Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Thursday of Raisel Iglesias that the club is "going to keep him as reliever right now."
Iglesias was a reliever in Cuba, but the Reds said when they signed him to a seven-year, $27 million contract in June that they thought he could start. However, he's pitching in relief in the Arizona Fall League and that's the role he'll stay in for the time being. It's possible he could be stretched out in spring training. Iglesias will not pitch in winter ball in Puerto Rico as originally planned, as Jocketty said the club wasn't "satisfied that we'd be able to control things."
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.
Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees are interested in talking to Raul Ibanez about their vacant hitting coach job.
Ibanez hasn't said he's definitely retiring, but he's 42 and coming off a terrible season. Even if he does officially hang it up, it's not clear whether he'd be interested in a coaching job, though it wouldn't be a surprise. Ibanez played for the Yankees in 2012.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are expected to pick up Ben Zobrist's $7.5 million option for 2015.
It's a no-brainer move, as Zobrist is coming off another solid season and remains incredibly valuable due to his versatility. But while the Rays intend to pick up the option, it's been speculated that they might consider trading Zobrist this offseason since he's a year away from free agency.
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.