Adrian Gonzalez
Adrian Gonzalez confident in 'deeper lineup' for Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
News: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez had an MLB-best 116 RBI in 2014, mostly batting in front of the likes of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez. While both players are no longer part of the Dodgers' batting order, Gonzalez is not worried about lineup protection, per the Los Angeles Times.

"I think we're deeper, so I don't think we're going to be so dependent on the middle of the order," Gonzalez said Monday. "People say that we lost power, but I think we just put the power in different areas of the lineup."

Some of the key acquisitions this offseason for the Dodgers have been shortstop Jimmy Rollins, catcher Yasmani Grandal and second baseman Howie Kendrick. Gonzalez is confident in the new additions to the lineup.

"They're going to battle every at-bat," Gonzalez said. "They're going to be prepared. I'm not saying that we didn't before, but I think the guys that we got are guys that are going to be tougher to game plan for. From that end, it will be a deeper lineup."


Joey Votto
Reds' Price: Last report on Joey Votto was 'very, very good'
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
News: Reds manager Bryan Price delivered another positive update Thursday on the status of first baseman Joey Votto, who missed 100 games last season with a distal strain of his left quadriceps.

Votto has been monitored by Reds strength and conditioning coach Sean Marohn during the offseason.

“The last report when Sean was up in Toronto earlier this month was very, very good,” Price said. “The strength was outstanding, the stamina was good and the agility. Right now, we’re looking to hit the ground running when Joey gets to Goodyear and being able to see with our own eyes where he’s at. I’m confident that he’s going to be ready to go.”

Votto, who is a career .310 hitter, batted just .255 with six home runs, 16 doubles and 23 RBI in 62 games in 2014.


Hunter Morris
Brewers designate Hunter Morris for assignment on Monday
Hunter Morris, 1B, MIL
News: The Brewers have designated first baseman Hunter Morris for assignment on Monday.

The team had to clear space off the 40-man roster after making a deal with Texas earlier in the day. The 26-year-old Morris hit .275/.322/.434 over 371 at-bats over three levels on the minors last year. 


Ryan Howard
Amaro: Ryan Howard will have to earn Phillies' starting 1B job
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
News: Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. stood by his recent comments on the future of Ryan Howard, reiterating that he'll have to earn the team's starting job at first base if he's with the Phillies this season, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

"I think that if Ryan's with us, and he's likely to be with us in spring training, I think Ryan's got to prove to us that he's ready to play every day at first base for us. I mean I'm kind of looking forward to him being ready and healthy and contributing. Right now, there's nobody really that can unseat him."

Howard led the majors last season in strikeouts. He slashed .223/.310/.380 with 23 homers and 95 RBI over 569 at-bats in his first full season in three years. He is under contract through the 2016 season and is set to make $25 million the next two seasons. He also has a $23 million team option for 2017, which includes a $10 million buyout.


Lucas Duda
Report: Mets' Lucas Duda files for $4.7 million in arbitration
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM
News: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda has filed for $4.7 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $3.75 million, reports.

Duda is in his first year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. He hit .253/.349/.481 with 30 home runs and 92 RBI in 514 at-bats in 2014.


Yonder Alonso
Padres' Tyson Ross, Yonder Alonso avoid arbitration
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD
News: Padres right-hander Tyson Ross and Yonder Alonso both avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contracts, per the team's official website. Ross has settled for $5.25 million, per Alonso is set to make $1.65 million in 2015, per ESPN.

Ross registered a 2.81 ERA and 195 strikeouts over 195 2/3 innings last season. Alonso slashed .240/.285/.397 with seven homers and 27 RBI over 267 at-bats.


Anthony Rizzo
Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo: 'We're going to win the NL Central'
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
News: It seems Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is pushing all of his chips into the middle of the table. When talking to the media Thursday, Rizzo didn't hold back on his expectations for the Cubs in 2015.

"We're going to win the NL Central," he said. 

The Cubs finished last in the NL Central in 2014 with a 73-89 record. The last time they finished above fifth in the NL Central was 2009. The last time they won the NL Central crown was 2008.

The Cubs have been active this offseason. They hired manager Joe Maddon, who won the AL pennant with the Rays in 2008 and took Tampa Bay to the playoffs four times. They signed ace Jon Lester and traded for catcher Miguel Montero. The Cubs also have a loaded farm system, with some close to major-league-ready talent in Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jorge Soler.


Jake Goebbert
Padres outright Jake Goebbert to Triple-A El Paso
Jake Goebbert, 1B, SD
News: The Padres sent first baseman Jake Goebbert outright to Triple-A El Paso after he cleared waivers Wednesday, U-T San Diego reports.

Goebbert, who was designated for assignment last week, made his major-league debut last season, hitting .218/.313/.317 with one home run and 10 RBI in 101 at-bats with the Padres. He hit .296/.410/.539 with 14 home runs and 60 RBI in 280 Triple-A at-bats in 2014.


Mike Carp
Nats announce minor-league signings of Mike Carp, Steven Lerud
Mike Carp, 1B, WAS
News: The Nationals announced the minor-league signings of outfielder Mike Carp and catcher Steven Lerud on Tuesday, per the team's official website. Both players will receive an invitation to big-league spring training.

Carp hit .175/.289/.230 over 126 at-bats last season, 86 of which came with Boston. Lerud has only 15 career plate appearances.


Clint Robinson
1B Clint Robinson hooks up with Nationals
Clint Robinson, 1B, WAS
News: The Nationals have signed first baseman Clint Robinson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Robinson had been in the Dodgers organization. He compiled a strong .312/.401/.535 slash line at the Triple-A level a year ago.


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