Mike Hessman: Announces retirement
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(11/28/2015) Hessman announced Saturday that he is retiring to pursue a coaching job, the Oakland Press reports.

Apparently, the Tigers considered giving Hessman a September call-up, but it was not in the cards for the 37-year-old. The all-time leader in minor league home runs with 433, he made 109 appearances at the major league level, the last coming back in 2010. Hessman, who spent time in five organizations in his 20 professional seasons, will now look to start a new chapter on the coaching side, though it's uncertain if the Tigers have any interest in bringing him back on in that capacity.

Athletics' Sean Nolin: Will compete for a rotation spot
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(11/28/2015) Nolin will compete for a rotation spot with the A's in 2016, CSN Bay Area's Joe Stiglich reports.

Sonny Gray and Rich Hill are the only two pitchers currently on Oakland's roster who seem like locks to be in the Opening Day rotation. Jesse Hahn (forearm) will need to show he is healthy, and there are performance questions with Kendall Graveman, Chris Bassitt and Aaron Brooks, so with a strong spring Nolin could find himself in the rotation when the A's break camp. Nolin has better pure stuff than Graveman (the other pitcher acquired from Toronto in the Josh Donaldson deal), and could end up being a solid No. 3 or No. 4 starter, especially in that ballpark.

Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Signs three-year deal with Blue Jays
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(11/27/2015) Happ signed a three-year, $36 million contract with the Blue Jays on Friday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

Happ pitched for the Blue Jays during the 2014 season before splitting last season between the Mariners and the Pirates. He had some home run issues with the Blue Jays last time around, but a solid finish to the 2015 season has earned him another deal with his former club. He'll likely slot in at the back end of the Blue Jays' rotation in 2016.

Red Sox's Pat Light: Had issue with tipping pitches
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(11/27/2015) Light battled issues with tipping pitches in 2015, WEEI.com reports.

Light was recently added to the 40-man roster as his mid-to-high 90's fastball is far too intriguing to expose to the Rule 5 draft. Telegraphing pitches is fixable. Light, who will open the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, is currently pitching for Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League. He has a 2.25 ERA in 8.0 innings, having allowed two runs, six hits and three walks while striking out eight.

Indians' Anthony Recker: Signs minor league deal with Indians
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(11/27/2015) Recker signed a minor league contract with the Indians on Friday that includes an invite to spring training.

He will offer organizational depth at catcher, likely beginning the year at Triple-A, as he will probably be behind Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez on the depth chart. Recker has a little pop, hitting 15 home runs in 432 plate appearances over the last three years with the Mets, but he is just a .185 hitter for his career.

Red Sox's Jackie Bradley: Needs to hit consistently
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(11/27/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Bradley will be the team's starting center fielder if he manages to hit consistently, WEEI.com reports.

Bradley re-established himself in Boston's outfield picture with a monster 27-game stretch from Aug. 7 to Sept. 7, but he finished the season hitting .138/.247/.263/.510 in the final 25 games. Those types of peaks and valleys are what Farrell is talking about. Bradley needs to minimize stretches of offensive futility.

Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Manager says winter ball not a sure thing
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(11/27/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said having Ramirez (shoulder) play winter ball not a sure thing, WEEI.com reports.

Farrell said Ramirez, like all the other players on the team, had some specific physical goals to achieve during the offseason, mentioning Ramirez's shoulder, some low-back pain, and getting to an optimum playing weight. The manager wants to be sure those issues have been addressed before the organization gives him the go-ahead to play. As evidence of Ramirez's slimmed-down physique, he posted this image on his Instagram account.

Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Tells ESPN Deportes he's playing winter ball
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(11/26/2015) Ramirez told ESPN Deportes that he plans to play winter ball for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Republic, WEEI.com reports.

Ramirez, who will be moved from left field to first base in 2016, said he'll get a jump on the new position, but will mainly serve as a designated hitter for Licey. Meanwhile, Boston general manager Dave Dombrowski said there's no plan in place for Ramirez to play this winter and that the ESPN Deportes report is only a rumor.

Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Projects to open in left field
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(11/25/2015) Castillo projects to open 2016 as Boston's starting left fielder, MLB.com reports.

Manager John Farrell indicated Castillo will be in left with Mookie Betts in right, flanking Jackie Bradley in center. Castillo signed a record-breaking $72 million contract in August of 2014, but an oblique injury and Betts' emergence pushed him to Triple-A to start 2015. He eventually came up to hit just .252/.288/.359 in 80 games with the Red Sox, with a .225/.263/.292 line in September. Chances are, Castillo will have to swing his way out of a bottom-third spot in the batting order.

Red Sox's Mookie Betts: Projects to open in right field
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(11/25/2015) Betts projects to open 2016 as Boston's starting right fielder, MLB.com reports.

The Red Sox seemed pleased with Betts' progress in center last season, but Jackie Bradley is clearly the best defensive outfielder on the team. Bradley is expected to take over in center and push Betts to right, with Rusney Castillo set to start the year in left field. This news does not affect Betts' fantasy outlook for 2016, as his playing time and spot atop the order should be secure no matter where he plays in the outfield.

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