Blue Jays, first baseman Daric Barton agree to minor-league deal
by Brandon Wise |
(12/16/2014) The Blue Jays have signed free agent first baseman Daric Barton to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. 

Barton spent the last eight seasons as a member of the Athletics organization, posting a career .247 average with 30 home runs and 184 RBI. He hit just .158 in 2014 with five RBI. 

Royals officially announce signing of Kendrys Morales
by Brandon Wise |
(12/16/2014) The Royals made their signing of first baseman Kendrys Morales official Tuesday by announcing a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2017. The deal is said to be worth $17 million. 

Morales hit .218 with eight home runs, 20 doubles and 42 RBI in 2014. 

Showalter: Chris Davis gets approval 'for what he got suspended for'
by Michael Hurcomb |
(12/16/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in an interview with 105.7 The Fan on Tuesday slugger Chris Davis received approval "for what he got suspended for" during the 2014 season, according to Davis was suspended 25 games late in the season for using Adderall without a therapeutic-use exemption.

Davis, who hit an MLB-best 53 home runs in 2013, struggled offensively in 2014. He hit just .196 in 127 games. He did hit 26 home runs, while also posting 16 doubles, 65 runs and 72 RBI.

Report: Rangers agree to minor-league deal with Kyle Blanks
by Michael Hurcomb |
(12/15/2014) The Rangers agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Blanks has a career .234/.319/.407/.726 slash line over six MLB seasons. He also has 30 home runs, 37 doubles and 105 RBI in 260 games.

Cashman: Mark Teixeira is 'definitely an everyday first baseman'
by Michael Hurcomb |
(12/15/2014) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman appears confident first baseman Mark Teixeira won't be as injury prone in 2015, per

Teixeira payed in just 123 games in 2014 due to a myriad of injuries, which included problems with his surgically repaired wrist, strained hamstring, sore knee, tired legs, dizziness, lacerated left hand and strained oblique.

"I don’t think we’ll have the same issues this year as we had last year," Cashman said. "I think Mark Teixeira is definitely an everyday first baseman. I think he’ll prove that this year. I think last year is something he felt will be part of the process and he feels it won’t be part of this year’s process. In terms of his recovery and rehab, last year was expected for him. And that won’t be expected going forward."

Athletics agree to trade Austin House for Rockies' Mark Canha
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(12/11/2014) The Athletics announced pitcher Austin House has been traded to the Rockies Thursday. In exchange for House and cash, the Rockies sent infielder Mark Canha to the A’s.

House has a 3.27 ERA over three seasons in the minors. While playing in Triple-A in 2014, Canha hit .303 with 20 home runs and 83 RBI. The Rockies picked up Canha from the Marlins in Thursday's Rule 5 draft.

Kendrys Morales agrees to two-year, $17 million deal with Royals
by Michael Hurcomb |
(12/11/2014) Free agent Kendrys Morales has agreed to a contract with the Royals, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Morales is getting a two-year, $17 million deal, which could increase to $18.5 million due to incentives.

The 31-year-old Morales hit .218 with eight home runs, 20 doubles and 42 RBI in 98 games between the Twins and Mariners in 2014. He is a career .271 hitter with a .460 slugging percentage and .784 OPS in 718 games.

Morales has a .281 average, .509 slugging percentage, .825 OPS, three home runs, four doubles and seven RBI in 15 career games at Kauffman Stadium.

Mariners 1B Logan Morrison in line for full-time duty
by R.J. White |
(12/10/2014) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison is in line to be the team's regular first baseman in 2015, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

"Listen, I’ve always said that playing time is dictated on performance," manager Lloyd McClendon said, "and he performed very well. As we speak right now, I’d be very happy if things work out that he’s my regular first baseman."

Morrison hit .262/.315/.420 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 336 at-bats in 2014 but improved in the second half, hitting .284/.341/.448 in 201 second-half at-bats.

Semien among four players A's acquire in trade with White Sox
by Michael Hurcomb |
(12/9/2014) The Athletics announced Tuesday they completed a six-player trade with the White Sox. The Athletics acquired infielder Marcus Semien, pitcher Chris Bassitt, catcher Josh Phegley and infielder Rangel Ravelo in exchange for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa.

Semien has hit .240 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 85 career games for Chicago. He was considered a top-100 prospect (No. 91) by Baseball America heading into 2014. He has appeared at second base, third base and shortstop in his MLB career.

Bassitt went 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in six outings (five starts) for the White Sox last season. He was 22-10 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 96 career appearances (44 starts) in the minors.

Phegley hit .207 with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 76 games over the last two seasons for Chicago. 

Ravelo hit .309 with a .473 slugging percentage, .859 OPS, 11 home runs, 37 doubles and 66 RBI in 133 games for Double-A Birmingham last season. He has a career .301/368/.424/.792 slash line. The 22-year-old Ravelo has played at both first base and third base in the minors.

Report: Kendrys Morales seeking 'multiple years, substantial dollars'
by Igor Mello |
(12/8/2014) According to baseball writer Jerry Crasnick, free agent DH/first baseman Kendrys Morales might be on the market "for a while" again this winter unless his contract expectations change. His agent, Scott Boras, is seeking "multiple years and substantial dollars" for the 31-year-old veteran, an American League source told Crasnick.

Morales hit .218/.274/.338 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 367 at-bats between the Twins and Mariners last season.

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