Athletics acquire Ike Davis via trade with Pirates
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The Athletics announced they acquired
first baseman Ike Davis
from the Pirates Sunday.
The Pirates had previously designated Davis for assignment. To acquire Davis, the A’s exchanged international slot money with the Pirates. The A’s traded their international slot 27 and received the Pirates’ 86th international slot. The A’s then designated outfielder Andrew Brown for assignment.
In 2014, Davis hit .233 with 11 home runs and 19 doubles. His best season came in 2012 while playing for the Mets when he hit 30 home runs and had 90 RBI.
Josh Satin signs minor-league deal with Reds
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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.
White Sox sign Adam LaRoche to two-year deal
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The White Sox have signed first
baseman Adam LaRoche
to a two-year, $25 million deal, according to the USA Today
. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed the move.
The 35-year-old LaRoche hit .259/.362/.455 over 494 at-bats with Washington last season. LaRoche will likely split time at first and serve as the designated hitter with his new club.
Orioles' Chris Davis expresses regret over suspension
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Orioles first baseman Chris Davis
expressed regret for the 25-game suspension
he received for using Adderall without a therapeutic-use exemption, according to MASNsports.com.
"I haven't really talked a lot about it," Davis said during an interview with WRBS-FM, a contemporary Christian music station. "I didn't want to take the focus off what the team was doing, but eventually I knew that I was going to have to address it and I wanted to. I think the fans deserve an explanation. I think they want to know what happened.
"Basically, in a moment of weakness I made a decision that cost me greatly. And it just goes to show that no matter how successful you've been in the past, no matter how much stuff you have, no matter how strong you are in your faith, the devil is going to continue to come after you.
"Looking back on it, it was probably the best thing that could have happened at the time, but it was definitely one of the hardest things that I've ever had to go through.
"I'm at a point right now where I don't wish to ever go through that again, but I appreciate the process and where it has brought me spiritually."
Athletics make it official, ink Billy Butler to 3-year deal
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The Athletics announced they've signed designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler
to a three-year deal. Reports indicate Butler will receive $30 million despite coming off a down year in which he hit .271 with nine homers and 66 RBI for the Royals.
Reds first baseman Votto 'doing great'
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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.
Royals interest in trading for Ryan Howard is minimal
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While the Royals talked to the Phillies about first baseman Ryan Howard
, Kansas City showed little interest in trading
for the veteran slugger, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
The Royals responded to Philadelphia's inquiry by saying, "We're concentrating on pitching."
Angels' Albert Pujols focused on having productive 2015 season
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Angels first baseman Albert Pujols
is looking forward to the offseason since he feels it will present a chance to build up his strength after the two previous offseasons he had to deal with injury issues.
Even though Pujols said he wasn't bothered by his right knee or left foot in 2014, he added his right side hasn't been at full strength since the 2012 season, according to MLB.com.
"The thing that I'm excited about is just to get my leg strong," Pujols said. "I think that's something I'm going to be able to do this year."
Pujols is confident he will be able to have a productive season in 2015, even at 35 years old. But he added the key is making sure his right knee is at full strength. Pujols underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee leading up to the 2013 season.
"You just never know until you come to spring training and start the season, but I'm pretty sure it's going to help me a lot more," Pujols said. "It was a good year (in 2014), but I think it could've been better. I'm going to be able to cover the plate a little bit more (in 2015). You're not going to see me [strike out] as much as I did the first couple of years here, and hopefully driving the ball a little better."
Mitch Moreland could be option in left field for Rangers
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Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland
, who missed the rest of the 2014 season after undergoing ligament reconstruction and bone realignment surgery on his left ankle in late June, could become an option in left field
for Texas, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Moreland has made 47 appearances in the outfield over five seasons. However, he has made just two appearances and one start in left field.
Jose Abreu a unanimous pick as AL Rookie of the Year
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White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu
won the AL Rookie of the Year award unanimously, drawing all 30 first-place votes
from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Abreu, 27, who defected from Cuba last offseason, batted .317/.383/.581 with 35 doubles, 36 homers and 107 RBI.
Abreu is the first White Sox player to win the award since shortstop Ozzie Guillen in 1985.