Dylan Floro
Cubs' Dylan Floro: Plucked off waivers by Cubs
Dylan Floro, SP, CHC
1/17/2017
News: Floro (arm) was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on Tuesday.

The right-hander transitioned to the bullpen last season and found some success in the minor leagues thanks to impeccable control. Floro was hit hard at the major league level, though, so it seems like a bit more time at Triple-A is still in the cards for the 26-year-old.

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Marco Gonzales
Cardinals' Marco Gonzales: Throwing from 90 feet
Marco Gonzales, SP, STL
1/16/2017
News: Gonzales (elbow) said he's stretched his throwing distance out to 90 feet, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

Gonzales underwent Tommy John surgery last April and was sidelined for the entire 2016 season, but is hopeful that he'll be back on the mound for the start of spring training. The Cardinals will likely be extremely cautious with the 24-year-old coming off a major procedure, but if his recovery process goes as anticipated, Gonzales could be facing hitters by the end of camp. Given the year-long layoff, Gonzales figures to open the season in the minor-league ranks before potentially vying for a rotation spot with the big club later in the campaign.

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Arodys Vizcaino
Braves' Arodys Vizcaino: Avoids arbitration
Arodys Vizcaino, RP, ATL
1/13/2017
News: Vizcaino (shoulder) agreed to a one-year, $1.55 million with the Braves on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

He is resting his ailing shoulder this winter, but is expected to be ready for spring training. Vizcaino is expected to enter the year as a setup man, and could be in the mix for saves if Jim Johnson falters in the ninth inning.

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Matt Harvey
Mets' Matt Harvey: Avoids arbitration
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM
1/13/2017
News: Harvey (shoulder) agreed to a one-year, $5.125 million deal with the Mets on Friday, avoiding arbitration, the New York Times' James Wagner reports.

He can earn an extra $100,000 in performance bonuses. Harvey was throwing with no tingling in his fingers before Christmas, which is a good sign as he recovers from thoracic outlet syndrome. There is a ton of risk involved with that procedure, and success stories of other pitchers returning to peak form after the surgery are hard to find. That said, there will come a time in every draft where the reward outweighs the risk.

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Chris Herrmann
Diamondbacks' Chris Herrmann: Avoids arbitration
Chris Herrmann, C, ARI
1/13/2017
News: Herrmann (hand) agreed to a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The terms of the agreement were not announced. He appears poised to open the year as the Diamondbacks' starting catcher. Despite his impressive play in limited time last season (117 wRC+ in 166 plate appearances), Herrmann does not project to hit enough to be valuable in most one-catcher formats. His 2016 season ended prematurely because of a broken hand, but he is expected to be ready to go for spring training.

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Trayce Thompson
Dodgers' Trayce Thompson: May not be ready for spring training
Trayce Thompson, CF, LAD
1/11/2017
News: Thompson (back) is progressing toward baseball activities, but might not be ready for the start of spring training, SB Nation's Eric Stephen reports.

He suffered two fractures in his back and missed almost the final three months of the regular season. If the team is saying his availability for the start of spring training is in jeopardy, then it is safe to assume he is realistically in jeopardy of missing the start of the regular season. When healthy, he figures to occupy the short side of an outfield platoon.

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Zack Wheeler
Mets' Zack Wheeler: Avoids arbitration
Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM
1/11/2017
News: Wheeler (elbow) agreed to a one-year, $800,000 deal with the Mets on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

He hasn't pitched since 2014, hence the low dollar sum, and has been shut down until spring training after trying and failing to make a late-season return in 2016. It is far from a guarantee that Wheeler will be ready to go for Opening Day, and with the emergence of Robert Gsellman, the Mets can afford to continue with a cautious approach to getting him back on the mound.

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Carter Capps
Padres' Carter Capps: Avoids arbitration
Carter Capps, RP, SD
1/11/2017
News: Capps (elbow) signed a one-year, $987,500 deal with the Padres on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

Capps is attempting to make it back in time for Opening Day after undergoing Tommy John surgery on Mar. 8. When healthy, he offers an elite strikeout rate (49.2 percent last season) that portends a late-inning role. Brandon Maurer will presumably open the year as the closer in San Diego, but Capps is the next best Padres reliever to own this year, as he could be useful in standard leagues even if he is not getting saves.

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Max Scherzer
Nationals' Max Scherzer: Suffers stress fracture in finger
Max Scherzer, SP, WAS
1/9/2017
News: Scherzer was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger Monday, and will no longer participate in the World Baseball Classic, MASN's Dan Kolko reports. Despite the stress fracture, the Nationals say Scherzer will be a full participant in spring training.

While this obviously is not great news, it sounds like the reigning NL Cy Young award winner will be ready for the start of the season. From a fantasy perspective, it also could be seen as a bit of a blessing that he will not participate in the WBC. It is worth monitoring his status as spring training approaches, but for now his draft day value should not take a hit.

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Rubby De La Rosa
Rubby De La Rosa: Agrees to minor league deal with D-Backs
Rubby De La Rosa, SP, ARI
1/3/2017
News: De La Rosa (elbow) agreed to a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, the Arizona Republic reports.

De La Rosa and the Diamondbacks parted ways via a nontender in early December, but the veteran will now rejoin the organization in hopes of working his way into a bullpen role out of spring training. De La Rosa, who missed significant time last season due to elbow problems, underwent stem cell therapy in September, but his health will likely remain a significant concern into the spring. The right-hander closed last season with a 4.26 ERA and 1.243 WHIP across 50.2 total innings (10 starts).

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