Chris Dominguez
Giants designate Chris Dominguez for assignment
Chris Dominguez, 3B, SF
1/29/2015
News: The Giants have designated Chris Dominguez for assignment, according to MLB.com.

The 28-year-old Dominguez received 17 at-bats in the majors last season. He spent most of the season in Triple-A, where he hit .274/.307/.460 over 496 at-bats. Dominguez had to be removed from the 40-man roster in order to make room for Ryan Vogelsong.

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Matt Carpenter
Cardinals' Carpenter hoping to build off postseason power surge
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL
1/26/2015
News: Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter hit just eight home runs with a .375 slugging percentage during the 2014 regular season, but had a much better power swing in the postseason, belting four home runs and slugging .722 in nine games.

“I took a more of an aggressive approach in the postseason,” Carpenter said, per STLBaseballWeekly.com. “Part of that was from the experience that I had gathered the year before. After a long season, going into the playoffs I felt like I wasn’t as prepared as I felt like I could’ve been. It kind of snowballed and my approach and the way I took the regular season at-bat in the postseason it wasn’t playing out well.”

Carpenter said his postseason success could have a positive impact on his power numbers in 2015.

"Certainly, I’m always going to be a guy who’s patient at the plate, but that was a good learning experience for me -- being aggressive," he said. "I don’t remember the exact numbers but out of the four home runs I hit, I think three of them were on the first pitch. That’s something typically I don’t do a lot of, and it was a good learning experience.”

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David Wright
Mets' Cuddyer on Wright: 'I see that spark in him again this offseason'
David Wright, 3B, NYM
1/23/2015
News: New Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer has spent some time this offseason working out with third baseman David Wright. Cuddyer said he has seen a much improved Wright from the last time he saw him during a series against the Rockies in September, when Wright was plagued by a shoulder injury.

"I see that spark in him again this offseason," Cuddyer said, per NJ.com. "I see that enthusiasm, that excitement and the strength. He looks strong right now, which is good to see."

Wright, whose injury was diagnosed as a rotator cuff contusion, failed to make the All-Star team last season for just the second time since 2006. He hit .269 with a career-low eight home runs in 134 games. Wright even had 14 home runs in 69 games as a rookie in 2004.

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Mark Reynolds
Cardinals will not try to overhaul Mark Reynolds' approach at plate
Mark Reynolds, 3B, STL
1/21/2015
News: Cardinals slugger Mark Reynolds has carved out a niche in the majors as a power hitter. He has 224 home runs and a .457 slugging percentage over eight MLB seasons.

Unfortunately, Reynolds is also known as an all-or-nothing hitter and strikes out quite a lot. He has 1,398 strikeouts in 1,118 games.

Still, the Cardinals have no plans to dramatically overhaul Reynolds' swing, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We need to capitalize on what his strengths are and not to focus on the weaknesses,” Matheny said, “and realize that he’s got a power component that is very rare. There are going to be some swings and misses.

“But we’re not necessarily going to go up and ask him to completely overhaul that. Make some subtle changes to maybe improve, but not be afraid to drive the ball. That’s why we did bring him in, and also to give us some options against tough lefthanded pitching.”

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Maikel Franco
Phillies GM: 'In a perfect world,' Franco would begin season in minors
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI
1/17/2015
News: Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday that "in a perfect world," infielder Maikel Franco would begin the season in Lehigh Valley.

Amaro indicated that Franco will "be bounced around a little bit, and we'll see if he's ready to help us at the big-league level,"

"He may not be. I think in a perfect world he starts in Triple-A and continues to progress there and then we bring him when he's ready. But we'll see. Hopefully he creates some competition for (Cody) Asche and pushes him a little bit."

With an eye on the future, Philadelphia would get an extra year before Franco eventually hit free agency, if he spends the first month and a half of the season in the minors.

"This will be an interesting spring training for him," Amaro said. "He had a great year coming into last year's spring training, and I think he pressed a little bit. I think it was a new experience for him, to be in big-league camp, trying to hit a lot of home runs and trying to do a lot of things. But it will be interesting to see how he handles this experience. He's not a lock for our team, but he'll be competing."

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Todd Frazier
Report: Reds' Todd Frazier files for $5.7 million
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
1/16/2015
News: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has filed for $5.7 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $3.9 million, MLB.com reports.

Frazier is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason. He hit .273/.336/.459 with 29 home runs, 80 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 597 at-bats in 2014.

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Casey McGehee
Giants, Casey McGehee exchange arbitration figures
Casey McGehee, 3B, SF
1/16/2015
News: Giants third baseman Casey McGehee has filed for $5.4 million in arbitration, while the team has offfered $4 million, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

McGehee, who came over from the Marlins in a December trade, is eligible for arbitration for the final time this offseason. He hit .287/.355/.357 with four home runs and 76 RBI in 616 at-bats in 2014.

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Josh Harrison
Pirates, Josh Harrison reach agreement to avoid arbitration
Josh Harrison, 3B, PIT
1/16/2015
News: The Pirates have reached an agreement with emerging star Josh Harrison on Friday, avoiding arbitration. According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Harrison will make $2.8 million next season.

Harrison, 27, enjoyed a breakout during the regular season, hitting .315/.347/.490 over 520 at-bats. He's slated to be the team's starting third basemen next season.

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Pedro Alvarez
Pirates' Huntington: Pedro Alvarez 'making good physical progress'
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
1/12/2015
News: Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said the team has kept tabs on the progress of first baseman Pedro Alvarez, who missed the final month of the 2014 season with a stress reaction in his left foot. 

"He's making good physical progress," Huntington said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He's in a good spot and we feel we're going to see that guy who put up (66) home runs over the 2012 and 2013 seasons."

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Nolan Arenado
Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado: 'I've got to get better'
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
1/6/2015
News: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado by all means had a productive second season in the majors in 2014. Aside from winning his second Gold Glove award, Arenado also hit .287 with a .500 slugging percentage, .828 OPS, 18 home runs, 34 doubles and 61 RBI -- all career highs.

Still, Arenado isn't satisfied. The 23-year-old third baseman and rising star is looking to do more.

"I've got to get better, personally," Arenado said, per MLB.com. "I've got to be a better leader, a better player overall, fix my game, make sure I come in healthy and be strong.

"When people come in to play Colorado, I want my name to be popping in their heads."

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