Rutledge spent most of the season at the Triple-A level, slashing .274/.323/.403 and had some success at the major league level to the tune of a .284 average in 74 at bats. It looks unlikely though that he'll enter camp with much of a chance to make the major league roster out of spring training.
The decision to give 32-year-old Pedroia more time off makes perfect sense. Several injuries over the last four years have contributed to a reduced batting average and OPS, and the team would like to avoid protracted down time. Brock Holt will be the fill-in when Pedroia is off.
While Fontana slugged just .357 in the Pacific Coast League last season, he managed a .369 OBP on the strength of a 16.2 percent walk rate, and there is some hope that a bit of power will show up eventually. This move was made primarily for Rule 5 protection, but Fontana could be a utility option at some point in 2016.
Rutledge slashed a respectable .284/.333/.338 in 39 games with the big league club in 2015, but was a casualty of the team needing to clear space on the 40-man roster. He should be able to see some time as a utility infield option in 2016, but could once again spend the majority of the season in the minors.
Wendle put up an impressive campaign with Triple-A Nashville in 2015, slashing .289/.323/.442 with 10 homers. The procedural move was likely done to protect him from the upcoming Rule 5 draft, but it's possible Wendle sees some time in the majors next season.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reported that Travis had a pre-existing acromion bone non-union in his left shoulder which was discovered during the season. After exhausting every other option, the Blue Jays opted to have the 24-year-old undergo surgery, which Nicholson-Smith reported included screws inserted into the second-baseman's shoulder in order to stabilize the bone. He's expected to miss all of spring training, and it's very possible Travis could also miss the first month of the regular season. Ryan Goins will likely take over at second base during his absence, but it remains to be seen if the Blue Jays will add more depth to their infield during the offseason in order to compensate for the loss.
The 20-year-old Venezuelan does not have exciting offensive tools, but he could offer just enough value with the bat and glove to be a second division starter. He hit .263 with just three homers and four steals in 122 games at High-A last year, but he could hit for a slightly better average as he moves up the organizational ladder. Look for him to spend most of 2016 with Double-A Biloxi.
Izturis missed the 2015 season with injuries to his groin and shoulder and he's played in just 11 major league games since 2014. He could very well catch on with another team in 2016, but he likely won't provide much fantasy production unless he can win a starting job in spring training.
The Royals sent Infante to Arizona recently gauge his progress from a Grade 1 oblique strain, and apparently the injury is still limiting him to a large extent. Raul Mondesi, 20, was added to the roster to provide infield depth behind Ben Zobrist and Alcides Escobar.
Profar has been sidelined the past two years with a shoulder injury and is expected to serve as DH for his AFL squad a few times a week. He added a double to Thursday's hitting exploits as well, and getting Profar back on a field seeing live pitching is a good first step as he attempts to rebuild his prospect status.