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Danny Espinosa was traded to the Angels on Saturday, Josh Norris of Baseball America reports.

Impact

Espinosa will head to Los Angeles after playing 779 games with the Nationals over parts of the last seven seasons. He played shortstop in Washington, but with Andrelton Simmons playing that position for the Angels, Espinosa will presumably move to second base. Espinosa hit just .209 last season, but did set career highs with 24 home runs and 72 RBI over 157 games.

Speaking at the team's Piratefest on Saturday, Andrew McCutchen refused to blame thumb and knee injuries for his poor performance in 2016. "I just didn't have it," he told DK Pittsburgh Sports. "It just wasn't there. It had nothing to do with injuries. I didn't produce the way that I wanted to, that's plain and simple. I appreciate it, because people are like, 'Something's not right. Something's off. He has to be injured to not be performing.' Honestly, it was nothing. The performance just wasn't there."

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McCutchen is unsure whether he'll remain in center field. "Who knows if something changes," he said. "I don't know that, all the way. Hopefully we'll have a more definitive answer going into spring training. … Center field, right, left, I'm just happy to be playing." The outfielder also cleared the air with GM Neal Huntington after hearing his name mentioned in trade talks at the winter meetings. "We had a good conversation and basically ended it on good terms and went from there," McCutchen noted.

Pablo Sandoval becomes the leading candidate to be Boston's starting third baseman after the organization's recent acquisitions.

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Manager John Farrell said Sandoval will have to earn the job, but it's his to lose after the club traded Travis Shaw and Yoan Moncada in separate deals last week. The manager also has Brock Holt on hand for some duty at third base, but he's not a realistic full-time option at the position. Sandoval will have much to prove in 2017, the third season of a five-year deal the Red Sox are beginning to regret. There are a few prospects in the pipeline, but at best, none are closer than two years away.

Koda Glover was shut down in September due to a torn labrum in his hip, per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

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The injury was apparently bad enough that surgery was on the table for Glover, per Janes. This news is intriguing considering seven out of the 11 runs Glover allowed in his rookie year came over the span of his final seven games, so it's possible to attribute a rough performance to an injury. Glover himself declined to make that connection, but it's at least something to keep in mind when appraising the young pitcher. Glover is currently rehabbing and expects to be fine for 2017.

Gerrit Cole (elbow) will begin his normal throwing program Monday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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He needed several months to the let the elbow inflammation subside, but Cole said Saturday that he is healthy and ready to pick up a baseball again. With pitchers and catchers not reporting for another two-plus months, Cole has plenty of time to gradually rebuild strength. The 26-year-old will be a popular bounce-back candidate in drafts.

Keon Broxton (wrist) pleaded no contest Monday to a trespassing charge stemming from his November arrest, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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After being arrested on Nov. 4 and released on a $500 bond, Broxton issued a public apology to the Brewers organization, fans and Tampa law enforcement for a "lack of proper judgment." Broxton reportedly refused to leave an area after a fight. Barring any team or league discipline, or any setbacks with his injured wrist, Broxton will likely open 2016 as the Brewers' primary center fielder. He struck out at an incredibly high rate last season (36.1 percent) but graded out very well in center field while flashing an enticing combination of power and speed.

Reid Brignac signed a minor league contract with the Astros on Friday that includes an invite to spring training, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

Brignac has spent time in the majors in each of the past nine seasons, but he hasn't reached 100 plate appearances in any of the past five years and has totaled just 46 plate appearances over the past two campaigns. The soon-to-be 31-year-old is a .219/.264/.309 career hitter at the major league level, but he can play shortstop, second base and third and thus has some real-life value.

Nationals trainers have told Daniel Murphy that the upper leg problems he encountered late in 2016 could recur, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

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Murphy at least emphasized that he's healthy now, per MASN's Mark Zuckerman, but this is still worrying news. Murphy missed 13 straight games to end the 2016 season and hit .150 during the NLDS. He bounced back to hit .438 in the NLCS, but recurring leg injuries for 31-year-old second basemen whom already had limited range on defense are not ideal. He's still one of the top players in fantasy, it might just be wise to have a backup in line.

The Phillies have signed Sean Burnett to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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Burnett will earn $1.25 million if he makes it to the majors in 2017. The Phillies have just two lefties on their 40-man roster, so Burnett gives them more depth in that area. He has an opt out in in his contract on March 26 if he does not earn a roster spot with the Phillies this spring.

The Phillies have signed Daniel Nava to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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Nava can earn $1.35 million if he makes it to the majors in 2017. He has a decent shot of earning a bench spot with the Phillies as they currently lack veteran depth in the outfield and behind Tommy Joseph at first base. Nava hit .223/.297/.292 with a home run in 130 at-bats between the Angels and Royals last season.

Yorman Landa has died in a car accident in his native Venezuela, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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It's a terrible day for both the Twins and all of baseball. Landa has been with the Twins since signing as a 16-year old from Santa Teresa, Venezuela in 2010, reaching High-A Fort Myers in 2016.

Miguel Gonzalez has signed a minor league contract with the Tigers that includes an invite to spring training.

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Gonzalez enjoyed a five-game cup of coffee with the White Sox in 2013 but has been stuck at the Triple-A level ever since. He hit just .243/.298/.327 with Triple-A Toledo in 2016 and will likely play out his entire age-26 season as minor league depth, barring several injuries behind the plate in Detroit.

Dustin Molleken has signed a minor league contract with the Tigers that includes an invite to spring training.

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Molleken finally broke through to the majors in 2016 after being stuck at the Triple-A level for five-plus seasons, making four appearances out of the Tigers' bullpen. He will attempt to work his way into the discussion for a major league role again in spring training, but it's likely Molleken begins the year back at Toledo.

Shawn Zarraga signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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Zarraga spent the last two years in the Dodgers organization, most recently posting a measly .434 OPS with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Due to this and the general logjam at catcher in the Reds organization, the 27-year-old will likely just be an organizational depth piece from here on out.

Kevin Shackelford signed a minor league deal with the Reds on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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The 27-year-old had a solid season in 2016, posting a 2.30 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP with Triple-A Louisville. Shackelford doesn't possess very good peripherals, though (3.78 FIP, 20:13 K:BB), so he'll likely head back to being an organizational depth piece once spring training concludes.

Lucas Luetge signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Friday that includes an invite to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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The left-hander spent last season with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City, but he struggled to the tune of a 4.85 ERA out of the Bees bullpen. He'll likely act as organizational depth given his lack of standout numbers.

Logan Kensing has signed a minor league contract with the Tigers that includes an invite to spring training.

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A second-round pick in 2003, Kensing has bounced between seven organizations in his 13 professional seasons. He has spent parts of nine seasons in the major leagues, posting a 5.70 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 181.2 career innings. The right-hander is a prototypical Quad-A bullpen arm.

Hernan Iribarren agreed to a minor league contract with the Reds that includes an invitation to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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Iribarren reached the majors for the first time since 2009 last season and played surprisingly well, batting .311 in 45 at-bats with Cincinnati. He'll return to try to garner a reserve utility role out of spring training, although it'll be tough for a middling 32-year-old to swipe a 40-man roster spot while the Reds are trying to rebuild with younger pieces.

Ruben Alaniz has signed a minor league contract with the Tigers that includes an invite to spring training.

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After what was easily his best professional season to date, Alaniz decided to return for a second year in the Tigers' organization. The right-hander posted a 2.77 ERA with a strikeout per inning in 34 appearances with Double-A Erie to begin 2016, earning a promotion to the Triple-A level for the first time. Alaniz was even better after the move up and will now get a chance to prove himself against big-league hitters in major league camp.

Rob Brantly signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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The 27-year-old catcher has made a few appearances in the big leagues, although he hasn't been able to translate his bat to the majors for the most part. Pair this with the plethora of other catchers in the Reds system, and it seems like Brantly will spend another year as organizational depth.