Entries in Third Baseman (20)


ESPN: Cubs Promoting Top Prospect Kris Bryant

Chicago Cubs/MLB(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday, according to ESPN.

The 23-year-old Bryant will take the place of third baseman Mike Olt, who will be placed on the disabled list due to a hairline fracture on his wrist.

After tearing up spring training, Bryant's situation became controversial because the Cubs sent him to the minor leagues to retain his rights for an extra year before he would become a free agent.

Bryant, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, won minor league player of the year last season. In six games for Triple-A Iowa this season, he hit .333 with two home runs, seven RBIs, and two stolen bases.

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Rangers Pick Up Beltre's 2016 Option 

Rick Yeatts/Getty Images(SURPRISE, Ariz.) -- The Texas Rangers picked up third baseman Adrian Beltre's 2016 contract option.

The option will earn the 35-year-old Beltre $16 million in 2016.

"It was really a no-brainer for us," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "He is one of the best players in the game, a team leader and a future Hall of Famer. We didn't want it to be a story this season."

Beltre joined the Rangers before the 2011 season when he signed a six-year, $96 million contract. During his four seasons in Texas, Beltre has hit .315 with 117 home runs, 376 RBIs and a .364 on-base percentage. He also made three all-star teams and won two Gold Gloves while playing in Arlington.

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ESPN: Yankees Offer Rodriguez Yankee Stadium to Make Apology

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees want third baseman Alex Rodriguez to apologize in front of the media before pitchers and catchers report to spring training Friday, and according to ESPN, the team has offered Rodriguez the use of Yankee Stadium to do it.

ESPN reports the 39-year-old Rodriguez and the Yankees met last Tuesday, when Rodriguez agreed to publicly apologize for his season-long suspension for performance-enhancing drug use.

After Rodriguez and the Yankees met last Tuesday, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and team executives told Rodriguez they wanted him to talk with the media before spring training to try and avoid having a distraction in Tampa.

There isn't an exact date or location set for the news conference.

Rodriguez is a three-time MVP who over 20 major league seasons has hit .299 with 654 home runs and a .384 on-base percentage.

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Todd Frazier Agrees to Two-Year Deal With Reds

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(CINCINATTI, Oh) -- Third baseman Todd Frazier will man the hot corner for the Cincinnati Reds for another pair of seasons.

The Reds and the 28-year-old Frazier avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $12 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of 

Last season Frazier batted .273, with 29 home runs and 80 RBI for the Reds who finished fourth in the NL Central at 76-86. Frazier was named to his first All-Star game last season.

Aroldis Chapman is the only player left with pending arbitration for the Reds.

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3B Juan Uribe Sent to DL

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Third baseman Juan Uribe was sent to the 15-day disabled list by the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday due to a right hamstring injury.

The hamstring, which already caused Uribe to miss more than a month earlier this season, was injured while Uribe was trying to catch a foul popup in the team's 6-3 loss to the Brewers Friday.

"It being the same leg, the last time we felt good after four or five days, he played three or four (games) and then he missed 30 days," Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly said. "That's the one thing we worry about."

The 35-year-old Uribe has played in 81 games this season, posting a .293 batting average, six home runs, 35 RBIs and a .320 on-base percentage.

The Dodgers have yet to announce who they will call up to replace Uribe.

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Orioles 3B Machado has Ligament Sprain

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had an MRI Tuesday revealing a ligament sprain in his right knee.

The 21-year-old Machado suffered the injury while taking a swing in the team's 11-3 loss against the New York Yankees Monday night. After Machado took the swing, he fell to the ground grabbing his knee and had to be helped off the field.

The Orioles still haven't determined whether Machado will go on the disabled list.

"I'm not going to handicap it," Orioles skipper Buck Showalter said. "I don't know yet, but just because someone goes on the DL doesn't mean that he's not going to play again this year, or he's going to have surgery or this and that."

This is the second time Machado suffered an injury to a knee while in the major leagues. In October 2013, Machado had reconstructive surgery on his left knee. That procedure caused the youngster to start this season on the DL.

In 82 games this season, Machado is hitting .278 with 12 home runs, 32 RBIs and a .324 on-base percentage.

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Nationals Put Zimmerman Back on DL

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Washington Nationals placed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to a strained right hamstring.

This is the second time this season Zimmerman will head to the DL. Earlier this year he missed 44 games with a broken right thumb.

The injury occurred while Zimmerman was attempting to run to first base to beat out a ground ball in the sixth inning of the Nationals win over the Rockies Tuesday.

Zimmerman had an MRI prior to the team's game Wednesday, but has not yet received the results.

"He's pretty sore today," Nationals skipper Matt Williams said. "It's actually a little worse (than Tuesday night). When I spoke with him this morning, he hadn't had any treatment on it. When you're hot and it happens, it doesn't feel as bad as it does the next morning."

Zimmerman has played in 53 games this season and is hitting .282 with five home runs, 36 RBIs and a .345 on-base percentage.

Infielder Zack Walters was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take Zimmerman's roster spot.

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Yankees Trade for 3B Chase Headley

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres in exchange for infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula.

The 30-year-old Headley had a great 2012, hitting .286, with 31 home runs, 115 RBIs, 17 stolen bases and a .376 on-base percentage. But Headley broke his left thumb at the beginning of 2013 and hasn't been the same since.

"I think he can certainly deliver a long ball and this ballpark is certainly more conductive to that than where he's coming from," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "I think he's a professional hitter and a switch-hitter that can spray it all over the place. I don't think we're getting a big thumper, but I do think we're getting an upgrade and a professional at-bat. He's going to give you a good at-bat."

Headley is in the final year of his contract which pays him $10.525 million in 2014.

This season, Headley is hitting .229, with seven home runs and 32 RBIs.

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Machado Returns to Orioles' Lineup

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Orioles activated third baseman Manny Machado from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Stephen Lombardozzi to Triple-A Norfolk Thursday.

The 21-year-old Machado, who hadn't played in a major league game since suffering a season ending knee injury Sept. 23 of last year, played in the second game of the Orioles' doubleheader against Pittsburgh Thursday, going 0-for-5 at the plate.

"Manny wasn't going to play 18 innings (his) first day back from rehab," Orioles skipper Buck Showalter said of Machado. "I have my reasons, and talking to Manny, I don't want to see him play the first game, sit around for a long time and then be asked to come into a game, potentially the second game.

"I made sure that he knew we weren't going to play him 18 innings. I just don't think that's very smart."

The 6-foot-3 Machado won a Gold Glove and was an All-Star last season, hitting .314 with 14 home runs and 71 RBIs.

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Padres 3B Chase Headley Leaves Game with Calf Injury

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley left the team's game versus the Washington Nationals Thursday in the middle of the second inning with a strained right calf.

Headley flied out to center in the top of the second inning and then did not return to the field in the bottom half of the inning.

This isn't the first time this year Headley's right calf has bothered him. He strained it Feb. 22 during a rundown drill at the Padres' spring training complex. The strain kept Headley out of games until March 18.

Headley has also been dealing with other ailments this season. He missed three starts last week due to a sore left knee and a right biceps strain.

In the 19 games he has played this season, the 29-year-old Headley hit .188 with two home runs and seven RBIs.

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