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  • Yankees activate Martin Prado from DL
    Yankees activated INF/OF Martin Prado from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Prado was shut down in mid-September after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. He appeared to be rejuvenated after a mid-season trade to the Yankees, slashing .316/.336/.541 with seven homers and 16 RBI over his final 37 games. With eligibility at second base and third base, and hitting in a hitter-friendly ballpark, Prado should be able to carve out plenty of mixed league fantasy value in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:17 pm
     
    W, 9-5 x @Bos
  • Mariners activate Willie Bloomquist from DL
    Mariners activated INF Willie Bloomquist from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The veteran infielder underwent season-ending surgery on his right knee in early August. The 36-year-old will enter the 2015 season on the final year of his two-year deal with the Mariners. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:54 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 4-1 vs x LAA
  • Josh Satin outrighted to Triple-A
    Mets sent INF Josh Satin outright to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Satin was decent for the Mets as a part-time player in 2013, but he managed just three hits in 35 at-bats for the big club this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:25 pm
     
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    W, 8-3 vs x Hou
  • Ed Lucas outrighted to Triple-A
    Rangers sent INF Ed Lucas outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Lucas had just been claimed off waivers from the Marlins earlier this month. He batted .255/.302/.323 over 163 games with the Fish the last two seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:20 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Ed Lucas Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    L, 4-0 vs x Oak
  • Pablo Sandoval still wants $100 million deal
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Pablo Sandoval is still seeking a contract north of $100 million.

    Advice: That's the figure that Heyman reported in the spring. It's not surprising that his asking price would start around there, but whether Sandoval winds up getting close to that figure remains to be seen. The Giants offered him a three-year deal in the vicinity of $40 million this spring, but they'd surely be willing to up that proposal. Sandoval could wind up taking a little less to remain in San Francisco, though the Red Sox are expected to bid aggressively. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:04 pm
     
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    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Brews pick up their portion of Ramirez option
    The Brewers have exercised their portion of Aramis Ramirez's $14 million mutual option for 2015.

    Advice: Ramirez has three days to decide whether to pick up his portion, which he seems likely to do. The 36-year-old's power evaporated down the stretch, but he still hit a solid .285/.330/.427 with 15 homers and 66 RBI across 133 games this season. He should remain reasonably productive next season as long as he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Don Kelly outrighted to Triple-A
    Tigers sent INF/OF Don Kelly outright to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Kelly is arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter but could be non-tendered. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:41 am
     
    New Player Note
    Don Kelly Det - 1B,3B,OF
    Not Active
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • Jose Iglesias removed from 60-day DL
    Tigers activated SS Jose Iglesias from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Iglesias is expected to be fine for spring training after missing all of 2014 with stress fractures in both shins. He'll be the team's starting shortstop next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:36 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • Indians pick up Mike Aviles' 2015 option
    Indians exercised INF Mike Aviles' $3.5 million option for 2015.

    Advice: It was reported a week ago that they planned to pick it up, and now it's official. Aviles hit just .247/.273/.343 this season, but he offers plenty of value with his ability to play all over the diamond. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:10 am
     
    New Player Note
    Mike Avilés Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 7-2 vs x TB
  • MRI on Profar's shoulder 95 pct. clean
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that an MRI on Jurickson Profar (shoulder) was "95 percent clean."

    Advice: Good news for Profar, who missed the entire 2014 season due to a right shoulder injury. The Rangers shut the 21-year-old infielder down in September after he suffered multiple setbacks, but Daniels hopes that he'll be cleared in January. Still, he remains a big question going into 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:23 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 2B,3B,SS
    Disabled List
    L, 4-0 vs x Oak
  • Ramon Santiago elects to become free agent
    Ramon Santiago has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Santiago was outrighted off the Reds' 40-man roster on Thursday and rejected an assignment to Triple-A Louisville. The 35-year-old utility infielder is a .243/.314/.330 career hitter in 920 major league games. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:51 am
     
    Player Note
    Ramón Santiago Cin - 2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    W, 4-1 vs x Pit
  • Kevin Youkilis, 35, is retiring from baseball
    Kevin Youkilis has retired from baseball.

    Advice: "Youkilis, after deep thought about family and health, is calling it a career," reads a tweet from the 35-year-old's representatives at Pro Star Management. Youkilis collected 1,053 hits, 150 home runs, and 618 RBI over the course of his 10 major league seasons. He spent 2014 playing for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:45 am
     
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    W, 9-5 x @Bos
  • Sandoval sets record, Giants win World Series
    Pablo Sandoval set a postseason record with a huge night in Wednesday's World Series Game 7 win, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored as the Giants edged the Royals 3-2 for the title.

    Advice: Sandoval broke a four-way tie with Marquis Grissom, Darin Erstad and David Freese when he doubled for his MLB-record 26th hit of the postseason (and third hit of the game) in the top of the eighth inning. Prior to that, Sandoval had two singles, a walk and two runs scored in the Game 7 win. For the series, Sandoval finished 12-for-28 (.429) with four RBI and six runs scored. It was a performance that will serve him well financially heading into free agency this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:23 pm
     
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    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Cubs outright Josh Vitters to Triple-A Iowa
    Cubs sent OF Josh Vitters outright to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Vitters was the third overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft and was rated a Top 50 prospect by Baseball Prospectus three years in a row (2008-2010), but the 25-year-old has turned quickly into a bust. He batted just .213/.268/.339 in 112 games this season at Triple-A Iowa and had to be moved from third base to left field. It's difficult to envision a prominent role for Vitters in the Cubs' immediate future. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:15 pm
     
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    W, 5-2 x @Mil
  • Cubs outright Chris Valaika to AAA Iowa
    Cubs sent INF Chris Valaika outright to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Valaika batted just .231/.282/.339 in 131 plate appearances this season for the Cubs. The utility infielder is no longer on the team's 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:12 pm
     
    Player Note
    Chris Valaika ChC - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 ^ @Mil
  • Moustakas hitting eighth again in Game 7
    Mike Moustakas will bat eighth again in Game 7 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Moustakas doubled and homered in Game 6 on Tuesday and he'll hope to come up big in the deciding game of the Fall Classic. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Moustakas 3B, Omar Infante 2B. Jeremy Guthrie will oppose Tim Hudson. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Reds decline option on Hannahan
    Reds declined INF Jack Hannahan's $4 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: An expected move, Hannahan will receive a $2 million buyout and hit free agency. The veteran infielder missed most of 2014 after offseason shoulder surgery and ended up batting .188/.220/.250 over 50 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:30 am
     
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    W, 4-1 vs x Pit
  • Report: BoSox prioritizing Sandoval, Headley
    CBS Sports' reports that the Red Sox are "prioritizing" impending free agents Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley.

    Advice: The Red Sox are looking for an upgrade at the hot corner after their third basemen hit just .211/.271/.308 this season. They'll have plenty of competition, of course, as the Giants would like to re-sign Sandoval and the Yankees are interested in keeping Headley. Sandoval will obviously be the most expensive of the two and will also be attached to draft pick compensation, as the Giants are expected to make him a qualifying offer. Headley won't be attached to a draft pick since he was traded during the season. Heyman hears that the Red Sox could also look at Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez if he becomes a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:22 am
     
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    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Mike Moustakas homers in KC's 10-0 rout
    Mike Moustakas doubled in a run and launched a solo homer in Tuesday's World Series Game 6 win.

    Advice: Jake Peavy was able to escape a two-out rally by the Royals in the first inning, but things came unraveled in second, as Kansas City plated seven runs to break the game open. Moustakas was in the middle of it, doubling in the first run of the game before eventually coming around to score. He later added a solo blast off of Hunter Strickland, who has surrendered six longballs in 8 1/3 innings this postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Moustakas batting eighth for WS Game 6
    Mike Moustakas will bat eighth in Game 6 of the World Series against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's a slight change by Ned Yost, as Moustakas has batted ninth in his "standard" postseason lineup. Billy Butler and Nori Aoki both return to the lineup now that the Royals are back home under American League rules. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Aoki CF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Moustakas 3B, Omar Infante 2B. Yordano Ventura will oppose Jake Peavy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:44 am
  • Rays could name managerial candidates soon
    According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, the Rays could release a list of managerial candidates by the end of the week.

    Advice: "Right now our focus isn't on names, but rather the qualities of the managers that we're seeking," said Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman. "And once we've reached consensus on that, then the task of collecting candidates will be a lot easier." Dave Martinez has been the Rays bench coach since 2008 and would appear to be the leading candidate for the job, but Gabe Kapler, Tim Bogar, Joe McEwing and Charlie Montoyo are among the other possibilities. It's believed that the team wants to settle on a replacement for Joe Maddon by Thanksgiving. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:11 am
  • Brewers claim Luis Jimenez off waivers
    Brewers claimed INF Luis Jimenez off waivers from the Angels.

    Advice: The Angels tried to sneak him to the minors after removing him from the 40-man roster, but the Brewers scooped him up. Jimenez, 26, has hit only .234/.268/.291 in 151 plate appearances in the majors, but he sports a career .299/.335/.509 minor league line. He'll presumably battle for a bench job in spring training. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:02 pm
     
    L, 5-2 vs x ChC
  • Dave Martinez leading candidate for manager
    According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Dave Martinez is the leading candidate to succeed Joe Maddon as the manager of the Rays.

    Advice: Martinez has been the Rays bench coach for the past seven seasons and seems like the obvious fit. He has also generated interest as a managerial candidate around the league in recent seasons. Topkin also mentions several other potential candidates including Gabe Kapler, Tim Bogar, Joe McEwing and Charlie Montoyo. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:41 am
  • Miguel Sano will not play winter ball in 2014
    Twins general manager Terry Ryan confirmed Friday that Miguel Sano will not play winter ball in the Dominican Republic this season.

    Advice: The top prospect hasn't had any setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but the doctors do not want him to play. He has been doing baseball-related drills at the Twins extended spring training complex and is getting healthier by the day, but the Twins still want to take things cautiously with their prized young slugger. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:47 pm
     
    Player Note
    Miguel Sano Min - 3B,SS
    Not Active
    L, 3-0 x @Det
  • Miguel Cabrera undergoes surgery on ankle
    Miguel Cabrera underwent surgery Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone at top of his foot.

    Advice: It had been known that Cabrera dealt with bone spurs down the stretch, but the stress fracture is a new revelation. The slugger will be re-evaluated in three months, so there would seem to be a chance that he'll be slowed at the beginning of spring training. Barring a setback, however, it shouldn't affect his availability for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:00 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs ^ Min
  • Indians expected to exercise option on Aviles
    The Indians are expected to exercise their 2015 option on Mike Aviles.

    Advice: Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said a few weeks ago that he was undecided on Aviles and his $3.5 million option, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the team is leaning toward bringing him back. Aviles hit just .247/.273/.343 last season but appeared at six different positions and offers a veteran presence. The Indians don't officially have to make a decision on the 33-year-old until three days after the end of the World Series. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:05 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Mike Avilés Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 7-2 vs x TB
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