Ed Lucas
Rangers sign Ed Lucas to minor-league deal
Ed Lucas, 2B, MIA
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News: The Rangers announced Monday they signed infielder Ed Lucas to a minor-league deal, which include an invite to spring training, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Lucas hit .251 with one home run, five doubles and nine RBI in 69 games with the Marlins last season. He has a .255 average in 163 career MLB games.


Argenis Diaz
Twins sign Argenis Diaz to minor league deal
Argenis Diaz, 2B, CIN
News: The Twins signed second baseman Argenis Diaz to a minor league contract.

Diaz is a career .242 hitter in 22 games.


Ramiro Pena
Jonny Venters, Ramiro Pena designated for assignment by Braves
Ramiro Pena, 2B, ATL
News: The Braves have designated Jonny Venters and Ramiro Pena for assignment Wednesday.

Venters underwent his third Tommy John surgery in August, but was expected to attempt a comeback. Pena hit .245 over 147 at-bats with the club.


Tommy La Stella
Cubs acquire 2B Tommy La Stella from Braves
Tommy La Stella, 2B, CHC
News: The Cubs and Braves have completed a trade, with the Cubs acquiring second baseman Tommy La Stella and Atlanta's No. 4 international signing bonus slot in exchange for pitcher Arodys Vizcaino and Chicago's No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 international signing bonus slot.

La Stella made his major-league debut for the Braves last season, playing in 93 games and starting 86 times at second base. He hit .251/.328/.317 with one home run, 31 RBI and two stolen bases in 319 at-bats. La Stella will likely serve as a reserve infielder with the Cubs.

Vizcaino broke in with the Braves in 2010, posting a 4.67 ERA in 17 1/3 innings that season. He has battled injuries since that season and was ultimately shipped to Chicago in the deal that brought Paul Maholm to Atlanta in 2012.


Robinson Cano
Mariners' Robinson Cano suffers non-displaced fracture in right toe
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
News: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was ruled out for the remainder of the Japan Series after suffering a non-displaced fracture of the pinkie toe on his right foot during the eighth inning of Saturday's game against Samurai Japan.

Cano was taken to a local hospital for X-rays immediately after being hit by a pitch, which revealed the fracture. He will be sidelined approximately 3-4 weeks before resuming baseball activities in mid-December, a source told MLB.com.

In his first season with the Mariners after signing a 10-year, $240 million contract, Cano posted a .314/.382/.454 slash line to go along with 14 home runs, 82 RBI and a career-high 10 stolen bases in 595 at-bats. He is expected to be fully recovered for spring training.


Matt Carpenter
Cardinals discuss option of moving Carpenter down in lineup
Matt Carpenter, 2B, STL
News: Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he has discussed with Mike Matheny the possibility of moving second baseman Matt Carpenter down in the lineup next season in an attempt to improve the offense.

Carpenter performed well in that role last season. however, scoring 99 runs with 95 walks and compiling an on-base percentage of .375.


Howie Kendrick
Report: Angels want to keep Kendrick
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA
News: Despite various trade rumors, the Angels are intent on keeping second baseman Howie Kendrick for the 2015 season, according to the Orange County Register.

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has told various reporters he would prefer not to trade Kendrick. The Blue Jays and Yankees are among the teams that have expressed interest in Kendrick.


Enrique Hernandez
Marlins 2B Enrique Hernandez out with abdominal injury
Enrique Hernandez, 2B, MIA
News: Marlins second baseman Enrique Hernandez, who is a candidate for the starting job in 2015, has sustained an abdominal injury that has likely knocked him out for the rest of the Winter League season, MLB.com has reported.

It's unclear whether he will be fully healed when the Marlins open spring training in February.

Acquired from Houston on July 31, Hernandez compiled a stat line of .248/.321/.421 last season.


Kevin Frandsen
Nationals re-sign utility man Kevin Frandsen
Kevin Frandsen, 2B, WAS
News: The Nationals have re-signed utility man Kevin Frandsen to a $1 million deal, according to ESPN.

Frandsen can earn up to $300,000 in incentives based on how well he plays with the club. He hit .259/.299/.309 over 220 at-bats. 


Daniel Murphy
Alderson: Mets 'reluctant' to trade second baseman Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
News: General manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday the Mets are "reluctant" to trade second baseman Daniel Murphy, according to The Star-Ledger. Murphy, who is entering the final year of arbitration, has been mentioned heavily in trade rumors since last offseason.

While the Mets might seem reluctant to trade Murphy, sources told ESPN the team could change course if the team can acquire a high-powered bat at shortstop.


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