Alex Rodriguez
Yankees activate Alex Rodriguez from restricted list
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
5:45 PM
News: The Yankees have activated third baseman Alex Rodriguez from the restricted list Thursday.

He's back! After serving a full season suspension, Rodriguez has been reinstated by the club. It's unclear what role Rodriguez will play next season. There have been reports that A-Rod may see time at first or could serve as the designated hitter. The 39-year-old hit .244/.348/.423 over 156 at-bats back in 2013. 

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Ramon Santiago
Reds' Ramon Santiago decides to test the market
Ramon Santiago, 3B, CIN
5:37 PM
News: Reds infielder Ramon Santiago has decided to become a free-agent, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Santiago was outrighted off the team's 40-man roster, but declined the assignment and opted to become a free-agent. He hit .246 over 179 at-bats last season. 

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Aramis Ramirez
Red Sox to target Pablo Sandoval, Chase Headley
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
10/29/2014
News: The Red Sox will target Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley this offseason, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Both players are set to be free-agents, though both could opt to remain in their current organizations. Boston would have interest in Aramis Ramirez if he's made available, but it's believed Ramirez will stay with Milwaukee. Will Middlebrooks hit just .191 over 215 injury-riddled at-bats last season. 

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Jack Hannahan
Reds decline option on Jack Hannahan
Jack Hannahan, 3B, CIN
10/29/2014
News: The Reds have declined an option on infielder Jack Hannahan, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

The team could have brought Hannahan back at $4 million, but decided to cut bait and pay him $2 million. Hannahan played just 26 games with the club last season. He hit .188. 

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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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Mike Moustakas
Royals 3B Mike Moustakas homers in Game 6 win
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
10/28/2014
News: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and two RBI in his team's 10-0 skewering of the Giants in Game 6 of the World Series Tuesday.

Moustakas kicked off a seven-run second inning by driving home a run with a double. He then capped off the offensive explosion with a solo blast in the seventh inning. It was Moustakas' fifth postseason home run, but he's been very quiet over the past two weeks, collecting just three hits in 23 at-bats over his previous seven games before delivering a big performance Tuesday. The two teams both head into Wednesday's Game 7 needing just one more win to take home a title.

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Miguel Sano
Twins prospect Miguel Sano won't play winter ball
Miguel Sano, 3B, MIN
10/24/2014
News: Twins infielder Miguel Sano won't play winter ball, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press

Sano missed most of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He has not experienced a setback, but "doctors do not want him to play," according to the report. Sano was considered one of the top prospects in the game prior to the 2014 season. 

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Pablo Sandoval
Pablo Sandoval likely to receive qualifying offer from Giants
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
10/23/2014
News: The Giants are expected to extend the qualifying offer of $15.3 million to potential free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, sources have told CBSSports.com MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

The two sides broke off contract talks in spring training. The team claimed its unwillingness to sign Sandoval for more than three years while he was seeking a nine-figure contract, per Heyman.

Several teams appear interested in Sandoval, including the Red Sox and Yankees, both of whom are seeking major upgrades at that position, as well as the Marlins.

Sandoval rebounded from a .171 start to the season to bat .279 with 16 home runs. He owns a .333 postseason batting average and is again thriving in that role in 2014.

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Mike Aviles
Report: Indians likely to exercise option on Mike Aviles
Mike Aviles, 3B, CLE
10/22/2014
News: The Indians are expected to exercise their $3.5 million option on versatile veteran Mike Aviles, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Aviles played outfield and all infield positions aside from first base last season in earning 344 at-bats. He finished the year with a stat line of .247/.273/.343 and tied a career-best with 14 stolen bases.

He was part of a lopsided deal before the 2013 season for Esmil Rogers in which the Indians also received emerging standout catcher Yan Gomes.

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Jayson Nix
Jayson Nix replaces Christian Colon on World Series roster
Jayson Nix, 3B, KC
10/21/2014
News: The Royals added third baseman Jayson Nix to their World Series roster, replacing infielder Christian Colon. Nix got 83 at-bats during the regular season, batting .120 with a homer and four RBI.
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