Jared Hoying: Non-tendered by Rangers
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(12/2/2016) The Rangers declined to tender Hoying a contract Friday, making him a free agent.

He's managed just a .305 on-base percentage in four seasons at Triple-A and he struggled mightily in his first exposure to big-league pitching. Further, while he played some center field at Round Rock this year, Hoying is not a plus defender even in the corners, so it seems likely he will have to settle for a minor league deal in free agency.


Orioles' Adam Walker: Plucked off waivers by Orioles
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(12/2/2016) Walker was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Friday.

Walker only spent 10 days in the Brewers organization prior to being designated for assignment at the end of November, and now he'll head back to the American League. The 25-year-old outfielder is a true three-outcome hitter as his 8.3 percent walk rate, 38 percent strikeout rate, and 27 home runs at the Triple-A level last season, so it's unlikely that he'll be able to garner a regular role at the major league level until he solves his major swing-and-miss issues.


Athletics' Kenny Wilson: Latches onto Athletics with NRI deal
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(12/1/2016) Wilson signed a minor league contract with the Athletics on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, CSN Bay Area reports.

Wilson's top asset is his speed, as he accumulated 30 or more stolen bases in each of the past three seasons. However, the speedy outfielder hasn't ever hit well above the Double-A level, so the likelihood of him cracking the major league roster and making a fantasy-relevant impact is slim to none.


Astros' Norichika Aoki: Agrees to deal to avoid arbitration
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(11/30/2016) Aoki agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Astros on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Josh Reddick signing last week clouded Aoki's future with the organization a bit, with some speculating that he could be non-tendered, but the 34-year-old is staying put. A waiver acquisition earlier this month, Aoki hit .283/.349/.388 in 118 games with the Mariners this past season, striking out just 45 times in 417 plate appearances. As a high-contact lefty, Aoki could see regular time on the favorable end of a left-field platoon.


Athletics' Matt Joyce: Lands two-year deal with A's
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(11/30/2016) Joyce agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract with the A's on Wednesday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

Joyce figures to occupy the strong side of a right field platoon in Oakland, with Jake Smolinski spelling him against lefties. He boasts a career .252/.353/.449 slash line against righties, and last year he improved upon that career line, thanks largely to a 20.3 percent walk rate and 12 homers in just 197 at-bats against righties. If he can maintain that kind of patience, he could work his way into a spot near the top of Oakland's lineup. The fact that he won't be an everyday player and lacks standout tools makes him less appealing in standard leagues, but in deeper leagues and AL-only formats he makes for a relatively cheap, high floor option thanks to his established excellence against righties.


Angels' Ryan LaMarre: Signs with Angels
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(11/28/2016) LaMarre agreed to a one-year deal with the Angels on Monday.

LaMarre spent the majority of the 2016 season with the Red Sox at Triple-A Pawtucket and made a brief six-game appearance with their big league club. The 28-year-old is a career .267/.344/.382 hitter and has displayed speed on the basepaths. He will provide additional depth in the Angels' outfield. Gregorio Petit was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.


Braves' Alex Jackson: Traded to Braves
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(11/28/2016) Jackson was traded to the Braves on Monday, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports.

Jackson hit .243 and recorded 11 home runs to go along with 55 RBI through 92 games with the Mariners single-A minor league affiliate in 2016. The Mariners get Rob Whalen and Max Povse in return. The 20-year-old Jackson was considered one of the Mariners higher prospects at the time of the trade.


Brewers' Adam Walker: Designated for assignment
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(11/28/2016) Walker was designated for assignment on Monday.

The Brewers recently claimed Walker, but quickly opted to give his 40-man roster spot to Steve Geltz, whom they claimed from Tampa Bay. Walker has 80-grade raw power, but has debilitating swing and miss issues that don't allow him to profile as a big league regular.


Dodgers' Henry Ramos: Signs minor league deal with Dodgers
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(11/28/2016) Ramos signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers on Monday, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports.

As a 24-year-old he was an average hitter at Double-A last year (101 wRC+) and was below average at Triple-A (90 wRC+), leading to him washing out of the Red Sox's system. Look for him to provide organizational outfield depth at the Triple-A level in 2017.


Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Shipped to Seattle in five-player trade
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(11/23/2016) Haniger was traded to the Mariners on Wednesday along with Jean Segura and Zac Curtis in exchange for Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte.

Segura is the centerpiece of the deal for Seattle, but Haniger makes for a nice secondary addition. Haniger underwhelmed somewhat in his first exposure to big-league pitching, but he hit for a .341/.428/.670 line with Triple-A Reno -- impressive even with the favorable hitting conditions in the PCL -- and can play all three outfield positions. There are some contact concerns but Haniger can take a walk, and if things break right, he could work his way into a starting job during the first half of 2017.


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