Jayson Nix
Jayson Nix replaces Christian Colon on World Series roster
Jayson Nix, 3B, KC
10/21/2014
News: The Royals added third baseman Jayson Nix to their World Series roster, replacing infielder Christian Colon. Nix got 83 at-bats during the regular season, batting .120 with a homer and four RBI.
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Ryan Flaherty
Ryan Flaherty homers in Game 4 loss Wednesday
Ryan Flaherty, 3B, BAL
10/15/2014
News: Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty went 1 for 3 with a solo home run Wednesday, but it was the only offense Baltimore could muster in a 2-1 eliminaton loss to the Royals in Game 4 of the ALCS.

Flaherty performed well during the postseason, hitting .286/.400/.429 in 21 at-bats after posting a .221/.288/.356 line during the regular season. The Orioles were outscored by only six runs during the ALCS but wound up being swept by the Royals, ending their season in disappointing fashion.

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Mike Moustakas
Royals' Mike Moustakas adds insurance runs Friday
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
10/11/2014
News: Royals infielder Mike Moustakas came up with a big hit late Friday.

Moustakas stepped to the plate with a man on base in the 10th inning, and blasted a two-run homer. The Royals had already taken a one-run lead on an Alex Gordon home run earlier in the frame, but Moustakas’ hit gave the team some breathing room in the bottom of the inning. Moustakas finished 1 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI. 

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Alex Rodriguez
Report: Alex Rodriguez in mix at first base for Yankees in 2015
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
10/10/2014
News: Embattled Yankees veteran Alex Rodriguez , who missed nearly the entire last two seasons with legal issues, has spoken with general manager Brian Cashman about playing some first base in 2015, per MLB.com.

The Yankees could need depth and insurance at that position behind the oft-injured Mark Teixeira, who has been limited to 138 games in the last two years combined and batted .216 in 2014.

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Mike Aviles
Indians still undecided on Mike Aviles option for 2015
Mike Aviles, 3B, CLE
10/10/2014
News: The Indians remain undecided whether to pick up the $3.5 million option for 2015 on utility player Mike Aviles. The team has about three weeks to make that decision.

Aviles played multiple positions and managed a .247/.273/.343 stat line. He swung a more potent stick against left-handers, an area that has proven problematic for the Indians.

"We'll go through our meetings and make sure we make the decision in time," general manager Chris Antonetti told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "But I can tell you much we appreciate Mike's contributions to the team, what he means on the field, his versatility, the way he's filled in almost anywhere on the diamond when we've had injuries, the presence he has in our clubhouse and the way he helps unify our group and create the energy and atmosphere in our clubhouse every day. We don't take those things for granted."

The emergence of middle infielder Jose Ramirez and presence of top prospect Francisco Lindor as the potential starting shortstop next season could make Aviles expendable, though he has filled in as an outfielder as well.

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Miguel Sano
Twins GM suggests Miguel Sano could become outfielder
Miguel Sano, 3B, MIN
10/9/2014
News: Twins general manager Terry Ryan indicated Wednesday third base prospect Miguel Sano, who missed the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, could move to different position, per 1500ESPN.com.

"He looks pretty healthy," Ryan said of Sano. "He could go to the outfield if needed."

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Kevin Kouzmanoff
Kevin Kouzmanoff opts to leave Rangers for free agency
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, TEX
10/8/2014
News: Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, who lost nearly the entire 2014 season to a back injury, has opted to accept free agency rather than return to the organization, per Fox Sports.

Kouzmanoff was on a roll before going down. He began the year on a 20-game hitting streak and finished it with a stat line of .362/.412/.617. His 47 at-bats were his first in the major leagues since 2011.

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Eric Jagielo
Yankees prospect Eric Jagielo out 4-6 weeks after getting hit in face
Eric Jagielo, 3B, NYY
10/2/2014
News: Yankees third base prospect Eric Jagielo is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after getting hit in the face in late September during an Instructional League game, according to The Journal News. Jagielo will not be able to participate in th Arizona Fall League due to the injury.

The 2013 first-round pick (26th) hit .256 with a .461 slugging percentage and .811 OPS in 92 games between the Rookie League and high Class A in 2014. He had 14 doubles, 18 home runs, 46 runs and 58 RBI.

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Manny Machado
Orioles 3B Manny Machado has full range of motion in right knee
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
10/1/2014
News: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado told reporters Wednesday he has full range of motion in his right knee coming off surgery in late August, according to MASNsports.com. He could begin jogging in a pool next week.
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D.J. Peterson
Mariners already have D.J. Peterson on radar for 2015 season
D.J. Peterson, 3B, SEA
10/1/2014
News: The Mariners are expected to be in the market this offseason for a right-handed power bat, but if they can't find an external option, then an internal option could be prospect D.J. Peterson, according to The News Tribune.

"His age and experience might be working against him," general manager Jack Zduriencik said, "but this is also a pretty good hitter. You don’t shut the door on it. You leave it open and see what he does.

"Coming out of Double-A to the big leagues is challenging, but he’s going to be in the Fall League. There are a lot of people who’ve been around him who think this guy is the real deal. We’ll bring him into spring training. He’ll get a fair shot. What happens, happens."

Peterson has primarily played third base in the minors, but he is expected to see significant time at first base in the Arizona Fall League. With Kyle Seager blocking his path at third base, Peterson's fastest route to the majors could be first base.

"I played a lot of first base in college," Peterson said. "It’s a position that I’m acquainted with. I’m very used to it. It wouldn’t be too much of an adjustment."

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