Flores removed his walking boot just over a week ago, so it's a good sign that he's progressing fairly quickly. He'll likely act as a super utility man going forward for the Mets as long as he recovers fully from the injury.
Ryan had been traded to the Cubs earlier in the offseason, but the veteran was released shortly after. He'll get an invitation to spring training as part of the deal, but the 33-year-old figures to serve primarily as organizational depth up the middle of the infield.
As long as Phillips is with the Reds, he's going to be the starter at second base. The Reds can be creative at shortstop and third base, but they also want to have places for Zack Cozart and Eugenio Suarez to play.
Speculation obviously grew when Milwaukee traded Jean Segura to Arizona on Saturday, clearing a path to the majors for Arcia. But Stearns reset expectations, saying "we're going to send [Arcia] to Triple-A and allow him to continue his development. Ultimately, as he continues to grow and mature as a player, his production and his continued development will dictate his timeline to the Major Leagues, rather than a move like this." At this time, it looks like Jonathan Villar will start at shortstop when the 2016 begins.
Shedding Segura clears a path to Miller Park for top prospect Orlando Arcia, Stearns said he'll begin the season in the minors. Stearns added that Yadiel Rivera is an option at shortstop along with Villar, who brings some position versatility, having played three infield spots and two in the outfield last season with the Astros. He has 198 career games in MLB, slashing .236/.339/.414 with little pop and some speed (42 steals).
The move makes sense for Arizona, as they have already made it clear that they are going all in on winning in the short term, and Nick Ahmed was slotted to be their starting shortstop, despite having a career .269 OBP. Segura won't be winning the silver slugger award anytime soon, but he is capable offensively, and is a quality defender at shortstop. This boosts Segura's fantasy value slightly, as he will be hitting in a better lineup. Look for him to steal 20-plus bases for the fourth year in a row, and hit toward the bottom of Arizona's lineup.
After a promising stint with the Reds in 2014 in which Negron batted .271/.331/.479 wth six home runs and 17 RBI, the 29-year-old fell flat in 2015 and eventually was sent down to Triple-A Louisville. His season ended early due to a shoulder injury, but he should be ready for the start of spring training. Negron's versatility to play both infield and outfield makes him a bit more intriguing for teams looking for depth off the bench, but it still seems a long shot that he will crack the big league roster out of spring training.
There are people that will point to his solid second half (.777 OPS, 12 HR, 8 SB) as a reason to be positive. The fact is that for a majority of players the full season is much more predictive than a season split. When you look at Desmond's trajectory it wouldn't be surprising if he put together a .250 season with 15 HR and 15 SB, but that seems closer to his upside than his floor. If you're going to draft Desmond you might as well punt shortstop, you'll likely get similar production.
Turner hit just .225 in his 44 plate appearances a year ago, with a strikeout in 27.2 percent of his trips to the plate, an uncharacteristic struggle for a player who hit .322 with a 19.9 percent strikeout rate in the minors. If Turner's game is going to translate to the majors, it will be because he can get that average up near .300, allowing his gap power and baserunning abilities to play up.
His struggles last season likely mean he won't have a job from day one -- thanks Dusty Baker! -- but he is the highest-upside play the Nationals have to choose from, and that upside -- 35 steals, 10 homers, .300 average -- makes him worth stashing even if he isn't starting from day one.
Tejada may report to Port St. Lucie on Monday, three weeks before the required reporting date. He is slated to be the back up at second base and shortstop, though it's still possible the Mets try and deal him to clear some salary or designate him for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster.