Patrick Kivlehan
Reds' Patrick Kivlehan: Re-signs with Reds
Patrick Kivlehan, RF, CIN
10:22 AM
News: Kivlehan agreed to a minor-league contract with a spring training invitation with Cincinnati on Saturday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Kivlehan will return to Cincinnati after playing in 115 games with the big-league club last season. During that time, he slashed .208/.304/.399 with nine home runs and 26 RBI.

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Mason Williams
Reds' Mason Williams: Agrees to minor-league deal with Cincinnati
Mason Williams, RF, NYY
10:19 AM
News: Williams signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Reds on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Williams spent a majority of the 2017 season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hitting .263 with a .627 OPS and 30 RBI in 106 games. He also appeared in five contests with the Yankees, and went 4-for-17 at the plate during his brief opportunity. He will look to latch on with the Reds out of spring training, but will likely begin the year back in Triple-A.

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Rosell Herrera
Reds' Rosell Herrera: Signs with Reds
Rosell Herrera, SS, COL
10:13 AM
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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Carlos Pimentel
Astros' Carlos Pimentel: To serve 56-game suspension
Carlos Pimentel, SP, SD
11/17/2017
News: Pimentel was suspended 56 games for a positive test of Stanozolol, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Pimental only appeared in 14 games for Houston's rookie-league team in 2017, posting a 4.66 ERA and a 21:6 K:BB over 19.1 innings out of the bullpen. He will miss over one-third of the 2018 campaign due to this failed test.

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Angel Nesbitt
Angel Nesbitt: Suspended for 50 games
Angel Nesbitt, RP, DET
11/17/2017
News: Nesbitt was suspended 50 games after testing positive for the stimulant Heptaminol, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Following this announcement, it seems likely that Nesbitt will remain a free agent for a while longer, as the soon-to-be 27-year-old will spend almost a third of the 2018 season on the shelf. During this past year, he only appeared in 11 professional games -- all coming in the minors -- and sported a 6.08 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 13.1 innings.

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Matt Purke
Mets' Matt Purke: Signs with Mets
Matt Purke, RP, NYM
11/17/2017
News: Purke signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Mets on Friday.

Purke appeared in 48 games with Triple-A Charlotte in the White Sox's system last season, posting a 3.84 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 65.2 relief innings. The 27-year-old has only pitched in 12 career big-league games -- all coming in 2016 -- but will look to find a home with the Mets out of spring training.

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Ryan O'Rourke
Orioles' Ryan O'Rourke: Comes to terms with Orioles
Ryan O'Rourke, RP, MIN
11/16/2017
News: O'Rourke (elbow) agreed to a deal with the Orioles on Thursday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

O'Rourke was cut loose by the Twins after missing the entirety of the 2017 campaign following Tommy John surgery in May. It's unclear how far along the 29-year-old is in his rehab, but he'll be given the opportunity to compete for a spot on the Orioles' roster once he's back at full strength. O'Rourke posted a 3.96 ERA over 25 innings of relief during the 2016 season with the Twins.

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Jose Altuve
Astros' Jose Altuve: Takes home A.L. MVP honors
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
11/16/2017
News: Altuve was named the American League's Most Valuable Player on Thursday.

Altuve's ascension into stardom took another major leap forward in 2017 as the 27-year-old became the first Astro to bring home MVP honors since Jeff Bagwell was crowned N.L. MVP in 1994. Altuve led the American League in hits (204) for the fourth consecutive season and won the league's batting title with a career-high .346 average. His 24 home runs were also a career high and the superstar second baseman is firmly in play as the top overall player heading into 2018 fantasy drafts. The man can do it all.

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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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Wade Davis
Wade Davis: Declines qualifying offer
Wade Davis, RP, CHC
11/16/2017
News: Davis officially declined his qualifying offer from the Cubs on Thursday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

By electing to forego the one-year, $17.4 million offer, Davis will become a free agent, though the Cubs will receive draft pick compensation if he ends up signing elsewhere. The 32-year-old shouldn't have trouble finding a multi-year deal after his stellar 2017 campaign, during which he converted 32 of his 33 save chances while compiling a 2.30 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 58.2 innings.

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