Calixte didn't impress during limited action with the Giants last season. Over 29 games, he posted a dismal .143 batting average and .348 OPS. While his performance was better at Triple-A Sacramento, it didn't stand out. Over 97 games with Sacramento he slashed .243/.283/.421.
To protect him from the Rule 5 draft, the Reds added Siri to their 40-man roster. Siri played 126 games at Low-A Dayton in 2017, over which he slashed .293/.341/.530 and hit 24 home runs.
The move was made to protect Daza from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The 23-year-old outfielder spent all of 2017 with High-A Lancaster, hitting an impressive .341/.376/.466 with 87 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 125 games. While he doesn't hit a lot of homers, he led the California League in hits (177) and batting average (.341) while also knocking 34 doubles and 11 triples. Look for him to open 2018 at Double-A.
As expected, the move was made to protect Meadows -- who is viewed as the team's top prospect -- from the Rule 5 draft. He's coming off a disappointing 2017 campaign during which he hit just .250/.311/.359 in 72 games for Triple-A Indianapolis. He also dealt with hamstring and oblique injuries that limited him. The highly-touted prospect should compete for a spot on the Pirates' Opening Day roster, though the team may opt to start him out at Indianapolis once again.
By being added to the 40-man roster, O'Neill will be protected from the Rule 5 draft. O'Neill opened the 2017 season in the Mariners' organization before being traded to the Cardinals. Between Triple-A Tacoma and Triple-A Memphis he played in 130 games and slashed .246/.321/.499.
Prior to the 2017 season, Mercado's bat had been on the quiet side. His batting average had never climbed above the .254 mark, and his OPS peaked at .638. However, he had a great showing at Double-A Springfield. Over 120 games he slashed .287/.341/.428 and hit 13 home runs. Additionally, he showed the ability to be a threat on base as he swiped 38 bags in that time. By adding Mercado to the 40-man roster, the Cardinals will protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
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.
Pence is set to enter the final year of his 5-year deal, and it's become clear that the club wants to upgrade defense and potentially sign an impact bat within the next couple months. If San Francisco is able to receive the services of an outfielder or two, Pence will be expendable, and will likely be used in a limited role for the club next season. During the 2017 campaign, the 34-year-old slashed .260/.315/.285 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI in 134 games. In the event that the Giants find a couple next pieces, Pence's fantasy contributions will obviously take a significant hit.
The name change certainly doesn't have any measurable effect on Grisham's skills or outlook, but given that his name has popped up on prospect lists the last several years, it is at least notable. Grisham struggled to hit for both contact (.223 BA) and power (.348 SLG) in 2017, but his pedigree (2015 first-rounder), age (2018 will be his age-21 season) and on-base skills (.372 career OBP) are all reasons to still be excited about his future.
He ended the year on the DL with a back injury, having last played for the Nationals on July 22. It is unclear if this deal comes with an invite to spring training, but regardless, Raburn is highly unlikely to see significant work in the majors in 2018. He was essentially a replacement level player last year (negative-0.1 fWAR), which has been the case for the last two seasons.