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  • Ross Detwiler OAK RP
    Athletics' Ross Detwiler: Agrees to minor league deal with A's
    12h ago

    Ross Detwiler agreed to a minor league contract with the A's on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

    The lefty tossed eight scoreless innings in his debut with Oakland in August but it was all downhill from there -- Detwiler gave up 30 runs in his next eight appearances (36 innings). While he will return to the organization and get to make his case for a roster spot in spring training, Detwiler will likely open the year as depth in the minors. He's posted 5.5 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 rates in parts of nine major league seasons.

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  • Mikie Mahtook TB LF
    Tigers' Mikie Mahtook: Traded to Tigers
    15h ago

    Mikie Mahtook was traded to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash.

    A lefty-mashing platoon bat, Mahtook figures to start in center field against southpaws, while Tyler Collins appears to have the edge to start against righties. Mahtook has a career .276/.322/.537 slash line with nine home runs in 144 career plate appearances against lefties.

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  • Anthony Gose DET CF
    Tigers' Anthony Gose: Designated for assignment
    16h ago

    Anthony Gose was designated for assignment on Wednesday, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.

    Once a highly touted prospect with several huge tools (arm and run), Gose has never hit enough to profile as a regular. The Detroit Tigers traded a player to be named later for Mikie Mahtook, who will take Gose's spot as a fifth outfielder. If he clears waivers, Gose will offer depth at Triple-A.

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  • Kole Calhoun LAA RF
    Angels' Kole Calhoun: Inks three-year contract extension
    18h ago

    Kole Calhoun (core muscle injury) signed a three-year, $26 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    The contract extension buys Calhoun out of his remaining three years of arbitration, and includes a $14 million player option for 2020, when he would become a free agent for the first time. The Angels have struggled to surround Mike Trout with quality complementary bats in recent seasons, but Calhoun is one of the few exceptions. Though he saw an eight-homer reduction from the 26 he slugged in 2015, Calhoun didn't surrender any power, as his ISO held steady last season, while his .271/.348/.438 slash line represented an improvement in each area. The 29-year-old was also a picture of durability, missing five games or less for the second year in a row. Calhoun is still recovering from offseason surgery to address a core muscle injury, but he's expected to be ready to go for spring training.

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  • Ryon Healy OAK 3B
    Athletics' Ryon Healy: Expected to play mostly first base, DH in 2017
    19h ago

    Oakland Athletics general manager David Forst suggested Wednesday that Ryon Healy would see most of his at-bats at first base and designated hitter in 2017, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

    Healy wasn't viewed as a high-end prospect in the organization heading into 2016, but upon getting promoted to the big leagues in mid-July, he quickly established himself as a building block for the Athletics, finishing with a .305/.337/.524 slash line in 283 plate appearances. He's still expected to see something resembling full-time starting duties during the upcoming season, but after the Athletics officially inked Trevor Plouffe to a one-year contract Wednesday, it looks like he'll have to move to the other side of the diamond after playing primarily third base during his rookie campaign. Opposing starting pitching will likely dictate whether Healy slots in as a first base or DH option in most games, though regardless of how he's deployed, the 25-year-old looks like he could be an underrated power asset after flashing major skills in that area in his first exposure to big-league pitching.

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  • Trevor Plouffe OAK 3B
    Athletics' Trevor Plouffe: Confirmed as primary third baseman
    19h ago

    Oakland Athletics general manager David Forst confirmed Wednesday that Trevor Plouffe would serve as the team's primary third baseman this season, CSN Bay Area's Joe Stiglich reports.

    The Athletics officially inked Plouffe to a one-year contract Wednesday after he agreed in principle to the deal a week earlier, and management immediately helped clear up any ambiguity of the 30-year-old's role with his new team. Though Ryon Healy found success as the team's everyday third baseman in the second half of last season, he's expected to split most of his time between first base and DH in 2017, opening up the hot corner for Plouffe, who had been a full-time player for the Twins for much of his seven seasons in the majors. Plouffe is coming off a season in which he hit a career-best .260 over 319 at-bats, but a 31-point drop in ISO and a variety of injuries that combined to cost him roughly half the season ultimately made him a disappointment for fantasy owners. The move to Oakland probably won't aid Plouffe to a dramatic recovery in the power department, but better health alone may be enough to make him a capable corner infield option in AL-only leagues or deeper season-long formats.

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  • J.P. Arencibia PHI C
    J.P. Arencibia: Walks away from baseball
    19h ago

    J.P. Arencibia retired from professional baseball Wednesday.

    The 31-year-old backstop failed to crack a major league roster in 2016, so rather than live off another minor league assignment, he opted to simply step away from the game. Arencibia appeared in the big leagues in parts of six seasons, compiling a .212/.258/.412 slash line with 80 home runs across 1,573 at-bats.

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  • Carson Blair OAK C
    White Sox's Carson Blair: Signs minor league contract with White Sox
    2d ago

    Carson Blair signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

    The 27-year-old appeared in the majors for the A's in 2015, however, he struggled in his 11 games there, slashing .129/.229/.226 in 31 at-bats. He spent 2016 in the minors, where he bounced between Oakland and Texas, slashing a combined .250/.339/.372 over 156 at-bats. Blair will likely start in Triple-A and provide depth behind the plate.

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  • Juan Graterol ARI C
    Diamondbacks' Juan Graterol: Designated for assignment
    4d ago

    Juan Graterol was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

    The Diamondbacks agreed to a deal with veteran catcher Chris Iannetta and subsequently designated Graterol for assignment. The 27-year-old catcher has only appeared in nine major league games over his 10-year professional career. He doesn't figure to serve as anything more than organization catching depth wherever he lands.

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  • Martin Maldonado LAA C
    Angels' Martin Maldonado: Avoids arbitration with Angels
    4d ago

    Martin Maldonado agreed to a one-year, $1.725 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    Prior to being acquired by the Angels in December of 2016, Maldonado acted as the Brewers' back-up catcher for the better part of the past five seasons. Known more for his defensive prowess, the veteran catcher owns a career batting average of .217. He'll likely receive a fair amount of playing time for the Angels in 2017, but doesn't figure to provide much of an offensive impact.

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  • Chris Iannetta SEA C
    Chris Iannetta: Signs with Diamondbacks
    6d ago

    Chris Iannetta agreed to a contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

    Terms and length of the contract were not immediately reported. He has proven to be a solid defensive catcher over the years, but has been of very little use in fantasy leagues, as his batting average has hovered around the Mendoza Line in each of the past two seasons, he offers little power and doesn't even get on base at a solid clip anymore. Look for him to share time with Chris Herrmann behind the dish this year.

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  • Chris Herrmann ARI C
    Diamondbacks' Chris Herrmann: Avoids arbitration
    6d ago

    Chris Herrmann (hand) agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

    The terms of the agreement were not announced. He appears poised to open the year as the Diamondbacks' starting catcher. Despite his impressive play in limited time last season (117 wRC+ in 166 plate appearances), Herrmann does not project to hit enough to be valuable in most one-catcher formats. His 2016 season ended prematurely because of a broken hand, but he is expected to be ready to go for spring training.

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  • Joey Terdoslavich PIT 1B
    Pirates' Joey Terdoslavich: Signs minor league contract with Pirates
    21h ago

    Joey Terdoslavich agreed to a minor league contract with Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    The deal includes an invitation to spring training for the switch-hitting Terdoslavich, who spent last season in the Baltimore system. The 28-year-old last played in the majors with Atlanta in 2015, hitting .214 over 28 games. Terdoslavich batted .246 last season with Double-A Bowie while adding 61 RBI. He will likely serve as organizational depth for the Pittsburgh Pirates .

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  • Sam Travis BOS 1B
    Red Sox's Sam Travis: Still wearing knee brace
    1d ago

    Sam Travis has been performing all normal offseason baseball activities without limitations, but still wears a brace on his left knee, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

    Travis is itching to get back on the field and will take part in Boston's rookie development program this week at Boston College. After that, he's scheduled for a consultation with his doctor during the first two weeks of spring training, when he's hoping to have the knee brace removed. The organization remains high on Travis, which became evident when they didn't seek a longer-term solution at first base during the offseason, instead opting to sign Mitch Moreland to a one-year deal.

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  • Wil Myers SD 1B
    Padres' Wil Myers: Inks $83 million deal with Padres
    3d ago

    Wil Myers agreed to a six-year, $83 million deal with the San Diego Padres on Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    The Padres decided to lock up the 26-year-old, who is coming off of a breakout 2016 campaign in which he slashed .259/.336/.461, mashed 28 home runs, and stole 28 bases. Myers presents a bit of long-term risk, as he missed significant time due to injuries during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. If he can stay healthy, it appears that Myers will be a cornerstone in the Padres' lineup for the foreseeable future.

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  • Ji-Man Choi LAA 1B
    Yankees' Ji-Man Choi: Inks NRI deal with Yankees
    3d ago

    Ji-Man Choi signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training.

    It's not surprising that Choi could not find a big league deal after electing free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A in the Angels' organization. He posted a 67 wRC+ last year while getting 125 of his 129 plate appearances with the platoon advantage. Greg Bird, Tyler Austin and Rob Refsnyder all figure to be ahead of him on the organizational depth chart.

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  • Eric Hosmer KC 1B
    Royals' Eric Hosmer: Avoids arbitration
    6d ago

    Eric Hosmer agreed to a one-year, $12.25 million deal with the Kansas City Royals on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

    He received a $4 million raise over what he made in 2016 and will become a free agent after the 2017 season. Hosmer is entering his age-27 season, for what it's worth, and coming off a year where he set career highs in home runs (25) and RBI (104), but his .266 average was his lowest mark since 2012.

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  • Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B
    Phillies' Rhys Hoskins: Invited to spring training
    6d ago

    The Philadelphia Phillies have invited Rhys Hoskins to spring training, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

    Hoskins is expected to open the season at Triple-A, but will get a chance to make an impression in camp this spring after hitting .281 with 38 home runs and a .943 OPS in 135 games at Double-A Reading in 2016. He could get a look in the majors later this year if Tommy Joseph fails to build on his solid debut from last season.

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  • Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
    Orioles' Jonathan Schoop: Avoids arbitration
    6d ago

    Jonathan Schoop agreed to a one-year, $3.475 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, avoiding arbitration, PressBoxonline.com's Rich Dubroff reports.

    He is coming off a year where he posted career highs in home runs (25), runs (82) and RBI (82), thanks largely to playing in all 162 games. Schoop has become a pretty solid bet for three-category production, and he has gotten his strikeout rate to a manageable place (21.2 percent last year), so he is no longer a major batting average risk.

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  • Derek Dietrich MIA 2B
    Marlins' Derek Dietrich: Avoids arbitration with Marlins
    6d ago

    Derek Dietrich and the Miami Marlins avoided arbitration Friday with a $1.7 million deal, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

    Dietrich put up an excellent .374 on-base percentage in a career-high 351 plate appearances, but his numbers were also bolstered by a healthy diet of right-handed pitchers. He remains a left-handed option behind Dee Gordon at second base and Martin Prado at third, but he will at least get the money of a premium back-up through his first round of arbitration.

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  • Danny Espinosa LAA 2B
    Angels' Danny Espinosa: Signs one-year deal with Angels, avoiding arbitration
    7d ago

    Danny Espinosa agreed to a one-year, $5.425 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    The former Washington National will see close to a $3 million pay raise with his new club in 2017. Espinosa had a disappointing final season with the Nationals, slashing .209/.306/.378 with 174 strikeouts. He did, however, mash 24 home runs and drove in 72 runs. Espinosa figures to be the Angels' primary second baseman, which is a position that the club struggled to find production from last year.

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  • Darwin Barney TOR 2B
    Blue Jays' Darwin Barney: Avoids arbitration with one-year deal
    7d ago

    Darwin Barney inked a one-year, $2.8875 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    Barney has secured a hefty pay raise from the $1 million contract he was offered last season thanks to a .269/.322/.373 batting line while serving as a utility player for the club last season. It will probably be a similar campaign for the veteran in 2017 and he will enter the season with eligibility at second base, third base and shortstop in most standard leagues.

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  • Yoan Moncada CHW 2B
    White Sox's Yoan Moncada: White Sox get first look
    7d ago

    Yoan Moncada is taking part in a minicamp this week in Arizona, as the Chicago White Sox got their first look at the centerpiece of the Chris Sale trade.

    Moncada, considered to the top prospect overall, showed off his bat while impressing Chicago's director of player development Chris Getz. "He's built like a powerful athlete. Him being a switch-hitter, having power, having ability to hit, it seems like there's unlimited potential there," said Getz. At the time of Moncada's acquisition, White Sox general manager Rich Hahn said they don't plan to rush their stop prospects to the majors, so we're expecting Moncada to open the year at Triple-A Charlotte. While he offers great upside, Moncada's strikeout rate spiked when he was promoted to Double-A last year, and he struck out in his final nine at-bats after Boston brought him up in September.

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  • Micah Johnson LAD 2B
    Dodgers' Micah Johnson: Designated for assignment
    9d ago

    Micah Johnson was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Kenley Jansen's signing was formally announced and Johnson was bumped from the 40-man roster in a corresponding move. He will now be subjected to waivers. Johnson, now 26, was only able to muster a .261/.321/.356 line in 120 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City last season, bringing his career line at the Triple-A level to .281/.336/.392.

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  • Ryon Healy OAK 3B
    Athletics' Ryon Healy: Expected to play mostly first base, DH in 2017
    19h ago

    Oakland Athletics general manager David Forst suggested Wednesday that Ryon Healy would see most of his at-bats at first base and designated hitter in 2017, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

    Healy wasn't viewed as a high-end prospect in the organization heading into 2016, but upon getting promoted to the big leagues in mid-July, he quickly established himself as a building block for the Athletics, finishing with a .305/.337/.524 slash line in 283 plate appearances. He's still expected to see something resembling full-time starting duties during the upcoming season, but after the Athletics officially inked Trevor Plouffe to a one-year contract Wednesday, it looks like he'll have to move to the other side of the diamond after playing primarily third base during his rookie campaign. Opposing starting pitching will likely dictate whether Healy slots in as a first base or DH option in most games, though regardless of how he's deployed, the 25-year-old looks like he could be an underrated power asset after flashing major skills in that area in his first exposure to big-league pitching.

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  • Trevor Plouffe OAK 3B
    Athletics' Trevor Plouffe: Confirmed as primary third baseman
    19h ago

    Oakland Athletics general manager David Forst confirmed Wednesday that Trevor Plouffe would serve as the team's primary third baseman this season, CSN Bay Area's Joe Stiglich reports.

    The Athletics officially inked Plouffe to a one-year contract Wednesday after he agreed in principle to the deal a week earlier, and management immediately helped clear up any ambiguity of the 30-year-old's role with his new team. Though Ryon Healy found success as the team's everyday third baseman in the second half of last season, he's expected to split most of his time between first base and DH in 2017, opening up the hot corner for Plouffe, who had been a full-time player for the Twins for much of his seven seasons in the majors. Plouffe is coming off a season in which he hit a career-best .260 over 319 at-bats, but a 31-point drop in ISO and a variety of injuries that combined to cost him roughly half the season ultimately made him a disappointment for fantasy owners. The move to Oakland probably won't aid Plouffe to a dramatic recovery in the power department, but better health alone may be enough to make him a capable corner infield option in AL-only leagues or deeper season-long formats.

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  • Michael Almanzar BAL 3B
    Tigers' Michael Almanzar: Signs minor league contract with Tigers
    2d ago

    Michael Almanzar signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

    The 26-year-old, who has never appeared in the majors, batted .241/.297/.380 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI across 410 at-bats with the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate last season. Although he has shown improvement across the board, Almanzar will likely stay in Triple-A another year.

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  • Alex Bregman HOU 3B
    Astros' Alex Bregman: Playing the WBC
    3d ago

    Alex Bregman will represent the United States in the World Baseball Classic, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    The 22-year-old Bregman, Houston's first-round pick (second overall) in 2015, has been a quick-riser through the system. After beginning 2016 at Double-A Corpus Christi, he worked his way up to MLB, where he held his own in 49 games. He's expected to start the 2017 as the Houston Astros ' starting third baseman with a spot in the upper half of the batting order.

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  • Yangervis Solarte SD 3B
    Padres' Yangervis Solarte: Signs extension with Padres
    6d ago

    Yangervis Solarte and the San Diego Padres agreed to a two-year contract extension Friday, with team options for two additional years.

    The terms of the contract were not disclosed, but the contract buys out two of Solarte's arbitration years and could be extended through 2020 at the Padres' discretion. Solarte is coming off his best year with the bat, one which saw him hit .286/.341/.467 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI over just 109 games. He will head into the 2017 season as the Padres' regular third baseman, and figures to slot into a spot near the top of their batting order.

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  • Jurickson Profar TEX 3B
    Rangers' Jurickson Profar: Avoids arbitration
    6d ago

    Jurickson Profar and the Texas Rangers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.005 million contract Friday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Profar will earn nine figures for the first time in his career in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He appeared in a career-high 90 major league games for the Rangers last year and came out of the gate hot after joining the big club in late May, but he struggled over the season's final months and finished with just a .660 OPS. He figures to see action at several positions in 2017, but he is likely going to have to hit more to see steady action at one spot, barring an injury to one of the Rangers' regulars.

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  • Zack Cozart CIN SS
    Reds' Zack Cozart: Avoids arbitration with Reds
    3d ago

    Zack Cozart avoided arbitration with the Cincinnati Reds , agreeing to a one-year, $5.325 million deal.

    The Reds have dangled Cozart's name in trade talks this offseason but haven't made any tangible progress. They still need to find a way to make room for both Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera to play, but both Cozart and Brandon Phillips remain ahead of them respectively.

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  • Jose Iglesias DET SS
    Tigers' Jose Iglesias: Avoids arbitration
    6d ago

    Jose Iglesias agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

    The terms of the agreement were not announced. Iglesias was once again a wizard on defense and a well below-average hitter (73 wRC+) in 2016. His elite glove will keep him in the lineup most days, but there's not much value to extract from a fantasy perspective.

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  • Chris Owings ARI SS
    Diamondbacks' Chris Owings: Avoids arbitration
    6d ago

    Chris Owings signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

    The 25-year-old middle infielder faces a job battle this spring, as he, Nick Ahmed, Brandon Drury and Ketel Marte will be competing for two starting spots. Owings is considered the favorite to start at shortstop in 2017, but his 86 wRC+ and subpar defense last season certainly opens the door for competition.

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  • Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
    Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Avoids arbitration
    6d ago

    Xander Bogaerts agreed to a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

    Terms of the agreement were not available. Bogaerts set a career high last season in home runs (21), steals (13), runs (115) and RBI (89). He should continue to be a five-category force at shortstop in 2017.

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  • Adeiny Hechavarria MIA SS
    Marlins' Adeiny Hechavarria: Avoids arbitration with Marlins
    6d ago

    Adeiny Hechavarria and the Miami Marlins avoided arbitration on Friday with a $4.35 million deal, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

    The Cuban shortstop took a step backward with the bat after two decent years in 2014 and 2015, hitting .236/.283/.311 in 2016. As usual, that light hitting was made up for by excellent defense at shortstop. This was Hechevarria's second round of arbitration, with him likely on track for free agency after the 2018 season.

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  • Brad Miller TB SS
    Rays' Brad Miller: Avoids arbitration with Rays
    6d ago

    Brad Miller and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration Friday with a one-year, $3.575 million deal, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Miller experienced a massive power spike in 2016, slugging a career-high .482 and 30 home runs while splitting time between shortstop and first base. Expect him to settle in at the latter spot for the Rays this season.

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  • Mikie Mahtook TB LF
    Tigers' Mikie Mahtook: Traded to Tigers
    15h ago

    Mikie Mahtook was traded to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash.

    A lefty-mashing platoon bat, Mahtook figures to start in center field against southpaws, while Tyler Collins appears to have the edge to start against righties. Mahtook has a career .276/.322/.537 slash line with nine home runs in 144 career plate appearances against lefties.

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  • Anthony Gose DET CF
    Tigers' Anthony Gose: Designated for assignment
    16h ago

    Anthony Gose was designated for assignment on Wednesday, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.

    Once a highly touted prospect with several huge tools (arm and run), Gose has never hit enough to profile as a regular. The Detroit Tigers traded a player to be named later for Mikie Mahtook, who will take Gose's spot as a fifth outfielder. If he clears waivers, Gose will offer depth at Triple-A.

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  • Kole Calhoun LAA RF
    Angels' Kole Calhoun: Inks three-year contract extension
    18h ago

    Kole Calhoun (core muscle injury) signed a three-year, $26 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    The contract extension buys Calhoun out of his remaining three years of arbitration, and includes a $14 million player option for 2020, when he would become a free agent for the first time. The Angels have struggled to surround Mike Trout with quality complementary bats in recent seasons, but Calhoun is one of the few exceptions. Though he saw an eight-homer reduction from the 26 he slugged in 2015, Calhoun didn't surrender any power, as his ISO held steady last season, while his .271/.348/.438 slash line represented an improvement in each area. The 29-year-old was also a picture of durability, missing five games or less for the second year in a row. Calhoun is still recovering from offseason surgery to address a core muscle injury, but he's expected to be ready to go for spring training.

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  • Michael Brantley CLE LF
    Indians' Michael Brantley: Hitting off tee
    22h ago

    Michael Brantley (shoulder) is continuing to progress in his recovery and is now hitting off a tee, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

    The 29-year-old is still working toward resuming full baseball activities, but this is certainly a positive sign. It appears Brantley is tentatively on track to be ready for spring training as he continues the long road back from shoulder surgery.

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  • Brandon Guyer CLE LF
    Indians' Brandon Guyer: Signs two-year extension with Indians
    22h ago

    Brandon Guyer and the Cleveland Indians agreed to a two-year extension Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    The contract reportedly also includes a team option for the 2019 season. Guyer appeared in 38 games for the Indians after coming over from Tampa Bay in August and hit .333 with 14 RBI and two home runs across 96 plate appearances. In the postseason, Guyer notched six hits in 18 at-bats, to go with four walks and three RBI. Expect Guyer to platoon with Lonnie Chisenhall in right field this season, seeing the bulk of his at-bats against lefties. Guyer is a career .289 hitter versus southpaws, compared to just .236 against right-handers.

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  • Charlie Tilson CHW CF
    White Sox's Charlie Tilson: No restrictions at minicamp
    1d ago

    Charlie Tilson (hamstring) took part in the organization's hitters' minicamp last week in Glendale (Ariz.) without restriction.

    Tilson's debut stint in the majors in 2016 lasted exactly two plate appearances before he tore a hamstring chasing down a flyball. He plans to remain in Glendale through this weekend to hit some benchmarks running. A healthy Tilson should emerge out of spring training with the starting job in center field.

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  • Jeremy Hefner STL SP
    Jeremy Hefner: Elects to retire from baseball
    23h ago

    Jeremy Hefner has decided to retire from baseball, ending his 10-year professional career.

    Hefner has been unable to recover after tearing his rotator cuff this past summer, which seems to be the reason he's calling it a career. The right-hander played just two seasons in the majors, in which he went 8-15 with a 4.65 ERA over 36 starts for the Mets. Hefner signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals last winter and spent the 2016 season at Triple-A Memphis.

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  • Aaron Nola PHI SP
    Phillies' Aaron Nola: Set to enter camp without restrictions
    2d ago

    Aaron Nola (elbow) said Tuesday that he will enter spring training without restrictions, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports.

    The right-hander said something similar in early November, suggesting he was 100 percent healthy even then, but this is still notable as Nola has been throwing for some time and has avoided setbacks. He said Tuesday that he's feeling "great," now nearly five months removed from suffering a low-grade UCL sprain and a low-grade flexor pronator tendon strain. Nola, who's just 23, figures to see his ADP steadily creep up if he can prove his health in camp.

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  • Erik Cordier MIA SP
    Red Sox's Erik Cordier: Inks minor league deal with Red Sox
    2d ago

    Erik Cordier signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, Baseball America's Matt Eddy reports.

    He pitched in Japan last season after struggling stateside with the Giants and Marlins in 2015. Cordier has logged impressive strikeout rates at stops in the upper levels of the minors, but has never shown the ability to get big league hitters out over a prolonged stretch. Look for him to serve as organizational bullpen depth.

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  • Danny Duffy KC SP
    Royals' Danny Duffy: Signs five-year extension with Royals
    3d ago

    Danny Duffy agreed to a five-year, $65 million extension with the Kansas City Royals on Monday, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports.

    On a per start basis, Duffy was one of the best pitchers in the American League last season. His 20 percent K-BB% ranked eighth among qualified starters last season, ahead of pitchers like Corey Kluber, Chris Archer and David Price. He has not proven he can log 200-plus innings in a season, but if he does that in 2017, he will turn out to be a draft day bargain. This deal allows the Royals to lock in Duffy on what could turn out to be a very team-friendly contract, while also giving Duffy financial stability.

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  • Marco Gonzales STL SP
    Cardinals' Marco Gonzales: Throwing from 90 feet
    3d ago

    Marco Gonzales (elbow) said he's stretched his throwing distance out to 90 feet, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

    Gonzales underwent Tommy John surgery last April and was sidelined for the entire 2016 season, but is hopeful that he'll be back on the mound for the start of spring training. The St. Louis Cardinals will likely be extremely cautious with the 24-year-old coming off a major procedure, but if his recovery process goes as anticipated, Gonzales could be facing hitters by the end of camp. Given the year-long layoff, Gonzales figures to open the season in the minor-league ranks before potentially vying for a rotation spot with the big club later in the campaign.

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  • Nick Kingham PIT SP
    Pirates' Nick Kingham: Healthy after lengthy rehab
    5d ago

    Nick Kingham (elbow) is poised to make his major league debut at some point in 2017 after missing most of the last two seasons following Tommy John surgery, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports. "Finally got a normal offseason," said Kingham. "Finished up healthy toward the end of the year, last month and a half or so. Excited to come into spring training full-go and see what happens."

    The 25-year-old, who has compiled a 3.32 ERA in 580.2 innings in the minors, offers upside as a potential middle-of-the-rotation starter. Kingham possesses excellent command of three pitches and holds a career 3:1 K:BB. He's expected to begin the season with Triple-A Indianapolis after totaling only 77.1 IP since 2014. The 6-foot-6 righty is hoping to follow a similar path as his roommate, Jameson Taillon. "Kinda looking into the progression that Taillon has gone through is definitely a good way to expect what will happen to me," Kingham said. "I saw what he did last year, when he came into spring training. I just want to follow in his footsteps and do what he did."

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  • Ross Detwiler OAK RP
    Athletics' Ross Detwiler: Agrees to minor league deal with A's
    12h ago

    Ross Detwiler agreed to a minor league contract with the A's on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

    The lefty tossed eight scoreless innings in his debut with Oakland in August but it was all downhill from there -- Detwiler gave up 30 runs in his next eight appearances (36 innings). While he will return to the organization and get to make his case for a roster spot in spring training, Detwiler will likely open the year as depth in the minors. He's posted 5.5 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 rates in parts of nine major league seasons.

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  • Zach Neal OAK RP
    Zach Neal: DFA'd by Oakland
    21h ago

    Zach Neal was designated for assignment by the A's on Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    With Trevor Plouffe added to the roster, Neal was the casualty. The 28-year-old righty made his major league debut last season, bouncing back and forth between Oakland and Triple-A Nashville. He finished the season with a 4.24 ERA over 70 innings with Oakland, but went 7-2 in 11 minor league starts. If he remains with the A's he will likely serve as organizational depth at Triple-A for most of 2017.

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  • Kelvin De La Cruz BAL RP
    Indians' Kelvin De La Cruz: Inks minor league deal with Indians
    21h ago

    Kelvin De La Cruz signed a minor league contract with Cleveland on Wednesday.

    The left-hander, who last pitched in 2015 in the Mexican League, returns to an organization with whom he spent five years earlier in his career. De La Cruz has a 4.34 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over nine minor league seasons, and will be hard pressed to get a roster spot out of spring training.

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  • Adrian Salcedo MIN RP
    Adrian Salcedo: Released by Dodgers
    23h ago

    Adrian Salcedo (suspension) has been released by the Dodgers, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.

    Salcedo was suspended 144 games after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs last March, his third such suspension. The 25-year-old has compiled a 3.31 ERA and 447 strikeouts over eight minor league seasons, but risks a lifetime ban for one more positive test. Salcedo, who last pitched in 2015, still has 94 games remaining on the suspension should another team give him a shot.

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  • Jeanmar Gomez PHI RP
    Phillies' Jeanmar Gomez: Will get chance to earn closing role
    1d ago

    Manager Pete Mackanin said Jeanmar Gomez will get a chance to earn his closing job back this spring, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. "I'm going to give Gomez every opportunity to show that he's the guy that pitched the first five months and not the guy that pitched in September," Mackanin said.

    Gomez racked up 37 saves last season before faltering in September and losing his job. Joaquin Benoit, Hector Neris and Edubray Ramos will also be in the mix for closing duties this spring.

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  • Blaine Boyer MIL RP
    Braves' Blaine Boyer: Joins Braves on minor league deal
    2d ago

    Blaine Boyer agreed to a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday that includes an invite to spring training, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

    The 35-year-old Boyer is coming off a season in which he allowed 80 hits with a mere 26 strikeouts in 66 innings for Milwaukee, but Bowman suggests Boyer stands "a good chance" at an Opening Day roster spot. If Boyer is indeed in the Braves' bullpen at the start of the season, he will likely pitch primarily in mop-up duty.

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  • Byung Ho Park MIN DH
    Twins' Byungho Park: Begins taking batting practice
    6d ago

    Byung Ho Park has been taking batting practice for the first time since surgery to repair a tendon in his right middle finger and has no limitations, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "He's healthy; he's hitting," said Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor.

    Park began last year as Minnesota's starting DH after hitting 50 home runs in each of his previous two seasons while playing for Nexen of the Korean Baseball Organization. While he showed power in the majors with 12 home runs in 62 games, he struggled to make contact and hit just .191/.275/.409. He was demoted to Triple-A in July and failed to impress (hitting .224/.297/.526) before season-ending thumb surgery. Park will compete for the starting DH job or a bench spot this spring.

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  • Albert Pujols LAA DH
    Angels' Albert Pujols: Undergoes surgery Friday
    12/03/2016

    Albert Pujols underwent surgery Friday to release his right plantar fascia.

    In a press release, the Los Angeles Angels said the estimated time to return to play following this procedure is typically four months. That puts Pujols' status for the start of the year in some question, but Pujols is a 10-time All-Star and doesn't need a full spring training to prepare for the regular season. In his age-36 season, Pujols hit .268/.323/.457 with 31 homers, marking his 14th season with 30-plus home runs.

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  • Avisail Garcia CHW DH
    White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Avoids arbitration with new deal
    12/02/2016

    Avisail Garcia signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Chicago White Sox , avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    Garcia's 2016 campaign was a replica of his 2015 output in many ways, as his 12 home runs, .245 average, and .692 OPS were all in the same ballpark as his production in those departments the year before. He'll probably be the DH on most days, but he started 51 games in the outfield last season, so he could see some time in one of the corner spots when either Melky Cabrera or Adam Eaton need a day off.

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  • Jon Singleton HOU DH
    Astros' Jonathan Singleton: Outrighted to Triple-A Fresno
    11/22/2016

    Jon Singleton cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    As expected, the former top prospect will remain an Astro farmhand after no teams were interested in picking up a bat that hasn't produced a major league batting average above .200. Singleton's power is intriguing, but he'll be nothing more than an organizational depth piece until he can make more contact.

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  • Jon Singleton HOU DH
    Astros' Jonathan Singleton: Placed on outright waivers
    11/19/2016

    Jon Singleton was placed on outright waivers by the Houston Astros on Saturday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Kaplan predicts that Singleton will clear waivers and be sent to Triple-A Fresno, an understandable thought given that Singleton is still owed $4.5 million. In 420 career plate appearances, the former top prospect has hit an anemic .171/.290/.331 with 151 strikeouts, which simply does not belong in a major league lineup. Blocked at first base and designated hitter by a combination of Yulieski Gurriel, Brian McCann, A.J. Reed, and Tyler White, it's unlikely Singleton sees significant time in the majors any time in the near future.

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  • Evan Gattis HOU DH
    Astros' Evan Gattis: Returns to Astros for 2017
    11/04/2016

    Evan Gattis had his option for the 2017 season picked up by the Houston Astros on Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

    Gattis blasted a career-high 32 home runs in 2016, leading the Astros to bring him back for another season in Houston. It's unclear whether they plan for him to primarily catch or DH during the 2017 season, but regardless of his role, he has a good chance of continuing his high-power ways while he stays in Texas.

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