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Mets P Syndergaard center of Tulowitzki talks with Rockies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Premier Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is the centerpiece of trade talks involving Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, who is further reporting that the teams are not close to finalizing a trade.

The pitching-rich Mets are dangling the 22-year-old Syndergaard, who struggled at the Triple-A level in 2014 with a 4.60 ERA and career-worst 1.48 WHIP. Syndergaard has fanned 474 in just 426 2/3 innings.


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.


Dodgers, Phillies officially announce Jimmy Rollins trade


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has officially been traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers, according to the official website of both clubs on Friday. The Dodgers acquired Rollins and cash considerations from the Phillies for left-hander Tom Windle and right-hander Zach Eflin. Both sides initially agreed to the trade during the winter meetings.

Rollins, 36, has a career .230/.277/.345 slash line over 200 at-bats at Dodger Stadium. He hit .243/.323/.394 over 538 at-bats last season. He's in the final year of his contract, and is set to make $11 million next year.


Padres acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Padres have acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Braves via trade, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the trade between both clubs.

Left-hander Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson, outfielder Mallex Smith will be heading to Atlanta in exchange for the 27-year-old outfielder and a low-level player, per Heyman. Upton spent his first six seasons in the NL West and has a career .291/.359/.541 slash line at Petco Park. He is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI over 566 at-bats with the Braves.

Mets, Rockies still in talks for Troy Tulowitzki


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Mets and Rockies have been discussing a potential deal that would sent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to New York this offseason, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. However, it remains to be seen how likely of a chance New York will have of acquiring Tulowitzki via trade. A source told Heyman the likelihood of a trade to the Mets appear to be "slim" at the moment.

Tulowitzki was hitting a league-best .340 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI before suffering a hip injury in the middle of the year. He has $118 million remaining over the next six seasons.


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.


Phillies to send Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Phillies have completed a trade that will send shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. News that the deal was finally going through was initially reported by Yahoo!

The deal has been in place for some time, but was dependent on a separate Dodgers deal going through. The Dodgers will send pitcher Zach Eflin to Philadelphia as part of the Rollins trade, but first needed to acquire Eflin from the Padres in the Matt Kemp deal. The Dodgers and Padres finally reached an agreement late Thursday night, meaning Eflin could finally be sent to Philadelphia. The 20-year-old Eflin posted a 3.80 ERA in 128 innings at High A last year.

Rollins, 36, hit .243/.323/.394 over 538 at-bats last season. He's in the final year of his contract, and is set to make $11 million next year.


Dodgers complete Matt Kemp deal with Padres


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Dodgers and Padres have agreed to a deal that will send outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. News that the deal had finally come together was first reported by Yahoo!

The trade has been in the works for some time, but was dependent on Kemp passing a physical. It was reported early Thursday that Kemp's physical revealed arthritic hips. The Padres had to to figure out insurance on the contract, which is why it took so long for the deal to go through.

Catcher Tim Federowicz will also head to San Diego in the deal. The Dodgers will send $32 million over as well. 

In return, Los Angeles is set to receive catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitcher Joe Weiland and Zach Eflin. Eflin is expected to be flipped to Philadelphia for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

The 30-year-old Kemp hit .287/.346/.506 over 541 at-bats last year. Kemp is set to earn a little over $21 million in each of the next five seasons. 


Report: Dodgers trade for Phillies shortstop Rollins remains in place


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Dodgers acquisition of Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has yet to be finalized because of another Dodgers trade with the Padres is being reportedly held up due to an issue with Matt Kemp's physical. One of the players in the Kemp deal the Dodgers are acquiring -- Zach Eflin -- is expected to be part of the trade for Rollins.

However, whether or not Eflin eventually is part of the trade with Philadelphia, the Rollins deal remains in place, sources told CSNPhilly.com. The Phillies and Dodgers have discussed other players as part of the deal in case the Kemp trade to the Padres doesn't go through.

Although, despite the issues with Kemp's physical, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Thursday the trade with the Padres likely won't be derailed.


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.


Alderson: 'Very high' probability Flores will be starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Tuesday there is a "very high" probability Wilmer Flores will be the team's opening day shortstop. His comment comes during the same meeting with the media he said the Mets are "unlikely" to submit a bid for Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.

"We've been looking at it. We've been talking to Alan Nero, who has represented Kang," Alderson said Tuesday, per ESPN. "It's about the transition from the Korean league to Major League Baseball. It's about questions surrounding the player's ability to stay shortstop -- or possibly having to move elsewhere. Those are really the two major issues for us. I'm not saying we won't make a bid, but I'd say right now it's less likely."


Cubs ship Marco Hernandez to Red Sox


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Cubs have sent infielder Marco Hernandez to the Red Sox.

The move completes the Felix Doubront trade. The 22-year-old shortstop hit .270/.315/.351 over 486 at-bats in High A last year. 


Ian Desmond, Nationals not making any progress on extension


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2014) The Nationals and shortstop Ian Desmond have not made any progress thus far this offseason on a contract extension, reports the Washington Post. Desmond reportedly rejected a $107 million extension last offseason and his name was included in multiple trade discussions during the winter meetings.

Desmond wouldn't indicate if he would be willing to negotiate for a new deal in-season, saying, "we're not at that point yet."

"Look, this isn't my first day on the job. I understand what's going on," Desmond said. "I wouldn't respect Mike (Rizzo) the way I do, like I said, if he just sat on his hands and did nothing. That's not how this organization got here, and it's not how it's going to continue to move forward. Hopefully I'm a part of it, but if not, I'm still going to be rooting for them."

Desmond is expected to make $11 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent in 2016. He slashed .255/.313/.430 with 91 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 593 at-bats in 2014. He also led all shortstops with 24 home runs on the year.


Suarez trade doesn't change Cozart's status as Reds' top shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Although the Reds acquired shortstop Eguenio Suarez in a trade with the Tigers on Thursday, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty stressed Zack Cozart is still the team's starting shortstop, per MLB Network Radio.

"Cozart is our opening day shortstop and he's one of the best in the league," Jocketty said.


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.


Phillies' Jimmy Rollins traded to the Dodgers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Dodgers, according to CSN. The deal has been agreed to, but needs to be approved by the commissioner, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Phillies are sending cash to Los Angeles, which is why the deal needs approval in order to go through. The 36-year-old Rollins hit .243/.323/.394 over 538 at-bats last season. Rollins would have to approve a trade to Los Angeles, but would do so, according to Heyman. Rollins is entering the final year of his contract. He's set to make $11 million in 2015. The Phillies are expected to receive two young pitchers once the deal is completed.


Rollins appears to be willing to waive no-trade clause for Dodgers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins appears to be willing to waive his no-trade clause for the Dodgers, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. It's unknown how likely a deal to the Dodgers might be, but a person familiar with the situation said there's at least some chance it could happen.

The Phillies are looking for an elite prospect in return for a trade involving the 36-year-old Rollins.


Brewers' Roenicke hopeful Segura has bounce-back year in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Following an All-Star campaign in 2013, Brewers shortstop Jean Segura had a down year in 2014. He struggled offensively, batting just .246 with a .289 on-base percentage, but manager Ron Roenicke is hopeful Segura will bounce back in 2015, per MLB.com.

"I think just mentally and maturity-wise, I think he's in a lot better place than he was last year for a lot of the season," Roenicke said of Segura, who became a father in October. "So I'm hoping he comes back and has another great year. If not, Hector [Gomez] is there, and [prospect Orlando] Arcia is coming." 


Diamondbacks SS Owings won't be ready for spring training


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Chip Hale has stated that Diamondbacks middle infielder Chris Owings will not be recovered from offseason left shoulder surgery in time for spring training.

He should, however, be 100 percent by opening day.

Owings lost much of the season to injury, but performed decently when healthy. He managed a slash line of .261/.300/.406.


Mets' Collins not ready to name Flores starting SS, Tejada still in mix


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday even if the team doesn't acquire a shortstop, he won't name Wilmer Flores the starting shortstop. He said beleaguered infielder Ruben Tejada will be in the mix this spring as well.

Collins has a slightly different view than general manager Sandy Alderson, who said Sunday the likelihood of Flores being the starting shortstop are increasing.

"Where we are today, that's the likelihood but that doesn't mean it'll happen," Alderson said, per NJ.com. "If you look around at all the possibilities, is it more likely than not? Probably."


Mets expecting infield prospect Matt Reynolds to open year in minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday he anticipates infield prospect Matt Reynolds to open the 2015 season in the minors, per ESPN.

"Reynolds is not on the roster. I expect he will be invited to spring training," Alderson said. "We’ll see how he does in the spring. But, if I had to bet right now, I’d say he ends up probably back in (Triple-A) Las Vegas. 

“You know, if you look at his track record at the minor-league level, last year was an outstanding year. But it wasn’t an outstanding year on top of an outstanding year on top of an outstanding year. So I think there’s probably more experience that’s necessary there. He’s certainly someone we like middle to long-term."

Reynolds hit .343 with a .405 on-base percentage, .454 slugging percentage and .859 OPS in 126 games between Double-A and Triple-A last season. He also had six home runs, seven triples, 21 doubles, 61 RBI, 87 runs and 20 stolen bases.


Likelihood of Wilmer Flores remaining Mets' starting SS are increasing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Not much has changed regarding the Mets' search for a shortstop since the GM meetings in November. Wilmer Flores is still penciled in as the starting shortstop and the likelihood of that remaining the case is increasing.

"Where we are today, that's the likelihood but that doesn't mean it'll happen," general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday, per NJ.com. "If you look around at all the possibilities, is it more likely than not? Probably."


Jimmy Rollins won't waive no-trade clause for deal to Mets


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins reportedly was willing to waive his no-trade clause for a deal to the Yankees, but will not do so for a deal to the Mets, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

It isn't known whether Rollins will change his mind. He is due to make $11 million in 2015 after hitting 17 homeruns and batting .243 in 2014. 


Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro expected to stay in Chicago


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is likely to stay in Chicago, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. There were discussions that the Mets and Cubs could make a deal involving the 24-year-old, but the Cubs are telling teams Castro is not available. 

Castro hit .292 with 14 home runs and 65 RBI last year. 


 
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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%

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