Center field in Carlos Gonzalez's future
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With Dexter Fowler on his way to Houston following Tuesday's trade, Carlos Gonzalez is expected to man center field
for the Rockies in 2014, according to the Denver Post
. He played exclusively left field in 2013, winning a second straight Gold Glove at the position, but he has played 200 games in center field in his career.
Gonzalez hit .302 with 26 homers, 21 steals and a .958 OPS in 2013, but he missed most of August and September with a sprained finger and has had trouble staying healthy over the years, never playing more than 145 games in a season.
The Rockies acquired outfielder Brandon Barnes
in addition to starting pitcher Jordan Lyles from the Astros Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Dexter Fowler.
Barnes, 27, was the Astros' primary center fielder for most of 2013, hitting .240 with eight homers, 11 steals and a .635 OPS in 408 at-bats. He's expected to play a reserve role for the Rockies.
Padres and Athletics swap Luke Gregerson for Seth Smith
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The Padres and Athletics have agreed to deal pitcher Luke Gregerson
for outfielder Seth Smith
, according to Yahoo!
Gregerson is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.71 ERA in 66 1/3 innings in a setup role with the club. Gregerson is the second reliever acquired by the A's in the past two days. They acquired Jim Johnson from the Orioles Monday.
Smith hit .253/.329/.391 in 368 at-bats last season. He's been an effective player against righties over his career, hitting .279/.358/.487 in 1,671 at-bats.
Mariners considering Matt Kemp, Dexter Fowler
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The Mariners are considering adding outfielder Matt Kemp
and Dexter Fowler
via trade, according to FoxSports.com.
Both players are rumored to be available, and are on the M's wish list. Kemp hit .270/.328/.395 in an injury-riddled 263 at-bats. Fowler hit .263/.369/.407 in 415 at-bats.
Cardinals heading to arbitration with three
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The Cardinals tendered contracts to outfielders Peter Bourjos
and Jon Jay
, as well as infielder Daniel Descalso
Monday, ahead of the midnight deadline. All three will head to arbitration, though the team can negotiate contracts with them until Jan. 17.
The Rangers signed outfielder Jake Smolinski
to a minor league deal, according to the Dallas Morning News
Having spent the last five seasons in the Marlins' system, Smolinski played most of 2013 with Triple-A New Orleans, batting. 258 with nine home runs and 31 RBI.
Darnell McDonald returns to Cubs on minors deal
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The Cubs re-signed outfielder Darnell McDonald
to a minor league deal, according to Baseball America
McDonald was 16 for 53 (.302) in 25 games this season.
Rockies outright Tim Wheeler
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The Rockies removed outfielder Tim Wheeler
from the 40-man roster Wednesday, according to MLB.com.
In 2013, he hit .262 with five home runs, 42 RBI and 12 stolen bases for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Ryan Braun rules out return to hot corner
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In his first time addressing the media since serving a 65-game drug suspension, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun
told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
he would be willing to play any position other than third base
. Braun played third base as a rookie and made 26 errors for an .895 fielding percentage.
He also reiterated that he has discussed moving from left field to right field, and he would be open to such a move.
Chris Young, Juan Lagares to compete in center field
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ESPN.com reports that Chris Young will compete
with Juan Lagares
in spring training to be the Mets' center fielder. Manager Terry Collins stated previously that he views Lagares as the team's starting center fielder, but general manager Sandy Alderson said, "Chris is in a competition for center field...I think, realistically, we’ll see what Juan does offensively in spring training and go from there."
Alderson also added that as long as he gets some offensive production that his starter at the position will be the one who is the better defender. Should Young not win the job in center field, he will likely start at a corner outfield position.
The Mets finalized Young's one-year, $7.25 million deal Tuesday.