Justin Smoak
Justin Smoak expects to renegotiate deal with Blue Jays
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA
News: Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak expects the club to decline his option, according to Sportsnet. 

Smoak is owed $3.65 million next season, but believes Toronto will decline that deal. The two sides will then renegotiate a new figure for the upcoming season. Smoak hit .202/.275/.339 over 248 at-bats with Seattle last season. 


Miguel Cabrera
Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera goes under the knife
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
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.

Brandon Moss
A's slugger Moss has hip surgery
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK
News: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss had hip surgery, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Moss had surgery to repair a torn right hip labrum. He's expected to be on crutches for four weeks following the procedure. Moss should be ready for spring training. 


Chris Colabello
Twins' Chris Colabello set for MRI, X-rays on injured thumb
Chris Colabello, 1B, MIN
News: Twins first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello is scheduled to undergo an MRI and X-rays this week on his ailing right thumb, according to the Pioneer Press. Colabello said he still feels numbness and tingling in his right thumb as a result of getting jammed on a pitch during an April 23 game against the Rays, according to the Worcester Telegram.

Chris Davis
Orioles facing dilemma in regard to future of 1B Chris Davis
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
News: The Orioles have a difficult decision to make regarding Jekyll-Hyde first baseman Chris Davis, who followed a stunningly productive 2013 with a stunningly horrible 2014.

Davis batted .196 with 26 home runs and 72 RBI before losing the last 17 games to suspension for PED use. The team might not want to risk taking him to arbitration, however, CSNBaltimore.com has speculated. Davis earned $10.35 million this season, a raise of more than $7 million from the previous year.

Further speculation is that the Orioles will not cut his salary 20 percent because they believe $8.65 million is too rich for their blood considering his monumental struggles this year. In addition, that move would likely prompt Davis to seek arbitration.


Mark Teixeira
Yankees veteran Mark Teixeira seeking strength in offseason
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
News: Yankees aging first baseman Mark Teixeira has lamented what he called a "bad season" and plans on improving his upper-body strength before next year.

Teixeira batted a career-low .216 (aside from 2013, when he had just 53 at-bats), though he did rack up 23 home runs and 62 RBI in 440 at-bats. He told ESPN that he was negatively affected coming off a right wrist injury. But he added that he needs to get stronger if he wants to rebound.

"I didn't realize how weak I was upper-body," he said. "I'm trying to be working a lot harder. That will be my adjustment this year."

Teixeira will turn 35 years old on April 15.


Jose Abreu
'Mental fatigue' contributes to Jose Abreu's second-half power decline
Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
News: By most standards, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had a strong second half, batting .350 with a .513 sluging percentage after the All-Star break.

Though, while he hit for a higher average than in the first half (.292), Abreu saw a drop in home runs, belting just seven in the second half after having 29 before the break.

"It could be some fatigue, but I would say it was a mental fatigue," White Sox strength and conditioning coordinator Allen Thomas said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. "And the league knew him a little better in the second half. He still took singles and the opportunities to get hits, he just missed by a little bit."


Mike Napoli
Mike Napoli to undergo surgery for sleep disorder
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS
News: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is slated to undergo surgery in early November to alleviate sleep apnea, WEEI.com reports.

"I’ve been dealing with sleep apnea for a long time, my whole career," Napoli wrote in a text. "I’ve tried numerous things and none of them worked. Dental mouth piece, CPAP machine, medicines … It’s just gotten to the point where I have to get this done."

Napoli also dealt with injuries to his finger, toe and back this season, but he isn't scheduled for any further surgery. He hit .240/.370/.419 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 415 at-bats this season, marking the first time since 2007 he has failed to collect 20 home runs.


Jesus Guzman
Astros 1B Jesus Guzman elects to become free agent
Jesus Guzman, 1B, HOU
News: Astros first baseman Jesus Guzman has opted for free agency rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A Fresno.

Guzman struggled mightily with Houston this season, compiling a .182/.272/.248 stat line with just two home runs and 52 strikeouts in 165 at-bats.


Stephen Vogt
Stephen Vogt set for Oct. 14 foot surgery
Stephen Vogt, 1B, OAK
News: Athletics first baseman Stephen Vogt will undergo surgery on his right foot on Oct. 14, MLB.com reports.

Vogt was expected to undergo a procedure to repair a plantar plate tear in the foot but wanted to seek a second opinion before going through with the surgery. He hit .279/.321/.431 with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 269 at-bats.


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