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  • Frankie Montas LAD SP
    Dodgers' Frankie Montas: Out 2-4 months after rib surgery
    11h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Frankie Montas is out 2-4 months after rib surgery, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

    Montas made his MLB debut in 2015 with the White Sox as both a starter and reliever and was expected to have a shot at the Los Angeles Dodgers ' 25-man roster out of spring training. Given his potential as both a starter and reliever, his role in 2016 could be dictated by need when he recovers. This shouldn't affect the 22-year-old's future potential too much, but it's an ailment that could nag even after he returns.

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  • Khris Davis MIL LF
    Athletics' Khris Davis: Traded to A's for two prospects
    12h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Khris Davis was traded to the Oakland Athletics on Friday for two prospects.

    Davis should land firmly as Oakland's everyday left fielder, pushing the combination of Coco Crisp, Sam Fuld, and Mark Canha further down the depth chart. However, the 28-year-old figures to see a significant drop in home runs, as he's going from the most homer-friendly park in the majors to the fourth worst, according to MLB park factors. That shouldn't take too much from his offensive potential though; he'll be hitting in the middle of the order given Oakland's lack of reliable power hitters.

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  • Sean Nolin OAK SP
    Athletics' Sean Nolin: Designated for assigment
    12h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Sean Nolin was designated for assignment by the A's on Friday.

    Nolin was one of the pieces the A's received in the Josh Donaldson trade and was thought to have a shot at the 2016 A's rotation. The A's needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster with the acquisition of Khris Davis and Nolin was the one they chose to designate. Nolin struggled with a groin injury for much of 2015 and his velocity was noticeably down when he was able to return late in the year. It seems likely that Nolin will garner some interest from other teams around the league.

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  • Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
    Yankees' Aroldis Chapman: Settles with Yankees at $11.325 million
    12h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Aroldis Chapman and the New York Yankees avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $11.325 million deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.com reports.

    Chapman still faces a possible suspension for a domestic violence allegation dating back to last October, but this clears at least one offseason issue for the Cuban closer and his new team. This settlement will give the Yankees' three-headed monster a total price tag exceeding $20 million, and that includes Dellin Betances' meager pre-arbitration salary.

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  • Tony Wolters CLE C
    Indians' Tony Wolters: Designated for assignment
    12h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Tony Wolters was designated for assignment Friday to make room for Tommy Hunter, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Wolters will have to clear waivers to remain with the Cleveland Indians , so he could end up on another team's 40-man as organizational catching depth. The 23-year-old had a .570 OPS in Double-A last season, so he's not exactly major-league ready.

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  • Tommy Hunter CHC RP
    Indians' Tommy Hunter: Signs one-year deal with Indians
    13h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Tommy Hunter signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians on Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Hunter got knocked around in his short stint with the Cubs in 2015, but he still has a decent enough track record in the last three years to warrant a roster spot. Since Opening Day 2013, he's registered a 3.26 ERA in 207.1 inning with a 1.10 WHIP. The 29-year-old could land in any number of roles with Cleveland, from setup to long relief.

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  • Tony Wolters CLE C
    Indians' Tony Wolters: Designated for assignment
    12h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Tony Wolters was designated for assignment Friday to make room for Tommy Hunter, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Wolters will have to clear waivers to remain with the Cleveland Indians , so he could end up on another team's 40-man as organizational catching depth. The 23-year-old had a .570 OPS in Double-A last season, so he's not exactly major-league ready.

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  • Jackson Williams SF C
    Rockies' Jackson Williams: Signs minor league contract with Rockies on Thursday
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

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

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  • Dom Nunez COL C
    Rockies' Dom Nunez: Receives invitation to spring training
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Dom Nunez received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

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

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  • Ryan Casteel COL C
    Rockies' Ryan Casteel: Receives invitation to spring training
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Ryan Casteel received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

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

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  • Blake Swihart BOS C
    Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Will start Opening Day
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Joe Mauer MIN 1B
    Twins' Joe Mauer: Will wear sunglasses to try to improve pitch tracking
    15h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Joe Mauer will try hitting with sunglasses for the first time during spring training in an attempt to improve his pitch tracking, Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    Although Mauer hasn't had a concussion since 2013, he has still experienced blurred vision at the plate from time to time. "There are so many different symptoms. For me it was lighting, I couldn't really pick up the ball. It was blurry at times. Where I am here versus last year at this time, I can tell my workouts are better," Mauer stated in an interview. The 32-year-old hit .248/.316/.354 in day games and .276/.352/.396 in night games in 2015, so it appears this move does have potential to help him improve at the dish in 2016.

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  • Will Swanner COL 1B
    Rockies' Will Swanner: Receives invitation to spring training
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Will Swanner received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

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

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  • Brandon Belt SF 1B
    Giants' Brandon Belt: Agrees to one-year contract with Giants, avoiding arbitration
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

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

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  • Mitch Moreland TEX 1B
    Rangers' Mitch Moreland: Settles arbitration, agrees to one-year deal
    3d 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
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Brandon Hicks SF 2B
    Dodgers' Brandon Hicks: Joins Dodgers on minor league deal
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Howie Kendrick LAD 2B
    Dodgers' Howie Kendrick: Willing to play some 3B
    14d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

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

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  • Mike Moustakas KC 3B
    Royals' Mike Moustakas: Agrees to two-year deal to avoid arbitration
    1d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Doug Bernier MIN 3B
    Rangers' Doug Bernier: Signs with Rangers
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Taylor Featherston LAA 3B
    Angels' Taylor Featherston: Designated for assignment by Angels on Friday
    8d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Tyler Wade NYY SS
    Yankees' Tyler Wade: Receives invitation to spring training
    8d 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
    8d 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
    8d 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
    9d 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
    11d 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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  • Khris Davis MIL LF
    Athletics' Khris Davis: Traded to A's for two prospects
    12h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Khris Davis was traded to the Oakland Athletics on Friday for two prospects.

    Davis should land firmly as Oakland's everyday left fielder, pushing the combination of Coco Crisp, Sam Fuld, and Mark Canha further down the depth chart. However, the 28-year-old figures to see a significant drop in home runs, as he's going from the most homer-friendly park in the majors to the fourth worst, according to MLB park factors. That shouldn't take too much from his offensive potential though; he'll be hitting in the middle of the order given Oakland's lack of reliable power hitters.

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  • Angel Pagan SF CF
    Giants' Angel Pagan: Will not start in center field in 2016
    16h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Angel Pagan won't be the starting center fielder or leadoff hitter for the San Francisco Giants in 2016, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

    With Denard Span starting in center field and Hunter Pence still entrenched in right, that should leave Pagan to fight with Gregor Blanco for time in left. However, the switch-hitting Pagan is well-positioned as a back-up for Span, given the former National's injury woes and .197 batting average against lefties last season. In the same season, Pagan had a .714 OPS against southpaws compared to .603 when facing right-handers.

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  • Denard Span SF CF
    Giants' Denard Span: Starting in center and leading off in 2016
    16h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Denard Span will start in center field and lead off in 2016, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

    This was mostly expected, but the existence of Angel Pagan cast some doubt on whether the San Francisco Giants would use Span like the Nationals had previously done. If Span stays healthy and performs at the level of his last two seasons in Washington, with a .301/.358/.421 line and 42 steals in 49 attempts he's an ideal leadoff hitter. However, those are some big ifs, given that Span is now 31 and had to miss more than half of 2015 with hip and back ailments. He should considered be a high-risk, moderate-reward option for 2016.

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  • Rosell Herrera COL OF
    Rockies' Rosell Herrera: Receives invitation to spring training
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Rosell Herrera received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

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

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  • Jordan Patterson COL RF
    Rockies' Jordan Patterson: Receives invitation to spring training
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jordan Patterson received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

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

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  • David Dahl COL CF
    Rockies' David Dahl: Receives invitation to spring training
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    David Dahl received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

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

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  • Frankie Montas LAD SP
    Dodgers' Frankie Montas: Out 2-4 months after rib surgery
    11h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Frankie Montas is out 2-4 months after rib surgery, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

    Montas made his MLB debut in 2015 with the White Sox as both a starter and reliever and was expected to have a shot at the Los Angeles Dodgers ' 25-man roster out of spring training. Given his potential as both a starter and reliever, his role in 2016 could be dictated by need when he recovers. This shouldn't affect the 22-year-old's future potential too much, but it's an ailment that could nag even after he returns.

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  • Sean Nolin OAK SP
    Athletics' Sean Nolin: Designated for assigment
    12h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Sean Nolin was designated for assignment by the A's on Friday.

    Nolin was one of the pieces the A's received in the Josh Donaldson trade and was thought to have a shot at the 2016 A's rotation. The A's needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster with the acquisition of Khris Davis and Nolin was the one they chose to designate. Nolin struggled with a groin injury for much of 2015 and his velocity was noticeably down when he was able to return late in the year. It seems likely that Nolin will garner some interest from other teams around the league.

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  • Cody Satterwhite NYM SP
    Angels' Cody Satterwhite: Signs minor league deal Friday
    14h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Cody Satterwhite signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

    Satterwhite produced a 4.38 ERA and 1.43 WHIP while boasting an impressive 8.88 K/9 over 72 innings of work for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2015. The 29-year-old will begin 2016 in the minor leagues.

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  • Scott Snodgress LAA SP
    Padres' Scott Snodgress: Signs minor-league deal
    16h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Scott Snodgress signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres on Friday that does not include an invite to spring training, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.

    Snodgress posted a 5.19 ERA in 8.2 innings pitched at the Double-A level and an 11.16 ERA in 25.0 innings pitched at the Triple-A level in 2015. He has been fairly mediocre in his minor league career and struggled mightily in his brief callup with the White Sox in 2014. The 26-year-old will have to improve drastically if he wants a shot at making the big league team in 2016.

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  • Jeff Hoffman COL SP
    Rockies' Jeff Hoffman: Receives invitation to spring training
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jeff Hoffman received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

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

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  • Kyle Freeland COL SP
    Rockies' Kyle Freeland: Receives invitation to spring training
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Kyle Freeland received an invitation to spring training Thursday.

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

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  • Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
    Yankees' Aroldis Chapman: Settles with Yankees at $11.325 million
    12h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Aroldis Chapman and the New York Yankees avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $11.325 million deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.com reports.

    Chapman still faces a possible suspension for a domestic violence allegation dating back to last October, but this clears at least one offseason issue for the Cuban closer and his new team. This settlement will give the Yankees' three-headed monster a total price tag exceeding $20 million, and that includes Dellin Betances' meager pre-arbitration salary.

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  • Tommy Hunter CHC RP
    Indians' Tommy Hunter: Signs one-year deal with Indians
    13h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Tommy Hunter signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians on Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Hunter got knocked around in his short stint with the Cubs in 2015, but he still has a decent enough track record in the last three years to warrant a roster spot. Since Opening Day 2013, he's registered a 3.26 ERA in 207.1 inning with a 1.10 WHIP. The 29-year-old could land in any number of roles with Cleveland, from setup to long relief.

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  • Craig Breslow BOS RP
    Marlins' Craig Breslow: Signs minor-league deal with Miami
    14h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Craig Breslow agreed to a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins on Friday, Rob Bradford of WEEI reports.

    The 35-year-old will be guaranteed $1.5 million if he makes the team. Breslow posted a 4.15 ERA over 65 innings pitched in 2015 with the Red Sox. The Marlins have a middle-of-the-pack bullpen, meaning the veteran does have a chance to make the team should he pitch well throughout spring training.

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    Blue Jays' Chad Jenkins: Outrighted to Triple-A on Friday
    14h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Chad Jenkins was outrighted to Triple-A on Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

    Jenkins cleared waivers after being DFA'd last Saturday. It's likely he will begin the 2016 season at Triple-A Buffalo.

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    Cubs' Edgar Olmos: Designated for assignment Friday
    15h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Edgar Olmos was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

    Olmos was DFA'd in order to make room for left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser, who was claimed off waivers on Friday. The 25-year-old had a 4.50 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in 14 innings pitched for the Mariners in 2015.

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    Diamondbacks' William Locante: Outrighted to Triple-A on Friday
    16h ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Will Locante has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Reno.

    Locante, an undrafted lefty reliever, spent all of 2015 pitching for Double-A Mobile where he put up a 5.79 ERA and 1.81 WHIP in 42.0 innings of work. Most of his struggles can be attributed to control issues, as he walked an abysmal 7.29 batters per nine innings. The 26-year-old will start the year working on his game in the minors.

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

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

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

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    Twins' Miguel Sano: On board with move to outfield
    13d ago • By RotoWire Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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