Kelvin Herrera
Royals' Kelvin Herrera: Likely inherits closer role
Kelvin Herrera, RP, KC
2:55 PM
News: Herrera appears in line to take over as the Royals' closer after the team traded Wade Davis to the Cubs on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Herrera proved plenty capable of handling closer duties while Davis was out with a forearm injury this past season, going 12-for-13 in save opportunities. Herrera was one of the more dominant relievers the game throughout the year, striking batters out at a 30.4 percent clip on the strength of a 15.2 percent swinging-strike rate. He also cut his walk rate by more than half, posting a 4.2 percent mark (down from 9.1 percent). The right-hander throws 97 and can change speeds while mixing in a slider and curveball -- he has a strong case to be a top-10 closer in drafts in 2017.

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Wade Davis
Cubs' Wade Davis: Officially dealt to Cubs
Wade Davis, RP, KC
2:05 PM
News: Davis was officially dealt to the Cubs on Wednesday in exchange for Jorge Soler, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

The trade had been rumored for more than 12 hours before it finally became a done deal. It makes sense for both clubs, as Soler would have only been used as a weapon against left-handed pitchers if he remained on the Cubs, and the Royals have bullpen depth to deal from. Davis, who will be a free agent after the 2017 season, will presumably serve as the Cubs' closer, provided they do not sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman. A second half elbow issue and a slight dip in velocity compared to his 2015 readings should prompt some caution. His strikeout rate fell from 31.1 percent in 2015 to 26.7 percent last season, and his 9.1 percent walk rate was his highest mark since 2013. That said, it is a pretty favorable situation for Davis, as he will have an excellent defense playing behind him and should be the closer on a team that has a chance to win 100-plus games.

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Joe Biagini
Blue Jays' Joe Biagini: Backtracking on plan to become starter
Joe Biagini, RP, TOR
11:55 AM
News: The Jays are leaning toward keeping Biagini in the bullpen for 2017, rather than moving him into the starting rotation, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet reports.

Following the 2016 season, there was a strong sense that Biagini would be a starter when 2017 rolled around. With the relief market running thin -- and expensive -- the team may have little choice but to keep the 26-year-old in the bullpen. Biagini has made 86 career starts in the minors. Before joining the big league club for the most recent campaign, the righty went 10-7 with a 2.42 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 22 starts for Double-A Richmond in 2015. While he may not start the year in the Jays rotation, Biagini seems bound to start on the bump sooner rather than later.

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Ian Desmond
Rockies' Ian Desmond: Signs five-year deal with Rockies
Ian Desmond, CF, TEX
11:35 AM
News: Desmond agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Rockies on Wednesday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

There could be another shoe or two to drop, as it is unclear where Desmond will see everyday at-bats on this current Rockies roster, however, he will certainly be in the lineup every day, one way or another. Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon have long been rumored as potential trade candidates, which would be one way to open up a spot for Desmond. Another option would be finally transitioning Gonzalez to first base, which would also open up a spot in the outfield. Rosenthal also speculates that Desmond will play some first base this season, although that would seem to be a waste of his defensive versatility. This is obviously an excellent development for Desmond's fantasy value, as Coors Field is notorious for boosting player's batting averages, and that is the one aspect of Desmond's game that has been unreliable in recent seasons. The one negative is that Desmond now appears unlikely to move back to shortstop anytime soon, with Trevor Story entrenched there in Colorado. This signing means the Rockies will forfeit the No. 11 pick in next year's draft, which is a steep price to pay. The deal comes with a $13 million club option for a sixth year.

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Hanley Ramirez
Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: May not be full time DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B, BOS
9:10 AM
News: Ramirez could still play some first base this coming season as part of a platoon with the newly acquired Mitch Moreland, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

While it was never stated as such, Ramirez was always seen as a replacement for David Ortiz as Boston's designated hitter. And now that Ortiz has moved on, Ramirez could easily slide into that role full time while Boston makes the lefty-hitting Moreland the everyday starter at first base. But not so fast. Having a classic left/right platoon at first base allows manager John Farrell to use the designated hitter spot as a way to take advantage of certain matchups and give his everyday players the occasional day off from the field.

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Mitch Moreland
Red Sox's Mitch Moreland: Gives Farrell flexibility
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
9:05 AM
News: Moreland could be used in a platoon at first base, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

Moreland and Hanley Ramirez, who didn't kill Boston defensively at first as he did in left field the previous season, could form the platoon. The newly acquired Moreland would face right-handed starters and Ramirez could start against lefties. The platoon would allow manager John Farrell to use the now-available designated hitter spot to take advantage of certain matchups or keep players fresh. One can see Chris Young getting into the lineup more often against left-handed starters, or Dustin Pedroia getting a "day off" as the DH. We'll get a clearer picture of Moreland's projected usage in spring training, but be prepared for him to get fewer than 500 at-bats in a Boston uniform.

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Carlos Gomez
Rangers' Carlos Gomez: Signs one-year deal with Rangers on Tuesday
Carlos Gomez, CF, TEX
12:05 AM
News: Gomez agreed to a one-year, $11.5 million deal with the Rangers of Tuesday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

After ending the 2015-16 season with the Rangers, Gomez will continue his tenure with the big league club on a one-year deal. The 31-year-old two-time All-Star slashed .298/384/.682 between the Astros and Rangers last season. The former gold glove winner will look to add an extra cog in the Rangers offense that was just five games short of 100 wins last season.

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Yorman Landa
Twins' Yorman Landa: Returns to Twins on minors deal
Yorman Landa, RP, MIN
12/6/2016
News: Landa (shoulder) signed a minor league contract with the Twins on Tuesday that includes an invite to spring training, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The Twins declined to tender Landa a contract last week, but he will return to the organization for a seventh season. His invitation to spring training seems like more of a peace offering as Landa wouldn't seem to have a realistic chance to break camp with the big club, having never pitched above the High-A level. Control issues continued to plague Landa during his time with Fort Myers in 2016 (4.8 BB/9) before a shoulder injury put him on the shelf.

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Kyle Lewis
Mariners' Kyle Lewis: Ahead of schedule in rehab
Kyle Lewis, CF, SEA
12/6/2016
News: Lewis (knee) is ahead of schedule in his return from the knee surgery he underwent in July, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Lewis was batting .299 with three home runs in 30 games with short-season Everett prior to tearing his ACL, so it's a very welcome sight to see the top prospect getting back into shape so quickly. Divish also reports that the Mariners are insistent that they will not rush him back into action, which keeps his expected return date sometime in June.

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Ryan Brett
Ryan Brett: Non-tendered by Rays
Ryan Brett, 2B, TB
12/6/2016
News: Brett (elbow) was non-tendered by the Rays on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Brett missed all of 2016 following Tommy John surgery in mid-May. He spent most of 2015 with Triple-A Durham, where he hit .247 with five home runs and 30 RBI in 354 plate appearances spread across 84 games. The 25-year-old second baseman will be looking for a minor league contract with another club this winter.

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