Kivlehan slashed a .256/.313/.453 in 472 at-bats with Triple-A Tacoma this season and played a variety of positions with the team including first base, third base as well as every outfield position, but it seems unlikely that he will contribute much to the major-league club in 2016.
The "pending a physical" part is no formality with Blanks, who was limited to 18 games last season due to Achilles tendinitis, and had to have both Achilles' tendons operated on in the offseason. Blanks brings some pop and can draw a walk, but he's limited defensively. A short-end platoon role with Brandon Belt at first base would likely be a best-case scenario for Blanks in 2016.
As expected, Davis declined the one-year, $15.8 million offer, with a much more lucrative payday awaiting him on the open market. The 29-year-old rebounded from a 2014 season in which he hit under the Mendoza Line, posting a .923 OPS with 47 home runs in 2015, giving him 159 homers over the last four seasons.
Red Sox executive Dave Dombrowski confirmed the nature of the injury, while stating that Shaw will spend the next two-and-a-half weeks in therapy, thereby ending the winter-ball stint after one game. He should be fine by the time spring training rolls around, at which point he'll compete for a gig in the corner infield.
This procedure will keep the slugger out until mid-to-late March which will put his Opening Day status in question. Most signs are pointing to him not being ready for Opening Day, but it won't likely keep him out of the lineup for a long period of time. CJ Cron will be the expected fill-in until Pujols can return.
Elmore struggled mightily in the majors this season, slashing .206/.263/.284 and wasn't much better with Triple-A Durham, as he hit just .247 in 57 games at the level. The 28-year-old has never enjoyed much success at the big league level, but he'll look to find a spot where he can compete for an Opening Day roster spot out of spring training.
The Orioles were expected to tender an offer, but it's very unlikely Davis will accept. After a disappointing 2014 campaign, the 29-year-old had a bounce-back 2015, slugging 47 home runs while raising his average back up to .262. He'll be among the most coveted free agents, and could land the highest contract among hitters of the 2016 class.
Morrison has been dealt to the Rays along with Danny Farquhar and Brad Miller in exchange for Nathan Karns, C.J Riefenhauser, and Boog Powell. The 28-year-old Morrison struggled all season to get on base (.302 OBP) and his power numbers dwindled in the second half, registering just five home runs after the break. He'll add some versatility to the Rays given that he can play first base and left field.
This move seems primarily rest related as the Astros would like to have the 22-year-old fully healthy come spring training. In 205 at-bats in Double-A Corpus Christi, Reed posted a stellar .332/.405/.571 slash line to go along with 11 home runs and 46 RBI. He will have to earn the opportunity to displace the incumbent first baseman Chris Carter on the depth chart, but if he winds up staying with the club during the regular season Reed could bring some value for fantasy owners.
While Blanks fared well when on the field for a second consecutive season, his issues with Achilles tendinitis persisted, limiting him to a mere 18 games for Texas. He was outrighted off the Rangers' 40-man roster last week. The 29-year-old will look to latch on with another club, but his availability for the start of spring training is uncertain after he had surgery on both of his Achillies' tendons in September.