As it stands now, Shaw has a good shot at making Boston's roster on his infield work alone, particularly as the Red Sox try out Hanley Ramirez at first base, but adding another viable outfielder will cement a roster spot. Shaw surprised everyone last season, hitting .270 with 13 homers in 248 plate appearances over August and September.
This is a decent blow to the Yankees, as Bird was one of their top prospects and was the main fill-in at first base when Mark Teixeira was injured. The 23-year-old had an impressive .872 OPS and 10.7% walk rate in 178 plate appearances with the major league club last season, but he also struck out in nearly one-third of his at-bats. With this development, Brian McCann might need to play more games at first base, or else the Yankees may have to search around for a new backup first baseman.
The 27-year-old slashed just .214/.254/.375 with only one home run in 28 games with Atlanta in 2015. With Chris Davis holding down first base for the Orioles it is unlikely that Terdoslavich contributes much in 2016.
Davis will turn 30 before the season starts and boasts a career 31 percent strikeout rate that will sting in points leagues. Even with those negatives, it's difficult to pass up on the the most prolific power hitter of the past four years. Davis walks enough to boast an OBP over .360 in two of the last three seasons and is a career .255 hitter despite 2014. You can make a case for Davis as a second round pick but you should pounce on him if he falls into the third.
After removing the walking boot on his right foot in early January, Pujols will soon take another step in his recovery. The development doesn't change the expectation that the 36-year-old will reach full baseball activities by late March, which would likely equate to a DL trip to begin the season. Under that scenario, C.J. Cron would take a crack at regular DH duty until Pujols is ready to return.
The Orioles made their signing of Chris Davis official, which required a corresponding move to make room on the 40-man roster. Terdoslavich ended up being the odd man out after being claimed off waivers by the Orioles just under two weeks ago. The 27-year-old has appeared in 92 games in the majors since 2013, most recently batting .214 in 59 plate appearances with the big club. He could be a good fit for a team looking for first base and/or corner outfield depth.
Pearce was a disappointment for the Orioles last season, but his excellent track record against left-handed pitching surely attracted plenty of interest. While he won't necessarily have an every-day role, the 32-year-old figures to see plenty of at-bats against southpaws as a first baseman, designated hitter and corner outfielder.
It appeared Davis had spurned the Orioles and their previous $150 million offer, but the magic of Scott Boras and the Orioles lack of left-handed hitters and power without Davis was enough to get the deal done. Davis will remain in the home run haven of Camden Yards, which was the second most homer friendly park in MLB last season going by park factors. There is a very real, and possibly even inevitable, chance that this deal eventually sours, considering Davis' high strikeout rates and defense that is questionable even at first base. The deal is the largest in Orioles history and positions Davis firmly as one of their franchise players.
He offers much more real life value to the Astros than he could ever offer fantasy owners. Gonzalez can play every position in the infield in a pinch, but he will only start two or three days per week unless someone suffers an injury. Last year he posted career highs in OPS (.759), wOBA (.329), wRC+ (108) and home runs (12), so if he can repeat that performance in 2016 he will have value in AL-only formats and very deep mixed leagues.
Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Dec. 1, Trumbo is expected to serve as the Orioles' starting first baseman. He'll go from an extreme pitcher's park to a batter's park, but he did spend about one-third of last season with the Diamondbacks, who play in a stadium (Chase Field) that's arguably more hitter-friendly than Camden Yards.