Rosell Herrera
Reds' Rosell Herrera: Signs with Reds
Rosell Herrera, SS, COL
11/18/2017
News: Rosell signed a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training with Cincinnati on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Rosell spent the 2017 season with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Rockies' system, hitting .278/.351/.394 with three home runs, 27 RBI and 20 stolen bases. He will provide organizational depth in the outfield for the Reds, and will look to make the team coming out of spring training.

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Asdrubal Cabrera
Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera: Leading candidate for third base job
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, NYM
11/14/2017
News: Cabrera is the leading candidate to start at third base for the Mets in 2018, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

Cabrera bounced around the Mets' infield last year, appearing in 30 or more games at second base, shortstop and third base. While he's expected to start somewhere around the infield in 2018 after the Mets picked up his option, it appears New York would prefer to use him at the hot corner while looking elsewhere for a fill-in at second base. The 32-year-old has hit a respectable .280 with a .798 OPS, 37 homers and 121 RBI over the past two seasons (276 games) with the Mets.

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Pedro Florimon
Phillies' Pedro Florimon: Re-signs minor-league deal with Phillies
Pedro Florimon, SS, PHI
11/13/2017
News: Florimon re-signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies on Monday, Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Florimon spent most of his time in the minors last season, compiling a .265/.347/.410 line in 90 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley before earning a promotion in August. While it was a small sample size, he held his own in the majors, slashing .348/.388/.478 in 15 games before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. The 30-year-old utility man is expected to be healthy for the start of spring training, where he should compete for a bench spot.

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Fernando Tatis Jr.
Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr.: Shut down in winter leauge
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, SD
11/13/2017
News: The Padres have ended Dominican Winter League play for Tatis.

This is not an injury-related decision. The Padres believe Tatis has seen enough action for one year, totaling around 650 plate appearances. They'll attempt to give the prospect some time off before spring training fires up. The 18-year-old third-baseman started 2017 in High-A Fort Wayne before being promoted to Double-A San Antonio, where he batted .255 in 57 plate appearances.

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Corey Seager
Dodgers' Corey Seager: Elbow still being monitored
Corey Seager, SS, LAD
11/7/2017
News: General manager Andrew Friedman said Seager's elbow is still being monitored, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Seager has been managing elbow soreness since August, forcing him to miss a handful of games down the stretch. While the Dodgers are hopeful it will heal over time, they haven't ruled out the possibility of offseason surgery -- an idea that was also floated around at the beginning of September. Seeing as the specifics of the issue remain unclear, it's difficult to determine the potential recovery timeline that would come with the offseason procedure. Despite also missing time with ankle and back injuries, Seager was able to finish the season with a .295/.375/.479 line and 22 homers in 145 games.

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Zack Cozart
Reds' Zack Cozart: Reds won't proffer qualifying offer
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
11/6/2017
News: The Reds aren't going to offer Cozart a qualifying offer before he becomes a free agent, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

Because it's a relatively weak market for shortstops and because of Cozart's injury history, this isn't terribly surprising. But this also means that if Cozart signs elsewhere, the Reds won't receive any compensation.

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Chris Owings
Diamondbacks' Chris Owings: Has second surgery on finger
Chris Owings, SS, ARI
11/6/2017
News: Owings underwent surgery on his right middle finger Saturday.

The surgery, which was performed on the same finger Owings had surgery on at the end of July, was apparently done to ensure proper and complete healing. He originally fractured his finger on a bunt attempt July 30 and subsequently missed the rest of the season. Owings hasn't been given a recovery timetable at this point, but barring any setbacks, he'll likely be ready to go for the start spring training.

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Nick Ahmed
Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed: Off disabled list
Nick Ahmed, SS, ARI
11/4/2017
News: Ahmed (wrist) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Friday.

Ahmed underwent surgery in early September to repair his fractured right wrist, and should be fully healed and ready to go for spring training in a few months. Over the course of the 2017 season, Ahmed slashed .251/.298/.419 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 53 games.

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Ketel Marte
Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte: Triples twice in wild-card win
Ketel Marte, SS, ARI
10/5/2017
News: Marte (hamstring) went 3-for-5 with two triples, a run and an RBI in the Diamondbacks' 11-8 win over the Rockies on Wednesday in the National League wild-card game.

Though a hamstring injury forced Marte to exit early in the Diamondbacks' regular-season finale against the Royals on Sunday, a couple days off before the wild-card game was all he needed to heal up. Marte then came up big in the first playoff game of his career, becoming the first player in MLB postseason history to triple twice in the same game since 1993. With Chris Owings (finger) still on the mend and not expected to join the active roster for the Diamondbacks' divisional series matchup with the Dodgers, it's expected that Marte will be in store for a full slate for starts at shortstop.

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Kevin Maitan
Braves' Kevin Maitan: Could be declared FA by MLB
Kevin Maitan, SS, ATL
10/3/2017
News: Maitan could be declared a free agent upon the conclusion of MLB's investigation into improprieties regarding his signing in 2016, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.

Ex Braves general manager John Coppolella, who resigned Monday, seems to have disregarded many rules during his tenure, and his pursuit of Maitan might be the most well-known of these alleged violations. The Braves seem to have had an agreement in place with Maitan when he was only 14 years old, and he was essentially working as a Braves' prospect in Florida for more many months before he was eligible to sign on July 2, 2016. Maitan is a prized switch-hitting infield prospect, and would be greatly sought after if he were put back on the market. He hit .220/.273/.323 with two home runs and 39 strikeouts in 33 games as a 17-year-old in the Appalachian League, but has as much power and batting average upside as any prospect who has not yet played in a full-season league.

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