Third Baseman Resurgence

Third Baseman Resurgence
Bill Baer uses statistics weighting offensive player contributions and ballpark factors to analyze increased 3B production.
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Indians president Mark Shapiro indicated Sunday that the team would consider signing Corey Kluber to a long-term contract extension.

When asked about the idea, Shapiro noted that Kluber has everything that the organization looks for in a player and that "He has all the precursors that we would look for to enter into a multiyear agreement." The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner will make the league minimum in 2015 before being eligible for salary arbitration for the first time next offseason.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 25 - 11:23 PM

Glen Perkins (forearm, elbow) believes that he is fully recovered from the forearm strain and nerve irritation that ended his season prematurely, and he'll be ready to go for the start of spring training.

Perkins underwent a precautionary MRI early in the offseason that ruled out any structural damage to his UCL. The Twins closer began his throwing program in mid-December and by all accounts everything has gone smoothly. While there's always risk involved with elbow and arm injuries, it looks like Perkins will be ready for the start of the season.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 25 - 11:05 PM

Orioles and INF Ryan Flaherty avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.075 million contract.

It's a nice raise over the $513,000 that he made in 2014. Flaherty can also earn an additional $25,000 for reaching 400 plate appearances. He'll be in an open competition in spring training to be the O's starting second baseman, though his fantasy value remains limited.
Jan 25 - 9:54 PM

Jered Weaver focused on bulking up over the winter in an effort to be stronger and have the ability to consistently pitch deeper into games in 2015.

Weaver pitched at a weight of 199 pounds in 2014 and currently sits at 224, which he says is about as high as it has ever been. The 32-year-old hurler logged 213 1/3 innings in 2014, but only lasted eight or more innings four times, and only averaged 6 1/3 innings over his final 12 starts.
Jan 25 - 8:05 PM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers are considering bringing back free agent closer Francisco Rodriguez.

According to Haudricourt, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has had conversations in recent days with Scott Boras, the agent for K-Rod. It appears as if trade talks for Jonathan Papelbon have fallen apart and the team doesn't feel secure relying solely on Jonathan Broxton in the late innings. Rodriguez had a career resurgence in the Brewers bullpen in 2014, saving 44 games while posting a 3.04 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 68 frames.
Jan 25 - 7:15 PM

Mariners re-signed OF Endy Chavez to a minor league contract.

The veteran outfielder will compete for a reserve role with the M's. He has the ability to handle all three outfield positions defensively and also adds an element of speed off the bench.
Jan 25 - 5:37 PM

Alex Meyer has admitted to being open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen if it's in the best interest of the Twins.

Meyer is expected to compete for a rotation spot this spring, and his future in the organization is still as a starter, but if he doesn't win a spot he could still help the team in a spot starter/long relief role.
Jan 25 - 5:31 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels took the time during Fan Fest on Saturday to shoot down the rumors of Josh Hamilton returning to the Rangers.

Daniels called the chances of the team dealing for the outfielder "small", a response that drew applause from the Rangers faithful in attendance. The Angels have made no secret of their desire to trade Hamilton, who is still owed $83 million over the next three seasons, but it appears as though the Rangers can safely be crossed off the list of potential destinations.
Jan 25 - 4:55 PM
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