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  • Paul Goldschmidt had elbow surgery after season
    Paul Goldschmidt underwent surgery after the season to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

    Advice: Goldschmidt was sidelined a bit back in spring training by an elbow issue, but it never caused him to miss time during the regular season. However, he obviously decided to go ahead and get it taken care of. The first baseman should be able to have a relatively normal offseason. Today, 3:00 pm
    W, 5-2 vs Mil
  • Cardinals decline Kolten Wong's $12.5M option
    Cardinals declined 2B Kolten Wong's $12.5 million option for 2021.

    Advice: Wong regressed at the plate in 2020 after a strong showing in 2019, although he remains one of the better defensive second basemen in baseball. The Cards had been discussing an extension with Wong that would lower his AAV but keep him around longer. Obviously, the two sides weren't able to reach an agreement, but president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Wednesday that both sides have "agreed to keep the door open" on a return. If Wong doesn't return, St. Louis figures to turn to Tommy Edman at second base. Today, 2:33 pm
    W, 5-2 vs Mil
  • Robinson Chirinos has option declined
    Mets declined C Robinson Chirinos' $6.5 million option for 2021.

    Advice: He'll receive a $1 million buyout instead. Chirinos had just a .475 OPS in 2020 but was a solid offensive catcher before that. He'll turn 37 next June, though, so he might have a difficult time finding a starting job. Today, 1:59 pm
  • Mets decline Todd Frazier's option
    Mets declined INF Todd Frazier's $5.75 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: He'll receive a $1.5 million buyout instead. After beginning this season with the Rangers, Frazier finished it back with the Mets, posting just a .643 OPS over 14 games. Today, 1:57 pm
    L, 5-15 @Was
  • Mets officially decline Wilson Ramos' option
    Mets declined C Wilson Ramos' $10 million option for 2021.

    Advice: It was reported earlier Wednesday that this would happen and now the move is official. It's no surprise, as Ramos' defense is subpar at this point and he batted only .239/.297/.387 this season. He might have a hard time landing a full-time role this winter. Today, 1:48 pm
  • Cesar Puello elects free agency
    Cesar Puello has elected free agency.

    Advice: He'll look for a gig elsewhere rather than accept the Red Sox' outright assignment. Puello, 29, is a career .246/.354/.347 hitter over parts of three seasons in the majors. Today, 1:43 pm
    W, 9-1 @Atl
  • Jose Peraza elects free agency
    Jose Peraza has elected free agency.

    Advice: The Red Sox removed Peraza from their 40-man roster and he's decided to test out the market rather than accept an outright assignment. He might have to settle for a minor league contract after he hit just .225/.275/.342 this season. Today, 1:41 pm
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    José Peraza Bos - 2B,SS,LF
    W, 9-1 @Atl
  • Mets to decline Robinson Chirinos' $6.5M option
    According to's Anthony DiComo, the Mets will decline Robinson Chirinos' $6.5 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: They will also decline Todd Frazier's $5.75 million option and a $10 million option on Wilson Ramos, as previously reported. Chirinos, who's due a $1 million buyout, slashed just .162/.232/.243 with one home run in 26 games this past season between the Rangers and Mets. He'll be a free agent this winter at age 36. Today, 12:23 pm
  • MLB launching investigation into Turner's actions
    Major League Baseball said in a statement Wednesday that it is "beginning a full investigation" into Justin Turner's postgame actions on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Turner was pulled from the Dodgers' World Series clincher after seven innings once the team was alerted that he had tested positive for COVID-19, but the veteran third baseman decided to take part in portions of the on-field celebration anyway, at one point removing his mask for a team photo. Turner "chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others," reads the statement. "While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply ... The Commissioner's Office is beginning a full investigation into this matter and will consult with the Players Association within the parameters of the joint 2020 Operations Manual." It's possible Turner could be facing some sort of fine or suspension. Today, 12:06 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Nats decline mutual option on 1B Eric Thames
    Nationals declined 1B/DH Eric Thames' $4 million mutual option for 2021.

    Advice: He's due a $1 million buyout instead. Thames finished the condensed 2020 regular season with a poor .203/.300/.317 batting line, tallying only three home runs and 12 RBI in 140 plate appearances. Today, 11:49 am
    W, 15-5 vs NYM
  • Nats decline mutual option on Howie Kendrick
    Nationals declined INF Howie Kendrick's $6.5 million mutual option for 2021.

    Advice: Kendrick will get a $2.25 million buyout and may head into retirement at age 37. He was brilliant for Washington in 2019 before slashing just .275/.320/.385 with two home runs over 100 plate appearances in 2020. Today, 11:46 am
    W, 15-5 vs NYM
  • Nats decline options on Eaton, Kendrick, Thames
    Nationals declined OF Adam Eaton's $10.5 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: Eaton will receive a $1.5 million buyout and hit the open market. The 31-year-old outfielder (he turns 32 this December) posted an underwhelming .226/.285/.384 batting line with four home runs and three stolen bases over 41 games in 2020. He finished the season on the injured list with a fractured left index finger. Washington also declined options on Anibal Sanchez, Howie Kendrick, and Eric Thames on Wednesday. Today, 11:38 am
    W, 15-5 vs NYM
  • Daniel Murphy officially becomes free agent Wed.
    Daniel Murphy officially became a free agent on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy carried a $12 million mutual option for 2021, and the Rockies obviously declined their half of it. He'll get a $6 million buyout and hit the open market as a 35-year-old coming off a .236/.275/.333 batting line with three home runs and 16 RBI in 40 games. It could be tough for him to find even non-guaranteed minor league offers. Today, 10:42 am
  • Mets to decline $10M option on C Wilson Ramos
    According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets will decline their $10 million club option on Wilson Ramos.

    Advice: Ramos will get a $1.5 million buyout from New York and become a free agent. The 33-year-old backstop slashed just .239/.297/.387 with five home runs and 15 RBI over 45 games during the condensed 2020 regular season while rating poorly by most defensive metrics. There is growing chatter that the Mets, under their soon-to-be-approved new owner Steve Cohen, might look to land top free agent catcher J.T. Realmuto this winter. Today, 9:58 am
  • Mariners decline $14M option on Strange-Gordon
    Mariners declined INF/OF Dee Strange-Gordon's $14 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: The writing has been on the wall for a while that this move would be coming. Strange-Gordon struggled to a .200/.268/.213 batting line with zero home runs, zero triples, one double, and three stolen bases in 33 games (82 plate appearances) this past season with Seattle. It figures to be tough sledding for most one-dimensional free agents this winter, though Strange-Gordon's raw speed should net him at least a couple of offers. Today, 9:20 am
  • Tigers activate OF Troy Stokes from 45-day IL
    Tigers activated OF Troy Stokes from the 45-day injured list.

    Advice: Stokes did not appear in a meaningful game in 2020 after suffering a fractured hamate bone in June, before the start of summer camp workouts. The 24-year-old outfielder registered a .233/.341/.385 batting line with nine home runs and 14 stolen bases over 95 games with the Triple-A affiliate of the Brewers in 2019. Today, 6:59 am
  • Tigers activate JaCoby Jones from the 45-day IL
    Tigers activated OF JaCoby Jones from the 45-day injured list.

    Advice: Jones suffered a fractured left hand on September 1 and did not return to action. The 28-year-old finished the condensed 2020 campaign with an encouraging .849 OPS, five home runs, nine doubles, 14 RBI, and 19 runs scored in 30 games played for Detroit. He should have a starting job in the outfield going into 2021. Today, 6:54 am
  • Turner (COVID) 'insisted upon' joining celebration
    Ken Rosenthal said on FS1 late Tuesday that Justin Turner (COVID-19) "insisted upon" being part of the Dodgers' World Series clinching celebration.

    Advice: Turner was pulled before the eighth inning of Tuesday night's World Series Game 6 win when the Dodgers were alerted that the veteran third baseman had tested positive for COVID-19, but he joined his teammates on the field 20-30 minutes after the final out and even took part in a team photo on the mound. The transcribed television report from Rosenthal: "My understanding from various people is that he was told not to go on the field, or asked not to go on the field. He insisted upon it, the Dodgers insisted upon it, and that is why he was out there. And at one point, he did have his mask off. He was mostly masked, but there was a point during the picture that he did take it off." Rosenthal also stated that "this is not a case of a false positive." Yesterday, 10:23 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Turner says he has 'no symptoms' after COVID test
    Justin Turner said on his personal Twitter account late Tuesday night that he has "no symptoms at all" following a positive COVID-19 test.

    Advice: Turner played the first seven innings of Tuesday night's World Series Game 6 clincher before the Dodgers were alerted about the positive test result and pulled him for Edwin Rios. Turner spent the final two innings isolated but then curiously popped out to participate in a celebratory team photo on the mound, at one point scooting closer to his teammates and removing his mask. Perhaps there was a negative test at some point between the seventh inning and the awarding of the World Series trophy, but that seems ... well ... highly unlikely. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Justin Turner exits WS Gm 6 due to COVID positive
    Justin Turner was pulled from Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Rays due to a positive COVID-19 test.

    Advice: What a strange bit of news to finish off a strange season, one that resulted in the Dodgers claiming their first World Series championship since 1988. Turner played the first seven innings of Tuesday night's clincher before suddenly disappearing from the field -- and from the Dodgers' dugout -- before the top of the eighth. Edwin Rios finished out the game at third base. Look for updates on Turner's status in the coming days. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Mariners to decline '21 option on Strange-Gordon
    According to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, the Mariners will decline Dee Strange-Gordon's $14 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: He'll get a $1 million buyout and hit the free agent market. It's an easy call for Seattle after Strange-Gordon battled a quad issue in 2020 and slashed just .200/.268/.213 with one extra-base hit (a double) in 33 games. The 32-year-old infielder-outfielder attempted five stolen bases and was caught twice. He turns 33 next April. Yesterday, 4:45 pm
  • Justin Turner collects four hits in Game 4 loss
    Justin Turner went 4-for-5 with a homer, double and two runs scored as the Dodgers fell to the Rays in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday evening in Arlington.

    Advice: For the second consecutive game, Turner opened the scoring with a two-out solo blast in the first inning -- this time off of Rays’ left-hander Ryan Yarbrough. Turner then doubled and came around to score on Joc Pederson’s two-out, two-run single in the seventh. Turner and teammate Corey Seager became the first pair of teammates since Paul Molitor and Robin Yount of the 1982 Brewers to each have four or more hits in the same World Series game. He’s now hitting .279 (17-for-61) with three homers and six RBI this postseason. Saturday, 9:06 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Justin Turner goes deep as Dodgers take Game 3
    Justin Turner homered, doubled and scored a pair of runs as the Dodgers topped the Rays in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday evening in Arlington.

    Advice: Turner got the Dodgers on the board in the opening inning, crushing a two-strike offering from Charlie Morton over the wall in left field for a solo shot. He then doubled and scored on Max Muncy's two-run single in the third inning. With the two-hit attack, Turner is now hitting .232 (13-for-56) with a pair of homers and five RBI through 15 games this postseason. Friday, 7:57 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
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