Kole Calhoun
Angels' Kole Calhoun: Inks three-year contract extension
Kole Calhoun, RF, LAA
3:25 PM
News: Calhoun signed a three-year, $26 million contract extension with the Angels on Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

The contract extension buys Calhoun out of his remaining three years of arbitration, and includes a $14 million player option for 2020, when he would become a free agent for the first time. The Angels have struggled to surround Mike Trout with quality complementary bats in recent seasons, but Calhoun is one of the few exceptions. Though he saw an eight-homer reduction from the 26 he slugged in 2015, Calhoun didn't surrender any power, as his ISO held steady last season, while his .271/.348/.438 slash line represented an improvement in each area. The 29-year-old was also a picture of durability, missing five games or less for the second year in a row. Calhoun is still recovering from offseason surgery to address a core muscle injury, but he's expected to be ready to go for spring training.

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Michael Brantley
Indians' Michael Brantley: Hitting off tee
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE
11:40 AM
News: Brantley (shoulder) is continuing to progress in his recovery and is now hitting off a tee, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

It appears Brantley is on track to be ready for spring training as he continues the long road back from shoulder surgery. The 29-year-old is still working towards resuming full baseball activities, but this is certainly a positive sign going forward.

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Brandon Guyer
Indians' Brandon Guyer: Signs two-year extension with Indians
Brandon Guyer, LF, CLE
11:10 AM
News: Guyer and the Indians agreed to a two-year extension Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

The contract reportedly also includes a team option for the 2019 season. Guyer appeared in 38 games for the Indians after coming over from Tampa Bay in August and hit .333 with 14 RBI and two home runs across 96 plate appearances. In the postseason, Guyer notched six hits in 18 at-bats, to go with four walks and three RBI. Expect Guyer to platoon with Lonnie Chisenhall in right field this season, seeing the bulk of his at-bats against lefties. Guyer is a career .289 hitter versus southpaws, compared to just .236 against right-handers.

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Charlie Tilson
White Sox's Charlie Tilson: No restrictions at minicamp
Charlie Tilson, CF, CHW
1/17/2017
News: Tilson (hamstring) took part in the organization's hitters' minicamp last week in Glendale (Ariz.) without restriction.

Tilson's debut stint in the majors in 2016 lasted exactly two plate appearances before he tore a hamstring chasing down a flyball. He plans to remain in Glendale through this weekend to hit some benchmarks running. A healthy Tilson should emerge out of spring training with the starting job in center field.

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Jose Bautista
Blue Jays' Jose Bautista: Returs to Toronto on one-year deal
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR
1/17/2017
News: Bautista agreed to a one-year contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

The Blue Jays recently emerged as the frontrunner for the veteran slugger's services, and after initial expectations were of the contrary, Bautista will head back north of the border for another season. The agreement includes a mutual option that could keep him in Toronto through the 2019 season. In the short-term, however, it seems like Bautista will be an integral part in the Blue Jays batting order, especially now that Edwin Encarnacion is out of town.

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Josh Hamilton
Rangers' Josh Hamilton: Signs one-year deal with Rangers
Josh Hamilton, CF, TEX
1/17/2017
News: Hamilton agreed to a one-year deal with the Rangers on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

It's difficult to expect much from the 35-year-old given his struggles over the past few years. The lefty didn't play a major league game last year and hasn't put together an entire season since 2013 due to health issues. Even when he did play with Los Angeles in 2013, his numbers weren't near the All-Star level he produced in Texas previously. He will attempt to transition to first base in an effort to make the Opening Day roster. Hamilton can request his release if he doesn't make the big league roster out of camp.

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Michael Saunders
Phillies' Michael Saunders: Agrees to one-year deal with Phils
Michael Saunders, LF, TOR
1/16/2017
News: Saunders and the Phillies have agreed on a one-year deal, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The exact details of the agreement have not yet been released, but it's believed to be a one-year deal with a potential option for the 2018 season. The 30-year-old spent last season in Toronto, hitting .243 with 24 home runs and 57 RBI. Saunders figures to be the Phillies' regular starter in right field against right-handed pitchers, and he'll likely platoon with Aaron Altherr when facing a southpaw. Saunders is a career .236 hitter versus righties (1,556 career at-bats), compared to .233 versus lefties (681 at-bats).

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Andrew Benintendi
Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi: Could bat second
Andrew Benintendi, LF, BOS
1/16/2017
News: Benintendi might be Boston's No. 2 hitter, according to manager John Farrell John Tomase of WEEI.com reports. "It's a possibility, there's no doubt," Farrell said. "He's got very good balance at the plate. He's got very good strike-zone understanding. He didn't give way against lefthanders."

Farrell would like to add a left-handed bat to break up what will be a right-handed heavy upper-half of the order. Benintendi, who got most of his plate appearances last season as the ninth-place hitter, possesses the bat-to-ball skills and plate discipline you want out of someone at the top of the order. If he lands as the No. 2 hitter, fantasy owners can count on an extra plate appearance per game out of Benintendi.

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Lonnie Chisenhall
Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall: Avoids arbitration with Indians
Lonnie Chisenhall, RF, CLE
1/15/2017
News: Chisenhall avoided arbitration on Friday by signing a one-year, $4.3 million deal with the Indians, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Chisenhall is coming off of a productive offensive season with the Indians in which he slashed .286/.328/.439 over 126 games as the team's primary right fielder. His defense was a bit shaky at times in 2016, but his aptitude at the plate should afford him consistent at-bats again heading into the 2017 season.

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Aaron Hicks
Yankees' Aaron Hicks: Avoids arbitration
Aaron Hicks, RF, NYY
1/13/2017
News: Hicks agreed to a one-year deal with the Yankees on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The terms of the agreement were not announced. It was a season to forget last year for Hicks, as he not only struggled against righties (86 wRC+), but was awful against lefties (25 wRC+), and he was supposed to be a southpaw killer. He enters this season as a bench bat for the Yankees.

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