Brewers' Ryan Braun: Progressing well from back surgery
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(11/25/2015) Braun is progressing well from offseason back surgery, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "I feel pretty good, knock on wood," Braun said Wednesday. "The only surprise is the rehab is a little longer than I was anticipating, just a couple months of rehab. Other than that, everything was as expected."

Although the initial 3-to-4 week recovery timetable is out the window, Braun remains optimistic that his offseason program will not be impacted and he will be back at 100 percent for spring training. The 32-year-old is doing physical therapy four days a week for the back, and he said there are no plans at this point for him to undergo another cryotherapy procedure on his thumb. The five-year, $105 million extension Braun signed in 2011 kicks in this season.

Braves' Matt Tuiasosopo: Signs a minor league contract with Braves
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(11/24/2015) Tuiasosopo signed a minor league contract with the Braves that includes an invitation to attend spring training.

Tuiasosopo spent 2015 in the White Sox organization with Triple-A Charlotte. He showed a good ability to play corner infield and outfield positions, and put up a solid .791 OPS with 18 homers and 52 RBI, although he did strike out a whopping 29.1% percent of the time. The Braves have a lot of options at the corner infield and outfield spots, so it'll be tough for Tuiasosopo to be more than organizational depth.

Nationals' Logan Schafer: Signs minor league contract
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(11/24/2015) Schafer signed a minor league deal with the Nationals that includes an invitation to spring training, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Schafer appeared in 69 games for Milwaukee last season, recording a .221/.299/.311 slash line to go along with one home in 122 at-bats (he has hit just five homers in his major league career). The 29-year-old has never been known for his offensive, but he can play every outfield spot, making him a potentially useful bench player for Washington in 2016.

Diamondbacks' Kyle Jensen: Signs with Diamondbacks
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(11/23/2015) Jensen signed with the Diamondbacks on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

Jensen has never appeared in the majors, but he has flashed intriguing power in the minors, slugging 20 homers in 2015 and hitting 27 the year before. He'll likely start the season in the minors and will serve as outfield depth for the big league club.

Reds' Jay Bruce: Available in trade talks
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(11/23/2015) The Reds have made it clear that nearly everyone on the team is available in trade talks, including Bruce.

Bruce has a limited no-trade clause, including a number of big-market teams. Potential acquiring teams will need to address whether his low batting averages the last two seasons are part of the new norm in today's game and whether they're ok with that if that's the case.

Chris Heisey: Signs minor league deal with Nationals
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(11/21/2015) Heisey signed a minor league deal with the Nationals on Saturday, ESPN's Jerrry Crasnick reports.

Reunited with manager Dusty Baker, Heisey will compete to be the Nationals' fourth outfielder. He received just 72 plate appearances with the Dodgers last year, slashing .182/.347/.327 and hitting two home runs with zero steals.

Pirates' Barrett Barnes: Left unprotected by Pirates
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(11/21/2015) The Pirates chose not to protect Barnes from the Rule 5 draft.

The 45th pick in the 2012 draft, Barnes has struggled with injuries since being drafted. He played in a career-high 95 games split between High-A and Double-A in 2015, slashing .256/.352/.403 with nine homers and 17 stolen bases. The 24-year-old totaled only 101 games in his first three pro seasons, making 2016 a make-or-break proposition wherever he winds up.

Rockies' Brandon Barnes: Avoids arbitration with one-year deal
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(11/21/2015) Barnes avoided arbitration with the Rockies on Friday with a one-year deal, Greg Johns of reports.

The exact dollar figure is not yet known, but it doesn't figure to be high, given Barnes' .655 OPS and two home runs in 106 games and that this is his first go-around in arbitration.

Nationals' Bryce Harper: Open to contract extension
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(11/21/2015) Harper said Thursday that he's open to a contract extension with the Nationals, the team's website reports. "I'm definitely excited to be part of the Nationals organization," said Harper. "I think that being able to play in [Nationals Park], this city, this town, around the fans, it's such a great place to play. Baseball is up and coming... I'm very excited to further my career with the Nationals. I have a couple of more years in D.C., and then hopefully at the end of that, we can do what we can and I can be a National for life, hopefully."

He's not eligible for free agency for another three years, but Harper is headed for some big arbitration awards before then if he isn't locked up. Mike Trout signed a six-year, $144.5 million extension in 2014 that bought out his arbitration years, and given his numbers last year and the fact that Scott Boras is his agent, you can expect Harper to look for something better than that if the Nats want to follow suit.

Diamondbacks' Gabby Guerrero: Added to 40-man roster
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(11/20/2015) Guerrero was added to the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster Friday.

The move was for Rule 5 protection. Guerrero has a lot of upside, but it's also a very risky profile, as he has a lot of contact issues that could prevent his power from showing up in games against big league pitching. He should spend most of 2016 in Triple-A.

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