detroit was his first choice


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez said returned to Detroit was always his first choice, according to mlive.com.

Martinez reportedly pulled general manager Dave Dombrowski aside late in the season to express his desire to remain a Tiger. Dombrowski confirmed the two sides had the conversation, but said he wanted to wait and see how the season concluded before negotiating a deal. 

Owner Mike Ilitch also felt strongly about retaining Martinez. Ilitch told Martinez, "Victor, you had a fantastic year. You displayed great sportsmanship, you never seem to lose your cool and I'm going to take care of you next year."

Martinez brushed off questions about how many other teams attempted to sign him during his press conference. He said he was "just happy to finish my career here in Detroit."


Report: Cubs favored to sign free agent C Russell Martin


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) The Cubs are the favorites to land free agent catcher Russell Martin, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which is further reporting that the signing could take place as early as the end of November.

The trade by the Pirates for catcher Francisco Cervelli could signal their surrender on the Martin front while the Dodgers haven't exhibited the same level of interest in Martin that the Cubs have. The Cubs, who have a strong base of young talent and recently landed manager Joe Maddon, appear to be setting their sights to win in 2015.

Martin is coming off a strong season in which he compiled a stat line of .290/.402/.430 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI in just 379 at-bats.


Dodgers looking to bring back Russell Martin


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) The Dodgers are looking to sign catcher Russell Martin, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Martin spent his first six seasons with the club before signing with the Yankees. The 31-year-old Martin is coming off a season in which he hit .290/.402/.430 over 379 at-bats. He's the best catcher on the market, and has already drawn interest from a number of teams. The Pirates are said to be strong suitors for Martin, but it's unclear how much money the club can spend to keep him.


Report: Pirates still in the mix to sign catcher Russell Martin


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) The Pirates are not out of the running to sign catcher Russell Martin after acquiring catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. They made the trade for roster protection in case they don't re-sign Martin, who is a highly coveted free agent.

The Cubs and Dodgers are also in the mix to sign Martin, who hit .290 with a .402 on-base percentage and .832 OPS in 111 games last season.


Orioles' Manny Machado, Matt Wieters progressing well


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and catcher Matt Wieters are progressing well from their injuries, according to MLB Network Radio.

Manager Buck Showalter said he expects both players to be fully healed by next season, but added that the club will prepare as though neither player will be around. Machado had knee surgery in August. Wieters is coming off June Tommy John surgery. 


Report: Tigers listening to offers on Alex Avila


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Tigers are listening to offers for catcher Alex Avila, according to the Boston Globe .

Both the Red Sox and Braves are said to have interest in the 27-year-old. Avila struggled through last season, and missed time due to concussions. He hit just .218/.327/.359 over 390 at-bats.


Tigers re-sign DH Victor Martinez


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Tigers have re-signed designated hitter Victor Martinez, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

The deal has been agreed to, and is pending a physical. Martinez will make $68 million over four years. The 35-year-old was said to have drawn plenty of interest from other teams over the past couple weeks, but ultimately decided to remain in Detroit. Martinez is coming off a season in which he hit .335/.409/.565, with 32 home runs, over 561 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