Jake Lamb
Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb: Expected to play every day
Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI
12/6/2016
News: Manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday that he sees Lamb as an everyday player in 2017, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Lamb struggled against left-handed pitching in 2016, posting a .164/.279/.345 batting line (compared to .271/.346/.552 against right-handed pitching), but it sounds like he will be allowed to work through his issues against southpaws. Brandon Drury bats right-handed and could spell Lamb occasionally, but the skipper said the team is not looking to deploy a strict platoon at third base at this point in time.

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Travis Shaw
Brewers' Travis Shaw: Headed to Milwaukee in four-player deal
Travis Shaw, 3B, MIL
12/6/2016
News: Shaw was traded Tuesday to the Brewers along with prospects Josh Pennington and Mauricio Dubon in exchange for reliever Tyler Thornburg, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

After claiming the Opening Day starting job at third base over Pablo Sandoval last season, Shaw got off to a hot start in April, but ended up fizzling in the second half. He batted just .194 after the All-Star break and finished the campaign with a meager .242/.306/.421 batting line across 530 plate appearances, but was a useful source of counting stats in a powerful Red Sox offense, homering 16 times and scoring 63 runs while driving in 71. Still, with the Red Sox having a long-term financial commitment to Pablo Sandoval and two high-end third-base prospects in Yoan Moncada and Rafael Devers waiting in the wings, Shaw was deemed an expendable piece heading into 2017 as the Red Sox looked to upgrade the roster elsewhere. With the move to the Brewers, Shaw should be in good position to serve as the team's primary third baseman to open the season, though he may end up having to settle for the large half of a platoon at the position with utility man Hernan Perez. In addition, Shaw's acquisition figures to result in Jonathan Villar seeing most of his action at the keystone during the coming season, potentially pushing Scooter Gennett out of a regular spot in the lineup.

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Jose Reyes
Mets' Jose Reyes: Set to try outfield in spring training
Jose Reyes, 3B, NYM
12/5/2016
News: Reyes will work out in the outfield during spring training, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

With the Mets hoping that David Wright (neck) will be healthy at the onset of the 2017 campaign, general manager Sandy Alderson expressed that he hopes to expand the 33-year-old's defensive repertoire in order to make him a more versatile asset. Specifically, it seems that the Mets are interested in having him take some reps in center field now that Yoenis Cespedes is back in the fold for a corner outfield spot along with Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson, and Jay Bruce (with the latter two potentially being traded away prior to the offseason's conclusion). Reyes has only played shortstop and third base during his career in the major leagues, so there is definitely the potential for some growing pains as he learns the in's and out's of patrolling the outfield.

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David Wright
Mets' David Wright: Plans to resume baseball activities later this month
David Wright, 3B, NYM
12/5/2016
News: Wright (neck) is expected to begin baseball activities by the end of December, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

Wright missed the bulk of the past two seasons due to injury woes, but it appears that the veteran is on track to get back on the diamond relatively soon even after undergoing a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery in June. No specific timetable exists for his return, but general manager Sandy Alderson was adamant that Wright will be their starting third baseman, so it seems like the Mets are confident that he should be recovered and ready to go in the not-too-distant future.

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Christian Villanueva
Christian Villanueva: Non-tendered by Cubs
Christian Villanueva, 3B, CHC
12/2/2016
News: Villanueva was non-tendered by the Cubs on Friday and is now a free agent, the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales reports.

The 25-year-old third baseman was in a pretty awful situation with the Cubs, as he was not only blocked at the big league level by Kris Bryant and even Javier Baez, but a superior big league ready third base prospect was also waiting in the wings ahead of him on the organizational depth chart in Jeimer Candelario. Villanueva is essentially ready for a shot with a non-contender. After hitting 18 homers and making a lot of contact at Triple-A last year, he is likely to be given a chance to make another club, even if it is only in a bench role.

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J.T. Riddle
Marlins' J.T. Riddle: Added to 40-man roster Friday
J.T. Riddle, 3B, MIA
11/18/2016
News: Riddle was added to Miami's 40-man roster Friday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

Riddle continued to be a strong contact hitter in 2016 while also displaying an ability to play all over the infield while even dabbling a bit in the outfield. He seems to be destined for more of a utility role, but if he fills that role well at Triple-A this coming season, he could find his way onto the Marlins' roster by the season's end.

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Matt Skole
Nationals' Matt Skole: Added to 40-man roster Friday
Matt Skole, 3B, WAS
11/18/2016
News: Skole was added to the Nationals' 40-man roster Friday, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

The corner infielder bounced back in a big way during the 2016 campaign, bashing 24 home runs and 22 doubles while driving in 78 runs for Triple-A Syracuse. His path to the big leagues is currently blocked by the presence of Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon at first and third base, respectively, but Skole's power and strong propensity to take walks could help him land a spot as a left-handed power bat off the bench for Washington at some point during the season.

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Kris Bryant
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Named NL MVP
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC
11/17/2016
News: Bryant was named the National League MVP by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

At 24 years old, Bryant hit .292/.385/.554 with 39 homers and 102 RBI, leading the Cubs to 103 wins during the regular season and ultimately a World Series title. He's already among the game's elite and it's very possible we haven't seen the best from Bryant. Daniel Murphy finished second in the voting, followed by NL Rookie of the Year Corey Seager.

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Justin Turner
Justin Turner: Rejects qualifying offer
Justin Turner, 3B, LAD
11/14/2016
News: Turner rejected the Dodgers' qualifying offer Monday, making him a free agent, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

Coming off of another productive season at the plate, Turner's decision to decline the one-year offer comes as no surprise. He'll now hit the open market, where he figures to secure a long-term deal from another franchise. Another Dodgers player, Kenley Jansen, also declined the team's qualifying offer Monday, as expected.

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Gabriel Noriega
Brewers' Gabriel Noriega: Signs with Brewers on minor league pact
Gabriel Noriega, 3B, ARI
11/7/2016
News: Noriega signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on Monday.

Noriega's bat has been shaky at best during his tenure in the minor leagues, so he'll likely just act as organizational depth for Milwaukee.

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