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.


Nationals' Anthony Rendon taking a status-quo approach into 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Coming off a breakout season in 2014, Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon said he doesn't plan to change anything in his game.

It should come as no surprise since he finished fifth in the NL MVP race last season after batting .287 with a .473 slugging percentage, .824 OPS, 21 home runs, 39 doubles, 83 RBI and 111 runs.

“My game is simple,” Rendon said Wednesday, per The Washington Times. “I just try to put the barrel on the ball. When I put the barrel on the ball, good things come out most of the time.

“That’s what’s awesome about this game. A guy with two years [of experience] and a guy with 20 years, he’s still trying to improve himself in every part of the game. This game, you learn something new each and every day, so take it one day at a time and try to better yourself.”


Cubs' Kris Bryant to see time in the outfield this spring
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant will learn to play the outfield this spring, according to CBSChicago.com.

Bryant met with manager Joe Maddon, and it was determined that the 23-year-old would see some time in the outfield during camp. "I think if you ask him, he would say he prefers to play third base. As a team member he is prepared to go to the outfield," Maddon said.

Bryant will continue to play third, but Maddon said playing multiple positions could open up more opportunities down the road. 

Bryant hit a ridiculous .325/.438/.661 over two minor-league levels last year. 


Cubs manager Joe Maddon: Kris Bryant 'gets it'
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon is just getting to meet all of his prospects as they stream in for spring training. The skipper seems to have taken a liking to top prospect Kris Bryant after having a conversation with him.

"He gets it," Maddon said Monday to ESPN.com. "Great body, great power, good arm. A lot of good things, but he gets it. Meaning that he understands the work involved necessary to be great. He's rather humble for me. He knows he’s good but there’s humility about it too."

Maddon went on to say he thinks Bryant is "probably a good long-term solution" at third base for the club.


Phillies not worried about Freddy Galvis' bat
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Freddy Galvis is replacing Jimmy Rollins as the Phillies shortstop this year. The team has no worries that Galvis is up to the challenge defensively. 

Galvis hit just .176 last year, however, with four home runs and 12 RBI, a far cry from the production the team has come to expect from the position. 

The Phillies don't seem to be worried. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is confident that Galvis will hit. "Because he's an intelligent player," Amaro told Philly.com's Ryan Lawrence. "He's going to learn, he's going to make adjustments and I think he has the potential to do that."

Coach Larry Bowa and manager Ryne Sandberg said that it's important for Galvis to realize what role he needs to fill. 

"He's got to recognize what kind of hitter he is - he's a singles hitter," Bowa said. Keep the ball in the middle of the field . . . Put the ball in play. ... He cannot strike out, not move runners."

"he needs to be ready to do some little things: hit-and-run, bunt and safety squeeze, put the ball in play and shorten up," Sandberg said. "That's the biggest thing is for him to stay within that approach in staying short and looking for consistent contact and using the whole field."


Mets' David Wright will avoid head-first slides
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Mets third baseman David Wright knows he is unlikely to play in all 162 games this season. To help him play in as many games as possible, Wright said he will no longer slide head-first, reports MLB.com.

In 2014, Wright dealt with a shoulder issue, but he would't offer that as an excuse for his lack of home runs, reports the New York Post.

"It's kind of easy to use the shoulder as an excuse, but if I'm in the game I expect to perform," he said.

Wright added he won't argue if manager Terry Collins wants him to take a day or two off to rest.


Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez could see more time off in 2015
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez could see fewer games in order to preserve his health for the full season, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Manager Ron Roenicke said that giving Ramirez some more days off will help get the most out of his play.

Ramirez has dealt with numerous injuries the last few years and is 36 years old. Ramirez appeared in 133 games a year ago.


Maddon: Third base 'wide open' for Cubs
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) New Cubs manager Joe Maddon met with the media at spring training on Friday and admitted he had no idea who would be playing third base for the team. 

Maddon declared the battle for the hot corner wide open

The competition seems to boil down the three options. Mike Olt played 52 games at third for the Cubs last season. He hit .160 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI. He enters spring training as the likely favorite. 

Kris Bryant is the team's third baseman of the future. The second overall pick in the 2013 draft, shot through the farm system in a year and a half. He played 70 games at Triple-A Iowa last season, hitting .295 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI. He hasn't yet made his Major League debut. 

Arismendy Alcantara is also an option. The versatile rookie played 48 games in center and 25 at second base last season and has been praised as being capable of playing anywhere on the field. He hit .205 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI. 


David Wright cleared for full participation with Mets
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Mets third baseman David Wright was cleared for full participation in spring training. 

Team general manager Sandy Alderson met with the media on Friday morning and said that Wright's left shoulder got a good report from the team orthopedist. Wright shouldn't have any constraints on his activities in spring training. 

Wright had a career low eight home runs and .269 average for the Mets last year, and his season was cut short by ligament damage in the shoulder. Wright avoided surgery in the offseason. 


Pedro Alvarez wins arbitration hearing over Pirates
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Infielder Pedro Alvarez won his arbitration hearing against the Pirates, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Alvarez will receive $5.75 million in 2015 instead of $5.25 million, which is the amount the Pirates submitted. 

Alvarez hit .231 with 18 home runs in 122 games last season. After committing 25 errors at third base in 99 of those games, the Pirates have considered moving Alvarez to first base.


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