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  • Chase d'Arnaud SS | ATL

    Braves' Chase d'Arnaud: Signs a minor league contract with Braves

    Chase d'Arnaud signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves that includes an invitation to attend spring training.

    d'Arnaud spent last year in the Phillies organization, playing with Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to a September call-up. He was a decent hitter, batting .268 with five home runs and 35 RBI, but was outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster after the season was over. The 28-year-old will look to find a spot as a utility infielder during spring training.

  • Nationals' Chris Bostick: Added to 40-man roster

    Christopher Bostick was added to the Washington Nationals ' 40-man roster Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

    His on-base percentage fell by nearly 60 points after he moved to Double-A Harrisburg in mid-June, but Bostick doubled his home run total from High-A Potomac (4) in just 13 more games, and added 16 more stolen bases. Bostick has played mostly at second base in his five minor league seasons, making just 24 total appearances at short, so it seems unlikely he will be in the running for the starting shortstop job in the spring. This move was made primarily for Rule 5 protection, but Bostick could be a utility option later in the year.

  • Brewers' Javier Betancourt: Traded to Brewers

    Javier Betancourt was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday along with a player to be named later in exchange for Francisco Rodriguez, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports.

    The 20-year-old Venezuelan does not have exciting offensive tools, but he could offer just enough value with the bat and glove to be a second division starter. He hit .263 with just three homers and four steals in 122 games at High-A last year, but he could hit for a slightly better average as he moves up the organizational ladder. Look for him to spend most of 2016 with Double-A Biloxi.

  • Phillies' Tyler Pastornicky: Elects free agency

    Tyler Pastornicky elected free agency on Friday.

    Pastornicky split his time between the Rangers' and Philadelphia Phillies ' Triple-A affiliates this season. He will likely need to settle for a minor league contract this offseason.

  • Cord Phelps 2B | PHI

    Phillies' Cord Phelps: Elects free agency

    Cord Phelps elected free agency on Friday.

    Phelps hit .229/.319/.290 with five home runs in 397 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. He will be looking for a minor league deal this offseason.

  • Gift Ngoepe 2B | PIT

    Pirates' Gift Ngoepe: Promoted to 40-man roster

    Gift Ngoepe was promoted to the Pittsburgh Pirates 40-man roster Thursday.

    Ngoepe made a brief appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis in 2015, slashing a .246/.313/.311 in 61 at-bats with the team through 21 games, but the 25-year-old likely won't appear in the majors until he learns to cut down on the strikeouts (he was fanned 201 times in two seasons with Double-A Altoona).

  • Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Has surgery on right shoulder Wednesday

    Enrique Hernandez had surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    The surgery was considered very minor, and Hernandez is planning to start physical training next week. This will allow Hernandez to be ready for the start of spring training.

  • Phillies' Cesar Hernandez: Activated from the 60-day disabled list

    The Philadelphia Phillies activated Cesar Hernandez (thumb) from the 60-day disabled list on Monday.

    The move is procedural. Hernandez is still recovering from surgery to repair ligament damage in his left thumb. He is expected to be ready to participate in spring training.

  • Kelly Johnson 2B | NYM

    Mets' Kelly Johnson: Not in lineup for Game 2

    Kelly Johnson is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the World Series.

    Johnson registered just one at-bat in Game 1 before giving way to Michael Cuddyer who promptly struck out all three times he stepped to the plate. It's likely the 33-year-old will make a pinch-hit appearance at some point during the contest, but daily players shouldn't expect the veteran to register many at-bats in Game 2.

  • Kelly Johnson 2B | NYM

    Mets' Kelly Johnson: Will serve as DH on Tuesday

    Kelly Johnson will take on DH duties for the New York Mets in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday at Kansas City, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.

    Johnson has fared well in his career against the Royals' Game 1 starter, Edinson Volquez, posting a .286 batting average, one double, two RBI, and three walks. The appointment by manager Terry Collins will likely only last one game, as left-handed hitters (this includes Johnson) put together a miserable .215 average against Game 2 starter Johnny Cueto this season.

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