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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Jonathan Mota
Cubs' Jonathan Mota: Signs minor league deal with Cubs
Jonathan Mota, 1B, CHC
2/2/2016
News: Mota signed a minor league contract with the Cubs, according to Baseball America.

The 28-year-old will return for his 12th season in the Cubs' organization, providing defensive versatility but little else. Mota saw time at six different positions for Triple-A Iowa last year but hit .252/.297/.346 with two steals in 252 plate appearances. He has hit .266/.302/.392 in parts of five seasons at the Triple-A level.

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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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Jesus Guzman
Cubs' Jesus Guzman: Will join Cubs at spring training
Jesus Guzman, 1B, CHC
1/29/2016
News: Guzman received an invitation to big league spring training Friday.

One of the older non-roster invitees to Cubs spring training, Guzman also has a fair amount of MLB experience under his belt, but hasn't played ball since 2014. The veteran will look to make his mark during spring training, but it would likely take a lot for him to make the club out of spring training.

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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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Freddie Freeman
Braves' Freddie Freeman: Takes Some Cuts
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
1/25/2016
News: Freeman (wrist) took 30 "dry swings" and hit 25 balls off a tee Thursday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Nice to finally swing a bat with no pain after seven months," he said.

Freeman's wrist problems date back to about June of 2015, so you'll want to track his health carefully during the walk-up months to the fresh season. He also has to deal with a mediocre Atlanta supporting cast; the Braves could easily have the worst offense in the National League.

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Lucas Duda
Mets' Lucas Duda: Agrees to deal to avoid arbitration
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM
1/22/2016
News: Duda agreed to a one-year, $6.275 million contract with the Mets on Friday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Duda posted another consistent season in 2015, notching 27 home runs over 471 at-bats while hitting .244/.352/.486. While there's a chance he won't have Yoenis Cespedes in the middle of the order with him again in 2016, there's no reason to believe the 29-year-old won't post another solid campaign in 2016.

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Gaby Sanchez
Mariners' Gaby Sanchez: Signs a minor league contract with Mariners on Friday
Gaby Sanchez, 1B, PIT
1/22/2016
News: Sanchez signed a minor league contract with the Mariners on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Jerry Crasnick of Baseball America reports.

Sanchez spent last year playing baseball in Japan, posting a .226/.328/.392 slash line over 232 plate appearances. He expressed a wish to play in the majors again this season, and now that Seattle has signed him, he has his chance. The Mariners are pretty set at first base with Adam Lind, but the veteran will likely compete for the backup job and hope to make the big league team that way.

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