Angels' Matt Williams: Selected in Triple-A Rule 5 Draft
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(12/8/2016) Williams was selected by the Angels in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft Thursday.

The 27-year-old shortstop slashed .263/.355/.346 for Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals' organization last season. In his 395 plate appearances over 113 games, he didn't do anything too substantial, hitting just one home run, stealing 11 bases in 18 attempts and knocking in 35 RBI to go along with his mediocre slash line. He will serve as organizational depth for the Angels next season.

Giants' Christian Arroyo: Will likely start at Triple-A as a third baseman
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(12/6/2016) Arroyo will likely start the season at Triple-A Sacramento if he is unable to win a starting job out of spring training. It is reported that he will exclusively play third base in 2017, according to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area.

Arroyo split time evenly at short and the hot corner last season, but with the Giants having an everyday shortstop in Brandon Crawford, they will switch their top prospect to third base to create an easier path to the majors. While unlikely, there is a chance the 21-year-old can earn a spot on the 25-man roster if he performs well during spring training. Arroyo slashed .274/.316/.373 in 517 plate appearances with Double-A Richmond last season.

Brewers' Jonathan Villar: Slated to start at second base
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(12/6/2016) Villar will be the starter at second base in 2017 following the acquisition of Travis Shaw, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

With Shaw claiming the hot corner from Villar, at least against righties, the 26-year-old will take over for Scooter Gennett as the starting second baseman for Milwaukee in 2017. Villar made starts at shortstop, second, and third base last season, and his versatility will likely lead to him seeing occasional starts at third and shortstop this season.

Giants' Ehire Adrianza: Avoids arbitration with one-year deal
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(12/6/2016) Adrianza signed a one-year contract to avoid arbitration with the Giants on Friday, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports.

Adrianza slashed .254/.292/.378 in 71 plate appearances over 40 games for the Giants last season. The 27-year-old shortstop will likely just be a bench or minor league option in 2017, with Brandon Crawford cemented as San Francisco's starter.

Reds' Jose Peraza: Expected to play regularly in 2017
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(12/2/2016) Peraza is expected to play regularly in 2017, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

General manager Dick Williams and manager Bryan Price both said Friday that that they are committed to giving Peraza regular opportunities. Peraza, acquired in the Todd Frazier trade last winter, hit .324 with 21 steals (31 attempts) in 72 games with the Reds in 2016. The question is where he will play next season. He saw time at shortstop, center field, second base and left field and could fill a similar super-utility role to start, but perhaps a trade will open up a more permanent spot for him in the field.

Sean Rodriguez: Agrees to two-year deal with Braves
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(11/24/2016) Rodriguez has agreed to a two-year deal with the Braves pending his physical, MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal reports.

Though the deal has yet to be finalized, it appears that Rodriguez is set to join the Braves on a multi-year deal worth more than $11 million, per Rosenthal. The versatile veteran is coming off an excellent 2016 campaign with the Pirates in which he slashed .270/.349/.510 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI. Provided that his deal with the Braves becomes finalized, he'll likely see most of his playing time on the left side of the infield or in right field.

Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte: Sent to Arizona in five-player trade
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(11/23/2016) Marte was traded along with Taijuan Walker to the Diamondbacks as part of a five-player trade Wednesday night.

Marte likely won't provide the Diamondbacks with flashy numbers at the plate, but he did steal double-digit bases in 119 games last season and hit .259/.287/.323. The Diamondbacks don't have any studs in the middle infield, so Marte could see some playing time with Jean Segura's (traded to Seattle) departure opening up second base in a more hitter-friendly environment. However, he doesn't own much power to take advantage of the situation.

Sean Rodriguez: Drawing interest from Blue Jays
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(11/21/2016) Rodriguez is "emerging as a possible fit" for the Blue Jays in free agency, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Rodriguez appeared at every position other than pitcher and catcher in 2016 with the Pirates, logging 60 or more innings at all four infield positions and in right field. His defensive metrics show a player that is at least serviceable at the majority of these positions as well. While he won't win a Gold Glove Award, the 31-year-old is a natural enough defender that a manager can deploy freely and without hesitation. He also knows a thing or two about well-timed free agent seasons, as Rodriguez is coming off his strongest offensive year by a wide margin. The eight-year veteran hit .270 with a career best OBP (.349) and OPS (.859) in 2016. His 18 home runs and 56 RBI also represent a career high.

Giants' Orlando Calixte: Added to 40-man roster
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(11/19/2016) Calixte was added to the Giants' 40-man roster Friday, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

Calixte joined the Giants last week on a minor league deal after his seventh and final season in the Royals' organization. He doesn't hit or get on base with much consistency, but Calixte has a little power and speed and can play virtually every position on the field.

Padres' Javier Guerra: Added to 40-man roster
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(11/18/2016) Guerra was added to the Padres' 40-man roster Friday.

The 21-year-old endured some major growing pains in 2016, as he hit just .202/.264/.325 with a 32.7 percent strikeout rate in his first season in the Padres' organization. Guerra also missed the final month with an undisclosed injury and his health is still something of a question mark, but regardless, Guerra is a long way away from the big leagues.

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