Blue Jays, first baseman Daric Barton agree to minor-league deal
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The Blue Jays have signed free agent first baseman Daric Barton to a minor-league contract
with an invitation to spring training.
Barton spent the last eight seasons as a member of the Athletics organization, posting a career .247 average with 30 home runs and 184 RBI. He hit just .158 in 2014 with five RBI.
Royals officially announce signing of Kendrys Morales
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The Royals made their signing of first baseman Kendrys Morales
official Tuesday by announcing a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2017. The deal is said to be worth
Morales hit .218 with eight home runs, 20 doubles and 42 RBI in 2014.
Showalter: Chris Davis gets approval 'for what he got suspended for'
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Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in an interview with 105.7 The Fan on Tuesday slugger Chris Davis
received approval "for what he got suspended for"
during the 2014 season, according to MASNsports.com. Davis was suspended 25 games late in the season
for using Adderall without a therapeutic-use exemption.
Davis, who hit an MLB-best 53 home runs in 2013, struggled offensively in 2014. He hit just .196 in 127 games. He did hit 26 home runs, while also posting 16 doubles, 65 runs and 72 RBI.
Report: Rangers agree to minor-league deal with Kyle Blanks
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The Rangers agreed to a minor-league deal
with outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks
, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
Blanks has a career .234/.319/.407/.726 slash line over six MLB seasons. He also has 30 home runs, 37 doubles and 105 RBI in 260 games.
Cashman: Mark Teixeira is 'definitely an everyday first baseman'
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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman appears confident
first baseman Mark Teixeira
won't be as injury prone in 2015, per NJ.com.
Teixeira payed in just 123 games in 2014 due to a myriad of injuries, which included problems with his surgically repaired wrist, strained hamstring, sore knee, tired legs, dizziness, lacerated left hand and strained oblique.
"I don’t think we’ll have the same issues this year as we had last year," Cashman said. "I think Mark Teixeira is definitely an everyday first baseman. I think he’ll prove that this year. I think last year is something he felt will be part of the process and he feels it won’t be part of this year’s process. In terms of his recovery and rehab, last year was expected for him. And that won’t be expected going forward."
Mariners 1B Logan Morrison in line for full-time duty
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Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison
is in line to be the team's regular first baseman
in 2015, the Tacoma News Tribune
"Listen, I’ve always said that playing time is dictated on performance," manager Lloyd McClendon said, "and he performed very well. As we speak right now, I’d be very happy if things work out that he’s my regular first baseman."
Morrison hit .262/.315/.420 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 336 at-bats in 2014 but improved in the second half, hitting .284/.341/.448 in 201 second-half at-bats.
Report: Teams have inquired about Indians' Carlos Santana
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Teams have contacted
the Indians about slugger Carlos Santana
, according to FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi. However, no deal is close.
The 28-year-old Santana is owed $14.25 million over the next two seasons. He has a $12 million team option for 2017, which includes a $1.2 million buyout.
Santana hit just .231 in 152 games in 2014, but he tied a career-best with 27 home runs and had a career-high 113 walks. He also had 25 doubles and a career-best 85 RBI.
Blue Jays claim Chris Colabello off waivers from Twins
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The Blue Jays announced Monday they claimed
first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello
off waivers from the Twins. Colabello hit .214 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI in 114 games over the last two seasons for Minnesota.
Report: Indians' Nick Swisher not generating much trade interest
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While the Indians have reportedly made first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher
available in a trade, there hasn't been much interest
, according to FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi. The Indians acquired first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss in a trade with the Athletics on Monday.
Swisher, who hit .208 in 97 games in 2014, is owed $30 million over the next two seasons. He also has a $14 million vesting option for 2017.
Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera ditches walking boot
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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera
is no longer in a walking boot
, per his social media account on Monday.
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 Oct. 22.
The injuries caused a drop in Cabrera's power numbers in 2014, as he finished the year with a .313 batting average, 25 homers and 109 RBI over 611 at-bats. He is still on track to be re-evaluated once he's three months removed from the procedure. However, there's no update on when he'll be fully recovered this spring, per the Detroit News.