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Date Player News
10/31/2014 Ben Zobrist, 2B (TB) Zobrist's $7.5 million option for 2015 has been exercised by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Analysis: The two-time All-Star hit .272 this year with 10 homers and 52 RBIs. Next year he could become the first player to spend 10 seasons with the Rays.
10/31/2014 Craig Breslow, P (Bos) The Red Sox have declined to exercise their $4 million option on left-handed reliever Craig Breslow.

Analysis: Breslow was a key part of the Boston's bullpen in 2013, when the Red Sox won the World Series. But he struggled in the Series and again this year, when he had a 2-4 record and 5.96 ERA.
10/31/2014 Victor Martinez, DH (Det) Detroit has made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to Martinez.

Analysis: Detroit would now be able to receive draft-pick compensation if Martinez was to sign elsewhere via free agency.
10/31/2014 Max Scherzer, P (Det) Detroit has made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to Scherzer, who is an unrestricted free agent.

Analysis: Detroit would now be able to receive draft-pick compensation if Scherzer is to sign elsewhere via free agency.
10/31/2014 Joakim Soria, P (Det) The Detroit Tigers have picked up reliever Joakim Soria's $7 million option for 2015.

Analysis: Soria had 18 saves in 20 chances last season.
10/31/2014 Mike Aviles, 3B (Cle) The Indians have exercised their $3.5 million option for next season on Aviles.

Analysis: In his second season with Cleveland, the 33-year-old Aviles batted .247 with 16 doubles, five homers and 39 RBIs in 113 games. He added 14 steals, matching a career high. Cleveland went 48-40 in games Aviles started. He played six positions, including 28 games at third base and second.
10/30/2014 Darren O'Day, P (Bal) The Orioles have exercised a $4.25 million option on O'Day.

Analysis: O'Day, 32, was 5-2 with four saves and a career-low 1.70 ERA in 68 games.
10/30/2014 Wei-Yin Chen, P (Bal) The Orioles have exercised a $4.75 million option on Chen.

Analysis: Chen, 29, was 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 31 starts, setting a career best for wins. He had 54 starts in the past two seasons, two shy of the amount needed for his 2015 salary to become guaranteed at $6 million.
10/30/2014 Josh Johnson, P (SD) The San Diego Padres have declined Johnson's $4 million option for 2015. The right-hander could return to the Padres for a lesser deal. Johnson is eligible to become a free agent on Friday.

Analysis: Johnson didn't throw a pitch for the Padres in 2014 while making $8 million. He suffered an elbow injury during spring training and underwent reconstructive surgery.
10/30/2014 Rafael Soriano, P (Was) The Washington Nationals have declined the option on reliever Rafael Soriano.

Analysis: Soriano's contract included a $14 million club option for 2015.
10/30/2014 Adam LaRoche, 1B (Was) The Washington Nationals have declined the option on first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Analysis: The 34-year-old LaRoche's deal included a $15 million mutual optional for next season, but Washington instead chose to pay him a $2 million buyout.
10/30/2014 Denard Span, CF (Was) The Washington Nationals have exercised their $9 million option for 2015 on center fielder Denard Span.

Analysis: Span, Washington's leadoff hitter, batted .302 with 31 steals and tied for first in the NL with a Nationals-record 184 hits. He is a Gold Glove Award finalist.
10/30/2014 Kevin Youkilis, 3B (NYY) Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis is retiring, his agent says.

Analysis: Youkilis played parts of nine seasons in Boston and was a part of World Series teams in 2004 and '07. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2012 and then played an injury-shortened year with the New York Yankees before spending last season in Japan.
10/30/2014 Huston Street, P (LAA) The Los Angeles Angels have exercised their $7 million contract option on Street. The Angels announced perhaps their easiest offseason decision Thursday.

Analysis: Street was an immediate hit after the Angels acquired the veteran right-hander from San Diego on July 19. He picked up 17 saves with a 1.71 ERA for the Angels, shoring up an inconsistent bullpen and playing a major role in Los Angeles' surge to the majors' best regular-season record.
10/30/2014 Dan Haren, P (LAD) Haren on Thursday exercised his $10 million player option for next season. The right-hander was 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA in his first season with the Dodgers.

Analysis: Last month, Haren activated the option guaranteeing the big payday by going seven innings in a loss to the San Francisco Giants. At that point in September, he wasn't sure whether he would return next year. Last week, the 34-year-old pitcher had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder to clean out bursitis and the AC joint. The team said he is expected to be ready by spring training.
10/30/2014 Hisashi Iwakuma, P (Sea) The Seattle Mariners will have Iwakuma under contract for the 2015 season. The Mariners announced Thursday that Iwakuma's $7 million option was vested based on his on-field performance.

Analysis: Iwakuma missed the first month of the 2014 season but went 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts. In 91 career games with Seattle, Iwakuma is 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA. General manager Jack Zduriencik said at the end of the season that Iwakuma would be returning for 2015.
10/30/2014 Koji Uehara, P (Bos) The Boston Red Sox have signed Uehara for two more years. The All-Star reliever will earn $18 million through 2016.

Analysis: Uehara joined the Red Sox in 2013 and earned the closer's role midway through the season. He was a key part of the team that won the franchise's third World Series in 10 years, striking out Matt Carpenter for the final out in Game 6 on this date last year. He will turn 40 before opening day.
10/30/2014 Kyuji Fujikawa, P (ChC) The Chicago Cubs have declined their option for next season on reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, making him a free agent.

Analysis: A longtime closer in Japan, the right-hander signed with the Cubs before the 2013 season but never delivered the way the organization hoped. He tore a ligament in his pitching elbow in his first year with the Cubs and underwent Tommy John surgery. Fujikawa returned in August. He was 1-1 with a 5.04 ERA and two saves in 27 appearances over two seasons with the Cubs.
10/30/2014 Mike Adams, P (Phi) The Phillies have declined a $6 million club option on Adams.

Analysis: Philadelphia made the move Thursday, allowing the relief pitcher to become a free agent. Adams had a 2.89 ERA in 22 games with the Phillies last season, with 21 strikeouts over 18 2-3 innings.
10/30/2014 Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY) Rodriguez's season-long suspension formally ended Thursday, a day after the World Series ended. The New York Yankees reinstated the third baseman from the restricted list.

Analysis: Rodriguez was suspended by Major League Baseball for violations of the sport's drug agreement and labor contract and lost just over $22 million of his $25 million salary. The three-time AL MVP, who turns 40 on July 27, is owed $61 million by the Yankees over the next three seasons. New York general manager Brian Cashman said it's possible Rodriguez may see some time at first base.
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