Jose Pirela: Non-tendered by Padres
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(12/3/2016) The Padres declined to tender Pirela a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Pirela was one of six players cut loose by San Diego. The 27-year-old went 6-for-39 with two extra-base hits and a 1:9 BB:K in the majors last year and the results at Triple-A El Paso were less than stellar. He hasn't played shortstop over the past couple years and appears destined to continue on as a fringe major leaguer in 2017.


Alexi Amarista: Non-tendered by Padres
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(12/3/2016) The Padres declined to tender Amarista a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Amarista provided versatility off the Padres' bench, making starts at five different positions last season. He makes decent contact but has never been an offensive threat (career .230/.276/.320), and there's a chance he could find himself back in the minors to begin 2017.


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.


Brewers' Scooter Gennett: Agrees to deal to avoid arbitration
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(12/2/2016) Gennett agreed to a one-year, $2.525 million contract with the Brewers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Gennett will receive a nice raise (from $518,100 in 2016) in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He put up his typical, serviceable numbers against righties in 2016, and while he was better against lefties, he will likely be strictly platooned again in 2017. That should keep him off the mixed-league radar for most.


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.


Cole Figueroa: Takes position in Rays front office
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(12/2/2016) Figueroa has taken a job as a baseball development assistant in the Rays' front office, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

With that, Figueroa has presumably closed the book on his playing career. He's only 29 and appeared in the majors in each of the past three seasons, but apparently he felt this opportunity was best for him long term. Figueroa played nine professional seasons, walking nearly 100 more times than he struck out in 862 career games in the minors.


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 MLB.com 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 MLB.com 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 MLB.com 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 MLB.com 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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