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Rockies, Adam Ottavino avoid arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) The Rockies have avoided arbitration with pitcher Adam Ottavino, according to MLB.com.

Ottavino agreed to a one-year deal with the club. Ottavino will make $1.3 million next season, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 29-year-old posted a 3.60 ERA over 65 innings last year.


Brewers' Tyler Thornburg thankful to avoid serious injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg was lucky to avoid Tommy Joh surgery in 2014. After being place on the disabled list in June, Thornburg was diagnosed with a wrist flexor strain. However, after a few more starts, doctors determined Thornburg injured his UCL. Thankfully for Thornburg, rest and time off was enough to allow the injury to heal.

"I feel great," Thornburg said. "Honestly, the best thing ever was the timing of everything. Right now and I’m very optimistic and if it works out I definitely feel very blessed for not having to go the other route. We had time; that was the biggest thing. We gave it as much time as possible to heal.

"The way we have it scheduled now, I would be ahead of everyone, " he said. "So it’s just in case of a setback, then I would be perfectly on schedule. But what we have planned right now, if I’m not having any setbacks then we can just kind of scale it back a little bit.

Thornburg finished 2014 with a 3-1 record with a 4.25 ERA in 29 2/3 innings.


Brewers reliever Tyler Thornburg throwing bullpen sessions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Brewers reliever Tyler Thornburg, who missed the second half of last season with an elbow injury, is throwing bullpen sessions as he tries to prepare for spring training, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Thornburg went 3-1 with a 4.25 ERA in 27 appearances before getting shut down in June.

Brewers reliever Jim Henderson throwing again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Brewers reliever Jim Henderson, who had shoulder surgery last August, began throwing off a mound last week and will toss bullpen sessions this week, reports MLB.com. Henderson hopes to be 100 percent by Opening Day, the report added.

Henderson was limited to 14 appearances last season. He went 2-1 with a 7.15 ERA.


Rockies' Boone Logan appears to be fully healthy


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said pitcher Boone Logan has completely recovered from elbow issues that ended his 2014 season, reports The Denver Post.

Boone struggled in 2014 and was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. He produced a 6.84 ERA over 25 innings.


Rockies still consider pitcher Rex Brothers a closer


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Despite his struggles to close games in 2014, Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich told reporters Saturday he still considers pitcher Rex Brothers a potential closer, reports The Denver Post.

"You have to learn lessons from struggles," Bridich said.

In 2014, Brothers blew all six of his save opportunities and finished the season with a 5.59 ERA. However, Bridich said the 2014 season was not a typical year for Brothers.

"We're close to seeing the real Rex Brothers," Bridich said.


Braves' Shae Simmons ready for new season back from shoulder injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Braves pitcher Shae Simmons was only able to play in 20 games in 2014 after dealing with a right shoulder strain.

"I haven't had any issues, so I'm kind of excited about that," Simmons said Friday.

Simmons has not experienced any discomfort since beginning his offseason throwing program and will begin throwing off the mound next week.

"I gave my shoulder the rest that it needed and now I'm good," Simmons said. "Now, it's just about getting loose and getting my arm strength back."

Simmons posted a 2.91 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings in 2014, including one save.


Dodgers sign Jarek Cunningham, Ben Rowen to minor league deals


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) The Dodgers have signed third baseman Jarek Cunningham and pitcher Ben Rowen to minor-league contracts, the team announced Friday.

Rowen pitched just 8 2/3 innings in 2014 for Texas with a 4.15 ERA and seven strikeouts before being released by the team. Cunningham has yet to make a big league appearance.


Report: Brewers in serious discussions for Phillies' Papelbon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) The Brewers are engaged in serious discussions for Phillies reliever Jonathan Papelbon, according to Yahoo Sports.

The 34-year-old Papelbon is owed $13 million next season, and has a vesting option for 2016 if he finishes 48 games in 2015. If that option vests, Papelbon would earn $13 million in 2016. Papelbon also has 17 teams on his no-trade list, and it's unclear whether the Brewers are one of those teams. Papelbon posted a 2.04 ERA over 66 1/3 innings last year.

The Brewers recently freed up cash by dealing pitcher Yovani Gallardo, causing some to believe another move was coming. The club did lose Francisco Rodriguez following a resurgent season, and hasn't done much to replace him this offseason. Jonathan Broxton was expected to step in as the team's closer, but he's missed significant time in two of the past four seasons. 


Report: Red Sox to sign Dana Eveland to minor-league contract


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Red Sox signed relief pitcher Dana Eveland to a minor-league contract, sources told MLBDailyDish.com. The deal includes an invite to spring training.

The left-handed Eveland went 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 27 1/3 innings for the Mets in 2014.


Brewers' Knebel is '100 percent' recovered from elbow injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Newly acquired Brewers reliever Corey Knebel said he is fully recovered after being shut down in August due to a slight ligament tear in his pitching elbow, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"That was a precaution because I was feeling some pain," he said. "Everything is good now. I'm at 100 percent and ready to go. It was late in the season and there wasn't any reason to push it. The MRI showed it wasn't serious."


Cardinals' Martinez will 'be ready' to compete for spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez performed well in the Dominican winter league this offseason. The right-hander, who will compete for a spot in the Cardinals' rotation this spring, posted a 2.25 ERA with 26 strikeouts and just two talks in 24 innings (five starts). He even won three times, per MLB.com.

"I feel mentally, emotionally really good that I've had that chance to work real hard there and bring that to spring training," Martinez said. "I feel like, yes, this is my spot. I feel like I'm the pitcher I'm meant to be, and I have experience now. I'll be ready."

Martinez added he will dedicate "this year and every year" to fallen teammate and friend Oscar Taveras, who was killed in a car accident in October. Martinez will wear Taveras' No. 18.

"I spoke to [general manager] John Mozeliak, and I'm thankful they've given me the opportunity to wear it," Martinez said. "[Taveras] was a friend, a brother, and it's an honor for me to be able to wear it. I'll wear it for the rest of my career."


Brewers trade Yovani Gallardo to Rangers for three players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) The Rangers have finalized the trade for Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Brewers will receive infielder Luis Sardinas, reliever Corey Knebel and pitching prospect Marcos Diplan in the trade.

The 28-year-old Gallardo is in the last year of his contract. He won less than 10 games in 2014 for the first time in the last six seasons. He is 89-64 with a 3.69 ERA in eight MLB seasons. 

The 21-year-old Sardinas made his MLB debut in 2014, batting .261 with six doubles, eight RBI and five stolen bases in 43 games. He had been considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com in 2013 and 2014. He had a .289/.336/.355/.691 slash line in the minors.

The 23-year-old Knebel was traded for the second time in a year. He was traded from Detroit to Texas in July. He also made his MLB debut in 2014, posting a 6.23 ERA in eight relief outings for Detroit. He struck out 11 in 8 2/3 innings. He is 7-2 with a 1.65 ERA in two minor-league seasons.

The 18-year-old Diplan went 7-2 with a 1.54 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 13 starts in the Dominican Summer League in 2014. The Rangers signed Diplan in July 2013 for $1.3 million, per MLB.com.


Cardinals' Kevin Siegrist expected to throw off mound next week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2015) Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist is expected to throw off a mound next week, according to MLB.com.

Siegrist tore a muscle in his left hand in October, and was also dealing with forearm tightness. He's been recovering from the injuries during the offseason, but was able to start throwing in December. If Siegrist is able to get on a mound next week, he'll officially be ahead of schedule in his recovery. Siegrist had no concerns about getting started early, saying "I can tell [my arm is] 100 percent."

Siegrist posted a 6.82 ERA over 30 1/3 innings last year. 


Donovan Hand signs minor-league deal with Reds


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2015) Former Brewers pitcher Donovan Hand signed a minor-league deal with the Cincinnati Reds, reports Baseball America. Hand has not pitched in the majors since 2013. He went 4-8 with a 5.20 ERA over 79 2/3 innings pitched for Triple-A Nashville.

Report: Nationals' Jerry Blevins files for $2.4 million


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Nationals pitcher Jerry Blevins has filed for $2.4 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $2.2 million, Fangraphs reports.

Blevins is eligible for arbitration for the final time this offseason, and the two sides may be able to settle in the middle with such a small gap between filed figures. He posted a 4.87 ERA and 66:23 K:BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings in 2014.


Report: Marlins swap arbitration figures with Phelps, Dunn


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Marlins pitcher David Phelps has filed for $1.875 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $1.4 million, Fangraphs reports. Pitcher Mike Dunn has filed for $2.6 million, and the team has offered $2.355 million.

Phelps, who was acquired from the Yankees in a trade announced in mid-December, is in his first-year of arbitration eligibility. He went 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA and 92:46 K:BB ratio in 113 innings in 2014.

Dunn is eligible for arbitration for the second year this offseason. He delivered a 3.16 ERA and 67:22 K:BB ratio in 57 relief innings in 2014.


Report: Cubs, Pedro Strop exchange arbitration numbers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop has filed for $3 million in arbitration, with the team offering $2 million, Fangraphs reports.

Strop is in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He posted a 2.21 ERA and 71:25 K:BB ratio in 61 innings over 65 appearances in 2014.


Reds, Aroldis Chapman swap arbitration figures


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman has filed for $8.7 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $6.65 million, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Chapman is eligible for arbitration for the second time this offseason. He racked up 36 saves in 2014, his third straight season with at least 36 saves, while also posting a 2.00 ERA and 106:24 K:BB ratio in 54 innings.


Report: Adam Ottavino, Rockies file arbitration numbers


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Relief pitcher Adam Ottavino and the Rockies are currently exchanging arbitration numbers, with Ottavino filing for $1.475 million and Colorado offering $1 million, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.

Ottavino threw 65 innings in 2014, with a 1-4 record and a 3.60 ERA for the Rockies.


Mets, Jenrry Mejia swap arbitration figures


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has filed for $3 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $2.1 million, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Friday.

Mejia is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason. He racked up 28 saves while posting a 3.65 ERA and 98:41 K:BB ratio in 93 2/3 innings last season.


Diamondbacks, Addison Reed exchange arbitration numbers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Addison Reed has filed for $5.6 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $4.7 million, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Reed is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason. He racked up 32 saves in 2014 and has tallied 101 saves over the last three seasons. Reed also posted a 4.25 ERA and 69:15 K:BB ratio in 59 1/3 innings last season.


Report: Rockies, Rex Brothers avoid arbitration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Rockies have avoided arbitration with pitcher Rex Brothers by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.4 million, MLB.com reports.

Brothers was eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason. He posted a 5.59 ERA and 55:39 K:BB ratio in 56 1/3 innings over 74 appearances in 2014.


Pirates avoid arbitration with Snider, Watson, Rodriguez


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Pirates have locked up outfielder Travis Snider, reliever Tony Watson and second baseman Sean Rodriguez all to one-year contracts, avoiding arbitration, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com. Rodriguez has settled for $1.9 million, Watson will make 1.75 million and Snider is now due to receive $2.1 million next season.

The Pirates acquired Rodriguez from Tampa Bay via trade in the offseason. Rodriguez hit .211 with a career-high 12 home runs, 13 doubles and 41 RBI in 96 games in 2014. Snider slashed .264/.338/.438 with 13 homers and 38 RBI last season. Watson posted a sterling 1.63 ERA over 77 1/3 innings of relief.


Padres' Shawn Kelley settles for $2.835 million contract


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Padres and right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.835 million contract, according to his agent, Mike McCann. Kelley was acquired by San Diego from the Yankees via trade in December. He went 3-6 with four saves, a 4.53 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and 67:20 K:BB ratio over 51 2/3 innings of work in 2014.

 
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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