The Orioles signed first baseman Chris Marrero
to a minor league deal, according to Baseball America
Marrero, a former first-round pick, hit .270 with 11 home runs and 59 RBI at Triple-A Syracuse last season, and he also appeared in eight games with the Nationals.
Nats ink Brock Peterson to minor-league deal
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The Nationals have signed outfielder Brock Peterson
to a minor-league deal, with an invitation to spring training. Peterson batted .296 with 25 homers and 86 RBI over 122 games for Triple-A Memphis last season under the Cardinals' organization.
Mets, Brewers still discussing Ike Davis
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The Mets and Brewers are still discussing a trade for first baseman Ike Davis
, according to FoxSports.com.
The two teams have been rumored to be talking about a deal for a while, but it was thought the Brewers were waiting to hear back from Corey Hart before acquiring a first baseman. Now that Hart has signed with the Mariners, the two teams are talking again. The Brewers are hesitant to part with pitcher Tyler Thornburg, which could be why the two sides can't come to an agreement.
Rockies peg Jordan Pacheco as backup catcher
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Though the Rockies looked into signing a free agent catcher earlier this offseason, they're nw content to begin 2014 with Wilin Rosario as their starter, which would leave Jordan Pacheco
as the backup, according to The Denver Post
. Pacheco hit .239 in 247 at-bats last season, splitting the year between the majors and minors, but he hit .309 in 475 at-bats in 2012.
"Jordan had a bit of a rough season just because, I think, more due to the dynamics of our club and the way we put it together. There really wasn't a spot for him to get consistent at-bats on our club," manager Walt Weiss said. "I thought it was really important that toward the end of the season we sent him out and he got to go down to Colorado Springs and catch. Then when he came back up, he got to catch some games late. We feel comfortable with him at that position. It is his natural position. He's comfortable back there."
Giants sign Michael Morse to a one-year deal
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The Giants have signed outfielder Michael Morse to a one-year deal worth $6 million
, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
Morse struggled last season, hitting just .215/.270/.381 in 312 at-bats between the Mariners and Orioles. Morse battled through wrist and thigh injuries for much of the season before undergoing surgery on his wrist in August. The 31-year-old is expected to be the team's left fielder next season.
Report: White Sox, D-Backs and Angels complete three-team deal
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A three-team deal involving the White Sox, Diamondbacks and Angels has been completed, according to the azcentral.com.
The Angels will receive pitcher Hector Santiago from Chicago and pitcher Tyler Skaggs from Arizona. The White Sox will receive outfielder Adam Eaton, and the Diamondbacks will get outfielder Mark Trumbo. Arizona will also receive two PTBNL, one from Chicago and one from Los Angeles.
Marlins officially sign Garrett Jones
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The Marlins signed free agent first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones
to a two-year deal Monday, according to MLB.com. Jones is expected to replace Logan Morrison, who is rumored to be traded soon, as the Marlins' first baseman.
The Miami Herald reported over the weekend that Jones' deal would be worth $7.75 million.
Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso
, who missed most of September with a right hand injury, put on a show in the batting cages at a philanthropic event Wednesday at Petco Park, declaring himself healthy in the process.
"It feels great," Alonso told the U-T San Diego
. "I'm 100 percent. I'm healthy. I'm looking forward to getting started. I'm going to start doing my hitting stuff soon."
Alfonso originally broke his hand on June 1 but clearly wasn't the same player after he returned, slugging .306 in 43 games compared to .416 in 54 games before the injury.
"I had a lot of tendon issues going on in there," he said. "There was a lot of liquid."
Starting in place of Alonso in September, Tommy Medica put up good numbers for the Padres, but Alonso is epxected to be the team's starting first baseman to begin 2014.
Brandon Belt to remain at first base
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Giants general manager Brian Sabean indicated Wednesday that first baseman Brandon Belt
will remain at first base
full time in 2014, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.
Belt has transitioned between first base and left field in his career, but the team is ready to stick with him as a full-time first baseman as it did in 2013. He hit .289/.360/.481 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI in 509 at-bats last season.
The Rockies have come to terms
with free agent first baseman Justin Morneau
on a two-year deal worth roughly $13 million on Tuesday, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. The deal is pending a physical.
The 32-year-old played 152 games for the Twins and Pirates in 2013 and batted .259 with 17 homers and 77 RBI over 572 at-bats.