Mark Minicozzi
Nationals sign Mark Minicozzi to minor-league deal
Mark Minicozzi, 3B, SF
News: The Nationals have signed infielder Mark Minicozzi to a minor-league deal.

Minicozzi, 31, hit .298/.400/.470 with 12 home runs and 62 RBI in 315 at-bats with Triple-A San Jose in 2014. He has yet to appear in a regular-season game in the majors.


Will Middlebrooks
Red Sox, Padres complete Hanigan-for-Middlebrooks trade
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, SD
News: The Red Sox and Padres completed a trade Friday, with catcher Ryan Hanigan heading to Boston in exchange for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, the Red Sox announced.

Hanigan, 34, is signed for two more seasons with a team option for 2017. He hit .218/.318/.324 with five home runs and 34 RBI in 225 at-bats in 2014.

Middlebrooks, 26, is eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2015 season. He hit .191/.256/.265 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 215 at-bats in 2014.


Casey McGehee
Giants get Class A hurlers for Marlins 3B McGehee
Casey McGehee, 3B, SF
News: The Giants are trading minor league right-handers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo for Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee.

Both pitched at a Class A level last season and averaged more than a strikeout per inning.


Freddy Galvis
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis finally set to start
Freddy Galvis, 3B, PHI
News: Shortstop Freddy Galvis has been waiting for several years for a full-time opportunity from the Phillies and now he's got it. But general manager Ruben Amaro did not exactly give him a ringing endorsement Friday.

"Whether he's earned it or not, we don't know," Amaro told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He has not earned it at the plate. Galvis owns a .218 lifetime batting average and hit a mere .176 with a meager .227 on-base percentage last season.


Daniel Descalso
Rockies sign Daniel Descalso to two-year, $3.6 million deal
Daniel Descalso, 3B, COL
News: The Rockies announced Tuesday they signed infielder Daniel Descalso to a two-year contract. He is slated to make $3.6 million, agent Steve Canter told ESPN.

The 28-year-old Descalso has spent the last five seasons in the majors with the Cardinals. He has a .243/.313/.341/.654 slash line over 529 MLB games.


Alberto Callaspo
Braves finalize deal with Alberto Callaspo
Alberto Callaspo, 3B, ATL
News: The Braves have finalized a one-year deal with Alberto Callaspo.

Callaspo signed during the winter meetings, but the team waited to make the deal official. Callaspo is set to make $3 million next season. He hit .223/.290/.290 over 404 at-bats last year.


Pedro Alvarez
Pirates planning for Pedro Alvarez to play every day at first base
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
News: The Pirates are planning to use Pedro Alvarez as their everyday first baseman in 2015, despite his struggles against left-handed pitchers. Alvarez is batting .196 in his career against southpaws.

"We're going to find out. It's going to be Pedro's job to keep," manager Clint Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Pedro knows what challenges he's got to meet. He loves his teammates, he wants to do well and perform well. He's taken on some necessary opportunities this winter to prepare and get ready."


Mark Reynolds
Cardinals agree to terms with Mark Reynolds
Mark Reynolds, 3B, STL
News: The Cardinals have agreed to terms with free-agent first baseman Mark Reynolds, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The deal is contingent on Reynolds passing a physical.  In 2014, Reynolds hit .196 with 22 home runs and 45 RBI over 130 games.


Todd Frazier
Reds, Todd Frazier yet to talk contract extension
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
News: The Reds have yet to discuss a contract extension with third baseman Todd Frazier, reports.

Frazier, 28, hit .273/.336/.459 with 29 home runs, 80 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 597 at-bats in 2014. Kyle Seager, 27, hit .268/.334/.454 with 25 home runs, 96 RBI and seven stolen bases in 590 at-bats last season before receiving a seven-year, $100-million extension from the Mariners this offseason. Frazier is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason.


Chris Nelson
Phillies sign trio to minor league deals
Chris Nelson, 3B, PHI
News: The Phillies signed infielder Chris Nelson, pitcher Paul Clemens,  and catcher Koyie Hill to minor league contracts.

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