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  • 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. 39 minutes ago
    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
  • Dylan Covey outrighted by Red Sox
    Red Sox sent RHP Dylan Covey outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster but remains in the organization. Covey holds an ugly 6.57 ERA over parts of four seasons in the big leagues. Today, 1:45 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
  • 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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    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 option on Anibal Sanchez for 2021
    Nationals declined RHP Anibal Sanchez's $12 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: Sanchez has $6 million in deferred money coming his way next year, which serves as a kind of buyout here. The veteran right-hander posted a rough 6.62 ERA in 53 innings (11 starts) this past season with Washington. Today, 11:42 am
  • 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
  • D-backs decline options on Leake, Guerra, Rondon
    Diamondbacks declined RHP Mike Leake's $18 million mutual option for 2021.

    Advice: Leake has a $5 million buyout coming his way as he heads into free agency having opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns about COVID-19. The soon-to-be 33-year-old registered a 4.29 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 127/27 K/BB ratio in 197 innings (32 starts) between the Mariners and Diamondbacks in 2019. Arizona has also declined a $3.5 million option on Junior Guerra and a $4 million option on Hector Rondon. Today, 11:05 am
    W, 11-3 vs Col
  • D-backs decline $4M option on Hector Rondon
    Diamondbacks declined RHP Hector Rondon's $4 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: He'll get a $500,000 buyout as part of the guaranteed one-year, $3 million deal he signed with the D-backs last winter. Rondon pitched to an ugly 7.65 ERA and 1.80 WHIP across 23 relief appearances for Arizona in 2020. Today, 11:03 am
  • D-backs decline $3.5M option on Junior Guerra
    Diamondbacks declined RHP Junior Guerra's $3.5 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: Guerra technically remains under Arizona's control as an arbitration-eligible player, and the team will have until December 2 to decide whether to non-tender him. The 35-year-old right-hander posted an uneven 3.04 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 21/15 K/BB ratio over 23 2/3 innings of relief during the condensed 2020 campaign. Today, 11:00 am
  • 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 $3.5 million option on Graveman
    Mariners declined RHP Kendall Graveman's $3.5 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: Graveman will receive a $500,000 buyout and hit the free agent market, though Shannon Drayer of Seattle's 710 ESPN notes that the Mariners are interested in bringing him back "under a new contract." The 29-year-old right-hander posted a rough 5.79 ERA across 18 2/3 innings (two starts, nine relief appearances) in 2020. He was diagnosed with a bone tumor in the C6 part of his cervical spine in August but did eventually return. Today, 9:25 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
  • Nick Anderson acknowledges fatigue in playoffs
    Nick Anderson acknowledged after Tuesday night's World Series Game 6 loss to the Dodgers that he battled fatigue during the 2020 playoffs.

    Advice: And it was evident in the results. Anderson had a 0.55 ERA and 26/3 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 regular-season innings before struggling to a 5.52 ERA and 9/4 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 postseason frames. He became the first pitcher in MLB history to be charged with runs in seven straight postseason appearances. “I didn’t feel as good as I would have liked to, but it’s the big leagues; you’re not going to go out and feel good every time,” Anderson said. "Not a lot of gas, (velocity) was down. Go out there and try to give everything I’ve got, and it didn’t work out." The pre-arbitration right-hander should be back as a high-leverage reliever for the Rays in 2021. Today, 8:33 am
  • Royals interested in bringing back RP Greg Holland
    According to's Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals "have interest in bringing back" Greg Holland.

    Advice: Holland is headed to free agency following the conclusion of the 2020 World Series on Tuesday night. The veteran reliever may have pitched his way out of the rebuilding Royals' price range this summer, registering a 1.91 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 31/7 K/BB ratio across 28 1/3 innings while earning six saves. Flanagan also notes that Kansas City would have interest in retaining Ian Kennedy and Matt Harvey "on team-friendly deals." Today, 7:30 am
    W, 3-1 vs Det
  • 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
  • Marlins exercise $12.5M option on Starling Marte
    Marlins exercised OF Starling Marte's $12.5 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: Marlins CEO Derek Jeter made it known earlier this month that the team would pick up the option, and that decision has now been made official the morning after the conclusion of the 2020 World Series. Marte, 32, slashed .281/.340/.430 with six home runs, 27 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 36 runs scored in 61 regular-season games this summer between Arizona and Miami. He missed the NLDS against the Braves after fracturing a finger on his left hand during the Wild Card Series versus the Cubs, but he should have a relatively normal offseason and currently projects as the starting center fielder for the Fish on Opening Day next year. Today, 5:39 am
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • 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
  • Gonsolin struggles in Dodgers' WS Game 6 victory
    Tony Gonsolin lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his World Series Game 6 start on Tuesday versus the Rays.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Monday that he was hoping to get 5-6 innings out of Gonsolin, but the quick hook came after the 26-year-old right-hander recorded only five outs against the 10 total batters he faced. Tampa Bay mostly failed to capitalize, however, with Randy Arozarena's first-inning solo homer serving as the club's only run of the affair. Los Angeles went on to claim its first World Series title since 1988, and Gonsolin's poor showing will barely even be a footnote. He allowed just seven walks and two home runs in 46 2/3 regular-season innings before yielding nine walks and four homers in 9 1/3 postseason frames. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Arozarena homers again in Rays' WS Game 6 loss
    Randy Arozarena finished 2-for-4 with a homer and a single Tuesday in the Rays' World Series Game 6 loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Arozarena belted an opposite-field solo shot off a Tony Gonsolin slider in the top of the first inning to give the Rays their lone run of the night. It was his MLB-record-extending 10th home run of the postseason and sailed 378 feet out to right with an exit velocity of 103 mph. It was also his 14th extra-base hit of these playoff games, tying David Freese's record set in 2011. He's the first rookie ever to drive in a run in four straight World Series games. In the end, though, the Game 6 loss represented the end of the road in 2020 for Randy and the Rays. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • 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
  • Roberts hopes to get 5-6 innings from Gonsolin
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that they hope to get 5-6 innings from Tony Gonsolin in Game 6 of the World Series against the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gonsolin essentially served as an opener in Game 2, as he was pulled after just 1 1/3 innings, but Roberts wants to use him as a more traditional starter in a potential clinching game. Or that's the goal, anyway. Gonsolin has been a great regular season pitcher during his brief career, but he's allowed eight runs over 7 2/3 innings during the postseason. Monday, 10:42 am
  • Gonsolin will start for Dodgers in Game 6 of WS
    Tony Gonsolin will start for the Dodgers on Tuesday in Game 6 of the World Series against the Rays. 

    Advice: It's not a surprise, but it's certainly worth noting. Gonsolin started Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, and he went just 1 1/3 before being pulled while allowing one run. The right-hander has made three appearances thus far in the postseason, but he has pitched just 7 2/3 frames in those appearances, and allowed eight runs. Because of limited availability -- and because the Dodgers have Walker Buehler lined up for Game 7 if necessary -- Los Angeles may ask him to go a little deeper, but it's far from a guarantee. Blake Snell has already been announced as the starter for Game 6 for Tampa Bay. Sunday, 9:21 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
  • Arozarena sets new MLB postseason home run record
    Randy Arozarena went 3-for-4 with a walk and blasted yet another home run on Saturday as the Rays rallied to beat the Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series.

    Advice: With his solo shot off of Julio Urias in the fourth inning, Arozarena set a new MLB record for the most home runs (9) in a single postseason. With his three-hit attack, he now also has 26 hits during the postseason, matching Pablo Sandoval (2014) for the most hits in any single postseason in MLB history. Not bad work for the 25-year-old. Arozarena also drew a critical walk after a seven-pitch battle with Kenley Jansen with two outs in the ninth inning, then raced around to score the game-winning run -- even after stumbling and falling halfway between third base and home plate. He has seen his fantasy stock skyrocket with his unbelievable performance at the dish in October -- and during the final month of the regular season. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him wind up in the top 50 players overall by the time March rolls around. Saturday, 9:06 pm
  • Randy Arozarena goes deep as Rays fall to Dodgers
    Randy Arozarena crushed a solo home run as the Rays fell to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night.

    Advice: Arozarena tagged Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen for the solo shot with two outs in the ninth inning, merely trimming the Rays deficit to 6-2. It was his eighth home run of the postseason, matching the all-time record for most home runs in a single postseason. The 25-year-old is hitting a ridiculous .354 (23-for-65) with the aforementioned eight long balls and 11 RBI in 17 postseason games. Friday, 8:22 pm
  • 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
  • Tony Gonsolin only goes 1 1/3 innings in Game 2
    Tony Gonsolin allowed just one run but was pulled after 1 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Dodgers' loss to the Rays.

    Advice: It was essentially an opener assignment for Gonsolin, which didn’t come as a surprise. The one run he gave up came off the bat of Brandon Lowe, who launched an opposite-field home run with one out in the first inning. Gonsolin was removed in the second inning with a runner at third and one out, but he avoided an additional run being charged to his ledger after a fielder’s choice and a caught stealing. He has made three appearances this postseason but has gone more than two innings in just one of them, yielding eight runs over 7 2/3 frames. The Dodgers wound up using seven pitchers in this one and only one of them recorded more than four outs (Alex Wood recorded six). Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Gonsolin to start Game 2 of World Series vs. Rays
    Tony Gonsolin will start for the Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday versus the Rays.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made that announcement after Tuesday night's 8-3 Game 1 win. Gonsolin struggled as a spot starter for Clayton Kershaw in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Braves and also got roughed up in relief in NLCS Game 7, so he figures to face a possible quick hook on Wednesday. Julio Urias and Dustin May will apparently be available to piggyback. Walker Buehler is on tap for World Series Game 3. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • Marlins will exercise Starling Marte's option
    Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said during a conference call with reporters Sunday that the team plans to exercise Starling Marte's $12.5 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: Even with the economic uncertainty around baseball, this move was a no-brainer. Marte, 32, put together a .281/.340/.430 batting line with six home runs and 10 stolen bases across 250 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks and Marlins in 2020. Oct 18, 9:10 am
    W, 5-0 @NYY
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