Taylor Jordan removed from 60-day DL
Taylor Jordan | WAS
(October 31, 2014 2:16 PM EDT)
Nationals activated RHP Taylor Jordan from the 60-day disabled list.
Jordan missed the last few months of the season before eventually having surgery in September to remove bone chips from his right elbow. He'll be fine for spring training but will likely begin the season at Triple-A.
Erik Davis activated from 60-day DL
Erik Davis | WAS
(October 31, 2014 2:13 PM EDT)
Nationals activated RHP Erik Davis from the 60-day disabled list.
Davis missed the season following Tommy John surgery. He'll be behind the other pitchers in spring training, putting him in a difficult spot to make the Opening Day roster.
Craig Breslow's option decline by Red Sox
Craig Breslow | BOS
(October 31, 2014 2:11 PM EDT)
Red Sox declined LHP Craig Breslow's $4 million option for 2015.
He'll receive a $100,000 buyout instead. Breslow had a disappointing 5.96 ERA this season after working his way back from a shoulder issue. However, he's been very effective in the past and should bounce back in 2015 as long as he's healthy.
Shane Victorino activated from 60-day DL
Shane Victorino | BOS
(October 31, 2014 2:08 PM EDT)
Red Sox activated OF Shane Victorino from the 60-day disabled list.
Victorino suffered through an injury-plagued 2014 campaign, eventually undergoing season-ending back surgery in August. He's expected to be fine by the time spring training rolls around.
A's claim Andrew Brown off waivers
Andrew Brown | OAK
(October 31, 2014 1:53 PM EDT)
Athletics claimed OF Andrew Brown off waivers from the Mets.
Brown has hit just .220/.281/.390 across parts of four major league seasons. The 30-year-old isn't a great bet to earn an Opening Day roster spot next spring.
Tyler Ladendorf added to 40-man roster
Tyler Ladendorf | OAK
(October 31, 2014 1:51 PM EDT)
Athletics purchased the contract of INF/OF Tyler Ladendorf from Triple-A Sacramento.
He's now on the 40-man roster, protecting him from the Rule 5 Draft. Ladendorf batted .297/.376/.407 with two homers and 43 RBI for Sacramento this season while playing shortstop, second base and center field. He'll compete for a utility job in spring training.
Indians pick up Mike Aviles' 2015 option
Mike Aviles | CLE
(October 31, 2014 1:10 PM EDT)
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.
Josh Johnson to test out free agency
Josh Johnson | SD
(October 31, 2014 1:08 PM EDT)
Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Josh Johnson will test out free agency rather than re-sign with the Padres during their exclusive negotiating window.
Both sides are interested in working out a new deal, with Johnson saying he feels he has "unfinished business" with the Padres after missing the season following Tommy John surgery. However, it appears that, not surprisingly, the right-hander will give other teams a chance at him before committing to the Padres again.
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Raisel Iglesias to pitch in relief for now
Raisel Iglesias | CIN
(October 31, 2014 11:46 AM EDT)
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."
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Tigers exercise Joakim Soria's option for '15
Joakim Soria | DET
(October 31, 2014 11:40 AM EDT)
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.
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