Marlins, Rafael Furcal agree to one-year deal
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The Marlins have agreed to a one-year deal
with infielder Rafael Furcal
, Fox Sports reports. If he passes his physcial, the team intends to use Furcal as its everyday second baseman.
Furcal played 31 games at second base during his rookie season in 2000, and his only other exposure at the position was four games in 2002 and one game ni 2004. He missed all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the spring.
Dodgers, Hanley Ramirez talking extension
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ESPN Deportes reports that shortstop Hanley Ramirez
is in negotiations with the Dodgers
over a contract extension. Ramirez told reporters that an extension could be worked out prior to beginning of next season.
Entering the final year of a six-year, $70 million deal, Ramirez is coming off a season in which injuries limited him to 86 regular season games, and he sustained a fractured rib in the postseason. Ramirez hit .345 with 20 home runs, 57 RBI and 10 stolen bases during the regular season.
Giants sign Brandon Hicks to minor-league deal
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The Giants signed infielder Brandon Hicks
to a minor-league deal Wednesday. Hicks hit .283/.348/.450 with 11 home runs and 49 RBI in 318 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas last season and is a career .133/.204/.289 hitter in 90 major-league at-bats.
Mets see few shortstop alternatives
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ESPN.com reports that Ruben Tejada
is increasingly likely to emerge as the Mets' starting shortstop
out of spring training. General manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged he has looked into trading for a shortstop this offseason, but conceded he has not found a deal that would improve the club overall.
Alderson also cited the progress made by Tejada during a recent four-week fitness program near Ann Arbor, Mich., though he is still working his way back from the broken right fibula he sustained last September.
Jhonny Peralta to sign frontloaded contract
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CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that the terms of Jhonny Peralta
's new deal with the Cardinals have been disclosed. Peralta's four-year, $53 million deal starts with him earning $15.5 million in 2014 and then receiving successively lower amounts in subsequent seasons.
Peralta is set to earn $15 million in 2015, $12.5 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017.
Dodgers infielder Alexander Guerrero
could return from his hamstring injury
soon, according to his Dominican Winter League team.
Guerrero has been sidelined for about two weeks due to the injury, but is aiming to return Friday. The Dodgers are being cautious with Guerrero, and have stressed that he doesn't need a ton of work right now. They are undecided on Guerrero's position at this time.
Andres Blanco has deal with Phillies
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The Phillies signed infielder Andres Blanco
to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training Thursday. Blanco spent the 2012 season with the Phillies organization. He wasn't with a big-league organization in 2013.
Braves add three to 40-man roster
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The Braves added infielder Elmer Reyes
and pitchers Carlos Perez and Luis Vasquez to the team's 40-man roster Wednesday.
Reyes hit .285/.321/.406 with five home runs, 60 RBI and seven stolen bases in 438 at-bats with high Class A Lynchburg. Perez went 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 52:19 K:BB ratio in 45 2/3 innings between Class A Rome and high Class A Lynchburg.
The Cubs added infielder Arismendy Alcantara
and pitcher Dallas Beeler to the 40-man roster Wednesday.
Alcantara hit .271/.352/.451 with 15 home runs, 69 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 494 at-bats with Double-A Tennessee in his age-21 season. Beeler went 4-2 with a 3.13 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 35:17 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings over nine starts for Double-A Tennessee.
Diamondbacks expect competition at shortstop in 2014
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Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers expects Chris Owings
and Didi Gregorius
to compete for the starting shortstop job
in 2014, MLB.com reports.
"Let them fight it out. We like both of them a lot," Towers said. "I love the competition in Spring Training. ... Just because Didi was there all year, I don't want him to think he's the everyday shortstop."
Gregorius hit .252/.332/.373 with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 357 at-bats with the Diamondbacks in 2013, whiel Owings hit .291/.361/.382 with no home runs and five RBI in 55 at-bats in the majors.