Royals' Mike Moustakas: Agrees to two-year deal to avoid arbitration
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(2/11/2016) Moustakas agreed to a two-year, $14.3 million contract with the Royals on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

An impressive 2015 campaign from the 26-year-old Moustakas earned him a significant pay bump for the final two years of arbitration. After setting career highs in most offensive categories, his place in the batting order remains a bit unclear heading into the 2016 season. He began 2015 batting second in the order, but the mid-season acquisition of Ben Zobrist resulted in Moustakas being pushed down to sixth. With Zobrist no longer in the picture, it wouldn't be surprising he hits near the top again.

Rangers' Doug Bernier: Signs with Rangers
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(2/9/2016) Bernier agreed to a minor league deal with the Rangers on Tuesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Bernier spent last season in the Twins' organization, slashing .256/.340/.306 in 95 games at the Triple-A level. The 35-year-old has limited big league experience in his career and figures to serve just as infield depth for the Rangers.

Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson: Inks two-year deal with Blue Jays
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(2/8/2016) Donaldson agreed to a two-year, $29 million contract with the Blue Jays on Monday to avoid arbitration, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Donaldson will have a tough task duplicating his numbers from the 2015 season after posting 41 home runs, 123 RBI, and 122 runs in what was easily the best statistical campaign of his five-year career. Nevertheless, he'll be touted as a first-round power hitter under most formats who's played in 158 games during each of his last three seasons.

Yankees' Deibinson Romero: Receives invitation to spring training
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(2/5/2016) Romero received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

Romero spent 2015 in Korea and put up some decent power numbers. He'll try to compete for a corner infield spot on the Yankees roster, but there's a good chance that he'll head to the minors after spring training.

Yankees' Ronnie Torreyes: Lands with Yankees
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(2/1/2016) Torreyes was claimed off waivers by the Yankees on Monday.

Torreyes has now been acquired by the Yankees for the second time in the past 20 days. The 23-year-old infielder will provide depth for the Yankees after spending time with the farm systems of the Blue Jays, Astros and Dodgers in 2015. Lane Adams was designated for assignment to make room for Torreyes on the 40-man roster.

Yankees' Deibinson Romero: Signs minor league contract with Yankees on Monday
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(2/1/2016) Romero signed a minor league contract with the Yankees on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

Romero spent 2015 with the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization. In 76 games, the 29-year-old had a .777 OPS with 12 home runs and 50 RBI. With the recent development of Greg Bird's shoulder surgery, Romero could compete for the backup first base job in spring training, but it's also likely that he'll just act as organizational depth at the corner infield positions.

Angels' Ronnie Torreyes: Designated for assignment
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(1/27/2016) Torreyes was designated for assignment Wednesday,'s Alden Gonzalez reports.

The team needed to clear a spot for newly acquired Jefry Marte on the 40-man, so Torreyes was the casualty. They had just picked him up on Monday, and obviously weren't that committed to the idea of him becoming a useful piece at the big league level. His only offensive tool that could be above average is his hit tool. With 339 games under his belt between Double-A and Triple-A, it is hard to get too excited about his prospects going forward, even though he is just 23 years old.

Angels' Jefry Marte: Traded to Halos
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(1/27/2016) Marte was traded to the Angels on Wednesday from Detroit in exchange for Kody Eaves.

The 24-year-old third baseman hit .213 in 90 MLB plate appearances, and was recently designated for assignment by the Tigers, which likely prompted the Angels to inquire about him. Yunel Escobar will be tasked with handling the everyday duties at third base for the Angels this season, but it's reasonable to think Marte could distinguish himself as a more deserving organizational replacement option than Kaleb Cowart or Kyle Kubitza if he puts together a good season at Triple-A.

Angels' Ronnie Torreyes: Claimed off waivers by Angels on Monday
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(1/25/2016) Torreyes was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Monday.

Torreyes had been traded to the Yankees earlier this month, and shortly after being designated for assignment, the 23-year-old infielder has found another new home. The Angels wanted some organizational infield depth, and they've got it with this man, as he has played all over the infield during his career. To make room for Torreyes on the 40-man roster, Bobby LaFromboise was designated for assignment.

Twins' Trevor Plouffe: Avoids arbitration
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(1/25/2016) Plouffe and the Twins agreed to terms on a one-year, $7.25 million deal Monday, avoiding arbitration, Rhett Bollinger of reports.

Plouffe drove in 86 runs and hit .244 last season, down from the career-best .258 mark he posted in 2014. He figures to return in a similar role in 2016, though with Miguel Sano expected to play more regularly in the field, Plouffe may face competition at third base. The 29-year-old also played sparingly at first base last season, so that may be an option, but GM Terry Ryan said back in October that he does not anticipate Plouffe moving to the outfield, where he hasn't played since 2012.

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