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  • Carson Smith BOS RP
    Red Sox's Carson Smith: Location over velocity
    13h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Carson Smith credited location and movement over velocity for his success last season, WEEI.com reports. "It's tough going out there throwing four out of every five days. That's why your velocity can always vary, but as long as I keep my accuracy and movement consistent, I'm pretty positive about my chances. If I'm in the low-to-mid 90s, I'm pretty happy."

    Smith's fastball isn't overpowering at 93 mph, so he relies heavily on his slider. He dominated right-handers, who hit just .169 off him and overall, Smith held hitters to a .192 average. At this point in the offseason, Smith projects into a share of the setup role along with Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara, behind closer Craig Kimbrel.

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  • Mike Moustakas KC 3B
    Royals' Mike Moustakas: Agrees to two-year deal to avoid arbitration
    14h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Mike Moustakas agreed to a two-year, $14.3 million contract with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    An impressive 2015 campaign from the 26-year-old Moustakas earned him a significant pay bump for the final two years of arbitration. After setting career highs in most offensive categories, his place in the batting order remains a bit unclear heading into the 2016 season. He began 2015 batting second in the order, but the mid-season acquisition of Ben Zobrist resulted in Moustakas being pushed down to sixth. With Zobrist no longer in the picture, it wouldn't be surprising he hits near the top again.

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  • Rosell Herrera COL OF
    Rockies' Rosell Herrera: Receives invitation to spring training
    17h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Rosell Herrera received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

    Herrera spent another season with High-A Modesto, but considering he only batted .260 last season, he'll likely head back to the minors for more seasoning after spring training.

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  • Jordan Patterson COL RF
    Rockies' Jordan Patterson: Receives invitation to spring training
    17h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jordan Patterson received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

    Patterson has torn up the minor leagues and even reached Double-A in his third professional season. That being said, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training to get more work against advanced pitchers.

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  • David Dahl COL CF
    Rockies' David Dahl: Receives invitation to spring training
    17h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    David Dahl received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

    Dahl reached Double-A for the first time in 2015, and although he slugged .417, he struck out a ton. He'll likely head back to the minors after spring training for more seasoning.

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  • Jackson Williams SF C
    Rockies' Jackson Williams: Signs minor league contract with Rockies on Thursday
    17h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jackson Williams signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training.

    Williams spent most of 2015 in Double-A in the Giants organization, but he did get a short taste of the majors in September. Despite this, it'll be tough to crack the 25-man roster out of spring training with Nick Hundley, Tom Murphy, and Dustin Garneau in the way.

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  • Jackson Williams SF C
    Rockies' Jackson Williams: Signs minor league contract with Rockies on Thursday
    17h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jackson Williams signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training.

    Williams spent most of 2015 in Double-A in the Giants organization, but he did get a short taste of the majors in September. Despite this, it'll be tough to crack the 25-man roster out of spring training with Nick Hundley, Tom Murphy, and Dustin Garneau in the way.

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  • Dom Nunez COL C
    Rockies' Dom Nunez: Receives invitation to spring training
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Dom Nunez received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

    Nunez caught at Low-A Asheville last season, posting an .821 OPS thanks to 13 home runs. The invitation is nice, but he'll likely head back down to the minors after spring training concludes to develop more.

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  • Ryan Casteel COL C
    Rockies' Ryan Casteel: Receives invitation to spring training
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Ryan Casteel received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

    Casteel was fairly successful at the Triple-A level last season, hitting .292 despite striking out nearly 25 percent of the time. He could be knocking on the door of the majors soon, but he may have to wait with the catcher pecking order in the majors pretty well set already.

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  • Blake Swihart BOS C
    Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Will start Opening Day
    1d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Blake Swihart will be the Opening Day catcher when Boston opens the 2016 season in Cleveland, MLB.com reports.

    Ryan Hanigan will be the backup while Christian Vazquez, coming off Tommy John surgery, is ticketed to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. That's the plan as it stands now, just prior to spring training. Swihart was called up to the majors last season, slightly ahead of schedule, and proved himself a competent hitter. There's still parts of the job defensively he needs to work on -- blocking balls is the primary area -- but the Boston Red Sox feel he'll learn that skill with experience and practice. Long term, with two young catchers capable of playing everyday in the majors, the Red Sox can either trade one of them or move Swihart to a new position.

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  • Kevin Plawecki NYM C
    Mets' Kevin Plawecki: Underwent sinus surgery in December
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Kevin Plawecki had sinus surgery in December, opening up his blocked right sinus, which doctors believe was the cause of the dizzy spells that plagued the catcher in the past, the NY Daily News reports.

    Plawecki is already at the New York Mets ' spring complex to prepare for his role as the team's backup catcher and possibly a small role at first base. If Travis d'Arnaud is sidelined again this season, then Plawecki will step in as the Mets' starting backstop.

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  • Jason Castro HOU C
    Astros' Jason Castro: Loses arbitration hearing
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jason Castro lost his arbitration hearing and will be paid $5 million in 2016, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

    Castro was seeking $5.25 million, so he probably won't be too upset. With Hank Conger traded during the offseason, Castro could see a bump from last year's 104 games, though he'll need to do a bit more with the bat this time around. Even if he struggles, Castro's glove and pitcher management should give him a long leash.

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  • Will Swanner COL 1B
    Rockies' Will Swanner: Receives invitation to spring training
    17h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Will Swanner received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

    Swanner spent 2015 with Double-A New Britain and showed off his power with 17 home runs. Although the invitation is promising, he'll likely start the season in the minors to develop more.

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  • Brandon Belt SF 1B
    Giants' Brandon Belt: Agrees to one-year contract with Giants, avoiding arbitration
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Brandon Belt and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a one-year, $6.2 million contract, avoiding arbitration, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    The deal goes just a bit in favor of the Giants, as it falls a bit short of the $6.4 million midpoint. The 27-year-old bounced back nicely last season with a .280 batting average, an .834 OPS, and 18 home runs. Now that his contract situation is out of the way, Belt can return to being a solid fantasy option at first base, assuming he can replicate his 2015 numbers.

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  • Mitch Moreland TEX 1B
    Rangers' Mitch Moreland: Settles arbitration, agrees to one-year deal
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Mitch Moreland agreed to a one-year, $5.7 million contract with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Moreland's 2015 campaign was his best as a full-time major league player, earning him a nice payday in his last year of arbitration before the 30-year-old is eligible to hit the open market. While he's not one of the top-tier first baseman, Moreland provides enough power (23 home runs last season), and bats in the middle of an order good enough to make him a nice fantasy option for those deciding to wait.

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  • Travis Ishikawa PIT 1B
    White Sox's Travis Ishikawa: Signs with White Sox
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Travis Ishikawa agreed to a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday which includes an invite to spring training, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Ishikawa had previously agreed to a similar deal with the Mariners less than a month earlier, but it ultimately fell through before becoming official. The 32-year-old hit just .206/.306/.302 in 44 games in the big leagues last season and the White Sox appear to be set with first base depth, so it's unlikely he cracks the Opening Day roster out of spring training.

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  • Trey Mancini BAL 1B
    Orioles' Trey Mancini: Receives spring training invitation
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Trey Mancini has received an invitation to Baltimore's spring training, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

    Mancini is one of the Baltimore Orioles ' top prospects heading into 2016 after batting .359/.395/.586 in 84 games with Double-A Bowie last season. He will likely begin the season in Triple-A Norfolk and could earn a promotion to the big leagues if he develops better plate discipline (5.8 percent walk rate) and continues to rake.

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  • Travis Shaw BOS 1B
    Red Sox's Travis Shaw: Will train in outfield
    7d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Travis Shaw will spend time in left field early on in training camp to determine if he's a viable option at the position, the Boston Herald reports.

    As it stands now, Shaw has a good shot at making Boston's roster on his infield work alone, particularly as the Boston Red Sox try out Hanley Ramirez at first base, but by adding outfield to his resume should cement a roster spot for him. Shaw surprised everyone last season, hitting .270 with 13 homers in 248 plate appearances over August and September.

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  • Brandon Hicks SF 2B
    Dodgers' Brandon Hicks: Joins Dodgers on minor league deal
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Brandon Hicks signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, Baseball America reports.

    A .162/.280/.319 first half to 2014 led to Hicks' removal from the Giants' 40-man roster, and he failed to work his way back up in 2015. Now 30, Hicks can't really play shortstop anymore, but he will provide the Triple-A club with a depth option at second base and third in 2016.

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  • Angelo Gumbs NYY 2B
    Reds' Angelo Gumbs: Signs minor league deal with Reds
    10d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Angelo Gumbs signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds , Baseball America reports.

    A second-round pick by the Yankees in 2010, Gumbs hit the proverbial wall in his development, failing to move above High-A after his initial promotion to the level in 2013. He hit a low point in 2015, batting .176/.224/.213 in 202 plate appearances with High-A Tampa, but Gumbs is only 23 and the Reds want to see if there's something in his game that is correctable.

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  • Devon Travis TOR 2B
    Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Won't be ready for the opener
    10d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Devon Travis (shoulder) remains on track to miss the start of the 2016 season, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.

    With plenty of offense in tow, the Jays can afford to take their time with the young second baseman. Upon having surgery on his left shoulder in November, the expectation was that Travis would need 16-20 weeks to recover. Ryan Goins remains the favorite to pick up the extra playing time at second base while Travis is on the shelf.

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  • Brandon Phillips CIN 2B
    Reds' Brandon Phillips: Turned down two trades
    11d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    The Cincinnati Reds are unlikely to try to trade Brandon Phillips again after he turned down two trades this offseason, one with the Nationals and one with the Diamondbacks, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    In both cases the trade broke down when Phillips, who has a full no-trade clause, wanted more money to approve the trade and a deal was not reached. The Reds would like to be able to trade Phillips and play Jose Peraza, but their plans may be put on hold.

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  • Aaron Hill MIL 2B
    Brewers' Aaron Hill: Traded to Brewers
    13d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Aaron Hill was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday in a five-player deal, ESPN's Keith Law reports.

    Hill is owed $12 million for 2016, the final year of his deal, so Arizona was fortunate to be able to pass him off, but it costed one of their top prospects (Isan Diaz) to get the deal done. Hill could occupy the short side of a second base platoon with Scooter Gennett this year, while also seeing time at third base if young players like Will Middlebrooks and Garin Cecchini don't work out. Still, with Milwaukee rebuilding, the young players figure to get more chances than an aging Hill who does not factor into the team's long-term plans.

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  • Howie Kendrick LAD 2B
    Dodgers' Howie Kendrick: Willing to play some 3B
    13d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Howie Kendrick has expressed a willingness to play some third base this year for the Los Angeles Dodgers , the Los Angeles Times' Andy McCullough reports.

    Justin Turner is coming off microfracture surgery, so the team may need Kendrick to fill in some at the hot corner early on. Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley are more than capable of handling second base, so Kendrick's ability to handle third gives the Dodgers an extreme amount of flexibility. While many of the Dodgers' positions will be platoons, Kendrick should be in the lineup almost every day, possibly hitting leadoff, so he is one of the few Dodgers who is safe to target in drafts.

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  • Mike Moustakas KC 3B
    Royals' Mike Moustakas: Agrees to two-year deal to avoid arbitration
    14h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Mike Moustakas agreed to a two-year, $14.3 million contract with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    An impressive 2015 campaign from the 26-year-old Moustakas earned him a significant pay bump for the final two years of arbitration. After setting career highs in most offensive categories, his place in the batting order remains a bit unclear heading into the 2016 season. He began 2015 batting second in the order, but the mid-season acquisition of Ben Zobrist resulted in Moustakas being pushed down to sixth. With Zobrist no longer in the picture, it wouldn't be surprising he hits near the top again.

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  • Taylor Featherston LAA 3B
    Phillies' Taylor Featherston: Traded to Phillies
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Taylor Featherston was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later or cash considerations on Wednesday.

    In his first MLB season, Featherston hit for a .162/.212/.247 slash line in 101 games last season. After his rapid ascent through the Angels' minor league season, the 25-year-old seemed to hit a ceiling in the majors last year and it will be interesting to see how his role changes with the Phillies.

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  • Doug Bernier MIN 3B
    Rangers' Doug Bernier: Signs with Rangers
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Doug Bernier agreed to a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

    Bernier spent last season in the Twins' organization, slashing .256/.340/.306 in 95 games at the Triple-A level. The 35-year-old has limited big league experience in his career and figures to serve just as infield depth for the Rangers.

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  • Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
    Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson: Inks two-year deal with Blue Jays
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Josh Donaldson agreed to a two-year, $29 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday to avoid arbitration, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

    Donaldson will have a tough task duplicating his numbers from the 2015 season after posting 41 home runs, 123 RBI, and 122 runs in what was easily the best statistical campaign of his five-year career. Nevertheless, he'll be touted as a first-round power hitter under most formats who's played in 158 games during each of his last three seasons.

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  • Yangervis Solarte SD 3B
    Padres' Yangervis Solarte: Remains on track to start 2016 at third
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Yangervis Solarte is in line to enter the 2016 season as the San Diego Padres ' everyday third basemen, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.

    After a 2015 season where he made 85 starts at the position, it looks like the hot corner is where the 28-year-old will end up entering 2016. The Venezuela native also made 25 starts at first base and 14 starts at second last year, but after playing over half the year at third and posting a solid .967 fielding percentage, he will likely remain there. Cory Spangenberg, another third base option, is on tap to start the season at second given his 67 starts at the position for the Padres last year. Another potential option is Brett Wallace, but his meager five starts at third last season will likely keep him as a reserve for third base, not the starter.

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  • Taylor Featherston LAA 3B
    Angels' Taylor Featherston: Designated for assignment by Angels on Friday
    7d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Taylor Featherston was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    Featherston was the causality when the Angels claimed Christian Friedrich off waivers from the Rockies on Friday. He got to play plenty in the majors all over the infield, but failed to hit well and lost virtually all of his power, as he batted only .162 with two home runs and a .247 slugging percentage. The 26-year-old could be a decent pickup for a club looking for an inexpensive and young utility infielder.

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  • Ozzie Martinez BAL SS
    Orioles' Ozzie Martinez: Receives non-roster invitation to Orioles' spring training
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Ozzie Martinez will attend Baltimore Orioles ' spring training as a non-roster invitee, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

    The 27-year-old Puerto Rican has played 942 games at the minor league level but only 34 in the big leagues. In 2015 with Double-A Bowie, he hit .252 with 48 runs and 30 RBI in 477 plate appearances. The journeyman will have a difficult time finding playing time given his limited production in the MLB, even if he receives a roster spot.

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  • Tyler Wade NYY SS
    Yankees' Tyler Wade: Receives invitation to spring training
    7d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Tyler Wade received an invitation to spring training.

    Wade is one of the top prospects in the Yankee system, but he's only reached the Double-A level so far, so the invite shows just how highly the New York Yankees think of him. That being said, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training is over to develop more.

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  • Jorge Mateo NYY SS
    Yankees' Jorge Mateo: Receives invitation to spring training
    7d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jorge Mateo has received an invitation to spring training, Bryan Hoch of MLB reports.

    Mateo is one of the top prospects in the Yankee system, and the fact that the New York Yankees are already having the 20-year-old in the major league camp after only playing as high as High-A last season says how much they like him. Despite the invite, Mateo will likely head back to the minors for more seasoning after spring training concludes.

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  • Jonathan Diaz TOR SS
    Yankees' Jonathan Diaz: Receives invitation to spring training
    7d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jonathan Diaz received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

    The light-hitting shortstop spent most of 2015 with the Triple-A affiliate of the Blue Jays, but did see some time with the major league club as well. That being said, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training is over.

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  • Wilmer Flores NYM SS
    Mets' Wilmer Flores: Says he'll be 100 percent after working out at full strength
    8d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Wilmer Flores (ankle) is working out at full strength and said he'll be 100 percent for spring training, Newsday's Marc Carig reports.

    Flores removed his walking boot just over a week ago, which is a good sign that he's progressing fairly quickly. He'll likely serve in a super utility role to open 2016 with Asdrubal Cabrera taking over at shortstop.

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  • Brendan Ryan WAS SS
    Nationals' Brendan Ryan: Signs with Nationals
    10d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Brendan Ryan agreed to a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

    Ryan had been traded to the Cubs earlier in the offseason, but the veteran was released shortly after. He'll get an invitation to spring training as part of the deal, but the 33-year-old figures to serve primarily as organizational depth up the middle of the infield.

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  • Rosell Herrera COL OF
    Rockies' Rosell Herrera: Receives invitation to spring training
    17h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Rosell Herrera received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

    Herrera spent another season with High-A Modesto, but considering he only batted .260 last season, he'll likely head back to the minors for more seasoning after spring training.

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  • Jordan Patterson COL RF
    Rockies' Jordan Patterson: Receives invitation to spring training
    17h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jordan Patterson received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

    Patterson has torn up the minor leagues and even reached Double-A in his third professional season. That being said, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training to get more work against advanced pitchers.

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  • David Dahl COL CF
    Rockies' David Dahl: Receives invitation to spring training
    17h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    David Dahl received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

    Dahl reached Double-A for the first time in 2015, and although he slugged .417, he struck out a ton. He'll likely head back to the minors after spring training for more seasoning.

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  • Wil Myers SD CF
    Padres' Wil Myers: Expected to stick at first base in 2016
    1d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    The San Diego Padres plan to use Wil Myers at first base full-time in 2016.

    Myers played 22 games at first base and 42 in the outfield in an injury-shortened 2015 season. But after trading Yonder Alonso to the A's, there's no one substantially in the way of Myers at first base this year. The bigger concern is whether he's fully recovered from the wrist injuries that marred last year's season.

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  • A.J. Pollock ARI CF
    Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock: Agrees on two-year contract with Arizona
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    A.J. Pollock agreed to a two-year, $10.25 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday to avoid arbitration, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

    Pollock is coming off arguably the best season of his four-year career after compiling 192 hits, 20 home runs, 76 RBI, and 111 runs on 157 games in 2015. Those numbers make the 28-year-old a viable option to be taken within the first two rounds of standard leagues in 2016, especially since he averaged .315 at the plate last season and tends to bat ahead of Paul Goldschmidt.

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  • Skip Schumaker CIN LF
    Padres' Skip Schumaker: Signs minor league contract with Padres
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    The San Diego Padres signed Skip Schumaker to a minor league contract Monday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

    Schumaker spent last season serving in a situational role, which translated to a .242/.306/.336 slash line, one homer, and two stolen bases in 244 at-bats across 131 games. After turning 36 years old last week, he's clearly in the twilight of his career, but the opportunity afforded by the Padres could result in an outfield depth role at the major league level at some point in 2016.

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  • Jeff Hoffman COL SP
    Rockies' Jeff Hoffman: Receives invitation to spring training
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jeff Hoffman received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

    One of the top prospects in the Colorado Rockies organization after being acquired in the Troy Tulowitzki deal, Hoffman pitched well at the Double-A level. Although he shows promise, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training to pitch more against upper-level hitters.

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  • Kyle Freeland COL SP
    Rockies' Kyle Freeland: Receives invitation to spring training
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Kyle Freeland received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

    The 2014 first-round draft pick hasn't pitched above High-A in his career, but the Colorado Rockies like him enough to bring him to big league camp during spring training. Despite this, he'll likely head back to the minors for seasoning after spring training concludes.

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  • Yohan Flande COL SP
    Rockies' Yohan Flande: Signs minor league contract with Rockies on Thursday
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Yohan Flande signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies on Thursday that includes and invitation to spring training.

    Flande spent a lot of 2015 pitching in the majors with the Rockies, but only produced a 4.74 ERA, which led the Rockies to non-tender him in December. He'll return to the Rockies for 2016, although the left-hander will likely serve as organizational depth unless he can improve a fair amount during the spring.

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  • Cory Luebke SD SP
    Pirates' Cory Luebke: Signs minor league contract with Pirates on Thursday
    19h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Cory Luebke signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports.

    Luebke had his 2016 option declined by the Padres after two Tommy John surgeries since 2012 and another elbow injury in July derailed his tenure with San Diego. The left-hander pitched well in the majors from 2010-2012 with a 3.25 ERA, though, so he could get some looks for the fifth rotation spot, although it's probably more likely that he'll begin 2016 in the minor leagues.

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  • Colby Lewis TEX SP
    Rangers' Colby Lewis: Will be limited early in spring training
    20h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Colby Lewis (knee) will be limited early in spring training, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Lewis was originally expected to be fully ready for spring training after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in October, but now it appears that the Texas Rangers will take the cautious approach and not rush him during spring training. That being said, the cautious approach should allow him to be fully healthy for the regular season barring any complications.

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  • James Paxton SEA SP
    Mariners' James Paxton: Making progress as spring training approaches
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    James Paxton will work on his curveball for the first time this offseason in a bullpen session Friday, 710 ESPN's Shannon Drayer reports.

    He threw his fastball and changeup Tuesday, but has not thrown a breaking ball this offseason, so Friday will mark an important step in his recovery from a finger injury. Given Paxton's injury history, the Seattle Mariners made a point not to go into spring training relying on him this season, but he will have the chance to beat out Nate Karns for the fifth spot in the rotation.

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  • Carson Smith BOS RP
    Red Sox's Carson Smith: Location over velocity
    13h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Carson Smith credited location and movement over velocity for his success last season, WEEI.com reports. "It's tough going out there throwing four out of every five days. That's why your velocity can always vary, but as long as I keep my accuracy and movement consistent, I'm pretty positive about my chances. If I'm in the low-to-mid 90s, I'm pretty happy."

    Smith's fastball isn't overpowering at 93 mph, so he relies heavily on his slider. He dominated right-handers, who hit just .169 off him and overall, Smith held hitters to a .192 average. At this point in the offseason, Smith projects into a share of the setup role along with Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara, behind closer Craig Kimbrel.

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  • Brock Huntzinger OAK RP
    Rockies' Brock Huntzinger: Signs minor league contract with Rockies on Thursday
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Brock Huntzinger signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training.

    Huntzinger spent the last three seasons at the Triple-A level, and last season definitely wasn't promising, either. He posted a 4.63 ERA in 56.1 innings pitched, meaning he'll have to vastly improve if he wants a chance to pitch with the Rockies after spring training.

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  • Nelson Gonzalez COL RP
    Rockies' Nelson Gonzalez: Receives invitation to spring training
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Nelson Gonzalez received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

    The 25-year-old pitched in both Double-A and Triple-A last season, striking out a batter per inning while in Albuquerque. It will be tough to crack the Colorado Rockies bullpen, but a strong spring training could put him in the conversation to appear in the majors at some point of the season.

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  • Gonzalez Germen COL RP
    Rockies' Gonzalez Germen: Receives invitation to spring training
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Gonzalez Germen received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

    Germen compiled a 4.42 ERA in 38.2 innings with the Cubs and Colorado Rockies last season, so unless he can vastly improve his pitching, it'll be tough to crack the 25-man roster.

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  • Simon Castro COL RP
    Rockies' Simon Castro: Signs minor league contract with Rockies on Thursday
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Simon Castro signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training.

    Castro pitched well with Triple-A Albuquerque last season, but he failed to perform well once he received a promotion to the majors. It will be tough for Castro to crack the Rockies bullpen unless significant improvements are made.

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    Rockies' Jason Gurka: Signs minor league contract with Rockies on Thursday
    18h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jason Gurka signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training.

    Gurka reached the major leagues for the first time last season with the Rockies, but he had significant struggles as his 9.39 ERA shows. He'll get another shot to prove his worth in major league camp, but he will likely head to the minors after spring training given the upgrades the Rockies have brought into their bullpen.

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    Astros' Evan Gattis: Undergoes hernia surgery
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Evan Gattis recently underwent surgery to repair a hernia and is expected to miss most of spring training, the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Although the injury is not considered severe, Gattis will need 4-to-6 weeks to recover, meaning the Houston Astros will be without the slugger's services for most of the Grapefruit League slate and quite possibly for Opening Day. Jonathan Singleton, Luis Valbuena, Marwin Gonzalez, Preston Tucker, Jake Marisnick and Matt Duffy could all be in the running to pick up at-bats as the designated hitter until Gattis returns.

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    Twins' Miguel Sano: On board with move to outfield
    12d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Minnesota intends for Miguel Sano to begin the season as the starting right fielder, GM Terry Ryan told MLB.com. "He's bought in," Ryan said. "But we've certainly asked that question. You have to be on board with it and he's on board."

    Sano has been working on his outfield defense in his native Dominican Republic and the Minnesota Twins say they'll bring Torii Hunter in as a special assistant in spring training to help him to learn the new position. It may have looked like a ploy to increase Trevor Plouffe's trade value early in the offseason, but Sano's move to the outfield looks set to happen with the Twins recently agreeing to a one-year, $7.25 million deal with Plouffe. Of course, Sano will still have to demonstrate he can play the outfield in spring training and not be a major liability on defense.

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    Twins' Miguel Sano: Working on conditioning and OF defense
    12/10/2015 • By RotoWire Staff

    Miguel Sano decided to shut it down in winter ball in order to work on his conditioning and outfield defense for the rest of the offseason, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

    He is not hurt, but simply felt it would be a better use of his offseason to work on what appears to be an impending position change to the outfield. Working on his conditioning will also prove key to a move to the outfield, so it is good to see that Sano is being proactive about this switch. However, there are still a variety of scenarios that would result in Sano playing more third base or DH than outfield in 2016. Regardless of where he plays, Sano will probably hit cleanup and serve as a great source of home runs and RBI.

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    Astros' Evan Gattis: Tendered a contract by Astros
    12/03/2015 • By RotoWire Staff

    Evan Gattis was tendered a contract by the Houston Astros on Wednesday, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    This makes it official that the 29-year-old slugger will return to the Astros. Gattis acted as the Astros primary designated hitter in 2015, and although his batting average wasn't great at .246, his 27 home runs, 88 RBI, and 11 triples were all career highs, making it a no-brainer for the Astros to bring his production back for another season.

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    Twins' Miguel Sano: Could play outfield in 2016
    12/02/2015 • By RotoWire Staff

    The Minnesota Twins continue to insist that Miguel Sano will play in the outfield in 2016, with Trevor Plouffe remaining at third base, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    This should be met with a lot of skepticism, as it seems like the Twins current roster construction calls for Plouffe to be traded. Joe Mauer, Byung-ho Park, Max Kepler, Kennys Vargas, and Oswaldo Arcia are all limited to either first base, DH or corner outfield, so there are simply too many pieces on the roster right now. Eddie Rosario appears to have a firm hold on left field, and if Sano can handle third, that makes the most sense. Kepler certainly looks like an everyday player, and Sano is obviously one too, so conventional wisdom suggests the team will find a way to make room for both of them. Still, according to the team, if the roster remains unchanged, Sano would start the year in right field.

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    Red Sox's David Ortiz: Likely to retire in 2016
    11/17/2015 • By RotoWire Staff

    David Ortiz will retire at the end of the 2016 season, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

    It's important to note Ortiz has not yet confirmed the news, however considering he will turn 40 years-old Wednesday, it wouldn't be a surprising development. The designated hitter just finished recording his third straight 30+ home run, 100+ RBI season so it's clear his skills at the plate haven't diminished much with age, but he's played just 20 games at first base over the last three years and he vehemently expressed disinterest in seeing more time at that position earlier this season. As long as Ortiz stays healthy, he should be in line for another stellar season at the plate.

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