Nick Castellanos
Tigers' Castellanos works to be 'more comfortable' at 3B in 2015
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET
1/27/2015
News: Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos struggled in his first full year playing third base at the major-league level in 2014, so he is hard at work this offseason improving his defense

"Last year was [about] the actual ground-ball catching," Castellanos said, per MLB.com. "This year is a lot more [about] quickness, working on my range, lateral movement."

On top of committing 15 errors, Castellanos' Ultimate Zone Rating of negative-18.4 was nearly twice as bad as the next-lowest rating among third-base regulars. He also had a Defensive Runs Saved of minus-30 and a plus/minus rating of minus-39, which was lowest in the majors last year.

"I'm going to be more comfortable this year," Castellanos said. "Last year, I knew nobody [in terms of hitting tendencies]. Also I was getting used to the tempo of the game. It wasn't like I was in the big leagues for a while at another position and then had to go to third base. It was pretty much me making my first year in the big leagues at pretty much a new position, or trying to relearn an old position."

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Alex Rodriguez
Report: Yankees looking to void milestone bonuses for A-Rod
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
1/25/2015
News: The Yankees are looking to void milestone bonuses in Alex Rodriguez 's contract, according to the New York Daily News.

When Rodriguez signed his deal with the club in 2007, it contained bonuses as Rodriguez tied or passed the top home run hitters. Rodriguez, who has 654 career home runs, is just six away from tying Willie Mays, which would trigger a $6 million bonus. He is also set to receive an additional $6 million once he ties Babe Ruth, and another $6 milliion if he ties Hank Aaron.

The team, however, now views those bonuses as worthless due to his 2014 suspension. The team will argue that these bonuses were signed under false pretenses. The club is apparently willing to fight the player's union over the decision should Rodriguez file a grievance. 

Rodriguez, who hasn't played since 2013, has already found it difficult to mend the fences with his team. Rodriguez proposed a meeting with the club where he would publicly apologize for his actions last season, but the team declined the offer. "This is a relationship that is never going to be repaired," one source told the Daily News.

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Ryan Flaherty
Orioles, Ryan Flaherty avoid arbitration
Ryan Flaherty, 3B, BAL
1/25/2015
News: The Orioles have avoided arbitration with infielder Ryan Flaherty, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Flaherty will make $1.075 million next season. He can make an additional $25,000 if he receives 400 plate appearances. The 28-year-old Flaherty hit .221/.288/.356 over 281 at-bats last year.

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Conor Gillaspie
White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie bulks up
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CHW
1/25/2015
News: White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie says his offseason weight training program has enabled him to add 15-20 pounds of muscle, "which should translate into driving the ball harder," reports ESPN.com.

“Honestly I’m hoping that by taking the same swing that I did last year, because I’m stronger, I’m hoping that translates into more power,” Gillaspie said, per the website. “It may or may not. We have enough guys that do hit for power on this team now. There are quite a few of them, so truthfully, I think I might be just as valuable getting on base, drawing walks, moving runners.” 

Gillaspie hit .282 with seven homers and 57 RBI in 130 games last year.

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Matt Dominguez
Astros ask third baseman Matt Dominguez to learn first base
Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU
1/24/2015
News: With the Astros recently acquiring infielder Luis Valbuena, third baseman Matt Dominguez has been asked to start learning how to play first base, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"You get a bigger glove, so it can't be that hard," Dominguez said.

Dominguez has spent the last two seasons as the full-time third baseman for the Astors, but he will compete with Valbuena for the starting role this season. If Valbuena wins the third base job, the Astros want Dominguez to be able to switch to first base.

"[Astros manager A.J. Hinch] thinks I'm going to be a third baseman, but he wants to also help me try to make the team by adding a little more versatility and move around a little bit more," Dominguez said. "Do whatever I need to do."

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Trevor Plouffe
Twins' Trevor Plouffe ready to bounce back from broken forearm
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
1/23/2015
News: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe said he has fully recovered from the broken left forearm he suffered on Sept. 24 and his working out as scheduled.

"I got to take the time off that I needed to rest it and let it heal," Plouffe said. "I've been rehabbing it out in Southern California. It really didn't set me back as far as timeline, as far as the gym, weightlifting and my baseball activities. It's obviously not something you want to have happen, but it was a good time for it to happen."

Plouffe hit .258 in 2014 with 14 home runs and 80 RBI in 520 at-bats, but knows his statistics aren't the focus for the team this season.

"I'm just going to try to continue to improve in every facet of the game," Plouffe said. "The big thing for us this year is just wins, putting all the personal statistics aside. I think Mollie's going to bring that to the clubhouse. We just want to win. We want to win games. We've made some additions that are going to help that."

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Brock Holt
Report: Brock Holt not dealing with any lingering concussion issues
Brock Holt, 3B, BOS
1/23/2015
News: Red Sox infielder/outfielder Brock Holt has not had any lingering issues after being diagnosed with a concussion in September, according to The Boston Globe. Holt, who last played in a game Sept. 5, was cleared after the season by head trauma specialist Dr. Michael Collins. 

Despite being cleared, Holt might go for a follow-up exam with Collins before the start of spring training.

Holt had his best season in the majors in 2014, batting .281 with four home runs, five triples, 23 doubles, 29 RBI and 68 runs in 106 games. He was extremely valuable to the team in the field, as Holt made an appearance at every position expect pitcher and catcher. 

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Lonnie Chisenhall
Indians' Francona believes Lonnie Chisenhall can be good defender
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
1/20/2015
News: Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday he thinks third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall can be a good defender this season.

"He has good reactions, a good body and plenty of arm," Francona said. "He also has a knack for making some untimely errors, a lot of time that's part of the maturation process."

Chisenhall committed 18 errors in 114 games in 2014. he also hit .280 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI.

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Pablo Sandoval
Sandoval on decision to leave Giants: 'I didn't sleep for three days'
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS
1/20/2015
News: Before signing a five-year deal with the Red Sox in November, Pablo Sandoval was one of the most coveted free-agent third basemen and had many teams hoping to sign him. One of those teams was the Giants, who Sandoval had played for during his first seven years in the majors.

Sandoval told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that leaving the Giants was one of the toughest decisions of his life and led to a few sleepless nights before deciding to take the Red Sox offer.

"I didn't sleep for three days," he said.

Sandoval added he didn't let the Giants make a final offer because he wanted to go to a new team and wanted a new challenge. He even admitted he "left more money on the table."

Sandoval said having the DH in the AL had nothing to do with his decision to sign with Boston.

"I want to play third base," he said. "I'll play first base some, but I don't want to DH."

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Don Kelly
Marlins sign Don Kelly to minor-league deal
Don Kelly, 3B, DET
1/18/2015
News: The Marlins have signed outfielder Don Kelly to a minor-league deal, according to the Detroit Free Press

The 34-year-old Kelly hit .245/.332/.288 over 163 at-bats with Detroit last season. The deal includes an invitation to spring training.

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