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Indians are working on a qualifying offer to keep Mike Napoli for 2017.

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Napoli posted his first career 100 RBI season in 2016 and now the Indians are expected to extend him a qualifying offer of one-year for $17.2 Million. The veteran slugger recently turned 35 and is coming off an incentive-laden deal that earned him $10 Million this year. If the Indians do, in fact, extend the qualifying offer to Napoli, it will likely shy other teams away from pursuing him.
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Davis confirmed on Sunday that he will not play for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Davis also stated that he has felt "over-extended" recently and will forego the WBC in order to remain at Athletics' camp and go through the standard spring training regimen. He's coming off of a 42 home run campaign and is an attractive fantasy option entering the 2017 season.
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Abad, who didn't pitch well after being acquired by Boston last season and was left off the postseason roster, was retained by the Red Sox because they recognize he can be an effective left-handed reliever, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

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Abad had a 6.39 ERA over 12.2 innings in 18 games for Boston, but left-handed hitters were just 3-for-23 (.130) against him, suggesting he can still be a useful left-handed specialist. He'll join Robbie Ross as the primary left-handers in Boston's bullpen.
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Miranda will operate as a starting pitcher during spring training, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

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With the offseason additions of Drew Smyly and Yovani Gallardo, Miranda became the odd man out in the Mariners' starting rotation. The fact that he'll operate as a starter during spring training suggests that the 27-year-old will be utilized as the team's primary replacement starter heading into the 2017 season.
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Bogaerts' slump during the second half of 2016 was partially due to him making a decision where he wanted to hit the ball before the pitch reached him, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

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Bogaerts hit just .253/.317/.412/.729 after the All-Star break, though within that stretch there were pockets of a better approach, something that assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez pointed out to the shortstop. "You just have to start up the middle," Bogaerts said. "If you start up the middle, you can hit in and away. Sometimes I think too much away, and when they throw me in, all I can do is a little jam shot. If you think middle and keep your body straight, you see it and recognize -- and boom." As much as the 24-year-old shortstop has developed since entering the majors, the last bit of potential that remains untapped is avoiding those annoying prolonged slumps. That will come when he consistently stays back and reacts accordingly to the pitch delivered to him.
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Wright (neck) participated in a throwing session on Sunday for the first time since his June neck surgery, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

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The throwing session marks another significant milestone in Wright's recovery from his June 2016 neck surgery. The veteran third baseman began taking batting practice last week, as well. Though his rehab is progressing, his overall health entering the 2017 season still remains in question.
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Moncada is expected to start the 2017 season at Triple-A Charlotte, Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald reports.

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Moncada got a taste of the major leagues last season for Boston, an eight-game stint that proved he needs more seasoning, so Triple-A is the most likely landing spot for the organization's top prospect. The 21-year-old second baseman learned from his brief stint with the Red Sox, in which he struck out in his final nine at-bats. "I learned that you have to be open to making adjustments because this is the best baseball in the world and you're going to face the best of the best," Moncada said through a translator. "You have to be open to get some advice and to apply it. That was the most important thing that I learned in my time in the majors." It looks like Moncada will practicing those adjustments for the Knights to start the 2017 season.
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May (back) will compete for a spot in Minnesota's starting rotation this spring, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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May looked set to become a key factor in Minnesota's bullpen last season, but his year was sidetracked with back trouble that helped result in a a 5.27 ERA and 1.5 HR/9. The Twins believe his back woes may have been worsened by the inconsistent workload inherent as a reliever. Despite his struggles last year, May still struck out 12.66 K/9 and had a 93.9 mph average fastball. He'll make for an intriguing option if he's able to win a spot in the rotation.
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Moltakis (oblique) attempted to throw off flat ground Saturday but experienced some discomfort and will back off for the next few days, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Melotakis enters camp on the outside looking in for a major league roster spot to begin the season. Injuries certainly haven't helped his cause, but he posted solid numbers over 33.1 innings with the team's Double-A Chattanooga affiliate. He'll look to open eyes when he does return to the mound, but it sounds as if that may be a little ways off at this point.
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Tanaka (forearm) tossed a simulated game Sunday morning, Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record reports.

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Tanaka's already been tentatively pegged as the club's Opening Day starter. As long as he can avoid setbacks along the way that would prevent him from doing so, prospective owners should expect him to be ready well in advance of the regular season given his current point in the rehab process. The next step involves him getting in some starts during spring training, which will likely occur in the next couple weeks.
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Gattis (shoulder) got in some light throwing Sunday morning, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

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Gattis' progress from his shoulder soreness is certainly a good sign, as it has prevented him from participating in baseball activities early in camp. There's still plenty of time for him to get caught up before the start of the regular season. When healthy, the 30-year-old slugger figures to see time as both the backup catcher behind Brian McCann and as the designated hitter, where Carlos Beltran also figures into the mix.
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