Jimmy Rollins
Report: Dodgers trade for Phillies shortstop Rollins remains in place
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
3:01 PM
News: The Dodgers acquisition of Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has yet to be finalized because of another Dodgers trade with the Padres is being reportedly held up due to an issue with Matt Kemp's physical. One of the players in the Kemp deal the Dodgers are acquiring -- Zach Eflin -- is expected to be part of the trade for Rollins.

However, whether or not Eflin eventually is part of the trade with Philadelphia, the Rollins deal remains in place, sources told CSNPhilly.com. The Phillies and Dodgers have discussed other players as part of the deal in case the Kemp trade to the Padres doesn't go through.

Although, despite the issues with Kemp's physical, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Thursday the trade with the Padres likely won't be derailed.

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Ryan Rua
Rangers' Daniels: Ryan Rua 'in a good position' to make roster
Ryan Rua, SS, TEX
8:57 AM
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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Wilmer Flores
Alderson: 'Very high' probability Flores will be starting shortstop
Wilmer Flores, SS, NYM
12/16/2014
News: Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Tuesday there is a "very high" probability Wilmer Flores will be the team's opening day shortstop. His comment comes during the same meeting with the media he said the Mets are "unlikely" to submit a bid for Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.

"We've been looking at it. We've been talking to Alan Nero, who has represented Kang," Alderson said Tuesday, per ESPN. "It's about the transition from the Korean league to Major League Baseball. It's about questions surrounding the player's ability to stay shortstop -- or possibly having to move elsewhere. Those are really the two major issues for us. I'm not saying we won't make a bid, but I'd say right now it's less likely."

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Gregorio Petit
Astros infielder Petit designated for assignment Tuesday
Gregorio Petit, SS, HOU
12/16/2014
News: Astros infielder Gregorio Petit was designated for assignment Tuesday to clear a roster spot for Jed Lowrie, who was signed to a three-year contract. Petit hit .278 with two home runs, eight doubles and nine RBI in 37 games for Houston in 2014.
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Marco Hernandez
Cubs ship Marco Hernandez to Red Sox
Marco Hernandez, SS, CHC
12/15/2014
News: The Cubs have sent infielder Marco Hernandez to the Red Sox.

The move completes the Felix Doubront trade. The 22-year-old shortstop hit .270/.315/.351 over 486 at-bats in High A last year. 

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Danny Worth
Report: Diamondbacks sign Danny Worth to minor-league deal
Danny Worth, SS, DET
12/15/2014
News: The Diamondbacks have signed infielder Danny Worth to a minor-league deal, according to MLB.com. Worth has hit .230 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 135 games over five MLB seasons.
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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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Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond, Nationals not making any progress on extension
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
12/13/2014
News: The Nationals and shortstop Ian Desmond have not made any progress thus far this offseason on a contract extension, reports the Washington Post. Desmond reportedly rejected a $107 million extension last offseason and his name was included in multiple trade discussions during the winter meetings.

Desmond wouldn't indicate if he would be willing to negotiate for a new deal in-season, saying, "we're not at that point yet."

"Look, this isn't my first day on the job. I understand what's going on," Desmond said. "I wouldn't respect Mike (Rizzo) the way I do, like I said, if he just sat on his hands and did nothing. That's not how this organization got here, and it's not how it's going to continue to move forward. Hopefully I'm a part of it, but if not, I'm still going to be rooting for them."

Desmond is expected to make $11 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent in 2016. He slashed .255/.313/.430 with 91 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 593 at-bats in 2014. He also led all shortstops with 24 home runs on the year.

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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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