Tyler Wade
Yankees' Tyler Wade: Receives invitation to spring training
Tyler Wade, SS, NYY
2/5/2016
News: Wade received an invitation to spring training.

Wade is one of the top prospects in the Yankee system, but he's only reached the Double-A level so far, so the invite shows just how highly the Yankees think of him. That being said, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training is over to develop more.

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

Mateo is one of the top prospects in the Yankee system, and the fact that the Yankees are already having the 20-year-old in the major league camp after only playing as high as High-A last season says how much they like him. Despite the invite, Mateo will likely head back to the minors for more seasoning after spring training concludes.

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

The light-hitting shortstop spent most of 2015 with the Triple-A affiliate of the Blue Jays, but did see some time with the major league club as well. That being said, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training is over.

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Wilmer Flores
Mets' Wilmer Flores: Says he'll be 100 percent after working out at full strength
Wilmer Flores, SS, NYM
2/4/2016
News: Flores worked out at full strength and said he'll be 100 percent for spring training, Marc Carig of Newsday Sports reports.

Flores removed his walking boot just over a week ago, so it's a good sign that he's progressing fairly quickly. He'll likely act as a super utility man going forward for the Mets as long as he recovers fully from the injury.

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Brendan Ryan
Nationals' Brendan Ryan: Signs with Nationals
Brendan Ryan, SS, WAS
2/2/2016
News: Ryan agreed to a minor league deal with the Nationals on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Ryan had been traded to the Cubs earlier in the offseason, but the veteran was released shortly after. He'll get an invitation to spring training as part of the deal, but the 33-year-old figures to serve primarily as organizational depth up the middle of the infield.

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Jose Peraza
Reds' Jose Peraza: Path to playing time not obvious
Jose Peraza, SS, CIN
2/1/2016
News: Because the Reds were unable to trade Brandon Phillips this offseason, Peraza doesn't have an obvious starting job to begin the season, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

As long as Phillips is with the Reds, he's going to be the starter at second base. The Reds can be creative at shortstop and third base, but they also want to have places for Zack Cozart and Eugenio Suarez to play.

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Orlando Arcia
Brewers' Orlando Arcia: Will start season in minors
Orlando Arcia, SS, MIL
1/30/2016
News: Arcia will begin the 2016 season in the minors, according to Brewers general manager David Stearns, MLB.com reports.

Speculation obviously grew when Milwaukee traded Jean Segura to Arizona on Saturday, clearing a path to the majors for Arcia. But Stearns reset expectations, saying "we're going to send [Arcia] to Triple-A and allow him to continue his development. Ultimately, as he continues to grow and mature as a player, his production and his continued development will dictate his timeline to the Major Leagues, rather than a move like this." At this time, it looks like Jonathan Villar will start at shortstop when the 2016 begins.

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Jonathan Villar
Brewers' Jonathan Villar: Leading candidate at SS
Jonathan Villar, SS, MIL
1/30/2016
News: Villar is the leading candidate to start at shortstop for Milwaukee after the Brewers traded Jean Segura to the Diamondbacks on Saturday, suggested Milwaukee general manager David Stearns, MLB.com reports.

Shedding Segura clears a path to Miller Park for top prospect Orlando Arcia, Stearns said he'll begin the season in the minors. Stearns added that Yadiel Rivera is an option at shortstop along with Villar, who brings some position versatility, having played three infield spots and two in the outfield last season with the Astros. He has 198 career games in MLB, slashing .236/.339/.414 with little pop and some speed (42 steals).

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Jean Segura
Diamondbacks' Jean Segura: Traded to the Diamondbacks
Jean Segura, SS, ARI
1/30/2016
News: Segura was traded to the Diamondbacks on Saturday in a five-player deal, ESPN's Keith Law reports.

The move makes sense for Arizona, as they have already made it clear that they are going all in on winning in the short term, and Nick Ahmed was slotted to be their starting shortstop, despite having a career .269 OBP. Segura won't be winning the silver slugger award anytime soon, but he is capable offensively, and is a quality defender at shortstop. This boosts Segura's fantasy value slightly, as he will be hitting in a better lineup. Look for him to steal 20-plus bases for the fourth year in a row, and hit toward the bottom of Arizona's lineup.

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Kris Negron
Cubs' Kris Negron: Set to join Cubs at spring training
Kris Negron, SS, CHC
1/29/2016
News: Negron will join the Cubs at spring training as a non-roster invitee.

After a promising stint with the Reds in 2014 in which Negron batted .271/.331/.479 wth six home runs and 17 RBI, the 29-year-old fell flat in 2015 and eventually was sent down to Triple-A Louisville. His season ended early due to a shoulder injury, but he should be ready for the start of spring training. Negron's versatility to play both infield and outfield makes him a bit more intriguing for teams looking for depth off the bench, but it still seems a long shot that he will crack the big league roster out of spring training.

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