Derek Dietrich
Marlins' Derek Dietrich: Avoids arbitration with Marlins
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA
1/13/2017
News: Dietrich and the Marlins avoided arbitration Friday with a $1.7 million deal, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

Dietrich put up an excellent .374 on-base percentage in a career-high 351 plate appearances, but his numbers were also bolstered by a healthy diet of right-handed pitchers. He remains a left-handed option behind Dee Gordon at second base and Martin Prado at third, but he will at least get the money of a premium back-up through his first round of arbitration.

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Micah Johnson
Braves' Micah Johnson: Traded to Braves
Micah Johnson, 2B, ATL
1/13/2017
News: Johnson was traded to the Braves on Friday for cash or a player to be named later.

Johnson hasn't shown much to indicate that he can stick in the big leagues, but he should at least get a shot at a roster spot during spring training with the Braves. Johnson spent most of 2016 with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, where he put up a .677 OPS as a 25-year-old and was 26-for-37 on stolen bases. He has a .226/.299/.264 in 119 career major league plate appearances.

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Alexi Amarista
Rockies' Alexi Amarista: Signs with Rockies on one-year deal
Alexi Amarista, 2B, COL
12/26/2016
News: Amarista agreed to a one-year contract with the Rockies on Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The 27-year-old was non-tendered by the Padres earlier in December, but he'll remain in the NL West and reunite with his former manager Bud Black. Amarista doesn't have the most impressive batting line (career .230/.276/.320), but his speed and expansive defensive versatility should play well into a super utility role off of Colorado's bench.

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Wilmer Difo
Nationals' Wilmer Difo: Poised for spot on big league roster
Wilmer Difo, 2B, WAS
12/22/2016
News: Difo could begin the regular season as the Nationals' primary infield reserve, The Washington Post reports.

Danny Espinosa is now an Angel and Stephen Drew is a free agent, leaving the path clear for Difo to claim a spot on the 25-man roster. He's spent most of the last two seasons at Double-A Harrisburg, compiling a .268/.316/.369 line with 54 steals in 66 attempts, and that speed might make him an intriguing late-round dart in deeper fantasy formats should he break camp with the Nats. With Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner as the starting double-play duo though, playing time for Difo could be scarce.

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Josh Tobias
Red Sox's Josh Tobias: Dealt to Red Sox
Josh Tobias, 2B, PHI
12/20/2016
News: Tobias was traded to the Red Sox on Tuesday in exchange for Clay Buchholz, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

A tenth-round draft pick back in 2015, Tobias certainly doesn't have anywhere near the prospect shine of other hitters in the rebuilt Phillies system, but his hitting stats certainly stood out during his time with Low-A Lakewood in 2016. The 24-year-old pieced together an .819 OPS thanks to 34 extra-base hits and a 7.5 percent walk rate. He experienced some struggles upon a promotion to High-A Clearwater in July, but a quick progression through the minor leagues is not out of the question if he continues to adapt to the more advanced pitchers in the minors.

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Eric Sogard
Brewers' Eric Sogard: Signs minor league deal with Brewers
Eric Sogard, 2B, MIL
12/15/2016
News: Sogard (knee) signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training.

Sogard was a constant non-factor in fantasy when he was on Oakland's big league roster, and he is even less interesting as a minor league depth piece. At last check, he was expected to play in the second half of winter ball after missing most of 2016 recovering from knee surgery.

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Jose Pirela
Padres' Jose Pirela: Returns to Padres
Jose Pirela, 2B, SD
12/13/2016
News: Pirela re-signed with the Padres on a minor league deal Tuesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

The 27-year-old was initially non-tendered by San Diego, but given his major league experience and defensive utility, the Padres decided to bring him back. Pirela will likely head into 2017 with an organizational depth role.

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Daniel Murphy
Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Upper leg problems could recur
Daniel Murphy, 2B, WAS
12/10/2016
News: Nationals trainers have told Murphy that the upper leg problems he encountered late in 2016 could recur, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Murphy at least emphasized that he's healthy now, per MASN's Mark Zuckerman, but this is still worrying news. Murphy missed 13 straight games to end the 2016 season and hit .150 during the NLDS. He bounced back to hit .438 in the NLCS, but recurring leg injuries for 31-year-old second basemen whom already had limited range on defense are not ideal. He's still one of the top players in fantasy, it might just be wise to have a backup in line.

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Hernan Iribarren
Reds' Hernan Iribarren: Returns to Reds on NRI deal
Hernan Iribarren, 2B, CIN
12/9/2016
News: Iribarren agreed to a minor league contract with the Reds that includes an invitation to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Iribarren reached the majors for the first time since 2009 last season and played surprisingly well, batting .311 in 45 at-bats with Cincinnati. He'll return to try to garner a reserve utility role out of spring training, although it'll be tough for a middling 32-year-old to swipe a 40-man roster spot while the Reds are trying to rebuild with younger pieces.

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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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