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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Yangervis Solarte
Padres' Yangervis Solarte: Remains on track to start 2016 at third
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, SD
2/8/2016
News: Solarte is in line to enter the 2016 season as the Padres' everyday third basemen, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.

After a 2015 season where he made 85 starts at the position, it looks like the hot corner is where the 28-year-old will end up entering 2016. The Venezuela native also made 25 starts at first base and 14 starts at second last year, but after playing over half the year at third and posting a solid .967 fielding percentage, he will likely remain there. Cory Spangenberg, another third base option, is on tap to start the season at second given his 67 starts at the position for the Padres last year. Another potential option is Brett Wallace, but his meager five starts at third last season will likely keep him as a reserve for third base, not the starter.

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Conor Gillaspie
Giants' Conor Gillaspie: Signs minor league contract with Giants
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, LAA
2/5/2016
News: Gillaspie has signed a minor league contract with the Giants, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

After a poor offensive 2015 campaign spent with the White Sox and the Angels, Gillaspie was DFA'd by the Angels and entered free agency in the offseason. It's possible the utility infielder will receive an invitation to big league spring training, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he ends up in the minors to begin the 2016 season.

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Taylor Featherston
Angels' Taylor Featherston: Designated for assignment by Angels on Friday
Taylor Featherston, 3B, LAA
2/5/2016
News: Featherston was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

The Angels claimed Christian Friedrich off waivers from the Rockies on Friday, and Featherston was the player removed from the 40-man roster in order to make room for the left-handed pitcher. Featherston got to play plenty in the majors all over the infield, but failed to hit well and lost virtually all of his power, as he batted only .162 with only two home runs and a .247 slugging percentage. The 26-year-old could be a decent pickup for a club looking for an inexpensive and young utility infielder.

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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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Don Kelly
Marlins' Don Kelly: Signs minor league contract with Marlins on Wednesday
Don Kelly, 3B, MIA
2/3/2016
News: Kelly signed a minor league contract with the Marlins on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

Kelly signed with the Marlins last season, but was limited to one at bat in the majors due to a broken finger and then Tommy John surgery. If he's healthy for spring training, he'll likely compete for a reserve role as a utility player, thanks to his experience in playing almost every position on the field.

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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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Justin Turner
Dodgers' Justin Turner: Offseason recovery going as planned
Justin Turner, 3B, LAD
1/29/2016
News: Turner (knee) has not dealt with any setbacks in his recovery from a microfracture procedure in November, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Turner reportedly had a portion of the cartilage torn off the outside of his knee in the postseason, requiring him to undergo the surgery shortly after the season. Assuming the rest of his rehab process goes as planned, the 31-year-old third baseman should be ready for the beginning of spring training.

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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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