Phillies' Taylor Featherston: Traded to Phillies
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(2:31 pm ET) Featherston was traded to the Phillies for a player to be named later or cash considerations on Wednesday.

In his first MLB season, Featherston hit for a .162/.212/.247 slash line in 101 games last season. After his rapid ascent through the Angels' minor league season, the 25-year-old seemed to hit a ceiling in the majors last year and it will be interesting to see how his role changes with the Phillies.

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.

Padres' Yangervis Solarte: Remains on track to start 2016 at third
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(2/8/2016) Solarte is in line to enter the 2016 season as the Padres' everyday third basemen, Corey Brock of reports.

After a 2015 season where he made 85 starts at the position, it looks like the hot corner is where the 28-year-old will end up entering 2016. The Venezuela native also made 25 starts at first base and 14 starts at second last year, but after playing over half the year at third and posting a solid .967 fielding percentage, he will likely remain there. Cory Spangenberg, another third base option, is on tap to start the season at second given his 67 starts at the position for the Padres last year. Another potential option is Brett Wallace, but his meager five starts at third last season will likely keep him as a reserve for third base, not the starter.

Giants' Conor Gillaspie: Signs minor league contract with Giants
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(2/5/2016) Gillaspie has signed a minor league contract with the Giants, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

After a poor offensive 2015 campaign spent with the White Sox and the Angels, Gillaspie was DFA'd by the Angels and entered free agency in the offseason. It's possible the utility infielder will receive an invitation to big league spring training, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he ends up in the minors to begin the 2016 season.

Angels' Taylor Featherston: Designated for assignment by Angels on Friday
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(2/5/2016) Featherston was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

The Angels claimed Christian Friedrich off waivers from the Rockies on Friday, and Featherston was the player removed from the 40-man roster in order to make room for the left-handed pitcher. Featherston got to play plenty in the majors all over the infield, but failed to hit well and lost virtually all of his power, as he batted only .162 with only two home runs and a .247 slugging percentage. The 26-year-old could be a decent pickup for a club looking for an inexpensive and young utility infielder.

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.

Marlins' Don Kelly: Signs minor league contract with Marlins on Wednesday
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(2/3/2016) Kelly signed a minor league contract with the Marlins on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Joe Frisaro of reports.

Kelly signed with the Marlins last season, but was limited to one at bat in the majors due to a broken finger and then Tommy John surgery. If he's healthy for spring training, he'll likely compete for a reserve role as a utility player, thanks to his experience in playing almost every position on the field.

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.

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