White Sox sign second baseman Gordon Beckham
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2:17 pm ET) The White Sox signed second baseman Gordon Beckham  to a one-year, $2 million contract, the team announced.

Beckham spent more than five seasons with the White Sox. He is a career .245 hitter and is expected to play in a utility role. To make room for Beckham, the team designated Dayan Viciedo for assignment.


Astros ask third baseman Matt Dominguez to learn first base
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) With the Astros recently acquiring infielder Luis Valbuena, third baseman Matt Dominguez has been asked to start learning how to play first base, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"You get a bigger glove, so it can't be that hard," Dominguez said.

Dominguez has spent the last two seasons as the full-time third baseman for the Astors, but he will compete with Valbuena for the starting role this season. If Valbuena wins the third base job, the Astros want Dominguez to be able to switch to first base.

"[Astros manager A.J. Hinch] thinks I'm going to be a third baseman, but he wants to also help me try to make the team by adding a little more versatility and move around a little bit more," Dominguez said. "Do whatever I need to do."


Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia: 'I plan on playing 162' games
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who is coming off September wrist surgery, told reporters he plans to play all 162 games this season, per Comcast SportsNet Northeast.

"I plan on playing 162," said Pedroia. "[Farrell] said that because my numbers were impacted [by the injury]. But I don't look at it any different. I mean, I played 178 games (in 2013) with a torn thumb. Obviously, I'm human -- the next year, you're going to have a tough time."

Pedroia has been limited the past three seasons due to a number of injuries. He injured his wrist in the home opener and wasn't the same the rest of the way. The 31-year-old Pedroia hit just .278 with seven home runs, 33 doubles and 53 RBI in 135 games last season. He has hit fewer than 10 home runs in two straight seasons.

Pedroia reiterated that he's at 100 percent to start spring training.

"I'm back...you'll see," Pedroia said. "I'm good, ready to go. If [the season] started tomorrow, I'd be good. I'm very excited. Obviously, after last year, it didn't go very well, so we've got a lot of stuff to prove.'"


Athletics, Eric Sogard avoid arbitration
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) The Athletics and infielder Eric Sogard have agreed to a one-year, $1.075 million deal, avoiding arbitration, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday. Sogard hit .223/.298/.268 with one home run, 22 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 291 at-bats last season.

Report: Angels no longer in play for Gordon Beckham
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) The Angels are no longer in play for second baseman Gordon Beckham, reports MLB.com on Friday. The team is now set on having Josh Rutledge, Johnny Giavotella, Grant Green and Taylor Featherston compete for second base/utility at-bats moving forward.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Angels on Dec. 2. He managed a slash line of .227/.271/.348 in 2014.


Astros' Jose Altuve: It seems like we're ready to go to the playoffs
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) The Astros have been active this offseason trying to reshape the roster for the 2015 campaign. Some of the roster moves made have included the acquistions of Evan Gattis, Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily, as well as the signings of Jed Lowrie, Pat Neshek and Colby Rasmus. 

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is pumped up about the roster additions and indicated Friday he feels the Astros have a chance to compete for a playoff spot in 2015, per The Houston Chronicle.

“I think the front office, they know what they’re doing,” Altuve said. “I always expect a winning season. No matter what team we have, I always want to win.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of movement lately on the team. It seems like the thing is we’re ready to go to the playoffs, so we’re going to work hard for that.”

The Astros finished fourth in the AL West in 2014 (70-92). Altuve made his second All-Star team in 2014, while leading the majors in hits (225) and batting average (.341).


Tigers' Andrew Romine, Hernan Perez to see time in OF this spring
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday that infielder Andrew Romine will get some work in the outfield during the spring, MLive.com reports.

Romine appeared in 94 games during the 2014 season, spending most of his time at shortstop, and he's also seen time at second base and third base in his major-league career (as well as one pitching appearance). His only playing time in seven minor-league seasons also came at those same three infield positions.

If Romine is able to handle the outfield defensively, he could serve in the a similar role as utility player Don Kelly, who saw action at every position at all three outfield positions as well as work at first base, second base and third base in each of the Tigers' last two seasons.

Romine, who is out of options, is expected to compete for a roster spot with infielder Hernan Perez, who will also get some playing time in the outfield. Romine hit .227/.279/.275 with two home runs, 12 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 251 at-bats in his first season with the Tigers in 2014. Perez, who has split time primarily between shortstop and second base in the minors, hit .287/.331/.404 with six home runs, 53 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 547 at-bats with Triple-A Toledo.


Rangers' Profar (shoulder) reports no issues after playing catch twice
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar said he has played catch twice this offseason and has had no issues with his injured shoulder, per FOX Sports Southwest. Profar said he will play catch from 45 feet again Friday before progressing to 60 feet Monday.

Profar added he will get another MRI on his shoulder soon.


Indians aren't expecting Kipnis to be too far behind at start of camp
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Indians general manager Chris Antonetti told MLB Network Radio on Thursday second baseman Jason Kipnis might be just a day or two behind when spring training begins. Kipnis had surgery in December to repair a damaged tendon in his finger.

"He had his pin removed," Antonetti said. "His lower body conditioning has not been restricted, and he'll start his hitting progression in February."

Indians manager Terry Francona also gave a positive update on Kipnis earlier this week.

"He looked good. His spirits are good and he looks good," Francona said, per MLB.com. "It's his finger. In a perfect world, that doesn't happen, but that's not going to get in the way."


Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar throwing from 45 feet
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar (shoulder) is throwing from 45 feet, according to assistant general manager Thad Levine. Still, Profar will not be full-go when spring training begins.

"We expect him to be full-go offensively and a little bit behind from a positional standpoint defensively with the expectation by the end of spring he should be a full-go," Levine said, per FOX Sports Southwest.


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