Eric Hosmer
Eric Hosmer: Passes on qualifying offer
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
11/16/2017
News: Hosmer rejected the Royals' qualifying offer prior to Thursday's deadline, Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times reports.

Hosmer will set his sights on a multi-year deal in the open market, as the 28-year-old has officially become a free agent by declining this offer. During the 2017 campaign, Hosmer slashed .318/.385/.498 with 25 home runs and 94 RBI and played in all 162 games.

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Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana: Officially declines qualifying offer
Carlos Santana, 1B, CLE
11/16/2017
News: Santana has officially declined the Indians' qualifying offer prior to Thursday's deadline, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Santana will now head to free agency, with Cleveland receiving draft-pick compensation should he decide to sign elsewhere. The 31-year-old is coming off another steady year of production, hitting .259/.363/.455 with 23 homers, 79 RBI and 90 runs scored in 154 games for the Indians.

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Ryon Healy
Mariners' Ryon Healy: Sent to Mariners
Ryon Healy, 1B, SEA
11/15/2017
News: Healy was traded to the Mariners in exchange for Emilio Pagan and Alexander Campos.

Healy is coming off a solid sophomore campaign during which he compiled a .271/.302/.451 line with 25 homers and 78 RBI in 149 games with the Athletics. He's proven a capable hitter major-league hitter over the past two years, hitting .282 with a .788 OPS in 221 games. Given the departure of Danny Valencia and Yonder Alonso -- and the struggles of Daniel Vogelbach last year -- Healy figures to have the inside track at winning the starting job at first base for Seattle next season. The 25-year-old also has the ability to play third base, though he likely won't see many starts there behind Kyle Seager.

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Wilin Rosario
Wilin Rosario: Drawing interest from MLB teams
Wilin Rosario, 1B, COL
11/14/2017
News: Rosario is drawing interest from MLB teams after playing the last two seasons in South Korea, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.

Rosario hit .339/.414/.661 with 37 home runs last season for Hanwha after hitting hit 33 home runs in 2016 with a .961 OPS. MLB teams may be inspired to sign Rosario after Eric Thames' success last season moving from the Korean Baseball Organization to MLB.

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Dominic Smith
Mets' Dominic Smith: Not guaranteed starting job on Opening Day
Dominic Smith, 1B, NYM
11/14/2017
News: Smith will have to compete for the Mets' starting job at first base in spring training, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. "He didn't win it in September, let's put it that way," general manager Sandy Alderson said.

This is an odd thing to say about a cornerstone player who was just getting his feet wet in the majors at the end of last season as a 22-year-old. He hit .220/.304/.450 with six home runs and a 30.4 percent strikeout rate in 100 at-bats from Sept. 1 through Oct. 1. It is understandable that the Mets want to find at-bats for Wilmer Flores, who is coming off a year when he slashed .271/.307/.488 with 18 home runs in 362 plate appearances, but third base and second base seem like better places to try to work him in. As Puma went on to say, this could be a motivational tactic aimed at getting Smith to show up to camp in great shape. He is still the clear leading candidate to open the year as the Mets' starting first baseman, but we now know that he is not a lock to open the year in that role.

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Adrian Gonzalez
Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez: Expects to be healthy for spring training
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
11/7/2017
News: General manager Andrew Friedman said he expects Gonzalez (back) to be healthy by the start of spring training next season, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Recurring back issues derailed Gonzalez's 2017 season, limiting him to just 71 games and forcing him to miss the Dodgers' run to the World Series. While the ailing 35-year-old is coming off his least productive season since his rookie campaign in Texas, the Dodgers still believe he can be a viable everyday player in 2018 when healthy.

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Mike Napoli
Mike Napoli: Team option officially declined Monday
Mike Napoli, 1B, TEX
11/6/2017
News: Napoli's (ankle) team option was declined by the Rangers on Monday.

While this move had been expected, Napoli's team option was officially turned down Monday. Napoli offers plenty of power, as he slugged 29 home runs over 124 games in 2017. However, he also posted a dismal .193 batting average, the lowest mark of his career.

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Efren Navarro
Tigers' Efren Navarro: Outrighted to Toledo
Efren Navarro, 1B, DET
11/3/2017
News: Navarro was sent off the 40-man roster and outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.

Navarro played in 23 games for the Tigers once the rosters expanded in September, slashing .230/.319/.377 with two home runs and two RBI. The 31-year-old is unlikely to make any impact in most fantasy leagues for the upcoming season, but will continue to serve as organizational depth for Detroit.

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Adam Lind
Adam Lind: Heads to free agency
Adam Lind, 1B, WAS
11/2/2017
News: Lind will become a free agent after the Nationals declined to pick up his mutual option for 2018, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

Lind bounced back after a disappointing 2016 campaign, hitting .303/.362/.513 with 14 homers in 116 games (301 plate appearances) for the Nationals last season. Still, he was owed $5 million next season and didn't have a direct avenue to everyday at-bats, so the Nationals decided to part ways with the 34-year-old. He joins a large group of first basemen available in free agency this offseason, so he could have some difficulty finding a favorable deal.

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Sam Travis
Red Sox's Sam Travis: Dealing with minor hip injury
Sam Travis, 1B, BOS
11/2/2017
News: Travis has returned from winter ball due to a minor hip injury, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

There doesn't appear to be any concern over Travis' hip, but the Red Sox are stressing precaution over their first baseman, and will let him rest up before spring training begins in a few months. During the course of the 2017 season, he played in 33 games for Boston, slashing .263/.325/.342 with one RBI and 13 runs scored.

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