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Nelson Cruz reiterates desire to stay with Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Impending free agent Nelson Cruz reiterated after Wednesday's ALCS elimination that he'd like to stay with the Orioles this offseason, masnsports.com reports.

Cruz said he loves the organization and team. However, he'll be looking to cash in on an excellent walk year after leading the majors with 40 home runs. He hit .271/.333/.525 with 108 RBI in 613 at-bats during the regular season.


A's release Adam Dunn, claim Jorge De Leon off waivers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) The Athletics announced Thursday they released DH Adam Dunn, who was acquired in an August trade with the White Sox. Dunn is set to retire after 14 seasons in the majors.

To take Dunn's roster spot, the Athletics claimed pitcher Jorge De Leon off waivers from Houston.


Report: Orioles trying to get deal done with Nelson Cruz


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) The Orioles are pushing to get a deal done with outfielder Nelson Cruz, sources told FOX Sports.

Cruz's agents met with Orioles general manager Dan Duquette this week, sources told FOX Sports. Cruz recently changed agents from Wasserman Media Group to Relativity Sports.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported in late August the two sides expressed an interest in a contract extension.

Cruz, who signed a one-year deal in the offseason, clubbed a career-best 40 home runs in 2014. He also hit .271 with a .525 slugging percentage, .859 OPS, 32 doubles, 87 runs and a career-high 108 RBI in 159 games.

Cruz has stayed hot in the playoffs, batting .500 (6 for 12) with two home runs and five RBI during a three-game sweep of the Tigers in the ALDS.


Delmon Young delivers three-run pinch-hit double in Game 2 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Orioles designated hitter Delmon Young came up big in a pinch-hit appearance Friday, smacking a three-run double in the eighth inning to put his team ahead for good in a 7-6 win over the Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Young didn't get into his team's Game 1 win, but he was called upon to face Joakim Soria with his team down 6-4 after a walk loaded the bases in Game 2. The crucial hit comes after Young delivered a .302/.337/.442 line in 242 regular-season at-bats.


Nelson Cruz drives in three Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz drove in three runs Thursday against the Tigers.

Cruz wasted no time getting to work, hitting a home run in his first at-bat. With a man on, Cruz blasted a 94 mph fastball from Max Scherzer out to right center for a two-run shot. Cruz would add a run-scoring single in the eighth inning. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and three RBI. 


C.J. Cron to DH in Game 1 of ALDS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Angels first baseman C.J. Cron will serve as the designated hitter in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Royals Thursday, MLB.com reports.

After a sold start to his season in May and June, Cron has slowed down considerably in the second half, hitting just .209/.261/.395 with two home runs in 43 at-bats in September. He wrapped up his first major-league season with a .256/.289/.450 line along with 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 242 at-bats.


Yankees' Carlos Beltran undergoes elbow surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The Yankees announced that outfielder Carlos Beltran underwent surgery to remove loose pieces and a bone spur from his right elbow, per the Journal News on Tuesday.

The procedure is not expected to slow him down in the offseason. Beltran is expected to resume throwing and hitting in roughly six weeks. He should be cleared to begin playing in 12 weeks, according to the paper.

Beltran appeared in just three of the final 20 games in September because of the issue. He finished the year with a .233/.301/.402 line with 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 403 at-bats.


Mariners bring Jesus Montero back to 40-man roster


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) The Mariners activated designated hitter Jesus Montero from the suspended list, which puts him back on the 40-man roster. Montero was suspended after getting into an altercation in late August with a team employee in the minors.

Red Sox not concerned with David Ortiz's wrist injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has been receiving treatment on his injured left wrist, according to MassLive.com.

Ortiz missed the final five games of the season with the injury.Though it's the same wrist Ortiz had surgery on in 2008, general manager Ben Cherington said the team is not concerned with the issue.

"It should resolve itself over the course of the offseason," Cherington said.


Paul Konerko wraps up career in cleanup slot Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko went 0 for 3 while batting cleanup in his final career game as his team fell 6-4 to the Royals in Sunday's season finale.

Konerko started his career in 1997 by recording seven at-bats with the Dodgers but played 16 of his 18 seasons with the White Sox. He ends an excellent major-league career with 439 home runs, 1,412 RBI and nine stolen bases while playing 2,349 games.


David Ortiz, Will Middlebrooks out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and third baseball Will Middlebrooks are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Yankees.


David Ortiz remains out Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Yankees.

Ortiz has been out since Tuesday with a wrist injury. He remains a candidate to miss Sunday's season finale as well. Ortiz has hit .263/.355/.517 with 35 home runs and 104 RBI in 518 at-bats. The 35 home runs are his most since the 2007 season, when he also smacked 35.


David Ortiz sitting again Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was not in the team's lineup Friday.

Ortiz is dealing with a wrist injury, and it's unclear if he'll return this season. Ortiz has not played since September 23 due to the issue. He's hitting .263/.355/.517 over 518 at-bats. 


David Ortiz may be done for the year


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz may not play again this season, according to CSNNE.com.

Ortiz is dealing with a wrist injury. The issue has kept him out September 23. Ortiz has hit .263/.355/.517 over 518 at-bats. 


Red Sox pair set to sit again Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Red Sox sluggers David Ortiz (soreness) and Mike Napoli (back, toe, finger) are both absent from the Thursday lineup against visiting Tampa Bay.

Ortiz has played just once since Thursday. Napoli has been out since Sept. 17 and is hitless in his last 14 at-bats.


David Ortiz out of lineup Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in the lineup Wednesday and is considered day-to-day as he deals with soreness he developed on a swing Tuesday, ESPNBoston.com reports.

Ortiz has knocked three home runs in his last three days. He has hit .263/.355/.517 with 35 home runs and 104 RBI in 518 at-bats.


Carlos Beltran finished in 2014


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that designated hitter Carlos Beltran will definitely not play again this season, LoHud.com reports.

Beltran has been putting off elbow surgery until his season was over, so he will presumably schedule a procedure in the next few days. He finishes with a .233/.301/.402 line as well as 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 403 at-bats.


Billy Butler no longer a patient hitter


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/24/2014) As Billy Butler closes out a second straight disappointing season for the Royals, it's worth taking a look at what has gone wrong over the last couple of years. The most obvious aspect of Butler's decline is the lack of home run power, as his homer total has dwindled from 29 in 2012 to 15 in 2013 to nine this season. Yet there is more to Butler's decline than just drooping power numbers.

Going back to Aug. 27, 2013, Butler has struck out 119 times and walked 49 times in 719 plate appearances. That gives him a walk-to-strikeout ratio of 0.41, which is barely above the major league average for each of the last two seasons. Prior to late last season, Butler had been a patient hitter with high BB/K ratios, but he has settled into a far more aggressive approach.

Butler has become a less selective hitter, and it could be behind his declining power, as well as his sagging walk rate and on-base percentage. I explored these trends in a recent Fantasy Baseball Today blog post, and found them to be discouraging when looking ahead to Butler's potential value for 2015. He may appear to be a sneaky late-round play in next year's drafts, but his production and plate discipline have been shaky for long enough that you will be able to pass him up in most mixed leagues.


Manager: Outfielders likely doomed to sit for rest of season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Joe Girardi has conceded that Yankees ailing outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury (hamstring) and Carlos Beltran (elbow) appear destined to miss the rest of the season.

"It's going to be pretty tough," Girardi told the Wall Street Journal in regard to their future availability.


Adam Lind anxious about contract situation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Blue Jays first baseman/designated hitter Adam Lind remains eager to learn whether his team will pick up a $7.5 million option on him in 2015, per Sportsnet.com, which is reporting that it's likely. Lind criticized the front office for not letting him know its plans.

"I'd like to get a little more clarity than I had last year," Lind said. "I think I've been here long enough that I deserve a straight answer. Just tell me, just let me know. We're all on the same team here, right? I played injured a lot this year, unknowingly, I guess, if you want to call it that, and we're all on the same team. I know it's front office and clubhouse, but you want players to be happy."

Lind has certainly produced when healthy despite a lack of power. He boasts a .324/.386/.489 stat line with six home runs and 39 RBI in 278 at-bats.


Victor Martinez: Tigers should have more victories


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Tigers slugging designated hitter Victor Martinez spoke critically of his team Wednesday morning. He has claimed it has underachieved.

"We should be way better than where we're at right now," he told MLive.com when it was suggested that the Tigers have won as many games as most expected heading into the season. "But I've been around in the game for a little bit and that just shows you how baseball can be. That's why you don't take anything for granted. The game takes 27 outs, nine innings, and that's why you have to make sure to play the game the right way and just capitalize when you get opportunities.

"The team that we have ... we should have more wins than we have right now."

Martinez certainly can't be blamed for any perceived underachievement by the Tigers, who are on the verge of clinching a playoff spot. He is in the Most Valuable Player discussion with a stat line of .335/.408/.564 and 100 RBI.


Kendrys Morales seeking to stay with Mariners


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) First baseman Kendrys Morales has expressed satisfaction with playing for the Mariners and an openness to forgo free agency while signing a contract with Seattle.

Morales sat out the first three months of this season before joining the Mariners and making far less money than what was made in the qualifying offer presented by the team.

"If it got to the point where we could work something out before I got to free agency, I'd have an interest in staying," he told the Tacoma News Tribune. "I'm comfortable with the players. I'm comfortable with the direction of the team. Yes, I'd love to stay here."

The question is whether the Mariners are comfortable with him. Morales, who has not driven in a run in his last 11 games as his team has faded in the playoff chase, owns a disappointing stat line of .219/.268/.332 with just seven home runs in 352 at-bats.

"He's a big risk," one rival club official told the News-Tribune. "I doubt he gets more than two (years) after the year he's had."


Nelson Cruz launches 40th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz went 3 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 5-4 win over the Yankees Tuesday.

Cruz knocked his major-league-leading 40th home run in the fifth inning to put his team up 5-1, and they were able to hang on for a win in the later innings. It's his first career 40-homer season. Cruz has hit .270/.334/.529 with 107 RBI in 596 at-bats.


Adam Lind back starting against righty


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/23/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind was back in the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners after sitting out the previous three games with a back issues. Two of those three, including Monday's, were against left-handers, so Lind probably wouldn't have started them anyway.

Adam Lind not in the lineup Monday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind was out of the lineup for a third straight game because of a back issue Monday against Seattle. Of course, with left-hander James Paxton on the mound for the Mariners, Lind probably would have sat anyway. He typically sits against left-handers, batting .061 against them compared to .357 against righties.

 
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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