Pirates' Joey Terdoslavich: Signs minor league contract with Pirates
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(1/18/2017) Terdoslavich agreed to a minor league contract with Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training for the switch-hitting Terdoslavich, who spent last season in the Baltimore farm system. The 28-year-old last played in the majors with Atlanta in 2015, where he hit just .214 over 28 games. Terdoslavich batted .246 last season with Double-A Bowie while adding 61 RBI, and likely serves as organizational depth for the Pirates.


Red Sox's Sam Travis: Still wearing knee brace
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(1/17/2017) Travis has been performing all normal offseason baseball activities without limitations, but still wears a brace on his left knee, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Travis is itching to get back on the field and will take part in Boston's rookie development program this week at Boston College. After that, he's scheduled for a consultation with his doctor during the first two weeks of spring training, when he's hoping to have the knee brace removed. The organization remains high on Travis, which became evident when the they didn't seek a longer-term solution at first base during the offseason, instead opting to sign MItch Moreland to a one-year deal.


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.


Yankees' Ji-Man Choi: Inks NRI deal with Yankees
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(1/16/2017) Choi signed a minor league contract with the Yankees on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training.

It's not surprising that Choi could not find a big league deal after electing free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A in the Angels' organization. He posted a 67 wRC+ last year while getting 125 of his 129 plate appearances with the platoon advantage. Greg Bird, Tyler Austin and Rob Refsnyder all figure to be ahead of him on the organizational depth chart.


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, MLB.com'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.


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 MLB.com 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.


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.


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