Ike Davis
Athletics acquire Ike Davis via trade with Pirates
Ike Davis, 1B, OAK
11/23/2014
News: The Athletics announced they acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Pirates Sunday.

The Pirates had previously designated Davis for assignment. To acquire Davis, the A’s exchanged international slot money with the Pirates. The A’s traded their international slot 27 and received the Pirates’ 86th international slot. The A’s then designated outfielder Andrew Brown for assignment.

In 2014, Davis hit .233 with 11 home runs and 19 doubles. His best season came in 2012 while playing for the Mets when he hit 30 home runs and had 90 RBI.

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Chris Davis
Orioles' Chris Davis expresses regret over suspension
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
11/20/2014
News: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis expressed regret for the 25-game suspension he received for using Adderall without a therapeutic-use exemption, according to MASNsports.com.

"I haven't really talked a lot about it," Davis said during an interview with WRBS-FM, a contemporary Christian music station. "I didn't want to take the focus off what the team was doing, but eventually I knew that I was going to have to address it and I wanted to. I think the fans deserve an explanation. I think they want to know what happened.

"Basically, in a moment of weakness I made a decision that cost me greatly. And it just goes to show that no matter how successful you've been in the past, no matter how much stuff you have, no matter how strong you are in your faith, the devil is going to continue to come after you.

"Looking back on it, it was probably the best thing that could have happened at the time, but it was definitely one of the hardest things that I've ever had to go through.

"I'm at a point right now where I don't wish to ever go through that again, but I appreciate the process and where it has brought me spiritually."

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Billy Butler
Athletics make it official, ink Billy Butler to 3-year deal
Billy Butler, 1B, OAK
11/19/2014
News: The Athletics announced they've signed designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler to a three-year deal. Reports indicate Butler will receive $30 million despite coming off a down year in which he hit .271 with nine homers and 66 RBI for the Royals.
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Albert Pujols
Angels' Albert Pujols focused on having productive 2015 season
Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
11/11/2014
News: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is looking forward to the offseason since he feels it will present a chance to build up his strength after the two previous offseasons he had to deal with injury issues.

Even though Pujols said he wasn't bothered by his right knee or left foot in 2014, he added his right side hasn't been at full strength since the 2012 season, according to MLB.com.

"The thing that I'm excited about is just to get my leg strong," Pujols said. "I think that's something I'm going to be able to do this year."

Pujols is confident he will be able to have a productive season in 2015, even at 35 years old. But he added the key is making sure his right knee is at full strength. Pujols underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee leading up to the 2013 season.

"You just never know until you come to spring training and start the season, but I'm pretty sure it's going to help me a lot more," Pujols said. "It was a good year (in 2014), but I think it could've been better. I'm going to be able to cover the plate a little bit more (in 2015). You're not going to see me [strike out] as much as I did the first couple of years here, and hopefully driving the ball a little better."

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Mitch Moreland
Mitch Moreland could be option in left field for Rangers
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
11/11/2014
News: Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland, who missed the rest of the 2014 season after undergoing ligament reconstruction and bone realignment surgery on his left ankle in late June, could become an option in left field for Texas, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Moreland has made 47 appearances in the outfield over five seasons. However, he has made just two appearances and one start in left field.

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Jose Abreu
Jose Abreu a unanimous pick as AL Rookie of the Year
Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
11/10/2014
News: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu won the AL Rookie of the Year award unanimously, drawing all 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Abreu, 27, who defected from Cuba last offseason, batted .317/.383/.581 with 35 doubles, 36 homers and 107 RBI.

Abreu is the first White Sox player to win the award since shortstop Ozzie Guillen in 1985.

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Brett Wallace
Brett Wallace elects free agency
Brett Wallace, 1B, BAL
11/8/2014
News: Orioles infielder Brett Wallace has elected free agency. Wallace hit .282/.350/.426 with 17 home runs and 58 RBI in 472 Triple-A at-bats in 2014.
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Vince Belnome
Rays outright Vince Belnome to Triple-A
Vince Belnome, 1B, TB
11/8/2014
News: The Rays have sent first baseman Vince Belnome outright to Triple-A Durham.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot in advance of December's Rule 5 draft. Belnome went 1 for 10 in his major-league debut in 2014 while also hitting .245/.358/.383 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI in 419 at-bats with Durham.

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Justin Smoak
Blue Jays decline options on Dustin McGowan, Justin Smoak
Justin Smoak, 1B, TOR
11/1/2014
News: The Blue Jays have declined 2015 options on pitcher Dustin McGowan and first baseman Justin Smoak.

The team opted to pay McGowan a $500,000 buyout rather than $4 million next season, while Smoak will receive a $150,000 buyout instead of a $3.65-million contract.

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Miguel Cabrera
Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera goes under the knife
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
10/24/2014
News: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera underwent right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in a bone at the top of his foot on Wednesday, the team announced on Friday, per MLB.com. Cabrera, who was plagued by the injury throughout the season, batted .313 with 25 homers and 109 RBI over 611 at-bats. Cabrera is expected to be re-evaluated in three months.
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