Rockies' Jose Reyes: Pleads not guilty to abuse allegations
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(11/24/2015) Reyes entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday to allegations of abusing his wife at Hawaii resort last month, the Associated Press reports.

With Reyes opting not to attend his arraignment, defense attorney David Sereno entered the not guilty please on his behalf. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced earlier this month that an internal investigation into the Oct. 31 incident has been launched, and the situation is expected to serve as a first test case for MLB's new domestic violence policy. The court process figures to play out in full before any possible league discipline is issued.

Braves' Chase d'Arnaud: Signs a minor league contract with Braves
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(11/24/2015) d'Arnaud signed a minor league contract with the Braves that includes an invitation to attend spring training.

d'Arnaud spent last year in the Phillies organization, playing with Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to a September call-up. He was a decent hitter, batting .268 with five home runs and 35 RBI, but was outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster after the season was over. The 28-year-old will look to find a spot as a utility infielder during spring training.

Braves' Reid Brignac: Signs a minor league contract with Braves
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(11/24/2015) Brignac signed a minor league contract with the Braves that includes an invitation to attend spring training.

Brignac played a bit in the Marlins last year, but was designated for assignment and became a free agent after hitting a lowly .077 in 17 plate appearances. Brignac doesn't bring much to the table in terms of hitting, but his ability to play almost every position could help him compete for a spot on the big-league roster during spring training.

Rockies' Trevor Story: Added to 40-man roster
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(11/20/2015) Story was added to the Rockies' 40-man roster Friday, Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports reports.

He split 2015 between Double-A and Triple-A, and the surface numbers look almost identical between levels. Story hit 20 doubles, 10 homers and drove in 40 runs at both stops, with his average falling just four points (from .281 to .277) following the jump to Albuquerque. The most notable decline was to his walk rate, as Story only managed to walk at only a 5.8 percent clip at Triple-A after managing an 11.7 percent mark at Double-A. Regardless, Story is viewed by many as the future at shortstop for Colorado, and he figures to debut in 2016 no matter what happens with Jose Reyes.

Padres' Jose Rondon: Contract selected
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(11/20/2015) Rondon (elbow) was added to the 40-man roster Friday, Corey Brock of reports.

Rondon underwent season-ending surgery in July after suffering a fractured elbow, but put up solid numbers at High-A before getting hurt. The 21-year-old struggled after earning a promotion to Double-A though, slashing just .190/.219/.230 in 28 games, but he'll now be protected from the Rule 5 draft.

Brewers' Orlando Arcia: Added to 40-man roster
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(11/20/2015) Arcia was added to the Brewers' 40-man roster Friday.

This is strictly to protect Arcia from the Rule-5 draft. He is the top prospect in a suddenly lush Brewers farm system, but the team won't burn a year of control by bringing him up early in 2016. There is no doubt that he is the shortstop of the future in Milwaukee, but he probably won't debut until late-2016 or early-2017.

Cardinals' Aledmys Diaz: Promoted to 40-man roster
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(11/19/2015) Diaz was added to the 40-man roster Thursday.

Diaz was promoted to Triple-A Memphis late in the season after recording a .264/.324/.421 line in 375 at-bats for Double-A Springfield. The Cardinals likely made this move in order to protect Diaz from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, but he could be a candidate to make the 25-man roster in the coming years considering St. Louis invested heavily into the 25-year-old when they signed him out of Cuba prior to the 2014 season.

Brewers' Jonathan Villar: Traded to Brewers
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(11/19/2015) Villar was traded to the Brewers on Thursday in exchange for pitching prospect Cy Sneed.

As things stand, Villar offers middle infield depth, but he also has the chance to compete for the third base job (he played 11 games there for the Astros in 2015), where the Brewers do not have a strong incumbent. He also gives them the freedom to explore a Jean Segura trade, potentially serving as a stop-gap until top prospect Orlando Arcia arrives. Villar probably has the reputation among fantasy owners of being a poor hitter, but he actually posted a .752 OPS last year (way up from his .653 career mark). He has always had above average speed, and at 24 years old, Villar should still be developing. His role in 2016 is unclear for now, but if he found his way into regular playing time, there would be 30-steal potential over a full season.

Mets' Ruben Tejada: May get non-tendered by Mets
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(11/18/2015) Tejada (fractured right fibula) might get non-tendered by the Mets, ESPN New York reports.

Tejada made $1.88 million in 2015 and could earn $3 million if he goes to arbitration. New York may be reluctant to pay that much to a backup shortstop, who has broken his fibula twice. However, Tejada is coming off a rebound campaign and $3 million isn't way above the norm for a back up middle infielder, so a call on his status may not come until right before the arb deadline.

Ryan Jackson: Signs minor-league deal with Phillies
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(11/18/2015) Jackson signed a minor league deal with the Phillies on Wednesday, Todd Zolecki of reports.

Jackson briefly spent some time with the Angels this season, failing to record a hit in 14 at-bats. He did slash a decent .295/.372/.378 line with the Royals' and Angels' Triple-A affiliates last season, so it's possible Jackson could work his way onto the major league roster with a decent showing during spring training, but he probably won't present much fantasy value until he earns more playing time.

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