The story is still developing, and at this point it's unknown what Oakland will send back to Houston in exchange for the versatile infielder. Lowrie, who's due to make $7.5 million in 2016, is capable of playing second base, third base and shortstop, and at this point it's unclear where Oakland plans to use him long-term. The 31-year-old played primarily at third base last season, appearing in just 69 total games while battling injuries to his thumb, foot and quad.
A back injury forced Culberson to the DL to start the year, and he was outrighted upon activation in June, effectively ending his time with the Rockies. The 26-year-old has seen time at second base, third, short, first, and left field in his three seasons in the majors, but will need to hit in spring training to have any shot at a utility role on this team.
The slick-fielding third baseman has a future in the big leagues, but it will be hard for him to crack the Cubs' lineup, given their abundance of infield talent. This makes him an intriguing trade chip this winter, although his glove-first profile makes him unappealing in dynasty leagues.
Of the 30 first-place votes, Donaldson received 23 while the Angels' Mike Trout received seven. Traded to Toronto from Oakland last winter, Donaldson finished top-3 in the AL in most offensive statistical categories, including home runs (41), RBI (123), runs (122), slugging (.568) and OPS (.939). He will turn 30 in December, but there's little reason to think Donaldson won't return first-round value again next season.
Pointing to Garcia's double-digit home run total in less than 200 plate appearances with Atlanta, GM John Coppolella said "it's something where I felt he earned an opportunity." The team is not yet ready to formally name Garcia to the starting role, but it seems confident in Hector Olivera's ability to transition to left field. Garcia, who will turn 31 less than two weeks into the 2016 season, drew just five walks with the big club last season, and the power seems unsustainable given his below-league-average flyball rate.
While the transition has seemingly already begun, with Olivera starting to play left field in Puerto Rico earlier this month, the Braves aren't setting anything in stone just yet. General manager John Coppolella said Olivera could split time at third with Adonis Garcia if the transition does not go well, but the hope is that Olivera will be relieved of some stress playing in left, allowing him to focus more on hitting. Of course, Olivera will still be third-base eligible in most fantasy formats, having played there exclusively after his promotion to Atlanta (21 games).
The stint in winter ball will allow Franco to make up for at-bats lost during his seven-week absence at the end of the 2015 season due to a fractured left wrist. Franco, 23, did make it back for the Phillies' final three games, going 3-for-8 with a homer, bringing his total to 14 home runs in 80 games for the season. Only Ryan Howard had more home runs on the team (23).
An 11th-round pick in 2013, Asuaje made the jump to Double-A as a 23-year-old last season and saw a significant drop in production. He turned in a .251/.334/.374 line after slashing .310/.393/.533 between Low-A and High-A the year before, though Asuaje did actually improve his strikeout rate from High-A and maintained a walk rate close to 10 percent.
Speaking at Adrian Gonzalez's charity softball game, Turner said that a piece of cartilage had been torn off on the outside part of his knee, necessitating the microfracture surgery. He dealt with a bruised knee throughout much of the second half, but Turner believes the cartilage damage happened in the postseason. While Turner won't be able to run at full strength for approximately three months, he is confident he will be a full go at the start of spring training.
Canzler was in the mix for a roster spot with the Phillies last spring, but failed to win a job and never got a shot in the majors during the regular season. He hit .274/.333/.416 with 10 home runs in 394 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.