Troy Tulowitzki
Report: Yankees unlikely to make a run at acquiring Troy Tulowitzki
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
News: While the Yankees are usually in the mix any time a big-name player is mentioned, it appears they will not make a run at acquiring Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to replace retired shortstop Derek Jeter. The Yankees acquiring Tulowitzki has always been considered a long shot, but there are now strong indications it won't happen, according to the New York Daily News.

According to the report, the Yankees are sending clear signals they have no interest in assuming the $114 million remaining on Tulowitzki's contract, which runs through 2020 and has a $15 million team option for 2021.


Jonathan Galvez
Yankees ink Jonathan Galvez to minor league deal
Jonathan Galvez, SS, SD
News: The Yankees signed infielder Jonathan Galvez to a minor league contract.

Reynaldo Navarro
Orioles sign Rey Navarro to major league contract
Reynaldo Navarro, SS, CIN
News: The Orioles signed infielder Reynaldo Navarro to a major league contract Saturday, reports MASN.

Various teams were interested in signing Navarro to a minor league contract, but the Orioles had the best offer.

Through eight minor league seasons, Navarro is a career .265/.312/.375 hitter.


Pedro Florimon
Pirates claim Pedro Florimon from Nationals
Pedro Florimon, SS, PIT
News: The Pirates have claimed infielder Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Nationals.

Florimon didn't see much time in the majors last season, receiving just 76 at-bats. He hit just .092 between the Twins and Nationals. The 27-year-old will join his fourth franchise in six seasons. 


Yadiel Rivera
Brewers put three on 40-man roster
Yadiel Rivera, SS, MIL
News: The Brewers purchased the contracts of shortstop Yadiel Rivera and pitcher Michael Strong from Double-A Huntsville, and pitcher Taylor Jungmann from Triple-A Colorado Springs, reports All three are now protected from December's Rule 5 draft.

Adeiny Hechavarria
Marlins trying to work out new deals for Yelich, Hechavarria
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA
News: Now that the Marlins have signed star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a long-term deal, the team is still trying to sign shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and outfielder Christian Yelich to multiyear deals, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

As far as outfielder Marcell Ozuna and starting pitcher Jose Fernandez are concerned, however, it appears it could be a little more difficult to work out contract extensions, especially for Fernandez.


Chase d'Arnaud
Phillies sign eight veteran players to minor-league deals
Chase d'Arnaud, SS, PHI
News: The Phillies announced Thursday they signed Andres Blanco, Brian Bogusevic, Russ Canzler, Chase d'Arnaud, Jeff Francoeur, John Hester, Darin Mastroianni and Xavier Paul to minor-league contracts. All eight players received invites to attend spring training as non-roster invitees.

Ian Desmond
Report: Nats' Desmond rejected $107M extension last offseason
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
News: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond rejected a seven-year, $107 million contract extension last offseason, multiple sources told The Washington Post.

The deal would have included the two-year, $17.5 million deal Desmond signed in January to avoid arbitration, meaning Desmond would have made $89.5 million over five would-be free agent seasons. The contract would have also included deferred money, decreasing its true value.

One industry source told The Post that Desmond would receive far more than $90 million over five seasons, if he became a free agent after 2015 with one more average campaign. In April 2013, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus signed an eight-year, $120 million contract extension.

Desmond is expected to resume contract talks with the Nationals this offseason.

"There have been a lot of people that have come through this game that have sacrificed a lot for us, the players that are coming through now," Desmond said in March. "I don’t want to sign a deal -- and this isn’t to say they’ve offered me this -- but I don’t want to sign a deal that is so bad that a future shortstop gets screwed because I signed a terrible deal. I’m not going to be that guy, that kink in the chain. I’m going to get a fair deal, or I’m just going to wait."


Wilmer Flores
Mets' Alderson won't panic if Wilmer Flores is starting shortstop
Wilmer Flores, SS, NYM
News: Although the Mets are in the market for a shortstop, general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday he won't panic if Wilmer Flores is the opening day shortstop in 2015, according to The Star-Ledger.

While Flores hit .251 in 78 games, he actually hit well down the stretch. He batted .267 with a .489 slugging percentage, .791 OPS, one triple, four home runs, six doubles, 13 RBI and 15 runs over his final 23 games. He also had a .979 fielding percentage at shortstop in 2014.


Ruben Tejada
Report: Mets search for shortstop upgrade, M's could be trade partner
Ruben Tejada, SS, NYM
News: The Mariners could end up as a trade partner for the Mets, who are in search of a shortstop, multiple insiders told ESPN. Even with the trade of Nick Franklin in July, the Mariners still have shortstops Chris Taylor and Brad Miller on the roster.

The Mets appear ready to finally make a move to acquire a shortstop after losing patience with Ruben Tejada, who started 105 times at shortstop in 2014.


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