Athletics' Alejandro De Aza: Inks minor league deal with A's
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(1/20/2017) De Aza signed a minor league deal with the A's on Friday,'s Jane Lee reports.

He posted a .205/.297/.321 slash line with six home runs and four steals in 267 plate appearances with the Mets last year, so it's not surprising he was forced to settle for a minor league pact. The A's don't have a particularly impressive collection of outfielders, but De Aza will still need to catch a few breaks in order to see significant playing time in the majors this season.

Orioles' Mark Trumbo: Agrees to deal with Orioles
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(1/19/2017) Trumbo agreed to a three-year deal, pending a physical, with the Orioles on Thursday, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Per Bob Nightengale of the USA Today, the deal is expected to be worth $35-40 million. Trumbo had one of the best showings of his career in 2016 as he knocked 47 home runs and recorded 108 RBI. Although the deal is contingent upon Trumbo passing a physical, the slugger will look to bring his powerful bat back to the Baltimore lineup and split time between right field and the DH spot in 2017.

Andy Burns: Pursuing opportunity in Korea
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(1/19/2017) Burns was released by the Blue Jays on Thursday so that he can sign with Lotte in the Korean Baseball Organization, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

The 26-year-old utility infielder managed to appear in 10 games at the major league level in 2016, but he failed to get a hit in that time. He also struggled during his second stint with Triple-A Buffalo, so Burns decided it would benefit him to get some more consistent playing time in the hitter-friendly KBO. He'll likely look to return to the states prior to the 2018 season if all goes well overseas.

Tigers' Mikie Mahtook: Traded to Tigers
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(1/18/2017) Mahtook was traded to the Tigers on Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash.

A lefty-mashing platoon bat, Mahtook figures to start in center field against southpaws, while Tyler Collins appears to have the edge to start against righties. Mahtook has a career .276/.322/.537 slash line with nine home runs in 144 career plate appearances against lefties.

Angels' Kole Calhoun: Inks three-year contract extension
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(1/18/2017) Calhoun signed a three-year, $26 million contract extension with the Angels on Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

The contract extension buys Calhoun out of his remaining three years of arbitration, and includes a $14 million player option for 2020, when he would become a free agent for the first time. The Angels have struggled to surround Mike Trout with quality complementary bats in recent seasons, but Calhoun is one of the few exceptions. Though he saw an eight-homer reduction from the 26 he slugged in 2015, Calhoun didn't surrender any power, as his ISO held steady last season, while his .271/.348/.438 slash line represented an improvement in each area. The 29-year-old was also a picture of durability, missing five games or less for the second year in a row. Calhoun is still recovering from offseason surgery to address a core muscle injury, but he's expected to be ready to go for spring training.

Indians' Michael Brantley: Hitting off tee
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(1/18/2017) Brantley (shoulder) is continuing to progress in his recovery and is now hitting off a tee, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

It appears Brantley is on track to be ready for spring training as he continues the long road back from shoulder surgery. The 29-year-old is still working towards resuming full baseball activities, but this is certainly a positive sign going forward.

Indians' Brandon Guyer: Signs two-year extension with Indians
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(1/18/2017) Guyer and the Indians agreed to a two-year extension Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of reports.

The contract reportedly also includes a team option for the 2019 season. Guyer appeared in 38 games for the Indians after coming over from Tampa Bay in August and hit .333 with 14 RBI and two home runs across 96 plate appearances. In the postseason, Guyer notched six hits in 18 at-bats, to go with four walks and three RBI. Expect Guyer to platoon with Lonnie Chisenhall in right field this season, seeing the bulk of his at-bats against lefties. Guyer is a career .289 hitter versus southpaws, compared to just .236 against right-handers.

White Sox's Charlie Tilson: No restrictions at minicamp
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(1/17/2017) Tilson (hamstring) took part in the organization's hitters' minicamp last week in Glendale (Ariz.) without restriction.

Tilson's debut stint in the majors in 2016 lasted exactly two plate appearances before he tore a hamstring chasing down a flyball. He plans to remain in Glendale through this weekend to hit some benchmarks running. A healthy Tilson should emerge out of spring training with the starting job in center field.

Blue Jays' Jose Bautista: Returs to Toronto on one-year deal
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(1/17/2017) Bautista agreed to a one-year contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

The Blue Jays recently emerged as the frontrunner for the veteran slugger's services, and after initial expectations were of the contrary, Bautista will head back north of the border for another season. The agreement includes a mutual option that could keep him in Toronto through the 2019 season. In the short-term, however, it seems like Bautista will be an integral part in the Blue Jays batting order, especially now that Edwin Encarnacion is out of town.

Rangers' Josh Hamilton: Signs one-year deal with Rangers
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(1/17/2017) Hamilton agreed to a one-year deal with the Rangers on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

It's difficult to expect much from the 35-year-old given his struggles over the past few years. The lefty didn't play a major league game last year and hasn't put together an entire season since 2013 due to health issues. Even when he did play with Los Angeles in 2013, his numbers weren't near the All-Star level he produced in Texas previously. He will attempt to transition to first base in an effort to make the Opening Day roster. Hamilton can request his release if he doesn't make the big league roster out of camp.

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