Braves' Kurt Suzuki: Set to sign with Braves
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(1/21/2017) Suzuki is expected to sign with the Braves.

The terms of the deal are unknown at this point, but Suzuki will now join a backstop rotation that already features Tyler Flowers and Anthony Recker. Flowers and Suzuki are expected to serve as the top two options, with Recker in line for spot starts as the No. 3 catcher. The 33-year-old Suzuki slashed .258/.301/.403 with eight home runs in 106 games for the Twins in 2016.

Diamondbacks' Juan Graterol: Claimed off waivers by Angels
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(1/19/2017) Graterol was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Thursday.

Graterol was briefly a member of the Diamondbacks and Reds organizations during the offseason, but is set to rejoin the Angels for the 2017 campaign. Graterol spent most of the 2016 season at Triple-A Salt Lake where he posted a .300/.340/.370 line over 68 games.

Diamondbacks' Juan Graterol: Designated for assignment
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(1/15/2017) Graterol was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Friday.

The Diamondbacks agreed to a deal with veteran catcher Chris Iannetta and subsequently designated Graterol for assignment. The 27-year-old catcher has only appeared in nine major league games over his 10-year professional career. He doesn't figure to serve as anything more than organization catching depth wherever he lands.

Angels' Martin Maldonado: Avoids arbitration with Angels
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(1/15/2017) Maldonado agreed to a one-year, $1.725 million deal with the Angels on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Prior to being acquired by the Angels in December of 2016, Maldonado acted as the Brewers' back-up catcher for the better part of the past five seasons. Known more for his defensive prowess, the veteran catcher owns a career batting average of .217. He'll likely receive a fair amount of playing time for the Angels in 2017, but doesn't figure to provide much of an offensive impact.

Red Sox's Sandy Leon: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Leon agreed to a one-year deal with the Red Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

Terms of the agreement were not made public. Leon is coming off what may go down as a career year, slashing .310/.369/.476 over 283 plate appearances. However, every projection system forecasts massive regression, and he will have to compete with Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart for regular duty behind the dish.

Athletics' Stephen Vogt: Avoids arbitration with Athletics
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(1/13/2017) Vogt avoided arbitration with the Athletics on Friday with a $2.965 million deal, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports.

Vogt's 2016 season didn't quite meet the standards of his previous two, posting lower numbers in all three slash statistics, but he still managed to make the All-Star Game and cement himself as a leader on the A's. This was the first round of arbitration for the 32-year-old.

Yankees' Austin Romine: Inks $805,000 deal with Yankees to avoid arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Romine and the Yankees agreed to a $805,000 deal to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

Romine hit .242/.269/.382 in his stint as the Yankees' back-up catcher in 2016, first working behind Brian McCann then Gary Sanchez. This was his first round of arbitration. With Sanchez clearly not going anywhere, he figures to see a similar back-up role in his next season as well.

Twins' Chris Gimenez: Joins Twins as NRI
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(1/12/2017) Gimenez signed a minor league contract with the Twins on Thursday that includes an invite to spring training.

Gimenez played at a below-replacement level last season, slashing .216/.272/.331 while striking out in 26.5 percent of his plate appearances. He is a slight positive behind the dish and will have a chance to compete with John Ryan Murphy for the backup role behind Jason Castro, but Gimenez is 34 and has never reached even 140 at-bats in any of his eight major league seasons, so there's little reason to think he will be fantasy relevant in 2017.

White Sox's Zack Collins: Focused on defense in AFL
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(1/12/2017) Collins spent most of his time in the Arizona Fall League, catching bullpen sessions and refining his defensive skills.

The left-handed hitting Collins, the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft, flashed as a hitter at High-A Winston-Salem, finishing with six homers and an .885 OPS in 153 plate appearances over 36 games. The White Sox know the kid can hit; now they have to develop his receiving skills. For those targeting Collins for fantasy leagues that carry minor-leaguers, don't be surprised if the hitting drops off as the organization has him focus on his defense. It happens to a lot of young catchers. Once the defensive part of the game becomes more instinctual, the bat will bounce back quickly.

Dodgers' Bobby Wilson: Signs minor league deal with Dodgers
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(1/6/2017) Wilson signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers on Friday worth $1 million if he's promoted to the majors, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

The veteran left Tampa Bay after posting a .230/.272/.391 line with four home runs in 95 plate appearances. Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes are the clear No. 1 and 2 catchers in Los Angeles, so Wilson will likely land with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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