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Phillies sign John Hester to a minor-league deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) The Phillies have signed catcher John Hester to a minor-league deal.

Hester will receive an invite to spring training, where he'll attempt to make the 25-man roster. He spent most of last season in Triple-A. 


C Jackson Williams hooks up with Angels


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) The Angels have signed catcher and former top prospect Jackson Williams. The 28-year-old Williams finally reached the majors in late August and earned 13 at-bats with Colorado before undergoing right knee surgery.

Williams was a first-round pick of San Francisco in 2007.


Royals C Salvador Perez homers in Game 1 World Series loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Royals catcher Salvador Perez went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 7-1 loss to the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday.

Perez struck the only blow the Royals could manage on offense, finally getting a run off Giants starter Madison Bumgarner after he allowed only two hits through six scoreless innings. By the time of Perez's bomb, the Royals were dug in a hole from which they couldn't escape. It's a rare sign of life from the catcher's bat, as he's hit just .135/.158/.216 in 37 postseason at-bats despite the Royals racking up win after win in the first three rounds.


Report: Orioles make option decisions on three players


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) The Orioles have made decisions regarding team options on several players, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Among them is southpaw starter Wei-Yin Chen, whose $4.75 million option for 2015 will be picked up. The team will do the same for impressive right-handed reliever Darren O'Day, whose $4.25 million option will also be picked up.

The exception is catcher Nick Hundley. The team will not exercise his $2.5 million option, making him a free agent.


Cardinals' Tony Cruz goes yard Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz managed a big hit Thursday against the Giants.

Cruz struck in the fourth inning. With the game tied, Cruz stepped to the plate with the bases empty. On the second pitch of the at-bat, he belted an 88 mph slider out to left to put his team ahead. Cruz would also walk twice during the contest. He finished 1 for 2, with two runs scored and one RBI. 


Cardinals' Yadier Molina tried to talk his way into lineup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina tried to talk his way into the team's starting lineup Thursday, according to the USA Today. 

Molina is dealing with an oblique injury, and is still having trouble swinging a bat. Tony Cruz will get the start with Molina on the bench. 


Cardinals call upon Tony Cruz for Game 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) The Cardinals will go with Tony Cruz behind the plate for Game 5.

With Yadier Molina still unable to return due to an oblique injury, the team will turn to Cruz. A.J. Pierzynski got the nod for Game 4, but will be relagated to the bench Game 5. Cruz hit .200/.270/.259 over 135 at-bats in the regular season. 


Pirates to extend qualifying offer to Russell Martin


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) The Pirates will extend a qualifying offer to catcher Russell Martin, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

General manager Neal Huntington has said the club will do whatever it can to retain Martin, but there's some believe he's already priced himself out of Pittsburgh's budget. The club reportedly offered Martin a long-term deal during the season, but Martin declined. 

With the qualifying offer, Martin could return to the Pirates for one season at a $15.3 million salary. He's expected to receive a lucrative multi-year deal on the market, so he may end up declining that offer. Martin hit .290/.402/.430 over 379 at-bats.


Giants C Buster Posey drives in three runs in Game 4 NLCS win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Giants catcher Buster Posey went 2 for 3 with a walk and three RBI in his team's 6-4 win over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series Wednesday.

Posey put the Giants on the board with a sacrifice fly in the first inning to tie the score 1-1. The Cardinals were able to put three more runs on the board in the next two innings, but Posey responded with an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. After the Giants took a lead in the sixth, the catcher added an insurance run with another RBI single. Posey has posted a .333 batting average in 39 postseason at-bats but has yet to mange an extra-base hit. Even so, his excellent Game 4 performance has the Giants one win away from heading to the World Series. Game 5 is set for Thursday.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina again sidelined Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) An oblique injury has Cardinals standout catcher Yadier Molina out of the lineup again Thursday for Game 4 of the National League Championships Series. A.J. Pierzynski is set to start in his place.

Molina, who sustained the injury Sunday, is 5 for 21 in the 2014 postseason.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina to receive cortisone shot


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will receive a cortisone shot soon, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Molina is attempting to fight through an oblique injury. Though the issue kept him out of the starting lineup Tuesday, Molina has been adamant that his season isn't done. Molina will likely receive an injection Tuesday or Wednesday. 


Cardinals might consider using Molina as defensive replacement


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Although Yadier Molina (oblique) is not starting in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants, the Cardinals have not ruled out using him as a defensive replacement Tuesday, according to MLB.com. Though, Molina is not scheduled to take batting practice Tuesday, according to manager Mike Matheny.

The Cardinals' medical staff said Molina can't hurt himself further, according to USA Today. It's just a pain-tolerance issue.


A.J. Pierzynski starts in place of Yadier Molina in Game 3 of NLCS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) As expected, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants due to an oblique injury. A.J. Pierzynski started at catcher Tuesday for the Cardinals.

Cardinals' Yadier Molina remains hopeful of playing again in NLCS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Although Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday his "season isn't over" after suffering an oblique injury Sunday, it seems doubtful he will play again in the NLCS, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Though, it seems Molina is still holding out hope of making a very quick recovery.

"He is smart enough to know that if he can't help, he will step aside," Molina's longtime agent Melvin Roman said. "But if he can contribute, he will go for it. He will do everything in his power to try to play. You know Yadi, he will try."

Roman added, however, if Molina attempts to play, then it probably won't be until Game 4 at the earliest.


Report: David Ross to play in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Impending free-agent catcher David Ross plans to play next season despite reports in September that he was considering retirement, MLBDailyDish.com reports.

Ross spent his last two seasons with the Red Sox on a two-year deal, and the door remains open for the veteran catcher to return to Boston, according to the report. He would serve as a backup and mentor to the team's young catchers if he were to resign with the Red Sox.


Yadier Molina day-to-day, remains on active roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (oblique) is day to day after playing catch Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Manager Mike Matheny said Molina has been "watch and see," but the catcher threw well Monday and remains on the active roster for the National League Championship Series. However, Molina has yet to swing a bat and will likely need to clear that hurdle before being inserted into the lineup. Matheny refused to name a starting catcher for Tuesday's Game 3 action, but it's near certain A.J. Pierzynski will get the start against his former team.


Report: Alex Avila not considering retirement due to head injuries


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Tigers catcher Alex Avila said Monday that he has had no second thoughts about continuing his career as a major-league catcher after dealing with multiple head injuries late in the season. MLive.com reports.

"No," he said. "I've had three mild concussions in my career. I had a CT scan and an MRI checking my brain and my neck and the arteries leading to it, and everything checks out normal and healthy. And talking with the neurologist that examined everything, I shouldn't have any concern. It's like any injury -- you have to let it heal 100 percent."

Avila also indicated that he was symptom free and would be able to take the field if the Tigers were still in contention. Barring a setback, he should be ready to go for spring training.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina travels with club to San Francisco


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina traveled with the team to San Francisco, but his status remains uncertain for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Molina aggravated a left oblique strain that he suffered earlier in Game 2 on Sunday. The injury could knock him out for the remainder of the postseason, depending on further evaluation, according to the Associated Press.

Molina batted .238 (5 for 21) with a double and two runs scored this postseason.


Diamondbacks' Bobby Wilson a free-agent


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Diamondbacks catcher Bobby Wilson has elected free agency.

Wilson collected one hit in four at-bats in the majors this season. He refused a minor-league assignment Saturday, and will attempt to hook on with another club in the offseason. 


Caleb Joseph in, Nick Hundley out of Orioles lineup Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) The Orioles have made one minor change to their lineup for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against visiting Kansas City. Caleb Joseph is set to start at catcher in place of Nick Hundley.

Hundley managed one single in four at-bats in the opener.


Pirates' Russell Martin turned down contract offer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Pirates catcher Russell Martin turned down a contract offer, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

The club made an attempt to re-sign Martin at some point during the season, but the catcher declined. The team pushed off extension talks into the season, but Martin quickly boosted his value. It's believed the Pirates will do everything they can to try and keep him, but Martin may have pushed himself out of their price range. Martin hit a solid .290/.402/.430 over 379 at-bats with the club.


Cardinals C A.J. Pierzynski added to roster for NLCS


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been added to the Cardinals roster for their National League Championship Series against San Francisco. He will replace reliever Sam Freeman and serve as the third catcher.

Mike Matheny explained that he wanted another experienced bat available. Pierzynski also brings a bat that has hit well in the postseason. He owns a .300/.372/.520 stat line with 17 RBI in 30 career postseason games.

Pierzynski will most likely be used as primarily a pinch-hitter.


Angels' John Buck decides to become a free-agent


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Angels catcher John Buck has elected free agency Thursday.

Buck was designated for assignment by the club Tuesday. He could have accepted a spot with the Triple-A club, but opted to become a free-agent. He'll search for a new team during the offseason. Buck hit .225 over 89 at-bats in the majors last season. 


Diamondbacks outright Bobby Wilson, Joe Paterson to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) The Diamondbacks have sent catcher Bobby Wilson and pitcher Joe Paterson outright to Triple-A Reno. Wilson hit .267/.324/.341 in 270 at-bats with Reno, while Paterson posted a 2.95 ERA and 33:19 K:BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings with Reno.

Angels DFA John Buck, Brennan Boesch


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) The Angels designated catcher John Buck and outfielder Brennan Boesch for assignment Tuesday.

The move opened up two 40-man spots for players claimed off waivers. Buck was just 1 for 5 with the Angels after hitting .226/.293/.286 in 84 at-bats with the Mariners. Boesch hit .187/.203/.293 in 75 at-bats with the Angels.


 
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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