Joba Chamberlain
Brewers' Joba Chamberlain: Agrees to deal with Brewers
Joba Chamberlain, RP, CLE
5:50 PM
News: Chamberlain signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The former top prospect spent the first half of the 2016 season with the Indians, but he was designated for assignment in July after dealing with various ailments in the prior months. Chamberlain certainly isn't as highly touted as he once was, but he was able to compile a 2.25 ERA and an 8.1 K/9 during his brief time in Cleveland, so there's a chance he could land a spot in an inexperienced Milwaukee bullpen.

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Jim Henderson
Cubs' Jim Henderson: Signs with Cubs
Jim Henderson, RP, NYM
5:15 PM
News: Henderson agreed to a minor league contract with the Cubs on Friday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

The right-handed reliever has struggled since injuring his shoulder back in 2014, most recently amassing a 4.11 ERA and 1.8 HR/9 out of the Mets bullpen last season. Henderson's career 11.6 K/9 does create some intrigue, however, so he could put up a good fight for a spot in the Cubs bullpen if he shores up his control.

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Alex Hassan
Alex Hassan: Steps away from baseball
Alex Hassan, RF, LAD
5:10 PM
News: Hassan retired from baseball Friday.

The former 20th-round draft pick spent the bulk of the past few seasons stalling at the Triple-A level, although he does get to walk away with one major league hit to his name. Hassan's slash line in the minor leagues finished at .284/.383/.411.

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Alejandro De Aza
Athletics' Alejandro De Aza: Inks minor league deal with A's
Alejandro De Aza, CF, NYM
1:20 PM
News: De Aza signed a minor league deal with the A's on Friday, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

He posted a .205/.297/.321 slash line with six home runs and four steals in 267 plate appearances with the Mets last year, so it's not surprising he was forced to settle for a minor league pact. The A's don't have a particularly impressive collection of outfielders, but De Aza will still need to catch a few breaks in order to see significant playing time in the majors this season.

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Brett Eibner
Athletics' Brett Eibner: Designated for assignment
Brett Eibner, RF, OAK
1:15 PM
News: Eibner was designated for assignment on Friday, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

The A's needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Santiago Casilla, and Eibner was the casualty. He was a productive hitter at Triple-A for both the Royals and A's last year, but posted just a 65 wRC+ in 208 plate appearances in the big leagues. He is now seventh on the organizational outfield depth chart, and should struggle to see significant playing time in 2017.

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Adam Brett Walker
Orioles' Adam Walker: Designated for assignment
Adam Brett Walker, RF, BAL
11:15 AM
News: Walker was designated for assignment on Friday.

He was claimed off waivers by the Brewers in November and then the Orioles claimed him in December, so he could be in line to join his fourth organization of the offseason. Regardless of where he ends up, Walker has monster raw power but is unable to make enough contact to even profile as a Chris Carter type. This move was made so that the Orioles could add Mark Trumbo to the 40-man roster.

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Maikel Franco
Phillies' Maikel Franco: Focused on conditioning this offseason
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI
7:30 AM
News: Franco said he spent the offseason focusing on his conditioning, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports. "I've lost five to seven pounds right now," Franco said. "I feel better. I feel great. My body is in good shape right now."

Every year before spring training there are stories of athletes claiming they are in the best shape of their life. Improved conditioning does not necessarily equate to improved performance on the field, but it is good to see Franco, who is entering his third season, focused on making improvements to try to become a better player. Franco had a solid first half last season, hitting .269 with 18 homers, but he slumped after the All-Star break and finished with an OPS more than 100 points lower than in 2015. The Phillies have added some additional offensive firepower this offseason in Michael Saunders and Howie Kendrick, which will help take some pressure off of Franco. He has the talent to reach 30 homers this season if he puts everything together.

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Tommy Joseph
Phillies' Tommy Joseph: Fully recovered from wrist injury
Tommy Joseph, 1B, PHI
5:55 AM
News: Joseph is fully recovered from the wrist tendinitis that forced him to cut his stint in the Dominican winter league short this offseason, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Joseph remains on track to open this season as the Phillies' regular first baseman. He said his goal this season is to improve his on-base percentage after he posted a .308 on-base percentage last season while splitting time at first base with Ryan Howard. He already showed some signs of improvement last season when he walked at a 3.7 percent clip in the first half, but improved that to 8.6 percent while also cutting his strikeout rate from 24.7 percent to 18.9 percent after the All-Star break. He has 30-plus homer upside this season with everyday playing time.

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Michael Saunders
Phillies' Michael Saunders: Finalizes deal with Phillies
Michael Saunders, LF, PHI
5:45 AM
News: The Phillies officially announced the signing of Saunders to a one-year deal with a club option for 2018 on Thursday, Corey Seidman of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Saunders will earn $9 million this season and the club option for 2018 is worth $11 million with escalators that could push the total value to $14 million. He will start in right field for the Phillies this season and will be trade bait this summer if the team is not in playoff contention. Severino Gonzalez was designated for assignment to make room for Saunders on the Phillies' roster.

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Luis Valbuena
Angels' Luis Valbuena: Agrees to multi-year deal with Angels
Luis Valbuena, 3B, HOU
12:45 AM
News: Valbuena and the Angels are in agreement on a two-year deal with a club option, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

There's no word yet on the terms of the deal, but Valbuena figures to get rewarded for his surprise season in 2016 in which he hit a strong .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs in 342 plate appearances. It's worth noting that Valbuena was forced to undergo season-ending hamstring surgery in August, but all reports indicate he should be ready for spring training. Valbuena could end up all over the infield with the Angels, given that first and third base already have C.J. Cron and Yunel Escobar and that the 31-year-old probably doesn't have the range to regularly field second base anymore.

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