1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Transaction
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche ($10 million) and RP Sean Burnett ($3.5 million) declined their halves of their mutual options.
1B | Mike Jacobs | free agent | Transaction
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Mike Jacobs rejected his outright assignment and became a free agent.
1B | Casey McGehee | free agent | Transaction
New York Yankees 1B Casey McGehee rejected his outright assignment and became a free agent.
3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates exercised their $700,000 option on 3B Pedro Alvarez Wednesday, Oct. 31. Alvarez has another option worth $700,000 for the 2014 season.
3B | Don Kelly | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said he would consider re-signing 3B Don Kelly to a minor league deal, but Dombrowski expects Kelly to look for a better opportunity elsewhere.
3B | Mark Reynolds | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles declined 3B Mark Reynolds' $11 million option for the 2013 season Wednesday, Oct. 31, making him a free agent. Reynolds could be retained if the team offers him arbitration or the two sides work out a new deal. Reynolds will receive a $500,000 buyout if the team chooses not to tender him a contract.
C | Henry Blanco | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks declined their 2013 options on C Henry Blanco and RP Matt Lindstrom ($4 million) Wednesday, Oct. 31, making them both free agents. Lindstrom will instead receive a $200,000 buyout.
C | Chris Snyder | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Houston Astros declined their $4 million option on C Chris Snyder Wednesday, Oct. 31, making him a free agent. Snyder will receive a $500,000 buyout. C Carlos Corporan will have a chance to compete for the backup job behind C Jason Castro next season.
C | Rod Barajas | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates declined C Rod Barajas' $3.5 million option for the 2013 season Wednesday, Oct. 31, making him a free agent. The team will look to re-sign him to a reduced salary. C Michael McKenry will be given the chance to win the starting job at catcher next season.
OF | Rick Ankiel | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Rick Ankiel (Nationals) is considering a return to pitching. The St. Louis Cardinals could be among teams interested in a flyer on him.
OF | Michael Bourn | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Michael Bourn (Braves) is reportedly seeking a $100 million deal this offseason.
OF | Henry Alvarado | St. Louis Cardinals | Transaction
The St. Louis Cardinals signed 16-year-old Dominican OF Henry Alvarado for $150,000.
OF | Joe Mather | free agent | Transaction
Chicago Cubs OF Joe Mather rejected his outright assignment and became a free agent.
OF | Torii Hunter | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
According to a source, free-agent OF Torii Hunter (Angels) was not expected to receive a qualifying offer before the midnight deadline Wednesday, Oct. 31, meaning the Yankees wouldn't have to sacrifice a draft pick if they were to sign the four-time All-Star. The source added that the Yankees are interested in Hunter. Teams are permitted to speak with free agents now, though they can not discuss financial terms until Saturday, Nov. 3.
OF | Kyle Jensen | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Kyle Jensen has a .350 batting average, .403 on-base percentage and a .544 slugging percentage in Arizona Fall League action. Jensen made his mark in the Florida State League, earning the MVP award for his 2011 season. In his last few weeks of the 2012 regular season with the Double A Jacksonville Suns, he was batting .429 but had 162 strikeouts.
OF | Rajai Davis | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays reached a one-year deal worth $2.5 million with OF Rajai Davis Wednesday, Oct. 31. Davis' 2013 option was declined before reworking a deal with the club.
OF | Luke Scott | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays declined to pick up OF Luke Scott's $6 million option for the 2013 season Wednesday, Oct. 31, making him a free agent. Scott will receive a $1 million buyout.
OF | Ryan Ludwick | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick declined his end of a $5 million mutual option for next season Wednesday, Oct. 31, making him a free agent. Both sides, however, have expressed interest in a return.
SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez may start the 2013 season as the team's No. 5 starter, but that depends on whether the team lands a free-agent starter in the offseason.
SP | Ryan Dempster | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers are not expected to re-sign SPs Roy Oswalt, Ryan Dempster or Scott Feldman.
SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers plan to put P Alexi Ogando back in the starting rotation in 2013.
SP | Zack Greinke | free agent | Free Agents
The Texas Rangers are considering entering talks for free-agent SP Zack Greinke (Angels).
SP | Brad Meyers | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The New York Yankees returned P Brad Meyers to the Washington Nationals.
SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa exercised his $11 million player option this week, the final year in a three-year $33 million contract that has featured unfulfilled promise because of elbow surgery. However, he hasn't decided whether to pitch in winter ball, something the Rockies would prefer, allowing De La Rosa to build up arm strength before spring training.
SP | Kevin Slowey | Cleveland Indians | Transaction,
Cleveland Indians INF Vinny Rottino and SP Kevin Slowey cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Columbus Wednesday, Oct. 31.
SP | Ervin Santana | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim exercised SP Ervin Santana's $13.5 million option for the 2013 season before trading him to the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Oct. 31.
SP | Robert Erlin | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Robert Erlin, who dealt with tendonitis in his left elbow from three months this year, worked on speeding up his mechanics and his delivery over the latter part of the season. Erlin is pitching for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League, where he is currently 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA over 10 2/3 innings. Erlin's elbow hasn't given him any trouble since earlier this year. "When I had a slow tempo, hitters had a lot more time to get comfortable in the box; they had so much time to sit there and get their timing down," Erlin said. "When I was faster, my fastball is a little more deceptive and it could make them jump more at my offspeed pitches."
SP | Roberto Hernandez | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians declined their 2013 options on DH Travis Hafner ($13 million) and SP Roberto Hernandez ($6 million) Wednesday, Oct. 31, making them both free agents.
SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians exercised their $5.75 million option for the 2013 season on SP Ubaldo Jimenez Wednesday, Oct. 31.
RP | Sam Freeman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals P Sam Freeman (biceps) was shut down in the Arizona Fall League due to left biceps tendonitis.
RP | Jose Veras | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, the Milwaukee Brewers notified SP Jose Veras that they intend to outright him from the 40-man roster, a move that would end his yearlong tenure with a team that is in the process of rebuilding its bullpen. Agent Bryce Dixon said that Veras has elected for free agency, but a Brewers official called that announcement premature, because a player must first clear waivers. That process was ongoing as of Wednesday, Oct. 31, leaving open several possibilities, including Veras being claimed by another club before he has a chance to reach the open market.
RP | Ryan Madson | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Ryan Madson declined a mutual contract option for 2013, making him a free agent. Madson had a $6 million salary this year, of which $2 million was deferred until Thursday, Nov. 1, and another $2 million until Nov. 1, 2013. He agreed to that deal in January after a $44 million, four-year deal to stay with the Philadelphia Phillies collapsed last November. Madson would have made $11 million next year under the mutual option. Instead, he got a $2.5 million buyout. The Reds weren't going to exercise the 2013 option. They've expressed an interest in signing him to a less-expensive deal and giving him a chance to continue his recovery.
RP | Darren Oliver | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays exercised RP Darren Oliver's $3 million option for the 2013 season Wednesday, Oct. 31.
RP | Fernando Rodney | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays picked up the 2013 options on RP Fernando Rodney and C Jose Molina, as expected, Wednesday, Oct. 31.
RP | Rafael Soriano | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Rafael Soriano exercised his $1.5 million opt-out clause Wednesday, Oct. 31, making him a free agent. However, the Yanks will counter by offering him the $13.3 qualifying offer by Friday, Nov. 2, meaning he could choose to return and enter multi-year negotiations. He'd be guaranteed $14.8 million with his qualifying offer. He's believed to be looking for a four-year deal after his successful season, but the Yankees will likely only give him two years.
RP | Joakim Soria | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Joakim Soria (elbow), who recently became a free agent, may not be ready to pitch until June of next year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. RP Greg Holland is expected to open the 2013 season as the team's closer.
RP | Luis Ayala | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
The Baltimore Orioles exercised their 2013 option on RP Luis Ayala Wednesday, Oct. 31.
RP | Hisanori Takahashi | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Pittsburgh Pirates released RP Hisanori Takahashi Tuesday, Oct. 30.
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