Luis Valbuena
Angels' Luis Valbuena: Agrees to multi-year deal with Angels
Luis Valbuena, 3B, HOU
1/20/2017
News: Valbuena and the Angels are in agreement on a two-year deal with a club option, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

There's no word yet on the terms of the deal, but Valbuena figures to get rewarded for his surprise season in 2016 in which he hit a strong .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs in 342 plate appearances. It's worth noting that Valbuena was forced to undergo season-ending hamstring surgery in August, but all reports indicate he should be ready for spring training. Valbuena could end up all over the infield with the Angels, given that first and third base already have C.J. Cron and Yunel Escobar and that the 31-year-old probably doesn't have the range to regularly field second base anymore.

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Ryon Healy
Athletics' Ryon Healy: Expected to play mostly first base, DH in 2017
Ryon Healy, 3B, OAK
1/18/2017
News: Athletics general manager David Forst suggested Wednesday that Healy would see most of his at-bats at first base and designated hitter in 2017, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

Healy wasn't viewed as a high-end prospect in the organization heading into 2016, but upon getting promoted to the big leagues in mid-July, he quickly established himself as a building block for the Athletics, finishing with a .305/.337/.524 slash line in 283 plate appearances. He's still expected to see something resembling full-time starting duties during the upcoming season, but after the Athletics officially inked Trevor Plouffe to a one-year contract Wednesday, it looks like he'll have to move to the other side of the diamond after playing primarily third base during his rookie campaign. Opposing starting pitching will likely dictate whether Healy slots in as a first base or DH option in most games, though regardless of how he's deployed, the 25-year-old looks like he could be an underrated power asset after flashing major skills in that area in his first exposure to big-league pitching.

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Trevor Plouffe
Athletics' Trevor Plouffe: Confirmed as primary third baseman
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, OAK
1/18/2017
News: Athletics general manager David Forst confirmed Wednesday that Plouffe would serve as the team's primary third baseman this season, CSN Bay Area's Joe Stiglich reports.

The Athletics officially inked Plouffe to a one-year contract Wednesday after he agreed in principle to the deal a week earlier, and management immediately helped clear up any ambiguity of the 30-year-old's role with his new team. Though Ryon Healy found success as the team's everyday third baseman in the second half of last season, he's expect to split most of his time between first base and DH in 2017, opening up the hot corner for Plouffe, who had been a full-time player for the Twins for much of his seven seasons in the majors. Plouffe is coming off a season in which he hit a career-best .260 over 319 at-bats, but a 31-point drop in ISO and a variety of injuries ultimately made him a disappointment for fantasy owners. The move to Oakland probably won't aid Plouffe's power numbers, but better health alone may be enough to make him a capable corner infield option in AL-only leagues or deeper season-long formats.

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Alex Bregman
Astros' Alex Bregman: Playing the WBC
Alex Bregman, 3B, HOU
1/16/2017
News: Bregman will represent the United States in the World Baseball Classic, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The 22-year-old Bregman, Houston's first-round pick (second overall) in 2015, has been a quick-riser through the system. After beginning 2016 at Double-A Corpus Christi, he worked his way up to MLB, where he held his own in 49 games. He's expected to start the 2017 as the Astros' starting third baseman with a spot in the upper half of the batting order.

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Jurickson Profar
Rangers' Jurickson Profar: Avoids arbitration
Jurickson Profar, 3B, TEX
1/13/2017
News: Profar and the Rangers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.005 million contract on Friday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Profar will earn nine figures for the first time in his career in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He appeared in a career-high 90 games for the Rangers last year and came out of the gate hot after joining the big club in late May, but he struggled over the season's final months and finished with just a .660 OPS. He figures to see action at several positions in 2017, but he is likely going to have to hit more to see steady action at one spot, barring an injury to one of the Rangers' regulars.

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Nick Castellanos
Tigers' Nick Castellanos: Avoids arbitration
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET
1/13/2017
News: Castellanos agreed to a one-year contract with the Tigers on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The terms of the agreement were not announced. He posted a .285/.331/496 slash line with 18 home runs in 110 games, but a hand injury limited his availability in the second half. The batting average could regress a bit, but Castellanos could top his counting stats from last season if he can remain healthy.

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Danny Valencia
Mariners' Danny Valencia: Avoids arbitration
Danny Valencia, 3B, SEA
1/13/2017
News: Valencia agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Mariners on Friday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

He was traded from Oakland to Seattle earlier this offseason in a deal that netted the A's right-hander Paul Blackburn. Valencia figures to open the season on the short side of a first base platoon with Dan Vogelbach.

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Manny Machado
Orioles' Manny Machado: Avoids arbitration
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
1/13/2017
News: Machado agreed to a one-year, $11.5 million contract with the Orioles on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Machado batted .294/.343/.533 with 37 homers and 96 RBI en route to a second consecutive top-five finish in the American League MVP voting -- and he's still just 24. He's now regained shortstop eligibility after making 45 appearances at the position last year, but it's uncertain how often Machado will run moving forward.

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Todd Frazier
White Sox's Todd Frazier: Avoids arbitration
Todd Frazier, 3B, CHW
1/13/2017
News: Frazier agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The soon-to-be 31-year-old smacked 40 homers and turned in strong totals in the other counting categories, but a .225 average significantly dinged Frazier's value. A .236 BABIP played a part in that figure, but Frazier also posted the highest strikeout rate of his career. He's entering his final season before free agency.

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Andrew Romine
Tigers' Andrew Romine: Avoids arbitration with Tigers
Andrew Romine, 3B, DET
1/13/2017
News: Romine signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Tigers on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Romine is coming off a season where he hit .236 and just two home runs. The veteran does bring a versatile skill set to the defensive side with his ability to play multiple positions in both the infield and outfield, so he should get plenty of action again in 2017 with the Tigers.

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