Yankees' Donovan Solano: Receives invitation to spring training
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(2/5/2016) Solano received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

This comes as no surprise, as Solano has appeared in the majors in parts of the last four seasons. That being said, his hitting numbers have tapered off since his debut in the bigs, so he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training if he can't get his bat going against major league pitching.


Reds' Angelo Gumbs: Signs minor league deal with Reds
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(2/2/2016) Gumbs signed a minor league contract with the Reds, Baseball America reports.

A second-round pick by the Yankees in 2010, Gumbs hit the proverbial wall in his development, failing to move above High-A after his initial promotion to the level in 2013. He hit a low point in 2015, batting .176/.224/.213 in 202 plate appearances with High-A Tampa, but Gumbs is only 23 and the Reds want to see if there's something in his game that is correctable.


Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Won't be ready for the opener
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(2/2/2016) Travis (shoulder) remains on track to miss the start of the 2016 season, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.

With plenty of offense in tow, the Jays can afford to take their time with the young second baseman. Upon having surgery on his left shoulder in November, the expectation was that Travis would need 16-20 weeks to recover. Ryan Goins remains the favorite to pick up the extra playing time at second base while Travis is on the shelf.


Blue Jays' Maicer Izturis: Signs minor league contract with Blue Jays on Friday
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(1/29/2016) Izturis signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on Friday that included an invitation to spring training, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsbet reports.

Izturis had his club option for 2016 declined, but the 35-year-old is back with Toronto anyway. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2014 due to injuries, where he batted .286 in 38 plate appearances. He'll likely serve as organizational depth with the infield pretty well solidified for the AL East champions.


Red Sox's Yoan Moncada: Boston's minor-league player of the year
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(1/27/2016) Moncada received an award as the Red Sox minor-league player of the year from the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers of America, the Providence Journal reports.

Moncada, 20, is considered Boston's top prospect and should advance through at least two levels in 2016. He made adjustments during the second half of the season at Low-A Greenville and appears ready to tackle High-Salem and later Double-A Portland in 2016.


Astros' Danny Worth: Signs with Astros
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(1/26/2016) Worth signed a minor league contract with the Astros that includes an invite to spring training, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Worth spent the 2015 season in the Diamondbacks' organization, sporting an impressive .314/.394/.469 slash line in 106 games with the Triple-A club. The 30-year-old has some major league experience, but he figures to serve as organizational infield depth with Houston.


Rangers' Jurickson Profar: Could get a look in the outfield
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(1/26/2016) Profar (shoulder) will likely start the season playing shortstop at Triple-A Round Rock, but the Rangers might eventually consider him as an option for the big-league outfield, the Dallas Morning News reports.

It doesn't sound like the Rangers have any immediate plans to move Profar to the outfield, but he could get some reps this spring in an effort to improve organizational depth. If the Texas infield remains healthy while the outfield suffers some injuries, Profar might then get a chance to try out a new position. He slashed .267/.352/.453 in the Arizona Fall League, but he was strictly used as a designated hitter, and the Rangers still have Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor blocking him from playing time in the middle infield. The most recent report on Profar's shoulder said that he's been throwing from 135 feet.


Red Sox's Yoan Moncada: Hand injury fully healed
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(1/22/2016) Moncada said he is fully recovered from the hand injury that prevented him from playing winter ball, the Boston Globe reports. "I feel great now," the 20-year-old said via a translator. "I'm looking forward to going into the season 100 percent healthy. I've started doing swings already."

Moncada, who struggled initially in his acclimation to baseball in the United States, finished the 2015 season with .817 OPS for Low-A Greenville and is considered Boston's top prospect. Depending on his development this year, Moncada could reach the majors by the end of the 2017 season.


Rangers' Jurickson Profar: Throwing from 135 feet
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(1/20/2016) Profar (shoulder) is throwing from 135 feet, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The 22-year-old is reportedly responding well as he ramps up his throwing. While it's possible he may still face restrictions at the very start of camp, Profar said he expects to be a full-go in March. Profar returned to play 12 games between Low-A and Double-A last season, and followed that up with a strong offensive showing in the Arizona Fall League, but his arm strength remains a question mark as he played exclusively at DH.


Orioles' Ryan Flaherty: Agrees to one-year deal with O's
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(1/15/2016) Flaherty and the Orioles agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.5 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The veteran utility infielder hit just .202 with a .637 OPS last season, but he'll return as a reliable, versatile defensive option. Flaherty made only $1.075 million last season, so the $1.5 million figure represents a small raise.


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