Jesus Montero
Mariners receiving 'very positive reports' on Jesus Montero
Jesus Montero, DH, SEA
News: Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik wasn't short on praise Tuesday when talking about Jesus Montero, adding he has received "very positive reports" about Montero's offseason work, per

Montero has been in the limelight the last two years, but mostly for the wrong reasons. He was suspended for 50 games in 2013 for his ties to the the Biogenesis case. He then drew criticism from Zduriencik for showing up to spring training in 2014 out of shape. Finally, he missed the final month of the 2014 season following an altercation with a Mariners scout during a minor-league game.

Alas, the once-elite prospect seems to be turning the corner, as he is working out daily with Mariners strength and conditioning coach James Clifford.

"We should tip his hat to what he's done," Zduriencik said. "He's worked extremely hard. He's worked a lot of days to the point of absolute exhaustion. It was designed that way, to try to get him in a position where he went above and beyond anything he's ever done before. I think that goal has been accomplished. Everything they've told me about how he's approached this has been extremely positive."


David DeJesus
Report: Rays' Joyce generating more trade interest than DeJesus
David DeJesus, DH, TB
News: The Rays have received more interest in outfielder Matt Joyce than outfielder David DeJesus in early trade talks, according to ESPN baseball writer Jerry Crasnick. Joyce is in his final year of arbitration, while DeJesus is signed through 2015 but has a $5 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2016.

Mitch Moreland
Rangers' Mitch Moreland expected to be ready for spring training
Mitch Moreland, DH, TEX
News: Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will begin a running program before progressing to full activity, the team announced Tuesday. He is expected to be 100 percent by the start of spring training.

Moreland is coming off ligament reconstruction and bone realignment surgery on his left ankle in late June.


Billy Butler
Athletics make it official, ink Billy Butler to 3-year deal
Billy Butler, DH, OAK
News: The Athletics announced they've signed designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler to a three-year deal. Reports indicate Butler will receive $30 million despite coming off a down year in which he hit .271 with nine homers and 66 RBI for the Royals.

Victor Martinez
Victor Martinez says return to Detroit was his first choice
Victor Martinez, DH, DET
News: Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez said returned to Detroit was always his first choice, according to

Martinez reportedly pulled general manager Dave Dombrowski aside late in the season to express his desire to remain a Tiger. Dombrowski confirmed the two sides had the conversation, but said he wanted to wait and see how the season concluded before negotiating a deal. 

Owner Mike Ilitch also felt strongly about retaining Martinez. Ilitch told Martinez, "Victor, you had a fantastic year. You displayed great sportsmanship, you never seem to lose your cool and I'm going to take care of you next year."

Martinez brushed off questions about how many other teams attempted to sign him during his press conference. He said he was "just happy to finish my career here in Detroit."


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