Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko working on swing
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:06 pm ET) Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko is working on his swing in the early stages of camp, and one area of focus is keeping his hips aligned to not be vulnerable to pitches away, MLB.com reports.

"We're making sure the hips stay in so they don't come out like they did at the beginning of last year to make sure everything is working in the right direction," Gyorko said of his work with hitting coach Mark Kotsay. "It allows me to see the ball a little longer and a little better. It will allow me to hit the ball the other way with power or just shoot it the other way, and gets me on time to pull the ball so I don't get jammed."

Gyorko played just 111 games last season due to plantar fasciitis, hitting .210/.280/.333 with 10 home runs and 51 RBI in 400 at-bats.


Reds manager Price on Phillips: I have not lost confidence in him
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:07 pm ET) Reds manager Bryan Price is expecting to see a fully recovered Brandon Phillips at second base this year.

"I have not lost one bit of confidence or expectation that he's going to have a big year," Price said.

Phillips had his lowest RBI total in the last eight years in 2014, posting just 51. It was also the third lowest on-base percentage of his career, posting a .306 mark.


D-Backs' Aaron Hill making strong impression early on in camp
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill has left a strong impression on chief baseball officer Tony La Russa through the early days of spring training, per MLB.com.

"He definitely is in the competition for playing time," La Russa said. "That's just front office talking, remember that, because [manager] Chip [Hale] makes out the lineup. I'm just echoing what Chip has seen. I'm sure he would say the same thing to you."


Brewers' Scooter Gennett glad to have full-time role
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(2/26/2015) Brewers infielder Scooter Gennett is glad to have a full-time role heading into 2015, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Gennett spent last season in a platoon with Rickie Weeks, but with Weeks gone, he'll assume the full-time role. Gennett said he feels far less stressed about his position on the team this spring. "Seeing as I'm pretty much the everyday guy, that eliminated the stress, or whatever you want to call it, off my back," he said. 

"Just not having to worry about stuff out of my control. I've put myself in this position where I've earned the job, I've shown them what I can do, and now it's about consistently doing it," he added. 

Manager Ron Roenicke has already said he'll give Gennett plenty of opportunities to prove himself against left-handers. 

Gennett, 24, hit .289/.320/.434 over 440 at-bats last season. 


Marlins 2B Dee Gordon: 'I just want to score runs' in 2015
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon told reporters Thursday that he won't put a number on how many bases he'll swipe this season, and is more focused on improving his on-base percentage and scoring runs in his first season with his new club, per MLB.com.

"No goal," Gordon said. "I just want to score runs. That's it. I scored a lot of runs last year, and I don't think nobody realizes that. Whatever [stolen bases] I get is what I get. Whatever is going to make me score is what I want to do."

Gordon led MLB last season with 64 stolen bags. His 92 runs were tied with then-teammate Yasiel Puig for eighth most in the National League. He hit .289/.326/.378 over 609 at-bats last season.


Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez: 2B gig is 'wide open'
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(2/26/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed to reporters following Thursday's full-squad workout that the second baseman position is a "wide open" competition, and that Jose Peraza, Alberto Callaspo, Phil Gosselin and Jace Peterson are all entering camp with a chance to make the club, per MLB.com.

"It's wide open," Gonzalez said. "It's all depending on how we want to work second base, the infield and even the bench."


Cubs INF Tommy La Stella 'very comfortable' at third base
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella said he feels "very comfortable" playing at third base, per MLB.com.

La Stella began to take reps at third base after the Cubs indicated he needed to be able to play more than second base to make the roster following his acquisition from Atlanta.

"It takes a second to get used to, but luckily they gave me the heads up, so I've been able to work out over there for several months," he said.


Report: Mets not planning to engage in contract talks with Murphy
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Mets All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy, who enters his final year under contract, said Thursday he would be willing to discuss signing a contract extension. However, it doesn't appear the Mets have started contract negotiations.

"As of right now I'm a Met for this year, for sure, love to be here in the future," Murphy said, per NJ.com. "But that is way in the future. I got too much anxiety about today to worry about what happens in November.

"I've always been open to an extension. I've never approached the blessing of playing in the big leagues with thinking I need to maximize every single dollar I can get out of this game. I've made a whole bunch of money already. I think that it's something that we've always been willing to discuss. I think maybe both sides just haven't come and discussed it, from my understanding."

It appears Murphy could be headed toward free agency after the season since a team source told ESPN no in-season contract talks are planned. The source added while it is not 100 percent certainty Murphy won't be with the Mets next season, the expectation is the team will let him test free agency.

The source added the Mets are deep with upper-level middle-infield prospects and the team could have a viable successor.


Padres' Cory Spangenberg 'in the mix' for bench role
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(2/25/2015) Padres manager Bud Black said Wednesday that infielder Cory Spangenberg is "in the mix" for a bench role this season, U-T San Diego reports.

"Absolutely he's in the mix," Black said. "He has versatility, speed, bat. A National League bench player requires certain intangibles and a certain mindset to be able to handle that. He's been an everyday player in the minor leagues, but if you ask a lot of players, 'Would you rather be in Triple-A or a bench player, part-time starter in the big leagues,' what are they going to say? It's not a question."

Spangenberg indicated he's willing to fill any role with the team if he can make the club. "Any role to make the club -- that's what I'm here for," he said. "So anything I can do to help myself out, I'm going to try to do."

If he can make the 25-man roster this spring, Spangenberg will likely serve as a reserve at second base and third base, the two positions that Black believes represent the best fit for the infielder. Spangenberg made his major-league debut in 2014 and hit .290/.313/.452 with two home runs, nine RBI and four stolen bases in 62 at-bats with the Padres.


Brewers manager Ron Roenicke eyeing infield depth this spring
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will spend spring training judging his infielder's versatility for depth behind Jean Segura and Scooter Gennett, per MLB.com.

Milwaukee has three shortstops on its 40-man roster with the chance to break camp with the big-league club. Hector Gomez, 26, and Luis Sardinas, 21, are expected to see time at second base behind Scooter Gennett.

"We want to give Scooter a chance against lefties, but if there's a day off we want to give him, or if it works out that we need to have a [right-handed hitting] guy there more often, who's it going to be?" Roenicke said. "Is it going to be Sardinas? Jimenez, because we know he hits lefties well? Who's that other guy who's going to be there?"

Yadiel Rivera, 22, should see some work at third behind Aramis Ramirez.


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