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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Indians place saves champ Brad Hand on waivers
    Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports that the Indians have placed Brad Hand on outright waivers.

    Advice: Cleveland will decline his $10 million option for 2021 if he goes unclaimed, per Meisel. Hand registered an excellent 2.05 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio over 22 innings in 2020 while racking up a league-high 16 saves, but many teams are looking to cut costs after a season without gate revenue. Rising relief star James Karinchak is a good bet to take over as the primary closer for the Indians next year. Yesterday, 10:11 am
  • Orioles re-sign Marcos Diplan to minor league deal
    Orioles re-signed RHP Marcos Diplan to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Baltimore has also announced official minor league agreements with C Taylor Davis, RHP Mickey Jannis, RHP Ofelky Peralta, INF Ryan Ripken, and INF/OF Stevie Wilkerson. Diplan did not make an appearance in MLB-affiliated ball this season after getting outrighted off the Orioles' 40-man roster in January. The 24-year-old posted a 4.85 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 73/44 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings at the Double-A level in 2019. Yesterday, 10:02 am
  • White Sox sign Tim Beckham to minors contract
    White Sox signed INF Tim Beckham to a minor league contract.

    Advice: USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the deal will be worth $1.35 million if Beckham makes the major league roster in Chicago. The 30-year-old former No. 1 overall pick of the Rays failed to latch on with a team in 2020 after batting just .237 with a .293 on-base percentage in 328 plate appearances with the Mariners in 2019. He was also hit with an 80-game suspension last August following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol. It's unclear at this point how many games (if any) he still needs to serve. Yesterday, 9:37 am
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  • Mariners re-sign Kendall Graveman to one-year deal
    Mariners re-signed RHP Kendall Graveman to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.

    Advice: The deal includes $2.5 million in performance-based incentives, but it will still probably be worth less than his $3.5 million option that the Mariners declined on Wednesday morning. Graveman battled a benign tumor in his spine this year and struggled to a 5.79 ERA over two starts and nine relief appearances. He'll probably open the 2021 season as a long reliever but could be viewed as a backup/emergency option for the rotation. Yesterday, 9:31 am
  • Astros place Roberto Osuna on outright waivers
    Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports that the Astros have placed Roberto Osuna on outright waivers.

    Advice: Kaplan notes that this is essentially an early non-tender, assuming Osuna clears waivers and elects to become a free agent, which is likely how it will play out. He was projected to command a 2021 salary of around $10 million through the arbitration process this winter. Osuna made only four appearances in 2020 before going down with a right elbow injury that at one point was believed to be leading toward Tommy John surgery. The 25-year-old is attempting the rest and rehab route instead and hopes to pitch at full health next season. Yesterday, 8:55 am
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