Showalter: Machado appears more likely for O's opener than Wieters
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:38 am ET) Orioles manager Buck Showalter conveyed third baseman Manny Machado has a better chance of being ready for the Orioles season opener than catcher Matt Wieters, according to CSNBaltimore.com. 

Machado had right knee surgery in August and Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery in June.

"With both of these guys, it will be when and not if. I think if you held a gun up to my head, I think Manny makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter, but we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind," Showalter said.


Cashman: A-Rod will not be everyday infielder for Yankees
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated Tuesday veteran Alex Rodriguez's days as an everyday infielder are over, and he's hopeful Rodriguez will be able to fill the role of full-time DH.

"I can't expect Alex to be anything," Cashman said during a phone interview Tuesday with The Associated Press. "Even before the suspension, he wasn't the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side.

"We look forward to him hopefully solidifying himself as a tremendous DH for us."

The New York Daily News published a report Monday citing a source saying Rodriguez is determined to regain his role as an everyday third baseman. However, New York re-signed Chase Headley to a four-year deal to be the team's starting third baseman.

"In his mind, he’s still the third baseman," the source said. “That was before (Headley was re-signed) today, anyway.

"Based on what he was being told by the Yankees, Alex believed he would get the chance to play third base, and he believes he can do it. He’s motivated by it because he loves to play the field."


Rockies sign Daniel Descalso to two-year, $3.6 million deal
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Rockies announced Tuesday they signed infielder Daniel Descalso to a two-year contract. He is slated to make $3.6 million, agent Steve Canter told ESPN.

The 28-year-old Descalso has spent the last five seasons in the majors with the Cardinals. He has a .243/.313/.341/.654 slash line over 529 MLB games.


Report: A-Rod determined to reclaim starting job at third base
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is determined to reclaim his spot in the infield after sitting out 2014 due to a season-long suspension and wants no part of being a full-time DH, a person who has spoken to Rodriguez "several times" told the New York Daily News.

The Yankees re-signed Chase Headley on Monday to be the team's primary third baseman.

"In his mind, he’s still the third baseman," the person said Monday. "That was before (Headley was re-signed) today, anyway.

"Based on what he was being told by the Yankees, Alex believed he would get the chance to play third base, and he believes he can do it. He’s motivated by it because he loves to play the field.

"Whatever (poor) decisions he’s made, he’s still addicted to the game and he says he’s working hard to be ready. He’s said to me, ‘people are going to be surprised,’ meaning he’s convinced he still has game."


Braves finalize deal with Alberto Callaspo
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Braves have finalized a one-year deal with Alberto Callaspo.

Callaspo signed during the winter meetings, but the team waited to make the deal official. Callaspo is set to make $3 million next season. He hit .223/.290/.290 over 404 at-bats last year.


Yankees officially announce Chase Headley deal
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Yankees announced Monday they signed third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year contract. The deal is worth $52 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Pirates planning for Pedro Alvarez to play every day at first base
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Pirates are planning to use Pedro Alvarez as their everyday first baseman in 2015, despite his struggles against left-handed pitchers. Alvarez is batting .196 in his career against southpaws.

"We're going to find out. It's going to be Pedro's job to keep," manager Clint Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Pedro knows what challenges he's got to meet. He loves his teammates, he wants to do well and perform well. He's taken on some necessary opportunities this winter to prepare and get ready."


Headley agrees to four-year, $52 million deal with Yankees
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The Yankees and infielder Chase Headley agreed to a four-year contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal is worth $52 million.

Headley split the 2014 season between the Padres and Yankees, batting .243 with 13 home runs, 20 doubles and 49 RBI in 135 games. He hit .262 with six home runs, eight doubles and 17 RBI in 58 games with New York.

Headley has a career .265/.347/.409/.756 slash line in eight MLB seasons. He also has 93 home runs, 194 doubles and 418 RBI.


Report: Chase Headley could come to decision as soon as Monday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Third baseman Chase Headley could come to a decision about his free agency as soon as Monday, according to WFAN. The Yankees and Giants are among the teams pursuing the 30-year-old infielder.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated during an interview Monday with NBC New York the team's desire to re-sign Headley, and apparently Headley's desire to stay in New York.

"I do know this -- Chase wants to be a Yankee," Cashman said, per NJ.com. "He was a tremendous acquisition in the second half. A great leader. A tremendous defender. A switch-hitter with great discipline. He kind of checks off every box that we’d like a prototypical Yankee to look like.

"If we can find common ground, I’d like to have him man third base as we move forward."


Marlins, Scott Sizemore agree to minor-league deal
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) The Marlins have agreed to a minor-league deal with infielder Scott Sizemore . CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports. Sizemore went 5 for 13 with the Yankees last season while also posting a .266/.329/.433 line with seven home runs and 41 RBI in 289 Triple-A at-bats.

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