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  • David Hernandez activated from 60-day DL
    Diamondbacks activated RHP David Hernandez from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Hernandez began a throwing program last month after April's Tommy John surgery. He should be ready to roll for the start of next season and will be an integral part of the Arizona bullpen.
    Yesterday, 5:18 pm
  • Matt Reynolds' option exercised by D'Backs
    Diamondbacks activated LHP Matt Reynolds from the 60-day disabled list; exercised his $600,000 option for 2015.

    Advice: Reynolds didn't quite make it back to the majors from Tommy John surgery this season, but he should be part of the club's bullpen next year. The lefty posted a 1.98 ERA over 30 appearances in 2013 in his lone season with the D'Backs.
    Yesterday, 5:07 pm
  • Orioles exercise Darren O'Day's option
    Orioles exercised RHP Darren O'Day's $4.25 million option for 2015.

    Advice: O'Day 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 American League. It's an obvious move for the Orioles.
    Yesterday, 3:11 pm
  • Red Sox re-sign Uehara to two-year deal
    Red Sox re-signed RHP Koji Uehara to a two-year, $18 million contract.

    Advice: The Red Sox weren't expected to make Uehara a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer, but they didn't want him to hit the open market either. It's a fair compromise under the circumstances. Uehara faded down the stretch this season, but still ended up with 26 saves to go along with a 2.52 ERA and 80/8 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings. He'll turn 40 next April.
    Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • White Sox decline option on RHP Paulino
    White Sox declined RHP Felipe Paulino's $4 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: The option carried a $250,000 buyout. Paulino threw just 18 1/3 innings with the White Sox this season due to lingering shoulder issues, so it was an easy call to decline.
    Yesterday, 1:47 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 6-4 vs KC
  • Cubs decline option on RHP Fujikawa
    Cubs declined RHP Kyuji Fujikawa's $5.5 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: The Cubs will pay a $500,000 buyout to turn the page. Because of Tommy John surgery, Fujikawa ended up making just 27 appearances during his two seasons with Chicago.
    Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Angels decline option on LHP Burnett
    Angels declined LHP Sean Burnett's $4.5 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: He'll receive a $500,000 buyout and become a free agent. Burnett had Tommy John surgery in June and will likely be sidelined until around midseason in 2015.
    Yesterday, 1:06 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 4-1 @Sea
  • Angels exercise '15 option on Huston Street
    Angels exercised RHP Huston Street's $7 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: An expected move. Street notched 41 saves to go along with a 1.37 ERA and 57/14 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings this season between the Padres and Angels. He's a bargain for 2015.
    Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Nats turn down Rafael Soriano's $14M option
    Nationals declined RHP Rafael Soriano's $14 million option for 2015.

    Advice: An easy decision for the Nats after Soriano lost his ninth-inning job in the second half of the 2014 season. The right-hander did not have a buyout on the option and will be an interesting free agent case this winter. He turns 35 years old in December.
    Yesterday, 12:58 pm
  • Phils decline Mike Adams' $6 million option
    Phillies declined RHP Mike Adams' $6 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: An easy decision for the Philadelphia front office. Adams pitched just 18 2/3 innings in 2014 and 25 innings in 2013 due in large part to a lingering right rotator cuff injury. He'll probably have to settle for a prove-your-health deal in free agency.
    Yesterday, 9:55 am
    Not Active
    L, 2-1 vs Atl
  • Danny Duffy hampered by rib cage injury
    Royals manager Ned Yost acknowledged after the World Series that Danny Duffy was held out of the postseason rotation because of a stress reaction in his rib cage.

    Advice: The injury didn't bother Duffy in short relief stints, but the pain would catch up to him if he went more than two or three innings. Duffy wound up making three relief appearances during Kansas City's deep postseason run, allowing two runs in 4 2/3 innings. He'll be a big part of the club's starting rotation in 2015.
    Yesterday, 8:21 am
  • Black (rotator cuff) to resume throwing soon
    Vic Black (rotator cuff) said Wednesday that he feels "great" and will resume throwing soon.

    Advice: Black was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck in August and he was ultimately shut down in September due to a right rotator cuff strain, but he has seen improvement with rest. The hope is that he'll receive clearance to resume throwing in the early part of November. Black had a 2.60 ERA and 32/19 K/BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings in the Mets' bullpen this season.
    Wednesday, 11:37 am
    W, 8-3 vs Hou
  • Orioles outright RHP Meek to Triple-A
    Orioles sent RHP Evan Meek outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Meek had an ugly 5.79 ERA in 23 appearances with the O's this season. He can reject the assignment and opt for free agency.
    Wednesday, 10:33 am
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • Ohlendorf elects to become a free agent
    Ross Ohlendorf has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Ohlendorf had been outrighted off the Nationals' 40-man roster and has now declined an assignment to Triple-A. The 32-year-old right-hander dealt with a back injury for much of the 2014 season, but he's shown flashes of promise in the past in both a relief and starting role, so there shouldn't be a lack of offers this winter.
    Tuesday, 1:50 pm
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • Angels to pick up Street's club option
    The Angels are expected to pick up Huston Street's $7 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: It's an easy choice. Street notched 41 saves to go along with a 1.37 ERA and 57/14 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings this season between the Padres and Angels. Health is always the big question with him, but he's a bargain at $7 million.
    Tuesday, 6:18 am
  • Reds' Aroldis Chapman switches agents
    Aroldis Chapman has switched agents and is now represented by Relativity.

    Advice: Chapman was previously represented by Hendricks Sports. The fireballer is not eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season, but he should land a massive contract if he can remain healthy and dominant. The 26-year-old owns a 2.32 ERA over 259 appearances in the majors while averaging 15.3 K/9. He earned $5 million through arbitration this past season.
    Tuesday, 5:30 am
  • Ryan Brasier outrighted to Triple-A
    Angels sent RHP Ryan Brasier outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Brasier missed the 2014 campaign due to Tommy John surgery but should eventually compete for a spot in the Angels' bullpen next year.
    Monday, 4:07 pm
    Not Active
    L, 4-1 @Sea
  • Phillies outright Rosenberg to AAA level
    Phillies sent RHP B.J. Rosenberg outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Rosenberg is now officially off the Phillies' 40-man roster. The 29-year-old right-hander owns an ugly 5.72 ERA in 56 2/3 career major league innings.
    Monday, 11:32 am
    Not Active
    L, 2-1 vs Atl
  • Jeurys Familia undergoes successful surgery
    Jeurys Familia underwent successful surgery on Friday to repair bilateral sports hernias.

    Advice: It's the same issue that bullpen mate Jenrry Mejia had surgically repaired earlier this month. The 25-year-old right-hander was one of the top relievers in the Mets bullpen in 2014, posting a 2.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 73/32 K/BB ratio over 77 1/3 innings. He's expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training.
    Saturday, 12:05 pm
  • Bucs designate Jeanmar Gomez for assignment
    Pirates designated RHP Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander was arbitration eligible for the first time this winter. In 44 appearances out of the Pirates bullpen in 2014, Gomez registered a 3.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 38/23 K/BB mark in 62 innings.
    Saturday, 7:11 am
    Not Active
    L, 4-1 @Cin
  • Pirates designate John Axford for assignment
    Pirates designated RHP John Axford for assignment.

    Advice: The 31-year-old hurler entered the 2014 campaign as the Indians closer, but lost his role to Cody Allen and was dealt to the Pirates mid-season. He finished the year with a 3.95 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 63/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings. He still has a power arm, which will interest teams looking for bullpen depth, but his inability to find the plate consistently limits his upside.
    Saturday, 7:08 am
    Not Active
    L, 4-1 @Cin
  • Phillies activate Mario Hollands from DL
    Phillies activated LHP Mario Hollands from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Nothing more than a procedural move here that puts Hollands back on the team's 40-man roster. The 26-year-old southpaw was shut down in early September due to a flexor strain in his pitching elbow after posting a 4.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 35/21 K/BB ratio in 47 frames.
    Saturday, 5:49 am
  • Holland slams the door on Giants in Game 3
    Greg Holland sent down the heart of the Giants order in succession on Friday, preserving a one-run advantage in Game 3 of the World Series.

    Advice: Holland got Buster Posey to fly out to left field, then induced weak ground balls off the bats of Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence to end the proceedings. The Royals bullpen has been a driving factor behind their run through the postseason, and they certainly delivered again on Friday hurling four scoreless innings without allowing a base hit. For his efforts, Holland netted his seventh save of the postseason.
    Friday, 8:35 pm
  • 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.
    Friday, 11:02 am
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • 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.
    Friday, 6:02 am
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • 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.
    Thursday, 5:24 pm
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • 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.
    Thursday, 9:09 am
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • 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.
    Thursday, 7:11 am
    Not Active
    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.
    Wednesday, 8:51 pm
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 8:21 pm
    W, 9-3 vs SD
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