Brandon Phillips
Reds' Brandon Phillips: Turned down two trades
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
2/1/2016
News: The Reds are unlikely to try to trade Phillips again after he turned down two trades this offseason, one with the Nationals and one with the Diamondbacks, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

In both cases the trade broke down when Phillips, who has a full no-trade clause, wanted more money to approve the trade and a deal was not reached. The Reds would like to be able to trade Phillips and play Jose Peraza, but their plans may be put on hold.

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Aaron Hill
Brewers' Aaron Hill: Traded to Brewers
Aaron Hill, 2B, MIL
1/30/2016
News: Hill was traded to the Brewers on Saturday in a five-player deal, ESPN's Keith Law reports.

Hill is owed $12 million for 2016, the final year of his deal, so Arizona was fortunate to be able to pass him off, but it costed one of their top prospects (Isan Diaz) to get the deal done. Hill could occupy the short side of a second base platoon with Scooter Gennett this year, while also seeing time at third base if young players like Will Middlebrooks and Garin Cecchini don't work out. Still, with Milwaukee rebuilding, the young players figure to get more chances than an aging Hill who does not factor into the team's long-term plans.

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Howie Kendrick
Dodgers' Howie Kendrick: Willing to play some 3B
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAD
1/30/2016
News: Kendrick has expressed a willingness to play some third base this year for the Dodgers, the Los Angeles Times' Andy McCullough reports.

Justin Turner is coming off microfracture surgery, so the team may need Kendrick to fill in some at the hot corner early on. Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley are more than capable of handling second base, so Kendrick's ability to handle third gives the Dodgers an extreme amount of flexibility. While many of the Dodgers' positions will be platoons, Kendrick should be in the lineup almost every day, possibly hitting leadoff, so he is one of the few Dodgers who is safe to target in drafts.

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Neil Walker
Mets' Neil Walker: Agrees to one-year contract with Mets, avoiding arbitration
Neil Walker, 2B, NYM
1/29/2016
News: Walker and the Mets agreed to a one-year, $10.55 million contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

After being traded to the Mets in exchange for Jon Niese, the only part left to make Walker a Met was to settle his contract either before or through arbitration. They managed to get a deal done before arbitration, as Walker settled to take $50,000 less than the middle point between his asking price and the Mets' initial offer. The 30-year-old will hope to be one of the better hitting second basemen again this season, as he has proven to be in the past by hitting at least 12 home runs and driving in over 50 runs every season since 2010.

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Enrique Hernandez
Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Rehabbing according to schedule
Enrique Hernandez, 2B, LAD
1/29/2016
News: Hernandez has not experienced any setbacks in his recovery from right-shoulder surgery, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Although it was just minor surgery, this is great news for both the Dodgers and Hernandez. Going into 2016 the 24-year-old will look to build off his success from last season when he hit .307 and will likely be the Dodgers top utility player.

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Anthony Rendon
Analysis: Anthony Rendon a prime bounceback candidate
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS
1/28/2016
News: If you want an example how quickly perception can change for a young player, look no further than Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon. Coming into the 2015 season, he was viewed as one of the brightest young stars in baseball, coming off a .287 average, 21-homer, 111-run season with 17 stolen bases. He was the kind of all-around stud who, then just 24, would be a future Fantasy first-rounder in no time.

One injury-plagued year later, and Rendon is going 79th overall in FantasyPros.com's average draft position tracker. Rendon is going 60 spots later in drafts than Mookie Betts, whose 2015 breakout (.291, 18 homers, 21 steals) looks an awful lot like what Rendon did the year before. Betts deserves to go ahead of Rendon for good reason this season, but don't forget about Rendon when looking for your second baseman -- he could be a steal in the sixth round or later if that's where he ends up going.

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Danny Espinosa
Nationals' Danny Espinosa: Avoids arbitration with Nationals
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS
1/15/2016
News: Espinosa (hamstring) agreed to a one-year, $2.875 million deal with the Nationals on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports.

It seems that Espinosa is the favorite to open the season as the Nationals' starting shortstop (he will qualify at second base). However, the expectation is that Trea Turner will be up to challenge him for at-bats at some point in the first half of the season, meaning Espinosa could spend the majority of the year as a utility infielder. When he is starting, Espinosa figures to hit near the bottom of the Nationals' lineup, so there are plenty of reasons to look elsewhere to fill a middle infield spot in mixed leagues.

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Dee Gordon
Marlins' Dee Gordon: Signs five-year deal with Marlins
Dee Gordon, 2B, MIA
1/13/2016
News: Gordon agreed to a five-year, $50 million contract with the Marlins on Wednesday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

Gordon won the NL batting title last season and posted a career-best .777 OPS, so the Marlins decided to lock him in through 2020. The deal also includes a $14 million vesting option that could make him a Marlin for another season beyond that. Gordon will continue as the Marlins' regular second baseman and leadoff hitter in 2016 and beyond.

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Kelly Johnson
Braves' Kelly Johnson: Inks one-year deal with Atlanta
Kelly Johnson, 2B, ATL
1/6/2016
News: Johnson agreed to a one-year deal with the Braves on Wednesday, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

Entering his age-34 season, it is fitting that Johnson will play what could be his final year in a significant role with the team that he spent the first five years of his career with. He slashed .265/.314/.435 with 14 home runs in 335 plate appearances split between the Braves and the Mets last season, so there is the potential for some deep league value here. Johnson was an ultimate utility player last year, seeing double-digit games at first base, second base, third base and left field, and he should be used in a similar fashion in 2016. He will be appealing in fantasy due to his eligibility at second base.

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Tony Renda
Reds' Tony Renda: Traded to Reds
Tony Renda, 2B, WAS
12/28/2015
News: Renda was traded to the Reds along with three other players in a deal that saw Aroldis Chapman join the Yankees, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

Renda was acquired by the Yankees in a July deal with the Nationals. In 480 at-bats between the two minor league teams, the 24-year-old put together a .269/.330/.358 slash line to go along with three home runs and 44 RBI. Considering the Reds were unable to deal Brandon Phillips during the Winter Meetings and acquired 21-year-old second baseman Jose Peraza in a massive three-team trade earlier this month, it appears as if Renda's path to the majors will be blocked for some time. He'll likely continue to hone his batting abilities in the minors for the foreseeable future.

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