Chris Davis
Duquette: If O's advance, 'possibility' Chris Davis added to roster
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
10:43 AM
News: If Orioles advance to the AL Championship Series, executive vice president Dan Duquette said it is a "possibility" the team keeps a roster spot open for infielder Chris Davis, who is serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines, according to MASNsports.com.
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Justin Smoak
Report: Justin Smoak likely to hit free agency this offseason
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA
12:06 AM
News: Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak will likely reach free agency this offseason, as the team is expected to pay the $150,000 buyout of his 2015 option, the Seattle Times reports.

Smoak has a $3.65-million club option for next season, but the Mariners figure to pay the buyout and decline to tender the first baseman a contract. The option would have vested if he made 525 plate appearances in 2014. Instead, he hit .202/.275/.339 in 276 plate appearances.

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Brandon Belt
Brandon Belt drives in three runs in wild-card win
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
10/1/2014
News: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt went 2 for 3 with two walks and three RBI in his team's 8-0 wild-card victory over the Pirates Wednesday.

Belt was on base when Brandon Crawford opened up the scoring with a fourth-inning grand slam, and the first baseman tacked on a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh on a pair of singles. Belt and the Giants face the Nationals in Washington Friday in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

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Dan Johnson
Blue Jays outright Munenori Kawasaki, Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson, 1B, TOR
10/1/2014
News: The Blue Jays have outrighted infielder Munenori Kawasaki and first baseman Dan Johnson.

Kawasaki hit .258/.327/.296 with 17 RBI and one stolen base in 240 at-bats. He made 64 appearances at second base and 19 at third base while also playing shortstop four times. Johnson recorded just 38 at-bats with the Blue Jays, hitting .211/.333/.342 with one home run and seven RBI.

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Stephen Vogt
Report: Stephen Vogt expected to undergo foot surgery
Stephen Vogt, 1B, OAK
10/1/2014
News: Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt is expected to undergo surgery to repair a plantar plate tear in his injured foot, though he will seek a second opinion before having the procedure, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Vogt, who went 0 for 3 in Tuesday's wild-card loss to the Royals, struggled in the second half of September after missing 11 games earlier in the month. He still finished the season with a .279/.321/.431 line along with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 269 at-bats.

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Lyle Overbay
Lyle Overbay expected to retire
Lyle Overbay, 1B, MIL
10/1/2014
News: Brewers first baseman Lyle Overbay said Wednesday that he's "99.9 percent sure" he'll retire this offseason, MLB Network Radio reports.

Overbay wrapped up his 2014 season with a .233/.328/.333 line along with four home runs and 35 RBI in 258 at-bats while playing with the Brewers for the first time since 2005. If this is the end, he'll finish his career with a .266/.347/.429 line along with 151 home runs, 675 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 5,102 at-bats over 14 years with six different teams.

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Nick Swisher
Indians optimistic about Nick Swisher bouncing back in 2015
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE
9/30/2014
News: Indians general manager Chris Antonetti talked Monday about how the team expects first baseman Nick Swisher, who finished the season on the disabled list due to problems with his knees, to bounce back next season.

"It’s important to get the surgeries out of the way, especially as we look to next year," Antonetti said, per MLB.com. "Retrospectively, I don’t think we knew what he was trying to battle through and perform through. It’s easy to look back now and wonder if we could have done it differently, done the surgeries sooner. To his credit, he worked hard and tried to play through it for the team. Encouraging: He should come in to spring training ready to go and contribute the way we all know he’s capable of contributing."

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Freddie Freeman
Lack of lineup protection hurt Braves 1B Freddie Freeman in 2014
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
9/30/2014
News: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was great during clutch situations in 2013, finishing second in the majors with a .443 average with runners in scoring position. However, he wasn't nearly as productive in that area in 2014, batting .294 with runners in scoring position.

"I think the formula for Freddie is getting consistent chances," Braves hitting coach Greg Walker said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The (No.) 1 and 2 hole was up and down this year. We couldn’t find consistent answers there. We needed Jason (Heyward) in both spots, in the middle and leading off. That was not what he wanted to do. Jason views himself as a middle-of-the-lineup hitter. He’s a team player and he’s going to do whatever the manager asks him to do, but that’s what he views himself as, a middle-of-the-order hitter.

"But if you give Freddie consistent chances and they pitch to him, that’s another big key. You’ve got to have somebody behind him, that’s part of the puzzle. Yeah, Justin (Upton) had a great year hitting behind him this year, but one reason (Upton) had a lot of RBI is that Freeman walked a lot."

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Corey Hart
Corey Hart designated for assignment
Corey Hart, 1B, SEA
9/29/2014
News: The Mariners designated Corey Hart for assignment. The designated hitter had six homers and 23 RBI in 232 at-bats.
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Josh Satin
Josh Satin sidelined by hand fractuce
Josh Satin, 1B, NYM
9/28/2014
News: Mets infielder Josh Satin is unavailable for Sunday's season finale against the Astros after an X-ray and MRI on his hand revealed a fracture, ESPNNewYork.com reports. Satin will remain idle for six weeks while the hand heals.

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