Mike Moustakas: Officially becomes free agent
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(11/16/2017) Moustakas declined the Royals' qualifying offer and became a free agent Thursday, Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times reports.

Although it was expected that Moustakas would reject Kansas City's offer, the news was made official just ahead of Thursday's deadline. The third baseman will look for a large multi-year offer after slashing .272/.314/.521 with 38 home runs and 85 RBI last season.

Tigers' Niko Goodrum: Heads to Detroit
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(11/16/2017) Goodrum signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Thursday, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports.

Goodrum will join the Tigers' organization after spending most of the 2017 season on Triple-A Rochester within Minnesota's system. During 11 major-league appearances, the infielder went 1-for-17 with a walk, but hit .265/.309/.425 with 13 home runs and 66 RBI in the minors. He will likely begin the 2018 season with Triple-A Toledo, but could see time in the big leagues in the near future.

Mets' T.J. Rivera: Will likely miss months of 2018 season
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(11/15/2017) Rivera (elbow) may not be back on the field until the middle of the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in September, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

The Mets hadn't provided a timeline for Rivera's recovery up to this point, but it appears as though he will miss the first couple months of the 2018 season while healing from the surgery, according to general manager Sandy Alderson. The utility man will be reevaluated on a consistent basis once spring training rolls around, so there should be further updates on his status during that time.

Twins' Miguel Sano: Undergoes surgery Monday
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(11/13/2017) Sano (lower leg) successfully underwent surgery on his shin Monday.

As expected, Sano had a procedure to alleviate pain that had been coming from a stress fracture in his left shin. The estimated timeframe for his recovery is around eight weeks, so he should be back in full health once spring training arrives.

Jae-Gyun Hwang: Back in KBO
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(11/13/2017) Hwang agreed to a four-year, $7.85 million deal with the KT Wiz of the KBO, Sung Min Kim of the Sporting News reports.

He signed a minor-league deal with the Giants last season and was a flop, hitting .154 in a brief big-league stint while being a below league (98 wRC+) average hitter in the Pacific Coast League. It is no surprise that Hwang chose to return to a league where he has had past success. The length of the deal makes it unlikely that he will ever return to MLB, as he will be 34 when the deal is over, presumably past his prime.

Red Sox's Bobby Dalbec: Finished 2017 on high note
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(11/12/2017) Dalbec slashed .297/.407/.576 with seven homers and 22 RBI over the final 31 games of the 2017 season for Low-A Greenville.

Dalbec made a splash after being a fourth-round draft pick in 2016, resembling Babe Ruth in the short-season NY/Penn League with a 1.101 OPS over 34 games. That had us anticipating his 2017 season with great interest, but it took some time for the 22-year-old to regain his timing following a broken hamate bone suffered in mid-May. The Red Sox hope Dalbec can build off that final month. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is the real deal in terms of power, but there will be significant swing-and-miss in his game (37.4 K% at Greenville). The question is whether or not he can maintain a high-enough average.

Royals' Mike Moustakas: Receives qualifying offer from Royals
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(11/7/2017) The Royals made a qualifying offer to Moustakas prior to Monday's deadline, the Kansas City Star reports.

It's expected that Moustakas will turn down the $17.4 million offer for 2018 and ink a multi-year deal with winter. Whether he, Eric Hosmer, or Lorenzo Cain ended up returning to Kansas City on a long-term deal is very much up in the air at this point. The Royals will receive a pick after the end of the first round of the 2018 first-year player draft if Moustakas inks a deal with another club worth $50 million or more , while they'll receive a compensatory pick after the second round if the new contract is worth less than $50 million.

Rangers' Hanser Alberto: Returned from DL
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(11/6/2017) Alberto (shoulder) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Monday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Alberto missed all of 2017 with a shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery in June. He should be ready to go for the start of spring training, where he'll look to break camp as a utility infielder.

Giants' Pablo Sandoval: Remaining with San Francisco for 2018 season
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(11/6/2017) Sandoval's team option was picked up by the Giants on Monday, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

After returning to San Francisco during the second half of the 2017 season, Sandoval hit a bleak .225/.263/.367 over 47 games. With Sandoval's performance leaving much to be desired, a reserve role seems likely for the 31-year-old.

Giants' Christian Arroyo: Undergoes surgery on hand
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(11/6/2017) Arroyo underwent surgery on his hand and won't return to the Dominican Winter League, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

It's currently unknown when Arroyo, who had a plate put in his hand, will resume baseball activity. However, the team hasn't given any indication that he won't be back in full health once spring training arrives. Arroyo got his first taste of the majors during the 2017 season, as he played in 34 games for the big club. In that time he hit .192/.244/.304.

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