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  • Rockies exercise Hawkins' option for 2015
    Rockies exercised RHP LaTroy Hawkins' $2.25 million option for 2015.

    Advice: Hawkins fared pretty well as the Rockies' closer in 2014, posting a 3.31 ERA and 1.20 WHIP while converting 23 of 26 save chances. He should enter the 2015 campaign at the back-end of the bullpen again for the Colorado.
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  • Bobby Parnell activated from 60-day DL
    Mets activated RHP Bobby Parnell from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Parnell blew his elbow out on Opening Day this season and had Tommy John surgery shortly thereafter. He's likely to get a late start to the 2015 season.
    Today, 1:33 pm
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  • Josh Satin outrighted to Triple-A
    Mets sent INF Josh Satin outright to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Satin was decent for the Mets as a part-time player in 2013, but he managed just three hits in 35 at-bats for the big club this season.
    Today, 1:25 pm
  • 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.
    Today, 1:20 pm
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    Ed Lucas Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Jeff Francis inks minors deal with Jays
    Blue Jays signed LHP Jeff Francis to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: A Canadian native, Francis held a 5.85 ERA over 12 appearances for the Reds, A's and Yankees this season. He figures to compete for a long relief role with the Blue Jays.
    Today, 11:57 am
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  • Evan Reed outrighted to Triple-A
    Tigers sent RHP Evan Reed outright to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: It's the second time in the last few months that he's been taken off the 40-man roster. Reed isn't eligible for arbitration yet.
    Today, 11:42 am
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  • Bruce Rondon activated from 60-day DL
    Tigers activated RHP Bruce Rondon from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Rondon, of course, missed the season following Tommy John surgery, but he's expected to be ready to go for spring training. The Tigers are hoping he'll be able to fill a big role in their bullpen next season.
    Today, 11:37 am
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  • Jose Iglesias removed from 60-day DL
    Tigers activated SS Jose Iglesias from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Iglesias is expected to be fine for spring training after missing all of 2014 with stress fractures in both shins. He'll be the team's starting shortstop next season.
    Today, 11:36 am
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  • 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.
    Today, 11:34 am
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  • Tigers extend qualifying offer to Scherzer
    Tigers extended a one-year qualifying offer to Max Scherzer.

    Advice: The offer is worth $15.3 million, but Scherzer will obviously decline it. His gamble in turning down the Tigers' $144 million extension offer last spring worked out, as he's now in position to get more than that on the open market.
    Today, 11:32 am
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  • 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.
    Today, 11:24 am
  • Shane Victorino activated from 60-day DL
    Red Sox activated OF Shane Victorino from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Victorino suffered through an injury-plagued 2014 campaign, eventually undergoing season-ending back surgery in August. He's expected to be fine by the time spring training rolls around.
    Today, 11:08 am
  • A's claim Andrew Brown off waivers
    Athletics claimed OF Andrew Brown off waivers from the Mets.

    Advice: Brown has hit just .220/.281/.390 across parts of four major league seasons. The 30-year-old isn't a great bet to earn an Opening Day roster spot next spring.
    Today, 10:53 am
  • Brewers decline Rickie Weeks' 2015 option
    Brewers declined 2B Rickie Weeks' $14.5 million option for 2015.

    Advice: It's no surprise, of course, after Weeks lost his second base job to Scooter Gennett this season. He hit well in a part-time role, batting .274/.357/.452 with eight homers over 286 plate appearances. He's injury-prone and the big upside isn't there anymore, but Weeks is probably intriguing enough to land a starting job somewhere this winter.
    Today, 7:30 am
  • Matsuzaka to get big offer to return to Japan
    Sports Hochi reports that the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks plan to offer Daisuke Matsuzaka a four-year contract worth about $3.58 million per season.

    Advice: He'd be crazy to turn that kind of money down, as Matsuzaka would have to take a minor league deal from a major league club. The right-hander has said previously that he'd be open to returning to Japan if they give him a chance to start. It would be shocking if Matsuzaka turns the offer down.
    Today, 6:58 am
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  • Johan Santana removed from 60-day DL
    Orioles activated LHP Johan Santana from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Santana's comeback attempt from another shoulder surgery ended in June when he tore his Achilles tendon. The lefty will have to settle for another minor league deal this offseason.
    Today, 6:52 am
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  • Joel Hanrahan activated from 60-day DL
    Tigers activated RHP Joel Hanrahan from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Hanrahan never threw a pitch for the Tigers after signing in May while he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery. He'll be a free agent this winter.
    Today, 6:50 am
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  • Kyle Blanks removed from 60-day DL
    Athletics activated 1B/OF Kyle Blanks from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The injury-prone 28-year-old was limited to 26 games this season due to tendinitis in his left Achilles, an issue that also bothered him in 2013. He hit .309/.409/.436 when healthy, but Blanks still might be non-tendered this offseason in his final year of arbitration eligibility.
    Today, 6:27 am
  • Jarrod Parker activated from 60-day DL
    Athletics activated RHP Jarrod Parker from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Parker, of course, missed the season due to a second Tommy John surgery. He seems likely to get a late start to the 2015 campaign.
    Today, 6:20 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.
    Today, 6:19 am
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