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Brewers and INF Scooter Gennett avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.525 million contract.

It's a well-deserved raise over the $518,100 that the 26-year-old took home in 2016. Gennett slashed .263/.317/.412 in 2016 while setting career-highs with 14 homers, 56 RBI, 58 runs scored and eight stolen bases.
Dec 2 - 8:00 PM

Yankees non-tendered LHP Jacob Lindgren.

The 23-year-old southpaw underwent Tommy John surgery in August and is expected to miss the entire 2017 season while recovering. It's possible that the Yankees will try to retain the former first-round pick on a minor league contract.
Dec 2 - 7:57 PM

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

The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina. The typical recovery time for this surgery is estimated at four months, which will impact his availability early in spring training as well as his regular off-season routine. This news should push Pujols down a couple of rounds in early fantasy drafts.
Dec 2 - 7:54 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have agreed to a contract with free agent backstop Jeff Mathis.

Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports was first to report that the two sides had been in discussions, and now Heyman reports that they have reached a deal. The Diamondbacks now have three catchers on the roster, with Mathis joining Chris Herrmann and Oscar Hernandez.
Dec 2 - 7:36 PM

Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have been in contact with free agent catcher Jeff Mathis.

The Diamondbacks surprisingly opted to non-tender Welington Castillo on Friday and are now in the market for depth behind the plate. Mathis, 33, hit just .238/.267/.33 with a pair of homers and 15 RBI in 126 at-bats for the Marlins in 2016. He'd simply be a depth signing for the D'Backs and shouldn't be counted on to be the full-time starter behind the plate.
Dec 2 - 7:25 PM

Diamondbacks non-tendered C Welington Castillo.

This move comes as quite a surprise, as Castillo was the club's starting catcher and coming off of a fine offensive season where he slashed .264/.322/.423 with 14 homers and 68 RBI in 457 plate appearances. Chris Herrmann now ascends to the top of the depth chart, but it's incredibly likely that the D'Backs will now add another backstop either through trade or free agency. As for Castillo, he was projected to earn around $6 million in arbitration, but now suddenly becomes one of the most appealing catchers on the free agent market.
Dec 2 - 7:16 PM

Diamondbacks non-tendered RHP Rubby De La Rosa.

The right-hander was shut down early in the season with elbow troubles and there have been some rumblings that a second Tommy John surgery could be in his future. The former top prospect compiled a 4.26 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 54/20 K/BB ratio over his 50 2/3 innings in 2016.
Dec 2 - 7:13 PM

White Sox non-tendered RHP Blake Smith.

The 28-year-old right-hander appeared in just five games for the big league club in 2016, compiling a 6.23 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 1/0 K/BB ratio in 4 1/3 innings. He'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal with a spring training invite elsewhere.
Dec 2 - 6:58 PM

White Sox and INF Brett Lawrie avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

Lawrie will see a massive drop in salary from the $4.125 million that he made in 2016 after hitting just .248/.310/.413 with 12 homers and 36 RBI in 94 games in his first season with the White Sox. Still just 26-years-old, Lawrie is expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of spring training and could represent a nice buy-low opportunity in the late rounds of fantasy drafts.
Dec 2 - 6:53 PM

Twins and INF Eduardo Escobar avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

It's a small raise over the $2.15 million that Escobar took home in 2016. More useful for his defensive prowess and versatility than with the bat, the 27-year-old infielder slashed a mere .236/.280/.338 with six homers and 37 RBI in 105 games for the Twins in 2016.
Dec 2 - 6:49 PM

Rangers non-tendered OF Jared Hoying.

Merely an auxiliary piece on their roster, the 27-year-old appeared in only 39 games for the Rangers in 2016 slashing a troublesome .217/.265/.261 with no homers and five RBI in 49 plate appearances. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as a free agent.
Dec 2 - 6:45 PM

Rockies and LHP Jake McGee avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.9 million contract.

McGee flamed out in his first season with the Rockies, losing his closer job while posting a 4.73 ERA over 57 appearances. They didn't want to let him walk for nothing, however, so he'll return in a setup role in 2017.
Dec 2 - 6:03 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price and general manager Dick Williams on Friday committed to using Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen as relievers next season.

It's no surprise, as Price indicated back in October that he might use the duo as potential multiple-inning closers in 2017. Both Iglesias (1.98 ERA, 54/19 K/BB ratio over 50 innings) and Lorenzen (2.88 ERA, 48/13 K/BB ratio over 50 innings) thrived in the bullpen in 2016. Iglesias probably as a leg up on the closer role.
Dec 2 - 6:00 PM

Braves and C Anthony Recker avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Recker was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The career .200/.284/.350 hitter will compete for the backup catcher job in 2017.
Dec 2 - 5:53 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs have signed LHP Brian Duensing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

It's a little surprise he was able to land a major league contract, as Duensing hasn't been very good the last two seasons (4.21 ERA, 34/24 K/BB ratio over 62 relief innings) and last year had elbow issues. Nevertheless, he'll be part of the Cubs' left-handed relief corps in 2017.
Dec 2 - 5:49 PM


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