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  • Roman Quinn CF | PHI

    Phillies' Roman Quinn: Likely to open year at Triple-A

    Quinn will likely open the 2017 season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

    The Phillies signed Michael Saunders on Monday to a one-year deal with an option. He will see the majority of the playing time in right field leaving Quinn without a regular role. Quinn has yet to see any time at Triple-A, so the move buys him some more development time. He is likely to get another opportunity in the majors later this season.

  • Wil Myers 1B | SD

    Padres' Wil Myers: Inks $83 million deal with Padres

    Myers agreed to a six-year, $83 million deal with the 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.

  • Trevor Cahill RP | CHC

    Padres' Trevor Cahill: Will sign with San Diego

    Cahill will sign a one-year, $1.75 million contract with San Diego, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    Cahill is coming off one of his best seasons, in which he posted a 2.74 ERA over 65.2 innings in relief for the Cubs. The right-hander, a former starter with Arizona back in 2014, could be a candidate to join the Padres' starting rotation, since multiple spots are seemingly up for grabs.

  • Phillies' Michael Saunders: Agrees to one-year deal with Phils

    Saunders and the Phillies have agreed on a one-year deal, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    The exact details of the agreement have not yet been released, but it's believed to be a one-year deal with a potential option for the 2018 season. The 30-year-old spent last season in Toronto, hitting .243 with 24 home runs and 57 RBI. Saunders figures to be the Phillies' regular starter in right field against right-handed pitchers, and he'll likely platoon with Aaron Altherr when facing a southpaw. Saunders is a career .236 hitter versus righties (1,556 career at-bats), compared to .233 versus lefties (681 at-bats).

  • Marco Gonzales SP | STL

    Cardinals' Marco Gonzales: Throwing from 90 feet

    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 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.

  • Zack Cozart SS | CIN

    Reds' Zack Cozart: Avoids arbitration with Reds

    Cozart avoided arbitration with the 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.

  • Diamondbacks' Juan Graterol: Designated for assignment

    Graterol was designated for assignment by the 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.

  • Nick Kingham SP | PIT

    Pirates' Nick Kingham: Healthy after lengthy rehab

    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."

  • Tony Watson RP | PIT

    Pirates' Tony Watson: Days in Pittsburgh likely numbered

    The Pirates and Watson were unable to reach an agreement over a new contract prior to the Friday deadline and will head to arbitration, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    Watson, who will become a free agent following the 2017 season, was reportedly offered only a one-year deal. It's apparent that the southpaw's time in Pittsburgh is dwindling and it wouldn't be surprising to see the team's current closer traded. Teams such as the Mariners have inquired as to his availability. Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio would become candidates for saves in the event Watson is dealt.

  • Tom Koehler SP | MIA

    Marlins' Tom Koehler: Avoids arbitration

    Koehler and the Marlins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.75 million contract on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    Koehler's ratios last season -- a 4.33 ERA and 1.46 -- were unspectacular and both fell for the second year in a row, but he did start 30 games for the third straight season and finished the campaign with a career-best 33 starts. Koehler's dependability is more useful to the Marlins than it is to fantasy players, and he will need to cut down on the baserunners he gave up last year in order to be an option in standard leagues.