Padres' Wil Myers: Inks $83 million deal with Padres
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(1/16/2017) Myers agreed to a six-year, $83 million deal with the Padres on Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The Padres decided to lock up the 26-year-old, who is coming off of a breakout 2016 campaign in which he slashed .259/.336/.461 and mashed 28 home runs. Myers also stole 28 bases in 34 attempts. He presents a bit of long-term risk, as he missed significant time due to injuries during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. If he can stay healthy, it appears that Myers will be a cornerstone in the Padres' lineup for the foreseeable future.

Phillies' Rhys Hoskins: Invited to spring training
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(1/13/2017) The Phillies have invited Hoskins to spring training, Todd Zolecki of reports.

Hoskins is expected to open the season at Triple-A, but will get a chance to make an impression in camp this spring. He hit .281 with 38 home runs and a .943 OPS in 135 games at Double-A Reading last season. He could get a look in the majors later this year if Tommy Joseph fails to build on his solid debut from last season.

Mets' Lucas Duda: Agrees to one-year deal to avoid arbitration
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(1/12/2017) Duda agreed to a one-year, $7.25 million contract with the Mets on Thursday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The 30-year-old slugger got a slight bump in pay raise for 2017 despite playing in jst 47 contests last season due to a back issue. Duda did smack 57 home runs in the two seasons prior and posted an OPS over .800 in both campaigns, giving him a track record to point to in negotiations. If he can remain healthy in 2017, the left-hander projects as the team's everyday first baseman. However, his struggles against left-handed pitching could result in a platoon at the position unless he can improve.

Cardinals' Matt Adams: Avoids arbitration
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(1/12/2017) Adams agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million deal with the Cardinals on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

This offseason represents a new low for Adams' fantasy appeal, as he seems likely to enter the season as a bench bat. Injuries or underperformance ahead of him on the depth chart could change that, and he will still get at least one start per week against a righty, but it's going to be hard for him to be useful in standard leagues as long as Matt Carpenter is seeing time at first base.

Pirates' Jason Rogers: Designated for assignment
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(12/23/2016) Rogers was designated for assignment Friday, Adam Berry of reports.

The Pirates will give Rogers' spot on the 40-man roster to Nefi Ogando, who was claimed off waivers Friday. Rogers struggled in his brief stint with the Pirates in 2016, collecting just two hits with nine strikeouts in 25 at-bats. He'll now be subject to waivers and could land with a team looking to add organizational depth at either corner infield spot.

Rockies' Stephen Cardullo: Agrees to minor league pact with Rockies
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(12/14/2016) Cardullo signed a minor league deal with the Rockies on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training,'s Thomas Harding reports.

He would have had a decent chance at making the big league roster out of camp prior to the Ian Desmond signing, but that now looks like a long shot. Cardullo hit .328/.401/.632 against lefties at Triple-A las season, and his destiny is likely that of a lefty-mashing bench bat.

Pirates' Josh Bell: Focusing on move to first base in 2017
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(12/8/2016) General manager Neal Huntington said he's focused on deploying Bell at first base in 2017, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

After starting 2016 in Triple-A, Bell finished the season in the majors, slashing .273/.368/.406 over 128 at-bats while splitting time between right field and first base for the Pirates. Although he struggled on defense at times last season, the 24-year-old only began playing first base in 2014 due to Pittsburgh's outfield depth with Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco. In anticipation of Bell grabbing hold of the starting job at first base, the Pirates have kicked around the idea of moving John Jaso to third base. The move to first should only help Bell's fantasy value, as it now seems he could serve as an everyday player for the Pirates in 2017. Without having to worry about position changes, the switch-hitter could be poised for a breakout year at the plate.

Phillies' Tommy Joseph: Everyday role in 2017?
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(12/7/2016) GM Matt Klentak said as of right now the Phillies plan to enter next season with Joseph (wrist) as their regular first baseman, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Joseph, who suffered a minor wrist injury in winter ball, split time at first base with Ryan Howard last season, but Howard is now a free agent and the Phillies don't have any other first baseman on their roster. Signing a veteran first baseman to a one-year deal isn't out of the question, and if that happens Joseph could end up in a platoon. It seems more likely that the Phillies will give him a chance to prove himself as they figure out which pieces fit into their long term plans this season. Joseph also has to worry about Rhys Hoskins, who is coming off a 38 homer season at Double-A, and will be waiting in the wings at Triple-A next year.

Stephen Cardullo: Non-tendered by Rockies
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(12/2/2016) Cardullo was non-tendered by the Rockies on Friday, making him a free agent.

Cardullo's intriguing trajectory from four seasons in the independent leagues to the Rockies in 2016 took another turn as he hit free agency. He was solid enough in Triple-A during 2016, posting a PCL-inflated .308/.367/.522 for Triple-A Albuquerque, that he should at least be able to find another team needing minor league depth.

Chris Carter: Hits free agency after Brewers can't find trade
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(12/2/2016) Carter is officially a free agent after the Brewers non-tendered him.

The Brewers had been reported by Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball to still be looking for trade partners for Carter, but those efforts apparently failed. That's not too large of a surprise, considering Milwaukee was negotiating with little leverage since they had already designated him for assignment, but that's also not a good sign for Carter's market as a free agent. Carter should still be able to find a team that values his right-handed power and can stomach the whiffs and poor defensive value.

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