Roman Quinn
Phillies' Roman Quinn: Likely to open year at Triple-A
Roman Quinn, CF, PHI
5:45 AM
News: Quinn will likely open the 2017 season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

The Phillies signed Michael Saunders on Monday to a one-year deal with an option. He will see the majority of the playing time in right field leaving Quinn without a regular role. Quinn has yet to see any time at Triple-A, so the move buys him some more development time. He is likely to get another opportunity in the majors later this season.

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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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Jose Bautista
Jose Bautista: Close to finalizing deal with Toronto
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR
1/16/2017
News: Bautista is close to finalizing a two-year deal with the Blue Jays worth close to $40 million, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

While it appeared quite unlikely earlier in the offseason that Bautista would be re-signed by the Jays, the 36-year-old perhaps found a cooler market than expected in free agency, and has warmed up to the idea of returning to Toronto. Bautista struggled to a .234/.366/.452 batting line during an injury-plagued 2016, but even at his advanced age, he still boasts the sort of plus-power and plate discipline that would make him a pillar in the middle of the Blue Jays lineup. After playing in the corner outfield through much of his career, however, Bautista could end up transitioning to a first base or designated hitter role, assuming the deal with the Blue Jays is eventually consummated.

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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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Charlie Blackmon
Rockies' Charlie Blackmon: Avoids arbitration
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COL
1/13/2017
News: Blackmon and the Rockies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.3 million contract on Friday, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

Blackmon will receive more than double his salary from 2016 in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Blackmon's production in the stolen-base department took a hit last year, but he made up for that by posting career bests with 29 home runs, 82 RBI, 11 runs, and a .933 OPS while batting almost exclusively leadoff. He figures to occupy the same spot in the batting order again this year while serving as the Rockies' everyday center fielder.

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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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Jarrod Dyson
Mariners' Jarrod Dyson: Avoids arbitration
Jarrod Dyson, CF, SEA
1/13/2017
News: Dyson agreed to a one-year deal with the Mariners on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

The terms of the agreement were not announced. Dyson was traded to the Mariners from Kansas City last week, and figures to lead off and get a shot at playing almost every day with his new club. This could lead to 40-plus steals, making him one of the better mid-round speed targets on draft day.

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Brock Holt
Red Sox's Brock Holt: Avoids arbitration
Brock Holt, LF, BOS
1/13/2017
News: Holt agreed to a one-year deal with the Red Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. This was Holt's first year as an arbitration-eligible player. He figures to serve in a super utility role once again in 2017, and therefore only has value in deeper formats.

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Marcell Ozuna
Marlins' Marcell Ozuna: Avoids arbitration with Marlins
Marcell Ozuna, CF, MIA
1/13/2017
News: Ozuna avoided arbitration with the Marlins on Friday with a $3.5 million deal, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

Ozuna bounced back from a difficult 2015 season with a .266/.321/.452 line with 23 home runs and a first career All-Star berth in 2016. That'll get him a decent salary for his first round of arbitration.

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