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  • Taijuan Walker returns home from Fall League
    Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik confirmed Sunday that Taijuan Walker has left Surprise in the Arizona Fall League to return to his home in California.

    Advice: The M's noted that he is fully healthy, and that it was a personal decision for Walker to return home. The prized right-hander was scheduled to throw 30 innings in the Fall showcase after missing time during the regular season due to a shoulder injury. He threw just nine innings, allowing a pair of runs on seven hits while posting an 11/2 K/BB ratio. He will continue his regular offseason training program and is expected to be fully ready for spring training. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Archie Bradley knocked around in AFL start
    Diamondbacks top pitching prospect Archie Bradley was knocked around in his latest Arizona Fall League start on Saturday against Mesa, surrendering seven runs (four earned) on three hits in his two-plus innings of work.

    Advice: The biggest culprit for his demise in this one was a lack of command, evidenced by four free passes in his two-plus innings. He did manage to record a pair of strikeouts before departing. The 22-year-old had difficulty after a mid-season promotion to Double-A Mobile where he registered a 4.12 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 46/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings. Until he can deliver the ball over the plate consistently, he won't be a legitimate option to join the Diamondbacks rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
     
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    L, 1-0 vs StL
  • Moya homers, scores three times in AFL win
    Tigers prospect Steven Moya went 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored as Glendale topped Surprise 9-4 in Arizona Fall League action on Saturday.

    Advice: The regular season MVP of the Eastern League, Moya has continued to impress in the Fall season, slashing .303/.515/.876 with a homer and eight RBI in eight games. Should the Tigers opt against bringing back Torii Hunter, Moya could be a candidate to open the season as the starting right fielder. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:26 pm
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • 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
    Yesterday, 11:04 am
     
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    L, 4-1 @Sea
  • Pedro Hernandez elects free agency
    Pedro Hernandez has elected free agency.

    Advice: Hernandez had been removed from the Rockies' 40-man roster back in August. The left-hander held an ugly 6.42 ERA at Triple-A this season and will seek out another minor league pact. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:59 am
     
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    L, 10-5 @LAD
  • 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
    Yesterday, 10:54 am
     
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • Pedro Ciriaco catches on with Braves
    Braves signed INF Pedro Ciriaco to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Ciriaco had been removed from the Royals' 40-man roster. The 29-year-old infielder will presumably receive an invitation to spring training and compete for a utility job. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:48 am
     
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    W, 6-4 x @CWS
  • Giants 'team to watch' with Nick Markakis
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Giants are "one team to watch" with impending free agent Nick Markakis.

    Advice: Cafardo also list the Mets as a possible contender for Markakis' services, though it sounds like he's just speculating on potential landing spots more than anything else. The Orioles will decline their part of Markakis' $17.5 million mutual option for 2015, but the common feeling is that they'll wind up working out a deal to retain the outfielder. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • 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
    Yesterday, 10:05 am
  • Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "word has spread" that the Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available for trade this offseason.

    Advice: General manager Ben Cherington said last month that the team would like to discuss an extension with Cespedes, but it seems the outfielder might prefer to play out the final year of his contract before testing free agency. Cafardo also notes that Cespedes doesn't really want to play right field "or work on his defense." The Red Sox figure to make at least one trade this winter given their glut of outfielders, and it sounds like Cespedes might be the one to go. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • 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
    Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • A.J. Pierzynski wants to play next season
    A.J. Pierzynski would like to continue his playing career next season.

    Advice: Pierzynski, who will turn 38 in December, was released by the Red Sox after struggling for three months, but the Cardinals picked him up and used him as a starter while Yadier Molina was hurt. His best days are clearly behind him, but Pierzynski should be able to land somewhere at least as a backup. "I want to play, obviously," said Pierzynski. "Physically I feel good. I still think I can contribute. I don’t know what will be out there, but I want to play." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:12 am
  • John Lackey reiterates plans to play in 2015
    John Lackey on Friday reiterated his plans to play next season.

    Advice: Some have speculated that Lackey could retire rather than play under the Cardinals' $500,000 option for next season (which kicked in after he missed the 2012 campaign following Tommy John surgery). However, Lackey, who will turn 36 later this week, fully intends to honor the final year of his contract. "Great experience here," Lackey said. "Obviously it didn’t end the way we’d like it to. No complaints at all. A lot of young guys that will be back, and they’re big contributors. Definitely don’t see why not. The reason I came here was I had every intention of playing next year." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Tribe wants Kipnis to lose weight over winter
    The Indians have given Jason Kipnis a different offseason conditioning program in hopes that he'll lose some weight and add some flexibility.

    Advice: Kipnis bulked up last winter in hopes of adding more power. The plan backfired, as his bat and foot speed both dropped, leading to a very disappointing season. A nagging oblique injury also was a major factor, but the Indians hope a slimmer Kipnis will bounce back to his All-Star form in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:46 am
  • Rangers GM Daniels eyeing Lewis extension
    After hiring a new manager, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said his next priority is to work on re-signing Colby Lewis.

    Advice: "We haven’t been able to spend much time on that," Daniels said of a new contract. "We can get back to that now." The Rangers have exclusive negotiating rights with Lewis through the end of the World Series. The 35-year-old went 10-14 with a 5.18 ERA in 29 starts with the club in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:31 pm
     
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  • O's plan to decline option on Markakis
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles plan to decline their part of Nick Markakis' $17.5 million mutual option for 2015.

    Advice: He'll receive a $2 million buyout and become a free agent. The decision isn't a big surprise, as his production simply doesn't warrant the bloated salary. Still, the Orioles are interested in bringing him back for less. Markakis has spent his entire nine-year career with the Orioles and batted .276/.342/.386 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI over 155 games this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 am
  • John Lackey rebounds from tough first inning
    John Lackey was charged with four runs on five hits and a walk over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Lackey had a rough first inning, leaving some balls up and allowing all four of his runs, including a bases-clearing double by Travis Ishikawa. He really settled in after that, though, allowing just one hit and a hit by pitch over the next five frames. The Cardinals battled back to tie it up and take Lackey off the hook, but they eventually fell in the 10th inning. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:49 pm
  • Markakis at leadoff for O's in ALCS Game 3
    Nick Markakis is batting leadoff for the Orioles in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday night.

    Advice: The skies have finally cleared in Kansas City. Here's the full O's lineup: Markakis RF, Alejandro De Aza LF, Adam Jones CF, Nelson Cruz DH, Steve Pearce 1B, J.J. Hardy SS, Ryan Flaherty 3B, Nick Hundley C, Jonathan Schoop 2B. Wei-Yin Chen is on the mound. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:21 pm
  • A.J. Pierzynski in lineup for NLCS Game 3
    A.J. Pierzynski will start behind the plate in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: With Yadier Molina sidelined due to an oblique injury, Pierzynski will make the start over Tony Cruz. The full lineup: Matt Carpenter 3B, Jon Jay CF, Matt Holliday LF, Matt Adams 1B, Jhonny Peralta SS, Pierzynski C, Kolten Wong 2B, Randal Grichuk RF, John Lackey SP. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:37 am
  • Markakis has three hits in loss to Royals
    Nick Markakis had a strong night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Royals, going 3-for-6 with a double and a run scored.

    Advice: Markakis also swiped his first base of the postseason in the losing effort. He doubled off James Shields to lead off the third inning and came around to score the O's first run of the ballgame. He's now 6-for-18 (.333) with a homer and three RBI in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 10, 9:55 pm
  • O's stick with same lineup for ALCS Game 1
    Nick Markakis is in right field and hitting leadoff for Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday.

    Advice: The Orioles are using the same lineup that they used in Game 1 of the ALDS. Markakis is being followed by Alejandro De Aza, Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce, J.J. Hardy, Ryan Flaherty, Nick Hundley and Jonathan Schoop. They'll be going up against James Shields. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 10, 1:37 pm
  • Cardinals add A.J. Pierzynski to NLCS roster
    The Cardinals have added A.J. Pierzynski to their NLCS roster.

    Advice: He will replace reliever Sam Freeman. Pierzynski will be the team's third catcher, though he's likely to serve mainly in a pinch-hitting role. "Wanted another experienced bat," manager Mike Matheny said of the decision. Pierzynski hit just .251/.288/.337 with five homers for the Red Sox and Cardinals this season but is a career .300/.372/.520 batter with five homers and 17 RBI over 30 postseason games. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 10, 12:23 pm
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