Ramiro Pena
Giants' Ramiro Pena: Inks minor league deal with Giants
Ramiro Pena, 2B, SF
12/8/2016
News: Pena agreed to minor league deal with the Giants on Thursday that includes an invite to spring training, CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports.

Pena played in 30 games for the Giants last season, slashing .299/.330/.425 in a very small sample (91 plate appearances). He will once again offer organizational infield depth, likely starting the year at the Triple-A level.

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Josh Rutledge
Red Sox's Josh Rutledge: Selected by Red Sox in Rule 5 draft
Josh Rutledge, 2B, BOS
12/8/2016
News: Rutledge was selected by the Red Sox with the 14th pick in the Rule 5 draft Thursday.

Boston is quite familiar with Rutledge, who elected free agency after being outrighted off the Red Sox's 40-man roster at the end of the season, and then signed a minor league deal with the Rockies. After a flurry of moves Wednesday that left Boston awfully thin at the hot corner, they obviously decided Rutledge could help provide some infield depth. If he does not remain on the active roster all season he will be subjected to waivers and offered back to the Rockies.

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Ryan Brett
Ryan Brett: Non-tendered by Rays
Ryan Brett, 2B, TB
12/6/2016
News: Brett (elbow) was non-tendered by the Rays on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Brett missed all of 2016 following Tommy John surgery in mid-May. He spent most of 2015 with Triple-A Durham, where he hit .247 with five home runs and 30 RBI in 354 plate appearances spread across 84 games. The 25-year-old second baseman will be looking for a minor league contract with another club this winter.

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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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Yoan Moncada
White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Traded to White Sox
Yoan Moncada, 2B, CHW
12/6/2016
News: Moncada was traded to the White Sox on Tuesday as part of a deal that sends Chris Sale to the Red Sox, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Moncada struggled in his brief major-league stint with the Red Sox last season, but there is no denying he is one of -- if not the -- best prospects in baseball, and is the centerpiece of the package headed to Chicago. Moncada is presumably ready for a regular big-league job, but the White Sox do have proven options at the positions he plays -- third base and second base -- so a clear outlook regarding his 2017 role may not come into view until the White Sox complete all their offseason moves.

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Brian Dozier
Twins' Brian Dozier: Feels healthy
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
12/5/2016
News: Dozier (oblique) plans to start taking swings later this month, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports

Dozier took two months off following the end of the regular season in order to allow his oblique injury to heal. The star second baseman's future with the Twins is currently uncertain, as he has been the center of many trade rumors this offseason. It is possible he finds himself in a more advantageous situation next season, but it will be hard for him to improve upon what was likely a career year in 2016.

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Cory Spangenberg
Padres' Cory Spangenberg: 100 percent healthy
Cory Spangenberg, 2B, SD
12/5/2016
News: Spangenberg (quadriceps) is back to 100 percent healthy, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

Spangenberg has progressed well from the torn quad that he suffered in mid-July. He has elected to forego winter ball, but will be ready for the start of spring training. The 2011 first-round pick will likely open the year as a utility bench bat for the Padres, but is worth keeping an eye on as he possess the speed to make a fantasy impact if he is able to work his way into a regular role.

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Josh Harrison
Pirates' Josh Harrison: In normal offseason program
Josh Harrison, 2B, PIT
12/5/2016
News: Harrison (groin) is taking part in his normal offseason program, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

Harrison injured his groin on Sept. 11 and did not appear in another game for the Pirates. It appears that he has progressed well and will be fully healthy for the start of spring training. It is not a guarantee that he will open the season with the Pirates, as it is rumored that the team is open to trading the second baseman whose offensive production has tapered off since his breakout 2014 campaign.

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Tony Renda
Reds' Tony Renda: Sent outright to Triple-A
Tony Renda, 2B, CIN
12/5/2016
News: Renda cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Monday.

Renda hopped up to the big leagues for a pair of stints late last season, but his defensive versatility and advanced eye at the plate weren't enough to overcome the .183 batting average he put up in 60 at-bats in Cincinnati, leading the Reds to cast him off the 40-man roster. Renda does possess a bit of speed and got on base at a .363 clip in the minors last season, but he projects as little more than organizational depth moving forward.

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Jose Pirela
Jose Pirela: Non-tendered by Padres
Jose Pirela, 2B, SD
12/3/2016
News: The Padres declined to tender Pirela a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Pirela was one of six players cut loose by San Diego. The 27-year-old went 6-for-39 with two extra-base hits and a 1:9 BB:K in the majors last year and the results at Triple-A El Paso were less than stellar. He hasn't played shortstop over the past couple years and appears destined to continue on as a fringe major leaguer in 2017.

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