Yankees' Matt Holliday: Signs with Yankees
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(12/4/2016) Holliday signed a one-year, $13 million contract with the Yankees on Sunday, Sweeny Murti of WFAN reports.

Holliday will head to New York after spending seven seasons and part of another in St. Louis. He appeared in just 183 total games over the last few seasons, so playing for an American League where he can serve as the designated hitter could help his durability next season. He figures to spend most of his time at that spot, but could see spot action at first base and in the outfield as well.


Reds' Gabby Guerrero: Re-signs with Cincinnati on minor-league deal
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(12/4/2016) Guerrero re-signed Sunday with the Reds on a minor-league contract, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Guerrero was once a prospect of some renown, but after managing an ugly .281 on-base percentage between Double-A and Triple-A last season, the Diamondbacks elected to drop him from their 40-man roster in November. The Reds went on to claim Guerrero off waivers, but parted ways with him just a few days later in order to open up a roster spot for another player. Cincinnati still apparently sees potential in the 22-year-old outfielder, however, as he'll remain with the organization and figures to report to Triple-A Louisville coming out of spring training.


Gabby Guerrero: Non-tendered by Reds
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(12/2/2016) The Reds declined to tender Guerrero a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Guerrero was brought in on a waiver claim from Arizona just days ago, but the Reds ultimately thought better of tendering him a contract for 2017. The 22-year-old hit just .234/.281/.383 between Double-A and Triple-A last season, with a dismal .586 OPS in 34 games in the Pacific Coast League.


Ben Revere: Non-tendered by Nationals
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(12/2/2016) Revere was non-tendered by the Nationals on Friday, making him a free agent, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

The writing was certainly on the wall for this move, with the Nats leaving Revere off their postseason roster following a thoroughly disappointing regular season campaign. Revere struggled to a .217/.260/.300 after injuring his oblique in his first at-bat with Washington. He would have been due north of $6 million again through the arbitration process.


Reds' Billy Hamilton: Fully recovered from oblique injury
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(12/2/2016) Hamilton said Friday that he feels fully recovered from the left oblique injury which ended his 2016 season, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

The oblique strain knocked him out of action in early September, cutting short what was a very positive campaign for Hamilton, offensively. Hamilton upped his on-base percentage by nearly 50 points from 2015 and improved his groundball rate by five percent while swiping 55-plus bags for a third consecutive season. He continued to provide stellar defense in center field, making him an attractive trade target for other teams as he enters his first winter of arbitration eligibility. According to Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds are listening but would have to be "really, really motivated by an offer" to trade Hamilton.


Brewers' Kirk Nieuwenhuis: Inks split deal with Brewers
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(12/2/2016) Nieuwenhuis agreed to a one-year split contract with the Brewers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The 29-year-old batted a lowly .209 last season, but his outstanding 14.3 percent walk rate and solid .176 ISO combined with his good defense all over the outfield made a good case for the Brewers to tender him a contract for another season. The split deal would have him making considerably less money if he gets sent back to the minors if Milwaukee chooses to kick the wheels on their younger options in the outfield, but Nieuwenhuis' versatility could work in his favor for the time being as he works to land a bench role out of spring training.


Dodgers' Scott Van Slyke: Signs one-year deal with Dodgers
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(12/1/2016) Van Slyke signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers on Thursday, avoiding arbitration or a possible non-tendering.

Van Slyke might have been a non-tender candidate given that he's hit 30, is still recovering from wrist surgery, and is two years removed from posting an above-average OPS, but it appears the Dodgers valued his versatility and think the bat could still carry some value. If healthy, he will occupy his usual depth role with starts against left-handers.


Mets' Curtis Granderson: Drawing interest from Blue Jays
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(12/1/2016) The Blue Jays are expressing interest in possibly acquiring Grandson through a trade with the Mets, Jon Heyman reports.

It's no secret the Jays are looking to add a left-handed bat to assume the leadoff role in their 2017 lineup. The Mets have a surplus of outfielders after Yoenis Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $110 million deal on Tuesday, making Granderson somewhat expendable. He'll enter his 13th MLB season at the age of 36, and Father Time appears to be chasing the veteran. Over Granderson's past three seasons in New York, he's hit .241 with a .799 OPS -- both of which are below his career averages of .255 and .814, respectively. Additionally, Granderson's four steals in 2016 was his lowest total in any season in which he's played 50-plus games.


Cubs' Jon Jay: Inks deal with Cubs
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(11/29/2016) Jay signed a one-year contract with the Cubs on Tuesday.

Jay dealt with a broken forearm for much of 2016, which resulted in him playing in less than 100 games for the second consecutive season. However, Jay was solid at the plate when healthy. By the end of the year, he'd built a .291/.339/.389 line, but struck out at a career-high clip of 20.9 percent. Now that he's a member of the Cubs, Jay will only add to one of the league's deepest outfields, as he's expected to share time in center field with Albert Almora.


Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Back to Mets on four-year deal
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(11/29/2016) Cespedes signed a four-year, $110 million deal with the Mets on Tuesday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

This is a luxury signing for the Mets, as they once again have something of a logjam in the outfield, but Cespedes should have no problem getting something close to everyday at-bats. Over the past two seasons he has settled in as a good bet for a batting average north of .275 with 30-plus home runs and the potential for over 100 runs and RBI if he stays healthy. That caveat is particularly relevant after last season, as a quadriceps issue limited him to 132 games and severely impacted his ability to run and play the field when he was in the lineup in the second half. The Mets will likely give him a handful of strategic off days in 2017, given their depth and the concerns about aggravating his quad, but he still makes for a low-end OF1 in most formats.


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