Mike Moustakas
Royals' Mike Moustakas: Agrees to two-year deal to avoid arbitration
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
2/11/2016
News: Moustakas agreed to a two-year, $14.3 million contract with the Royals on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

An impressive 2015 campaign from the 26-year-old Moustakas earned him a significant pay bump for the final two years of arbitration. After setting career highs in most offensive categories, his place in the batting order remains a bit unclear heading into the 2016 season. He began 2015 batting second in the order, but the mid-season acquisition of Ben Zobrist resulted in Moustakas being pushed down to sixth. With Zobrist no longer in the picture, it wouldn't be surprising he hits near the top again.

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Doug Bernier
Rangers' Doug Bernier: Signs with Rangers
Doug Bernier, 3B, MIN
2/9/2016
News: Bernier agreed to a minor league deal with the Rangers on Tuesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Bernier spent last season in the Twins' organization, slashing .256/.340/.306 in 95 games at the Triple-A level. The 35-year-old has limited big league experience in his career and figures to serve just as infield depth for the Rangers.

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Josh Donaldson
Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson: Inks two-year deal with Blue Jays
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR
2/8/2016
News: Donaldson agreed to a two-year, $29 million contract with the Blue Jays on Monday to avoid arbitration, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Donaldson will have a tough task duplicating his numbers from the 2015 season after posting 41 home runs, 123 RBI, and 122 runs in what was easily the best statistical campaign of his five-year career. Nevertheless, he'll be touted as a first-round power hitter under most formats who's played in 158 games during each of his last three seasons.

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Deibinson Romero
Yankees' Deibinson Romero: Receives invitation to spring training
Deibinson Romero, 3B, NYY
2/5/2016
News: Romero received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

Romero spent 2015 in Korea and put up some decent power numbers. He'll try to compete for a corner infield spot on the Yankees roster, but there's a good chance that he'll head to the minors after spring training.

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Ronald Torreyes
Yankees' Ronnie Torreyes: Lands with Yankees
Ronald Torreyes, 3B, NYY
2/1/2016
News: Torreyes was claimed off waivers by the Yankees on Monday.

Torreyes has now been acquired by the Yankees for the second time in the past 20 days. The 23-year-old infielder will provide depth for the Yankees after spending time with the farm systems of the Blue Jays, Astros and Dodgers in 2015. Lane Adams was designated for assignment to make room for Torreyes on the 40-man roster.

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Jefry Marte
Angels' Jefry Marte: Traded to Halos
Jefry Marte, 3B, LAA
1/27/2016
News: Marte was traded to the Angels on Wednesday from Detroit in exchange for Kody Eaves.

The 24-year-old third baseman hit .213 in 90 MLB plate appearances, and was recently designated for assignment by the Tigers, which likely prompted the Angels to inquire about him. Yunel Escobar will be tasked with handling the everyday duties at third base for the Angels this season, but it's reasonable to think Marte could distinguish himself as a more deserving organizational replacement option than Kaleb Cowart or Kyle Kubitza if he puts together a good season at Triple-A.

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Trevor Plouffe
Twins' Trevor Plouffe: Avoids arbitration
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
1/25/2016
News: Plouffe and the Twins agreed to terms on a one-year, $7.25 million deal Monday, avoiding arbitration, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Plouffe drove in 86 runs and hit .244 last season, down from the career-best .258 mark he posted in 2014. He figures to return in a similar role in 2016, though with Miguel Sano expected to play more regularly in the field, Plouffe may face competition at third base. The 29-year-old also played sparingly at first base last season, so that may be an option, but GM Terry Ryan said back in October that he does not anticipate Plouffe moving to the outfield, where he hasn't played since 2012.

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Pablo Sandoval
Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval: Slimmed down over the winter
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS
1/21/2016
News: Sandoval has lost 20-22 pounds this winter, according to manager John Farrell, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

It sounds like Sandoval has committed to improving his physical fitness as he enters Year 2 of a five-year, $95 million pact with Boston, but we won't be able to see the fruits of his labor until Grapefruit League play begins. The 29-year-old's biggest issue last year was against left-handed pitching, as he posted a sub-.500 OPS against southpaws with zero home runs. His fantasy stock is down significantly from a year ago as a result, but Sandoval is locked in as the Red Sox's primary third baseman entering camp.

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Lonnie Chisenhall
Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall: Avoids arbitration, settles with CLE
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
1/15/2016
News: Chisenhall and the Indians agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.8 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, the Centre Daily Times reports.

Chisenhall endured an up-and-down 2015 campaign, finishing the season hitting .246 with nine home runs and 44 RBI in 106 games. He opened the year as the starting third baseman before being demoted to Triple-A in June. He returned later in the season, spending most of his time in right field, where he found success. Heading into 2016, he'll likely have a chance to take hold of a corner outfield role, but it's unlikely he opens the year as an everyday player.

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Manny Machado
Orioles' Manny Machado: Reaches deal with Orioles
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
1/15/2016
News: Machado and the Orioles agreed to terms on a one-year, $5 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, the Baltimore Sun reports.

It's a healthy raise for the star third baseman, who made only $485,000 in 2015. The All-Star hit .286/.359/.502 with a career-high 35 home runs, but the team and Machado are yet to get into advanced talks about a long-term contract. Machado is set to hit free agency following the 2018 season.

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