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Angels set to release INF Shawn O'Malley


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Angels have granted infielder Shawn O'Malley his unconcitional release.

O'Malley was promoted briefly late in the 2014 season and managed three hits in 16 at-bats. It was his first major league stint.


Padres, Nats, Rays announce Wil Myers trade


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Padres officially announced an 11-player, three-team trade that sent Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego on Friday, per the team's official website.

San Diego acquired Myers, catcher Ryan Hanigan, left-handed pitcher Jose Castillo and right-handed pitcher Gerardo Reyes from the Rays. Tampa Bay received catcher Rene Rivera, right-handed pitcher Burch Smith and infielder Jake Bauers from San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza and left-handed pitcher Travis Ott from Washington. Meanwhile, the Nationals received right-handed pitcher Joe Ross and a player to be named later, likely infielder Trea Turner, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.


Padres, Rays and Nationals complete Wil Myers trade


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Padres, Rays and Nationals have completed a trade that will send Wil Myers to San Diego, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The deal had been in the works for a few days, but was finally agreed to late Thursday night. Myers, 24, will head to the Padres in the deal. He hit .222/.294/.320 over 325 at-bats with the Rays last season. Myers also missed time due to a wrist injury. 

The Padres will also receive catcher Ryan Hanigan and pitchers Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo in the deal. 

Tampa Bay will receive outfielder Steven Souza and pitcher Travis Ott from the Nationals. Souza, 25, hit .345/.427/.577 in 357 at-bats spread over three levels last year. 

The Rays will also receive catcher Rene Rivera, first baseman Jake Bauers and pitcher Burch Smith from San Diego.

Washington is set to acquire pitcher Joe Ross from San Diego. The team will also receive infielder Trea Turner in the deal. Turner was a 2014 draft pick, and cannot be traded until midseason, so he's currently considered a player to be named later.


Germano, Lowe, Rivero sign minor-league deals with Mariners


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Mariners announced Monday they signed pitcher Justin Germano, pitcher Mark Lowe and infielder Carlos Rivero to minor-league deals, which included invites to spring training.

Rangers' Daniels: Ryan Rua 'in a good position' to make roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Ryan Rua received his first stint in the majors late last season and made such a strong impression in such a short period of time that the Rangers are looking to him to potentially be the starting left fielder in 2015, per MLB.com.

"He's in a spot where he if continues progressing at the rate he has, then I would expect that he's in a good position to make our club and get at-bats," general manager Jon Daniels said. "It's not going to be handed to him, but he has a strong chance to earn that spot."

The 24-year-old Rua hit .295 with two home runs, seven doubles and 14 RBI in 28 games with the Rangers in 2014. He had a .285/.365/.489/.854 slash line in 382 minor-league games before his promotion to the majors.

"He's not a guy that was off the radar screen and only produced for a month," Daniels said. "He's always hit from Day 1, and is an extremely hard worker that I think is going to have a good big league career."


Padres, Rays and Nationals on the verge of three-team deal


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The Nationals, Padres and Rays are on the verge of a three-team deal, which would send outfielder Wil Myers to San Diego, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Heyman has confirmed the multiple media reports outlining the full details of the trade. The Padres are set to receive Myers, catcher Ryan Hanigan, pitcher Gerardo Reyes and pitcher Jose Castillo from the Rays.

The Rays are getting two players from the Nationals -- outfielder Steven Souza and pitcher Travis Ott -- and three players from the Padres -- catcher Rene Rivera, first baseman Jake Bauers and pitcher Burch Smith.

The Nationals are getting pitcher Joe Ross from the Padres, as well as a player to be named later, which will be shortstop prospect Trea Turner. Because Turner was a 2014 draft pick, he can't be traded until June.


Cashman: Yankees don't think Didi Gregorius is a finished product


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) New Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius hasn't exactly had a lot of success offensively in his young MLB career, batting .243 with a .313 on-base percentage in 191 games. Despite his struggles, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is confident the 24-year-old shortstop is better than his numbers indicate.

"That's our hope. We don't think he's a finished product," Cashman said, per NJ.com.


Report: Mariners 'not looking' to trade Brad Miller


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2014) The Mariners are "not looking" to trade shortstop Brad Miller but remain open to the right deal, a club official told the Tacoma News Tribune.

"Look, there’s all sorts of speculation (about Miller)," the club official said, "and it’s easy to see why. The guy’s an athlete, and everybody — and I mean everybody — thinks he’s going to hit. That’s why lots of teams ask about him. But understand this: We’re not looking to trade him. I’m not saying it won’t happen, but it’s a lot less likely than some people seem to think."

Miller was in the Mariners' offer to the Dodgers when the team was looking to acquire Matt Kemp before he was traded to the Padres. If he remains on the team, Miller is expected to battle Chris Taylor for the starting shortstop role.


Rays sign Bobby Wilson, Eugenio Velez to minor-league deals


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) The Rays have signed catcher Bobby Wilson and infielder Eugenio Velez to minor-league deals.

Both players will receive an invite to spring training. Wilson hit .267/.324/.341 over 270 at-bats at Triple-A. Velez hit .309/.363/.441 over 404 at-bats at the same level. Velez has not appeared in the majors since 2011. 


Deal set - Ross Detwiler goes from Nationals to Rangers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) It's official - the Rangers have confirmed that they have acquired pitcher Ross Detwiler from the Nationals for second baseman Chris Bostick and right-hander Abel De Los Santos.

Texas plans on using Detwiler in the starting rotation, where he's had some success. The right-hander was used exclusively out of the bullpen for pitching-rich Washington last season and struggled as a starter in 2013, but enjoyed a 10-8 season with a strong 3.40 ERA in 2012, mostly in that role.

Neither Bostick nor De Los Santos have reached the major league level, but the latter has been particularly impressive in the minors.


Nationals acquire Bostick, De Los Santos for Detwiler


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Nationals have acquired infielder Chris Bostick and pitcher Abel De Los Santos from the Rangers in exchange for pitcher Ross Detwiler.

The 21-year-old Bostick hit .251/.322/.412 at High A last season. He has experience playing multiple positions, but settled in at second last year. 

De Los Santos, 22, posted a 1.92 ERA over two levels of the minors last year. He struck out 65 batters in 56 1/3 innings.


Reds trade Simon to Tigers for Suarez, Crawford


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Tigers traded for Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon on Thursday. The Reds acquired 2013 first-round pick Jonathon Crawford and infielder Eugenio Suarez in the deal.

The 33-year-old Simon was a first-time All-Star in 2014. He went 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 32 starts. He is in his final year of arbitration.

The 23-year-old Suarez hit .242 with one triple, four home runs, nine doubles, 23 RBI and 33 runs in 85 games as a rookie in 2014. He had a .968 fielding percentage in 81 games at shortstop.

The 23-year-old Crawford has an 8-5 record, 2.73 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 31 starts in the minors. He spent the 2014 season at Class A West Michigan.


Report: Nationals, Mariners discuss SS Ian Desmond


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Nationals and Mariners have discussed shortstop Ian Desmond in trade discussions on "multiple occasions," FOXSports.com reports.

The Nationals have interest in Mariners shortstop Brad Miller, according to the report, but the talks have yet to turn serious. Desmond hit .255/.313/.430 with 24 home runs, 91 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 593 at-bats in 2014.


Indians prospect Francisco Lindor set to open season in minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday top prospect Francisco Lindor will not be the team's starting shortstop out of spring training, per The Plain Dealer. Francona said Lindor still needs time to develop in the minors.

Francona added he is also satisified having to open the season with Jose Ramirez and Mike Aviles at shortstop.

Lindor has played just 38 games above Double-A. He hit .276 with 11 home runs, 16 doubles, 62 RBI, 75 runs and 28 stolen bases in 126 games between Double-A and Triple-A last season.


Athletics GM Beane: Semien will get every chance to win SS job


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Athletics general manager Billy Beane told reporters Tuesday at the winter meetings that newly-acquired infielder Marcus Semien will get every opportunity to win the everyday shortstop job, according to San Francisco Chronicle.

"He's got a chance to be a guy who plays shortstop and hits 20-plus home runs," Beane said, per Richard Justice of Sports Illustrated.

Semien was part of the six-player trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox. Semien hit .240 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 85 career games for Chicago.


Semien among four players A's acquire in trade with White Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Athletics announced Tuesday they completed a six-player trade with the White Sox. The Athletics acquired infielder Marcus Semien, pitcher Chris Bassitt, catcher Josh Phegley and infielder Rangel Ravelo in exchange for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa.

Semien has hit .240 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 85 career games for Chicago. He was considered a top-100 prospect (No. 91) by Baseball America heading into 2014. He has appeared at second base, third base and shortstop in his MLB career.

Bassitt went 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in six outings (five starts) for the White Sox last season. He was 22-10 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 96 career appearances (44 starts) in the minors.

Phegley hit .207 with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 76 games over the last two seasons for Chicago. 

Ravelo hit .309 with a .473 slugging percentage, .859 OPS, 11 home runs, 37 doubles and 66 RBI in 133 games for Double-A Birmingham last season. He has a career .301/368/.424/.792 slash line. The 22-year-old Ravelo has played at both first base and third base in the minors.


Mariners expecting Bloomquist (knee) to be ready for spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Monday veteran utility player Willie Bloomquist, who underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee in August, is on track to be ready for spring training, per MLB.com. 

"Right now, everything we're being told is he's on target and feeling really good," Zduriencik said. "He should be ready for spring training. If that isn't the case, we'd be in position where we could fill a need if we had to for a while, depending on his situation. But we're expecting him to be ready to go."


Tigers Iglesias on track for start of spring training


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has begun working out and taking ground balls and is said to be ready for the beginning of spring training, Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday. 

"Everything is positive so far," Dombrowski said. "The only thing he hasn't done full bore is sprinting on a regular basis on hard ground."

Iglesias was out the entire 2014 season due to stress fractures in both shins. 


Report: Mets have talked to Mariners about Chris Taylor, Brad Miller


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Mets have had trade discussions with the Mariners about shortstops Brad Miller and Chris Taylor, sources told ESPN. However, the Mets are expected to wait until January to see how the shortstop market develops.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday the "likelihood" of Wilmer Flores being the starting shortstop at the start of the season is increasing.


Cubs sign Jonathan Herrera to minor-league deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2014) The Cubs have signed shortstop Jonathan Herrera to a minor-league deal. Herrera hit .233/.307/.289 in 90 at-bats with Boston last season.

Yanks land Didi Gregorius in three-team swap with Tigers, D-Backs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) The Yankees, Diamondbacks and Tigers have finalized a three-way deal that will send shortstop to Didi Gregorius New York, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Gregorius, 24, is now poised to succeed recently retired Derek Jeter at shortstop for the Yankees. The 24-year-old hit .226 with five triples, six home runs, nine doubles and 27 RBI in 80 games.

The Tigers will receive pitcher Shane Greene from the Yankees, while the Diamondbacks will land pitcher Robbie Ray and infield prospect Domingo Leyba from the Tigers. Greene, 26, registered a 3.24 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP and 81:29 K:BB ratio over 78 2/3 innings of work during his 2014 rookie campaign. Ray, 23, made nine appearances (six starts) in his first season in the majors. He finished 1-4 with a 8.16 ERA, a 1.88 WHIP and 19:11 K:BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings.


Report: Yanks on verge of landing Didi Gregorius in three-team trade


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) The Yankees are closing in on a three-team trade with the Tigers and Diamondbacks that would land them Didi Gregorius from Arizona, Sweeny Murti of WFAN in New York reports Friday.

The deal would give Detroit pitcher Shane Greene and Arizona pitcher Robbie Ray.

With the retirement of Derek Jeter, Gregorius will likely take over at shortstop for the Yankees, if the deal is finalized. The 24-year-old hit .226 with five triples, six home runs, nine doubles and 27 RBI in 80 games.

Greene, 26, was a rookie last season for the Yankees. In 14 starts, he registered a 3.24 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP along with 81:29 K:BB ratio over 78 2/3 innings of work.

Ray, also a rookie last year, went 1-4 with 8.16 ERA, a 1.88 WHIP and 19:11 K:BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings.


Astros tender seven arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Astros have tendered contracts to all seven arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, reports the Houston Chronicle. Those players were: Catchers Jason Castro, Carlos Corporan and Hank Conger, outfielder Dexter Fowler, reliever Tony Sipp, designated hitter Chris Carter and shortstop Marwin Gonzalez.

Trevor Plouffe among six Twins players tendered Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Twins tendered contracts to all six of their arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, MLB.com reports. Those players include: Third baseman Trevor Plouffe, reliever Brian Duensing, outfielder Jordan Schafer, shortstop Eduardo Nunez, pitchers Tommy Milone and Casey Fien.

Mariners allow INF Carlos Rivero to become free agent


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Mariners opted not to offer infielder Carlos Rivero a contract prior to the tender deadline on Tuesday, making him a free agent, reports the Tacoma News Tribune. Rivero was obtained on Nov. 3 in waiver claim from Boston. He currently leads the Venezuelan Winter League in home runs.

 
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