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  • MIL reportedly declines Braun's $15 million option
    The MLBPA lists Ryan Braun as a free agent. 

    Advice: Braun's contract either called for a $15 million mutual option for 2021, or a $4 million buyout. Unsurprisingly, it appears the Brewers have decided for the latter. The soon to be 37-year-old hit just .233/.281/.488 in 39 games while dealing injuries to his back and finger. It seems plausible that Milwaukee could have interest in Braun at a significantly lowered rate, but it's also possible that the former MVP will either be playing with a new club in 2021 or possibly decide to retire. Yesterday, 5:59 pm
    L, 2-5 @StL
  • Report: Yankees exercise LHP Britton's club option
    Andy Martino of reports that the Yankees are exercising Zack Britton's club option for 2022. 

    Advice: With the Yankees picking up the 2022 option, Britton's $13 million player option for 2021 becomes locked in. He'll make $14 million in 2022. The left-hander has posted an ERA below 2.00 in each of the last two seasons, and it was 1.89 in 20 games in 2020 with a 16/7 K/BB ratio over 20 appearances with a 1.00 WHIP and .174 BAA. Britton will be a high-leverage reliever again for the Yankees in the next two years, and has a chance to earn save chances -- depending of course on Aroldis Chapman's health/involvement with the organization. Yesterday, 3:59 pm
  • SHP Venditte sent outright to Triple-A by Marlins
    Marlins outrighted SHP Pat Venditte to Triple-A New Orleans. 

    Advice: Venditte was reinstated off the 60-day injured list before being outrighted off the 40-man roster -- and the Marlins did the same with Josh A. Smith and Mike Morin. The both-handed pitcher threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and no walks before suffering a right oblique strain in the middle of August. Venditte, Smith and Moran are all expected to become free agents. Yesterday, 3:15 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Marlins outright Morin to Triple-A New Orleans
    Marlins sent RHP Mike Morin outright to Triple-A New Orleans. 

    Advice: Morin was one of three pitchers that were reinstated from the 60-day injured list only to be outrighted off the roster. The right-hander was placed on the IL with a right elbow UCL injury in August after appearing in just three games. He's expected to become a free agent after refusing the assignment. Yesterday, 3:15 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Marlins outright Josh A. Smith off 40-man roster
    Marlins sent RHP Josh A. Smith outright to Triple-A New Orleans. 

    Advice: The Marlins need to clean up room on the 40-man roster, so Smith along with Pat Venditte and Mike Morin have been removed from it. The right-hander was ineffective in his 16 games and 26 1/3 innings with a 6.84 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. The expectation is that all three pitchers will become free agents, so Miami no longer has a monopoly on the Josh Smith market. Yesterday, 3:14 pm
  • Braves decline club option of RHP Darren O'Day
    Braves declined the 2021 club option of RHP Darren O'Day. 

    Advice: O'Day could have been brought back for $3.5 million in 2021, but the Braves have decided to instead pay a $500,000 buyout. The 38-year-old posted a sparkly 1.10 ERA with a 22/5 K/BB ratio over 19 appearances. The 38-year-old right-hander could be of interest to Atlanta at a lower salary, but other teams needing help from a right-hander in the bullpen will also assuredly be interested, as well. Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • Phillies place Morgan, three others on waivers
    Phillies placed LHP Adam Morgan on outright waivers. Yesterday, 1:40 pm
  • Phil Gosselin among Phillies placed on waivers
    Phillies placed INF/OF Phil Gosselin on outright waivers. 

    Advice: Gosselin is one of four players to be removed from the 40-man roster by the Phillies on Thursday. The versatile infielder-outfielder posted a .726 OPS in 39 games with three homers and 12 RBI over 92 at-bats. Because he can play all over the field, there should be interest in Gosselin's services this winter -- assuming he clears waivers and becomes a free agent. Yesterday, 1:39 pm
    L, 0-5 @TB
  • Phillies remove Blake Parker from 40-man roster
    Phillies placed RHP Blake Parker on outright waivers. 

    Advice: Parker is one of four relievers that the Phillies have placed on waivers to clear room on the 40-man roster. The right-hander pitched well for Philadelphia in his 14 appearances with a 2.81 ERA and 25/9 K/BB ratio in 14 appearances and 16 innings. He's expected to reject the assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley if he clears waivers, and he'll be free to sign with another club in the offseason. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Harvey outrighted off 40-man roster by Rockies
    Rockies sent RHP Joe Harvey outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Harvey is now off of the 40-man roster. The right-hander was placed on the 45-day injured list in August after suffering a right elbow sprain. The 28-year-old allowed three hits over 3 1/3 scoreless innings before the injury. Harvey can elect free agency, or he can report to Triple-A with a likely invite to spring training in 2021. Yesterday, 1:00 pm
    L, 3-11 @Ari
  • Orioles outright Andrew Velazquez to Norfolk
    Orioles sent INF/OF Andrew Velazquez outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Velazquez struggled to the tune of a .159/.274/.206 batting line with zero home runs and 23 strikeouts in 77 plate appearances this season. The 26-year-old utilityman is now off the Orioles' 40-man roster. Yesterday, 12:37 pm
    W, 7-5 @Tor
  • Orioles outright Branden Kline to AAA Norfolk
    Orioles sent RHP Branden Kline outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Kline, 29, holds a career 5.48 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 41/22 K/BB ratio in 46 career major league innings. Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • O's outright Kohl Stewart to Triple-A Norfolk
    Orioles sent RHP Kohl Stewart outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Stewart is now off the 40-man roster in Baltimore. The former first-round pick of the Twins inked a one-year, $900,000 deal with the O's last winter but then opted out of the 2020 season as a high-risk Type 1 diabetic. Yesterday, 12:32 pm
  • Soto expected to be arbitration-eligible for 2021
    According to Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington, Juan Soto will likely be arbitration-eligible this offseason as a Super 2 player.

    Advice: Dybas writes that Soto’s major league service time, which got muddled a bit during MLB's condensed 2020 campaign, is "expected to move him just beyond the arbitration-eligible threshold to be agreed upon by the Major League Baseball Players Association and league in the coming days." The 22-year-old slugger figures to break the salary record for a first-year arbitration-eligible player set by Kris Bryant at $10.85 million in 2018. Soto boasts a .972 OPS with 69 home runs and 217 RBI through his first 313 major league games. Yesterday, 12:22 pm
    W, 15-5 vs NYM
  • David Hess elects to become a free agent
    David Hess has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Hess was pushed off the Orioles' 40-man roster earlier this week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 27-year-old registered a 6.43 ERA with only one strikeout in seven innings of work this season. Yesterday, 11:46 am
    W, 7-5 @Tor
  • Phillies outright Adam Morgan to Lehigh Valley
    Phillies sent LHP Adam Morgan outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Morgan required surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his left arm after the 2020 regular season and his rehab is expected to bleed into the first half of the 2021 campaign. He is off the Phillies' 40-man roster. Yesterday, 5:47 am
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