Kevin Plawecki
Mets' Kevin Plawecki: Underwent sinus surgery in December
Kevin Plawecki, C, NYM
2/9/2016
News: Plawecki has sinus surgery in December, opening up his blocked right sinus, which doctors believe was the cause of the dizzy spells that plagued the catcher in the past, the NY Daily News reports.

Plawecki is already at the Mets' spring complex to prepare for his role as the team's backup catcher and possibly see some time at first base. If Travis d'Arnaud is sideline again this season, Plawecki will once again step in as the Mets' starting backstop.

Analysis: 

Travis Ishikawa
White Sox's Travis Ishikawa: Signs with White Sox
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, PIT
2/9/2016
News: Ishikawa agreed to a minor league deal with the White Sox on Tuesday which includes an invite to spring training, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Ishikawa had previously agreed to a similar deal with the Mariners less than a month earlier, but it ultimately fell through before becoming official. The 32-year-old hit just .206/.306/.302 in 44 games in the big leagues last season and the White Sox appear to be set with first base depth, so it's unlikely he cracks the Opening Day roster out of spring training.

Analysis: 

Brandon Hicks
Dodgers' Brandon Hicks: Joins Dodgers on minor league deal
Brandon Hicks, 2B, SF
2/9/2016
News: Hicks signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers last week, Baseball America reports.

A .162/.280/.319 first half to 2014 led to Hicks' removal from the Giants' 40-man roster, and he failed to work his way back up in 2015. Now 30, Hicks can't really play shortstop anymore, but he will provide the Triple-A club with a depth option at second base and third in 2016.

Analysis: 

John Lamb
Reds' John Lamb: Undergoes offseason surgery
John Lamb, SP, CIN
2/9/2016
News: Lamb underwent offseason back surgery, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Lamb went under the knife for disc surgery in December, but was originally expected to be ready in time for the start of the season. Manager Bryan Price recently indicated that the lefty was a bit behind schedule though, so mid-to-late April seems to be the target date at this point.

Analysis: 

A.J. Pollock
Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock: Agrees on two-year contract with Arizona
A.J. Pollock, CF, ARI
2/9/2016
News: Pollock agreed to a two-year, $10.25 million contract with the Diamondbacks on Monday to avoid arbitration, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

Pollock is coming off arguably the best season of his four-year career after compiling 192 hits, 20 home runs, 76 RBI, and 111 runs on 157 games in 2015. Those numbers make the 28-year-old a viable option to be taken within the first two rounds of standard leagues in 2016, especially since he averaged .315 at the plate last season and tends to bat ahead of Paul Goldschmidt.

Analysis: 

Skip Schumaker
Padres' Skip Schumaker: Signs minor league contract with Padres
Skip Schumaker, LF, CIN
2/8/2016
News: The Padres signed Schumaker to a minor league contract Monday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Schumaker spent last season serving in a situational role, which translated to a .242/.306/.336 slash line, one homer, and two stolen bases in 244 at-bats across 131 games. After turning 36 years old last week, he's clearly in the twilight of his career, but the opportunity afforded by the Padres could result in an outfield depth role at the major league level at some point in 2016.

Analysis: 

Yangervis Solarte
Padres' Yangervis Solarte: Remains on track to start 2016 at third
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, SD
2/8/2016
News: Solarte is in line to enter the 2016 season as the Padres' everyday third basemen, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.

After a 2015 season where he made 85 starts at the position, it looks like the hot corner is where the 28-year-old will end up entering 2016. The Venezuela native also made 25 starts at first base and 14 starts at second last year, but after playing over half the year at third and posting a solid .967 fielding percentage, he will likely remain there. Cory Spangenberg, another third base option, is on tap to start the season at second given his 67 starts at the position for the Padres last year. Another potential option is Brett Wallace, but his meager five starts at third last season will likely keep him as a reserve for third base, not the starter.

Analysis: 

Brad Ziegler
Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler: Will remain D-backs closer
Brad Ziegler, RP, ARI
2/8/2016
News: Manager Dave Stewart announced Monday that Ziegler will begin the season as the Diamondbacks' closer, Jody Jackson of FOX Sports Arizona reports.

Bringing Tyler Clippard into the fold could have been taken as a challenge to Ziegler's gig, but the incumbent will remain in the closing role once Opening Day rolls around. In 2015, Ziegler replaced Addison Reed in May and proceeded to complete 30 saves, which he supplemented with a crisp 1.85 ERA and 0.956 WHIP. However, Ziegler's lack of heat doesn't equate to many strikeouts, as evidenced by 4.76 K/9 last season.

Analysis: 

Roger Bernadina
Mets' Roger Bernadina: Gets minors deal with invite to spring training
Roger Bernadina, LF, NYM
2/8/2016
News: Bernadina signed a minor league contract with the Mets on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training.

While Bernadina does have a lengthy MLB resume, he spent much of the 2015 season playing for the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque. The veteran managed to post a .276/.383/.466 batting line with 15 home runs and 62 RBI at that level, but that's likely inflated due to playing in the Pacfic Coast League. Still, Bernadina will get a chance to join the Mets in spring training, though he'll almost certainly be destined to serve as organizational depth once again.

Analysis: 

Trey McNutt
Padres' Trey McNutt: Signs minor league deal with Padres
Trey McNutt, SP, CHC
2/8/2016
News: McNutt has signed a minor league contract with the Padres, Baseball America reports.

A former top prospect, the 26-year-old no longer has the glimmer he once did. He'll look for a fresh start with a new organization in the Padres, but spent most of the 2015 campaign on the disabled list following shoulder surgery in 2014.

Analysis: 

More Updates