Giants' Aramis Garcia: Placed on 40-man roster
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(11/20/2017) Garcia was added to the Giants' 40-man roster Monday and will be protected from the Rule 5 draft, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Garcia started the year at High-A San Jose and slashed .272/.314/.497 over 81 games. His solid showing earned him a promotion to Double-A Richmond, where he hit .282 with a .796 OPS across 22 outings. While Garcia typically plays catcher, he spent some time at first base last season, which makes him a more versatile option should San Francisco consider bringing him up to the big club.

Brewers' Jacob Nottingham: Joins 40-man roster
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(11/20/2017) Nottingham was added to the 40-man roster Monday.

Nottinham didn't put on his strongest display at the plate in 2017. The 22-year-old hit just .209/.326/.369 over 101 games at Double-A Biloxi. By joining the 40-man roster, Nottingham is protected from the Rule 5 draft.

Hector Sanchez: Elects free agency
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(11/6/2017) 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.

Nationals' Matt Wieters: Officially exercises player option
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(11/6/2017) 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.

Chris Stewart: Club declines option
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(11/3/2017) 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 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.

Marlins' Chad Wallach: Claimed by Miami
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(11/3/2017) 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.

Nationals' Matt Wieters: Exercises player option
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(11/3/2017) Wieters will stay with the Nationals and pick up his $10.5 million player option for the 2018 season, Mark Feinsand of reports.

Wieters had a bit of a down year during his first season with Washington, slashing .225/.288/.344 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI. On a positive note, he was able to stay relatively healthy, playing in 123 games, and will head into spring training as the starting catcher for the Nats.

Braves' Tyler Flowers: Has 2018 option picked up
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(10/23/2017) 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.

Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Not in Game 5 lineup
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(10/19/2017) 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.

Cubs' Willson Contreras: In lineup for Game 4
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(10/18/2017) 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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