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.
CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed the Yankees have traded
third baseman Martin Prado
and pitcher David Phelps
to the Marlins in exchange for pitcher Nathan Eovaldi
, first baseman Garrett Jones
and Domingo German. The Marlins will also receive an undisclosed amount of cash in the deal.
Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt
believes he'll be ready for opening day
, according to MLB.com.
Vogt had foot surgery in October, but had his walking boot removed Thursday. Vogt admitted that he may not be 100 percent by spring training, but said he expects to be ready for opening day. After playing multiple positions due to the injury last season, Vogt said he's eager to get behind the plate again.
The 30-year-old Vogt hit .279/.321/.431 over 269 at-bats last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The Twins have been in contact
with free-agent third baseman Jack Hannahan, 1500 ESPN reports.
The Twins were interested in signing Hannahan two offseasons ago before he landed with the Reds. He was held to just 48 at-bats with the Reds in 2014 after undergoing shoulder surgery last offseason.