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  • Steve Johnson outrighted off 40-man roster
    Orioles sent RHP Steve Johnson outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Johnson was plagued by shoulder issues for a good chunk of the 2014 campaign before having surgery last month to have a bone spur removed. He held a 7.11 ERA in 13 Triple-A starts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:02 am
  • Lincecum's (back) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Tim Lincecum's back showed no structural damage.

    Advice: Lincecum was forced from Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday due to back pain and a precautionary MRI was ordered. He reported improvement Thursday and was able to do some throwing in the outfield at AT&T Park. The right-hander is expected to be available out of the bullpen for Friday's Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:02 am
  • Giants think Lincecum (back) will be fine
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn't anticipate having to remove Tim Lincecum (back) from the World Series roster.

    Advice: Lincecum is undergoing a precautionary MRI on his back Thursday after exiting Game 2, but he's already feeling better and the Giants think he'll be fine. If the MRI turns out worse than expected, George Kontos could be an option to replace him on the Giants' roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:24 pm
  • Breslow expects BoSox to decline option
    Craig Breslow expects the Red Sox to decline his $4 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: It doesn't take a big leap of logic to come to that conclusion, as Breslow posted an ugly 5.96 ERA and 37/28 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings this season. Look for him to receive a $100,000 buyout and hit the free agent market. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Jimenez, Phillies agree to one-year deal
    Phillies and LHP Cesar Jimenez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

    Advice: No word on the terms involved. Jimenez, who turns 30 next month, split this season between the majors and the minors. He had a 1.69 ERA in 16 appearances with the Phillies. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Tim Lincecum to undergo MRI on back, side
    Tim Lincecum will undergo an MRI Thursday on his back.

    Advice: Lincecum tweaked something along the left side of his back and hip while pitching in mop-up duty in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night in Kansas City. The Giants want to find out if it's worth keeping him active for the remainder of the best-of-seven Fall Classic. George Kontos could be an option to replace him on the Giants' roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Pirates sign Josh Stinson to minors contract
    Pirates signed RHP Josh Stinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Stinson posted a rough 6.23 ERA in 13 innings of relief this season for the Orioles and owns a 4.47 ERA for his career. The 26-year-old right-hander is doubtful to land a spot in the Pirates' Opening Day bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:11 am
     
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    L, 4-1 @Cin
  • Lincecum leaves Game 2 with back tightness
    Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's World Series Game 2 with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Lincecum threw a pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately knew something was wrong, walking off with a trainer without much resistance. The good news is that manager Bruce Bochy said he doesn't think it's a big deal, telling reporters, "We think he'll be fine." The club will know more on Thursday. It's possible that Lincecum could be available as soon as Friday's Game 3 in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Lincecum exits Game 2 with undisclosed injury
    Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Lincecum looked uncomfortable on a 2-2 pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately called the trainer out. After a brief discussion he walked off with the trainer, heading down the tunnel to the Giants' locker room. It was a disappointing end to a promising outing for Lincecum, who had recorded five outs without allowing a baserunner in his first postseason action this year. The Giants should update his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • Tigers likely to exercise $7M option on Soria
    The Tigers are expected to exercise their $7 million option on Joakim Soria for 2015.

    Advice: "We still have to make the final decision," team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said last week. "But it's a situation where we look at him as being an important acquisition toward this [coming] year also." Soria didn't live up to expectations in his short stint with the Tigers after a midseason trade, posting a 4.91 ERA over 11 innings of work and getting lit up in the postseason, but the Tigers could use the protection for shaky closer Joe Nathan. They have until five days after the end of the World Series to make an official decision. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • KC to listen on Davis, Holland this winter?
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post thinks the Royals may have to entertain trade offers for Wade Davis and Greg Holland over the winter.

    Advice: Davis has a $7 million option for the 2015 season, and Holland will be due an arbitration raise that will likely see him paid in that range as well. As such, Sherman wonders if a team with a payroll the size of the Royals' can afford to allocate that much salary to the back end of the bullpen. "Yes, in the immediate it works," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "We can make that fit. But we do have to analyze our roster from an economic standpoint every year." Davis could be a closer on most teams, and with some reasonable options that could keep him with a team through 2017 he could be a popular name in trade talks this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:59 pm
     
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    Wade Davis KC - SP,RP
    W, 6-4 @CWS
  • Twins decline option on Jared Burton
    Twins declined RHP Jared Burton's $3.6 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: Burton will receive a $200,000 buyout and hit free agency. It's an expected move after he posted a mediocre 4.36 ERA and 46/25 K/BB ratio over 64 innings this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:00 pm
  • Phils re-sign Jerome Williams to $2.5M deal
    Phillies re-signed RHP Jerome Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

    Advice: The deal includes performance-based bonuses that could carry the total value up to $4 million. Williams was a nice surprise down the stretch this year for Philadelphia, posting a 2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 38/17 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings (nine starts), but expecting him to replicate that success over a full season is probably foolish. The 32-year-old right-hander owns a 4.40 career ERA and a 1.36 career WHIP. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:14 pm
     
    L, 2-1 vs Atl
  • Gonzales could be option for 2015 bullpen
    Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals are "expected to heavily consider" Marco Gonzales for a spot in next year's bullpen.

    Advice: Gonzales' future is as a starter, and he'll report to spring training as an option for the starting five. However, he's unlikely to crack the Opening Day rotation given the team's depth, and it sounds like they might prefer using him in relief rather than putting him in the Triple-A rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:02 pm
  • Cardinals projecting Martinez for relief role
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Monday that Carlos Martinez projects as the team's primary setup man next season.

    Advice: Obviously a lot can happen between now and spring training with the Cards' roster. But while Martinez has loads of upside as a starter, there might not be room for him in the rotation as things currently shake out. "You can see there is a spot for Carlos in that bullpen that looks pretty nice when it fits right," Mozeliak said. "We’ll have him continue to prepare (to start), but there are only so many innings that we have in spring for starters. He’s always been an option, but we do like him in the back end of the bullpen." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:57 pm
  • Michael Wacha to have normal offseason
    Michael Wacha will follow his normal offseason program after an MRI Friday on his right shoulder came back clean.

    Advice: Wacha missed a large chunk of the season with a stress reaction in the shoulder, but the Cardinals were encouraged by how the MRI looked. "Even the doctors were a little surprised on how that looked," general manager John Mozeliak said. It's good news for Wacha heading into the offseason, but he remains a medical red flag for 2015 since it's an issue that can crop up again. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:51 pm
     
    W, 1-0 @Ari
  • Cardinals to shop Randy Choate this winter
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will "look to move" Randy Choate this offseason.

    Advice: General manager John Mozeliak noted Monday that Choate is "fairly one-dimensional," which "makes it difficult for us to use him, particularly during a long season." Choate was again effective versus left-handed batters this season, holding them to a .093/.205/.147 line. He's slated to make $3 million again in 2015, though, so it's doubtful he'll have much trade value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:15 pm
  • Robert Carson re-signed by Dodgers
    Dodgers re-signed LHP Robert Carson to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Carson spent all of this season in the minors, putting up a 5.74 ERA across three levels. He'll give the Dodgers some left-handed bullpen depth on the farm. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:04 am
     
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    L, 4-1 @Sea
  • Cesar Cabral elects free agency
    Cesar Cabral has elected free agency.

    Advice: Cabral had trouble staying healthy with the Yankees and performed terribly this season, allowing three runs in his lone big league inning and posting a 6.28 ERA in the minors. The 25-year-old will seek a minor league deal elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:54 am
     
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • Uehara, Red Sox not close to a deal
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that there "have been preliminary talks" between the Red Sox and Koji Uehara, but "the sides aren’t close to a deal."

    Advice: The Red Sox would like to keep Uehara as their closer but are not expected to extend a qualifying offer of $15.3 million. Cafardo notes that a one-year deal that might include an option "would be preferable." Uehara lost his closer gig after struggling down the stretch but was terrific overall, posting a 2.52 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 80/8 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:05 am
     
    L, 9-5 vs NYY
  • Tim Lincecum dealing with sore neck
    Tim Lincecum was unable to throw a scheduled bullpen session on Saturday due to a sore neck.

    Advice: It's not clear how long the neck has been bothering Lincecum, but it could partly explain why he's yet to pitch this postseason. However, the right-hander will be on the World Series roster as one of two long relievers in San Francisco's bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:27 am
  • Julio DePaula refuses outright assignment
    Julio DePaula has elected free agency.

    Advice: The 31-year-old hurler will explore opportunities elsewhere rather than accepting his outright assignment from the Orioles. After returning from the Independent League to sign with the Orioles, he posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 43/13 K/BB ratio in 38 innings at Double-A Bowie. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:26 am
     
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    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • Trevor Bell elects to become free agent
    Trevor Bell has elected free agency.

    Advice: The 28-year-old hurler missed nearly all of the 2014 season due to inflammation in his pitching elbow. He'll look to land elsewhere on a minor league deal this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:53 pm
     
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    W, 4-1 vs Pit
  • Cardinals unlikely to bring back Pat Neshek
    According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, the Cardinals are unlikely to retain any of their five impending free agents.

    Advice: Of the five, Pat Neshek is the only one who had a healthy and productive season for the Cardinals, posting a terrific 1.87 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 68/9 K/BB ratio over 67 1/3 innings, and will surely earn a lucrative contract through free agency. Mark Ellis, Justin Masterson, Jason Motte and A.J. Pierzynski are also eligible for free agency this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:17 pm
  • Tanner Scheppers (elbow) throws side session
    Tanner Scheppers (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: Scheppers missed the majority of the 2014 season due to elbow issues, but Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Friday that the right-hander is now ahead of schedule in his recovery. He'll be used in a bullpen role next season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:25 pm
     
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    L, 4-0 vs Oak
  • Nats expected to decline Soriano's option
    The Nationals are expected to decline Rafael Soriano's $14 million option for 2015.

    Advice: They probably would have picked it up if they had to make the call at the All-Star break, but Soriano made the decision to cut him loose easy after a disastrous second half. Drew Storen took over as the Nats' closer late in the year when Soriano faltered and will almost surely retain the role heading into 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:36 am
  • Antonio Bastardo could be traded this winter
    Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News considers Antonio Bastardo the Phillies player most likely to be traded this offseason.

    Advice: Bastardo had an up-and-down 2014 season with a 3.94 ERA, but he also struck out 81 over 64 innings and has been one of the better left-handed setup men in the NL over the last few years. However, he's due for a raise in his final year of arbitration after making $2 million this year, and the Phillies have burgeoning bullpen stud Jake Diekman from the left side. Bastardo could fetch a decent return and allow Philly to reallocate some funds towards a more pressing need. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:14 am
  • Darren O'Day's option will be picked up
    The Orioles will exercise Darren O'Day's $4.25 million option for 2015.

    Advice: It's not a cheap price tag for a setup man, but O'Day has certainly earned it. The sidearmer has put together a fantastic 2.05 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 201/48 K/BB ratio over 197 2/3 frames since the beginning of 2012, establishing himself as one of the most reliable relievers in the AL. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:46 am
  • Michael Wacha serves up walk-off homer
    Michael Wacha served up a walk-off, three-run homer to Travis Ishikawa in the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny put Wacha into an impossible situation. The right-hander hadn't pitched for 20 days and had already warmed up a few innings prior. He was then inserted into a tie game in the ninth inning and was, unsurprisingly, not sharp. Wacha was great when healthy this season but will go into next year with a medical red flag due to his shoulder issue. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:46 pm
     
    W, 1-0 @Ari
  • Michael Kohn inks major league deal with Rays
    Rays signed RHP Michael Kohn to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Kohn elected free agency last month after being removed from the Angels' 40-man roster. The 28-year-old holds a 3.67 ERA with 107 strikeouts across 110 1/3 frames at the major league level, though he's also walked 73. He should be able to crack the Rays' Opening Day roster next season as a middle reliever. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:40 pm
  • Casilla saves Game 4, Giants one win away
    Santiago Casilla earned the save in the Giants' win over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

    Advice: On to protect a two-run lead, Casilla got pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso and Matt Carpenter out before allowing a single by Jon Jay that brought Matt Holliday to the plate as the tying run. Casilla froze Holliday with a two-seam fastball that ran back over the outside of the plate to end the game, his second strikeout of the night. Casilla has been dominant this postseason, allowing just one hit and one walk over six scoreless innings of work. The Giants own a 3-1 series lead heading into Thursday's Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:13 pm
  • Giants take Game 3 on Choate's throwing error
    Randy Choate failed to retire any of the three batters he faced and made a throwing error to allow the winning run to score in Tuesday's NLCS Game 3 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Choate walked Brandon Crawford to lead off the 10th, and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny surprisingly stuck with him against right-handed batter Juan Perez (Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha were still available in the bullpen). After failing twice to sac bunt, Perez then lined a single to put runners on first and second. The Giants again tried to give Choate an out on a Gregor Blanco bunt, but the lefty threw wild to first and Crawford scored the winning run. Choate has faced seven batters this postseason and retired only two of them. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:56 pm
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