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