Conor Gillaspie
White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie bulks up
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CHW
2:52 PM
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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Alex Rodriguez
Report: Yankees decline reconciliation with Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
11:50 AM
News: After meeting with new Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred to clear the air over his year-long suspension in 2014, Alex Rodriguez also reached out to the Yankees to set up a meeting, but was turned down, reports the New York Post.

Rodriguez requested to meet with the Yankees to apologize for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, but was told to wait until spring training. Reports also surfaced that Rodriguez is looking noticeably thinner compared to recent seasons, a source told the New York Post.

Rodriguez is set to report to spring training Feb. 25.

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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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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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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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Kelly Johnson
Braves sign Kelly Johnson to a minor-league deal
Kelly Johnson, 3B, BAL
1/21/2015
News: The Braves have signed infielder Kelly Johnson to a minor-league deal, according to MLB.com.

Johnson saw time with three major-league teams last season, hitting .215/.296/.362 over 265 at-bats. The 32-year-old came up with Atlanta, and spent the first four seasons of his career with the franchise. The contract includes an invite to spring training. 

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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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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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