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  • Patrick Corbin activated from 60-day DL
    Diamondbacks activated LHP Patrick Corbin from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Corbin missed the 2014 campaign following Tommy John surgery and isn't expected back until June of next year. The left-hander was an All-Star in 2013, posting a 3.41 ERA over 32 starts.
    Yesterday, 5:15 pm
  • Bronson Arroyo activated from 60-day DL
    Diamondbacks activated RHP Bronson Arroyo from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Arroyo, of course, missed the last few months of the season following Tommy John surgery. He's shooting to be ready for Opening Day, but most likely it will be later than that when he rejoins the Arizona rotation.
    Yesterday, 5:13 pm
  • D'Backs exercise Daniel Hudson's option
    Diamondbacks exercised RHP Daniel Hudson's $800,000 option for 2015.

    Advice: He can earn $300,000 more in incentives based on how much time he spends on the active roster. Hudson made it back from a second Tommy John surgery late this season and will be used as a reliever next year.
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
  • Padres decline Johnson's $4 million option
    Padres decline RHP Josh Johnson's $4 million option for 2015.

    Advice: Johnson, of course, missed the 2014 campaign following Tommy John surgery and could get a late start to next season. However, he and the Padres are both interested in working out a smaller, likely incentive-laden deal. The right-hander has ample upside when healthy, which isn't terribly often.
    Yesterday, 4:57 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 9-3 @SF
  • Orioles pick up Wei-Yin Chen's 2015 option
    Orioles exercised LHP Wei-Yin Chen's $4.75 million option for 2015.

    Advice: It's a no-brainer. Chen has put up a 3.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 86 starts over the last three seasons for the Orioles, proving to be a bargain after coming over from Japan. He'll be a big part of the Baltimore rotation again next season.
    Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Haren exercises $10M player option for '15
    Dan Haren has exercised his $10 million player option for 2015.

    Advice: The option already vested after Haren crossed the 180-inning threshold in late-September, but he still had to make a decision about whether to exercise it or test free agency. The veteran right-hander ultimately decided to stick around for another year. Haren had arthroscopic surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder earlier this month, but he should be fully-healed by spring training.
    Yesterday, 2:46 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
  • Brewers pick up Gallardo's option for '15
    Brewers exercised RHP Yovani Gallardo's $13 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: An expected move. While his strikeout rate continues to decline, Gallardo posted a career-low 3.51 ERA across 32 starts this season. He has made at least 30 starts in six straight seasons.
    Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • M's pick up 2015 option on RHP Iwakuma
    Mariners exercised RHP Hisashi Iwakuma's $7 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: Previous reports indicated the option vested based on performance bonuses, but it's an easy call either way. Iwakuma posted a quality 3.52 ERA and 154/21 K/BB ratio over 179 innings this past season. He remains part of a potent one-two punch in Seattle with King Felix.
    Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Cards exercise John Lackey's $500K option
    Cardinals exercised RHP John Lackey's $500,000 club option for 2015.

    Advice: The MLB-minimum option was added to Lackey's five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Red Sox after he underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in October 2011, and Lackey told the Cardinals this summer that he fully intends to honor it. Lackey turned 36 years old last week and wasn't exactly dominant after the trade that sent him from Boston to St. Louis, but it's obviously still a heck of a bargain.
    Yesterday, 11:36 am
  • Reds officially exercise Cueto's $10M option
    Reds exercised RHP Johnny Cueto's $10 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: Of course they did. Cueto was among the best pitchers in the majors in 2014, posting a career-high 20 wins with a 2.25 ERA and 242 strikeouts across 243 2/3 innings. He should be a fantasy ace again next season and then hit it big on the free agent market heading into 2016.
    Yesterday, 10:48 am
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Pit
  • Blue Jays acquire Hendriks from the Royals
    Blue Jays acquired RHP Liam Hendriks from the Royals for C Santiago Nessy.

    Advice: Hendriks was designated for assignment by the Royals earlier this week and is now headed back to Toronto, where he opened the 2014 season. The 25-year-old right-hander registered a 5.23 ERA in 32 2/3 innings this past summer between the Royals and Jays.
    Yesterday, 10:37 am
  • Fish activate Jose Fernandez from 60-day DL
    Marlins activated RHP Jose Fernandez from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: It's just a procedural move to clear up the club's 40-man roster. Fernandez underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in May and is doubtful to join Miami's starting rotation until sometime in June 2015. He'll be placed back on the disabled list next spring.
    Yesterday, 10:09 am
  • Blue Jays acquire Liam Hendriks from Royals
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays have acquired Liam Hendriks from the Royals.

    Advice: Rosenthal says a catcher will be heading to Kansas City as compensation. Hendriks actually began the 2014 season with Toronto and will now rejoin the club as organizational pitching depth. The 25-year-old right-hander owns a 5.92 career ERA in the bigs.
    Yesterday, 9:59 am
  • Rangers make 'opening offer' to Colby Lewis's T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers have made an "opening offer" to free agent Colby Lewis.

    Advice: Something should get done before the exclusive negotiating window closes on Monday. Lewis had a rough 5.18 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 170 1/3 innings this season and missed the entire 2013 campaign due to hip surgery, so it's not like he'll be commanding big bucks. The right-hander turned 35 years old in August.
    Yesterday, 8:36 am
    Not Active
    L, 4-0 vs Oak
  • 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
  • Tim Hudson yanked early in WS Game 7 start
    Tim Hudson had a short leash Wednesday, lasting just 1 2/3 innings while giving up two runs in a no-decision against the Royals in Game 7 of the World Series.

    Advice: It was no secret that manager Bruce Bochy would be quick with the hook in the deciding game -- there was even some question as to whether Madison Bumgarner would come back to start the game on two days' rest instead of the 39-year-old Hudson -- and when Hudson got into trouble in the second inning Bochy turned to his bullpen. Hudson gave up three hits and a walk in the game, with all three hits coming in the second inning. Hudson has one more year at $12 million left on his current contract. He'll turn 40 in July.
    Wednesday, 8:32 pm
  • Guthrie lasts just 3 1/3 innings in Game 7
    Jeremy Guthrie couldn't make it out of the fourth inning in Wednesday's World Series Game 7, exiting after allowing three runs over 3 1/3 innings in the loss.

    Advice: Guthrie loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the second inning, prompting manager Ned Yost to get a reliever up, but after Guthrie escaped with just a couple of sacrifice flies Yost left him in. That was until the fourth, when he left runners on first and third with one out. Reliever Kelvin Herrera allowed an RBI single to the next batter, charging Guthrie with a third run and saddling him with the loss. He didn't walk a batter while striking out three. Guthrie will be back in KC next season for the final year of his three-year contract signed after the 2012 season.
    Wednesday, 8:30 pm
  • Bumgarner wins World Series MVP, sets record
    Madison Bumgarner was named World Series MVP and set a postseason record for innings pitched along the way, tossing five scoreless innings in relief and earning the win in the Giants' Game 7 victory Wednesday.

    Advice: The left-hander finished 3-0 in the World Series with the win. The previous record for innings pitched in a single postseason was 48 1/3 innings, so Bumgarner's 52 2/3 innings smashed that record with relative ease. That he gave up just six runs in the entire postseason, and just one in 21 World Series innings, was icing on the cake. Bumgarner won his first World Series MVP award on the heels of his first NLCS MVP award, and the ring was his third in five full seasons. The scariest part is that, at 25 years old, he may still be getting better as a pitcher.
    Wednesday, 8:29 pm
  • Bumgarner could go 50-60 pitches in Game 7
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Wednesday evening that Madison Bumgarner could throw 50-60 pitches of relief in Game 7 of the World Series.

    Advice: Bochy noted that it's Bumgarner's normal side session day and that the young left-hander typically throws around 50 pitches in those workouts. Tim Hudson will start Game 7 on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium, but Bochy could opt for a quick hook at the first sign of trouble. Bumgarner dominated the Royals in Games 1 and 5.
    Wednesday, 2:21 pm
  • ATL expected to make QO to Ervin Santana
    David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that the Braves "are expected to make" a qualifying offer to impending free agent Ervin Santana.

    Advice: The qualifying offer this winter will be one year, $15.3 million. Santana turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer last winter from the Royals and then struggled to find a big contract on the open market, so he may accept this time around. The 31-year-old right-hander had an up and down 2014 for Atlanta, posting a 3.95 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 179/63 K/BB ratio in 196 total innings.
    Wednesday, 1:43 pm
    Not Active
    W, 2-1 @Phi
  • James McDonald elects to become free agent
    James McDonald has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: McDonald was outrighted off the Cubs' 40-man roster on Wednesday and had the option to test the open market, so he took it. The 30-year-old right-hander missed the entire 2014 season due to a shoulder injury.
    Wednesday, 1:09 pm
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 @Mil
  • Reds exercise '15 option on Johnny Cueto
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Reds have exercised their $10 million club option on Johnny Cueto for 2015.

    Advice: The Reds have yet to make an official announcement, but it's a no-brainer. Cueto stayed healthy and dominated this season, posting a career-high 20 wins to go along with a 2.25 ERA and 242/65 K/BB ratio over 243 2/3 innings. He can become a free agent after the 2015 season.
    Wednesday, 11:26 am
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Pit
  • Royals force Game 7 behind Ventura's gem
    Yordano Ventura came up big for the Royals Tuesday, spinning seven shutout innings in a 10-0 World Series Game 6 victory.

    Advice: He was a little wild, walking five, but Ventura yielded just three hits (two singles) while striking out four. The young right-hander upped his flash as the game went along and hit 100 mph on the radar gun a couple times among his last few offerings. With just two runs surrendered over 12 1/3 World Series innings, it’s safe to say the shoulder tightness Ventura experience during the ALCS isn’t a concern going into the offseason. The Royals will give the ball to Jeremy Guthrie in Wednesday’s Game 7.
    Tuesday, 8:39 pm
  • Peavy lasts just 1 1/3 innings in Game 6
    Jake Peavy didn’t have it Tuesday, getting chased after 1 1/3 innings and five runs allowed in a loss to the Royals.

    Advice: It was the shortest outing of any non-injured starter in the World Series since Mark Thurmond went one-third of an inning in Game 5 of the 1984 Fall Classic. Only two of the runs had crossed the plate when Giants manager Bruce Bochy pulled Peavy, but he left the bases loaded and all three runs eventually came around to score. The veteran right-hander surrendered six hits and walked one. He didn’t yield many hard-hit balls, but he was missing his spots and Bochy had no choice but to give him the hook. The Giants will turn to Tim Hudson in the decisive Game 7.
    Tuesday, 8:39 pm
    Not Active
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • Bumgarner could go 2-3 innings in Game 7
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that he prefers to hold Madison Bumgarner out of Game 6 in order to have him available for 2-3 innings in a potential Game 7.

    Advice: Bochy said that Bumgarner could pitch Tuesday if the club needs "a really big out," but we have a better chance of seeing him Wednesday if the series is extended. Bumgarner threw 117 pitches in Sunday's shutout, but it's all hands on deck as the Giants shoot for their third World Series title in five years.
    Tuesday, 4:44 pm
  • Kyle Zimmer undergoes minor shoulder surgery
    Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer underwent a debridement procedure Tuesday to repair his right labrum and rotator cuff.

    Advice: The Royals overall were encouraged by how Zimmer's MRIs looked, but they determined that minor surgery was still necessary. The plan is for him to be built up slowly in extended spring training before hopefully returning to game action in late April. Zimmer missed most of the 2014 campaign with shoulder issues and suffered a setback in the Arizona Fall League.
    Tuesday, 3:21 pm
    Not Active
    W, 6-4 @CWS
  • Madison Bumgarner could be used out of 'pen
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy didn't rule out using Madison Bumgarner in relief during Tuesday's Game 6 of the World Series.

    Advice: Bumgarner threw 117 pitches in Sunday's shutout, but he'll sit in the bullpen with the rest of the relievers on Tuesday just in case. "Hopefully we don’t need him," Bochy said. "Hopefully we can get this done without him tonight. … If we need a big out, a really big out, we would use him." While MadBum's usage in Game 6 is likely a long shot, there's probably a decent chance he could be used for an inning or two in Game 7, if there is one.
    Tuesday, 3:10 pm
  • Peavy will pitch Game 6 with bruised thumb
    Jake Peavy bruised the thumb on his pitching hand while trying to reach for a foul ball near the dugout in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday in San Francisco.

    Advice: Peavy has passed all the necessary physical exams and felt fine during a light side session earlier this week, so he's been given the go-ahead to make his scheduled Game 6 start Tuesday night in Kansas City. But this is obviously still something worth keeping in mind. Peavy struggled against the Royals in Game 2 of the World Series last Wednesday, yielding four runs in five innings.
    Tuesday, 1:55 pm
    Not Active
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • 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
  • Guthrie lined up for Game 7 for Royals
    Royals manager Ned Yost said that Jeremy Guthrie will start a potential Game 7 against the Giants.

    Advice: For a deciding game, it would be all hands on deck beyond that. Guthrie allowed two runs over five-plus innings in Game 3 last Friday.
    Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Astros' Brad Peacock undergoes hip surgery
    Brad Peacock recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his right hip.

    Advice: Peacock is not expected to be ready at the start of spring training, which could put his readiness for the regular season in doubt. The 26-year-old posted a 4.72 ERA and 119/70 K/BB ratio in 131 2/3 innings over 24 starts and four relief appearances this season.
    Tuesday, 12:03 pm
  • MRIs on Kyle Zimmer's shoulder are negative
    MRIs on Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer's right shoulder came back clean.

    Advice: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported earlier Monday that Zimmer was likely headed for shoulder surgery. He may still get operated on, but it would just be a minor arthroscopic procedure. While any kind of surgery is never optimal, it's the best news the Royals could have hoped for. Zimmer missed a large chunk of the 2014 season due to shoulder issues and it began bothering him again last week in the Arizona Fall League.
    Monday, 3:10 pm
    Not Active
    W, 6-4 @CWS
  • Kyle Zimmer likely to need shoulder surgery
    Kyle Zimmer will likely need shoulder surgery.

    Advice: Zimmer missed a large majority of the 2014 season due to a right shoulder injury and it began bothering him again last week in the Arizona Fall League. He is scheduled to visit with Dr. David Altchek this week for an official diagnosis. Zimmer was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft.
    Monday, 8:43 am
    Not Active
    W, 6-4 @CWS
  • Madison Bumgarner dazzles, shuts out Royals
    Madison Bumgarner absolutely dominated the Royals in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, scattering just four hits over nine shutout innings of work.

    Advice: The All-Star southpaw punched out eight on the evening without issuing a free pass, needing 117 pitches to complete his masterpiece. He got better as the game progressed, retiring the final nine hitters that he faced and 14 of the final 15. The only thing he didn’t do well on the night was swing the bat, finishing 0-for-4 at the dish. He has been phenomenal this postseason, compiling a 4-1 record, 1.13 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 41/6 K/BB ratio over 46 2/3 innings. The Giants will pass the ball now to Jake Peavy as they attempt to close out the Royals in Game 6 and secure their third title in the past five seasons.
    Sunday, 8:22 pm
  • Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) sent home from AFL
    Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer is headed home from the Arizona Fall League and in line for a consultation with Dr. David Altchek regarding his injured right shoulder.

    Advice: It is believed to be a recurrence of the same shoulder injury that sidelined the right-hander for most of the 2014 season. While it could be a purely precautionary visit, the fact that he continues to have problems in the same area is a troubling sign, and surgery could be on the horizon.
    Sunday, 3:58 pm
    Not Active
    W, 6-4 @CWS
  • Royals designate Liam Hendriks for assignment
    Royals designated RHP Liam Hendriks for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Moises Sierra who was claimed off waivers from the White Sox on Friday. The 25-year-old Australian hurler appeared in nine games between the Blue Jays and Royals in 2014, compiling a 5.23 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 23/7 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings. With the ability to start and work in relief, he shouldn't have any trouble finding another team willing to give him a shot.
    Saturday, 5:45 am
  • Jeremy Guthrie pitches well in Game 3 victory
    Jeremy Guthrie pitched well as the Royals defeated the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday, allowing a pair of runs on four hits in his five-plus innings of work.

    Advice: The 35-year-old right-hander cruised through the first five frames with relative ease, leading Royals skipper Ned Yost to leave him on the hill to begin the sixth inning. He was quickly yanked though after consecutive hits to start the inning, both of which would come around to score after he departed. Guthrie didn’t walk a batter or tally a strikeout in his first career postseason victory. The Royals will now give the ball to Jason Vargas on Saturday as they look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
    Friday, 8:34 pm
  • Tim Hudson falls to Royals in first WS start
    Tim Hudson made was defeated in his long-awaited World Series debut on Friday, surrendering three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings against the Royals.

    Advice: The 39-year-old right-hander became the second oldest hurler to make his debut on the grandest stage. He gave up a leadoff double to Alcides Escobar to begin the ballgame, who advanced to third and then scored on consecutive ground balls. He settled in nicely afterwards, retiring 12 in a row at one point, until the Royals strung three hits together to scratch out a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Now facing a 2-1 deficit, the Giants are scheduled to turn to Ryan Vogelsong in an attempt to even the series back up.
    Friday, 8:27 pm
  • Giants not ruling out Bumgarner for Game 4
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that the team has discussed the possibility of starting Madison Bumgarner in Game 4 of the World Series on short rest if they lose Game 3.

    Advice: That would also possibly put him in line to start Game 7, which would also be on short rest. However, Bochy said that Ryan Vogelsong is still slated to get the ball in Game 4 "right now." We'll see if the plans change should San Francisco drop Game 3 on Friday.
    Friday, 2:04 pm
  • Ventura goes 5 1/3 innings in Game 2 start
    Yordano Ventura allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ventura came out throwing smoke, and it bit him early when Gregor Blanco turned on a 98 mph fastball for a leadoff homer. But the 23-year-old wasn't rattled, allowing just one more run over the rest of his time. Two singles in the sixth inning -- a soft liner to center and an infield single -- prompted manager Ned Yost to call on his bullpen, but Kelvin Herrera escaped without harm to save Ventura from a worse fate. The rookie acquitted himself well in his first World Series start, and he'll likely start a potential Game 6 should the series require it.
    Wednesday, 8:39 pm
  • Peavy once again can't make it out of sixth
    Jake Peavy once again failed to last six innings in a postseason start, allowing four runs over five-plus innings in a loss to the Royals in Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series.

    Advice: Peavy entered the sixth inning tied 2-2 and having thrown just 57 pitches, but after a Lorenzo Cain leadoff single and an Eric Hosmer walk manager Bruce Bochy decided he'd seen enough. The Royals scored five runs in the inning, including both of Peavy's inherited runners, saddling him with the loss. The start was Peavy's eighth postseason start in his career, and he hasn't completed six innings in any of those eight starts. Even so, Peavy won a ring with the Red Sox last year and has a shot at another this season if the Giants can prevail. Peavy may have a shot at affecting that outcome if the series goes to a Game 6.
    Wednesday, 8:38 pm
    Not Active
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • Haren undergoes arthroscopic shoulder surgery
    Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday afternoon on his left shoulder.

    Advice: It was a minor procedure on his non-throwing arm, and Haren should be fully recovered by the beginning of spring training next February. His $10 million option for 2015 vested near the end of the September, so the soft-tossing right-hander will presumably have a spot in the Los Angeles rotation next year. Haren registered a 2.09 ERA over his final seven starts in 2014.
    Wednesday, 1:05 pm
  • Bumgarner superb again, Giants take Game 1
    Madison Bumgarner was a beast again Tuesday, holding the Royals to one run over seven excellent frames in a 7-1 World Series Game 1 victory.

    Advice: He struck out five, walked one and allowed just three hits, with Salvador Perez’s solo homer in the seventh inning representing the only blemish on his record. The Royals were only able to muster one rally versus Bumgarner, and that was in the third inning after Brandon Crawford booted a ball to start the frame. MadBum wound up pitching out of that inning with a couple strikeouts and a groundout. Perez’s homer is the only run Bumgarner has allowed in the World Series in 22 career innings. He’ll get the ball again in Game 5, assuming the series lasts that long.
    Tuesday, 8:55 pm
  • Royals starting Guthrie in Game 3 of WS
    Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: He'll square off against Tim Hudson in San Francisco. Guthrie allowed one run over five innings in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Orioles last Tuesday. Jason Vargas will follow him in Game 4. Guthrie is now lined up for a potential Game 7.
    Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Kyle Zimmer reinjures shoulder in AFL
    Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer reinjured his right shoulder Saturday while pitching for Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Zimmer struck out 11 batters over five innings in his second AFL start, but he was forced to exit after just one inning on Saturday. The fear is that it's the same injury which limited Zimmer to 4 2/3 innings this season in the minors. The Royals will play it safe and shut him down for the rest of the fall. "More than likely, we're not going to push it any further this fall and just try to get this under control," said Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo.
    Tuesday, 5:54 am
    Not Active
    W, 6-4 @CWS
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