Giancarlo Stanton
Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton: Crowned National League MVP
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA
11/16/2017
News: Stanton was named National League MVP on Thursday.

Stanton ended up narrowly edging out Joey Votto to take home his first MVP award. The slugging outfielder put together a historic campaign during which he led the majors in both homers (59) and RBI (132), while also hitting an impressive .281/.376/.631 in 159 games. He'll be the subject of trade talks all offseason, though he ultimately has the right to veto or accept any trade.

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Hunter Pence
Giants' Hunter Pence: Could see limited role in 2018
Hunter Pence, RF, SF
11/16/2017
News: Pence may be in line for a part-time role next season, depending on the Giants' offseason moves this winter, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports.

Pence is set to enter the final year of his 5-year deal, and it's become clear that the club wants to upgrade defense and potentially sign an impact bat within the next couple months. If San Francisco is able to receive the services of an outfielder or two, Pence will be expendable, and will likely be used in a limited role for the club next season. During the 2017 campaign, the 34-year-old slashed .260/.315/.285 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI in 134 games. In the event that the Giants find a couple next pieces, Pence's fantasy contributions will obviously take a significant hit.

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Trent Clark
Brewers' Trent Grisham: Legally changes last name
Trent Clark, CF, MIL
11/15/2017
News: Clark has legally changed his last name to "Grisham" in honor of his mother, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The name change certainly doesn't have any measurable effect on Grisham's skills or outlook, but given that his name has popped up on prospect lists the last several years, it is at least notable. Grisham struggled to hit for both contact (.223 BA) and power (.348 SLG) in 2017, but his pedigree (2015 first-rounder), age (2018 will be his age-21 season) and on-base skills (.372 career OBP) are all reasons to still be excited about his future.

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Ryan Raburn
Nationals' Ryan Raburn: Agrees to minors deal with Nats
Ryan Raburn, LF, WAS
11/14/2017
News: Raburn (back) agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

He ended the year on the DL with a back injury, having last played for the Nationals on July 22. It is unclear if this deal comes with an invite to spring training, but regardless, Raburn is highly unlikely to see significant work in the majors in 2018. He was essentially a replacement level player last year (negative-0.1 fWAR), which has been the case for the last two seasons.

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Eloy Jimenez
White Sox's Eloy Jimenez: Back in winter ball action
Eloy Jimenez, RF, CHC
11/13/2017
News: Jimenez (leg/illness) returned to action Sunday in the Dominican Winter League, Junior Matrille of Fiebredeportiva.com reports.

It was originally reported that he suffered a minor leg injury, but he also dealt with the flu over the past few days. When healthy, Jimenez has been a dominant force in the Dominican Winter League. He had four home runs and a 1.175 OPS in 15 games, picking up where he left off at the end of the minor-league season at Double. Jimenez could earn an assignment to Triple-A out of spring training, with a chance to force a big-league promotion this summer.

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Andrew Toles
Dodgers' Andrew Toles: Expects to be ready for start of 2018
Andrew Toles, LF, LAD
11/7/2017
News: General manager Andrew Friedman said he expects Toles (knee) to be ready for the start of spring training, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Toles hit .271/.314/.458 with five homers in 31 games before undergoing season-ending surgery in May to repair his torn ACL. The speedy outfielder will compete for a spot in the Dodgers' outfield in 2018.

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Noel Cuevas
Rockies' Noel Cuevas: Had contract selected
Noel Cuevas, CF, COL
11/6/2017
News: Cuevas was added to the Rockies' 40-man roster Monday.

Cuevas received a spring training invitation last year, but ultimately ended up spending the entirety of the season with Triple-A Albuquerque after failing to break came with the big club. The 26-year-old hit a respectable .312/.353/.487 with 44 extra-base hits, 16 stolen bases and 79 RBI in 128 games for the Isotopes, and is expected to get a chance to compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster in 2018.

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O'Koyea Dickson
O'Koyea Dickson: Cut by Dodgers
O'Koyea Dickson, LF, LAD
11/6/2017
News: Dickson (shoulder) was cut by the Dodgers on Monday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dickson spent most of his time with Triple-A Oklahoma City last season, hitting .246/.328/.484 with 24 homers in 116 games. He saw time with the big club as a September call-up, but failed to impress in his little playing time (1-for-7) before injuring his shoulder. He'll likely need to prove his shoulder is fully healthy before he's able to find a deal for next season.

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Jarrett Parker
Giants' Jarrett Parker: Undergoes procedure on clavicle
Jarrett Parker, LF, SF
11/6/2017
News: Parker won't participate in any winter leagues after having a plate removed from his clavicle, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Parker played in just 51 games during the 2017 season after breaking his clavicle early in the year. When healthy he scraped together a .247/.294/.416 line and logged 23 RBI. He'll aim to be in full health for spring training, at which point he'll look to make a case to start in the Giants' outfield.

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Andre Ethier
Andre Ethier: Has 2018 option declined
Andre Ethier, RF, LAD
11/5/2017
News: The Dodgers declined Ethier's 2018 option Sunday, making him a free agent, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.

Rather than keep Ethier on the team for the 2018 season and pay him $17.5 million, the Dodgers turned down their option on Ethier and bought out his contract for $2.5 million. Injuries have been the focal point of the last two seasons for Ethier, as he's played in a combined 38 games in that time. During the 2017 campaign he played in 22 games, over which he slashed .235/.348/.441.

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