Sebastian Valle
Yankees' Sebastian Valle: Receives invitation to spring training
Sebastian Valle, C, NYY
2/5/2016
News: Valle received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

Valle spent 2015 with the Pirates' Double-A affiliate, where he put up a decent .754 OPS. However, the Yankees catching situation is pretty well set, so he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training is over.

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Eddy Rodriguez
Yankees' Eddy Rodriguez: Signs minor league contract with Yankees on Friday
Eddy Rodriguez, C, NYY
2/5/2016
News: Rodriguez signed a minor league contract with the Yankees on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

The 30-year-old backstop split time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, but couldn't hit above the Mendoza line at either stop. Because of that, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training concludes.

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Steven Lerud
Mariners' Steve Lerud: Signs minor league contract with Mariners on Wednesday
Steven Lerud, C, SEA
2/3/2016
News: Lerud signed a minor league contract with the Mariners on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training.

Lerud spent the last two seasons at the Triple-A level, most recently slashing .238/.320/.301 with the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. With Chris Ianetta, Steve Clevenger, and Mike Zunino expected to see major league time, the 31-year-old will likely just act as organizational depth at the catcher position.

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Stephen Vogt
Athletics' Stephen Vogt: Undergoes right elbow surgery Friday
Stephen Vogt, C, OAK
1/29/2016
News: Vogt underwent right elbow surgery Friday and is expected to be recovering for four to six weeks and be ready for opening day, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

It wasn't known that there was an issue with Vogt's elbow since he had some trouble with it in the summer, but apparently something was bad enough that it required an arthroscopic procedure Friday. The 31-year-old backstop could miss the first week or two of spring training games, but it's promising to know that the front office think's he'll be ready by Opening Day. The situation is worth monitoring in case of any setbacks, however.

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Jesus Sucre
Mariners' Jesus Sucre: Out six months after leg surgery
Jesus Sucre, C, SEA
1/28/2016
News: Sucre will miss the next six months after undergoing leg surgery to repair a broken fibula and a severely sprained right ankle, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Sucre was originally expected to miss six weeks recovering from the injury, but his timetable has been drastically extended since he opted for surgery. This doesn't change the Mariners' pecking order at catcher much, as Chris Ianetta, Mike Zunino, and Steve Clevenger are all slated ahead of him. The updated timetable projects Sucre to return in late July or early August.

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Carlos Corporan
Yankees' Carlos Corporan: Signs minor league contract with Yankees on Tuesday
Carlos Corporan, C, NYY
1/26/2016
News: Corporan signed a minor league contract with the Yankees on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

Corporan spent 2015 as the Rangers' backup catcher, but had his season ended in mid-July with a thumb injury after hitting a mere .178 with three home runs and 15 RBI. He'll likely just add some depth at catcher in the organization with Brian McCann slated as the starter for now and prospect Gary Sanchez possibly coming to the majors soon.

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Christian Vazquez
Red Sox's Christian Vazquez: Throwing up to 150 feet
Christian Vazquez, C, BOS
1/24/2016
News: Vazquez (elbow) is throwing up to 150 feet and will throw to bases this coming week, WEEI.com reports.

Vazquez was on hand for the Red Sox Winter Weekend event at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, looking noticeably trimmer after having lost 25 pounds during the offseason. He said there's been no setbacks with the elbow and anticipates being 100 percent for spring training. Vazquez is hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but there's a good chance the Red Sox have Vazquez start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket while Blake Swihart and Ryan Hanigan handle the catching chores at the major-league level.

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Jason Castro
Astros' Jason Castro: Headed to arbitration
Jason Castro, C, HOU
1/21/2016
News: Castro will have an arbitration hearing to settle his contract, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

Castro and the Astros have been unable to agree to a contract, with the two sides reportedly $250,000 apart. Regardless of how this plays out, Castro figures to open the season as Houston's primary catcher. With Hank Conger traded during the offseason, Castro should see an uptick from last season's 104 games played, assuming he stays healthy.

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Drew Butera
Royals' Drew Butera: Agrees to deal to avoid arbitration
Drew Butera, C, KC
1/15/2016
News: Butera agreed to a one-year contract with the Royals on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

A post-DFA trade sent Butera from Anaheim to Kansas City in early May. He spent the final five months on the active roster behind the ever-durable Salvador Perez, making a mere 23 starts and finishing with a .198/.266/.267 batting line in 99 plate appearances with the Royals. Offseason acquisition Tony Cruz could take Butera's backup job in the spring.

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Robinson Chirinos
Rangers' Robinson Chirinos: Avoids arbitration with $1.55 million deal
Robinson Chirinos, C, TEX
1/15/2016
News: Chirinos avoided arbitration with the Rangers by agreeing to a $1.55 million deal, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

While his batting average, home runs, and RBI all trended down from 2014 to 2015, Chirinos did register a career high in OPS. He remains a weak bat at catcher, so don't wait too long for a breakout season in 2016. It's also worth noting he had to deal with hand, shoulder, and biceps injuries last season.

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