Eduardo Escobar
Twins' Eduardo Escobar: Agrees to deal to avoid arbitration
Eduardo Escobar, SS, MIN
12/2/2016
News: Escobar agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Twins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

He was believed to be a non-tender candidate, but ultimately Escobar and the Twins were able to land on a number that was suitable for both sides. Escobar hit just .236/.280/.338 in his age-27 season, but he was significantly better at the plate in 2015 and can play shortstop, second base and third.

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Josh Rodriguez
Athletics' Josh Rodriguez: Signs minor league deal with A's
Josh Rodriguez, SS, OAK
12/1/2016
News: Rodriguez signed a minor league contract with the A's that includes an invite to spring training, CSN Bay Area reports.

The soon-to-be 32-year-old attended big-league camp with the A's last spring but opened the year at Double-A. Rodriguez eventually returned to the Triple-A level and posted a 24:25 BB:K with the top affiliate, and he also has a bit of power, but he will be a long shot to break camp with Oakland. He's bounced between with five different organizations in his 11 pro seasons and hasn't reached the majors since 2011.

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Gleyber Torres
Yankees' Gleyber Torres: To begin 2017 in Double-A
Gleyber Torres, SS, NYY
12/1/2016
News: Torres will begin the 2017 season with Double-A Trenton, George A. King of the New York Post reports.

The highly-acclaimed prospect, who was acquired from the Cubs in the Aroldis Chapman trade, began the transition to second base and slashed .254/.341/.386 in 138 plate appearances for High-A Tampa following last season's trade. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Torres will begin the season with Trenton and get introduced to cold weather for the first time, with his performance determining a potential promotion, despite being just 19 years old.

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Jean Segura
Mariners' Jean Segura: Traded to Mariners
Jean Segura, SS, SEA
11/23/2016
News: Segura was traded to the Mariners on Wednesday along with Mitch Haniger and Zac Curtis in exchange for Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte.

It was well known that the Mariners were looking for an upgrade at shortstop and they landed a significant one in Segura. He put together what was easily his best season in his age-26 campaign, batting .319/.368/.499 with 20 homers and 33 steals (43 attempts). While he now goes to a more pitcher-friendly home park and will play for a manager in Scott Servais who didn't run a whole lot this past season (24th in stolen base attempts), Segura's batted ball profile from 2016 and speed bode well for his chances of once again providing quality production atop the lineup.

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Jorge Mateo
Yankees' Jorge Mateo: Added to 40-man roster
Jorge Mateo, SS, NYY
11/19/2016
News: Mateo was added to the Yankees' 40-man roster Friday.

This was a no-brainer for the Yankees as Mateo is a top prospect in the system and needed to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. He did endure some growing pains at High-A Tampa in 2016, but Mateo has elite speed and there's optimism about his hit tool developing in time. There's been talk about him potentially moving to center field long term.

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Richard Urena
Blue Jays' Richard Urena: Added to 40-man roster
Richard Urena, SS, TOR
11/18/2016
News: Urena was added to the Blue Jays' 40-man roster on Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

Urena splitting time between High-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire, combined to hit .295/.335/.434 with eight home runs and 59 RBI. He figures to stay with New Hampshire to begin 2017 since he only spent 30 games there, but he has progressed enough that protecting him from the Rule 5 draft became necessary.

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Daniel Robertson
Rays' Daniel Robertson: Added to 40-man roster
Daniel Robertson, SS, TB
11/18/2016
News: Robertson was added to the Rays' 40-man roster Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

His prospect stock has taken a hit in recent years, as he's totaled just five homers over the past two seasons, but Robertson continued to get on base at a good clip in 2016 thanks to an 11.4 percent walk rate. He saw more time at second base and third in 2016 with 20-plus appearances at each position.

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Willy Adames
Rays' Willy Adames: Added to 40-man roster
Willy Adames, SS, TB
11/18/2016
News: Adames was added to the Rays' 40-man roster Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Adames hit .274/.372/.430 with 11 homers and 13 steals in 132 games with Double-A Montgomery in 2016, solidifying his status as the top prospect in the organization. He will presumably advance to Triple-A early on in 2017 with a chance to break through to the majors before the end of the year.

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Yairo Munoz
Athletics' Yairo Munoz: Added to 40-man roster
Yairo Munoz, SS, OAK
11/18/2016
News: Munoz was added to the A's 40-man roster Friday.

The 21-year-old would have been eligible for selection in next month's Rule 5 draft had this move not been made. Munoz endured some growing pains in 2016, as he struggled to a .240/.286/.367 line in 102 games with Double-A Midland. The majority of his starts came at shortstop (41), but he also saw starts at second base (27) and third (24). He figures to repeat Double-A in 2017.

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Franklin Barreto
Athletics' Franklin Barreto: Added to 40-man roster
Franklin Barreto, SS, OAK
11/18/2016
News: Barreto was added to the A's 40-man roster Friday.

Barreto was one of five young players added to the 40-man ahead of next month's Rule 5 draft. The top prospect in the A's organization, Barreto finished with a .284/.342/.422 line, 11 homers and 30 steals between Double-A and Triple-A last year after a slow start. He doesn't turn 21 until late February.

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