Dae-Ho Lee
Dae-Ho Lee: Returns to Korean baseball
Dae-Ho Lee, 1B, SEA
7:55 PM
News: Lee agreed to a deal with the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization, Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports.

Lee's major league career was very short-lived. In one season with the Mariners, the first baseman hit .253 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI over 104 games played. At 34 years old, a future return to the MLB seems unlikely.

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Jeff Malm
Rangers' Jeff Malm: Signs minor league contract with Rangers
Jeff Malm, 1B, TB
6:40 PM
News: Malm signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

The southpaw put up impressive numbers between High-A and Double-A in 2016, recording a 2.06 ERA and 57 strikeout across 48.0 innings. It's only his third year pitching, after being drafted as a first baseman and corner outfielder and making the transition to pitcher in 2015.

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Ryan Zimmerman
Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Needs to elevate ball in 2017
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, WAS
10:50 AM
News: Zimmerman's poor performance at the plate in 2016 can be traced to his inability to get the ball in the air, MLB.com's Mike Petriello reports.

The veteran slugger finished last season 12th in exit velocity at 93.7 mph but 150th in launch angle at 7.9 degrees, indicating that while Zimmerman was regularly hitting the ball hard, he was also mostly hitting it on the ground. If he can tweak his swing to add some more loft, he could rebound in a big way at the plate, but it's fair to ask whether the shoulder issues that forced his move to first base have also contributed to his inability to elevate the ball. Keep a very close eye on his performance this spring, and whether he's hitting more line drives and fly balls, before you take a chance on adding Zimmerman to your fantasy roster.

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James Loney
Rangers' James Loney: Signs minor-league deal with Rangers
James Loney, 1B, NYM
1/20/2017
News: Loney signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers on Friday, Fanragsports.com reports.

His deal would expand to $1M if he is able to make the major league club. Loney backed up Lucas Duda at first base last season, and slashed .265/.307/.397 across 366 plate appearances in the process. It is unclear at this point where Loney would fit in with the Rangers' roster should he ultimately make the team.

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Tommy Joseph
Phillies' Tommy Joseph: Fully recovered from wrist injury
Tommy Joseph, 1B, PHI
1/20/2017
News: Joseph is fully recovered from the wrist tendinitis that forced him to cut his stint in the Dominican winter league short this offseason, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Joseph remains on track to open this season as the Phillies' regular first baseman. He said his goal this season is to improve his on-base percentage after he posted a .308 on-base percentage last season while splitting time at first base with Ryan Howard. He already showed some signs of improvement last season when he walked at a 3.7 percent clip in the first half, but improved that to 8.6 percent while also cutting his strikeout rate from 24.7 percent to 18.9 percent after the All-Star break. He has 30-plus homer upside this season with everyday playing time.

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Josh Bell
Pirates' Josh Bell: Reports to camp 23 pounds lighter
Josh Bell, 1B, PIT
1/19/2017
News: Bell reported to minicamp at 225 pounds, down from 248 at the beginning of spring training last season, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Bell credited yoga for his weight loss. The 24-year-old hit .273 in 152 plate appearances last season, splitting time between first base and the outfield, though the focus seems to be on using him at first this season. Defense has always been one thing that has been a knock on Bell, but the Pirates will hope his participation in yoga and weight loss will increase his ability in the field, which could result in more consistent playing time.

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Joey Terdoslavich
Pirates' Joey Terdoslavich: Signs minor league contract with Pirates
Joey Terdoslavich, 1B, PIT
1/18/2017
News: Terdoslavich agreed to a minor league contract with Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training for the switch-hitting Terdoslavich, who spent last season in the Baltimore farm system. The 28-year-old last played in the majors with Atlanta in 2015, where he hit just .214 over 28 games. Terdoslavich batted .246 last season with Double-A Bowie while adding 61 RBI, and likely serves as organizational depth for the Pirates.

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Sam Travis
Red Sox's Sam Travis: Still wearing knee brace
Sam Travis, 1B, BOS
1/17/2017
News: Travis has been performing all normal offseason baseball activities without limitations, but still wears a brace on his left knee, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Travis is itching to get back on the field and will take part in Boston's rookie development program this week at Boston College. After that, he's scheduled for a consultation with his doctor during the first two weeks of spring training, when he's hoping to have the knee brace removed. The organization remains high on Travis, which became evident when the they didn't seek a longer-term solution at first base during the offseason, instead opting to sign MItch Moreland to a one-year deal.

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Wil Myers
Padres' Wil Myers: Inks $83 million deal with Padres
Wil Myers, 1B, SD
1/16/2017
News: 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 and mashed 28 home runs. Myers also stole 28 bases in 34 attempts. He 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.

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Ji-Man Choi
Yankees' Ji-Man Choi: Inks NRI deal with Yankees
Ji-Man Choi, 1B, LAA
1/16/2017
News: Choi signed a minor league contract with the Yankees on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training.

It's not surprising that Choi could not find a big league deal after electing free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A in the Angels' organization. He posted a 67 wRC+ last year while getting 125 of his 129 plate appearances with the platoon advantage. Greg Bird, Tyler Austin and Rob Refsnyder all figure to be ahead of him on the organizational depth chart.

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