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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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada worked out for the Dodgers on Monday morning.

Passan calls the Dodgers a "significant threat" to sign Moncada because of their deep pockets, though other loaded teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, and Giants are believed to be in the running as well. The 19-year-old shortstop is expected to command a deal worth close to $40 million, and the club that signs him will have to pay big money in penalties for going over the international spending limit because he's considered an amateur. The total expenditure could be $80 million.
Jan 26 - 2:20 PM

According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds have reached an extension with Devin Mesoraco.

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca says it's a four-year deal and Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors puts the total guarnateed value at $28 million. Mesoraco was entering his first season of arbitration eligibility in 2015, so he'll have all of his arbitration years covered by this extension along with one year of free agency. Mesoraco, 26, posted the highest OPS (.893) of any major league catcher in 2014 while slugging 25 home runs in 114 games. He's obviously a hugely valuable real-life and fantasy baseball commodity.
Jan 26 - 2:07 PM

Orioles signed OF Chris Parmelee to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Parmelee elected to become a free agent in December after getting outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster. The 26-year-old batted just .256/.307/.384 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 87 games with the Twins in 2014. He'll be nothing more than depth for Baltimore.
Jan 26 - 2:02 PM

Orioles signed RHP Dane De La Rosa to a minor league contract.

De La Rosa underwent knee surgery in September and might not be ready for the beginning of the 2015 season. The 31-year-old right-hander owns a 4.24 ERA in 87 career major league innings (all as a reliever).
Jan 26 - 2:00 PM

Brewers sent 1B Hunter Morris outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Morris was moved off the Brewers' 40-man roster last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 26-year-old remains organizational depth for Milwaukee.
Jan 26 - 1:23 PM

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Reds are nearing a contract extension with Devin Mesoraco.

No word yet on the structure of the deal. Mesoraco is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and requested a salary of $3.6 million from the Reds after batting .273/.359/.534 with 25 home runs in 114 games last season. The 26-year-old catcher should again be a fantasy stud in 2015, and it sounds like he's going to remain in power-friendly Cincinnati for a long time.
Jan 26 - 1:14 PM

Jake McGee played catch Monday for the first time since his December elbow surgery.

It was arthroscopic surgery, not Tommy John, so McGee is on track to join the Rays' bullpen around late April or early May. The 28-year-old left-hander had a spectacular 2014 season and should reclaim ninth-inning duties soon after he is activated. Kevin Jepsen, Brad Boxberger, and Ernesto Frieri are the fill-in candidates at closer.

Maikel Franco hit .337/.344/.570 with four home runs over 22 games in the Dominican Winter League playoffs.

Franco also had a strong regular season for Gigantes del Cibao. He didn't do much last September with the Phillies, but the 22-year-old third base prospect has posted big-time slugging numbers at every level of the minors and could take on significant fantasy value at some point in 2015. Cody Asche is expected to open the year at the hot corner for Philly. Ryan Howard still has to be plugged in at first base.
Jan 26 - 12:00 PM
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