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  • Braves activate Cory Gearrin (elbow) from DL
    Braves activated RHP Cory Gearrin from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gearrin was one of a plethora of Braves hurlers who were forced to undergo Tommy John surgery last season. The 28-year-old is expected to return to the Braves bullpen at some point during the first two months of the 2015 season.
    Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Braves activate Brandon Beachy from DL
    Braves activated RHP Brandon Beachy from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The 28-year-old hurler missed the entirety of the 2014 regular season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. He's expected to be ready to return early in 2015.
    Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Cardinals activate Shane Robinson from DL
    Cardinals activated OF Shane Robinson from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Robinson was forced to go under the knife in late August to repair a separated left shoulder. The 30-year-old hit a paltry .150/.227/.200 in 60 at-bats with the Cardinals in 2014. He'll head into spring training looking to secure a role as a reserve outfielder.
    Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • Scott Rice outrighted to Triple-A
    Mets sent LHP Scott Rice outright to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Rice held a 5.93 ERA over 13 2/3 innings for the Mets this season before having surgery in July to remove a bone spur and get a nerve relocated. He pitched decently for the big club in 2013.
    Yesterday, 1:23 pm
    Not Active
    W, 8-3 vs Hou
  • Ed Lucas outrighted to Triple-A
    Rangers sent INF Ed Lucas outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Lucas had just been claimed off waivers from the Marlins earlier this month. He batted .255/.302/.323 over 163 games with the Fish the last two seasons.
    Yesterday, 1:20 pm
    New Player Note
    Ed Lucas Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    L, 4-0 vs x Oak
  • Brewers claim Juan Centeno off waivers
    Brewers claimed C Juan Centeno off waivers from the Mets.

    Advice: Centeno can't really hit, but the Brewers saw enough in his defense to put in a claim. He'll give them some depth behind the dish.
    Yesterday, 11:45 am
  • Tigers make qualifying offer to V-Mart
    Tigers extended a one-year qualifying offer to DH Victor Martinez.

    Advice: He'll decline it, but both sides are interested in working out a deal. Martinez is reportedly looking for a four-year pact after batting .335/.409/.565 with 32 homers and 103 RBI this season.
    Yesterday, 11:34 am
    Not Active
    W, 3-0 vs ^ Min
  • Blue Jays claim Andy Dirks off waivers
    Blue Jays claimed OF Andy Dirks off waivers from the Tigers.

    Advice: Dirks missed all of the 2014 season while rehabbing from back surgery before eventually being shut down with a strained hamstring. He's been a useful player at times in the past, though, and shouldn't have trouble cracking the Jays' Opening Day roster as long as he's healthy. Dirks is a career .276/.332/.413 hitter.
    Yesterday, 11:24 am
    L, 1-0 vs x Bal
  • Erik Davis activated from 60-day DL
    Nationals activated RHP Erik Davis from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Davis missed the season following Tommy John surgery. He'll be behind the other pitchers in spring training, putting him in a difficult spot to make the Opening Day roster.
    Yesterday, 11:13 am
  • Indians pick up Mike Aviles' 2015 option
    Indians exercised INF Mike Aviles' $3.5 million option for 2015.

    Advice: It was reported a week ago that they planned to pick it up, and now it's official. Aviles hit just .247/.273/.343 this season, but he offers plenty of value with his ability to play all over the diamond.
    Yesterday, 10:10 am
    New Player Note
    Mike Avilés Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 7-2 vs x TB
  • Josh Johnson to test out free agency
    Chris Cotillo of reports that Josh Johnson will test out free agency rather than re-sign with the Padres during their exclusive negotiating window.

    Advice: Both sides are interested in working out a new deal, with Johnson saying he feels he has "unfinished business" with the Padres after missing the season following Tommy John surgery. However, it appears that, not surprisingly, the right-hander will give other teams a chance at him before committing to the Padres again.
    Yesterday, 10:08 am
    Not Active
    L, 9-3 @SF
  • Tigers exercise Joakim Soria's option for '15
    Tigers exercised RHP Joakim Soria's $7 million option for 2015.

    Advice: Soria didn't pitch very well after being acquired by the Tigers at the trade deadline, but he had a terrific year overall and the club needs all the bullpen arms it can get. As of now, Joe Nathan is expected to remain the team's closer heading into next season, though it's possible the Tigers will try to upgrade over the winter.
    Yesterday, 8:40 am
  • Franklin Gutierrez taken off restricted list
    Mariners activated OF Franklin Gutierrez from the restricted list.

    Advice: Gutierrez sat out the season after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. He's been working out and is feeling better, though, and the outfielder plans to return in 2015. He'll just have to do it on a minor league pact.
    Yesterday, 6:19 am
    Not Active
    W, 4-1 vs x LAA
  • Homer Bailey activated from 60-day DL
    Reds activated RHP Homer Bailey from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The first year of Bailey's six-year, $105 million contract didn't go well, as he posted a disappointing 3.71 ERA before having surgery last month to repair a tear in his flexor tendon. The right-hander expects to be ready for the start of the 2015 campaign.
    Yesterday, 6:13 am
  • Joey Votto removed from 60-day DL
    Reds activated 1B Joey Votto from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Votto was limited to just 62 games this season due to a distal quad strain. He'll be a bit of an injury red flag heading into the 2015 campaign.
    Yesterday, 6:10 am
    W, 4-1 vs x Pit
  • 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.
    Thursday, 4:57 pm
    Not Active
    L, 9-3 @SF
  • Victor Martinez to seek four-year contract
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that impending free agent Victor Martinez will be looking for a four-year contract this winter.

    Advice: Martinez will turn 36 in December, but you can hardly blame him for shooting for a four-year deal after he batted .335/.409/.565 with 32 homers and 103 RBI this season. The Tigers would love to keep him, but they could balk at giving him another four-year pact. Regardless, V-Mart will be in high demand this offseason with offense down across baseball.
    Friday, 12:55 pm
    Not Active
    W, 3-0 vs ^ Min
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Indians expected to exercise option on Aviles
    The Indians are expected to exercise their 2015 option on Mike Aviles.

    Advice: Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said a few weeks ago that he was undecided on Aviles and his $3.5 million option, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the team is leaning toward bringing him back. Aviles hit just .247/.273/.343 last season but appeared at six different positions and offers a veteran presence. The Indians don't officially have to make a decision on the 33-year-old until three days after the end of the World Series.
    Wednesday, 8:05 pm
    New Player Note
    Mike Avilés Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 7-2 vs x TB
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