Orioles' Chance Sisco: Receives spring training invitation
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(2/8/2016) Sisco has received an invitation to Baltimore's spring training, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Sisco will likely begin the 2016 season in Double-A Bowie but has a chance to be a mid-season addition for the Orioles. Despite other teams' interest in Sisco's hitting ability at the trade deadline, he remained in Baltimore and has a chance to display his talents during spring training. Even though Sisco hasn't shown the ability to hit for power, he is regarded as one of the best hitting catchers in the minors.


Yankees' Sebastian Valle: Receives invitation to spring training
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(2/5/2016) Valle received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

Valle spent 2015 with the Pirates' Double-A affiliate, where he put up a decent .754 OPS. However, the Yankees catching situation is pretty well set, so he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training is over.


Yankees' Eddy Rodriguez: Signs minor league contract with Yankees on Friday
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(2/5/2016) Rodriguez signed a minor league contract with the Yankees on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

The 30-year-old backstop split time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, but couldn't hit above the Mendoza line at either stop. Because of that, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training concludes.


Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: will play other positions this spring
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(2/5/2016) D'arnaud will see action at other positions during the spring in an attempt to increase his versatility and potentially find a way to get his bat in the lineup when Kevin Plawecki is behind the plate, the NY Post reports.

Those other positions are likely first base and left field, though d'Arnaud main work will come behind the plate. D'Arnaud has suffered a variety of injuries while catching, so moving him out from behind the plate has been discussed for a while. But his bat plays much better as a catcher than at another position.


Mets' Kevin Plawecki: will play some first base this spring
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(2/5/2016) Plawecki will see action at first base during the spring in an attempt to increase his versatility and potentially find a way to get him in the lineup when Travis d'Arnaud is behind the plate, the NY Post reports.

Plawecki saw some time at first base in the minors, so playing the position won't be that foreign to him. It's unlikely he sees much time there, though he could possibly play against lefties when Lucas Duda sits and Wilmer Flores is deployed elsewhere in the infield.


Mariners' Steve Lerud: Signs minor league contract with Mariners on Wednesday
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(2/3/2016) Lerud signed a minor league contract with the Mariners on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training.

Lerud spent the last two seasons at the Triple-A level, most recently slashing .238/.320/.301 with the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. With Chris Ianetta, Steve Clevenger, and Mike Zunino expected to see major league time, the 31-year-old will likely just act as organizational depth at the catcher position.


Giants' Miguel Olivo: Minor league deal with Giants
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(2/2/2016) Olivo signed a minor league contract with the Giants, Baseball America reports.

The 37-year-old will return to the States after spending 2015 with Tijuana of the Mexican League. Olivo has played in parts of 13 major league seasons, but it's hard to imagine he will get a chance with San Francisco in 2016 with Andew Susac and Trevor Brown next in line behind Buster Posey.


Braves' Blake Lalli: Signs minor league deal with Braves
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(2/2/2016) Lalli signed a minor league contract with the Braves last week, Baseball America reports.

According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Lalli will attend major league camp for spring training as a non-roster invitee, but the team intends to pair him with Ryan Lavarnway at Triple-A Gwinnett to start the season. The 32-year-old Lalli has made 40 plate appearances at the highest level, the last of which came back in 2013.


Athletics' Stephen Vogt: Undergoes right elbow surgery Friday
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(1/29/2016) Vogt underwent right elbow surgery Friday and is expected to be recovering for four to six weeks and be ready for opening day, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

It wasn't known that there was an issue with Vogt's elbow since he had some trouble with it in the summer, but apparently something was bad enough that it required an arthroscopic procedure Friday. The 31-year-old backstop could miss the first week or two of spring training games, but it's promising to know that the front office think's he'll be ready by Opening Day. The situation is worth monitoring in case of any setbacks, however.


Cubs' Tim Federowicz: Invited to spring training
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(1/29/2016) Federowicz was invited to the Cubs' major league spring training.

Federowicz isn't expected to be much more than organizational depth after four years of sub-Mendoza Line hitting in Los Angeles. He's likely to spend a few weeks with the top level, then open the season with Triple-A Iowa while Miguel Montero and David Ross occupy catcher in Chicago.


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