Alexei Ramirez
White Sox have a high asking price for Alexei Ramirez
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
8:59 PM
News: The White Sox asking price for shortstop Alexei Ramirez remains high, according to ESPN.

Ramirez will earn $10 million in 2015. He has a club option that allows him to come back at the same price in 2016. Ramirez is coming off a season in which he hit .273/.305/.408 over 622 at-bats. 


Carlos Correa
Astros' Carlos Correa 'fully recovered'
Carlos Correa, SS, HOU
8:33 PM
News: Astros infield prospect Carlos Correa is "fully recovered" from a fractured fibula.

Correa is expected to be with the team in big league camp. He'll likely begin the season at Double-A, according to general manager Jeff Luhnow. 


Pedro Florimon
Pirates claim Pedro Florimon from Nationals
Pedro Florimon, SS, WAS
5:32 PM
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
11:58 AM
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.

Dixon Machado
Tigers add Angel Nesbitt, Dixon Machado to 40-man roster
Dixon Machado, SS, DET
10:53 AM
News: The Tigers announced Thursday they purchased the contracts of pitcher Angel Nesbitt and infielder Dixon Machado from Double-A Erie, and added them to the 40-man roster.

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.


Troy Tulowitzki
Report: Rockies lean toward keeping Tulowitzki, Gonzalez
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
News: The Rockies are leaning toward standing pat rather than trading stud shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, according to ESPN, which is speculating that despite injuries and contract obligations, both are too talented to be swapped without receiving equal value.

The timing for such a deal could indeed be wrong considering that both lost about half of the 2014 season to injuries.


Stephen Drew
Report: Stephen Drew could be fallback option for Yankees, Mets
Stephen Drew, SS, NYY
News: Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew could be a fallback option for the Yankees and Mets, according to the New York Post. Both see Drew as an alternative if the shortstop market doesn't take shape.

Drew missed the first two months last season after holding out for a contract. He eventually signed with the Red Sox and was then traded to the Yankees. Drew hit .162 with seven home runs and 26 RBI in 85 games.


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."


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