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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Dusty Coleman
Padres' Dusty Coleman: Signs minor league contract with Padres
Dusty Coleman, 3B, KC
12/6/2016
News: Coleman signed a minor league deal with the Padres in late November, Baseball America reports.

Coleman slashed .239/.296/.399 with Triple-A Omaha last season in 207 plate appearances spread across 56 games, while also making five major league plate appearances. He struck out in 28 percent of his Triple-A plate appearances, while walking just 5.8 percent of the time. He'll need to correct those numbers if he wants an extended run in the big leagues in 2017.

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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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Mike Moustakas
Royals' Mike Moustakas: ACL rehab on track
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
12/5/2016
News: Royals manager Ned Yost said that Moustakas will be "100 percent ready to go" when the season starts as he continues to rehab a torn ACL, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

The knee injury was preceded by a thumb ailment, and Moustakas was on the field for just 27 games in 2016. One particularly encouraging sign last season was that he sustained the power increase he showed in 2015 (.470 SLG, 22 homers) with seven long balls and a .500 slugging percentage in his 113 plate appearances. A detailed timetable for Moustakas' return hasn't been revealed, but he's on track for Opening Day, which suggests that he'll likely be able to accumulate spring training at-bats in Arizona in March.

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Andy Burns
Blue Jays' Andy Burns: Outrighted by Jays
Andy Burns, 3B, TOR
12/5/2016
News: Burns cleared waivers and was outrighted by the Jays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

This is Burns' first outright, meaning he has no choice but to remain in the Jays' system. The 26-year-old went hitless through 10 games for the big league team in 2016. Burns hit .230 over 111 games with Triple-A Buffalo.

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Casey McGehee
Casey McGehee: Signs with Yomiuri Giants in Japan on Saturday
Casey McGehee, 3B, DET
12/3/2016
News: McGehee signed a one-year deal with Japan's Yomiuri Giants on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network reports.

McGehee became a free agent in November and after a month of evaluating his options, the third basemen decided to play professional baseball in Japan. The 34-year-old batted .198 and .227 respectively over the past two major league seasons and so would likely not be a valuable fantasy asset even if he remained in the MLB.

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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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Jung Ho Kang
Pirates' Jung Ho Kang: Charged with DUI, leaving scene of accident
Jung Ho Kang, 3B, PIT
12/1/2016
News: Kang was arrested and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident in Seoul, South Korea, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

This confirms reports from local media about Kang's arrest. The Pirates are looking into the incident and are expected to issue a statement later Thursday night. According to Biertempfel, no injuries resulted from the two-car collision, but Kang fled and was apprehended shortly thereafter. He spent much of the season under investigation by Chicago police for a sexual assault allegation.

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