Lorenzo Cain: Dismisses qualifying offer
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(11/16/2017) Cain rejected the Royals' qualifying offer and has officially become a free agent, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.

Cain was expected to decline the club's offer, and now that he has, the 31-year-old will test the free-agent market. He's likely looking for a multi-year deal after spending the past seven seasons in Kansas City. During the 2017 campaign, he slashed .300/.363/.440 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI.


Yankees' Clint Frazier: Viewed as depth piece in 2018
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(11/14/2017) General manager Brian Cashman said Frazier is basically blocked at the big-league level next season, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports.

The Yankees seem set on using Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge as their everyday outfielders, with veteran Jacoby Ellsbury working as the reserve, leaving Frazier as the odd man out. He appeared in 39 games for the Yankees last season thanks to injuries; while he flashed some of his high upside, he finished the year with an unremarkable .231/.268/.448 line and 43 strikeouts in 142 plate appearances. He's still viewed as a big part of the Yankees' future, but for now, it appears he'll continue sharpening his skills in the minors while serving as a glorified depth piece.


Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury: Entering spring as fourth outfielder
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(11/14/2017) General manager Brian Cashman said Ellsbury will likely be the Yankees' fourth outfielder next season, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports.

Cashman said Ellbsbury will still compete for an outfield spot, but that the team is basically set on starting Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge from left to right across the outfield. This isn't all too surprising, as Ellsbury didn't start a single postseason game in the outfield. The 34-year-old was still effective last season, hitting .264/.348/.402 with seven homers and 22 stolen bases in 112 games, and could earn a starting job elsewhere if he decides to waive his no-trade clause.


Red Sox's Bryce Brentz: Favorite to win fourth outfield spot
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(11/14/2017) President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said Brentz has the inside track on the Red Sox's fourth outfield spot, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

Brentz, who was recently added to the 40-man roster, spent all of last season with Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting a respectable .271/.334/.529 with 31 homers and 85 RBI in 120 games. With Chris Young gone to free agency, the Red Sox have decided to give Brentz a chance to earn a reserve outfield role out of spring training. He's held his own during a couple of brief major-league stints in 2015 and 2016, slashing .287/.311/.379 with one homer in 34 games.


Yankees' Aaron Hicks: Viewed as everyday outfielder in 2018
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(11/13/2017) General manager Brian Cashman said Monday that Hicks is expected to be an everyday starter in the outfield next season, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. "We wouldn't have been playing him everyday in the postseason if we didn't think that," Cashman noted.

Injuries and a crowded outfield limited Hicks to just 361 plate appearances in 2017, but that didn't stop the 28-year-old from producing his best season to date. He flashed the much coveted power-speed combo, hitting .266/.372/.475 with 15 homers and 10 stolen bases in 88 games. Assuming he's able to stay healthy next season, Hicks should be in line for a healthy uptick in opportunities.


Twins' LaMonte Wade: Suffers concussion in AFL
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(11/12/2017) Wade was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms after colliding with a teammate in an Arizona Fall League game, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The game was delayed several minutes while Wade, 23, lay on the outfield grass. He was eventually removed from the game on a stretcher, but he gave the thumbs-up sign and appears to have escaped any serious physical injury.


Athletics' Mark Canha: Undergoes wrist surgery
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(11/8/2017) Canha had surgery on his right wrist to remove a cyst Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Canha should be all healed up and ready to go by the time spring training rolls around, barring any sort of setback that stems from this procedure. During the 2017 season, the outfielder played in 57 big-league games for the A's, slashing .208/.262/.382 with five home runs and 14 RBI.


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

Cain is one of three Royals players who received the offer ($17.4 million for the 2018 season), but all three are expected to test the waters of free agency and receive multi-year deals. Following a career-high 155 games played in a healthy 2017 campaign, the 31-year-old figures to be of interest to clubs seeking a big upgrade in center field this winter. Cain finished the season with 15 homers and 26 steals along with a .300/.363/.440 line in 645 plate appearances.


Cesar Puello: Heads to free agency
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(11/6/2017) Puello cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Puello struggled to a .206/.308/.206 line in 17 games between the Rays and Angels last season, prompting Tampa Bay to drop him from their 40-man roster following the season. He performed much better at Triple-A -- slashing a combined .327/.377/.526 with 13 homers and 18 steals in 87 games between Salt Lake and Round Rock -- so he should catch on somewhere else as outfield depth.


Athletics' Dustin Fowler: Returned from 60-day DL
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(11/6/2017) Fowler (knee) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Fowler's season ended in June after he suffered an open rupture in his right patella tendon during his MLB debut. Prior to injuring himself, Fowler appeared in 70 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, hitting .293/.329/.542 with 13 homers and 13 stolen bases. He's expected to be ready for the start of 2018, and he'll get a chance to open the campaign as Oakland's starting center fielder.


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