David Ross: Joins Cubs' front office
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(1/19/2017) Ross will end his playing career after he was named a special assistant to the baseball operations with the Cubs on Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

The 39-year-old retired following the Cub's World Series victory in 2016. He played 15 seasons in the majors, winning two championships. Ross hit .229 with 10 home runs in his final season as a player, and will now make the transition to the front office.


Chris Iannetta: Signs with Diamondbacks
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(1/13/2017) Iannetta agreed to a contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

Terms and length of the contract were not immediately reported. He has proven to be a solid defensive catcher over the years, but has been of very little use in fantasy leagues, as he has hovered around the Mendoza Line in each of the past two seasons and offers little power and doesn't even get on base at a solid clip anymore. Look for him to share time with Chris Herrmann behind the dish this year.


Diamondbacks' Chris Herrmann: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Herrmann (hand) agreed to a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The terms of the agreement were not announced. He appears poised to open the year as the Diamondbacks' starting catcher. Despite his impressive play in limited time last season (117 wRC+ in 166 plate appearances), Herrmann does not project to hit enough to be valuable in most one-catcher formats. His 2016 season ended prematurely because of a broken hand, but he is expected to be ready to go for spring training.


Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Avoids arbitration with Dodgers with $5.5 million deal
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(1/13/2017) Grandal and the Dodgers avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.5 million deal, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Despite playing hurt for much of the year, Grandal still managed to post a career-high .477 slugging percentage. He hit at an elite level when healthy, slashing .287/.410/.622 in the months of June and July, but the problem with him going forward is that he often isn't healthy. That aside, he remains a power bat with top pitch-framing skills behind the plate, so he'll get a pay raise of almost $3 million in his second round of arbitration.


Nationals' Derek Norris: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Norris agreed to a one-year, $4.2 million contract with the Nationals on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

He struggled in a major way with San Diego in 2016, batting .186/.255/.328 with a strikeout rate north of 30 percent. That said, Norris, who turns 28 next month, still packs a power punch and he figures to serve as the primary option behind the dish in Washington -- that keeps him plenty relevant in two-catcher leagues.


Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) D'Arnaud agreed to a one-year, $1.875 million deal with the Mets on Friday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

He is on track to enter the year as the Mets' No. 1 catcher, but on the heels of posting a 74 wRC+ with just four home runs and a .247 average in 276 plate appearances, his draft day price will be as low as ever. While a bounce back of sorts should be expected, d'Arnaud no longer looks like a high-upside option at the position.


Marlins' Ramon Cabrera: Signs minor league deal with Marlins
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(1/12/2017) Cabrera signed a minor league deal with the Marlins on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.

The 27-year-old backstop spent the last two seasons with the Reds, but was non-tendered this offseason. He figures to be fourth on the depth chart at catcher this spring, and is likely to spend the season offering organizational depth at Triple-A.


Phillies' Bryan Holaday: Gets spring training invite with Phillies
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(12/17/2016) Holaday agreed to a minor league deal with the Phillies on Saturday that includes an invitation to spring training, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.

Prior to this signing, prospects Jorge Alfaro and Andrew Knapp were the frontrunners for the backup catcher job, but it would make sense if the Phillies used Holaday in that role to buy some time for their youngsters. Either way, Holaday is a subpar offensive catcher and Cameron Rupp will see the bulk of the starts, so he would lack value in the majority of formats.


Padres' Hector Sanchez: Headed back to San Diego on minor league deal
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(12/13/2016) Sanchez signed a minor league contract with the Padres on Tuesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

Between his major league experience and his surprising success with the big league club last season, the Padres decided it was in their best interest to bring Sanchez back into the fold. However, the Padres are expected to give Austin Hedges his shot to be the primary catcher in the big leagues, meaning Sanchez will likely spend another year in either a backup role or in an organizational depth role.


Brewers' Jett Bandy: Dealt to Brewers
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(12/13/2016) Bandy was traded to the Brewers on Tuesday in exchange for catcher Martin Maldonado and a minor league pitcher, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

The 26-year-old got a significant chunk of time as the Angels primary catcher last season, although it was more a result of the lack of production of the other candidates than his own performance. Bandy batted just .234 with a 4.8 percent walk rate and average power (.158 ISO). He'll compete against Andrew Susac and Manny Pina for reps behind the dish out of spring training, both of whom aren't very different in age or past production.


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