Martin Maldonado
Angels' Martin Maldonado: Avoids arbitration with Angels
Martin Maldonado, C, LAA
1/15/2017
News: Maldonado agreed to a one-year, $1.725 million deal with the Angels on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Prior to being acquired by the Angels in December of 2016, Maldonado acted as the Brewers' back-up catcher for the better part of the past five seasons. Known more for his defensive prowess, the veteran catcher owns a career batting average of .217. He'll likely receive a fair amount of playing time for the Angels in 2017, but doesn't figure to provide much of an offensive impact.

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Sandy Leon
Red Sox's Sandy Leon: Avoids arbitration
Sandy Leon, C, BOS
1/13/2017
News: Leon agreed to a one-year deal with the Red Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

Terms of the agreement were not made public. Leon is coming off what may go down as a career year, slashing .310/.369/.476 over 283 plate appearances. However, every projection system forecasts massive regression, and he will have to compete with Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart for regular duty behind the dish.

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Stephen Vogt
Athletics' Stephen Vogt: Avoids arbitration with Athletics
Stephen Vogt, C, OAK
1/13/2017
News: Vogt avoided arbitration with the Athletics on Friday with a $2.965 million deal, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports.

Vogt's 2016 season didn't quite meet the standards of his previous two, posting lower numbers in all three slash statistics, but he still managed to make the All-Star Game and cement himself as a leader on the A's. This was the first round of arbitration for the 32-year-old.

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Austin Romine
Yankees' Austin Romine: Inks $805,000 deal with Yankees to avoid arbitration
Austin Romine, C, NYY
1/13/2017
News: Romine and the Yankees agreed to a $805,000 deal to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

Romine hit .242/.269/.382 in his stint as the Yankees' back-up catcher in 2016, first working behind Brian McCann then Gary Sanchez. This was his first round of arbitration. With Sanchez clearly not going anywhere, he figures to see a similar back-up role in his next season as well.

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Chris Gimenez
Twins' Chris Gimenez: Joins Twins as NRI
Chris Gimenez, C, CLE
1/12/2017
News: Gimenez signed a minor league contract with the Twins on Thursday that includes an invite to spring training.

Gimenez played at a below-replacement level last season, slashing .216/.272/.331 while striking out in 26.5 percent of his plate appearances. He is a slight positive behind the dish and will have a chance to compete with John Ryan Murphy for the backup role behind Jason Castro, but Gimenez is 34 and has never reached even 140 at-bats in any of his eight major league seasons, so there's little reason to think he will be fantasy relevant in 2017.

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Zack Collins
White Sox's Zack Collins: Focused on defense in AFL
Zack Collins, C, CHW
1/12/2017
News: Collins spent most of his time in the Arizona Fall League, catching bullpen sessions and refining his defensive skills.

The left-handed hitting Collins, the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft, flashed as a hitter at High-A Winston-Salem, finishing with six homers and an .885 OPS in 153 plate appearances over 36 games. The White Sox know the kid can hit; now they have to develop his receiving skills. For those targeting Collins for fantasy leagues that carry minor-leaguers, don't be surprised if the hitting drops off as the organization has him focus on his defense. It happens to a lot of young catchers. Once the defensive part of the game becomes more instinctual, the bat will bounce back quickly.

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Bobby Wilson
Dodgers' Bobby Wilson: Signs minor league deal with Dodgers
Bobby Wilson, C, TB
1/6/2017
News: Wilson signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers on Friday worth $1 million if he's promoted to the majors, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

The veteran left Tampa Bay after posting a .230/.272/.391 line with four home runs in 95 plate appearances. Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes are the clear No. 1 and 2 catchers in Los Angeles, so Wilson will likely land with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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Geovany Soto
White Sox's Geovany Soto: Signs minor league deal with White Sox
Geovany Soto, C, LAA
1/6/2017
News: Soto (knee) agreed to a minor league contract with the White Sox on Thursday, Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com reports.

The soon-to-be 34-year-old underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus right meniscus last May, and while he was able to return, Soto battled inflammation in the knee down the stretch. If he's healthy for spring training, Soto should make a strong push for a roster spot (and perhaps the primary role), competing with the likes of Omar Narvaez, Kevan Smith and Alfredo Gonzalez. Soto has shown he still has some thump in his bat, smacking 13 homers in 265 at-bats over the past two seasons.

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Alex Avila
Tigers' Alex Avila: Inks one-year deal with Tigers
Alex Avila, C, DET
12/23/2016
News: Avila signed one-year, $2 million deal with the Tigers on Friday.

He is coming off an odd campaign with the White Sox, where he hit .213 and struck out 37.3 percent of the time, but was still an above average hitter overall (104 wRC+) due to his 18.2 percent walk rate and subsequent .359 OBP. In leagues that count batting average, however, Avila has been a huge drain in recent years, and he does not hit for enough power to make up for that. He should serve as James McCann's backup in 2017.

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Dan Butler
Red Sox's Dan Butler: Lands NRI deal with Red Sox
Dan Butler, C, BOS
12/20/2016
News: Butler signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

The 30-year-old also spent the 2016 season in the Red Sox organization, putting together a surprisingly solid campaign as the backup catcher for Triple-A Pawtucket. With many other options ahead of him in the pecking order, it seems like Butler is destined for an organizational depth role in 2017 as well.

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