Eric Hosmer
Royals' Eric Hosmer: Avoids arbitration
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
1/13/2017
News: Hosmer agreed to a one-year, $12.25 million deal with the Royals on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

He received a $4 million raise over what he made in 2016 and will become a free agent after the 2017 season. Hosmer is entering his age-27 season, for what it's worth, and coming off a year where he set career highs in home runs (25) and RBI (104), but his .266 average was his lowest mark since 2012.

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Ji-Man Choi
Ji-Man Choi: Elects free agency
Ji-Man Choi, 1B, LAA
1/11/2017
News: Choi has elected free agency in lieu of accepting his outright assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake.

The 25-year-old who did not see a clear path to playing time on the big league roster in Anaheim, so he will test the market instead of agreeing to ride buses in 2017. Of course, coming off a year where he posted a 67 wRC+ while getting 125 of his 129 plate appearances with the platoon advantage, he will likely have to settle for a minor league pact with his next organization.

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Brett Pill
Tigers' Brett Pill: Signs minor league deal with Tigers
Brett Pill, 1B, DET
1/10/2017
News: Pill signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Tuesday.

He played for the Kia Tigers in the Korean Baseball League in 2016 and hit .317 with 20 home runs in 482 at-bats. As a 32-year-old first baseman, he will serve as organizational depth, likely at Triple-A.

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Efren Navarro
Tigers' Efren Navarro: Signs minor league deal with Tigers
Efren Navarro, 1B, DET
1/7/2017
News: Navarro signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Saturday, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxOnline reports.

The veteran first baseman last played in the major leagues in 2015 as a member of the Angels in 2015. He spent time with the Mariners and the Cardinals with their respective Triple-A affiliates last season and had a particularly strong stint at Triple-A Memphis, where he slashed .320/.366/.376 over 213 plate appearances. He figures to see regular playing time at Triple-A Toledo in 2017.

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Marwin Gonzalez
Astros' Marwin Gonzalez: Will resume super-utility role in 2017
Marwin Gonzalez, 1B, HOU
1/7/2017
News: Gonzalez will remain a part of the Astros' lineup despite several offseason acquisitions designed to bolster the lineup.

Gonzalez is a super-utility player that started games at five different positions for the Astros in 2016, establishing new career-highs with 518 plate appearances and 141 games played, including a team-leading 74 starts at first base. However, the switch-hitter's opportunities should drop off in 2017. The team's offseason acquisitions of Carols Beltran, Josh Reddick and Norichika Aoki will reduce the need Gonzalez in the outfield, while Yulieski Gurriel is presumed to be the primary first baseman.

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Jesus Montero
Orioles' Jesus Montero: Signs minor league contract with Orioles
Jesus Montero, 1B, TOR
1/3/2017
News: Montero (suspension) agreed to a minor league contract with the Orioles on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The 27-year-old will provide organizational depth, but only after he serves a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. Any remaining optimism surrounding Montero has largely evaporated, as he's struggled at the major league level and is really just a DH-only type at this point (25 starts at first base with Triple-A Buffalo in 2016).

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Matt Hague
Twins' Matt Hague: Returns to US on minor league deal with Twins
Matt Hague, 1B, MIN
12/21/2016
News: Hague signed a minor league contract with the Twins on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training.

The 31-year-old spent 2016 in Japan, but after only producing a .685 OPS with the Hanshin Tigers, Hague decided to come back stateside to play. He's only a year removed from being the International League MVP, so he could be a cheap source of power if he can translate any of that Triple-A success to the big leagues this spring.

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Chris Colabello
Indians' Chris Colabello: Signs minor league deal with Indians
Chris Colabello, 1B, CLE
12/20/2016
News: Colabello signed a minor league deal, which includes a spring training invite, with the Indians on Tuesday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

The 33-year-old has spent the last two seasons with the Blue Jays organization, but he appeared in only 10 games for the big league club in 2016, due in part to serving an 80-game PED suspension. In 45 minor league contests, mostly at Triple-A, Colabello compiled a meager .185/.254/.293 slash line with 12 RBI and 51 strikeouts. Expectations will be low for Colabello, but the Indians will hope he can regain the form that saw him hit .321 with 54 RBI in 101 major league games in 2015.

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Jose Abreu
White Sox's Jose Abreu: Avoids arbitration
Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
12/17/2016
News: Abreu agreed to a one-year, $10.8 million contract with the White Sox on Saturday, avoiding arbitration.

He recently opted out of the remaining three years on his contract in order to go through the arbitration process, which should net him over $30 million before he hits free agency after the 2019 season. Abreu is a good bet to hit for a high average, boasting a .299 career mark through three seasons. However, his power numbers have declined each season, hitting 25 homers with a .175 ISO, both career worsts, over a career-high 695 plate appearances in 2016.

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Hanley Ramirez
Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: May not be full time DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B, BOS
12/7/2016
News: Ramirez could still play some first base this coming season as part of a platoon with the newly acquired Mitch Moreland, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

While it was never stated as such, Ramirez was always seen as a replacement for David Ortiz as Boston's designated hitter. And now that Ortiz has moved on, Ramirez could easily slide into that role full time while Boston makes the lefty-hitting Moreland the everyday starter at first base. But not so fast. Having a classic left/right platoon at first base allows manager John Farrell to use the designated hitter spot as a way to take advantage of certain matchups and give his everyday players the occasional day off from the field.

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