Royals' Eric Hosmer: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Hosmer agreed to a one-year, $12.25 million deal with the Royals on Friday, avoiding arbitration,'s Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

He received a $4 million raise over what he made in 2016 and will become a free agent after the 2017 season. Hosmer is entering his age-27 season, for what it's worth, and coming off a year where he set career highs in home runs (25) and RBI (104), but his .266 average was his lowest mark since 2012.

Ji-Man Choi: Elects free agency
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(1/11/2017) Choi has elected free agency in lieu of accepting his outright assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake.

The 25-year-old who did not see a clear path to playing time on the big league roster in Anaheim, so he will test the market instead of agreeing to ride buses in 2017. Of course, coming off a year where he posted a 67 wRC+ while getting 125 of his 129 plate appearances with the platoon advantage, he will likely have to settle for a minor league pact with his next organization.

Tigers' Brett Pill: Signs minor league deal with Tigers
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(1/10/2017) Pill signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Tuesday.

He played for the Kia Tigers in the Korean Baseball League in 2016 and hit .317 with 20 home runs in 482 at-bats. As a 32-year-old first baseman, he will serve as organizational depth, likely at Triple-A.

Tigers' Efren Navarro: Signs minor league deal with Tigers
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(1/7/2017) Navarro signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Saturday, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxOnline reports.

The veteran first baseman last played in the major leagues in 2015 as a member of the Angels in 2015. He spent time with the Mariners and the Cardinals with their respective Triple-A affiliates last season and had a particularly strong stint at Triple-A Memphis, where he slashed .320/.366/.376 over 213 plate appearances. He figures to see regular playing time at Triple-A Toledo in 2017.

Astros' Marwin Gonzalez: Will resume super-utility role in 2017
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(1/7/2017) Gonzalez will remain a part of the Astros' lineup despite several offseason acquisitions designed to bolster the lineup.

Gonzalez is a super-utility player that started games at five different positions for the Astros in 2016, establishing new career-highs with 518 plate appearances and 141 games played, including a team-leading 74 starts at first base. However, the switch-hitter's opportunities should drop off in 2017. The team's offseason acquisitions of Carols Beltran, Josh Reddick and Norichika Aoki will reduce the need Gonzalez in the outfield, while Yulieski Gurriel is presumed to be the primary first baseman.

Angels' Ji-Man Choi: Clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A
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(1/5/2017) Choi has passed through waivers unclaimed and been outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Choi was the roster casualty of Ben Revere's one-year deal with the Angels and will now join the team's Triple-A affiliate after a disappointing rookie campaign. It's possible he will join the Angels at spring training as a non-roster invitee, but his .170/.271/.339 batting line at the top level last season and expected lack of opportunities at the major league level in 2017 make him an undesirable fantasy asset in the majority of fantasy formats.

Orioles' Jesus Montero: Signs minor league contract with Orioles
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(1/3/2017) Montero (suspension) agreed to a minor league contract with the Orioles on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The 27-year-old will provide organizational depth, but only after he serves a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. Any remaining optimism surrounding Montero has largely evaporated, as he's struggled at the major league level and is really just a DH-only type at this point (25 starts at first base with Triple-A Buffalo in 2016).

Angels' Ji-Man Choi: Designated for assignment
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(12/23/2016) Choi was designated for assignment on Friday, the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reports.

The Angels needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster after the signing of Ben Revere to a one-year deal, and Choi was the casualty. He was pretty underwhelming in his first year in the big leagues last season, slashing .170/.271/.339 with five home runs in 129 plate appearances. His .170 ISO indicates noteworthy pop, and his .173 BABIP points to some bad luck, but he does not profile as someone who will play enough or hit for a high enough average to be useful in standard leagues anytime soon.

Twins' Matt Hague: Returns to US on minor league deal with Twins
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(12/21/2016) Hague signed a minor league contract with the Twins on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training.

The 31-year-old spent 2016 in Japan, but after only producing a .685 OPS with the Hanshin Tigers, Hague decided to come back stateside to play. He's only a year removed from being the International League MVP, so he could be a cheap source of power if he can translate any of that Triple-A success to the big leagues this spring.

Indians' Chris Colabello: Signs minor league deal with Indians
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(12/20/2016) Colabello signed a minor league deal, which includes a spring training invite, with the Indians on Tuesday, Paul Hoynes of reports.

The 33-year-old has spent the last two seasons with the Blue Jays organization, but he appeared in only 10 games for the big league club in 2016, due in part to serving an 80-game PED suspension. In 45 minor league contests, mostly at Triple-A, Colabello compiled a meager .185/.254/.293 slash line with 12 RBI and 51 strikeouts. Expectations will be low for Colabello, but the Indians will hope he can regain the form that saw him hit .321 with 54 RBI in 101 major league games in 2015.

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