Brandon Crawford
Giants SS Brandon Crawford agrees to $3.175M salary for 2015
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
1/27/2015
News: The Giants and shortstop Brandon Crawford avoided arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to a $3.175 million salary for 2015, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Crawford, who is in his first year of arbitration, made $560,000 in 2014.

Crawford just finished his fourth season in the majors and third full season in 2014. He had career highs in triples (10), home runs (10), runs (54), RBI (69), walks (59) and games played (153).

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Troy Tulowitzki
Rockies' Bridich: 'Highly unlikely' Tulo, CarGo traded before opener
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
1/27/2015
News: Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich told FOX Sports on Tuesday that it is "highly, highly unlikely" shortstop Troy Tulowitzki or outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will be traded before opening day.

Tulowitzki, who has been linked to trade rumors involving the Mets this offseason, is under contract through 2020 on a six-year, $118 million deal. He is also recovering from August hip surgery.

Gonzalez is under contract through the 2017 season on a seven-year, $80 million contract. He is also recovering from surgery in August to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee.

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Adeiny Hechavarria
Report: Yelich, Hechavarria turn down offers from Marlins
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA
1/25/2015
News: The Marlins are no longer discussing multiyear contracts with outfielder Christian Yelich and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, reports the Miami Herald.

A significant gap between Yelich and the Marlins has caused contract talks on a long-term deal to stall. Hechavarria turned down the Marlins' multiyear contract because the offer was not significant enough. He can become a free agent after the 2018 season, while Yelich can become a free agent after 2019.

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Jarek Cunningham
Dodgers sign Jarek Cunningham, Ben Rowen to minor league deals
Jarek Cunningham, SS, PIT
1/23/2015
News: The Dodgers have signed third baseman Jarek Cunningham and pitcher Ben Rowen to minor-league contracts, the team announced Friday.

Rowen pitched just 8 2/3 innings in 2014 for Texas with a 4.15 ERA and seven strikeouts before being released by the team. Cunningham has yet to make a big league appearance.

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Jordy Mercer
Huntington: Pirates' Kang 'horrified' at portrayal of Mercer quote
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT
1/21/2015
News: Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday the team is "trying to reduce expectations up front" for shortstop Jung-ho Kang in an effort to "allow him to transition and become comfortable."

The expectations are certainly riding high for Kang, who is coming off a 40-homer season in Korea. Kang also put himself in a tough position a few weeks ago when he was quoted as saying he "can play better than" Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer.

Although, Huntington said Kang was "absolutely horrified" how the quote about winning the shortstop job over Mercer was portrayed in the U.S., per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"The one mistake I made through Kang process is not coming out and saying how much we like Jordy Mercer," Huntington told MLB Network Radio. "We like him."

Huntington said Kang is "most comfortable" at shortstop, but added he is going to play at second and third base in spring training as well.

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Cole Tucker
Pirates prospect Tucker working his way back from thumb surgery
Cole Tucker, SS, PIT
1/20/2015
News: Pirates shortstop prospect Cole Tucker, who was selected in the first round (24th overall) in the 2014 MLB Draft, had surgery in October to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.

Tucker sustained the injury while playing in a rookie-league game in July. He opted for surgery after he aggravated the injury in the instructional league.

“We were certainly aware that Cole was battling this and were working with him as he tried to play through it,” assistant general manager Kyle Stark said in an email. “After struggling to (make) progress, we sought further testing and had further dialogue where all parties ultimately decided it was best to get the procedure done at that time.”

Tucker hit .267 with a .368 on-base percentage, .356 slugging percentage, .724 OPS, two triples, two home runs, six doubles, 13 RBI, 39 runs and 13 stolen bases in 48 games in the Gulf Coast League last season.

He is expected to be ready for the start of the minor-league season.

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Ian Desmond
Report: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will not be traded
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
1/18/2015
News: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will reportedly not be traded and remain with the team for the time being, according to FOXSports.com senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo reportedly told another executive this week Desmond will not be traded, but the team would consider a deal "that we can't refuse." Rizzo also said the deal would have to be "pretty elaborate," according to Rosenthal.

Desmond hit .225 in 2014 with 24 home runs and 91 RBI for the Nationals.

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Pete Kozma
Cardinals INF Pete Kozma willing to play anywhere in 2015
Pete Kozma, SS, STL
1/17/2015
News: Cardinals infielder Pete Kozma said he is willing to play anywhere next season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"If (manager Mike Matheny) names a position, I'm going to say, 'Yes,''' said Kozma. "I'm not going to say, 'No.'"

After serving as a starting shortstop for most of 2013, Kozma spent nearly all of his 2014 season in the minors. The club's top draft pick in 2007 hit .304 (7 for 23) in 14 big-league games. He struck out 567 times compared to 294 walks in the minor leagues.

"I've focused on trying to cut my strikeouts down and trying to get on base. Try to get my walks and my strikeouts about even," Kozma said.

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Ruben Tejada
Mets lock up Dillon Gee, Ruben Tejada before arbitration deadline
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM
1/16/2015
News: The Mets reached a settlement with starting pitcher Dillon Gee and shortstop Ruben Tejada prior to Friday's arbitration deadline, reports ESPN. Gee agreed to a one-year deal, worth $5.3 million, while Tejada settled for $1.88 million.

Jenrry Mejia and Lucas Duda did not reach an agreement before the 1 p.m. deadline.

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Zack Cozart
Reds shortstop Zack Cozart to make $2.35M in 2015
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
1/16/2015
News: The Reds and shortstop Zack Cozart avoided arbitration Friday, agreeing to a one-year, $2.35 million contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Cozart's 2014 salary was $600,000.

Cozart hit just .221 with four home runs and 38 RBI in 2014. He is a career .243 hitter over four seasons in the majors.

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