Juan Duran
Reds' Juan Duran: Suspended 80 games for multiple drug tests
Juan Duran, LF, CIN
2/5/2016
News: Duran was suspended 80 games for testing positive for Drostanolone, Stanzolol, and Nandrolone, C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Duran hasn't excelled so far in the minors, hitting a .243/.304.415 line in a professional career that hasn't moved past Double-A. He certainly won't get any help from a suspension that will wipe out half his season. He's still on the Reds' 40-man roster, but that could change in the next few months.

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Domingo German
Yankees' Domingo German: Receives invitation to spring training
Domingo German, SP, NYY
2/5/2016
News: German has received an invitation to spring training.

German is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that he had last April, but he'll get a good chance to learn from the major leaguers even if he doesn't pitch a lot. He'll likely head back to the minors once he's healthy.

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Cesar Puello
Yankees' Cesar Puello: Receives invitation to spring training
Cesar Puello, RF, NYY
2/5/2016
News: Puello received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

The 25-year-old played only one game last season due to a back injury, but did post a .738 OPS at Triple-A in the Mets organization in 2014. He'll likely head back to the minors once the regular season starts due to the Yankees outfield already being primarily established.

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Diego Moreno
Yankees' Diego Moreno: Signs a minor league contract with Yankees on Friday
Diego Moreno, RP, NYY
2/5/2016
News: Moreno signed a minor league contract with the Yankees on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

Moreno spent most of 2015 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but also got a dose of the majors after posting a 2.18 ERA with the Rail Riders. The Yankees are pretty well off in the bullpen, so it's likely that he'll head to the minors after spring training concludes.

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Jesse Hahn
Athletics' Jesse Hahn: Will enter camp completely healthy
Jesse Hahn, SP, OAK
2/4/2016
News: A's manager Bob Melvin said recently that Hahn (forearm) will enter spring training completely healthy, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

The elbow and forearm issues that Hahn dealt with over the second half of last year inevitably led to speculation of a second Tommy John surgery, but it seems the club's cautious approach paid off. That doesn't mean the injury concerns will go away anytime soon, though, as Hahn's health history and the arm stress created by his signature curveball are both red flags. If indeed healthy, Hahn should compete for a rotation spot in spring training.

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Wilmer Flores
Mets' Wilmer Flores: Says he'll be 100 percent after working out at full strength
Wilmer Flores, SS, NYM
2/4/2016
News: Flores worked out at full strength and said he'll be 100 percent for spring training, Marc Carig of Newsday Sports reports.

Flores removed his walking boot just over a week ago, so it's a good sign that he's progressing fairly quickly. He'll likely act as a super utility man going forward for the Mets as long as he recovers fully from the injury.

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Ryan Butler
Padres' Ryan Butler: Suspended 50 games for second positive drug test
Ryan Butler, RP, SD
2/4/2016
News: Butler has been suspended for 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Butler is one of the Padres' better pitching prospects, as he already reached the Double-A level in his second professional season. Butler moved up quickly thanks to his ability to keep the ball in the park (two home runs allowed in two years), but his progression will have to wait until his suspension is completed in late May.

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Don Kelly
Marlins' Don Kelly: Signs minor league contract with Marlins on Wednesday
Don Kelly, 3B, MIA
2/3/2016
News: Kelly signed a minor league contract with the Marlins on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

Kelly signed with the Marlins last season, but was limited to one at bat in the majors due to a broken finger and then Tommy John surgery. If he's healthy for spring training, he'll likely compete for a reserve role as a utility player, thanks to his experience in playing almost every position on the field.

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Zack Wheeler
Mets' Zack Wheeler: Targeting July 1 return date
Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM
2/3/2016
News: Wheeler and the Mets are targeting a July 1 return date from Tommy John surgery, Adam Rubin of ESPN reports.

The Mets previously had not ruled out an early-June return, but now the timetable has been pushed back a bit. Wheeler is hoping that an altered arm angle can help him recover more effectively and improve his command going forward, similar to what Jacob deGrom did after his Tommy John surgery.

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Jesse Biddle
Pirates' Jesse Biddle: Traded to Pirates
Jesse Biddle, SP, PIT
2/3/2016
News: Biddle (elbow) was traded to the Pirates on Wednesday, CSN Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury reports.

He was designated for assignment last week, but considering his previous status as a highly-touted prospect, it is not surprising that the Phillies received interest in Biddle. Back in 2012 he was electric at times, flashing a beautiful curveball with great shape and depth, but poor command and a fringe fastball led to him getting hit hard in the upper levels of the minors, and he now serves as a cautionary tale for prospect hounds who fall in love with pitchers with incomplete repertoires in the lower levels. That said, the Pirates might be the best developmental organization for pitchers, so this is an ideal spot for Biddle to try to salvage his professional career. This has very little fantasy impact, however, as Biddle will miss all of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the fall, so it won't be clear what the Pirates have in Biddle until 2017. He will likely spend all of 2016 on the 60-day DL.

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