Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart signs minor league deal with Nationals
Ian Stewart, 3B, LAA
12/23/2014
News: The Nationals signed third baseman Ian Stewart to a minor league contract on Tuesday. Stewart hit .176/.22/.382 with two homers and seven RBI in 24 games last season for the Angels.
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Mark Minicozzi
Nationals sign Mark Minicozzi to minor-league deal
Mark Minicozzi, 3B, SF
12/20/2014
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.

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Will Middlebrooks
Red Sox, Padres complete Hanigan-for-Middlebrooks trade
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, SD
12/19/2014
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.

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Casey McGehee
Giants get Class A hurlers for Marlins 3B McGehee
Casey McGehee, 3B, SF
12/19/2014
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.

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Freddy Galvis
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis finally set to start
Freddy Galvis, 3B, PHI
12/19/2014
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.

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Alex Rodriguez
Cashman: A-Rod will not be everyday infielder for Yankees
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
12/16/2014
News: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated Tuesday veteran Alex Rodriguez's days as an everyday infielder are over, and he's hopeful Rodriguez will be able to fill the role of full-time DH.

"I can't expect Alex to be anything," Cashman said during a phone interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. "Even before the suspension, he wasn't the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side.

"We look forward to him hopefully solidifying himself as a tremendous DH for us."

The New York Daily News published a report Monday citing a source saying Rodriguez is determined to regain his role as an everyday third baseman. However, New York re-signed Chase Headley to a four-year deal to be the team's starting third baseman.

"In his mind, he’s still the third baseman," the source said. “That was before (Headley was re-signed) today, anyway.

"Based on what he was being told by the Yankees, Alex believed he would get the chance to play third base, and he believes he can do it. He’s motivated by it because he loves to play the field."

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Daniel Descalso
Rockies sign Daniel Descalso to two-year, $3.6 million deal
Daniel Descalso, 3B, COL
12/16/2014
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.

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Alberto Callaspo
Braves finalize deal with Alberto Callaspo
Alberto Callaspo, 3B, ATL
12/15/2014
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.

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Chase Headley
Yankees officially announce Chase Headley deal
Chase Headley, 3B, NYY
12/15/2014
News: The Yankees announced Monday they signed third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year contract. The deal is worth $52 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
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Pedro Alvarez
Pirates planning for Pedro Alvarez to play every day at first base
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
12/15/2014
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."

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