Dae-Ho Lee
Dae-Ho Lee: Returns to Korean baseball
Dae-Ho Lee, 1B, SEA
7:55 PM
News: Lee agreed to a deal with the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization, Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports.

Lee's major league career was very short-lived. In one season with the Mariners, the first baseman hit .253 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI over 104 games played. At 34 years old, a future return to the MLB seems unlikely.

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Juan Graterol
Blue Jays' Juan Graterol: Claimed by Blue Jays
Juan Graterol, C, LAA
7:45 PM
News: Graterol was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Monday, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.

Graterol has now bounced to his fourth different team this offseason. The 27-year-old spent most of the 2016 season with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate, slashing .300/.340/.370 over 246 plate appearances.

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Logan Forsythe
Dodgers' Logan Forsythe: Traded to Dodgers
Logan Forsythe, 2B, TB
7:15 PM
News: Forsythe was traded to the Dodgers on Monday in exchange for pitcher Jose De Leon.

After months of trade rumors, the Dodgers have found their starting second baseman. Forsythe is a versatile infielder coming off of an injury-riddled, yet productive 2016 season in which he slashed .264/.333/.444 and belted 20 home runs over 127 games. He'll likely see a nice increase in his offensive production in the potent Dodgers lineup.

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Josh Thole
Diamondbacks' Josh Thole: Inks minor league deal with Diamondbacks
Josh Thole, C, TOR
7:05 PM
News: Thole agreed to a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks on Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Thole was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays in 2016 after struggling at the plate to the tune of a .169 batting average over 50 games played. He has never been much of an offensive threat and will likely provide organization catching depth for the Diamondbacks in 2017.

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Drew VerHagen
Tigers' Drew VerHagen: Will throw off mound this week
Drew VerHagen, RP, DET
6:50 PM
News: VerHagen (shoulder) will throw off a mound this week, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.

This will mark the first time he's thrown off of a mound since undergoing thoracic outlook syndrome surgery last July. Despite a rough year in 2016, posting a 7.11 ERA over 19.0 innings, the righty should be ready to compete for a roster spot come spring training.

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Jeff Malm
Rangers' Jeff Malm: Signs minor league contract with Rangers
Jeff Malm, 1B, TB
6:40 PM
News: Malm signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

The southpaw put up impressive numbers between High-A and Double-A in 2016, recording a 2.06 ERA and 57 strikeout across 48.0 innings. It's only his third year pitching, after being drafted as a first baseman and corner outfielder and making the transition to pitcher in 2015.

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Justin Verlander
Tigers' Justin Verlander: Will start Opening Day
Justin Verlander, SP, DET
3:50 PM
News: Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed over the weekend that Verlander will start Opening Day against the White Sox, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Verlander's appointment does not come as a surprise, as he will start Opening Day for the ninth time in his career, the second most in team history behind only Jack Morris. Verlander had one of the best seasons of his career in 2016, finishing 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 254:57 K:BB over 227.2 innings.

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Preston Tucker
Astros' Preston Tucker: Expects to be ready for spring training
Preston Tucker, DH, HOU
1/22/2017
News: Tucker (shoulder) said he expects to resume baseball-related activities in the next two weeks and should be ready to go when spring training opens.

Tucker underwent shoulder surgery last September to repair the acromion, a bony projection on the shoulder blade. He bashed 13 homers in 98 games as a rookie in 2015 and opened 2016 as the team's regular designated hitter, but the playing time dwindled as his average quickly descended. He was making less contact in 2016 and now finds himself battling for a fourth-outfielder job entering 2017.

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Anibal Sanchez
Tigers' Anibal Sanchez: Will prepare for starting role
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET
1/21/2017
News: Sanchez will compete for a starting role in spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

The right-hander struggled throughout 2016, failing to bring his ERA below 4.08 in any month of the season. Those struggles resulted in some yo-yoing between the rotation and the bullpen -- he'd be demoted to relief only to return to a starting role out of necessity. Sanchez's walk and HR/9 rates have gotten progressively worse in recent years, and it's difficult to imagine he will suddenly reverse those trends in his age-33 season. Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Mike Pelfrey will be in the mix for rotation spots as well.

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Jeff Manship
Jeff Manship: Heading to Korea Baseball Organization
Jeff Manship, RP, CLE
1/21/2017
News: Manship signed with the NC Dinos of the KBO on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Manship hit free agency this offseason after being non-tendered by the Indians in December. He made 53 relief appearances for Cleveland in 2016, notching a 3.12 ERA and 1.43 ERA.

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