Orioles' Steve Tolleson: Signs minor league deal with Orioles
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(11/24/2015) Tolleson signed a minor league deal with the Orioles on Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

The veteran middle infielder has played in just 182 MLB games, despite being 32 years old. He will get an invite to spring training as part of the deal, but he will likely just offer organizational depth in 2016.

Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: More rest in 2016
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(11/24/2015) Pedroia will get more days off during the 2016 season, the Boston Globe reports.

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.

White Sox's Steve Lombardozzi: signs minor league contract
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(11/23/2015) Lombardozzi signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

After electing to become a free agent at the end of the 2015 season, Lombardozzi decided to re-sign with the White Sox. He will start the year in the White Sox minor league, and try to battle for a roster spot in 2016.

Astros' Nolan Fontana: Added to 40-man roster
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(11/20/2015) Fontana was added to the Astros' 40-man roster Friday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Red Sox's Josh Rutledge: Designated for assignment
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(11/20/2015) Rutledge was designated for assignment Friday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

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.

Nationals' Scott Sizemore: Signs with Nationals
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(11/20/2015) Sizemore signed a minor league deal with the Nationals on Friday, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

Sizemore didn't appear in the majors in 2015, slashing .263/.369/.354 at Triple-A and has appeared in just eight major league games since 2011. He'll have a shot to earn a utility role with the Nationals out of spring training, but it's possible he spends much of the season back in the minors again.

Athletics' Joe Wendle: Added to 40-man roster
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(11/20/2015) Wendle was added to the 40-man roster Friday.

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.

Nationals' Chris Bostick: Added to 40-man roster
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(11/19/2015) Bostick was added to the Nationals' 40-man roster Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

His on-base percentage fell by nearly 60 points after he moved to Double-A Harrisburg in mid-June, but Bostick doubled his home run total from High-A Potomac (4) in just 13 more games, and added 16 more stolen bases. Bostick has played mostly at second base in his five minor league seasons, making just 24 total appearances at short, so it seems unlikely he will be in the running for the starting shortstop job in the spring. This move was made primarily for Rule 5 protection, but Bostick could be a utility option later in the year.

Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Could miss start of regular season
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(11/18/2015) Travis underwent surgery on his left shoulder and will likely miss the beginning of the regular season, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

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.

Brewers' Javier Betancourt: Traded to Brewers
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(11/18/2015) Betancourt was traded to the Brewers on Wednesday along with a player to be named later in exchange for Francisco Rodriguez, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports.

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.

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