Orioles facing dilemma in regard to future of 1B Chris Davis
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) The Orioles have a difficult decision to make regarding Jekyll-Hyde first baseman Chris Davis, who followed a stunningly productive 2013 with a stunningly horrible 2014.

Davis batted .196 with 26 home runs and 72 RBI before losing the last 17 games to suspension for PED use. The team might not want to risk taking him to arbitration, however, CSNBaltimore.com has speculated. Davis earned $10.35 million this season, a raise of more than $7 million from the previous year.

Further speculation is that the Orioles will not cut his salary 20 percent because they believe $8.65 million is too rich for their blood considering his monumental struggles this year. In addition, that move would likely prompt Davis to seek arbitration.


Yankees veteran Mark Teixeira seeking strength in offseason
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Yankees aging first baseman Mark Teixeira has lamented what he called a "bad season" and plans on improving his upper-body strength before next year.

Teixeira batted a career-low .216 (aside from 2013, when he had just 53 at-bats), though he did rack up 23 home runs and 62 RBI in 440 at-bats. He told ESPN that he was negatively affected coming off a right wrist injury. But he added that he needs to get stronger if he wants to rebound.

"I didn't realize how weak I was upper-body," he said. "I'm trying to be working a lot harder. That will be my adjustment this year."

Teixeira will turn 35 years old on April 15.


Cardinals' Matt Adams hits solo shot in losing effort
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams hit a home run Thursday against the Giants.

Adams struck in the top of the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Adams clubbed a 78 mph curveball from Madison Bumgarner out to right for the solo shot. It was Adams' only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Travis Ishikawa walk-off sends Giants to World Series
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Giants outfielder Travis Ishikawa sent the team to the World Series in the most dramatic way Thursday against the Cardinals.

With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Ishikawa stepped to the plate with two men on base. Ishikawa had been hitless to that point, though he did manage to walk once during the contest. He would deliver in this at-bat, though. Ishikawa blasted a three-run homer out to right off Michal Wacha. The hit won the NLCS for the Giants. They'll take on the Royals in the World Series. 


Report: Pirates could deal Ike Davis
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) The Pirates could deal Ike Davis this offseason, according to the New York Daily News.

Pedro Alvarez made 25 errors last season, and the team will discuss a possible transition to first base moving forward. In that scenario, Davis would be out of a role with his new club, and would be a candidate to be dealt. Davis hit .233/.344/.378 over 360 at-bats with the Mets and Pirates. 


Report: Miguel Cabrera might not need surgery on ankle
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Tigers general manager and president Dave Dombrowski believes the large bone spur in the right ankle of slugger Miguel Cabrera might not require surgery, per MLB.com.

"Is it a possibility? I'd say it is a possibility," Dombrowski said. "I don't know if it's going to happen or not. Sure. There's a spur in there, and people that have looked at him so far tell me that it has to be removed. It's a relatively easy - for them - procedure. But I don't want to draw any conclusions yet, because he's not done with that whole process."

Cabrera performed better down the stretch despite an ankle ailment that plagued him throughout the year. He won American League Player of he Year honors in September by batting .379 with eight home runs and 18 RBI.


Giants' Travis Ishikawa comes up big Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa came up big Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Ishikawa had just one hit, but made it count. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning, Ishikawa belted a 90 mph fastball out to center for a bases-clearing double. He would finish 1 for 3, with no runs scored and three RBI. 


Tigers GM: Miguel Cabrera might undergo ankle surgery
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday first baseman Miguel Cabrera could undergo ankle surgery in the offseason, per MLB.com. Cabrera was bothered by bone spurs in his right ankle during the second half of the season.

"I'd say [surgery] is a possibility. I don't know if it's going to happen," Dombrowski said. "There's a spur in there, and people tell me if it has to be removed, it is for them a relatively simple procedure."


'Mental fatigue' contributes to Jose Abreu's second-half power decline
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) By most standards, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had a strong second half, batting .350 with a .513 sluging percentage after the All-Star break.

Though, while he hit for a higher average than in the first half (.292), Abreu saw a drop in home runs, belting just seven in the second half after having 29 before the break.

"It could be some fatigue, but I would say it was a mental fatigue," White Sox strength and conditioning coordinator Allen Thomas said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. "And the league knew him a little better in the second half. He still took singles and the opportunities to get hits, he just missed by a little bit."


Mike Napoli to undergo surgery for sleep disorder
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is slated to undergo surgery in early November to alleviate sleep apnea, WEEI.com reports.

"I’ve been dealing with sleep apnea for a long time, my whole career," Napoli wrote in a text. "I’ve tried numerous things and none of them worked. Dental mouth piece, CPAP machine, medicines … It’s just gotten to the point where I have to get this done."

Napoli also dealt with injuries to his finger, toe and back this season, but he isn't scheduled for any further surgery. He hit .240/.370/.419 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 415 at-bats this season, marking the first time since 2007 he has failed to collect 20 home runs.


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