Carlos Beltran
Astros' Carlos Beltran: To split time between LF and DH
Carlos Beltran, DH, TEX
12/5/2016
News: Beltran will split time between left field and designated hitter with the Astros in 2017, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

This makes sense, as Josh Reddick has the better arm, making him a better fit in right field. Presumably when Brian McCann is out of the lineup (against lefties), Evan Gattis will slot in at catcher with Beltran getting the start at DH. The fact that he will get to DH a couple times each week should help Beltran's legs stay fresh in his age-40 season. He should play almost every day, potentially batting cleanup in what should be one of the best lineups in baseball.

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Edwin Encarnacion
Edwin Encarnacion: Moving out of Toronto
Edwin Encarnacion, DH, TOR
12/5/2016
News: Toronto, where Encarnacion has played since mid-2009, is no longer pursuing the free-agent slugger, Steve Phillips of MLB Network Radio reports.

Toronto essentially closed the door on Encarnacion when the team signed Steve Pearce to a two-year deal Monday. The 33-year-old's options appear to be dwindling as Houston is another team that dropped out of the expensive race. Encarnacion is still in talks with the Yankees, Red Sox and Indians, and his agent, Paul Kinzer, expects the power hitter to sign a deal during the winter meetings.

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Albert Pujols
Angels' Albert Pujols: Undergoes surgery Friday
Albert Pujols, DH, LAA
12/2/2016
News: Pujols underwent surgery Friday to release his right plantar fascia.

In a press release, the Angels said the estimated time to return to play following this procedure is typically four months. That puts Pujols' status for the start of the year in some question, but Pujols is a 10-time All-Star and doesn't need a full spring training to prepare for the regular season. In his age-36 season, Pujols hit .268/.323/.457 with 31 homers, marking his 14th season with 30-plus home runs.

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Avisail Garcia
White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Avoids arbitration with new deal
Avisail Garcia, DH, CHW
12/2/2016
News: Garcia signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the White Sox, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Garcia's 2016 campaign was a replica of his 2015 output in many ways, as his 12 home runs, .245 average, and .692 OPS were all in the same ballpark as his production in those departments the year before. He'll probably be the DH on most days, but he started 51 games in the outfield last season, so he could see some time in one of the corner spots when either Melky Cabrera or Adam Eaton need a day off.

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Jon Singleton
Astros' Jonathan Singleton: Outrighted to Triple-A Fresno
Jon Singleton, DH, HOU
11/22/2016
News: Singleton cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

As expected, the former top prospect will remain an Astro farmhand after no teams were interested in picking up his bat that hasn't produced a major league batting average above .200. Singleton's power is intriguing, but he'll be nothing more than an organizational depth piece until he can make more contact.

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David Ortiz
David Ortiz: Officially retires
David Ortiz, DH, BOS
11/16/2016
News: Ortiz officially retired Tuesday, the Boston Globe reports.

The paperwork has been filed and Ortiz is now officially off the roster. Ortiz and the Red Sox may have fallen short of reaching their ultimate goal of winning the World Series in 2016, but Ortiz finished his career in spectacular fashion with an MLB-best 1.021 OPS, 38 homers and 127 RBI. He hit .286/.380/.552 with 541 home runs in his 20 major league seasons.

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Evan Gattis
Astros' Evan Gattis: Returns to Astros for 2017
Evan Gattis, DH, HOU
11/4/2016
News: Gattis had his option for the 2017 season picked up by the Astros on Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Gattis blasted a career-high 32 home runs in 2016, leading the Astros to bring him back for another season in Houston. It's unclear whether they plan for him to primarily catch or DH during the 2017 season, but regardless of his role, he has a good chance of continuing his high-power ways while he stays in Texas.

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Carlos Santana
Indians' Carlos Santana: Option to be picked up
Carlos Santana, DH, CLE
11/3/2016
News: The Indians will pick up the $12 million team option on Santana's contract for next season, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

Santana hit just .192 in the postseason for the Indians, but he also set career regular-season bests in 2016 with 34 home runs, 87 RBI and an .864 OPS, so the Indians did not have to think long about bringing him back for another year. Santana split his time between first base and the designated hitter spot in 2016 and figures to do the same next year.

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Joey Gallo
Rangers' Joey Gallo: Diagnosed with strained hamstring
Joey Gallo, DH, TEX
11/1/2016
News: Gallo was diagnosed with a strained hamstring and won't participate in the remainder of winter ball, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

It's estimated that Gallo will need approximately six weeks to recover, so while he's out for the rest of the winter ball program, he should be able to participate in spring training.

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