Brandon Hicks
Dodgers' Brandon Hicks: Joins Dodgers on minor league deal
Brandon Hicks, 2B, SF
2/9/2016
News: Hicks signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers last week, Baseball America reports.

A .162/.280/.319 first half to 2014 led to Hicks' removal from the Giants' 40-man roster, and he failed to work his way back up in 2015. Now 30, Hicks can't really play shortstop anymore, but he will provide the Triple-A club with a depth option at second base and third in 2016.

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Donovan Solano
Yankees' Donovan Solano: Receives invitation to spring training
Donovan Solano, 2B, NYY
2/5/2016
News: Solano received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

This comes as no surprise, as Solano has appeared in the majors in parts of the last four seasons. That being said, his hitting numbers have tapered off since his debut in the bigs, so he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training if he can't get his bat going against major league pitching.

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Angelo Gumbs
Reds' Angelo Gumbs: Signs minor league deal with Reds
Angelo Gumbs, 2B, NYY
2/2/2016
News: Gumbs signed a minor league contract with the Reds, Baseball America reports.

A second-round pick by the Yankees in 2010, Gumbs hit the proverbial wall in his development, failing to move above High-A after his initial promotion to the level in 2013. He hit a low point in 2015, batting .176/.224/.213 in 202 plate appearances with High-A Tampa, but Gumbs is only 23 and the Reds want to see if there's something in his game that is correctable.

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Devon Travis
Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Won't be ready for the opener
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR
2/2/2016
News: Travis (shoulder) remains on track to miss the start of the 2016 season, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.

With plenty of offense in tow, the Jays can afford to take their time with the young second baseman. Upon having surgery on his left shoulder in November, the expectation was that Travis would need 16-20 weeks to recover. Ryan Goins remains the favorite to pick up the extra playing time at second base while Travis is on the shelf.

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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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Maicer Izturis
Blue Jays' Maicer Izturis: Signs minor league contract with Blue Jays on Friday
Maicer Izturis, 2B, TOR
1/29/2016
News: Izturis signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on Friday that included an invitation to spring training, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsbet reports.

Izturis had his club option for 2016 declined, but the 35-year-old is back with Toronto anyway. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2014 due to injuries, where he batted .286 in 38 plate appearances. He'll likely serve as organizational depth with the infield pretty well solidified for the AL East champions.

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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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