Shawn O'Malley
Shawn O'Malley unconditionally released by Angels
Shawn O'Malley, SS, LAA
12/23/2014
News: Outfielder Shawn O'Malley has cleared waivers and has been unconditionally released by the Angels on Tuesday, the team announced. O'Malley was promoted briefly late in the 2014 season and managed three hits in 16 at-bats. It was his first major league stint.
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Carlos Rivero
Germano, Lowe, Rivero sign minor-league deals with Mariners
Carlos Rivero, SS, SEA
12/18/2014
News: The Mariners announced Monday they signed pitcher Justin Germano, pitcher Mark Lowe and infielder Carlos Rivero to minor-league deals, which included invites to spring training.
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Ryan Rua
Rangers' Daniels: Ryan Rua 'in a good position' to make roster
Ryan Rua, SS, TEX
12/18/2014
News: Ryan Rua received his first stint in the majors late last season and made such a strong impression in such a short period of time that the Rangers are looking to him to potentially be the starting left fielder in 2015, per MLB.com.

"He's in a spot where he if continues progressing at the rate he has, then I would expect that he's in a good position to make our club and get at-bats," general manager Jon Daniels said. "It's not going to be handed to him, but he has a strong chance to earn that spot."

The 24-year-old Rua hit .295 with two home runs, seven doubles and 14 RBI in 28 games with the Rangers in 2014. He had a .285/.365/.489/.854 slash line in 382 minor-league games before his promotion to the majors.

"He's not a guy that was off the radar screen and only produced for a month," Daniels said. "He's always hit from Day 1, and is an extremely hard worker that I think is going to have a good big league career."

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Didi Gregorius
Cashman: Yankees don't think Didi Gregorius is a finished product
Didi Gregorius, SS, NYY
12/15/2014
News: New Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius hasn't exactly had a lot of success offensively in his young MLB career, batting .243 with a .313 on-base percentage in 191 games. Despite his struggles, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is confident the 24-year-old shortstop is better than his numbers indicate.

"That's our hope. We don't think he's a finished product," Cashman said, per NJ.com.

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Brad Miller
Report: Mariners 'not looking' to trade Brad Miller
Brad Miller, SS, SEA
12/13/2014
News: The Mariners are "not looking" to trade shortstop Brad Miller but remain open to the right deal, a club official told the Tacoma News Tribune.

"Look, there’s all sorts of speculation (about Miller)," the club official said, "and it’s easy to see why. The guy’s an athlete, and everybody — and I mean everybody — thinks he’s going to hit. That’s why lots of teams ask about him. But understand this: We’re not looking to trade him. I’m not saying it won’t happen, but it’s a lot less likely than some people seem to think."

Miller was in the Mariners' offer to the Dodgers when the team was looking to acquire Matt Kemp before he was traded to the Padres. If he remains on the team, Miller is expected to battle Chris Taylor for the starting shortstop role.

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Eugenio Velez
Rays sign Bobby Wilson, Eugenio Velez to minor-league deals
Eugenio Velez, SS, TB
12/12/2014
News: The Rays have signed catcher Bobby Wilson and infielder Eugenio Velez to minor-league deals.

Both players will receive an invite to spring training. Wilson hit .267/.324/.341 over 270 at-bats at Triple-A. Velez hit .309/.363/.441 over 404 at-bats at the same level. Velez has not appeared in the majors since 2011. 

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Chris Bostick
Nationals acquire Bostick, De Los Santos for Detwiler
Chris Bostick, SS, TEX
12/11/2014
News: The Nationals have acquired infielder Chris Bostick and pitcher Abel De Los Santos from the Rangers in exchange for pitcher Ross Detwiler.

The 21-year-old Bostick hit .251/.322/.412 at High A last season. He has experience playing multiple positions, but settled in at second last year. 

De Los Santos, 22, posted a 1.92 ERA over two levels of the minors last year. He struck out 65 batters in 56 1/3 innings.

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Francisco Lindor
Indians prospect Francisco Lindor set to open season in minors
Francisco Lindor, SS, CLE
12/10/2014
News: Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday top prospect Francisco Lindor will not be the team's starting shortstop out of spring training, per The Plain Dealer. Francona said Lindor still needs time to develop in the minors.

Francona added he is also satisified having to open the season with Jose Ramirez and Mike Aviles at shortstop.

Lindor has played just 38 games above Double-A. He hit .276 with 11 home runs, 16 doubles, 62 RBI, 75 runs and 28 stolen bases in 126 games between Double-A and Triple-A last season.

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Marcus Semien
Athletics GM Beane: Semien will get every chance to win SS job
Marcus Semien, SS, OAK
12/9/2014
News: Athletics general manager Billy Beane told reporters Tuesday at the winter meetings that newly-acquired infielder Marcus Semien will get every opportunity to win the everyday shortstop job, according to San Francisco Chronicle.

"He's got a chance to be a guy who plays shortstop and hits 20-plus home runs," Beane said, per Richard Justice of Sports Illustrated.

Semien was part of the six-player trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox. Semien hit .240 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 85 career games for Chicago.

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Willie Bloomquist
Mariners expecting Bloomquist (knee) to be ready for spring training
Willie Bloomquist, SS, SEA
12/9/2014
News: Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Monday veteran utility player Willie Bloomquist, who underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee in August, is on track to be ready for spring training, per MLB.com. 

"Right now, everything we're being told is he's on target and feeling really good," Zduriencik said. "He should be ready for spring training. If that isn't the case, we'd be in position where we could fill a need if we had to for a while, depending on his situation. But we're expecting him to be ready to go."

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