Andres Blanco
Phillies send Andres Blanco to Triple-A
Andres Blanco, SS, PHI
News: The Phillies sent infielder Andres Blanco to Triple-A Friday. 

With the move, the club opens up a spot on the 40-man roster. Blanco played 25 games in the majors last year, hitting .277 over 47 at-bats. 


Ronny Cedeno
Diamondbacks' Ronny Cedeno elects free agency
Ronny Cedeno, SS, PHI
News: Diamondbacks infielder Ronny Cedeno has elected free agency.

Cedeno did not appear in the majors with Arizona after coming over in a midseason deal. He has a .245/.289/.353 line over 2,565 career at-bats.


Troy Tulowitzki
Trading Tulowitzki, Gonzalez would be 'tough pill to swallow' for Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
News: Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki have been linked trade rumors quite often. New Rockies general manager Jeff Birdich seems against trading Colorado's two superstar players, but he appears willing to listen to offers.

"We are well aware how talented they both are," Birdich told MLB Network Radio Thursday. "Thinking about trading them would be a tough pill to swallow. Though, it would be unwise for us to close our ears or eyes to any trading possibility."


Jeff Bianchi
Brewers outright Jeff Bianchi to Triple-A
Jeff Bianchi, SS, MIL
News: The Brewers have sent infielder Jeff Bianchi outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Bianchi ended the season on the disabled list after missing the second half due to an elbow strain.

Ian Desmond
Nationals' Ian Desmond could miss playoff game for birth of child
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
News: Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters that shortstop Ian Desmond could miss an upcoming playoff game to attend the birth of his child, according to Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Desmond has just one hit in his first 10 postseason at-bats.

"Well, there's a chance," Williams said. "With those things you certainly never know. But there are off-days, as well. She's very close and Desi's keeping us well-informed of the events that are going on. We don't know, though. We'll see how it goes. As it sits right now all indications are that she's perfectly fine and the baby is perfectly fine. They're just waiting the arrival. We'll see how all that plays out."

Hanley Ramirez
Hanley Ramirez collects two hits, steals base in Game 1
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LAD
News: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a stolen base in his team's 10-9 loss to the Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Division Series Friday.

Ramirez didn't play in the regular-season finale Sunday after suffering a knee injury the previous day, but he looked ready to roll in Game 1. The shortstop put his team on the board with a third-inning RBI single, scoring later in the inning on a ground-rule double. Ramirez hit .283/.369/.448 with 13 home runs, 71 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 449 at-bats over 128 regular-season games.


Chris Owings
Diamondbacks SS Chris Owings undergoes shoulder surgery
Chris Owings, SS, ARI
News: The Diamondbacks announced Thursday shortstop Chris Owings underwent successful surgery on the labrum in his left shoulder. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews.

Brandon Crawford
Brandon Crawford becomes first SS with postseason grand slam
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
News: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went 1 for 5 with a grand slam in his team's 8-0 wild-card win over the Pirates Wednesday.

After the Giants loaded the bases in the fourth inning with two singles and a walk, Crawford deposited a ball over the right-field fence to break a scoreless tie. He became the first shortstop in postseason history to swat a grand slam. Grand slams are nothing new to Crawford, as he's collected three while hitting 27 career home runs (postseason included). The blast was all starter Madison Bumgarner would need, as he coasted to a complete-game shutout. The Giants open the National League Division Series Friday in Washington against the Nationals.


Addison Russell
Cubs prospect Addison Russell to play at multiple positions this spring
Addison Russell, SS, CHC
News: With shortstop prospect Addison Russell getting closer to the majors, Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday the team has no plans to move Starlin Castro off shortstop, according to ESPN.

Epstein added Russell, who is considered one of the top prospects in baseball, is expected to play at multiple positions during spring training.


Starlin Castro
Cubs planning for Starlin Castro to be starting shortstop in 2015
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC
News: Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday the team is making plans for Starlin Castro to remain the team's starting shortstop in 2015, according to WSCR-AM.

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