Orioles considering J.J. Hardy extension
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The Orioles are considering a contract extension
with shortstop J.J. Hardy
, who is signed through the 2014 season, MLB.com reports.
"J.J. has had a couple really good years for the team," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Wednesday, "and I think the interest is mutual between he and the Orioles and extending that relationship."
Hardy will be in the final year of a three-year, $22.5-million deal next season if an extension is not worked out during this offseason. He hit .263/.306/.433 with 25 home runs and 76 RBI in 601 at-bats last season, his third straight year with at least 22 home runs.
Stephen Drew could return to Red Sox
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There's a sense that shortstop Stephen Drew
will return to the Red Sox, according to WEEI.
A executive from a team that is pursuing Drew said there's a belief Drew will sign with Boston. Drew hit .253/.333/.443 in 442 at-bats last season.
Cleveland will listen to offers for Asdrubal Cabrera
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Cleveland is willing to listen to offers for shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera
, according to FoxSports.com.
The deal makes sense in the long-term, as shortstop Francisco Lindor is considered one of the best prospects in baseball. Cabrera is coming off a poor season, in which he hit .242/.299/.402 in 508 at-bats. Cabrera's contract is up after this season.
Rangers' trade of Elvis Andrus looking improbable
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FOXSports.com reports that the Rangers are not likely to trade shortstop Elvis Andrus
. They have not discussed Andrus in any trade talks since they dealt second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Tigers for first baseman Prince Fielder nearly three weeks ago.
Earlier reports suggested that the Rangers were open to dealing Andrus, and in the unlikely event they do trade him, it would open up shortstop for Jurickson Profar, while prospect Rougned Odor would get a chance to start at second base.
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.
Javier Baez sticking at shortstop for now
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Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Thursday that the team is not ready
to move prospect Javier Baez
off the shortstop position, MLB.com reports.
"I think it’ll be an easy transition for him if and when that time comes," Epstein said. "He hasn’t even reached Triple-A yet. There’s plenty of time to do it. You don’t want to take shortstop away from a kid. Once you move off shortstop, it’s really hard to move back.
"There may be a time in the future when he moves on a permanent basis, and there may be time when we move just to give him versatility. In Spring Training, he’ll play plenty of shortstop and that might be a time to move him around as well.”
Baez hit .282/.341/.578 with 37 home runs, 111 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 517 at-bats between high Class A and Double-A last season.
Royals sign Brian Bocock to minor-league deal
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The Royals have signed shortstop Brian Bocock
to a minor-league deal that does not include an invitation to spring training.
Bocock split his time between two Triple-A teams last season, hitting .175/.237/.287 with three home runs and nine RBI in 143 at-bats with Syracuse and Indianapolis.
Yankees non-tender three prior to deadline Monday
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The Yankees opted to non-tender three players Monday, hours before the deadline. As the team announced via its twitter account, infielders David Adams
and Jayson Nix
and pitcher Matt Daley were not offered contracts
and will become free agents.
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.