Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that "the expectation within the industry" is that the Royals will listen to trade offers for Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas this offseason.
It would be a difficult decision for the Royals to deal an integral part from a pennant-winning club, but teams with limited payrolls often have to make such moves. Gordon has been the best player of the three over the last few years but also might be the most likely to be dealt. The 30-year-old is probably under control for only one more season, as he's likely to decline his $12.5 million player option for 2016 and test free agency.
Diamondbacks activated RHP David Hernandez from the 60-day disabled list.
Hernandez began a throwing program last month after April's Tommy John surgery. He should be ready to roll for the start of next season and will be an integral part of the Arizona bullpen.
Diamondbacks activated LHP Patrick Corbin from the 60-day disabled list.
Corbin missed the 2014 campaign following Tommy John surgery and isn't expected back until June of next year. The left-hander was an All-Star in 2013, posting a 3.41 ERA over 32 starts.
Diamondbacks activated RHP Bronson Arroyo from the 60-day disabled list.
Arroyo, of course, missed the last few months of the season following Tommy John surgery. He's shooting to be ready for Opening Day, but most likely it will be later than that when he rejoins the Arizona rotation.
Diamondbacks activated LHP Matt Reynolds from the 60-day disabled list; exercised his $600,000 option for 2015.
Reynolds didn't quite make it back to the majors from Tommy John surgery this season, but he should be part of the club's bullpen next year. The lefty posted a 1.98 ERA over 30 appearances in 2013 in his lone season with the D'Backs.
Diamondbacks exercised RHP Daniel Hudson's $800,000 option for 2015.
He can earn $300,000 more in incentives based on how much time he spends on the active roster. Hudson made it back from a second Tommy John surgery late this season and will be used as a reliever next year.
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.
Athletics declined INF Hiroyuki Nakajima's $5.5 million option for 2015.
To say the Nakajima signing didn't work out for the A's would be an understatement. The 32-year-old never appeared in a major league game after signing a two-year, $6.5 million deal in 2012 and batted just .267/.326/.356 in the minors. It's not clear whether he'll seek another major league job or return to Japan.