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David Price would 'absolutely' consider extension with Tigers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) When asked if he's considering signing a long-term contract extension with the Tigers, starting pitcher David Price replied with an emphatic "absolutely," according to the Detroit Free-Press on Saturday.

Price, 29, avoided arbitration with the Tigers by agreeing to a one-year, $19.75-million last week. He made $14 million in 2014. General manager Dave Dombrowski also indicated earlier in the week that the team never considered trading Price, and that they're aiming to keep the left-handed hurler in Detroit "for a long time."

Price went 4-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 11 starts after joining the Tigers via a midseason trade.


Twins' Tommy Milone reveals he underwent surgery in December


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone told reporters Saturday he had surgery Dec. 4 to remove a benign tumor from the back of his neck, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The surgery took about an hour to perform and Milone was able to throw 16 days later. The surgery is not expected to impact his availability for spring training. In 2014, Milone went 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA over 118 innings.


Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello not ready to sign extension


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Having just signed a one-year contract, which will be his last year of arbitration, Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello said now is not the time to discuss signing a contract before he becomes a free agent afer the 2015 season, reports MassLive.com.

"I just got here and met the guys last night so I think it's premature for that," Porcello said. "I'm just trying to settle in and fit in with everybody, get to know the staff and the guys."

The Red Sox acquired Porcello in a trade with the Tigers in December and if he equals his 2014 season, when he went 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA, he could be in line for a big payday.

"It's always strange, at least for me, because growing up you play baseball because you love playing the sport," Porcello said. "And then the money start gets thrown around and obviously for somebody, from a personal financial standpoint, that's a big opportunity and big thing to look at. But for me, over the course of my career, no matter how much money I've made I'm not happy unless I'm playing well."

Porcello added that he will not let his next contract distract him from performing to the best of his ability in 2015.

"I think obviously the money is a huge benefit of playing this game. But for me the most important thing is playing well," he said. "I don't care how much money you've made if you're not playing well you're not happy, if you're a competitive person and care about it."


White Sox mapping out blueprint for Carlos Rodon's future


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) The White Sox are willing to wait before deciding Carlos Rodon's immediate future, according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago on Saturday.

Although general manager Rick Hahn said Rodon will go through his first professional spring training as a starter, pitching coach Don Cooper indicated that the team could use a similar bullpen-to-rotation blueprint to groom Rodon down the road, which Chicago used for previous pitchers like Chris Sale and Mark Buehrle.

"We didn't draft this guy third in the nation to be a reliever," Cooper said. "At some point he's going to be a starter. We haven't discussed when is that point. Right now he's going to come to spring training, show us what he can do and he's going to give us all the information we need.

"Chris Sale, Mark Buehrle, they started their careers in relief. Buehrle's one of the top pitchers over the last 15 years in White Sox history and Sale is quickly rising up those ranks."

After being drafted No. 3 overall in June, the left-hander worked his way from the Arizona League to Triple-A Charlotte in limited minor league action. He told the Chicago Tribune he's ready for whatever comes his way.

"I'm just focusing on getting better," Rodon said. "They tell me what to do, I show up and I pitch. That's how I look at it."


White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija not worrying about contract


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) New White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija told reporters Friday he is happy to be back in his hometown playing for the White Sox.

"All of a sudden, just like that, you're back in the same situation you were in, on a different team but back home," Samardzija said. "So, it's still taken me a second to really soak it in and pinch myself and realize whether it's real. I'm just excited to get out there and pitch and wear the uniform in Spring Training, get to know these teammates and build relationships that last a lifetime."

Samardzija was traded to Chicago from Oakland during the offseason and has one year remaining on his contract, but he's not concerned about it at this point.

"I haven't discussed it at all. It's only been brought up to me," said Samardzija, who will earn $9.8 million in '15. "Until something happens that's worth the discussion, we'll talk about it then. But until then we're worried about prepping for the start of the season, and being prepared to do our part on this team."

He went 7-13 in 2014 with a 2.99 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 219 2/3 innings.


Rangers sign Ross Ohlendorf to minor-league contract


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) The Rangers have signed pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, the team announced Friday.

Ohlendorf pitched 60 1/3 innings in 2014, amassing a 4-1 record with a 3.28 ERA and 45 strikeouts for the Nationals.


Twins' Ryan 'more interested' in Mike Pelfrey as starter than reliever


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Twins general manager Terry Ryan indicated Friday he likes Mike Pelfrey as more as a starter than reliever, per FOXSportsNorth.com.

"I'm more interested to see what he can do as a starter," Ryan said when asked about Pelfrey pitching out of the bullpen.

Pelfrey, who was limited to five starts in 2014 due to elbow problems, has made 183 career starts and just four relief appearances.


Twins' Ryan: Tim Stauffer will get the chance to start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Friday pitcher Tim Stauffer, who signed a one-year deal in December, will get a chance to start, per FOXSportsNorth.com. 

Stauffer, who has spent his nine-year MLB career with San Diego, has made 73 starts and 110 relief appearances in his career. He is 21-30 with a 4.29 ERA as a starter and has a 2.85 ERA as a reliever.


Indians P Corey Kluber wants to bring Cleveland a championship


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber told the Akron Beacon Journal Thursday night after being named professional athlete of the year in Cleveland that he's more focused on bringing home a championship, not a contract extension. Kluber noted that his agents have not engaged in any contract talks.

"No, not that I know of," Kluber said. "That's not my job to worry about that, my job is to go out there and pitch. I have agents that can handle that stuff for me when the time comes. My job is to get prepared to play this season."

Kluber is under contract until after the 2018 season. He went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA over 34 starts. He posted a 1.09 WHIP and 269:51 K:BB ratio over 235 2/3 innings, good enough for him to capture the American League CY Young award last season.

"As cool as it was to win a Cy Young, I think winning a World Series would be a lot better," Kluber said.


Twins' Hudson Boyd suspended 50 games for drug of abuse


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Twins pitcher Hudson Boyd has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse, according to MLB.com.

This is actually the second violation for Boyd, which is why the suspension is for 50 games. The 22-year-old posted a 4.34 ERA over 58 innings in Class A last year. 


Tigers' Verlander is feeling great physically as camp approaches


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander said Thursday this is the best he's felt physically approaching the start of spring training in at least three years. Verlander dealt with some shoulder issues in 2014 after undergoing core muscle surgery near his left hip last offseason.

"I've added 20 pounds of muscle," he said, per the Detroit Free Press. "I busted my butt in the weight room. And my pitching motion already feels a lot more fluid now than it did a year ago. It was great having an uninterrupted offseason of training and conditioning. At this same time a year ago, I was barely a few days removed from having (core muscle) surgery."

Verlander knew he was going to face a challenging season in 2014 after he talked with Ian Kinsler and former teammate Torii Hunter, who both said it took them a full year to fully regain their lower-body strength after having similar procedures.

"I didn't want to use that as an excuse," Verlander said. "I didn't want to talk about it because there was nothing I could do about it. I just had to work through it and do the best that I could to get out there and pitch. But I was a twisted mess last season. I couldn't generate the power I needed from my hips and lower body. My strength doesn't come from my arm. But I've got no problem talking about it now because I know it's in the past."


Yankees' Nathan Eovaldi working on improving his changeup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild has expressed interest in helping starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi fine tune his changeup and get his slider down in the zone more this spring, according to MLB.com.

Eovaldi added he has worked more on his changeup this offseason in order to move away from a predictable fastball-slider combination.

"It's pretty much No. 1 right now," Eovaldi said. "My goal toward the end of the season, my last two or three games with the Marlins, I was working on a changeup -- kind of like a split-finger [fastball], in a way. It's been feeling great. I felt comfortable with it toward the end of the season last year, and this offseason, I've been able to pick up pretty much where I left off.

"I feel like in a way, because I rely on my fastball so much and my walks were down, batters were starting to be more selective and wait for the fastball. Toward the end of the season, I started moving the ball in and out a lot better, and I'll continue that this year, mixing in offspeed pitches. I think it'll be a different year, for sure."


Penny, Carroll among players signed to minor-league deals by ChiSox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) The White Sox announced Thursday they signed 15 players to minor-league contracts, which included invites to spring training.

The 15 players were pitchers Jairo Asencio, Scott Carroll, Jesse Crain, Logan Kensing, Arcenio Leon, J.D. Martin, Brad Penny, Zach Phillips, Joe Savery, catchers George Kottaras and Geovany Soto, infielders Juan Diaz and Andy LaRoche, and outfielders Tony Campana and Michael Taylor


M's McClendon: We didn't acquire J.A. Happ to pitch out of the 'pen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon announced Thursday pitcher J.A. Happ, who was acquired in a December trade from Toronto, will be in the rotation.

"We didn't acquire Happ to pitch out of the bullpen. We can put that to rest," he said. "He pitched in two small ballparks. I think coming to Seattle will help him immensely."

Happ is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in two career starts at Safeco Field.


Danny Hultzen, Roenis Elias expected to be ready for spring training


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Mariners trainer Rick Griffin said starting pitchers Danny Hultzen and Roenis Elias should be ready for spring training.

Hultzen missed last season after having rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder. Elias was shut down late last season due to elbow soreness.


Mariners' Roenis Elias not dealing with elbow complications


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Roenis Elias is no longer dealing with complications from elbow soreness, according to the Seattle Times on Thursday. Elias was shut down in October due to the issue, and completed a throwing program over the offseason. He posted a 3.85 ERA and 143:64 K:BB ratio in 163 2/3 innings last season and is expected to be ready for spring training.

Rangers SP Martin Perez (elbow) playing catch from 105 feet


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May, said Thursday he is playing catch from 105 feet, per FOX Sports Southwest. He added his arm feels great.

Perez said in October he is not expecting to be back in the majors until around the All-Star break.


GM: Tigers aim to keep David Price 'for a long time'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski made it clear David Price will be pitching for the team in 2015 and hinted at the possibility of pursuing an extension with Price, reports the Detroit Free Press. Price was acquired from the Rays at last year's trade deadline.

"I will tell you and I can safely tell you we've never had any trade discussions about David Price this winter," Dombrowski told the paper. "People have talked, I cannot tell you that somebody had not inquired about him a time or two, but we were never in discussions to trade him."

Added Dombrowski: "We hope he stays a Tiger for a long time."

Price, 29, will be a free agent next winter. Detroit signed him to a one-year, $19.75 million contract a week ago. With Max Scherzer having signed with the Nationals, Price is the Tigers' ace.

"He's a quality guy," Dombrowski told the paper. "His teammates like him, he likes his teammates, he likes the situation here and he knows how we feel about him. We like him a great deal."


Johan Santana has no structural damage in his shoulder


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Starting pitcher Johan Santana has no structural damage in his shoulder and expects to pitch in the next round of the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs, reports CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Santana also expects to be ready for spring training, Heyman added

Earlier reports indicated Santana was suffering shoulder discomfort, but he appears to be over that now. The Yankees, Blue Jays, Padres and other clubs have been following Santana's progress as they decide whether to make a play for the 35-year-old.

Santana signed with the Orioles last season but has not pitched in the majors since 2012 with the Mets. He's trying to come back from multiple shoulder injuries and a torn Achilles tendon he suffered last June.


Phil Hughes happy to be with Twins 'long-term'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) After going 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA in 2014 -- his first season with the Twins -- Phil Hughes was rewarded with a three-year, $42 million contract extension. The 28-year-old right-hander is happy to be under contract with Minnesota through the 2019 season.

"I was excited to get it done and have a sense of home here," Hughes said, per MLB.com. "For me, it was about signing somewhere I felt comfortable. I wanted to do something long-term here."

Hughes said he started his offseason throwing program in November. However, he has yet to throw off a mound. 

"Every year I start throwing pretty early, like three or four days a week, and kind of steadily get going and get my arm in shape," Hughes said. "It's a program that's worked pretty well for me. I like to be ahead of the curve and show up to spring training ready and having already thrown bullpens."


Dombrowski: Tigers never considered trading David Price


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday that the team never considered trading pitcher David Price this offseason, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Dombrowski added that other teams inquired on Price's availability in a potential trade. Price avoided arbitration with the Tigers by agreeing to a one-year, $19.75-million last week. He went 4-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 11 starts after joining the Tigers via a midseason trade.

Price is slated to reach free agency at the end of the 2015 season.


Four pitchers vying for spot in Rangers' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) With the addition of Yovani Gallardo, there is one less spot open in the Rangers' rotation. Derek Holland, Yu Darvish and Colby Lewis are also expected to be in the rotation, therefore the last spot could go to either Ross Detwiler, Nick Martinez, Nick Tepesch or Lisalverto Bonilla, per MLB.com.

"There is definitely a spot open," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "You have to seize the opportunity. Nobody is given a job and once you earn a job, you still have to earn the right to stay here."


Rangers SP Yovani Gallardo excited about Texas homecoming


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Rangers introduced newly acquired Yovani Gallardo on Wednesday, just two days after acquiring him in a trade with the Brewers. Gallardo, who went to high school in Fort Worth, Texas, and still lives in the area, expressed his excitement about joining the Rangers roster.

"Growing up here in Texas, living in Fort Worth all my life, it's definitely a dream to have the opportunity to play for a team like the Rangers," Gallardo said, per MLB.com. "Now I have that opportunity, and I can't wait. I can't wait for it to get underway, and I'm looking forward to it.

"It was a dream [to play for the Rangers]. Having played baseball all my life, I always wanted to get to that goal that I had in mind. I didn't come to very many [Rangers] games as a kid, but I always watched on TV, that's for sure."

Gallardo joins a rotation that features Yu Darvish and Derek Holland. Gallardo has thrown at least 180 innings the last six seasons.

"It has been a focus point for us to add starting pitching, and Yovani was one of the guys we were hoping to land," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said earlier this week. "Since the beginning of the offseason, the one thing we felt we were lacking was innings in our rotation. I think we are in a lot better position."


Rangers' Matt Harrison throwing without any issues from 75 feet


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison, who is coming off back surgery, is throwing from 75 feet without any issues, according to FOX Sports Southwest. Harrison has made just six starts the last two seasons due to injury.

"Everything feels good so far," he said. "Each day has been good so far. Once I get loose everything feels good and the arm feels fresh."


Report: Yu Darvish (elbow) to throw off mound Feb. 2


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, who missed the final weeks of the 2014 season due to elbow inflammation, is scheduled to throw off a mound Feb. 2 for the first time this offseason, according to FOX Sports Southwest.

Darvish went 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts last season. He is 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA over three MLB seasons.


 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
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Todd Frazier, Reds
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Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
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