Jonathan Schoop
Orioles' Jonathan Schoop: Avoids arbitration
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL
1/13/2017
News: Schoop agreed to a one-year, $3.475 million deal with the Orioles on Friday, avoiding arbitration, PressBoxonline.com's Rich Dubroff reports.

He is coming off a year where he posted career highs in home runs (25), runs (82) and RBI (82), thanks largely to playing in all 162 games. Schoop has become a pretty solid bet for three-category production, and he has gotten his strikeout rate to a manageable place (21.2 percent last year), so he is no longer a major batting average risk.

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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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Danny Espinosa
Angels' Danny Espinosa: Signs one-year deal with Angels, avoiding arbitration
Danny Espinosa, 2B, LAA
1/12/2017
News: Espinosa agreed to a one-year, $5.425 million contract with the Angels on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The former Washington National will see close to a $3 million pay raise with his new club in 2017. Espinosa had a disappointing final season with the Nationals, slashing .209/.306/.378 with 174 strikeouts. He did, however, mash 24 home runs and drove in 72 runs. Espinosa figures to be the Angels' primary second baseman, which is a position that the club struggled to find production from last year.

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Darwin Barney
Blue Jays' Darwin Barney: Avoids arbitration with one-year deal
Darwin Barney, 2B, TOR
1/12/2017
News: Barney inked a one-year, $2.8875 million contract with the Blue Jays on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports reports.

Barney has secured a hefty pay raise from the $1 million contract he was offered last season thanks to a .269/.322/.373 batting line while serving as a utility player for the club last season. It will probably be a similar campaign for the veteran in 2017 and he will enter the season with eligibility at second base, third base and shortstop in most standard leagues.

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Yoan Moncada
White Sox's Yoan Moncada: White Sox get first look
Yoan Moncada, 2B, CHW
1/12/2017
News: Moncada is taking part in a minicamp this week in Arizona, as the White Sox got their first look at the centerpiece of the Chris Sale trade.

Moncada, considered to the top prospect overall, showed off his bat while impressing Chicago's director of player development Chris Getz. "He's built like a powerful athlete. Him being a switch-hitter, having power, having ability to hit, it seems like there's unlimited potential there," said Getz. At the time of Moncada's acquisition, White Sox general manager Rich Hahn said they don't plan to rush their stop prospects to the majors, so we're expecting Moncada to open the year at Triple-A Charlotte. While he offers great upside, Moncada's strikeout rate spiked when he was promoted to Double-A last year, and he struck out in his final nine at-bats after Boston brought him up in September.

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Logan Watkins
Tigers' Logan Watkins: Signs minor league deal with Tigers
Logan Watkins, 2B, CHC
1/10/2017
News: Watkins signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Tuesday.

He washed out of the Cubs' system in 2016, and has not been league average or better since 2012 when he was at Double-A. Look for him to serve as organizational second base depth in 2017.

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Ryan Jackson
Marlins' Ryan Jackson: Signs minor league deal with Marlins
Ryan Jackson, 2B, LAA
1/3/2017
News: Jackson signed a minor league deal with the Marlins that includes an invitation to spring training, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

Jackson has spent the vast majority of his career in the minor leagues. He split his most recent campaign between the Angels' and Phillies' Triple-A affiliates, where he batted .248/.350/.286 in 343 plate appearances. He doesn't figure to make much of an impact with the Marlins.

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Jemile Weeks
Cubs' Jemile Weeks: Inks minor league deal with Cubs
Jemile Weeks, 2B, SD
12/29/2016
News: Weeks has signed a minor league deal with the Cubs, Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune reports.

The versatile Weeks hit free agency at the end of the season after refusing an outright assignment to the Padres' Triple-A affiliate. After roughly two months, Weeks has found a new club as he inked a minor league deal with the Cubs this week. Weeks is a career .254/.316/.352 hitter with 41 stolen bases over parts of six major league seasons. He provides some organizational depth at a few different spots, but Chicago's roster is currently too deep to where Weeks has a clear path to making the major league roster.

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Dustin Pedroia
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: No rehab issues
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
12/27/2016
News: Pedroia has made good progress in his rehabilitation from offseason knee surgery, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports.

Pedroia, who reversed a trend of declining hitting numbers in 2016, and is expected to be ready for spring training, telling reporters in a text, "I'll be ready, don't you worry."

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