Travis Shaw
Red Sox's Travis Shaw: Will train in outfield
Travis Shaw, 1B, BOS
2/5/2016
News: Shaw will spend time in left field early on in training camp to determine if he's a viable option at the position, the Boston Herald reports.

As it stands now, Shaw has a good shot at making Boston's roster on his infield work alone, particularly as the Red Sox try out Hanley Ramirez at first base, but adding another viable outfielder will cement a roster spot. Shaw surprised everyone last season, hitting .270 with 13 homers in 248 plate appearances over August and September.

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Greg Bird
Yankees' Greg Bird: Undergoes shoulder surgery Tuesday, expected to miss 2016 season
Greg Bird, 1B, NYY
2/1/2016
News: Bird will undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss the entire 2016 season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

This is a decent blow to the Yankees, as Bird was one of their top prospects and was the main fill-in at first base when Mark Teixeira was injured. The 23-year-old had an impressive .872 OPS and 10.7% walk rate in 178 plate appearances with the major league club last season, but he also struck out in nearly one-third of his at-bats. With this development, Brian McCann might need to play more games at first base, or else the Yankees may have to search around for a new backup first baseman.

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Joey Terdoslavich
Orioles' Joey Terdoslavich: Outrighted to Triple-A on Thursday
Joey Terdoslavich, 1B, BAL
1/28/2016
News: Terdoslavich cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

The 27-year-old slashed just .214/.254/.375 with only one home run in 28 games with Atlanta in 2015. With Chris Davis holding down first base for the Orioles it is unlikely that Terdoslavich contributes much in 2016.

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Chris Davis
Does the seesaw of Chris Davis' production continue?
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
1/28/2016
News: No player in baseball has more home runs over the past four seasons than Chris Davis. Of course, that production hasn't come in the most even distribution. After a disastrous 2014 campaign in which Davis hit below the Mendoza and served a suspension, he bounced back in a big way and earned a monstrous contract.

Davis will turn 30 before the season starts and boasts a career 31 percent strikeout rate that will sting in points leagues. Even with those negatives, it's difficult to pass up on the the most prolific power hitter of the past four years. Davis walks enough to boast an OBP over .360 in two of the last three seasons and is a career .255 hitter despite 2014. You can make a case for Davis as a second round pick but you should pounce on him if he falls into the third.

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Albert Pujols
Angels' Albert Pujols: Cleared to swing off tee
Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
1/27/2016
News: Pujols has been cleared to hit off a tee, FOX Sports reports.

After removing the walking boot on his right foot in early January, Pujols will soon take another step in his recovery. The development doesn't change the expectation that the 36-year-old will reach full baseball activities by late March, which would likely equate to a DL trip to begin the season. Under that scenario, C.J. Cron would take a crack at regular DH duty until Pujols is ready to return.

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Steve Pearce
Steve Pearce: Agrees to deal with Rays
Steve Pearce, 1B, TB
1/21/2016
News: Pearce and the Rays agreed to a one-year contract, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Pearce was a disappointment for the Orioles last season, but his excellent track record against left-handed pitching surely attracted plenty of interest. While he won't necessarily have an every-day role, the 32-year-old figures to see plenty of at-bats against southpaws as a first baseman, designated hitter and corner outfielder.

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Marwin Gonzalez
Astros' Marwin Gonzalez: Avoids arbitration with Astros
Marwin Gonzalez, 1B, HOU
1/15/2016
News: Gonzalez agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Astros on Friday, avoiding arbitration, the Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich reports.

He offers much more real life value to the Astros than he could ever offer fantasy owners. Gonzalez can play every position in the infield in a pinch, but he will only start two or three days per week unless someone suffers an injury. Last year he posted career highs in OPS (.759), wOBA (.329), wRC+ (108) and home runs (12), so if he can repeat that performance in 2016 he will have value in AL-only formats and very deep mixed leagues.

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Mark Trumbo
Orioles' Mark Trumbo: Agrees to deal with Orioles
Mark Trumbo, 1B, BAL
1/14/2016
News: Trumbo and the Orioles agreed to a one-year, $9.15 million contract Thursday, avoiding arbitration, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.

Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Dec. 1, Trumbo is expected to serve as the Orioles' starting first baseman. He'll go from an extreme pitcher's park to a batter's park, but he did spend about one-third of last season with the Diamondbacks, who play in a stadium (Chase Field) that's arguably more hitter-friendly than Camden Yards.

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Yonder Alonso
Athletics' Yonder Alonso: Agrees to one-year deal
Yonder Alonso, 1B, OAK
1/13/2016
News: Alonso and the Athletics agreed to a one-year deal Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The deal is reportedly worth $2.65 million.

Alonso, who came over from San Diego via trade in December, is expected to end up in a platoon situation at first base in 2016. He's coming off of a season in which he hit .282/.361/.381 with five home runs and 31 RBI in 2013 games.

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Rowdy Tellez
Blue Jays' Rowdy Tellez: Headed to spring training
Rowdy Tellez, 1B, TOR
1/13/2016
News: Tellez received an invite to go to big league camp for spring training.

The hulking first baseman could be written off by dynasty league owners considering he was a 30th-round pick in the 2013 draft, but he is the real deal. Tellez hit .275 with seven home runs in 35 games at High-A as a 20-year-old last year, and he really impressed at the Arizona Fall League. While he obviously won't make the big league roster out of camp, he could put himself in line to take over at first base in 2017, assuming Edwin Encarnacion departs in free agency.

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