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  • 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.
    33 minutes ago
    Disabled List
    L, 1-0 @Was
  • 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.
    43 minutes ago
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    W, 6-4 @CWS
  • 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.
    47 minutes ago
  • Marlins to exercise option on C Jeff Mathis
    According to'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.
    Today, 8:47 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Sandoval sets record, Giants win World Series
    Pablo Sandoval set a postseason record with a huge night in Wednesday's World Series Game 7 win, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored as the Giants edged the Royals 3-2 for the title.

    Advice: Sandoval broke a four-way tie with Marquis Grissom, Darin Erstad and David Freese when he doubled for his MLB-record 26th hit of the postseason (and third hit of the game) in the top of the eighth inning. Prior to that, Sandoval had two singles, a walk and two runs scored in the Game 7 win. For the series, Sandoval finished 12-for-28 (.429) with four RBI and six runs scored. It was a performance that will serve him well financially heading into free agency this winter.
    Yesterday, 8:23 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.
    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.
    Yesterday, 1:10 pm
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    W, 5-2 x @Mil
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
    L, 1-0 vs x Bal
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:10 am
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    L, 4-1 x @Sea
  • Report: BoSox prioritizing Sandoval, Headley
    CBS Sports' reports that the Red Sox are "prioritizing" impending free agents Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley.

    Advice: The Red Sox are looking for an upgrade at the hot corner after their third basemen hit just .211/.271/.308 this season. They'll have plenty of competition, of course, as the Giants would like to re-sign Sandoval and the Yankees are interested in keeping Headley. Sandoval will obviously be the most expensive of the two and will also be attached to draft pick compensation, as the Giants are expected to make him a qualifying offer. Headley won't be attached to a draft pick since he was traded during the season. Heyman hears that the Red Sox could also look at Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez if he becomes a free agent.
    Yesterday, 6:22 am
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Tuesday, 11:33 am
    L, 1-0 vs x Bal
  • 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.
    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.
    Saturday, 5:45 am
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    W, 6-4 @CWS
  • 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
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval drives in a pair in Game 1 win
    Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and RBI single in Tuesday's victory over the Royals.

    Advice: Sandoval got the scoring going with a two-base knock in the first inning that plated Gregor Blanco and capped off the scoring with an RBI single in the seventh. He could have easily been credited with a third hit, but his hard smash to Mike Moustakas in the ninth inning was changed to an error.
    Tuesday, 8:48 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.
    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.
    Tuesday, 12:52 pm
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