Juan Graterol
Diamondbacks' Juan Graterol: Claimed off waivers by Angels
Juan Graterol, C, ARI
1/19/2017
News: Graterol was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Thursday.

Graterol was briefly a member of the Diamondbacks and Reds organizations during the offseason, but is set to rejoin the Angels for the 2017 campaign. Graterol spent most of the 2016 season at Triple-A Salt Lake where he posted a .300/.340/.370 line over 68 games.

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David Ross
David Ross: Joins Cubs' front office
David Ross, C, CHC
1/19/2017
News: Ross will end his playing career after he was named a special assistant to the baseball operations with the Cubs on Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

The 39-year-old retired following the Cub's World Series victory in 2016. He played 15 seasons in the majors, winning two championships. Ross hit .229 with 10 home runs in his final season as a player, and will now make the transition to the front office.

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J.P. Arencibia
J.P. Arencibia: Walks away from baseball
J.P. Arencibia, C, TB
1/18/2017
News: Arencibia retired from professional baseball Wednesday.

The 31-year-old backstop failed to crack a major league roster in 2016, so rather than live off another minor league assignment, he opted to simply step away from the game. Arencibia appeared in the big leagues in parts of six seasons, compiling a .212/.258/.412 with 80 home runs across 1,573 at-bats.

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Carson Blair
White Sox's Carson Blair: Signs minor league contract with White Sox
Carson Blair, C, OAK
1/17/2017
News: Blair signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on Tuesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

The 27-year-old appeared in the majors for the A's in 2015, however, he struggled in his 11 games there, slashing .129/.229/.226 in 31 at-bats. He spent 2016 in the minors, where he bounced between Oakland and Texas, slashing a combined .250/.339/.372 over 156 at-bats. The righty will likely start in Triple-A and provide depth behind the plate for the White Sox.

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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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Chris Iannetta
Chris Iannetta: Signs with Diamondbacks
Chris Iannetta, C, ARI
1/13/2017
News: Iannetta agreed to a contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

Terms and length of the contract were not immediately reported. He has proven to be a solid defensive catcher over the years, but has been of very little use in fantasy leagues, as he has hovered around the Mendoza Line in each of the past two seasons and offers little power and doesn't even get on base at a solid clip anymore. Look for him to share time with Chris Herrmann behind the dish this year.

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Chris Herrmann
Diamondbacks' Chris Herrmann: Avoids arbitration
Chris Herrmann, C, ARI
1/13/2017
News: Herrmann (hand) agreed to a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The terms of the agreement were not announced. He appears poised to open the year as the Diamondbacks' starting catcher. Despite his impressive play in limited time last season (117 wRC+ in 166 plate appearances), Herrmann does not project to hit enough to be valuable in most one-catcher formats. His 2016 season ended prematurely because of a broken hand, but he is expected to be ready to go for spring training.

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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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Yasmani Grandal
Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Avoids arbitration with Dodgers with $5.5 million deal
Yasmani Grandal, C, LAD
1/13/2017
News: Grandal and the Dodgers avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.5 million deal, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Despite playing hurt for much of the year, Grandal still managed to post a career-high .477 slugging percentage. He hit at an elite level when healthy, slashing .287/.410/.622 in the months of June and July, but the problem with him going forward is that he often isn't healthy. That aside, he remains a power bat with top pitch-framing skills behind the plate, so he'll get a pay raise of almost $3 million in his second round of arbitration.

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