Diamondbacks' Gregor Blanco: Signs minor league contract with Arizona
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(1/17/2017) Blanco agreed to a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training.

Blanco enjoyed a nice run with the Giants over the past five years, but his 2016 campaign proved to be the worst offensive season of his career. In 274 plate appearances, the veteran outfielder slashed .224/.309/.311 and stole a career-low six bases. The Diamondbacks' starting outfielders seem to be set in stone, but Blanco will have a chance to compete for a reserve role.

Phillies' Roman Quinn: Likely to open year at Triple-A
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(1/17/2017) Quinn will likely open the 2017 season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

The Phillies signed Michael Saunders on Monday to a one-year deal with an option. He will see the majority of the playing time in right field leaving Quinn without a regular role. Quinn has yet to see any time at Triple-A, so the move buys him some more development time. He is likely to get another opportunity in the majors later this season.

Rockies' Charlie Blackmon: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Blackmon and the Rockies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.3 million contract on Friday, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

Blackmon will receive more than double his salary from 2016 in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Blackmon's production in the stolen-base department took a hit last year, but he made up for that by posting career bests with 29 home runs, 82 RBI, 11 runs, and a .933 OPS while batting almost exclusively leadoff. He figures to occupy the same spot in the batting order again this year while serving as the Rockies' everyday center fielder.

Marlins' Marcell Ozuna: Avoids arbitration with Marlins
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(1/13/2017) Ozuna avoided arbitration with the Marlins on Friday with a $3.5 million deal, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

Ozuna bounced back from a difficult 2015 season with a .266/.321/.452 line with 23 home runs and a first career All-Star berth in 2016. That'll get him a decent salary for his first round of arbitration.

Nationals' Bryce Harper: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Harper signed a one-year, $13.625 million deal with the Nationals on Friday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

This is Harper's second to last season before he hits free agency after the 2018 campaign. He received a healthy bump in pay from the $5 million he earned in 2016. While he is coming off a bit of a down year that was dragged down by injuries, Harper will still cost a premium as a late first-round pick in most drafts this season.

Reds' Billy Hamilton: Avoids arbitration
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(1/13/2017) Hamilton agreed to a one-year, $2.625 million contract with the Reds on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

Hamilton upped his on-base percentage by nearly 50 points last season, as he walked at an increased rate and hit the ball on the ground more frequently. In turn, he was able to better capitalize on his elite speed -- Hamilton finished with a career-high 58 stolen bases in just 119 games. He said in December that he's fully recovered from the oblique injury which cost him the final month.

Dodgers' Trayce Thompson: May not be ready for spring training
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(1/11/2017) Thompson (back) is progressing toward baseball activities, but might not be ready for the start of spring training, SB Nation's Eric Stephen reports.

He suffered two fractures in his back and missed almost the final three months of the regular season. If the team is saying his availability for the start of spring training is in jeopardy, then it is safe to assume he is realistically in jeopardy of missing the start of the regular season. When healthy, he figures to occupy the short side of an outfield platoon.

Padres' Jabari Blash: Finger responding in Dominican
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(12/30/2016) Blash's middle finger strain has responded well in the Dominican winter league, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Jeff Sanders reports.

He ended the year on the DL with a middle finger strain, but has been able to play 13 games in the Dominican Republic this winter, which is the good news. The bad news is that the 27-year-old slugger is hitting just .115 with nine strikeouts and three walks in 26 at-bats. After keeping him on the active roster for the entire 2016 season, the Padres can now send the Rule-5 pick to the minors in 2017, which seems likely if he struggles out of the gate.

Giants' Justin Ruggiano: Inks minor league deal with Giants
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(12/24/2016) Ruggiano (shoulder) signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Friday, Baseball America's Matt Eddy reports.

Ruggiano will compete to be a right-handed platoon partner with Jarrett Parker in left field, but will be behind Gorkys Hernandez and Mac Williamson in the pecking order. It is unclear if the contract comes with an invite to spring training. He underwent shoulder surgery in September but is expected to be ready to go for spring training.

Braves' Ender Inciarte: Gets five-year extension from Braves
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(12/23/2016) Inciarte has reached an agreement with the Braves on a five-year, $30.25 million contract extension.

The Braves acquired Inciarte from Arizona in the Shelby Miller deal last offseason, and their Year 1 return included a career-high .351 OBP (7.8 percent BB%) and very good outfield defense. An early-season hamstring injury limited Inciarte to 131 games, but he still managed to pick up 16 stolen bases after swiping 21 for the D-backs in 2015. The extension buys out one year of free agency, and will give the Braves control of Inciarte through the 2021 season.

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