Josh Satin signs minor-league deal with Reds
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) Josh Satin signed a minor-league deal with the Reds, according to ESPN New York on Saturday. Satin made the opening day roster for the Mets in 2014. The first baseman appeared in only 25 games and had three hits in 35 at-bats. He was outrighted off the 40-man roster on Oct. 31.

Padres shore up 40-man roster
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Padres have altered their 40-man roster.

The team purchased the contracts of Tayron Guerrero, Taylor Lindsey and Alex Dickerson . In order to make room for those adds, the team designated both Blaine Boyer and Yeison Ascensio for assignment. 


Pirates designate Ike Davis for assignment
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Pirates have designated first baseman Ike Davis for assignment.

Davis was acquired by the club midseason, and hit .233/.344/.378 over 360 at-bats last year. The 27-year-old should draw interest if he chooses to become a free-agent. 


Reds first baseman Votto 'doing great'
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto is "doing great" this offseason, according to MLB.com. Votto struggled with a distal strain of his quad near his left knee. General manager Walt Jocketty said the team is "getting good reports" on Votto's progress. Votto hit .255/.390/.409 over 220 at-bats last season.

Huntington: Could be 'a challenge' for Pirates to keep Ike Davis
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) With the Pirates committing to Pedro Alvarez as an everyday first baseman, it seems the team might have to part ways with first baseman Ike Davis, according to the New York Post. It still might happen even though Davis is trying to learn how to play in the outfield to improve his versatility, as CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Wednesday.

"It is probably a challenge," general manager Neal Huntington said of keeping Davis. "Ike works hard and is a great guy. He didn’t give the production we were hopeful for. It doesn’t mean the door is closed. But as it sits now, Pedro will be at first."


Pirates' Ike Davis working in the outfield to improve versatility
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis is working in the outfield this offseason to improve his versatility, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Davis, who is once again the subject of trade rumors, hasn't played in the outfield since appearing in two games in right field the minors in 2009.

Royals interest in trading for Ryan Howard is minimal
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) While the Royals talked to the Phillies about first baseman Ryan Howard, Kansas City showed little interest in trading for the veteran slugger, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Royals responded to Philadelphia's inquiry by saying, "We're concentrating on pitching."


Report: Royals have talked about acquiring Ryan Howard
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) The Royals are showing interest in acquiring Phillies veteran first baseman Ryan Howard, according to USA Today.

The Phillies are trying to trade Howard and the $60 million remaining on his contract. The Royals are unlikely to take on that much money, but if the Phillies will pay most of the contract, the Royals could be interested in trading for Howard, who turns 35 on Nov. 19.

The Royals have had internal discussions about acquiring Howard, according to the report. They believe Howard could replace Billy Butler as the team's DH and be the 20-homer, 75-RBI threat they need to get back to the World Series.

Although, a source told the Philadelphia Daily News that Howard isn't considered the top option for the Royals. Trading for Howard could be an option down the road, if the team's first few options don't pan out.


Diamondbacks GM: Mark Trumbo to play right field in 2015
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Friday that first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo will play right field in 2015, FOXSportsArizona.com reports.

Trumbo manned left field in April before going on the shelf with an injury and remained at the position into early August before moving to the infield with regular first baseman Paul Goldschmidt sidelined. He made 65 appearances in right field in four seasons with the Angels before heading to Arizona last offseason.


Report: Phillies hoping to trade first baseman Ryan Howard
(11/4/2014) Looking to rebuild their roster after a disappointing 2014 season, the Phillies have begun seeking trade partners for first baseman Ryan Howard, according to  ESPN senior writer Buster Olney.

Howard, 35, hit .223 with 23 home runs and 95 RBI in 2014, but his production has begun to dip below his salary, which stands at $25 million for 2015 and 2016.


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