Astros' Alex Bregman: Playing the WBC
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(9:50 am ET) Bregman will represent the United States in the World Baseball Classic, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The 22-year-old Bregman, Houston's first-round pick (second overall) in 2015, has been a quick-riser through the system. After beginning 2016 at Double-A Corpus Christi, he worked his way up to MLB, where he held his own in 49 games. He's expected to start the 2017 as the Astros' starting third baseman with a spot in the upper half of the batting order.


Rangers' Jurickson Profar: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Profar and the Rangers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.005 million contract on Friday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Profar will earn nine figures for the first time in his career in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He appeared in a career-high 90 games for the Rangers last year and came out of the gate hot after joining the big club in late May, but he struggled over the season's final months and finished with just a .660 OPS. He figures to see action at several positions in 2017, but he is likely going to have to hit more to see steady action at one spot, barring an injury to one of the Rangers' regulars.


Tigers' Nick Castellanos: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Castellanos agreed to a one-year contract with the Tigers on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The terms of the agreement were not announced. He posted a .285/.331/496 slash line with 18 home runs in 110 games, but a hand injury limited his availability in the second half. The batting average could regress a bit, but Castellanos could top his counting stats from last season if he can remain healthy.


Mariners' Danny Valencia: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Valencia agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Mariners on Friday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

He was traded from Oakland to Seattle earlier this offseason in a deal that netted the A's right-hander Paul Blackburn. Valencia figures to open the season on the short side of a first base platoon with Dan Vogelbach.


Orioles' Manny Machado: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Machado agreed to a one-year, $11.5 million contract with the Orioles on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Machado batted .294/.343/.533 with 37 homers and 96 RBI en route to a second consecutive top-five finish in the American League MVP voting -- and he's still just 24. He's now regained shortstop eligibility after making 45 appearances at the position last year, but it's uncertain how often Machado will run moving forward.


White Sox's Todd Frazier: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Frazier agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The soon-to-be 31-year-old smacked 40 homers and turned in strong totals in the other counting categories, but a .225 average significantly dinged Frazier's value. A .236 BABIP played a part in that figure, but Frazier also posted the highest strikeout rate of his career. He's entering his final season before free agency.


Tigers' Andrew Romine: Avoids arbitration with Tigers
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(1/13/2017) Romine signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Tigers on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Romine is coming off a season where he hit .236 and just two home runs. The veteran does bring a versatile skill set to the defensive side with his ability to play multiple positions in both the infield and outfield, so he should get plenty of action again in 2017 with the Tigers.


Orioles' Ryan Flaherty: Agrees to one-year deal, avoiding arbitration
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(1/12/2017) Flaherty agreed to a one-year, $1.8 million contract with the Orioles on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

Baltimore's utility man will return to the team in 2017 despite seeing a diminished role last season. His left-handed bat adds some variety to a decidedly right-handed heavy Oriole lineup and his defensive versatility makes him a viable option when veterans need an off day. Still, it's unlikely that Flaherty will see regular enough at-bats to be much of a fantasy commodity.


Royals' Garin Cecchini: Receives spring training invite from Kansas City
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(1/7/2017) Cecchini received a spring training invite from the Royals on Saturday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

Cecchini was reported to have a shot at the 25-man roster after being traded to Milwaukee in 2016, but he spent all of 2016 in Triple-A Colorado Spring, where he hit a mediocre .271/.325/.380 in 469 plate appearances. He'll make another run at the big leagues in 2017 with the Royals, but will likely need to show some significant improvement and receive some depth chart help to get there.


Indians' Edwin Encarnacion: Joins Indians on three-year deal
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(12/22/2016) Encarnacion agreed to a three-year contract with the Indians on Thursday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The deal will be worth close to $20 million per season and include an option for a fourth year. Encarnacion will replace Mike Napoli at first base for the American League champs and become the primary run-producing force in the heart of the batting order. He hit .263/.357/529 with 42 homers and 127 RBI in his final year with Toronto, earning his third All-Star selection. As he enters his age-34 season, Encarnacion continues to walk at an elite clip and his hard-contact rate has held steady, so there's little reason to expect a dramatic decline in production despite the move to a more pitcher-friendly home park.


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