J.D. Martinez
Tigers' J.D. Martinez: Agrees to two-year contract
J.D. Martinez, RF, DET
2/8/2016
News: The Tigers and Martinez agreed to a two-year contract Monday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.

Martinez backed up his breakout in 2014 with 38 homers and 102 RBI last season en route to a final slash line of .282/.344/.535. As he enters his age-29 season, he's been afforded some security with the aim of truly cashing in once this new deal is complete.

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Xavier Avery
Orioles' Xavier Avery: Receives non-roster invitation to spring training
Xavier Avery, CF, BAL
2/8/2016
News: Avery will attend Orioles' spring training as a non-roster invitee, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

The 26-year-old left fielder hit .318 at Triple-A Salt Lake last year in the Angels' farm-system. However, that production has yet to translate to the big-league level as his batting average is a meager .181 in 170 MLB plate appearances. Given his poor production so far in the majors, he will likely have a hard time finding playing time with the Orioles even if he attains a roster spot.

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Alfredo Marte
Orioles' Alfredo Marte: Set to join Orioles at spring training
Alfredo Marte, LF, BAL
2/8/2016
News: Marte will attend spring training with the Orioles as a non-roster invitee.

Marte's past major league experiences haven't yielded good results on the whole, but he did collect two hits in six at-bats with the Angels last season. It seems highly unlikely Marte will earn a 25-man roster spot, but he'll at least get a chance to prove his worth during spring training for a potential recall down the road.

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Jared Mitchell
Yankees' Jared Mitchell: Signs minors deal with Yankees
Jared Mitchell, CF, CHW
2/5/2016
News: Mitchell has signed a minor league contract with the Yankees, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

Mitchell spent most of the 2015 season in the Angels organization, but with limited success offensively. He has the ability to play all three outfield positions, but his lack of consistency on at the dish will likely result in another campaign spent mostly (if not all) in the minors again in 2016.

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Aaron Judge
Yankees' Aaron Judge: Receives invitation to spring training
Aaron Judge, RF, NYY
2/5/2016
News: Judge has received an invitation to spring training, Bryan Hoch of MLB reports.

Judge is regarded as one of the top prospects in the Yankee system, so it's not surprising that he'll get some time in major league camp this spring. That being said, he'll likely start the year in the minors, but very well may find his way to the majors sometime during the season if he hits Triple-A pitching well.

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Cesar Puello
Yankees' Cesar Puello: Receives invitation to spring training
Cesar Puello, RF, NYY
2/5/2016
News: Puello received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

The 25-year-old played only one game last season due to a back injury, but did post a .738 OPS at Triple-A in the Mets organization in 2014. He'll likely head back to the minors once the regular season starts due to the Yankees outfield already being primarily established.

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L.J. Hoes
Orioles' L.J. Hoes: Receives invitation to spring training
L.J. Hoes, OF, BAL
2/4/2016
News: Hoes received an invitation to spring training Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Hoes was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk earlier today, but the Orioles still want the 25-year-old to stick around camp for spring training. The various offseason signings make it doubtful that Hoes will have a spot on the 25-man roster of the Orioles, so he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training.

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Jonny Gomes
Jonny Gomes: Headed to Japan
Jonny Gomes, LF, KC
2/3/2016
News: Gomes is signing with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

Gomes played in 95 games in the MLB last season, moving from the Braves to the Royals last season. He hit seven home runs and added 26 RBI while hitting for a .213/.313/.347 slash line. His move to Japan should be a big boost for the Golden Eagles, who finished in last place in the Pacific League last season.

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Andrew Brown
Angels' Andrew Brown: Signs minor league contract with Angels
Andrew Brown, LF, LAA
2/2/2016
News: Brown signed a minor league contract with the Angels on Tuesday that includes an invite to spring training, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.

A fine season in the KBO earned Brown a ticket to major league camp for spring training, but he seems like a long shot to make the roster even with the Angels' current void in left field. Brown has hit for notable power in the minors but has shown an inability to hit or get on base with any consistency in 144 games at the major league level.

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Michael Brantley
Indians' Michael Brantley: Opening Day unlikely
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE
2/2/2016
News: Indians manager Terry Francona acknowledged that it is unlikely Brantley (shoulder) will be ready to rejoin the team's lineup by Opening Day, the Indians' official site reports. "He won't open the season, most likely, with us," Francona said of Brantley. "We'll look at a number of guys. We'll see what fits the best. We'll probably have some platooning going on, especially earlier in the year. There's a number of guys that are coming in [to help]."

A report in December suggested that Brantley was behind schedule in his rehab following offseason shoulder surgery, but the Indians quickly released a statement to shoot that down. With Lonnie Chisenhall already expected to see regular time in right field against right-handed starters, there may be an open competition in spring training for the starts on that side of the platoon in left while Brantley goes through the final stages of his recovery in April. Barring the addition of a left-handed hitting veteran to the outfield mix this spring, James Ramsey could emerge as a candidate to work in tandem with Rajai Davis, Joey Butler, and Collin Cowgill.

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