Braves' Braeden Schlehuber: Signs minor league contract with Braves
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(11/24/2015) Schlehuber signed a minor league contract with the Braves that includes an invitation to spring training.

Schlehuber reached Triple-A for the first time last season, but struggled mightily at the plate, slashing .158/.224/.193 in a mere 128 plate appearances at that level. With other options at catcher ahead of him, this signing appears to be nothing more than a move for more organizational depth at catcher.

Braves' Ryan Lavarnway: Signs a minor league contract with Braves on Tuesday
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(11/24/2015) Lavarnway signed a minor league contract with the Braves Tuesday.

With the Braves resigning A.J. Pierzynski, this signing likely took place to keep Lavarnway around as organizational depth in case Pierzynski or Cristian Bethancourt get hurt. The 28-year-old batted .191 with two homers and six RBI in 106 plate appearances with Baltimore and Atlanta last season.

Brewers' Rene Garcia: Signs with Brewers
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(11/20/2015) Garcia signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on Friday.

Garcia split time between Double-A and Triple-A in 2015, struggling to just a .245/.260/.265 after the promotion. He'll likely serve as catching depth with the Brewers, but the 25-year-old could see his first stint in the majors at some point during 2016.

Padres' Josmil Pinto: Claimed off waivers by Padres
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(11/20/2015) Pinto was claimed off waivers by the Padres on Friday.

Pinto spent the majority of the season with in Triple-A, but struggled to get going there after suffering a concussion, slashing just .228/.304/.354 in 64 games. Due to the concussion, the Twins elected to hold Pinto out from catching duties for the remainder of the season, so it remains to be seen how he'll be used in San Diego.

Nationals' Spencer Kieboom: Added to 40-man roster
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(11/19/2015) Kieboom was added to the Nationals' 40-man roster Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

Injuries have been a problem for the 24-year-old Kieboom, as he missed nearly all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and had his 2015 season cut short due to lingering concussion symptoms. However, Kieboom has shown some pop, smacking 28 doubles and nine homers in just 87 games with Low-A Hagerstown in 2014, and an ability to make consistent contact. He's now on the 40-man for Rule 5 protection, but the injuries and demands of the catcher position could delay his arrival until 2017.

Angels' Jose Briceno: Traded to Angels on Thursday
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(11/12/2015) Briceno was traded to the Angels on Thursday, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Briceno was included in the package with Andrelton Simmons that brought Erick Aybar and the Angels' top two pitching prospects to Atlanta. The 23-year-old began his professional career as a 19-year-old, but his hitting has tapered off since his hot start, as he only slashed .183/.215/.267 with High-A Carolina. Brice hasn't played a game above Singe-A, but he might get more looks in the Angels' system if he can pick it up at the plate.

Braves' A.J. Pierzynski: Agrees to deal with Braves
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(11/11/2015) Pierzynski agreed to a one-year contract with the Braves on Wednesday, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Signed by the Braves last offseason as a low-cost placeholder for Christian Bethancourt, Pierzynski ended up batting an even .300 in 407 at-bats, his best mark since 2009. His .339 OBP was his best since 2003. With Bethancourt still not looking ready for a primary role, Pierzynski will presumably serve as the starter again this season while perhaps returning to the middle of the Atlanta batting order.

Reds' Devin Mesoraco: Resumes squatting
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(11/10/2015) Mesoraco (hip) has resumed squatting, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Now about four and a half months removed from hip surgery, Mesoraco has been cleared to get into the squat position but has not yet started baseball activities. The plan calls for Mesoraco to return to Cincinnati in December to start working with catching coordinator Mike Stefanski in hopes of being ready for spring training. Mesoraco was limited to just 23 games in 2015, managing two extra-base hits (zero homers) in 51 plate appearances.

Diamondbacks' Chris Herrmann: Traded to Diamondbacks
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(11/10/2015) Herrmann was traded to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday for Daniel Palka.

A sixth-round pick in 2009, he was woeful with the bat again last season, posting a .146/.214/.272 batting line with a 7:37 BB:K in 113 plate appearances. Herrmann did, however, provide plus value defensively, and it appears he will compete with Oscar Hernandez and Tuffy Gosewisch (knee) for the backup job in spring training.

Mets' Kevin Plawecki: Could split time at catcher
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(11/10/2015) Mets assistant GM John Ricco said Tuesday that Plawecki could split time with Travis d'Arnaud at catcher in 2016, Newsday's Marc Carig reports.

A position change could come in the future for either Plawecki or d'Arnaud, but the team has no urgency to make a switch. Plawecki ended up appearing in more regular-season games than d'Arnaud in 2015, with the latter once again missing significant time due to injury. D'Arnaud did far outperform Plawecki at the dish, but Plawecki was more valuable defensively and a timeshare would make sense given d'Arnaud's medical history.

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