Luis Valbuena
Angels' Luis Valbuena: Agrees to multi-year deal with Angels
Luis Valbuena, 3B, HOU
1/20/2017
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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Tyson Ross
Rangers' Tyson Ross: Not expected to be ready Opening Day
Tyson Ross, SP, TEX
1/19/2017
News: Ross (shoulder) isn't expected to be ready for Opening Day of the 2017 season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

There's been little talk as to a potential return for Ross, who underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in October. However, the Rangers have now said that they don't expect him to be healthy for Opening Day, as they're being cautious with the 29-year-old righty. A more specific timeframe for his return should become available after he has the chance to workout at spring training.

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Steven Wright
Red Sox's Steven Wright: Still rehabbing right shoulder
Steven Wright, SP, BOS
1/19/2017
News: Wright (shoulder) is still rehabbing his right shoulder but feels he'll be ready to go for spring training, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports.

Bursitis and rotator cuff irritation have plagued the 32-year-old knuckleballer since he was injured while pinch running Aug. 7 against the Dodgers. Before the injury, he was 13-6 with a 3.33 ERA. He appears destined for a spot at the back end of Boston's rotation in 2017.

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Elvis Andrus
Rangers' Elvis Andrus: Rehab progressing as planned
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
1/19/2017
News: Andrus (groin) is expected to be healthy for the start of the 2017 season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Andrus said that he's being careful while rehabbing his injury, but plans to be ready for the upcoming campaign. He also said that the groin ailment limited his ability to steal bases throughout 2016, so an increase in stolen base production may be in order for the 28-year-old shortstop.

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Jordan Zimmermann
Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann: Throws bullpen session
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, DET
1/19/2017
News: Zimmermann (neck) threw pain-free off a mound last week, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The right-hander was treated with injections and underwent physical therapy earlier in the offseason to address the neck and back pain he dealt with throughout a significant portion of 2016. It sounds like he's doing well and is on track for spring training. Zimmermann saw his strikeout rate plummet in his first season with Detroit (from 7.3 K/9 to 5.6), coinciding with another downtick in average fastball velocity.

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Eduardo Rodriguez
Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Expects to be good to go by spring training
Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, BOS
1/19/2017
News: Rodriguez (knee) is expected to be 100 percent by the time spring training comes around, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

The left-hander injured his knee during a winter league game, although manager John Farrell doesn't seem too concerned about the ailment in the long run. There is a chance that Rodriguez begins the season in the minor leagues due to neither Drew Pomeranz or Steven Wright having minor league options remaining. However, the Red Sox still see the 23-year-old as a big part of their future, meaning he'll likely spend a considerable amount of time in the big leagues in 2017 regardless of where he starts the campaign.

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Kole Calhoun
Angels' Kole Calhoun: Inks three-year contract extension
Kole Calhoun, RF, LAA
1/18/2017
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
1/18/2017
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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