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  • Royals to listen on Gordon, Hosmer, Moose
    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that "the expectation within the industry" is that the Royals will listen to trade offers for Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas this offseason.

    Advice: It would be a difficult decision for the Royals to deal an integral part from a pennant-winning club, but teams with limited payrolls often have to make such moves. Gordon has been the best player of the three over the last few years but also might be the most likely to be dealt. The 30-year-old is probably under control for only one more season, as he's likely to decline his $12.5 million player option for 2016 and test free agency. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:00 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:18 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:13 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:07 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:57 pm
     
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  • Orioles decline Nick Hundley's option
    Orioles declined C Nick Hundley's $5 million option for 2015.

    Advice: With Matt Wieters coming back and Caleb Joseph around as a cheaper backup, the O's don't need Hundley. The veteran backstop will likely have to settle for a backup job this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:17 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:46 pm
  • MRI on Profar's shoulder 95 pct. clean
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that an MRI on Jurickson Profar (shoulder) was "95 percent clean."

    Advice: Good news for Profar, who missed the entire 2014 season due to a right shoulder injury. The Rangers shut the 21-year-old infielder down in September after he suffered multiple setbacks, but Daniels hopes that he'll be cleared in January. Still, he remains a big question going into 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:23 pm
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:02 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:35 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:10 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:06 pm
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:58 pm
  • Nationals pick up Denard Span's $9 mil option
    Nationals exercised OF Denard Span's $9 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: An easy call for the Nats after Span batted .302/.355/.416 with 31 stolen bases and 94 runs scored over 147 games in 2014. The 30-year-old will remain Washington's starting center fielder for the 2015 season and should again have considerable fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:23 pm
     
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  • Ramon Santiago elects to become free agent
    Ramon Santiago has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Santiago was outrighted off the Reds' 40-man roster on Thursday and rejected an assignment to Triple-A Louisville. The 35-year-old utility infielder is a .243/.314/.330 career hitter in 920 major league games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:51 am
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:36 am
  • 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
    Today, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:59 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
     
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  • 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
  • Gordon has RBI double, run scored in finale
    Alex Gordon went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored in the Royals' World Series Game 7 loss to the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: After falling behind 2-0, Gordon delivered the biggest hit of the night for the Royals when he doubled in Billy Butler from first in the second inning. He also had their second-biggest hit when he singled off Madison Bumgarner to represent the tying run in the ninth, winding up on third after a couple of errors. Unfortunately for him and the Royals he was left on third to end the game. Gordon will be back in the Royals' outfield next year looking for a return to the Series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:39 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:18 am
  • Alex Gordon goes hitless as Royals fall
    Alex Gordon had a rough night at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Giants in Game 5 of the World Series, going hitless in four at-bats.

    Advice: Gordon wasn't the only member of the Royals to struggle, as they scratched out just four total hits in the contest. While he has been able to come through with many timely hits and has plated 10 runs in the playoffs, Gordon is hitting just .170 in postseason play. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:19 pm
  • 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
  • Gordon plates one as Royals take series lead
    Alex Gordon came through with an RBI double in the sixth inning on Friday, helping the Royals to dispatch of the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.

    Advice: His one-out double plated Alcides Escobar who had reached on single. It was Gordon’s first hit of the series, as his 1-for-4 effort brings him to 1-for-11 (.091) in the Fall Classic. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:35 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
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:05 pm
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