Angels' Kole Calhoun: Inks three-year contract extension
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(3:25 pm ET) 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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(11:40 am ET) 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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(11:10 am ET) 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.

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.

White Sox's Jason Bourgeois: Re-signs minor league contract with White Sox
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(1/17/2017) Bourgeois re-signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on Tuesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

For the first time in the past nine years, the 35-year-old failed to make an appearance at the major-league level. He split his time in Triple-A last year between the Diamondbacks and White Sox, slashing .292/.333/.385 with 47 RBIs and 19 stolen bases across 121 games. At this point in his career, the outfielder will simply provide organizational depth.

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.

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.

Phillies' Michael Saunders: Agrees to one-year deal with Phils
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(1/16/2017) Saunders and the Phillies have agreed on a one-year deal, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

The exact details of the agreement have not yet been released, but it's believed to be a one-year deal with a potential option for the 2018 season. The 30-year-old spent last season in Toronto, hitting .243 with 24 home runs and 57 RBI. Saunders figures to be the Phillies' regular starter in right field against right-handed pitchers, and he'll likely platoon with Aaron Altherr when facing a southpaw. Saunders is a career .236 hitter versus righties (1,556 career at-bats), compared to .233 versus lefties (681 at-bats).

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