Boston is quite familiar with Rutledge, who elected free agency after being outrighted off the Red Sox's 40-man roster at the end of the season, and then signed a minor league deal with the Rockies. After a flurry of moves Wednesday that left Boston awfully thin at the hot corner, they obviously decided Rutledge could help provide some infield depth. If he does not remain on the active roster all season he will be subjected to waivers and offered back to the Rockies.
Brett missed all of 2016 following Tommy John surgery in mid-May. He spent most of 2015 with Triple-A Durham, where he hit .247 with five home runs and 30 RBI in 354 plate appearances spread across 84 games. The 25-year-old second baseman will be looking for a minor league contract with another club this winter.
Moncada struggled in his brief major-league stint with the Red Sox last season, but there is no denying he is one of -- if not the -- best prospects in baseball, and is the centerpiece of the package headed to Chicago. Moncada is presumably ready for a regular big-league job, but the White Sox do have proven options at the positions he plays -- third base and second base -- so a clear outlook regarding his 2017 role may not come into view until the White Sox complete all their offseason moves.
Dozier took two months off following the end of the regular season in order to allow his oblique injury to heal. The star second baseman's future with the Twins is currently uncertain, as he has been the center of many trade rumors this offseason. It is possible he finds himself in a more advantageous situation next season, but it will be hard for him to improve upon what was likely a career year in 2016.
Petit was designated for assignment by the Angels in late November to make 40-man room, and will now take his talents elsewhere. The 31-year-old posted a .245/.299/.348 line in 2016 while playing five different positions on defense, so he could have some value to teams as a utility man.
The 26-year-old took a significant pay cut ($600,000-plus) to remain with the White Sox following another disappointing campaign. Lawrie was limited to 94 games due to hamstring issues and struggled to a .248/.310/.413 line when on the field. It'll be a make-or-break season for the former top prospect.
His breakout 2016 season ended on Sept. 21 due to the back injury, but Saladino feels the injury is behind him. Last season, he slashed .282/.315/.409 with eight home runs, 38 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 319 plate appearances across 93 games. It seems he'll open spring training with a clean bill of health, when he'll look to lock down a full-time starting position. Last season, he started double-digit games at second base, third base and shortstop.
Martinez's chances to make the major league roster will rely on a 40-man spot opening up for him and the Indians needing depth somewhere on defense. He's 34 years old and has a career-high OPS of .624, so the ceiling here is extraordinarily low.
Martinez hasn't had much success at the plate during his time in the big leagues, but his positional utility was valuable enough to the Indians to bring him back after casting him off the 40-man roster in late November. However, this versatility really doesn't help the 34-year-old's fantasy outlook, making him largely irrelevant unless his bat comes to life next season.
Teams have until Friday at 11:59 PM to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. Toronto has four players who fall into that category, but Barney appears to be the only one whose status remains in question. Barney is projected to earn $1.6 million next season, but that number seems a little low. The 31-year-old made $1 million in 2016 after he signed with the club as a free agent, but he was eligible for arbitration in 2015 and earned $2.5 million. The utility man played several positions and slashed .269/.297/.373 over 104 games for the Jays in 2016, well above his career line of .249/.297/.343.