Reds' Patrick Kivlehan: Re-signs with Reds
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(11/18/2017) Kivlehan agreed to a minor-league contract with a spring training invitation with Cincinnati on Saturday, Mark Sheldon of 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.

Reds' Mason Williams: Agrees to minor-league deal with Cincinnati
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(11/18/2017) Williams signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Reds on Friday, Mark Sheldon of 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.

Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton: Crowned National League MVP
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(11/16/2017) 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.

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 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.

Giants' Hunter Pence: Could see limited role in 2018
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(11/16/2017) Pence may be in line for a part-time role next season, depending on the Giants' offseason moves this winter, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports.

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.

Brewers' Trent Grisham: Legally changes last name
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(11/15/2017) Clark has legally changed his last name to "Grisham" in honor of his mother, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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.

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 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 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 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.

Nationals' Ryan Raburn: Agrees to minors deal with Nats
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(11/14/2017) Raburn (back) agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

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.

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