Dexter Fowler
Dexter Fowler: Has deal in place with Cardinals
Dexter Fowler, CF, CHC
12/8/2016
News: Fowler has a deal in place with the Cardinals, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Fowler is en route to St. Louis for his physical, having received an "over-the-top offer" from the Cardinals. The deal is expected to be formally announced Friday. Fowler missed some time with a hamstring issue in 2016, but he was a force atop the lineup when healthy, batting .276/.393/.447. His excellent on-base skills and ability to hit from both sides of the plate should keep him in the leadoff spot on an everyday basis.

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Brewers' Kirk Nieuwenhuis: Undergoes nerve release surgery
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF, MIL
12/8/2016
News: Nieuwenhuis underwent nerve release surgery following the 2016 season, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Nerve release surgery is an alternative to sports hernia surgery with a faster recovery time. The 29-year-old amassed 392 plate appearances across 125 games last season, though he batted just .209. His solid defense and veteran presence were enough to convince the Brewers to tender him a contract for 2017, however. He appears to be on track for the start of spring training, though the team has not officially provided a timetable for his return.

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Charlie Blackmon
Rockies' Charlie Blackmon: Part of failed trade talks with Toronto
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COL
12/8/2016
News: Blackmon was part of an unsuccessful trade attempt when the Rockies tried to acquire right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

Rumors of Blackmon being traded have been swirling, but the Rockies have struggled to find suitors for the outfielder. The Blue Jays weren't willing to part ways with their ace Stroman in a one-for-one deal. MLB Trade Rumors projects that Blackmon will earn $9 million in 2017 through arbitration. Clearing that potential salary could keep the Rockies in play for some of the bigger-ticket free agents. The 30-year-old is coming off a career-best season in which he set personal records in average, OBP, slugging percentage, home runs and RBI.

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Andrew McCutchen
Pirates' Andrew McCutchen: Likely staying in Pittsburgh now?
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
12/8/2016
News: McCutchen is increasingly likely to remain in Pittsburgh in 2017 with a move from center field to one of the corner spots, Jon Heyman FanRag Sports reports.

With a trade market full of quality veteran outfielders, the Pirates may be changing course with McCutchen and considering dealing other pieces, perhaps prospects, from the organization instead. McCutchen's contract can keep him in Pittsburgh through the 2018 season, as he'll collect $14 million in 2017 before a $14.5 million option is on the table for 2018.

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Adam Eaton
Nationals' Adam Eaton: Traded to Nationals
Adam Eaton, LF, WAS
12/7/2016
News: Eaton was traded to the Nationals on Wednesday in exchange for pitching prospects Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

Eaton is a quiet superstar, or at least he was last year, posting a 6.0 fWAR. A lot of that value comes on defense, but he was no slouch with the bat, hitting .284/.362/.428 with 14 home runs, 91 runs, 59 RBI and 14 steals. His on-base skills and speed should allow him to hit near the top of the Nationals' lineup, which should allow him to once again challenge for 100 runs in 2017. He will start in center field with Trea Turner moving back to shortstop. Eaton is under team control through the 2021 season.

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Adam Frazier
Pirates' Adam Frazier: Set for super-sub role in 2017
Adam Frazier, LF, PIT
12/7/2016
News: Frazier will take over the team's primary utility role in 2017 following the departure of Sean Rodriguez, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

He saw playing time at second base, third base and in the outfield, but will only qualify in the outfield in fantasy leagues with a 20-game minimum (at least to start the season). Frazier hit .301/.356/.411 in 160 plate appearances. While he lacks power and isn't an effective base stealer -- he's been thrown out in 40 of 93 minor-league stolen base attempts -- the left-handed hitter could help fantasy teams in the batting average category. He has little competition for the utility role with Rodriguez landing in Atlanta.

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Mallex Smith
Braves' Mallex Smith: May start season in Triple-A
Mallex Smith, CF, ATL
12/6/2016
News: Smith is expected to begin the 2017 season with Triple-A Gwinnett, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

With Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis slotted in as the team's starting outfielders, the Braves plan to have Smith begin the season in Triple-A. The young speedster hit just .238 in 215 plate appearances last year and could use the increased playing time in order to further his development.

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Gabby Guerrero
Reds' Gabby Guerrero: Re-signs with Cincinnati on minor-league deal
Gabby Guerrero, OF, CIN
12/4/2016
News: Guerrero re-signed Sunday with the Reds on a minor-league contract, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Guerrero was once a prospect of some renown, but after managing an ugly .281 on-base percentage between Double-A and Triple-A last season, the Diamondbacks elected to drop him from their 40-man roster in November. The Reds went on to claim Guerrero off waivers, but parted ways with him just a few days later in order to open up a roster spot for another player. Cincinnati still apparently sees potential in the 22-year-old outfielder, however, as he'll remain with the organization and figures to report to Triple-A Louisville coming out of spring training.

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Ben Revere
Ben Revere: Non-tendered by Nationals
Ben Revere, CF, WAS
12/2/2016
News: Revere was non-tendered by the Nationals on Friday, making him a free agent, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

The writing was certainly on the wall for this move, with the Nats leaving Revere off their postseason roster following a thoroughly disappointing regular season campaign. Revere struggled to a .217/.260/.300 after injuring his oblique in his first at-bat with Washington. He would have been due north of $6 million again through the arbitration process.

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Billy Hamilton
Reds' Billy Hamilton: Fully recovered from oblique injury
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN
12/2/2016
News: Hamilton said Friday that he feels fully recovered from the left oblique injury which ended his 2016 season, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

The oblique strain knocked him out of action in early September, cutting short what was a very positive campaign for Hamilton, offensively. Hamilton upped his on-base percentage by nearly 50 points from 2015 and improved his groundball rate by five percent while swiping 55-plus bags for a third consecutive season. He continued to provide stellar defense in center field, making him an attractive trade target for other teams as he enters his first winter of arbitration eligibility. According to Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds are listening but would have to be "really, really motivated by an offer" to trade Hamilton.

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