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Denard Span went 4-for-5 with an RBI single, a run scored, and a stolen base Friday against the Reds.

Span now has back-to-back four-hit games. Chicago's Emilio Bonifacio is the only other player in MLB to do that this season. The 30-year-old is now up to 18 steals, just two shy of his total from all of last season. He should be owned in most mixed leagues at this point.
Jul 25 - 10:33 PM

Blue Jays claimed OF Andy Dirks off waivers from the Tigers.

Dirks missed all of the 2014 season while rehabbing from back surgery before eventually being shut down with a strained hamstring. He's been a useful player at times in the past, though, and shouldn't have trouble cracking the Jays' Opening Day roster as long as he's healthy. Dirks is a career .276/.332/.413 hitter.
Oct 31 - 2:24 PM

Indians exercised INF Mike Aviles' $3.5 million option for 2015.

It was reported a week ago that they planned to pick it up, and now it's official. Aviles hit just .247/.273/.343 this season, but he offers plenty of value with his ability to play all over the diamond.
Oct 31 - 1:10 PM

Tigers exercised RHP Joakim Soria's $7 million option for 2015.

Soria didn't pitch very well after being acquired by the Tigers at the trade deadline, but he had a terrific year overall and the club needs all the bullpen arms it can get. As of now, Joe Nathan is expected to remain the team's closer heading into next season, though it's possible the Tigers will try to upgrade over the winter.
Oct 31 - 11:40 AM

Brewers declined 2B Rickie Weeks' $14.5 million option for 2015.

It's no surprise, of course, after Weeks lost his second base job to Scooter Gennett this season. He hit well in a part-time role, batting .274/.357/.452 with eight homers over 286 plate appearances. He's injury-prone and the big upside isn't there anymore, but Weeks is probably intriguing enough to land a starting job somewhere this winter.
Oct 31 - 10:30 AM

Sports Hochi reports that the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks plan to offer Daisuke Matsuzaka a four-year contract worth about $3.58 million per season.

He'd be crazy to turn that kind of money down, as Matsuzaka would have to take a minor league deal from a major league club. The right-hander has said previously that he'd be open to returning to Japan if they give him a chance to start. It would be shocking if Matsuzaka turns the offer down.
Oct 31 - 9:58 AM

Padres decline RHP Josh Johnson's $4 million option for 2015.

Johnson, of course, missed the 2014 campaign following Tommy John surgery and could get a late start to next season. However, he and the Padres are both interested in working out a smaller, likely incentive-laden deal. The right-hander has ample upside when healthy, which isn't terribly often.
Oct 30 - 7:57 PM

Orioles declined OF Nick Markakis' $17.5 million option for 2015.

It was an expected move. The Orioles are working to re-sign Markakis to a long-term deal, though Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reported earlier this month that there has been "no substantial progress" made in extension talks. Markakis hit .276/.342/.386 with 14 homers and 50 RBI for the O's this season.
Oct 30 - 6:14 PM

Orioles exercised LHP Wei-Yin Chen's $4.75 million option for 2015.

It's a no-brainer. Chen has put up a 3.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 86 starts over the last three seasons for the Orioles, proving to be a bargain after coming over from Japan. He'll be a big part of the Baltimore rotation again next season.
Oct 30 - 6:09 PM

Dan Haren has exercised his $10 million player option for 2015.

The option already vested after Haren crossed the 180-inning threshold in late-September, but he still had to make a decision about whether to exercise it or test free agency. The veteran right-hander ultimately decided to stick around for another year. Haren had arthroscopic surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder earlier this month, but he should be fully-healed by spring training.
Oct 30 - 5:46 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs could announce Joe Maddon as their new manager by Friday.

Multiple reports indicated Wednesday that the two sides reached an agreement, but Maddon's agent downplayed the situation. Still, Rosenthal hears that all systems remain a "go" for a deal. It's likely a matter of timing, as the Cubs didn't want to upstage the World Series or increase the risk of a tampering accusation from the Rays, given that Maddon just opted out of his contract last Friday.
Oct 30 - 5:36 PM

Red Sox re-signed RHP Koji Uehara to a two-year, $18 million contract.

The Red Sox weren't expected to make Uehara a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer, but they didn't want him to hit the open market either. It's a fair compromise under the circumstances. Uehara faded down the stretch this season, but still ended up with 26 saves to go along with a 2.52 ERA and 80/8 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings. He'll turn 40 next April and will enter the season as the Red Sox' closer.
Oct 30 - 5:02 PM




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