Chris Colabello
Blue Jays' Chris Colabello: Outrighted by Jays
Chris Colabello, 1B, TOR
12/4/2016
News: Colabello cleared waivers and was outrighted by the Jays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

Colabello remains in the organization, but he's no longer on the 40-man roster. Other teams from around the league had the ability to claim the first baseman, but instead Colabello cleared waivers and remains under club control. This is his second career outright, meaning he can elect to become a free agent. The 33-year-old posted an .886 OPS for the Jays in 2015, but in 2016, he received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance. Colabello later appeared in 40 games for Triple-A Buffalo, managing a disappointing .180/.248/.288 slash line.

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Mitch Moreland
Mitch Moreland: Finding suitors on free agent market
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
12/4/2016
News: Moreland is drawing interest from the Indians and Blue Jays, Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports.

Moreland is one of several potential first-base options for the Indians, who are also considering Mike Napoli and Adam Lind. With Edwin Encarnacion a free agent, the Jays currently have Justin Smoak penciled in as the starter at first base, unless new addition Kendrys Morales gets some time at the position. Moreland posted solid numbers in 2016, hitting 22 homers and driving in 60 runs while sporting a .233/.298/.422 slash line. He also took home his first Gold Glove Award.

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Balbino Fuenmayor
Braves' Balbino Fuenmayor: Inks minor league deal with Braves
Balbino Fuenmayor, 1B, KC
12/2/2016
News: Fuenmayor signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

"The Great Balbino" doesn't have much prospect pedigree, but he certainly left his mark back in 2015 when he bashed 17 home runs and 28 doubles between the Double-A and Triple-A levels of the Royals organization. His production tapered off a bit last season, so between that and Freddie Freeman occupying first base at the major league level, Fuenmayor will likely spend another season in an organizational depth role.

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Yonder Alonso
Athletics' Yonder Alonso: Inks new deal with Oakland
Yonder Alonso, 1B, OAK
12/2/2016
News: Alonso agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the A's, avoiding arbitration, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Alonso was considered a potential non-tender candidate, so this deal allows him to stay on in Oakland for a second season with the A's. The 29-year-old played in a career-high 156 games and posted a .253/.316/.367 line with seven home runs last season, and he figures to once again serve as the primary option at first base in 2017.

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Chris Parmelee
Athletics' Chris Parmelee: Agrees to minor league deal with A's
Chris Parmelee, 1B, OAK
11/30/2016
News: Parmelee signed a minor league contract with the A's on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

The Yankees gave Parmelee the call in June after Mark Teixeira hit the DL, but he didn't even make it a week before going down with a hamstring injury. Parmelee then battled back spasms late in the year, but if healthy come the spring, the 28-year-old could make a push for a role at first base. He's hit .248/.313/.405 in parts of six major league seasons.

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Steve Pearce
Steve Pearce: Finding suitors in Toronto
Steve Pearce, 1B, BAL
11/21/2016
News: Pearce is reportedly drawing interest from the Blue Jays in free agency, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Nearly two years after they claimed Pearce on waivers, only to see him elect free agency instead, the Blue Jays are once again interested in the 33-year-old. Pearce played first base, second base, third base, both corner outfield spots and often served as the designated hitter last season for the Rays and Orioles. He slashed .288/.374/.492 with 13 home runs and 35 RBI overall. With many potential losses to free agency, Toronto views Pearce as a possible right-handed platoon partner for Justin Smoak at first base, as well as insurance in the outfield.

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Jose Ruiz
Padres' Jose Ruiz: Added to 40-man roster
Jose Ruiz, 1B, TEX
11/18/2016
News: Ruiz was added to the Padres' 40-man roster Friday.

A converted catcher, Ruiz enjoyed a good deal of success on the pitching mound in 2016, albeit in a limited sample. He tossed 12.1 scoreless innings at the lower levels with a 14:5 K:BB and two saves. He will continue his development as a pitcher in 2017.

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Ronald Guzman
Rangers' Ronald Guzman: Added to 40-man roster
Ronald Guzman, 1B, TEX
11/18/2016
News: Guzman was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster Friday.

He hit .288/.348/.477 with 15 homers from the left side with Double-A Frisco in 2016, earning a promotion to Triple-A as a 21-year-old late in the year. This move was made primarily for Rule 5 protection, but there is an opening at first base in Arlington, one which Guzman could fill by the end of the 2017 campaign.

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Daniel Palka
Twins' Daniel Palka: Added to 40-man roster Friday
Daniel Palka, 1B, MIN
11/18/2016
News: Palka was added to Minnesota's 40-man roster Friday.

The 25-year-old strikes out a ton, but there's no denying his incredible power. Palka bashed 34 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A in 2016, and if he can continue hitting like that at the start of 2017, he could wind up at Target Field either in the outfield or as a designated hitter.

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Jose Abreu
White Sox's Jose Abreu: Opts out of contract Monday
Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
11/14/2016
News: Abreu opted out of his three-year deal with the White Sox on Monday and will go through the arbitration process year-by-year with them, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

This doesn't change Abreu's fantasy prospects very much in the present given that he's still under club control through the 2019 season, although he could command a higher salary through this method. The slugger posted a .293/.353/.468 slash line last season to go with 25 home runs in 2016, and he'll look to continue that over the next few seasons as the White Sox primary first baseman.

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