Yasmani Grandal
Padres VP of scouting: Reports on Grandal 'were all good'
Yasmani Grandal, C, SD
News: Padres vice president of scouting operations Don Welke said he heard good things about catcher Yasmani Grandal, who hit .328 with a .469 on-base percentage in the Dominican winter league. He also had seven doubles, two homers and 14 RBI in 19 games, while totaling 18 walks against 15 strikeouts.

"The reports were all good on Grandal," Welke said, per MLB.com. "He looked sharper offensively and defensively. You know he's doing good when quite a few teams express interest in him. I think he's got a chance to have a lot of impact."


Cody Stanley
Cardinals add C Cody Stanley to 40-man roster
Cody Stanley, C, STL
News: The Cardinals added catcher Cody Stanley to their 40-man roster, reports CardinalsFarm.com. Stanley batted .283 with 12 homers and 43 RBI in 103 games at Double-A Springfield this past season.

Evan Gattis
Report: Braves could shift Evan Gattis to left field in 2015
Evan Gattis, C, ATL
News: Now that the Braves have traded Jason Heyward to the Cardinals on Monday, it appears as if Atlanta could try to shift Justin Upton to right field and catcher Evan Gattis to left field, president of baseball operations John Hart said, per USA Today.

Gattis appeared in a career-high 108 games in his second season in the majors in 2014, but has never made an appearance at left field for the Braves. Manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated at the end of the season that Gattis could be an option to play left field at the start of the 2015 season.


Rene Rivera
Padres listening to offers for catchers
Rene Rivera, C, SD
News: The Padres are listening to trade offers on their catchers, sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Rene Rivera and Yasmani Grandal were the Padres' primary catchers in 2014.

The Padres are looking to make trades to upgrade their offense. Starting pitchers Ian Kennedy, Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross are also rumored to be on the trading block.


Francisco Cervelli
Yankees deal Francisco Cervelli to Pirates
Francisco Cervelli, C, PIT
News: Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli has been traded to the Pirates , according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Cervelli turned out a strong season in limited work. The 28-year-old hit .301/.370/.432 over 146 at-bats. Cervelli was limited by a hamstring injury and migraines during the year. The Pirates will send over 27-year-old pitcher Justin Wilson, according to the New York Post. Wilson posted a 4.20 ERA over 60 innings last year. 


A.J. Ellis
Dodgers might keep A.J. Ellis as backup catcher
A.J. Ellis, C, LAD
News: The Dodgers are looking to upgrade at catcher, but need to keep A.J. Ellis since ace Clayton Kershaw likes having the veteran catcher on the roster, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Dodgers could keep Ellis as a backup catcher.

Yadier Molina
Cardinals C Yadier Molina earns Platinum Glove award
Yadier Molina, C, STL
News: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was named the top defender in the National League Friday, winning the Platinum Glove for the third time in five years.

Molina received his seventh straight Gold Glove award for his work behind the plate this season, and he'll add another trophy to the mantle after Friday's announcement. Molina was charged with just two errors in his 107 games this season.


Andrew Susac
Giants' Andrew Susac to be the backup in 2015
Andrew Susac, C, SF
News: Giants catcher Andrew Susac is the front-runner to backup Buster Posey next season, according to CSN. 

Hector Sanchez entered last year as the team's backup, but missed a chunk of the year due to two separate concussions. Susac hit .273 over 88 at-bats in limited time with the club. 


Johnny Monell
Mets pick up Johnny Monell on minor-league deal
Johnny Monell, C, NYM
News: The Mets have signed catcher Johnny Monell to a minor-league deal.

Monell spent time with the Orioles and Dodgers last season. He hit .238/.301/.364 over 206 at-bats in Triple-A. 


Miguel Montero
Diamondbacks GM has fielded trade offers for Miguel Montero
Miguel Montero, C, ARI
News: It appears the Diamondbacks are not opposed to trading catcher Miguel Montero, according to The Arizona Republic.

"They've definitely put him out there," a source with a rival club said.

New Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart didn't deny listening to offers when asked about the subject over the weekend. FOX Sports was first to report Montero as being a potential trade candidate.

"With Montero, like any of our players, people have called and asked about him," Stewart said Sunday. "My job organizationally is to listen to what teams are talking about in regard to our players. If there is a deal that makes us better, then we have to, as a team, listen to it and see how it makes us better and if it makes us better."

It seems the Diamondbacks are looking to acquire a starting pitcher in a trade involving Montero.

"Any move that we make has to better our rotation," he said. "But what has to be understood is that everybody is looking for pitching and nobody wants to give it up."


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