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  • Nationals decline $15 mil option on LaRoche
    Nationals declined 1B Adam LaRoche's $15 million option for 2015.

    Advice: It was a mutual option, and the Nats declined on their end. LaRoche seems likely to move on in free agency with Ryan Zimmerman shifting to first base in Washington. LaRoche, 34, batted .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 140 games this past season. He will get a $2 million buyout from the Nats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:56 pm
  • Kevin Youkilis, 35, is retiring from baseball
    Kevin Youkilis has retired from baseball.

    Advice: "Youkilis, after deep thought about family and health, is calling it a career," reads a tweet from the 35-year-old's representatives at Pro Star Management. Youkilis collected 1,053 hits, 150 home runs, and 618 RBI over the course of his 10 major league seasons. He spent 2014 playing for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:45 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
    Yesterday, 8:28 am
  • Morse drives in game-winning run in Game 7
    Michael Morse had two RBI, including driving in the game-winning run, in the Giants' Game 7 World Series win Wednesday.

    Advice: With the bases loaded in the second inning, Morse drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly. But it was an opposite-field single with a runner at third base in the fourth inning that gave the Giants a 3-2 lead that they wouldn't relinquish. His outfield defense made him a non-factor for the three games in San Francisco, but Morse found a way to contribute as a designated hitter in the Royals' park. He ended his first World Series with four RBI and two runs scored. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:21 pm
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  • Cubs outright Chris Valaika to AAA Iowa
    Cubs sent INF Chris Valaika outright to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Valaika batted just .231/.282/.339 in 131 plate appearances this season for the Cubs. The utility infielder is no longer on the team's 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:12 pm
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  • Reds decline option on Hannahan
    Reds declined INF Jack Hannahan's $4 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: An expected move, Hannahan will receive a $2 million buyout and hit free agency. The veteran infielder missed most of 2014 after offseason shoulder surgery and ended up batting .188/.220/.250 over 50 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:30 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:17 am
  • Reds outright 1B Soto to Triple-A
    Reds sent 1B Neftali Soto outright to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Soto, 25, appeared in 21 games with the Reds this season and hit .302/.350/.406 with two home runs and 34 RBI over 75 games in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:45 am
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  • Posey’s World Series struggles continue
    Buster Posey’s World Series struggles continued in Tuesday’s Game 6, as he went 0-for-3 before being pulled late in the blowout loss.

    Advice: His second at-bat was a killer, as Yordano Ventura had walked three straight to load the bases, giving the Giants an opening to get back into the game. But Posey bailed him out, swinging at the first pitch and grounding weakly to shortstop. It’s probably a safe bet that Posey is wearing down after a long year, as he’s batting just .190 since the beginning of the NLCS and doesn’t have an extra-base hit the entire postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Travis Ishikawa back in LF for Game 5
    Travis Ishikawa is back in left field and hitting seventh for the Giants in Sunday's Game 5 of the World Series.

    Advice: Ishikawa was benched in favor of Juan Perez in Game 4 with the Royals sending lefty Jason Vargas to the mound, but he's back in there Sunday with righty James Shields getting the start. The Giants are using the same lineup that they used for the first five games of the series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:17 pm
  • Jesus Guzman signs with Hiroshima Carp
    MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports that Jesus Guzman has signed with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan's Central League.

    Advice: Guzman elected free agency earlier this month after being removed from the Astros' 40-man roster. It's not clear how much the 30-year-old will be paid by Hiroshima, but he'll get the opportunity to play regularly in Japan, something he wasn't given in the states. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:05 am
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  • Hosmer's 3-hit night not enough in Game 4
    Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored, but it wasn't enough as the Royals were drubbed by the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

    Advice: The Royals were able to pound out 12 hits, but scored only the four runs all of which came in the third inning. Hosmer tied the game at 1-1 after beating out an infield single which allowed Alex Gordon to score from third base. He also doubled to lead off the fifth inning but was stranded. Hosmer entered the night with just one hit in 10 at-bats in the World Series. The Royals certainly hope he's able to bring his Game 4 performance into the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:19 pm
  • Konerko and Rollins share Clemente Award
    Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins were announced as co-winners of the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award on Friday.

    Advice: The annual award, in existence since 1971, recognizes the MLB player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team" and is voted on by fans and members of the baseball media. This marks the first time that the award has been shared. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:25 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:55 pm
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  • Miguel Cabrera undergoes surgery on ankle
    Miguel Cabrera underwent surgery Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone at top of his foot.

    Advice: It had been known that Cabrera dealt with bone spurs down the stretch, but the stress fracture is a new revelation. The slugger will be re-evaluated in three months, so there would seem to be a chance that he'll be slowed at the beginning of spring training. Barring a setback, however, it shouldn't affect his availability for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:00 am
  • Brandon Moss undergoes surgery on hip labrum
    Brandon Moss underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum and also fix an impingement in his right hip.

    Advice: Moss was bothered by the hip ailment for much of the second half and it showed at the plate, as he hit just .162 with a .575 OPS in 162 plate appearances after August 1. He'll be on crutches for four weeks and is expected to be able to run in 12 weeks. Moss might be eased into things at the beginning of spring training but should be fine by Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:38 pm
  • Mets interested in outfielder Michael Cuddyer
    According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets have "concrete" interest in impending free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer.

    Advice: Martino hears from "people familiar with the Mets' thinking" that the team would like to sign Cuddyer to a two-year deal this winter to provide power to their lineup and veteran presence to their clubhouse. The 35-year-old batted .332/.376/.579 in an injury-shortened 2014 for the Rockies. He posted a .919 OPS, 20 home runs, and 84 RBI across 130 games with Colorado in 2013. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:06 am
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  • Adam Lind drawing interest from other teams
    According to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, the Blue Jays have received calls about Adam Lind.

    Advice: "I hear the Blue Jays are getting a lot of interest on Lind and not just from American League teams," an unnamed executive told the Sun. "I’ve heard three or four clubs." Lind struggles mightily against left-handed pitching, but he mashes righties and is only due $7.5 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016 (via a pair of club options). That relatively low price tag makes him an attractive trade target for teams that want to upgrade offensively but won't be able to compete for the bigger bats on the open market this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:49 am
  • Colabello to undergo tests on right thumb
    Chris Colabello is scheduled to undergo X-rays and an MRI on his right thumb this week.

    Advice: Colabello has been bothered by discomfort in the thumb since getting jammed by a Grant Balfour pitch on April 23 in Tampa Bay. That set off an 8-for-73 slump, and he finished the 2014 season with a rough .229/.282/.380 slash line. It's not clear how Colabello fits into the Twins' plans for 2015. There's talk that he might be shopped to a Korean team. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:32 am
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