Zack Cozart
Reds' Zack Cozart: Avoids arbitration with Reds
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
1/15/2017
News: Cozart avoided arbitration with the Reds, agreeing to a one-year, $5.325 million deal.

The Reds have dangled Cozart's name in trade talks this offseason but haven't made any tangible progress. They still need to find a way to make room for both Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera to play, but both Cozart and Brandon Phillips remain ahead of them respectively.

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Chris Owings
Diamondbacks' Chris Owings: Avoids arbitration
Chris Owings, SS, ARI
1/13/2017
News: Owings signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

The 25-year-old middle infielder faces a job battle this spring, as he, Nick Ahmed, Brandon Drury and Ketel Marte will be competing for two starting spots. Owings is considered the favorite to start at shortstop in 2017, but his 86 wRC+ and subpar defense last season certainly opens the door for competition.

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Adeiny Hechavarria
Marlins' Adeiny Hechavarria: Avoids arbitration with Marlins
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA
1/13/2017
News: Hechavarria and the Marlins avoided arbitration on Friday with a $4.35 million deal, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

The Cuban shortstop took a step backward with the bat after two decent years in 2014 and 2015, hitting .236/.283/.311 in 2016. As usual, that light hitting was made up for by excellent defense at shortstop. This was Hechevarria's second round of arbitration, with him likely on track for free agency after the 2018 season.

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Jordy Mercer
Pirates' Jordy Mercer: Avoids arbitration with Pirates
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT
1/13/2017
News: Mercer and the Pirates avoided arbitration on Friday and settled on a $4.325 million deal, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

Mercer posted a .256/.328/.374 line well within career norms in 2016 and was rewarded with a raise of more than $2 million. He's on track to hit free agency before the 2019 season at the age of 32.

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Freddy Galvis
Phillies' Freddy Galvis: Avoids arbitration
Freddy Galvis, SS, PHI
1/12/2017
News: Galvis agreed to a one-year, $4.35 million contract with the Phillies on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports.

Galvis' salary will more than double in his second year of arbitration eligibility, coming off a career season in which he hit 20 homers and stole 17 bases. The rest of the offensive numbers leave something to be desired and he may find himself competing with Cesar Hernandez for playing time at second base once J.P. Crawford makes his way up, but Galvis' defense was superb and he should be locked into a starting role at least to begin 2017.

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J.P. Crawford
Phillies' J.P. Crawford: Receives invite to big league camp
J.P. Crawford, SS, PHI
1/11/2017
News: Crawford received an invitation to major league spring training, the Morning Call's Stephen Gross reports.

Considering Crawford is the Phillies' top prospect and already has 385 plate appearances under his belt at Triple-A, it is not surprising that he will spend most of the spring in big league camp. He is expected to open the year back at Triple-A, but could receive a promotion as early as late-April, once the Phillies gain an extra year of control. Of course, after posting a 90 wRC+ last year with Lehigh Valley, he will need to force the issue with his bat, otherwise we may not see him make his big league debut until sometime this summer.

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Pedro Florimon
Phillies' Pedro Florimon: Signs minor league deal with Phillies
Pedro Florimon, SS, PHI
12/12/2016
News: Florimon signed a minor league deal with the Phillies on Monday.

Florimon had spent each of the last two seasons in the Pirates organization before being outrighted last month. The 29-year-old, who appeared in only 18 major league games last season, will now look to make the Phillies' roster out of camp, but he figures to have a better chance of landing back in the minors, likely at the Triple-A level. In 107 games at Triple-A last season, Florimon slashed .255/.327/.372 with five home runs, 36 RBI and 14 steals.

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Hector Gomez
Phillies' Hector Gomez: Inks minor league deal with Phillies
Hector Gomez, SS, PHI
12/12/2016
News: Gomez signed a minor league deal with the Phillies on Monday that includes an invite to spring training.

He played in Korea in 2016, but was apparently itching to get back into a big league organization. His offensive production has been awful in 162 career plate appearances in the majors, but he has some quality minor league seasons under his belt. Look for him to serve as organizational depth at the Triple-A level during his age-29 season.

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Charlie Culberson
Dodgers' Charlie Culberson: Outrighted to Triple-A
Charlie Culberson, SS, LAD
12/9/2016
News: Culberson was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

This removes Culberson from the 40-man roster. Culberson batted .299 in 34 games with the Dodgers in 2016 while seeing time at shortstop, second base, third base and left field. However, his overall body of work at the major league level leaves a lot to be desired (.599 OPS) and it seems the Dodgers are content with their other in-house utility options.

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Josh VanMeter
Reds' Josh VanMeter: Sent to Reds as PTBNL
Josh VanMeter, SS, SD
12/9/2016
News: VanMeter was traded to the Reds on Friday as the PTBNL of Thursday's trade that sent Rule 5 pick Luis Torrens to the Padres.

The 21-year-old split time between High-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio, amassing 23 doubles and 14 home runs between the two levels. VanMeter lost much of the 2015 campaign season to a fractured left fibula, so taking this into account with his age, it seems like he still has some time to develop into a power-hitting middle infielder, although his high propensity to strike out could limit his advancement.

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