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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.
Oct 30 - 10:00 PM

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.
Oct 30 - 8:18 PM

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.
Oct 30 - 8:15 PM

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.
Oct 30 - 8:13 PM

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.
Oct 30 - 8:07 PM

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.
Oct 30 - 8:05 PM

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

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.
Oct 30 - 7:09 PM

Rusney Castillo has been diagnosed with a strained adductor muscle in his right thumb.

The injury occurred when he was jammed by a pitch in Arizona Fall League play on October 20. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Thursday that he's not sure whether Castillo will be able to play for Los Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Oct 30 - 6:51 PM

Orioles declined C Nick Hundley's $5 million option for 2015.

With Matt Wieters coming back and Caleb Joseph around as a cheaper backup, the O's don't need Hundley. The veteran backstop will likely have to settle for a backup job this winter.
Oct 30 - 6:17 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 RHP Darren O'Day's $4.25 million option for 2015.

O'Day has put together a fantastic 2.05 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 201/48 K/BB ratio over 197 2/3 frames since the beginning of 2012, establishing himself as one of the most reliable relievers in the American League. It's an obvious move for the Orioles.
Oct 30 - 6:11 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

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, Josh Willingham hasn't made a decision about retirement.

This confirms what Willingham told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press in late September. The 35-year-old "will see what's available" in free agency before making a decision.
Oct 30 - 5:41 PM


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