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  • 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 in 243 2/3 innings. He should be a fantasy ace again next season and then hit it big on the free agent market. Rotoworld.com
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    40 minutes ago
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:09 am
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:59 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:55 am
  • Marlins to exercise option on C Jeff Mathis
    According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, the Marlins will exercise their $1.5 million option on Jeff Mathis.

    Advice: Mathis is one of the worst hitters in baseball -- his combined slash line over the past two seasons is .189/.256/.280 -- but the Marlins love his defense and will keep him around for another year as the backup to starting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:47 am
  • Rangers make 'opening offer' to Colby Lewis
    MLB.com'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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:36 am
  • KC expected to decline Butler's $12M option
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Royals are expected to decline Billy Butler's $12 million club option for the 2015 season.

    Advice: Butler had a disappointing .271/.323/.379 slash line with just nine home runs and 66 RBI in 151 games during the 2014 regular season and then batted .262/.327/.333 in the playoffs. The 28-year-old designated hitter has put up some tremendous numbers in the past and should do pretty well for himself on the open market, but the cost-conscious Royals obviously feel this downward trend is real. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:28 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:21 am
  • Rusney Castillo (hand,thumb) on PRWL roster
    Rusney Castillo (hand, thumb) is on the roster for Los Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

    Advice: And the season starts Thursday, but it's not clear yet when Castillo will be able to play. He bruised his hand and thumb when he was jammed by a pitch on October 20 in the Arizona Fall League and the Red Sox want him to be fully healed before he returns to action. The 27-year-old center fielder is in a holding pattern for now. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:37 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • 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
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
     
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  • Cubs outright Ryan Kalish to AAA Iowa
    Cubs sent OF Ryan Kalish outright to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Kalish is now off the Cubs' 40-man roster. The 26-year-old outfielder is a .245/.293/.350 career hitter in 412 plate appearances at the major league level. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:10 pm
     
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  • 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
    Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:26 am
     
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  • Smoak expects Jays to decline option
    Justin Smoak said Wednesday that he expects the Blue Jays to decline his $3.65 million option for 2015 and negotiate a new deal.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise. Smoak was just claimed off waivers from the Mariners on Tuesday. While the Blue Jays can buy out his 2015 option for $150,000, he's still under team control for one more season through the arbitration process. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
     
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  • Tony Campana elects free agency
    Tony Campana has elected free agency.

    Advice: Campana was outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster earlier this week. The speedy outfielder batted just .187/.197/.227 in 44 games in the majors this season for the Angels and Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
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  • 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
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Castillo (hand, thumb) likely done in AFL
    Rusney Castillo (hand, thumb) is unlikely to return to action in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Castillo bruised his hand and thumb when he was jammed by a pitch on October 20. It's believed that he'll simply need rest, but there likely won't be enough time for him to return to the Arizona Fall League and he might not even participate in winter ball in Puerto Rico. The Red Sox have yet to make an official decision on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:33 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
  • Blue Jays claim Smoak off waivers from M's
    Blue Jays claimed 1B Justin Smoak off waivers from the Mariners.

    Advice: The writing was on the wall in Seattle after Smoak batted just .202/.275/.339 across 80 games this season. The 27-year-old has a $3.65 million option (with a $150,000 buyout) on his contract for next season, but he's still arbitration-eligible for one more year even if the Blue Jays decline it. The addition of Smoak increases the likelihood that the Blue Jays will deal Adam Lind (or decline his option) in the coming days. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:33 am
     
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  • Tony Campana outrighted to Triple-A
    Angels sent OF Tony Campana outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: The move frees up a spot on the Halos' 40-man roster. Campana hit just .187/.197/.227 in 44 games in the majors this season for the Angels and Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:08 pm
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:34 pm
  • Butler has two RBI, Royals prevail in Game 2
    Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with two RBI, driving in the game-winning run as the Royals bested the Giants 7-2 in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: Butler delivered two of the game's biggest hits, swatting an RBI single in the first inning to get the Royals on the board and roping a single over Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford in the sixth that gave the Royals a 3-2 lead. They wouldn't look back, putting up four more runs in the inning en route to the five-run win. Once in danger of losing his starting job, Country Breakfast has come up big time and again this postseason. Going to a National League park for three games Butler may have trouble finding at-bats, but he'll likely be the first man off the bench for manager Ned Yost in pinch-hitting spots. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Rusney Castillo injures hand in AFL
    Rusney Castillo suffered a minor hand injury Monday in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Castillo will likely sit out much of this week as a precautionary measure, but he should ultimately be fine. The 27-year-old center fielder is batting .278/.333/.361 with three doubles, three walks, and six strikeouts in 39 plate appearances for the Surprise Saguaros. With good power and speed, he has the potential to carry significant fantasy value in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:47 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:52 pm
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