Blaine Boyer
Brewers' Blaine Boyer: Sings minor-league deal with Brewers
Blaine Boyer, RP, MIN
1:33 PM
News: Boyer signed a minor league deal with the Brewers that includes an invite to spring training.

Boyer should have a solid shot at seeing some major league action during 2016, given that he's thrown 105.1 innings of 2.91 ERA ball in the last two season. The 34-year-old also had a 5.3 K/9 in that span which limits his upside, but what's more worrying is the elbow inflammation he went through last August.

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Carson Smith
Red Sox's Carson Smith: Location over velocity
Carson Smith, RP, BOS
2/11/2016
News: Smith credited location and movement over velocity for his success last season, WEEI.com reports. "It's tough going out there throwing four out of every five days. That's why your velocity can always vary, but as long as I keep my accuracy and movement consistent, I'm pretty positive about my chances. If I'm in the low-to-mid 90s, I'm pretty happy."

Smith's fastball isn't overpowering at 93 mph, so he relies heavily on his slider. He dominated right-handers, who hit just .169 off him and overall, Smith held hitters to a .192 average. At this point in the offseason, Smith projects into a share of the setup role along with Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara, behind closer Craig Kimbrel.

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Mike Moustakas
Royals' Mike Moustakas: Agrees to two-year deal to avoid arbitration
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
2/11/2016
News: Moustakas agreed to a two-year, $14.3 million contract with the Royals on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

An impressive 2015 campaign from the 26-year-old Moustakas earned him a significant pay bump for the final two years of arbitration. After setting career highs in most offensive categories, his place in the batting order remains a bit unclear heading into the 2016 season. He began 2015 batting second in the order, but the mid-season acquisition of Ben Zobrist resulted in Moustakas being pushed down to sixth. With Zobrist no longer in the picture, it wouldn't be surprising he hits near the top again.

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Colby Lewis
Rangers' Colby Lewis: Will be limited early in spring training
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX
2/11/2016
News: Lewis (knee) will be limited early in spring training, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Lewis was originally expected to be fully ready for spring training after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in October, but now it appears that the Rangers will take the cautious approach and not rush him during spring training. That being said, the cautious approach should allow him to be fully healthy for the regular season barring any complications.

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Blake Swihart
Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Will start Opening Day
Blake Swihart, C, BOS
2/11/2016
News: Swihart will be the Opening Day catcher when Boston opens the 2016 season in Cleveland, MLB.com reports.

Ryan Hanigan will be the backup while Christian Vazquez, coming off Tommy John surgery, is ticketed to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. That's the plan as it stands now, just prior to spring training. Swihart was called up to the majors last season, slightly ahead of scheduled, and proved himself a competent hitter. There's still parts of the job defensively he needs to work on -- blocking balls is the primary area -- but the Red Sox feel he'll learn that skill with experience and practice. Long term, with two young catchers capable of playing everyday in the majors, the Red Sox can either trade one of them or move Swihart to a new position.

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Yovani Gallardo
Yovani Gallardo: Approaching three-year deal with Orioles
Yovani Gallardo, SP, TEX
2/10/2016
News: Gallardo is nearing a three-year contract worth $40-45 million with the Orioles, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

The deal isn't official yet, as hangups include the possibility of an opt-out clause being inserted after the first or second year of the deal. But sources are calling a deal "highly likely" at this point. As Gallardo was tendered a qualifying offer by Texas, the Orioles will surrender their first-round pick to sign him.

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Drew Storen
Blue Jays' Drew Storen: Will decide on closer in Spring Training
Drew Storen, RP, TOR
2/10/2016
News: Storen will compete for the closer job, but general manager Ross Atkins said the team doesn't expect to choose a closer until midway through Spring Training if not later, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

After bringing in Storen over the offseason, he will compete with Roberto Osuna for the closer job. After Osuna saved 20 games for the Blue Jays last season, they still sought to improve their pen by bringing in Storen, who saved 29 games last season and saved 43 in 2011. This good be a lengthy battle between the two as both have the stuff and experience to close for the Jays, who should be considered the front-runners for the AL East.

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Roberto Osuna
Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna: Jays to determine closer during spring training
Roberto Osuna, RP, TOR
2/10/2016
News: Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said that the team doesn't expect to choose a closer between Osuna and Drew Storen until midway through spring training, if not later, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.

The acquisition of Storen in a trade with the Nationals in early January has added a layer of confusion for fantasy owners trying to determine the Jays' plans for the ninth inning to begin 2016. While Storen's experience may ultimately lead him to the job, Osuna proved capable of holding down the job and pitching at a high level upon arrival last season. Both players have the potential to finish as a top-10 closer if they can secure the job all season.

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Mitch Moreland
Rangers' Mitch Moreland: Settles arbitration, agrees to one-year deal
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
2/10/2016
News: Moreland agreed to a one-year, $5.7 million contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Moreland's 2015 campaign was his best as a full-time major league player, earning him a nice payday in his last year of arbitration before the 30-year-old is eligible to hit the open market. While he's not one of the top-tier first baseman, Moreland provides enough power (23 home runs last season), and bats in the middle of an order good enough to make him a nice fantasy option for those deciding to wait.

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James Paxton
Mariners' James Paxton: Making progress as spring training approaches
James Paxton, SP, SEA
2/9/2016
News: Paxton will work on his curveball for the first time this offseason in a bullpen session Friday, 710 ESPN's Shannon Drayer reports.

He threw his fastball and changeup Tuesday, but has not thrown a breaking ball this offseason, so Friday will mark an important step in his recovery from a finger injury. Given Paxton's injury history, the Mariners made a point not to go into spring training relying on him this season, but he will have the chance to beat out Nate Karns for the fifth spot in the rotation.

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