Marlins' Derek Dietrich to miss rest of winter ball with ankle injury
by Brandon Wise |
(2:53 pm ET) Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich is going to miss the rest of the winter ball season after suffering an ankle injury that required him to be carried off the field Tuesday, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Dietrich was hurt while playing in the Dominican league when covering second base and a runner collided with him trying to grab the ball. 

Dietrich played in 20 games for Miami in 2014, hitting .290 with two triples and 11 RBI. It is unknown if this injury will keep Dietrich out into spring training and the beginning of the regular season. 

Indians' Jason Kipnis undergoes surgery on damaged finger tendon
by Brandon Wise |
(2:28 pm ET) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis underwent surgery for a damaged tendon in his finger Tuesday, but is expected to be ready for the beginning of the upcoming season, the team announced Wednesday.

Kipnis, who was in and out of the lineup for Cleveland in 2014 with a hamstring injury, hit .240 last year with six home runs and 41 RBI. He has spent his four-year career in Cleveland, managing a .262 career average.

Report: Angels going nowhere in talks with 2B Beckham
by Marty Gitlin |
(1:41 pm ET) The Angels remain interested in bringing back second baseman Gordon Beckham, but negotiations have stalled, according to the Orange County Register.

The free agent landed with the Angels late in the season before being non-tendered two weeks ago. His numbers have been unimpressive since a strong rookie year of 2009. Beckham managed a slash line of .227/.271/.348 in 2014.

Jed Lowrie agrees to three-year, $23 million deal with Astros
by Michael Hurcomb |
(12/15/2014) The Astros announced Monday they signed infielder Jed Lowrie to a three-year contract. Lowrie is guaranteed to make $23 million, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Lowrie will make $8 million in 2015, $7.5 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017, according to Heyman. The team has a $6 million option for 2018, which includes a $1 million buyout.

The deal runs through 2017 and includes a team option for 2018. Lowrie is back for his second stint with Houston after batting .244 with a career-high 16 home runs, 18 doubles and 42 RBI in 97 games for the Astros in 2012.

Lowrie has a career .261/.330/.411/.741 slash line in seven MLB seasons. He has a .279/.370/.505/.875 slash line in 61 games at Minute Maid Park. He also has 11 home runs, 15 doubles and 31 RBI.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Lowrie will play at shortstop, per

Report: Yankees sign INF Noonan to minor league deal
by Marty Gitlin |
(12/12/2014) The Yankees have signed former Giants infielder Nick Noonan  to a minor league contract, a source has told the LoHud Yankees Blog.

The former first-round pick has never reached his potential. He managed just a .237/.282/.303 slash line at the Triple-A level in 2014. Though he has played second base, the Yankees are reportedly seeking to convert him to shortstop.

Phillies select Rangers INF Herrera in Rule 5 draft
by Michael Hurcomb |
(12/11/2014) The Phillies selected Rangers infielder David Herrera in Thursday's Rule 5 draft.

The 22-year-old Herrera hit .315 with two home runs, five triples, 19 doubles and 59 RBI in 125 games between high Class A and Double-A last season. He has a career .294/.354/.377/.730 slash line over six seasons in the minors.

Cubs trade Featherston to Angels after selection in Rule 5 draft
by Michael Hurcomb |
(12/11/2014) The Cubs selected Rockies pitcher Taylor Featherston in Thursday's Rule 5 draft. The Cubs then traded Featherston to the Angels.

The 25-year-old Featherston hit .260 with 16 home runs, 33 doubles and 57 RBI in 127 games for Double-A Tulsa in 2014. He has a .276/.346/.457/.802 slash line in 397 career games.

Rangers nab former first-round DeShields in Rule 5 draft
by Michael Hurcomb |
(12/11/2014) The Rangers selected outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. from the Astros in Thursday's Rule 5 draft. 

The 22-year-old DeShields, who was selected eighth overall in the 2010 MLB draft, hit .236 with 11 home runs, 14 doubles, 57 RBI, 75 runs and 54 stolen bases in 114 games at Double-A in 2014. He had 101 stolen bases during the 2012 season.

Daniels: Rangers won't trade Profar, not likely to make opening day roster
by Michael Hurcomb |
(12/11/2014) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said at the Winter Meetings on Thursday he has no plans to trade infielder Jurickson Profar, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

However, Daniels indicated Profar -- who missed the 2014 season due to a shoulder injury -- is not likely to make the opening day roster.

"Probably not. We're not keeping him as our utility guy," Daniels said.

Angels acquire Josh Rutledge from Rockies
by R.J. White |
(12/11/2014) The Angels acquired infielder Josh Rutledge from the Rockies in exchange for pitcher Jairo Diaz, the Rockies announced Wednesday.

Rutledge has spent three seasons in the majors and hit .269/.323/.405 with four home runs and 33 RBI in 309 at-bats in 2014. While he proved much more dangerous against lefthanders last season, posting a .309/.371/.469 line in 81 at-bats against southpaws, he's delivered virtually identical splits against lefties and righties in his career. Where he's struggled is away from Coors Field, hitting just .230/.274/.354 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 418 road at-bats in his career. Rutledge will likely compete for the starting second-base role vacated by the Howie Kendrick deal.

Diaz started 2014 in high Class A and ended the season in the majors, giving up two earned runs on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight over five appearances. He posted a 3.48 ERA and 85:20 K:BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings between high Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Arkansas.

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