Hector Sanchez
Hector Sanchez: Elects free agency
Hector Sanchez, C, SD
11/6/2017
News: Sanchez cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent Monday.

Sanchez decided to head to free agency after being outrighted off the Padres' 40-man roster. He served primarily as a pinch hitter for the big club last season, slashing .219/.245/.423 in 75 games. Sanchez did manage eight homers in 137 plate appearances, though he'll still likely settle for a minor-league contract.

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Matt Wieters
Nationals' Matt Wieters: Officially exercises player option
Matt Wieters, C, WAS
11/6/2017
News: Wieters will officially return to the Nationals in 2018 after exercising his $10.5 million player option, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

As expected, Wieters will return to Washington for the final year of his two-year deal. The backstop is coming off one of his worst statistical seasons as a pro, hitting just .225/.288/.344 with 10 homers and 52 RBI over 123 games. He's still viewed as the Nationals' starting catcher heading into 2018, but the team may look to bring in a capable backup that could push Wieters for playing time.

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Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart: Club declines option
Chris Stewart, C, PIT
11/3/2017
News: Stewart will not return to the Pirates after the club elected to decline its $1.5 million option for the 2018 season, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

Stewart played in 51 games for Pittsburgh in 2017, but he hit just .183/.241/.221 with no home runs and four RBI. He will look to latch on with another organization this winter, although it's unlikely that he will make much of a fantasy impact.

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Chad Wallach
Marlins' Chad Wallach: Claimed by Miami
Chad Wallach, C, MIA
11/3/2017
News: Wallach was claimed off waivers by the Marlins on Friday, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

Wallach spent six games with the Reds in 2017, going 1-for-11 at the plate with five strikeouts during a limited opportunity in September. Moving ahead, he will serve as organizational depth for the Marlins, and will likely begin next season with Triple-A New Orleans.

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Tyler Flowers
Braves' Tyler Flowers: Has 2018 option picked up
Tyler Flowers, C, ATL
10/23/2017
News: The Braves exercised their 2018 contract option on Tyler Flowers.

Flowers had a solid showing during the 2017 season. Over 99 games he hit .281/.378/.445 and logged 49 RBI, one shy of his career-high mark of 50. In addition to picking up his 2018 option, the Braves reported that Flowers underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on his left wrist in early October. Fortunately, it seems to have been a minor procedure as the team expects him to be in full health once spring training rolls around.

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Yasmani Grandal
Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Not in Game 5 lineup
Yasmani Grandal, C, LAD
10/19/2017
News: Grandal is out of the lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Thursday.

Grandal will head to the bench for the fourth time in this series as Austin Barnes is set to catch Clayton Kershaw and bat seventh in the lineup. Over the course of the postseason, Grandal is just 0-for-5 at the plate, with three walks and two strikeouts.

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Willson Contreras
Cubs' Willson Contreras: In lineup for Game 4
Willson Contreras, C, CHC
10/18/2017
News: Contreras (forearm) is starting at catcher and batting fifth for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Contreras took a pitch off his forearm in the eighth inning of Game 3, but the injury was never expected to keep him out of the Cubs' crucial Game 4 clash. He's 2-for-11 with six strikeouts in the NLCS, which the Dodgers lead 3-0.

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Jeff Mathis
Diamondbacks' Jeff Mathis: Starting Monday night
Jeff Mathis, C, ARI
10/9/2017
News: Mathis is starting at catcher and hitting eighth for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Monday.

Mathis has played in two games this postseason, over which he's gone 2-for-7 with a home run and two RBI. He'll look to continue his solid showing Monday against a Dodgers squad that's starting Yu Darvish on the hill.

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Chris Iannetta
Diamondbacks' Chris Iannetta: Out again Friday
Chris Iannetta, C, ARI
10/6/2017
News: Iannetta is not in the lineup against the Dodgers on Friday.

Jeff Mathis will handle the catching duties yet again as the Diamondbacks begin their NLDS with the Dodgers on Friday night. Although Iannetta didn't start the wild-card game Wednesday either, he remains the top option for Arizona behind the plate, and will likely be back in the starting nine for Saturday's matchup.

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Jeff Glenn
Mets' Jeff Glenn: Re-signs with Mets
Jeff Glenn, C, NYM
10/3/2017
News: Glenn agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mets on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old played in just 20 games this year at Triple-A Las Vegas, slashing .234/.321/.340. Dunn also struck out in 30.2 percent of his plate appearances. The Mets currently have a lot of depth at catcher, so it's likely he will stay at Triple-A in a similar role next season.

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