Billy Butler
Athletics' Billy Butler would welcome return to Royals
Billy Butler, DH, OAK
News: Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler said he would love to return to the Royals later in his career, according to the Kansas City Star.

After spending the first eight seasons of his career in Kansas City, Butler signed a three-year deal with Oakland during the offseason. Though he left the Royals, Butler said there is no hard feelings. "It’s disappointing, but you understand that the game’s a business and I didn’t leave on bad terms," Butler said. "I’d be more than happy to come back. That’s home for me. I’ll always be forever tied to the Royals organization and the community there."

The 28-year-old hit .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats last year.


Ryan Raburn
GM: Indians' Ryan Raburn will start spring training without restrictions
Ryan Raburn, DH, CLE
News: Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said outfielder Ryan Raburn will enter spring training without restrictions, reports the Plain Dealer on Saturday.

Raburn underwent surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his knee in mid-September. He finished 2014 with a .200/.250/.297 line along with four home runs and 22 RBI in 195 at-bats.


Mitch Moreland
Rangers, Mitch Moreland agree to a one-year deal
Mitch Moreland, DH, TEX
News: The Rangers and first baseman Mitch Moreland have agreed on a one-year deal, avoiding salary arbitration, the team announced Friday.

Moreland was reportedly looking for $3.35 million while the team was offering $2.75 million. The two settled on $2.95 million with $25,000 in performace bonuses. Moreland hit .246 with 23 RBI in 2014 for Texas.


Jesus Montero
Mariners' Jesus Montero down to 235 following 40-pound weight loss
Jesus Montero, DH, SEA
News: Mariners trainer Rick Griffin said Jesus Montero is already down to 235 pounds, which is the playing weight Seattle wanted him at last season. General manager Jack Zduriencik said of his 40-pound weight loss: "It appears maybe the light has come on for him."

Zduriencik added Montero will be "a guy we'll take a good look at" this spring.


Carlos Beltran
Yankees' Beltran: 'This year I just feel like I need to prove myself again'
Carlos Beltran, DH, NYY
News: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran said during an interview with YES Network that he is regaining the range of motion in his elbow following surgery. Beltran played with a bone spur in his right elbow during the 2014 season.

"The strengthening program, you know, we kind of basically did everything," Beltran said, per "So the range of motion is there. Bending is there. That's the most important part of rehab. Trying to be able to get that range of motion back."

The 37-year-old Beltran is looking forward to returning to the diamond in 2015 after the elbow injury limited him in '14. He hit just .233 with 15 home runs, 23 doubles and 49 RBI in 109 games.

"Last year was such a crazy year for me with the injury, trying to play through it," he said. "I didn't have the year that I was looking forward to having. This year I just feel like I need to prove myself again. Baseball if a roller coaster."


Chris Carter
Astros, Chris Carter avoid arbitration
Chris Carter, DH, HOU
News: The Astros have avoided arbitration with designated hitter Chris Carter, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Carter is set to make $4.175 million next season. He's coming off a season in which he hit .227/.308/.491 over 507 at-bats. The 28-year-old hit 37 home runs. 


Adam Dunn
Adam Dunn retiring after 14 seasons in the majors
Adam Dunn, DH, OAK
News: Veteran slugger Adam Dunn will carry through with his plans to retire, agent Brian Peters confirmed to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Dunn announced in late August his plans to retire following the 2014 season.

The 35-year-old Dunn calls it a career after 14 seasons in the majors. He hit .237, but he finishes with a .364 on-base percentage, .490 slugging percentage and .854 OPS. He also totaled 462 home runs in 2,001 career games.

Dunn played for the White Sox and Athletics in 2014. He played most of his career with the Reds, but he also played for the Nationals and Diamondbacks.


Delmon Young
Orioles outfielder Delmon Young could see more playing time
Delmon Young, DH, BAL
News: Orioles outfielder Delmon Young could see more playing time this season, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team was happy with Young's contribution in a part-time role in 2014, but added that Young could see his playing time increase this year. "Depending on how the team is structured, he could have a more vital role this season," Duqette said. 

The Orioles are still looking to for a replacement for Nelson Cruz, and Young could be used to take some of those at-bats. The club has also flirted with Colby Rasmus, but nothing has been accomplished on that front.

Young hit .302/.337/.442 in 242 at-bats last year. 


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