Yankees' Jared Mitchell: Signs minors deal with Yankees
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(2/5/2016) Mitchell has signed a minor league contract with the Yankees, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

Mitchell spent most of the 2015 season in the Angels organization, but with limited success offensively. He has the ability to play all three outfield positions, but his lack of consistency on at the dish will likely result in another campaign spent mostly (if not all) in the minors again in 2016.


Reds' Juan Duran: Suspended 80 games for multiple drug tests
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(2/5/2016) Duran was suspended 80 games for testing positive for Drostanolone, Stanzolol, and Nandrolone, C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Duran hasn't excelled so far in the minors, hitting a .243/.304.415 line in a professional career that hasn't moved past Double-A. He certainly won't get any help from a suspension that will wipe out half his season. He's still on the Reds' 40-man roster, but that could change in the next few months.


Yankees' Aaron Judge: Receives invitation to spring training
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(2/5/2016) Judge has received an invitation to spring training, Bryan Hoch of MLB reports.

Judge is regarded as one of the top prospects in the Yankee system, so it's not surprising that he'll get some time in major league camp this spring. That being said, he'll likely start the year in the minors, but very well may find his way to the majors sometime during the season if he hits Triple-A pitching well.


Yankees' Cesar Puello: Receives invitation to spring training
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(2/5/2016) Puello received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

The 25-year-old played only one game last season due to a back injury, but did post a .738 OPS at Triple-A in the Mets organization in 2014. He'll likely head back to the minors once the regular season starts due to the Yankees outfield already being primarily established.


Orioles' L.J. Hoes: Receives invitation to spring training
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(2/4/2016) Hoes received an invitation to spring training Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Hoes was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk earlier today, but the Orioles still want the 25-year-old to stick around camp for spring training. The various offseason signings make it doubtful that Hoes will have a spot on the 25-man roster of the Orioles, so he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training.


Orioles' L.J. Hoes: Clears waivers, outrighted to Norfolk
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(2/4/2016) Hoes cleared waivers Thursday and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Hoes saw just 15 at-bats with Houston in the 2015 campaign, spending the majority of the season with the club's Triple-A affiliate. He had some success at that level last season (.295/.383/.400 batting line with three home runs and 53 RBI in 99 games), and while this move trends him in the wrong direction, there's still a chance the 25-year-old outfielder will be in a major league camp for spring training either with the Orioles or another team.


Dodgers' Jordan Schafer: Could transition to hybrid role
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(2/3/2016) Schafer, a non-roster invitee to Dodgers camp for spring training, could take on a hybrid role as a defense-first center fielder and a left-handed reliever, MLB.com reports.

The Dodgers reportedly plan to emphasize pitching with Schafer, who has not pitched in a competitive environment since high school. Schafer, now, 29, was the Twins' Opening Day center fielder in 2015, but struggled mightily before a knee strain effectively ended his time with the organization. He has hit just .228/.308/.307 in parts of six major league seasons.


Jonny Gomes: Headed to Japan
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(2/3/2016) Gomes is signing with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

Gomes played in 95 games in the MLB last season, moving from the Braves to the Royals last season. He hit seven home runs and added 26 RBI while hitting for a .213/.313/.347 slash line. His move to Japan should be a big boost for the Golden Eagles, who finished in last place in the Pacific League last season.


Angels' Andrew Brown: Signs minor league contract with Angels
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(2/2/2016) Brown signed a minor league contract with the Angels on Tuesday that includes an invite to spring training, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.

A fine season in the KBO earned Brown a ticket to major league camp for spring training, but he seems like a long shot to make the roster even with the Angels' current void in left field. Brown has hit for notable power in the minors but has shown an inability to hit or get on base with any consistency in 144 games at the major league level.


Rockies' Tyler Massey: Signs minor league deal with Rockies
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(2/2/2016) Massey signed a minor league contract with the Rockies, Baseball America reports.

He finally broke through to Double-A in his age-25 season, but the results for Massey over 293 plate appearances were unsightly (.227/.298/.315). Massey has flashed some speed and a little power in the past, but the power disappeared in 2015 and that does not bode well at all for a player limited defensively to an outfield corner.


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