Alex Rodriguez
Yankees' Mark Teixeira: A-Rod 'will be fine over there' at first base
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
5:31 PM
News: Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez shifted across the infield on Friday. The embattled slugger fielded grounders and took part in various drills including bunt defense, according to the Associated Press.

Rodriguez missed all of last season after being suspended for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. With Chase Headley slated to be the team's starting third baseman, Rodriguez will compete for at-bats as a designated hitter and could see some time behind Headley at third and Mark Teixeira at first.

Teixeira told reporters that Rodriguez will fit just fine at first.

"I think what will make Alex have a shorter learning curve is his baseball IQ," Teixeira said, per Newsday. "He'll be fine over there."

Rodriguez, who will turn 40 in July, hit .244/.348/.423 over 156 at-bats back in 2013. He will begin early workouts on Saturday.

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David Freese
Angels' Freese gets in shape to help improve defensive abilites
David Freese, 3B, LAA
1:32 PM
News: Angels third baseman David Freese showed up to camp around the same playing weight he was last season, but he was much leaner and fit, per The Orange County Register.

Freese hopes getting in shape will allow him to be more agile at third base and avoid being pulled from games for defensive reasons.

“I want to be on the field,” Freese said. “I know I can play a full nine innings and 162 games. We’ll see how it goes. I’m excited about this year, how I feel being out there. If I’m feeling good, it’s going to help me help the team.”

Angels manager Mike Scioscia also appears hopeful Freese being in better shape will pay dividends.

“There is no doubt that he looks in great shape,” Scioscia said. “He is lighter. How it translates to his play, we’re going to have to see. In drills, he’s moving very well. He’s moving better than he did last year. We’ll see how it shows up in games. I imagine it’s going to be very positive.”

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Matt Davidson
White Sox prospect Matt Davidson humbled by down year in 2014
Matt Davidson, 3B, CHW
2/26/2015
News: White Sox third base prospect Matt Davidson entered the 2014 season as a consensus top-100 prospect, but unfortunately didn't look the part, as he hit a disappointing .199 with 164 strikeouts in 130 games at Triple-A Charlotte last season.

“It was very humbling,” Davidson said Thursday, per the Chicago Tribune. “Last year, this jersey with the Sox logo on it and my name on the back felt non-existent, like I would never reach it. To kind of come back here with the same number and see it, it’s a really cool experience, to just play this game of baseball. Last year, I felt like it was gone, which was a very scary feeling that I’ve never felt before. I took things for granted for sure.”

While last spring Davidson entered camp with a chance to win the starting job at third base that won't be the case this year with Conor Gillaspie entrenched as the starter. Davidson instead will focus on mechanics and thought processes rather taking a results-based approach.

“They still believe in me,” Davidson said. “I could be in a lot worse position than I am right now, so I understand that. I take that and all the positives I can because last year, it was negative first.”

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Danny Valencia
Blue Jays' Gibbons: Valencia, Colabello will see time at LF
Danny Valencia, 3B, TOR
2/26/2015
News: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons hinted that Danny Valencia and Chris Colabello will see some time at left field this spring, according to Sportsnet.ca. Toronto is hoping to fill a void at left field after the team announced Thursday that Michael Saunders will be sidelined until July with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

In his career, Valencia played left field in only five games in the minors. Colabello has logged 30 career games in the majors at left field.

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Juan Francisco
Juan Francisco took Rays offer because of chance to DH
Juan Francisco, 3B, TB
2/25/2015
News: Juan Francisco chose to sign a minor-league deal with the Rays this offseason since he felt the team presented him with the best opportunity to make a major-league roster, according to MLB.com.

"I think here I have a better chance to play DH, a position," said Francisco, adding that he's comfortable at first or third base. "So I have better chances to play here, get some playing time with the Rays."

Francisco added his experience playing in the AL East last season with Toronto was also a factor in his decision to take the Rays offer over the other ones he had on the table.

"I feel more comfortable playing in the American League East. I know the league. I know the pitchers," Francisco said through an interpreter. "It's better for me to play in the American League because of the DH, so I have a better chance to play."

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Cheslor Cuthbert
Royals prospect Cheslor Cuthbert moving from 3B to 2B
Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, KC
2/25/2015
News: Royals prospect Cheslor Cuthbert is making the transition to second base this spring with his path at third base blocked by Mike Moustakas at the major-league level. Cuthbert has also fallen behind prospect Hunter Dozier as a potential future third baseman for Kansas City.

"I like it," Cuthbert said of the position change, per MLB.com. "It's different. You have to really work to learn the double play at second. But it's been fun.

"I'll do whatever it takes. The main thing is just to get better overall as a player and everything else will take care of itself."

The 22-year-old Cuthbert hit .274 with 12 home runs, 24 doubles and 64 RBI in 121 games between Double-A and Triple-A in 2014.

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Brock Holt
Red Sox's Brock Holt ready to show versatility again in 2015
Brock Holt, 3B, BOS
2/25/2015
News: Red Sox infielder/outfielder Brock Holt, who started seven different positions in 2014, told reporters he's ready to prove he's just as versatile as he was last season, according to WEEI.com on Wednesday.

Holt indicated that he expects to be mostly used in the infield, despite the addition of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez in the offseason and the emergence of Mookie Betts.

"I think kind of similar spot as last year, move around, give guys days off when they need them but be ready to play all the time," Holt said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to do that again and it's something I enjoyed last year and something I'm looking forward to doing again.

The majority of my [work] is probably going to be in the infield and then I'll definitely go out in the outfield and do some stuff," Holt said. "During [batting practice] it's easy to go out there and get some reads during BP, too. I'll probably spend most of my time in the infield but move around, depending on how I feel and how the day is going, move to do some outfield."

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Evan Longoria
Rays' Evan Longoria gives vote of confidence to new manager
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
2/24/2015
News: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria gave a vote of confidence to new manager Kevin Cash on Tuesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times

"I just think there comes a time when it's just the right time for somebody new," Longoria said. While that may come off as an indictment of former manager Joe Maddon, Longoria stressed that is not the case. "That's no knock on Joe. Obviously he did so many great things for the franchise and so many great things for me as a player. But I guess all good things come to an end at some point."

Having Cash around should inject some excitement into the team, according to Longoria. "I think it's a great time for Kevin to be able to step in and kind of experience the sense of newness with a lot of people. And the guys who have been here are excited for what he's going to bring."

The 29-year-old hit .253/.320/.404 over 624 at-bats last year. 

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Chase Headley
Headley on working alongside A-Rod: 'It's business as usual'
Chase Headley, 3B, NYY
2/24/2015
News: Tuesday was the first time Yankees third baseman Chase Headley got to work alongside embattled slugger Alex Rodriguez. 

“As a player, you experience different things in your career,” Headley said, per The Journal News. “And I’ve been around long enough that there’s been different sets of circumstances that I’ve dealt with, and this just another one. As far as a teammate, I expect him to be great. I’ve heard great things from other guys, and every interaction that I’ve had with him has been positive. Hopefully here in a few days everything will calm down and we’ll start talking about baseball, but you know, obviously you expect to answer the questions about him. But from my point of view, it’s business as usual.”

As far as their roles on the team, Headley is still expected to be the starting third baseman and Rodriguez will get most of his playing time at DH.

“For me to be here, I feel like (playing third base) is what made sense,” Headley said. “We established that early on (in offseason contact negotiations). There’s a lot of things that can happen over the course of a season. Obviously the more bodies that you have that can fill positions (is) great, but if I thought I was coming here to be a first baseman or a left fielder or whatever, I wouldn’t have came back. That wouldn’t have made sense for me or the Yankees.”

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Marcus Semien
Melvin: Marcus Semien will have to earn A's starting shortstop job
Marcus Semien, 3B, OAK
2/24/2015
News: Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday infielder Marcus Semien will be given every opportunity to win the starting shortstop job. However, Melvin reiterated Semien will have to earn his spot in the starting lineup.

Semien's biggest competition for the starting shortstop job is likely Eric Sogard.

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