Kole Calhoun
Angels' Kole Calhoun: Inks three-year contract extension
Kole Calhoun, RF, LAA
3:25 PM
News: Calhoun signed a three-year, $26 million contract extension with the Angels on Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

The contract extension buys Calhoun out of his remaining three years of arbitration, and includes a $14 million player option for 2020, when he would become a free agent for the first time. The Angels have struggled to surround Mike Trout with quality complementary bats in recent seasons, but Calhoun is one of the few exceptions. Though he saw an eight-homer reduction from the 26 he slugged in 2015, Calhoun didn't surrender any power, as his ISO held steady last season, while his .271/.348/.438 slash line represented an improvement in each area. The 29-year-old was also a picture of durability, missing five games or less for the second year in a row. Calhoun is still recovering from offseason surgery to address a core muscle injury, but he's expected to be ready to go for spring training.

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Michael Brantley
Indians' Michael Brantley: Hitting off tee
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE
11:40 AM
News: Brantley (shoulder) is continuing to progress in his recovery and is now hitting off a tee, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

It appears Brantley is on track to be ready for spring training as he continues the long road back from shoulder surgery. The 29-year-old is still working towards resuming full baseball activities, but this is certainly a positive sign going forward.

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Sam Travis
Red Sox's Sam Travis: Still wearing knee brace
Sam Travis, 1B, BOS
1/17/2017
News: Travis has been performing all normal offseason baseball activities without limitations, but still wears a brace on his left knee, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Travis is itching to get back on the field and will take part in Boston's rookie development program this week at Boston College. After that, he's scheduled for a consultation with his doctor during the first two weeks of spring training, when he's hoping to have the knee brace removed. The organization remains high on Travis, which became evident when the they didn't seek a longer-term solution at first base during the offseason, instead opting to sign MItch Moreland to a one-year deal.

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Charlie Tilson
White Sox's Charlie Tilson: No restrictions at minicamp
Charlie Tilson, CF, CHW
1/17/2017
News: Tilson (hamstring) took part in the organization's hitters' minicamp last week in Glendale (Ariz.) without restriction.

Tilson's debut stint in the majors in 2016 lasted exactly two plate appearances before he tore a hamstring chasing down a flyball. He plans to remain in Glendale through this weekend to hit some benchmarks running. A healthy Tilson should emerge out of spring training with the starting job in center field.

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Jake Diekman
Rangers' Jake Diekman: Will undergo stomach surgery, miss half of season
Jake Diekman, RP, TEX
1/17/2017
News: Diekman (stomach) will undergo surgery to help alleviate ulcerative colitis Jan. 25 and will miss at least half of the season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

This is unfortunate news for both Diekman and the Rangers, as the 29-year-old enjoyed a solid year in 2016, recording a 3.40 ERA while striking out 59 batters across 53 innings. He was also Texas' top southpaw setup man, and the Rangers will likely turn to Alex Claudio to fill the left-handed void in the bullpen until Diekman is available to return.

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Dillon Gee
Rangers' Dillon Gee: Signs minor league contract with Rangers
Dillon Gee, SP, TEX
1/17/2017
News: Gee (shoulder) agreed to a minor league contract with the Rangers on Tuesday.

Gee is still recovering from thoracic outlook syndrome surgery, which shut him down for the season in September last year. The injury is nothing to overlook, as it has proven to be a career-ender in the past. Even before his injury, the righty struggled in his 33 appearances with Kansas City last year, logging a 4.68 ERA over 125 innings. If he is able to return to full health, the 30-year-old will offer rotation depth, likely starting the year in Triple-A.

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Byung Ho Park
Twins' Byungho Park: Begins taking batting practice
Byung Ho Park, DH, MIN
1/13/2017
News: Park has been taking batting practice for the first time since surgery to repair a tendon in his right middle finger and has no limitations, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "He's healthy; he's hitting," said Twins manager Paul Molitor.

Park began last year as Minnesota's starting DH after hitting 50 home runs in each of his previous two seasons while playing for Nexen of the Korean Baseball Organization. While he showed power in the majors with 12 home runs in 62 games, he struggled to make contact and hit just .191/.275/.409. He was demoted to Triple-A in July and failed to impress (hitting .224/.297/.526) before season-ending thumb surgery. Park will compete for the starting DH job or a bench spot this spring.

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Zach Putnam
White Sox's Zach Putnam: Avoids arbitration
Zach Putnam, RP, CHW
1/13/2017
News: Putnam (elbow) signed a one-year, $1.1175 million deal with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

He has been rehabbing an elbow injury this offseason, and was throwing from 120 feet a week ago. Look for him to secure a middle relief role if he can enter cap healthy.

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Garrett Richards
Angels' Garrett Richards: Avoids arbitration
Garrett Richards, SP, LAA
1/13/2017
News: Richards (elbow) agreed to a one-year, $6.85 million contract with the Angels on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The right-hander missed the final five months of the 2016 season after being diagnosed with a torn UCL. He opted to forego Tommy John surgery and instead try stem-cell therapy. It sounds like Richards is on track to be ready for the start of the year, but manager Mike Scioscia has already said that Richards' pitch counts and innings workload will be monitored carefully.

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Matt Shoemaker
Angels' Matt Shoemaker: Settles at $3.325 million with Angels to avoid arbitration
Matt Shoemaker, SP, LAA
1/13/2017
News: Shoemaker and the Angels avoided arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a $3.325 million deal, Jon Herman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

Shoemaker's 2016 went from bad to great to terrifying. After putting up an 8.49 ERA in his first seven starts, Shoemaker somehow transformed into an elite pitcher, posting a 2.83 ERA and an 121-to-17 K/BB ratio for the rest of the season. However, things took a turn when he took a line drive to the head and had to miss the rest of the season. His first round of arbitration will result in him being paid like the solid starter that he is.

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