Corey Hart
Pirates sign 1B Corey Hart to one-year contract
Corey Hart, 1B, PIT
12/19/2014
News: The Pirates announced they signed veteran first baseman Corey Hart to a one-year deal on Friday, per the team's official website. Hart is expected to make $2.5 million from Pittsburgh, plus $2.5 million in incentives, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Hart will likely be the right-handed platoon option with Pedro Alvarez at first base. Hart has 160 homers in his 10-year career in the majors. Last season, he appeared in only 68 games due to injury, batting .203 with six home runs, nine doubles and 21 RBI.
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Michael Morse
Michael Morse signs two-year, $16 million deal with Marlins
Michael Morse, 1B, MIA
12/16/2014
News: Outfielder Michael Morse's agent confirmed he's signed a contract with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports the deal is worth $16 million for two years.

Morse played a crucial part in San Francisco's championship run in 2014, batting .279 with 16 home runs, 32 doubles and 61 RBI in 131 regular season games. He had just six hits over 20 postseason at-bats.

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John Mayberry
Mets agree to deal with John Mayberry
John Mayberry, 1B, NYM
12/11/2014
News: Free agent outfielder/first baseman John Mayberry Jr. has agreed to a major-league deal with the Mets, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. It is a one-year deal for $1.45 million, according to the New York Post.

Mayberry has a .241 average, .305 on-base percentage, .429 slugging percentage and .734 OPS in six MLB seasons. He also has 53 career home runs.

Mayberry has a .208 average, two home runs, five doubles and 12 RBI in 31 career games at Citi Field.

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Ryan Howard
Report: Phillies, Orioles discuss 1B Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
12/10/2014
News: The Phillies and Orioles have talked about first baseman Ryan Howard this week, the New York Daily News reports.

It's unclear how much interest the Orioles have in Howard, a player who has declined in recent years and is owed $25 million in each of the next two seasons as well as a $10 million buyout of his 2017 option. He hit .223/.310/.380 with 23 home runs and 95 RBI in 569 at-bats in 2014.

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Justin Morneau
Rockies garnering heavy interest in Morneau; Marlins interested
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL
12/10/2014
News: Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Tuesday there has been substantial interest in first baseman Justin Morneau, according to The Denver Post

Morneau is heading into the final year of a two-year, $12.5 million contract that includes a $750,000 mutual option for 2016. 

"Now that there are fewer free-agent hitters to be had, we are getting more calls on our hitters," Bridich said Tuesday. "Justin is a heck of a player and a heck of a hitter under a very fair contract."

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed Wednesday the Marlins are one team showing interest in acquiring Morneau, who hit .319 with a .496 slugging percentage in 135 games in 2014.

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Lucas Duda
Mets 1B Lucas Duda has 'confidence' he can hit southpaws
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM
12/4/2014
News: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda hit just .180 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 111 at-bats against left-handed pitchers in 2014.

Manager Terry Collins indicated Duda became a pull-oriented hitter last season and was hurt not using all fields against lefties. Duda didn't seem to disagree when speaking with reporters Thursday.

"I think that I did get a bit too much thinking to the right side of the field," Duda said, per ESPN. "That’s an adjustment I have to make during the season, or even before the season starts. And I think I will. I have confidence in myself."

Michael Cuddyer, who signed a two-year deal in November, could be a fallback option at first base for the Mets, if Duda continues to struggle against southpaws.

"Acquiring Michael Cuddyer is huge for us -- a veteran presence and a guy with his track record," Duda said. "As far as the lefties go, I feel like in the past I’ve hit lefties a little bit better than I’ve shown. … But if he has to spell me at first base versus lefties, whatever is good for the team, whatever is going to help us win, I’m all for. I’ll come off the bench or come in late in the game or whatever it is. Anything to help us win. That’s our main goal. We’ve got to accomplish it this year."

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Travis Ishikawa
Report: Giants sign 1B Travis Ishikawa to one-year deal
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, SF
12/4/2014
News: The Giants have signed first baseman Travis Ishikawa to a one-year contract for $1.1 million, his agent has told MLB.com. That deal will allow the two sides to avoid arbitration.

Ishikawa managed a stat line of .252/.311/.393 in 107 at-bats last season.

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Josh Satin
Josh Satin signs minor-league deal with Reds
Josh Satin, 1B, NYM
11/22/2014
News: Josh Satin signed a minor-league deal with the Reds, according to ESPN New York on Saturday. Satin made the opening day roster for the Mets in 2014. The first baseman appeared in only 25 games and had three hits in 35 at-bats. He was outrighted off the 40-man roster on Oct. 31.
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Joey Votto
Reds first baseman Votto 'doing great'
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
11/14/2014
News: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is "doing great" this offseason, according to MLB.com. Votto struggled with a distal strain of his quad near his left knee. General manager Walt Jocketty said the team is "getting good reports" on Votto's progress. Votto hit .255/.390/.409 over 220 at-bats last season.
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