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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.

Padres VP of scouting: Reports on Grandal 'were all good'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:09 pm ET) Padres vice president of scouting operations Don Welke said he heard good things about catcher Yasmani Grandal, who hit .328 with a .469 on-base percentage in the Dominican winter league. He also had seven doubles, two homers and 14 RBI in 19 games, while totaling 18 walks against 15 strikeouts.

"The reports were all good on Grandal," Welke said, per MLB.com. "He looked sharper offensively and defensively. You know he's doing good when quite a few teams express interest in him. I think he's got a chance to have a lot of impact."


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.


Report: Braves have talked with A.J. Pierzynski about backup role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Braves have talked to free agent A.J. Pierzynski about serving as their backup catcher, according to MLB.com. Pierzynski spent the 2014 season with Boston and St. Louis, batting .251 with five home runs and 37 RBI in 102 games.

Report: Braves among teams showing interest in David Ross


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Braves are among the teams that have expressed interest in veteran catcher David Ross, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ross played for Atlanta from 2009-2012.

Ross, who is a 13-year MLB veteran, hit .184 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 50 games last season for Boston.


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.

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. 


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. 


Rays designate Jose Molina for assignment


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Rays have designated catcher Jose Molina for assignment on Thursday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Molina is signed for $2.75 million in 2015. The team wanted to clear space on the 40-man roster, and determined Molina had to go. The 39-year-old hit .178 over 225 at-bats last year. 


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.

Marlins add five to 40-man roster


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Marlins added catcher Austin Barnes and pitchers Adam Conley, Domingo German,Justin Nicolino and Matt Ramsey to their 40-man roster, reports the team's website. All the minor-leaguers are now protected from December's Rule 5 draft.

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.


Cardinals add C Cody Stanley to 40-man roster


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Cardinals added catcher Cody Stanley to their 40-man roster, reports CardinalsFarm.com. Stanley batted .283 with 12 homers and 43 RBI in 103 games at Double-A Springfield this past season.

Nationals release C Jhonatan Solano


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Nationals released catcher Jhonatan Solano, reports MLBDailyDish.com. Solano, 27, batted .251 with 10 homers and 53 RBI at Triple-A Syracuse this past season.

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.


 
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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