Red Sox's Josh Rutledge: Selected by Red Sox in Rule 5 draft
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(12/8/2016) Rutledge was selected by the Red Sox with the 14th pick in the Rule 5 draft Thursday.

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.

Ryan Brett: Non-tendered by Rays
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(12/6/2016) Brett (elbow) was non-tendered by the Rays on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Traded to White Sox
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(12/6/2016) Moncada was traded to the White Sox on Tuesday as part of a deal that sends Chris Sale to the Red Sox, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

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.

Twins' Brian Dozier: Feels healthy
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(12/5/2016) Dozier (oblique) plans to start taking swings later this month, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports

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.

Gregorio Petit: Non-tendered by Angels
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(12/2/2016) Petit was non-tendered by the Angels on Friday, making him a free agent.

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.

White Sox's Brett Lawrie: Agrees to deal to avoid arbitration
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(12/2/2016) Lawrie agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

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.

White Sox's Tyler Saladino: Feels no pain following back injury
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(12/1/2016) Saladino is no longer feeling pain in his back and seems confident that his herniated disk is under control, Scott Merkin of reports.

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.

Indians' Michael Martinez: Signs minor league deal with Indians
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(12/1/2016) Martinez signed a minor league deal with a spring training invite with the Indians on Thursday, Jordan Bastian of reports.

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.

Indians' Michael Martinez: Returns to Indians on NRI deal
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(12/1/2016) Martinez signed a minor league contract with the Indians on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Jordan Bastian of reports.

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.

Darwin Barney: Awaiting Toronto's decision
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(12/1/2016) The Blue Jays are undecided on whether to retain Barney, who is eligible for arbitration, for the 2017 season, Gregor Chisholm of reports.

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.

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