Billy Butler
Athletics' Billy Butler: Will see fewer starts at DH
Billy Butler, DH, OAK
News: Butler is due to play a more limited role with the acquisition of Khris Davis, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Butler, who served in a DH role in 136 games last year for the A's, is likely to see that number drop this year. If newly acquired Khris Davis moves into the everyday left field role for the A's as expected, Coco Crisp would get a lot of starts at DH, which would severely cut into Butler's at-bats. Given his limited upside, Butler would need a full-time role to be useful in most formats, and that no longer looks like it will be the case in 2016.


Evan Gattis
Astros' Evan Gattis: Undergoes hernia surgery
Evan Gattis, DH, HOU
News: Gattis recently underwent surgery to repair a hernia and is expected to miss most of spring training, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Although the injury is not considered severe, Gattis will need 4-to-6 weeks to recover, meaning the Astros will be without the slugger's services for most of the Grapefruit League slate and quite possibly for Opening Day. Jonathan Singleton, Luis Valbuena, Marwin Gonzalez, and Matt Duffy could all be in the running to pick up at-bats as the designated hitter until Gattis returns.


Miguel Sano
Twins' Miguel Sano: On board with move to outfield
Miguel Sano, DH, MIN
News: Minnesota intends for Sano to begin the season as the starting right fielder, GM Terry Ryan told "He's bought in," Ryan said. "But we've certainly asked that question. You have to be on board with it and he's on board."

Sano has been working on his outfield defense in his native Dominican Republic and the Twins say they'll bring Torii Hunter in as a special assistant in spring training to help him to learn the new position. It may have looked like a ploy to increase Trevor Plouffe's trade value early in the offseason, but Sano's move to the outfield looks set to happen with the Twins recently agreeing to a one-year, $7.25 million deal with Plouffe. Of course, Sano will still have to demonstrate he can play the outfield in spring training and not be a major liability on defense.


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