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  • Fernando Rodney CHC RP
    Padres' Fernando Rodney: Dealing with leg tightness
    14h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Fernando Rodney was taken out of a Caribbean Series game earlier this week as a precautionary measure after feeling some leg tightness, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports.

    This came a day after the San Diego Padres agreed to terms with Rodney to presumably get the first crack at closing for them this year. In three games this month for the Dominican Republic he has allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out five. There is no reason to believe the injury is anything serious, but it's worth noting as spring training approaches.

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  • Jesse Chavez TOR RP
    Blue Jays' Jesse Chavez: Wins arbitration case, gets $4 million
    16h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jesse Chavez won his arbitration case and will make $4 million in 2016, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.

    While arbitration trials aren't the best way to get on the right foot with a new team, Chavez will bring a solid back-of-the-rotation presence to a staff that needs starting depth. The $4 million salary is a $1.85 million raise from last season.

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  • Chad Jenkins TOR RP
    Blue Jays' Chad Jenkins: Designated for assignment
    16h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Chad Jenkins was designated for assignment Saturday to make room on the 40-man roster for Gavin Floyd, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportnet reports.

    Jenkins had been a steady performer out of the bullpen before 2015, averaging a 3.25 ERA and 32.1 innings per year in the three seasons prior. However, a brutal spring and mediocre results last season made the out-of-options reliever expendable. If he manages to clear waivers, he'll likely go back to Triple-A Buffalo.

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  • Gavin Floyd CLE SP
    Blue Jays' Gavin Floyd: Gets $1 million deal with incentives from Toronto
    17h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Gavin Floyd 's deal with the Toronto Blue Jays is a major-league deal worth $1 million, with a million more in incentives, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Floyd figured to miss all of 2015 after receiving elbow surgery, yet he managed to squeeze in seven relief experiences in September. Floyd's role with the Blue Jays is still up in the air, but the guaranteed money means he will almost certainly get a shot at the rotation in spring training.

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  • Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP
    Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Working on slider, cutter
    21h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Eduardo Rodriguez has been working this offseason to improve the precision of his slider and the introduction of a cutter, the Providence Journal reports.

    The slider is seen as a critical third pitch for the left-hander against whom lefty hitters had a measure of success. Seven of his 13 homers surrendered were to left-handed hitters, and lefties slugged 159 points higher against him than righties.

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  • Jake Arrieta CHC SP
    Cubs' Jake Arrieta: Avoids arbitration with Cubs
    1d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.7 million contract Friday night, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

    Arrieta will receive a salary bump in excess of $7 million after winning the NL Cy Young Award in 2015. He will have one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining, and will have a good chance to top his 2016 salary if he is anywhere near as dominant as he was a year ago. Arrieta will head the Cubs' rotation this season, making him the odds on favorite to take the ball Opening Day.

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  • Sebastian Valle PIT C
    Yankees' Sebastian Valle: Receives invitation to spring training
    2d 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
    2d 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
    2d 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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  • Kevin Plawecki NYM C
    Mets' Kevin Plawecki: will play some first base this spring
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Kevin Plawecki will see action at first base during the spring in an attempt to increase his versatility and potentially find a way to get him in the lineup when Travis d'Arnaud is behind the plate, the NY Post reports.

    Plawecki saw some time at first base in the minors, so playing the position won't be that foreign to him. It's unlikely he sees much time there, though he could possibly play against lefties when Lucas Duda sits and Wilmer Flores is deployed elsewhere in the infield.

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  • Steven Lerud SEA C
    Mariners' Steve Lerud: Signs minor league contract with Mariners on Wednesday
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Steven Lerud signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training.

    Lerud spent the last two seasons at the Triple-A level, most recently slashing .238/.320/.301 with the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. With Chris Ianetta, Steve Clevenger, and Mike Zunino expected to see major league time, the 31-year-old will likely just act as organizational depth at the catcher position.

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  • Blake Lalli ARI C
    Braves' Blake Lalli: Signs minor league deal with Braves
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Blake Lalli signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves last week, Baseball America reports.

    According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Lalli will attend major league camp for spring training as a non-roster invitee, but the team intends to pair him with Ryan Lavarnway at Triple-A Gwinnett to start the season. The 32-year-old Lalli has made 40 plate appearances at the highest level, the last of which came back in 2013.

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  • Travis Shaw BOS 1B
    Red Sox's Travis Shaw: Will train in outfield
    2d 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
    4d 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
    6d 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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  • Jesus Guzman CHC 1B
    Cubs' Jesus Guzman: Will join Cubs at spring training
    9d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jesus Guzman received an invitation to big league spring training Friday.

    One of the older non-roster invitees to Chicago Cubs spring training, Guzman also has a fair amount of MLB experience under his belt, but hasn't played ball since 2014. The veteran will look to make his mark during spring training, but it would likely take a lot for him to make the club out of spring training.

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  • Joey Terdoslavich BAL 1B
    Orioles' Joey Terdoslavich: Outrighted to Triple-A on Thursday
    10d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Joey Terdoslavich cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

    The 27-year-old slashed just .214/.254/.375 with only one home run in 28 games with Atlanta in 2015. With Chris Davis holding down first base for the Baltimore Orioles it is unlikely that Terdoslavich contributes much in 2016.

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  • Albert Pujols LAA 1B
    Angels' Albert Pujols: Cleared to swing off tee
    10d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Albert Pujols has been cleared to hit off a tee, FOX Sports reports.

    After removing the walking boot on his right foot in early January, Pujols will soon take another step in his recovery. The development doesn't change the expectation that the 36-year-old will reach full baseball activities by late March, which would likely equate to a DL trip to begin the season. Under that scenario, C.J. Cron would take a crack at regular DH duty until Pujols is ready to return.

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  • Angelo Gumbs NYY 2B
    Reds' Angelo Gumbs: Signs minor league deal with Reds
    4d 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
    4d 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
    5d 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
    7d 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
    8d 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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  • Maicer Izturis TOR 2B
    Blue Jays' Maicer Izturis: Signs minor league contract with Blue Jays on Friday
    9d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Maicer Izturis signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday that included an invitation to spring training, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsbet reports.

    Izturis had his club option for 2016 declined, but the 35-year-old is back with Toronto anyway. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2014 due to injuries, where he batted .286 in 38 plate appearances. He'll likely serve as organizational depth with the infield pretty well solidified for the AL East champions.

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  • Taylor Featherston LAA 3B
    Angels' Taylor Featherston: Designated for assignment by Angels on Friday
    2d 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
    2d 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
    2d 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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  • Don Kelly MIA 3B
    Marlins' Don Kelly: Signs minor league contract with Marlins on Wednesday
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Don Kelly signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

    Kelly signed with the Marlins last season, but was limited to one at bat in the majors due to a broken finger and then Tommy John surgery. If he's healthy for spring training, he'll likely compete for a reserve role as a utility player, thanks to his experience in playing almost every position on the field.

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  • Ronald Torreyes NYY 3B
    Yankees' Ronnie Torreyes: Lands with Yankees
    5d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Ronald Torreyes was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees on Monday.

    Torreyes has now been acquired by the Yankees for the second time in the past 20 days. The 23-year-old infielder will provide depth for the Yankees after spending time with the farm systems of the Blue Jays, Astros and Dodgers in 2015. Lane Adams was designated for assignment to make room for Torreyes on the 40-man roster.

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  • Deibinson Romero PIT 3B
    Yankees' Deibinson Romero: Signs minor league contract with Yankees on Monday
    6d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Deibinson Romero signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

    Romero spent 2015 with the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization. In 76 games, the 29-year-old had a .777 OPS with 12 home runs and 50 RBI. With the recent development of Greg Bird's shoulder surgery, Romero could compete for the backup first base job in spring training, but it's also likely that he'll just act as organizational depth at the corner infield positions.

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  • Tyler Wade NYY SS
    Yankees' Tyler Wade: Receives invitation to spring training
    2d 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
    2d 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
    2d 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
    3d 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
    5d 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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  • Jose Peraza CIN SS
    Reds' Jose Peraza: Path to playing time not obvious
    5d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Because the Cincinnati Reds were unable to trade Brandon Phillips this offseason, Jose Peraza doesn't have an obvious starting job to begin the season, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    As long as Phillips is with the Reds, he's going to be the starter at second base. The Reds can be creative at shortstop and third base, but they also want to have places for Zack Cozart and Eugenio Suarez to play.

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  • Jared Mitchell CHW CF
    Yankees' Jared Mitchell: Signs minors deal with Yankees
    1d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jared Mitchell has signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees , Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

    Mitchell spent most of the 2015 season in the Angels organization, but with limited success offensively. He has the ability to play all three outfield positions, but his lack of consistency on at the dish will likely result in another campaign spent mostly (if not all) in the minors again in 2016.

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  • Juan Duran CIN LF
    Reds' Juan Duran: Suspended 80 games for multiple drug tests
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Juan Duran was suspended 80 games for testing positive for Drostanolone, Stanzolol, and Nandrolone, C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Duran hasn't excelled so far in the minors, hitting a .243/.304.415 line in a professional career that hasn't moved past Double-A. He certainly won't get any help from a suspension that will wipe out half his season. He's still on the Cincinnati Reds ' 40-man roster, but that could change in the next few months.

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  • Aaron Judge NYY RF
    Yankees' Aaron Judge: Receives invitation to spring training
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Aaron Judge has received an invitation to spring training, Bryan Hoch of MLB reports.

    Judge is regarded as one of the top prospects in the Yankee system, so it's not surprising that he'll get some time in major league camp this spring. That being said, he'll likely start the year in the minors, but very well may find his way to the majors sometime during the season if he hits Triple-A pitching well.

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  • Andrew Brown LAA LF
    Angels' Andrew Brown: Signs minor league contract with Angels
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Andrew Brown signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday that includes an invite to spring training, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.

    A fine season in the KBO earned Brown a ticket to major league camp for spring training, but he seems like a long shot to make the roster even with the Angels' current void in left field. Brown has hit for notable power in the minors but has shown an inability to hit or get on base with any consistency in 144 games at the major league level.

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  • Tyler Massey COL RF
    Rockies' Tyler Massey: Signs minor league deal with Rockies
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Tyler Massey signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies , Baseball America reports.

    He finally broke through to Double-A in his age-25 season, but the results for Massey over 293 plate appearances were unsightly (.227/.298/.315). Massey has flashed some speed and a little power in the past, but the power disappeared in 2015 and that does not bode well at all for a player limited defensively to an outfield corner.

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  • Michael Brantley CLE LF
    Indians' Michael Brantley: Opening Day unlikely
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona acknowledged that it is unlikely Michael Brantley (shoulder) will be ready to rejoin the team's lineup by Opening Day, the Indians' official site reports. "He won't open the season, most likely, with us," Francona said of Brantley. "We'll look at a number of guys. We'll see what fits the best. We'll probably have some platooning going on, especially earlier in the year. There's a number of guys that are coming in [to help]."

    A report in December suggested that Brantley was behind schedule in his rehab following offseason shoulder surgery, but the Indians quickly released a statement to shoot that down. With Lonnie Chisenhall already expected to see regular time in right field against right-handed starters, there may be an open competition in spring training for the starts on that side of the platoon in left while Brantley goes through the final stages of his recovery in April. Barring the addition of a left-handed hitting veteran to the outfield mix this spring, Tyler Naquin and James Ramsey could emerge as candidates to work in tandem with Rajai Davis, Joey Butler, and Collin Cowgill.

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  • Gavin Floyd CLE SP
    Blue Jays' Gavin Floyd: Gets $1 million deal with incentives from Toronto
    17h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Gavin Floyd 's deal with the Toronto Blue Jays is a major-league deal worth $1 million, with a million more in incentives, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Floyd figured to miss all of 2015 after receiving elbow surgery, yet he managed to squeeze in seven relief experiences in September. Floyd's role with the Blue Jays is still up in the air, but the guaranteed money means he will almost certainly get a shot at the rotation in spring training.

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  • Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP
    Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Working on slider, cutter
    21h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Eduardo Rodriguez has been working this offseason to improve the precision of his slider and the introduction of a cutter, the Providence Journal reports.

    The slider is seen as a critical third pitch for the left-hander against whom lefty hitters had a measure of success. Seven of his 13 homers surrendered were to left-handed hitters, and lefties slugged 159 points higher against him than righties.

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  • Jake Arrieta CHC SP
    Cubs' Jake Arrieta: Avoids arbitration with Cubs
    1d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.7 million contract Friday night, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

    Arrieta will receive a salary bump in excess of $7 million after winning the NL Cy Young Award in 2015. He will have one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining, and will have a good chance to top his 2016 salary if he is anywhere near as dominant as he was a year ago. Arrieta will head the Cubs' rotation this season, making him the odds on favorite to take the ball Opening Day.

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  • Domingo German NYY SP
    Yankees' Domingo German: Receives invitation to spring training
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Domingo German has received an invitation to spring training.

    German is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that he had last April, but he'll get a good chance to learn from the major leaguers even if he doesn't pitch a lot. He'll likely head back to the minors once he's healthy.

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  • Tyler Cloyd CLE SP
    Yankees' Tyler Cloyd: Receives invitation to spring training
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

    The right-hander had an unspectacular season in Korea last season, but he'll get some time to learn from and compete against the major leaguers this spring. He'll likely head back to the minors once the spring concludes, though.

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  • Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP
    Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Confident he's fixed tipping problem
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Eduardo Rodriguez said he's fixed the problem of tipping his pitches that arose last season in the major leagues, WEEI.com reports.

    Rodriguez's problems began June 14 in a loss to the Blue Jays, then re-surfaced spectacularly June 25 against the Orioles. He retired the first 10 batters faced, including five by strikeout, before a Chris Parmalee double got the O's rolling. Forced to pitch from the stretch, Rodriguez allowed seven straight hits and six runs before departing. He had been tipping pitches out of the stretch by the position of his head and glove. The left-hander said he had fixed the problem by the end of the last season -- a 2.08 ERA in his final seven starts is evidence of that -- and he's been working all winter on his mechanics to remove any "tell" opponents can spot.

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  • Fernando Rodney CHC RP
    Padres' Fernando Rodney: Dealing with leg tightness
    14h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Fernando Rodney was taken out of a Caribbean Series game earlier this week as a precautionary measure after feeling some leg tightness, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports.

    This came a day after the San Diego Padres agreed to terms with Rodney to presumably get the first crack at closing for them this year. In three games this month for the Dominican Republic he has allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out five. There is no reason to believe the injury is anything serious, but it's worth noting as spring training approaches.

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  • Jesse Chavez TOR RP
    Blue Jays' Jesse Chavez: Wins arbitration case, gets $4 million
    16h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jesse Chavez won his arbitration case and will make $4 million in 2016, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.

    While arbitration trials aren't the best way to get on the right foot with a new team, Chavez will bring a solid back-of-the-rotation presence to a staff that needs starting depth. The $4 million salary is a $1.85 million raise from last season.

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  • Chad Jenkins TOR RP
    Blue Jays' Chad Jenkins: Designated for assignment
    16h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Chad Jenkins was designated for assignment Saturday to make room on the 40-man roster for Gavin Floyd, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportnet reports.

    Jenkins had been a steady performer out of the bullpen before 2015, averaging a 3.25 ERA and 32.1 innings per year in the three seasons prior. However, a brutal spring and mediocre results last season made the out-of-options reliever expendable. If he manages to clear waivers, he'll likely go back to Triple-A Buffalo.

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  • Zach Britton BAL RP
    Orioles' Zach Britton: Settles with Orioles at $6.75 million
    1d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Zach Britton settled his arbitration case with the Baltimore Orioles by agreeing to a $6.75 million deal, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Britton enjoyed another great season as the Orioles closer in 2015 and will receive nearly $3.5 million more next season as compensation. He still has Darren O'Day lurking if the wheels fall off, but his peripherals paint a picture as strong as his actual performance, striking out more than a batter per inning while forcing an elite 79.1 percent groundball rate.

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  • J.J. Hoover CIN RP
    Reds' J.J. Hoover: Wins arbitration case, signs one-year deal with Reds
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    J.J. Hoover won his arbitration case and signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    The Reds were hoping to only pay Hoover $1.225 million, but the arbitrators ruled in favor of the pitcher. Now that his case is over, Hoover can get back to focusing on locking down the closer job for the Reds.

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  • Diego Moreno NYY RP
    Yankees' Diego Moreno: Signs a minor league contract with Yankees on Friday
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

    Moreno spent most of 2015 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but also got a dose of the majors after posting a 2.18 ERA with the Rail Riders. His season was cut short by elbow inflammation, but he appeared to have avoided any major injuries and surgery, so he should be good to pitch at some point in spring training. The Yankees are pretty well off in the bullpen, but there's a chance he could get some major league time logged at some point in the season.

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    Twins' Miguel Sano: On board with move to outfield
    7d 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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  • Miguel Sano MIN DH
    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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  • Ryan Raburn CLE DH
    Indians' Ryan Raburn: Club option declined by Indians
    11/04/2015 • By RotoWire Staff

    Ryan Raburn 's club option for 2016 was declined Wednesday.

    Raburn was used almost exclusively against left-handed pitching this season, and for good reason too -- he hit all eight of his home runs and recorded a .589 slugging-percentage in 151 at-bats against southpaws in 2015. The 34-year-old actually posted career-high averages across the board, but he also recorded the fewest amount of at-bats in a season since his rookie year. However, considering his power against left-handed pitching he will likely have a myriad of options heading into the offseason and should catch on with another team looking for a platoon outfielder.

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