Indians' Michael Brantley: To resume hitting after Christmas
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(12/5/2016) Brantley (shoulder) is expected to resume hitting after Christmas and remains on track to be ready for spring training, Jordan Bastian of reports.

The 2016 season proved to be quite a disappointment for Brantley, who appeared in only 11 games for the Indians after experiencing several setbacks in his return from shoulder surgery. The talented outfielder will make for an intriguing draft day gamble as he possesses the upside to be a potential league-winning player but comes with a fair amount of risk due to his recent injury history.

Royals' Lorenzo Cain: Progressing as planned in rehab from wrist injury
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(12/5/2016) Royals manager Ned Yost said that Cain (wrist) will be "100 percent ready to go" when the season starts and that he's on schedule with his rehab this offseason, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

The expectation is that Cain won't be able to swing a bat for another couple of weeks, but his rehab progress to this point is a very encouraging sign as the Royals look to get him ready for Opening Day. In addition to missing time last season, Cain's slash line took a hit across the board in 2016 as he failed to hit .300 for the first time since 2013 while seeing his slugging percentage fall from .477 to .408.

Orioles' Joey Rickard: May land in platoon for left field spot
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(12/5/2016) Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team plans to platoon Rickard (thumb) with Hyun Soo Kim in left field for 2017, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Based on his performance as a rookie last season, Rickard makes sense on the small side of a platoon after he hit .313/.367/.494 against southpaws in 2016 (by comparison, he hit just .247/.296/.322 against righties). Much like Kim, Rickard offered very little in terms of homers (5) or steals (4) a year ago, but the duo might generate a steady number of runs scored if manager Buck Showalter uses them in a table-setting role.

Orioles' Hyun Soo Kim: Currently in line for platoon role in left field
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(12/5/2016) Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team plans to platoon Kim with Joey Rickard in left field for 2017, the Baltimore Sun reports.

With the potential loss of Mark Trumbo in free agency, the O's are apparently setting their sights on finding a regular right fielder this offseason, while leaving left field to a duo that covered a combined 105 games at the position in 2016. While the construction of the lineup is unclear with approximately four months to go before Opening Day, Kim was often used as the team's No. 2 hitter during the second half of the season. Although he struggled during spring training, and initially to open last season, Kim finished with a .302/.382/.420 line. It should be noted, however, that Kim contributed very little in terms of home runs (six) and stolen bases (1), but he could be a useful source of runs scored if the team's current left field plans afford him four or five starts per week on the large side of a platoon.

Twins' Eddie Rosario: Thumb injury healing
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(12/5/2016) Rosario's fractured left thumb is healing well enough that he's considering playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Rosario isn't expected to be cleared to play in time for the Puerto Rican Winter League, but it looks like he'll be ready to play when the WBC begins in early March. Rosario fractured his left thumb while sliding in a game on Sept. 17. He'll enter spring training as the favorite to start the year as the Twins' starting left fielder.

Blue Jays' Andy Burns: Outrighted by Jays
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(12/5/2016) Burns cleared waivers and was outrighted by the Jays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

This is Burns' first outright, meaning he has no choice but to remain in the Jays' system. The 26-year-old went hitless through 10 games for the big league team in 2016. Burns hit .230 over 111 games with Triple-A Buffalo.

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 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.

Cody Asche: Non-tendered by Phillies
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(12/2/2016) Asche was non-tendered by the Phillies on Friday, making him a free agent.

Asche was already designated for assignment earlier Friday, so it's not a surprise the Phillies are cutting ties with him. He'll go looking for a team seeking depth at the corners.

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