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  • Mitch Moreland TEX 1B
    Rangers' Mitch Moreland: Settles arbitration, agrees to one-year deal
    3h 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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  • James Paxton SEA SP
    Mariners' James Paxton: Making progress as spring training approaches
    14h 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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  • Evan Gattis HOU DH
    Astros' Evan Gattis: Undergoes hernia surgery
    15h 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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  • Kevin Plawecki NYM C
    Mets' Kevin Plawecki: Underwent sinus surgery in December
    15h 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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  • Carson Fulmer CHW SP
    White Sox's Carson Fulmer: Might not arrive until 2017?
    16h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    General manager Rick Hahn said at SoxFest that Carson Fulmer is not currently on a track to be on the major league roster in 2016, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon were the last two elite collegiate pitchers drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the first round of the amateur draft, and both were in the big leagues less than 12 months after their draft date. That previous aggression, along with Fulmer's perceived maturity, led many to presume that Fulmer would be on a similarly fast track. However, Mat Latos' signing Tuesday extended the club's major league pitching depth, and Fulmer may not be in Chicago until 2017.

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  • Erik Johnson CHW SP
    White Sox's Erik Johnson: Odds of rotation spot diminish with Latos in fold
    16h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Erik Johnson 's chances of making the Chicago White Sox 's Opening Day rotation took a hit Tuesday when the club signed Mat Latos.

    Johnson's prospect star has diminished from his pre-2014 top-100 status. However, he looked to be a minor sleeper heading into 2016 after posting a sub-3.00 FIP at Triple-A Charlotte and throwing a few good spins for the Sox in September. However, Latos' arrival will either push Johnson back to the minors or John Danks back to the bullpen. Danks has the larger contract, so he is likely the early favorite to hold onto a starting role.

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  • Kevin Plawecki NYM C
    Mets' Kevin Plawecki: Underwent sinus surgery in December
    15h 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
    23h 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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  • Chance Sisco BAL C
    Orioles' Chance Sisco: Receives spring training invitation
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

    Sisco will likely begin the 2016 season in Double-A Bowie but has a chance to be a mid-season addition for the Baltimore Orioles . Despite other teams' interest in Sisco's hitting ability at the trade deadline, he remained in Baltimore and has a chance to display his talents during spring training. Even though Sisco hasn't shown the ability to hit for power, he is regarded as one of the best hitting catchers in the minors.

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  • Sebastian Valle PIT C
    Yankees' Sebastian Valle: Receives invitation to spring training
    5d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

    Valle spent 2015 with the Pirates' Double-A affiliate, where he put up a decent .754 OPS. However, the New York Yankees catching situation is pretty well set, so he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training is over.

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  • Eddy Rodriguez NYY C
    Yankees' Eddy Rodriguez: Signs minor league contract with Yankees on Friday
    5d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Eddy Rodriguez signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

    The 30-year-old backstop split time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, but couldn't hit above the Mendoza line at either stop. Because of that, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training concludes.

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  • Travis d'Arnaud NYM C
    Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: will play other positions this spring
    5d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    D'Arnaud will see action at other positions during the spring in an attempt to increase his versatility and potentially find a way to get his bat in the lineup when Kevin Plawecki is behind the plate, the New York Post reports.

    Those other positions are likely first base and left field, though Travis d'Arnaud 's main work will come behind the plate. D'Arnaud has suffered a variety of injuries while catching, so moving him out from behind the plate has been discussed for a while, but his bat plays much better as a catcher than at another position.

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  • Mitch Moreland TEX 1B
    Rangers' Mitch Moreland: Settles arbitration, agrees to one-year deal
    3h 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
    21h 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
    2d 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
    5d 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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  • Jonathan Mota CHC 1B
    Cubs' Jonathan Mota: Signs minor league deal with Cubs
    8d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jonathan Mota signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs , according to Baseball America.

    The 28-year-old will return for his 12th season in the Cubs' organization, providing defensive versatility but little else. Mota saw time at six different positions for Triple-A Iowa last year but hit .252/.297/.346 with two steals in 252 plate appearances. He has hit .266/.302/.392 in parts of five seasons at the Triple-A level.

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  • Greg Bird NYY 1B
    Yankees' Greg Bird: Undergoes shoulder surgery Tuesday, expected to miss 2016 season
    9d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Greg Bird will undergo shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum Tuesday and is expected to miss the entire 2016 season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

    This is a decent blow to the New York Yankees , as Bird was one of their top prospects and was the main fill-in at first base when Mark Teixeira was injured. The 23-year-old had an impressive .872 OPS and 10.7% walk rate in 178 plate appearances with the major league club last season, but he also struck out in nearly one-third of his at-bats. With this development, Brian McCann might need to play more games at first base, or else the Yankees may have to search around for a new backup first baseman.

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  • Brandon Hicks SF 2B
    Dodgers' Brandon Hicks: Joins Dodgers on minor league deal
    22h 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
    8d 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
    8d 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
    9d 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
    11d 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
    11d 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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  • Doug Bernier MIN 3B
    Rangers' Doug Bernier: Signs with Rangers
    21h 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
    2d 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
    2d 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
    5d 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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  • Donovan Solano MIA 3B
    Yankees' Donovan Solano: Receives invitation to spring training
    5d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

    This comes as no surprise, as Solano has appeared in the majors in parts of the last four seasons. That being said, his hitting numbers have tapered off since his debut in the bigs, so he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training if he can't get his bat going against major league pitching.

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  • Deibinson Romero PIT 3B
    Yankees' Deibinson Romero: Receives invitation to spring training
    5d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

    Romero spent 2015 in Korea and put up some decent power numbers. He'll try to compete for a corner infield spot on the New York Yankees roster, but there's a good chance that he'll head to the minors after spring training.

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  • Ozzie Martinez BAL SS
    Orioles' Ozzie Martinez: Receives non-roster invitation to Orioles' spring training
    2d 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
    5d 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
    5d 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
    5d 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
    6d 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
    8d 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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  • A.J. Pollock ARI CF
    Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock: Agrees on two-year contract with Arizona
    2d 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
    2d 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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  • J.D. Martinez DET RF
    Tigers' J.D. Martinez: Agrees to two-year contract
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    The Detroit Tigers and J.D. Martinez agreed to a two-year contract Monday, avoiding arbitration, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.

    Martinez backed up his breakout in 2014 with 38 homers and 102 RBI last season en route to a final slash line of .282/.344/.535. As he enters his age-29 season, he's been afforded some security with the aim of truly cashing in once this new deal is complete.

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  • Xavier Avery DET CF
    Orioles' Xavier Avery: Receives non-roster invitation to spring training
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

    The 26-year-old left fielder hit .318 at Triple-A Salt Lake last year in the Angels' farm-system. However, that production has yet to translate to the big-league level as his batting average is a meager .181 in 170 MLB plate appearances. Given his poor production so far in the majors, he will likely have a hard time finding playing time with the Orioles even if he attains a roster spot.

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  • Roger Bernadina COL LF
    Mets' Roger Bernadina: Gets minors deal with invite to spring training
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Roger Bernadina signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training.

    While Bernadina does have a lengthy MLB resume, he spent much of the 2015 season playing for the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque. The veteran managed to post a .276/.383/.466 batting line with 15 home runs and 62 RBI at that level, but that's likely inflated due to playing in the Pacfic Coast League. Still, Bernadina will get a chance to join the Mets in spring training, though he'll almost certainly be destined to serve as organizational depth once again.

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  • Alex Guerrero LAD LF
    Dodgers' Alex Guerrero: Might not make 25-man roster
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Alex Guerrero might not make the 25-man roster when the 2016 season rolls around, Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Guerrero briefly appeared to be a breakout star in the early stages of 2015, but a .206/.242/.286 second-half slash line and a lack of natural position left him without a regular role by the end of the season. Now, the Los Angeles Dodgers ' build-up of depth in the corners could leave him without a roster spot. The 29-year-old is still owed $10 million over the next two years, but certain clauses in his contract make things much more complicated. He can declare free agency if he is left off the 25-man roster and he can also end his deal after the season if he is traded away from Los Angeles, so moving him would be very tricky. The power he showed in 2016 should give him a role wherever he ends up, but there is plenty of uncertainty surrounding him right now.

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  • James Paxton SEA SP
    Mariners' James Paxton: Making progress as spring training approaches
    14h 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 Fulmer CHW SP
    White Sox's Carson Fulmer: Might not arrive until 2017?
    16h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    General manager Rick Hahn said at SoxFest that Carson Fulmer is not currently on a track to be on the major league roster in 2016, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon were the last two elite collegiate pitchers drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the first round of the amateur draft, and both were in the big leagues less than 12 months after their draft date. That previous aggression, along with Fulmer's perceived maturity, led many to presume that Fulmer would be on a similarly fast track. However, Mat Latos' signing Tuesday extended the club's major league pitching depth, and Fulmer may not be in Chicago until 2017.

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  • Erik Johnson CHW SP
    White Sox's Erik Johnson: Odds of rotation spot diminish with Latos in fold
    16h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Erik Johnson 's chances of making the Chicago White Sox 's Opening Day rotation took a hit Tuesday when the club signed Mat Latos.

    Johnson's prospect star has diminished from his pre-2014 top-100 status. However, he looked to be a minor sleeper heading into 2016 after posting a sub-3.00 FIP at Triple-A Charlotte and throwing a few good spins for the Sox in September. However, Latos' arrival will either push Johnson back to the minors or John Danks back to the bullpen. Danks has the larger contract, so he is likely the early favorite to hold onto a starting role.

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  • Yu Darvish TEX SP
    Rangers' Yu Darvish: Hopes to start throwing bullpen sessions in March
    19h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Yu Darvish (elbow) hopes to start throwing bullpen sessions in March but will still report to spring training with the rest of the Texas Rangers ' pitchers and catchers, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Darvish has been throwing six days a week, with some days at longer distances mixed with others at a shorter distances that include his cutter, two-seam, and changeup in the workout. The timetable hasn't changed much for Darvish's planned return in May, but it's good to see he's still on track and is mixing in his secondary offerings.

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  • Masahiro Tanaka NYY SP
    Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: Throws for first time of offseason
    19h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Masahiro Tanaka threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since undergoing offseason surgery.

    Tanaka had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in October, and it appears he's progressing well. It's not entirely clear if he will be a full participant at the start of spring training, but it's an encouraging sign that he's already on a mound after elbow issues plagued the first couple years of his major league career.

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  • John Lamb CIN SP
    Reds' John Lamb: Undergoes offseason surgery
    23h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    John Lamb underwent offseason back surgery, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

    Lamb went under the knife for disc surgery in December, but was originally expected to be ready in time for the start of the season. Manager Bryan Price recently indicated that the lefty was a bit behind schedule though, so mid-to-late April seems to be the target date at this point.

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  • Brad Ziegler ARI RP
    Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler: Will remain D-backs closer
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Manager Dave Stewart announced Monday that Brad Ziegler will begin the season as the Arizona Diamondbacks ' closer, Jody Jackson of FOX Sports Arizona reports.

    Bringing Tyler Clippard into the fold could have been taken as a challenge to Ziegler's gig, but the incumbent will remain in the closing role once Opening Day rolls around. In 2015, Ziegler replaced Addison Reed in May and proceeded to complete 30 saves, which he supplemented with a crisp 1.85 ERA and 0.956 WHIP. However, Ziegler's lack of heat doesn't equate to many strikeouts, as evidenced by 4.76 K/9 last season.

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    Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler: Expected to remain closer
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Brad Ziegler is expected to remain the Arizona Diamondbacks ' closer to begin the year despite the addition of Tyler Clippard on a two-year contract, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    While Ziegler does not have the swing-and-miss stuff of a prototypical closer, his ability to keep the ball on the ground and success in the closer role a year ago will likely keep him in the ninth inning to start the 2016 campaign. Clippard's signing bolsters the team's back-end depth for now and gives the Diamondbacks a quality fallback option should Ziegler's ERA return closer to his 2014 mark.

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    Orioles' Andrew Oliver: Gets spring training invite
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Andy Oliver will join the Baltimore Orioles during spring training as a non-roster invitee.

    Oliver split the 2015 campaign between the Rays and Orioles organizations, performing relatively well for the teams' respective Triple-A affiliates. It appears the Orioles were impressed enough to offer Oliver another minors deal that includes an invitation to spring training, where he'll face an uphill battle to earn an Opening Day roster spot.

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    Diamondbacks' Tyler Clippard: Signs two-year contract with Diamondbacks on Monday
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Tyler Clippard signed a two-year, $12.25 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

    Clippard has been one of the most consistent relievers in baseball over the past several years, most recently playing an integral part of the Mets' World Series run. That being said, the 30-year-old is pretty reliant on the flyball to get outs, which may not translate very well in a hitter's park like Chase Field. Regardless, Clippard could still push Brad Ziegler for the closer job in Arizona at some point, though Ziegler's success in the role last season may keep him in the ninth inning to start the year.

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  • Craig Stammen WAS RP
    Indians' Craig Stammen: Signs minor league contract with Indians on Monday
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Craig Stammen signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians that includes an invitation to spring training.

    Stammen sat out for most of 2015 with a forearm injury, which led to the Nationals non-tendering the 31-year-old. That being said, he has had some decent numbers out of the bullpen during his career, posting a 2.93 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with nearly a strikeout per inning from 2012 through 2014. If he can get back to full health, Stammen could prove to be a nice under-the-radar pickup for Cleveland.

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  • Pierce Johnson CHC RP
    Cubs' Pierce Johnson: Developed changeup in 2015
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Pierce Johnson took advantage of his time off with injuries to work on his changeup in 2015, the Chicago Cubs ' official site reports. "I was able to throw it for strikes, and that was huge," he said of the pitch. "Just having the confidence in that pitch made it that much better."

    The Cubs have been trying to get Johnson to develop a third pitch ever since he was drafted in 2012, and he finally looks like he has one to go with fastball and slider. He's already one of the better pitching prospect in the system, but his rise to the majors has been stalled a bit. Don't be surprised to hear his name a bit more in 2016.

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    Astros' Evan Gattis: Undergoes hernia surgery
    15h 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
    10d 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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  • Evan Gattis HOU DH
    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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  • Miguel Sano MIN DH
    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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  • David Ortiz BOS DH
    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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