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  • Gonzales could be option for 2015 bullpen
    Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals are "expected to heavily consider" Marco Gonzales for a spot in next year's bullpen.

    Advice: Gonzales' future is as a starter, and he'll report to spring training as an option for the starting five. However, he's unlikely to crack the Opening Day rotation given the team's depth, and it sounds like they might prefer using him in relief rather than putting him in the Triple-A rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:02 pm
  • Cardinals projecting Martinez for relief role
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Monday that Carlos Martinez projects as the team's primary setup man next season.

    Advice: Obviously a lot can happen between now and spring training with the Cards' roster. But while Martinez has loads of upside as a starter, there might not be room for him in the rotation as things currently shake out. "You can see there is a spot for Carlos in that bullpen that looks pretty nice when it fits right," Mozeliak said. "We’ll have him continue to prepare (to start), but there are only so many innings that we have in spring for starters. He’s always been an option, but we do like him in the back end of the bullpen." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:57 pm
  • Michael Wacha to have normal offseason
    Michael Wacha will follow his normal offseason program after an MRI Friday on his right shoulder came back clean.

    Advice: Wacha missed a large chunk of the season with a stress reaction in the shoulder, but the Cardinals were encouraged by how the MRI looked. "Even the doctors were a little surprised on how that looked," general manager John Mozeliak said. It's good news for Wacha heading into the offseason, but he remains a medical red flag for 2015 since it's an issue that can crop up again. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:51 pm
  • Cardinals to shop Randy Choate this winter
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will "look to move" Randy Choate this offseason.

    Advice: General manager John Mozeliak noted Monday that Choate is "fairly one-dimensional," which "makes it difficult for us to use him, particularly during a long season." Choate was again effective versus left-handed batters this season, holding them to a .093/.205/.147 line. He's slated to make $3 million again in 2015, though, so it's doubtful he'll have much trade value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:15 pm
  • 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
    Sunday, 11:04 am
     
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    L, 4-1 @Sea
  • 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
    Sunday, 10:54 am
     
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • 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
    Sunday, 10:05 am
     
    L, 9-5 vs NYY
  • 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
    Sunday, 8:27 am
     
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • Julio DePaula refuses outright assignment
    Julio DePaula has elected free agency.

    Advice: The 31-year-old hurler will explore opportunities elsewhere rather than accepting his outright assignment from the Orioles. After returning from the Independent League to sign with the Orioles, he posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 43/13 K/BB ratio in 38 innings at Double-A Bowie. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:26 am
     
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    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • Trevor Bell elects to become free agent
    Trevor Bell has elected free agency.

    Advice: The 28-year-old hurler missed nearly all of the 2014 season due to inflammation in his pitching elbow. He'll look to land elsewhere on a minor league deal this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:53 pm
     
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    W, 4-1 vs Pit
  • Cardinals unlikely to bring back Pat Neshek
    According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, the Cardinals are unlikely to retain any of their five impending free agents.

    Advice: Of the five, Pat Neshek is the only one who had a healthy and productive season for the Cardinals, posting a terrific 1.87 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 68/9 K/BB ratio over 67 1/3 innings, and will surely earn a lucrative contract through free agency. Mark Ellis, Justin Masterson, Jason Motte and A.J. Pierzynski are also eligible for free agency this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:17 pm
  • Tanner Scheppers (elbow) throws side session
    Tanner Scheppers (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: Scheppers missed the majority of the 2014 season due to elbow issues, but Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Friday that the right-hander is now ahead of schedule in his recovery. He'll be used in a bullpen role next season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:25 pm
     
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    L, 4-0 vs Oak
  • Nats expected to decline Soriano's option
    The Nationals are expected to decline Rafael Soriano's $14 million option for 2015.

    Advice: They probably would have picked it up if they had to make the call at the All-Star break, but Soriano made the decision to cut him loose easy after a disastrous second half. Drew Storen took over as the Nats' closer late in the year when Soriano faltered and will almost surely retain the role heading into 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:36 am
  • Antonio Bastardo could be traded this winter
    Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News considers Antonio Bastardo the Phillies player most likely to be traded this offseason.

    Advice: Bastardo had an up-and-down 2014 season with a 3.94 ERA, but he also struck out 81 over 64 innings and has been one of the better left-handed setup men in the NL over the last few years. However, he's due for a raise in his final year of arbitration after making $2 million this year, and the Phillies have burgeoning bullpen stud Jake Diekman from the left side. Bastardo could fetch a decent return and allow Philly to reallocate some funds towards a more pressing need. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:14 am
  • Darren O'Day's option will be picked up
    The Orioles will exercise Darren O'Day's $4.25 million option for 2015.

    Advice: It's not a cheap price tag for a setup man, but O'Day has certainly earned it. The sidearmer has put together a fantastic 2.05 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 201/48 K/BB ratio over 197 2/3 frames since the beginning of 2012, establishing himself as one of the most reliable relievers in the AL. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:46 am
  • Michael Wacha serves up walk-off homer
    Michael Wacha served up a walk-off, three-run homer to Travis Ishikawa in the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny put Wacha into an impossible situation. The right-hander hadn't pitched for 20 days and had already warmed up a few innings prior. He was then inserted into a tie game in the ninth inning and was, unsurprisingly, not sharp. Wacha was great when healthy this season but will go into next year with a medical red flag due to his shoulder issue. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:46 pm
  • Giants take Game 3 on Choate's throwing error
    Randy Choate failed to retire any of the three batters he faced and made a throwing error to allow the winning run to score in Tuesday's NLCS Game 3 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Choate walked Brandon Crawford to lead off the 10th, and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny surprisingly stuck with him against right-handed batter Juan Perez (Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha were still available in the bullpen). After failing twice to sac bunt, Perez then lined a single to put runners on first and second. The Giants again tried to give Choate an out on a Gregor Blanco bunt, but the lefty threw wild to first and Crawford scored the winning run. Choate has faced seven batters this postseason and retired only two of them. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:56 pm
  • Wacha being used as extra-inning reliever
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledged Monday that Michael Wacha is an "extra-inning reliever."

    Advice: Wacha missed a large chunk of the regular season's second half with a shoulder injury and is still rediscovering the feel for his pitches, so the Cardinals have been reluctant to use him in high-leverage situations so far in these playoffs. "Michael gives us definitely some flexibility, and we can use him in a different role, but right now that’s pretty valuable to us knowing that we can be quick (to other relievers), like we were," Matheny told reporters after NLCS Game 2. "It leaves a huge need in case we come back and tie the game." Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 6:58 am
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