Marco Scutaro
Sabean: Giants 2B Scutaro has back surgery, career in peril
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
12/22/2014
News: Giants general manager Brian Sabean has announced that second baseman Marco Scutaro, who lost almost all of last season to back issues, had fusion surgery Sunday that won't reveal if he can return to action for at least 4-6 months.

"This is the type of thing, it's four-to-six months before we can know if baseball is possible," Sabean said. "I don't want to speak for the doctor or the procedure but you'd have to how he responds to the surgery and that's months away."

Scutaro came back in mid-July, but was sidelined again after just 11 at-bats and done for the year.

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Chase Utley
Chase Utley staying put in Philly
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
12/21/2014
News: The Phillies will enter the season with Chase Utley, according to the Daily News. 

With Jimmy Rollins gone, some have expected the team to entertain dealing Utley. As of right now, that's not going to happen. "I've had some dialogue with Wolfie [agent Joel Wolfe] but frankly, he doesn't want to go anywhere," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He wants to honor his contract and that's how we have to perceive it." 

Amaro admitted that the team needs to listen to any offer for the 36-year-old Utley, but doesn't perceive Utley changing his mind at this time. Utley hit .270/.339/.407 in 589 at-bats last season.

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Martin Prado
Report suggests Marlins could trade deposed 3B McGehee
Martin Prado, 2B, MIA
12/19/2014
News: The deal that sent Martin Prado to the Marlins could result in 2014 surprise Casey McGehee being expendable, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Prado is expected to assume the role of every-day third baseman for Miami. McGehee flashed virtually no power last season, but drove in 76 runs, batted .287 and committed just seven errors.

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Derek Dietrich
Marlins' Derek Dietrich to miss rest of winter ball with ankle injury
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA
12/17/2014
News: Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich is going to miss the rest of the winter ball season after suffering an ankle injury that required him to be carried off the field Tuesday, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Dietrich was hurt while playing in the Dominican league when covering second base and a runner collided with him trying to grab the ball. 

Dietrich played in 20 games for Miami in 2014, hitting .290 with two triples and 11 RBI. It is unknown if this injury will keep Dietrich out into spring training and the beginning of the regular season. 

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David Herrera
Phillies select Rangers INF Herrera in Rule 5 draft
David Herrera, 2B, PHI
12/11/2014
News: The Phillies selected Rangers infielder David Herrera in Thursday's Rule 5 draft.

The 22-year-old Herrera hit .315 with two home runs, five triples, 19 doubles and 59 RBI in 125 games between high Class A and Double-A last season. He has a career .294/.354/.377/.730 slash line over six seasons in the minors.

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Neil Walker
Pirates discussing extension with Neil Walker
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
12/11/2014
News: The Pirates are discussing a possible contract extension with second baseman Neil Walker, according to MLB.com.

Walker is under contract through 2016, but the team would like to make sure the Pittsburgh native is a Pirate for life. "We would like nothing more than to have Neil Walker end his career as a Pirate, there's no question about that," general manager Neal Huntington said. The club attempted to extend Walker back in 2011, but talks broke off quickly. 

Walker, 29, hit .271/.342/.467 over 512 at-bats last year.

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Howie Kendrick
Dodgers pick up Howie Kendrick from Angels
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAD
12/11/2014
News: The Dodgers have traded pitcher Andrew Heaney to the Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com was the first to report Kendrick would be going to the Dodgers.

The Dodgers acquired Heaney earlier on Wednesday in a six player deal with Miami. Once that trade was processed, the team dealt the 23-year-old pitcher to the Angels for Kendrick. Kendrick, 31, hit .293/.347/.397 over 617 at-bats last year. Kendrick is owed just under $10 million, and is entering the final year of his contract.

Heaney appeared in seven games for the Marlins last year, including five starts. He posted a 5.83 ERA over 29 1/3 innings. He was considered a top-20 prospect entering last season, according to MLB.com.

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Dee Gordon
Dodgers deal Dee Gordon to Marlins
Dee Gordon, 2B, MIA
12/10/2014
News: The Dodgers have traded infielder Dee Gordon to the Marlins, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 26-year-old hit .289/.326/.378 over 609 at-bats last season. He stole 64 bases. The Dodgers will also send Dan Haren over in the deal. The 34-year-old pitcher is owed $10 million, but has said he would consider retiring if dealt away from Los Angeles. 

Los Angeles will also send shortstop Miguel Rojas to Miami. Rojas hit .181 over 149 at-bats in the majors last year.

Pitcher Andrew Heaney will head to Los Angeles in the deal, according to the Miami Herald. The Marlins will also send over Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes and Chris Hatcher. 

The 23-year-old Hernandez hit .319/.372/.484 over two minor-league levels last year. Hatcher, 29, posted a 3.38 ERA over 56 innings. Barnes, 24, hit .304/.398/.472 over two levels last year.

Gordon is entering his first season of arbitration, and will not be a free-agent until after the 2019 season. 

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Daniel Mayora
Dodgers re-sign Daniel Mayora to minor-league deal
Daniel Mayora, 2B, LAD
12/6/2014
News: The Dodgers have re-signed infielder Daniel Mayora to a minor-league deal. Mayora hit .302/.356/.428 with nine home runs, 75 RBI and six stolen bases in 493 at-bats with Double-A Chattanooga in 2014.
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Javier Baez
Cubs' Javier Baez to begin winter ball shortly
Javier Baez, 2B, CHC
12/3/2014
News: Cubs infielder Javier Baez is set to begin playing winter ball shortly, according to MLB.com.

The 22-year-old Baez will begin games December 11. He had a brief audition with the Cubs last year, hitting .169/.227/.324 over 213 at-bats. Baez is projected to open the season as the team's second baseman. 

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