Ty Kelly
Mariners deal Ty Kelly to Cardinals for Sam Gaviglio
Ty Kelly, 3B, STL
11/20/2014
News: The Mariners have traded Ty Kelly to the Cardinals for Sam Gaviglio , according to MLB.com.

The 26-year-old Kelly hit .263/.381/.412 over 549 plate appearances at Triple-A last year. The 25-year-old Gaviglio posted a 4.28 ERA in 136 2/3 innings at Double-A. Neither player was on the 40-man roster prior to the deal.

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Pedro Alvarez
Pirates' Pedro Alvarez expected to have normal offseason
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
11/20/2014
News: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is expected to have a normal offseason, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Alvarez had a stress reaction in his foot. The injury ended his season prematurely. The team designated Ike Davis for assignment Thursday, confirming it will move ahead with Alvarez at first next season. General manager Neal Huntington confirmed the news, saying "we've essentially committed to Pedro over Ike Davis."

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Brent Morel
Pirates shore up 40-man roster
Brent Morel, 3B, PIT
11/20/2014
News: The Pirates have added four players to the 40-man roster on Thursday.

Jameson Taillon , Nick Kingham , Willy Garcia and Elias Diaz all had their contracts purchased. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the team outrighted Brent Morel and designated Ramon Cabrera for assignment. 

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Andy Marte
Report: Andy Marte takes talents to Korea
Andy Marte, 3B, ARI
11/14/2014
News: Veteran third baseman Andy Marte has signed with new Korean team KT Wiz, according to Fox Sports, which is reporting that his one-year contract is worth $1 million.

The 31-year-old Marte has been a disappointment. He had three hits in 16 at-bats for Arizona last season in his first major league stint since 2010.

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David Wright
Collins doesn't want David Wright pressing to hit HRs at Citi Field
David Wright, 3B, NYM
11/13/2014
News: Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday he hopes third baseman David Wright doesn't change his approach at the plate even though the fences are being moved in at Citi Field.

"I just hope guys don't get caught up in trying to change too much," Collins said, per NJ.com. "I don't want to give David Wright a chance to hit home runs. I want David Wright to be a good hitter. As I told him, when he's swinging a bat good, he's dangerous. I'll take some balls off the wall."

Wright hit just eight home runs in 134 games last season. He has just 46 home runs and a .452 slugging percentage in 399 games at Citi Field since 2009.

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Chris Johnson
Braves' Chris Johnson could be in platoon at 3B next season
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL
11/11/2014
News: The Braves would like to add a left-handed hitter this offseason that they can possibly platoon with third baseman Chris Johnson, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Johnson hit .263 in 2014, but he hit .395 against lefties and just .231 against righties.
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Pete Orr
INF Pete Orr returns to Brewers
Pete Orr, 3B, MIL
11/7/2014
News: Veteran infielder Pete Orr has returned to the Brewers on a contract that will allow him to join the team for spring training, according to the Toronto Sun.

Orr earned no major league plate appearances this season for the first time since 2010. He hasn't had more than 96 at-bats in any season since 2006.

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Aramis Ramirez
Aramis Ramirez exercises option to return to Brewers
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
11/3/2014
News: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez will return the Brewers for the 2015 season after exercising his option Monday. The Brewers had already opted into their portion of the $14 million mutual option.

Ramirez will return to the team after hitting .288 with 15 home runs and 66 RBI in 2014.

"He is comfortable in Milwaukee, and obviously Aramis has made a lot of money in his career and he has invested wisely and is in very good shape (financially)," said Ramirez's agent, Paul Kinzer, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He told me he wants to control his own destiny. He'll decide after next year if he wants to keep playing."

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Chris Valaika
Cubs outright three players Wednesday
Chris Valaika, 3B, CHC
10/29/2014
News: The Cubs have outrighted Josh Vitters , Chris Valaika and Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Wednesday.

The move takes all three players off the 40-man roster. Vitters and Kalish had some prospect buzz early in their careers, but neither has lived up to the hype. The team will likely turn to other options next season. 

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Ryan Zimmerman
Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman likely to play first base in 2015
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS
10/21/2014
News: Nationals third baseman/outfielder Ryan Zimmerman will likely shift over to first base in 2015, MLB.com reports. He's currently resting his right hamstring after suffering a Grade 3 strain in July.

"I'm sure I'll talk to them soon or they will talk [to the media]," Zimmerman said. "I think Anthony [Rendon] is the future third baseman. Obviously, he played great there. He played some second and some third. If he goes into Spring Training knowing that he is playing third base, he has a chance to be a very good third baseman.

"Obviously, I love playing third base. But some of the injuries over the last two or three years made it tougher for me to be an above average third baseman. It's hard to accept that, but I think that's the truth. Sometimes, the truth hurts sometimes. But Anthony has a great chance to be very good over there. I could be an above average first baseman if I work at it during Spring Training and the rest of this offseason. But that's not just my decision. Obviously, I'll talk with [general manager] Mike [Rizzo] and Matt and see what their plans are. I'm sure we'll find out in the next week or two."

The Nationals have first base open due to the impending free agency of 2014 starter Adam LaRoche.

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