Dexter Fowler
Dexter Fowler: Has deal in place with Cardinals
Dexter Fowler, CF, CHC
12/8/2016
News: Fowler has a deal in place with the Cardinals, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Fowler is en route to St. Louis for his physical, having received an "over-the-top offer" from the Cardinals. The deal is expected to be formally announced Friday. Fowler missed some time with a hamstring issue in 2016, but he was a force atop the lineup when healthy, batting .276/.393/.447. His excellent on-base skills and ability to hit from both sides of the plate should keep him in the leadoff spot on an everyday basis.

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Brady Feigl
Rangers' Brady Feigl: Traded to Rangers
Brady Feigl, RP, ATL
12/8/2016
News: Feigl was traded to the Rangers on Thursday along with Tyrell Jenkins in exchange for Luke Jackson, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Feigl has made just one appearance with a full-season affiliate over the past two seasons -- he worked exclusively with rookie-level clubs in 2016 while continuing his rehab from Tommy John surgery. A 6-foot-4 lefty, Feigl is still just 25 and flashed an ability to hit his spots and miss bats before going down with the elbow injury.

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Luke Jackson
Braves' Luke Jackson: Traded to Braves
Luke Jackson, SP, ATL
12/8/2016
News: The Rangers traded Jackson to the Braves on Thursday in exchange for Tyrell Jenkins and Brady Feigl, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Jackson, the 45th overall pick in 2010, transitioned to a full-time relief role in 2016. He was able to post a 3.69 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A despite issuing 32 free passes in just 46.1 innings, which speaks to his stuff -- he can dial up his fastball in the upper 90s with consistency. However, Jackson wasn't able to overpower major league hitters the same way, giving up 22 hits (including four homers) in 11.2 innings with Texas. He will try to earn a spot in the Atlanta bullpen in spring training.

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Tyrell Jenkins
Rangers' Tyrell Jenkins: Traded to Rangers
Tyrell Jenkins, SP, TEX
12/8/2016
News: The Braves traded Jenkins (elbow) and Brady Feigl to the Rangers on Thursday in exchange for Luke Jackson, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Jenkins finished with seven more walks than strikeouts (26:33 K:BB) in 52 innings with the Braves in 2016, and was hit hard when he did put the ball in the strike zone (11 homers). His 5.88 ERA looks bad enough, but his FIP was almost a full run higher at 6.86. The right-hander also battled some ulnar nerve inflammation late in the year, which caused some numbness in his fingers. It's uncertain how he'll be deployed to begin 2017, but Jenkins seems destined to end up in the bullpen full time.

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Josh Bell
Pirates' Josh Bell: Focusing on move to first base in 2017
Josh Bell, 1B, PIT
12/8/2016
News: General manager Neal Huntington said he's focused on deploying Bell at first base in 2017, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

After starting 2016 in Triple-A, Bell finished the season in the majors, slashing .273/.368/.406 over 128 at-bats while splitting time between right field and first base for the Pirates. Although he struggled on defense at times last season, the 24-year-old only began playing first base in 2014 due to Pittsburgh's outfield depth with Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco. In anticipation of Bell grabbing hold of the starting job at first base, the Pirates have kicked around the idea of moving John Jaso to third base. The move to first should only help Bell's fantasy value, as it now seems he could serve as an everyday player for the Pirates in 2017. Without having to worry about position changes, the switch-hitter could be poised for a breakout year at the plate.

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Johnny Monell
Johnny Monell: Heading to KBO
Johnny Monell, C, NYM
12/8/2016
News: Monell signed a contract with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

The 30-year-old backstop has bounced around the minor leagues in his career, although he's never been able to stick at the major league level. Monell will look to boost his stock with some time in the hitter-friendly KBO for the next season, likely with the hopes of creating some intrigue for next year's offseason.

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Matt den Dekker
Marlins' Matt den Dekker: Signs NRI deal with Marlins
Matt den Dekker, CF, WAS
12/8/2016
News: Den Dekker agreed to a minor league contract with the Marlins on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Tim Healey of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

The 29-year-old spent last season in the Nationals organization, splitting time between the majors and Triple-A. Although his batting average sat around the Mendoza Line at both levels, his ability to play all three outfield positions could come in handy as he tries to land a spot on the major league roster.

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Joe Nathan
Joe Nathan: Looking to play in 2017
Joe Nathan, RP, SF
12/8/2016
News: Nathan is interested in returning to the majors for the 2017 season, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

The 42-year-old sat out all of 2015 due to Tommy John surgery, recovering in 2016 to throw a combined 6.1 scoreless innings with the Cubs and Giants. His last full season came in 2014 with the Tigers, where he posted a 4.81 ERA across 58 innings while converting 35 of his 42 save opportunities. With his age and injury history, it is difficult what to make of Nathan's desire to return. If he is miraculously able to repeat his 2013 numbers (1.39 ERA, 10.2 K/9, 3.1 W/9 and 43 saves), Nathan will find himself a home quickly. However, it is more likely we will see numbers closer to his 2014 totals (4.81 ERA, 8.4 K/9, 4.5 W/9 and 35 saves), which will make it difficult for the righty to find much value in fantasy. At this point, he's more of a "wait and see" option.

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Koji Uehara
Cubs' Koji Uehara: Signs $4.5 million deal with Cubs
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS
12/8/2016
News: Uehara signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Uehara ran into some troubles with the long ball in his final season in Boston, yielding 1.5 home runs per nine innings on the way to a 3.45 ERA, his worst season mark since his rookie year in 2009. Now 41 years old, Uehara has seen his velocity decline over the last few years and could be at the end of his tenure as an effective late-innings arm. He enters a deep Cubs bullpen with a clear closer in Wade Davis, so it's unlikely he gets a shot at a save anytime soon.

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Bryan Morris
Giants' Bryan Morris: Inks minor league deal with Giants
Bryan Morris, RP, MIA
12/8/2016
News: Morris signed a minor league deal with the Giants as a non-roster invite Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

Morris pitched 17.2 innings across 24 games for the Marlins last season, holding a 3.06 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. If you look beyond the ERA, however, he had some problems. He posted a strikeout rate of just 6.62 K/9 to go along with high walk (5.09 BB/9) and home-run (2.0 HR/9) rates. He's never relied on strikeouts, so that was no surprise, but his walk and home-run rates were concerning, though the sample size was small. He'll fight for a spot in the Giants' bullpen this spring.

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