Cord Phelps elects free agency
by R.J. White |
(10/18/2014) Orioles infielder Cord Phelps has elected free agency. Phelps hit .259/.361/.388 with seven home runs, 51 RBI and two stolen bases in 343 at-bats with Triple-A Norfolk.

Report: Former Orioles infielder Brian Roberts to retire
by Chris Cwik |
(10/17/2014) Former Orioles infielder Brian Roberts is set to retire, according to MASN.

Roberts played 14 seasons in the majors, all but one of which came with Baltimore. He finished out his career with the Yankees last season. Roberts was elected to two All-Star teams during his tenure in Baltimore. He finished 18th in the MVP voting in 2005 after hitting .314/.387/.515. Injuries kept him down the last few seasons of his career. Roberts suffered two concussions, which contributed to him missing time in both 2010, 2011 and 2012. 

He retires with a career .276/.347/.409 batting line over 5,531 at-bats. 

Giants' Joe Panik hits two run shot Thursday
by Chris Cwik |
(10/17/2014) Giants infielder Joe Panik added another big hit Thursday against the Cardinals.

With a man on base in the bottom of the third, Panik belted an 88 mph cutter from Adam Wainwright out to right for a two-run shot that gave the Giants a lead. That lead wouldn't last, but the Giants would wind up winning in the bottom of the ninth. Panik finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 

Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong homers in Game 4 NLCS loss
by R.J. White |
(10/16/2014) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 2 for 4 with a double and a solo home run in his team's 6-4 loss to the Giants in Game 4 of the NLCS Wednesday.

Wong is in the midst of a hot stretch, going 5 for 11 with two doubles, one triple, two home runs and four RBI in his last three games. His third-inning home run Wednesday put the Cardinals up 4-1, but the Giants were able to score five unanswered runs to take a 3-1 series lead. Wong has hit .280/.308/.840 with three home runs and six RBI in 25 postseason at-bats.

Kolten Wong has 20-20 potential for 2015
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/15/2014) Kolten Wong has been a surprise power source for the Cardinals this postseason, clubbing a pair of homers to go along with two doubles and a triple in just six games. "Slugger" is not a word that has often (if ever) been used to describe the 24-year-old second baseman, but he appears to be evolving into just that.

Since July 6 (and including the postseason), Wong has hit 13 home runs over 74 games, and as I have detailed in a recent blog post, he has backed up the increase in his power numbers with dramatically higher flyball distances. Wong has already demonstrated he can swipe 20 bases in a season, and his recent homer pace shows he has a shot to complete the other end of the 20-20 equation next season, even with some regression.

I've actually projected Wong to fall four home runs short of the threshold of 20, but barring a complete reversal of his recent progress, he should be targeted by owners in all standard mixed league formats next spring.

Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong drives in two runs in Game 3 loss
by R.J. White |
(10/14/2014) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and two RBI in his team's 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Giants in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

After the Cardinals fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, Wong put the team on the board with a two-run triple in the fourth. The two extra-base hits come one game after slugging a walkoff home run to give his team a Game 2 win. Wong has hit .238/.273/.714 with two home runs and five RBI in 21 postseason at-bats.

Twins outright Yohan Pino, Doug Bernier to Triple-A
by R.J. White |
(10/13/2014) The Twins have sent pitcher Yohan Pino and infielder Doug Bernier outright to Triple-A Rochester, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Bernier elected free agency, and Pino is expected to become a free agent as well. Pino made his major-league debut in 2014 and finished the season with a 5.07 ERA and 50:14 K:BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings over 11 starts. Bernier was just 2 for 7 with the Twins in 2014.

Marlins' Jordany Valdespin sent to Triple-A
by Chris Cwik |
(10/10/2014) Marlins infielder Jordany Valdespin has been outrighted to Triple-A.

Valdespin didn't perform well over the second half with the club. He's been with both the Mets and Marlins in his four year career. 

Infielder Ed Lucas picked up by Rangers
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/10/2014) The Rangers have announced that they have claimed infielder Ed Lucas off waivers from Miami.

Lucas completed 2014 with a stat line of .251/.283/.296. He struggled to make consistent contact, fanning 48 times in just 179 at-bats.

Nationals 2B Asdrubal Cabrera: I want to stay in Washington
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/10/2014) Nationals second baseman and soon-to-be free agent Asdrubal Cabrera is hoping to stick around in the nation's capital.

"I really enjoy it to play with this team," he told the Washington Post. "Great guys. Good front office. I was really happy to be here and in this moment with the team."

Cabrera was traded from Cleveland to Washington with just two months remaining on his contract and was moved from shortstop to second. He could receive strong consideration in a thin free agent class for shortstops headlined by Hanley Ramirez and Jed Lowrie. He also proved steady at second base, though he has little range at either middle infield position. And the Yankees will be seeking a new shortstop to replace retired Derek Jeter.

The presence of Ian Desmond would prevent Cabrera from moving back to short if he remains with the Nationals.

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