Scooter Gennett
Brewers' Scooter Gennett: Value dips after Tuesday's trade
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
12/6/2016
News: Gennett will have to battle for playing time in Milwaukee following the acquisition of Travis Shaw on Tuesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports.

Shaw will presumably start at third base against righties, with Jonathan Villar starting at second base, leaving Gennett with nowhere to play against righties, which is the only time he would be in the lineup in the first place. The Brewers would like to move Gennett if a buyer emerges, but there is not much demand for a second baseman who needs a platoon partner and is a below-average defender. For now it looks like he will enter 2017 as a weapon off the bench against right-handed pitching.

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Domingo Leyba
Diamondbacks' Domingo Leyba: Added to 40-man roster
Domingo Leyba, 2B, ARI
11/18/2016
News: Leyba was added to Arizona's 40-man roster on Friday.

The move protects Leyba from being taken in the Rule 5 draft, which was likely required after a season in which Leyba hit .296/.355/.429 between high-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile. Leyba's numbers actually improved after he was promoted to Mobile, so he could see some time in the majors if he shows the same progression in 2017.

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Jesmuel Valentin
Phillies' Jesmuel Valentin: Added to 40-man roster Friday
Jesmuel Valentin, 2B, PHI
11/18/2016
News: Valentin was added to the Phillies' 40-man roster Friday.

Valentin put together a strong 2016 campaign split between Double-A and Triple-A. His numbers tapered off a bit upon the promotion and his strikeouts rose, though, and given the other higher-profile prospects the Phillies have coming up, it'll be tough for Valentin to carve out a big role going forward.

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Neil Walker
Mets' Neil Walker: Takes qualifying offer
Neil Walker, 2B, NYM
11/14/2016
News: Walker (back) accepted the Mets' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

This was one of the more intriguing stories to watch given Walker's back surgery in September, but ultimately he decided to stick around for at least another season in the Big Apple. The 31-year-old will likely take over as the Mets' primary second baseman once he's back to full health once again as he looks to build off of his 23-home run season he posted in 113 games last year.

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Howie Kendrick
Phillies' Howie Kendrick: Expected to be everyday left fielder
Howie Kendrick, 2B, PHI
11/11/2016
News: Kendrick is expected to be the Phillies' everyday left fielder in 2017, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

This is what the Phillies are saying now, but there's always a chance Kendrick could shift to second base if Cesar Hernandez is moved this offseason. Kendrick was acquired from Los Angeles on Friday in exchange for Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney after formally requesting a trade last week.

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Darnell Sweeney
Dodgers' Darnell Sweeney: Traded to Dodgers
Darnell Sweeney, 2B, LAD
11/11/2016
News: Sweeney was traded to the Dodgers on Friday along with Darin Ruf in exchange for Howie Kendrick.

The 25-year-old will return to the Dodgers, with whom he spent most of his first four professional seasons after being drafted in the 13th round in 2012. Sweeney mostly struggled at the Triple-A level in 2016, batting .233/.299/.345 with a strikeout rate north of 22 percent. However, he can take a walk, has some power and speed and can play the middle infield positions as well as center field.

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Chase Utley
Dodgers' Chase Utley: Not in Game 5 lineup
Chase Utley, 2B, LAD
10/20/2016
News: Utley is not in the lineup Thursday for the Dodgers' Game 5 NLCS matchup with the Cubs.

Utley typically heads to the bench when left-handers take the mound, and Thursday is no different with Jon Lester toeing the rubber for Chicago. Kike Hernandez will fill in for him and bat leadoff.

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