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Rangers decline option on Alex Rios
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:58 pm ET) The Rangers have declined an option on outfielder Alex Rios, according to Sportsnet. 

Rios was due $13.5 million for 2015. Instead of paying him, the team opted to buy out his contract for $1 million. The 33-year-old will look to hook on with another team this offseason. Rios hit .280/.311/.398 over 492 at-bats last season.


Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval looking for $100 million
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:50 pm ET) Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is looking for $100 million in free agency, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 28-year-old has been seeking a deal in excess of $100 million throughout most of the season, and his expectations haven't changed. After initially struggling early in the season, Sandoval rebounded and wound up hitting .279/.324/.415 over 588 at-bats. He's also coming off a tremendous postseason, in which he broke the record for most hits recorded during a single postseason.

Sandoval's agent, Gustavo Vazquez, said Sandoval would love to remain in San Francisco if possible. "He loves the city. He loves the team. He loves the fans," Vazquez said. "And he wants to stay." Those within the team's front office has expressed a desire to bring Sandoval back as well, so there's interest on both sides. 


Yankees leaning toward qualifying offer for David Robertson
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:21 pm ET) The Yankees are leaning toward giving closer David Robertson a qualifying offer, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

While the move is not official, the club is thinking of extending the $15.3 million offer to Robertson. If Robertson receives the offer, he can either return to the Yankees for one year at that price, or decline and seek more money on the market. If Robertson leaves, the Yankees would be eligible to receive a draft pick as compensation. Robertson was fantastic in his first season as the team's closer, posting a 3.08 ERA and 39 saves over 64 1/3 innings. 


Report: Angels put 2B Kendrick, 3B Freese on trading block
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:58 pm ET) The Angels are preparing to trade either second baseman Howie Kendrick or third baseman David Freese in an attempt to bolster their starting rotation or acquire a left-hander reliever, according to Fox Sports.

Both are 31 years old. Kendrick is coming off a strong season in which he tied a career-high with 75 RBI and added 85 runs scored. Freese struggled before a strong September and finished the year with a stat line of .260/.321/.383.


Report: Colby Lewis says goodbye to Rangers
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:51 pm ET) Rangers right-handed starter Colby Lewis has told the team that he plans to pursue his free agent options, per mlbblogs.com.

Lewis provided innings, but not quality ones, in a 2014 season in which Texas was devastated by injuries. He finished 10-14 with a 5.18 ERA and 211 hits allowed in 170 1/3 innings.


Rockies exercise option on closer LaTroy Hawkins
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:18 pm ET) The Rockies have picked up their $2.25 million option on veteran closer LaTroy Hawkins.

The 42-year-old Hawkins, who will pitch his 21st season in 2015, performed well again this season with 23 saves in 26 opportunities and 3.31 ERA.


Brewers snag C Juan Centeno
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:13 pm ET) The Brewers have signed catcher Juan Centeno off waivers from the Mets.

The 24-year-old Centeno hit .200 in 30 at-bats this season.


Brewers exercise option on 3B Ramirez, await his decision
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:51 pm ET) The Brewers have exercised their end of a mutual option on veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. He has three days to do the same on the $14 million deal.

They 36-year-old Ramirez continued to produce this season with a stat line of .285/.330/.427 and 66 RBI in 494 at-bats.


Rays bring back 2B Ben Zobrist by exercising option
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:26 pm ET) The Rays were expected to pick up the $7.5 million option on second baseman Ben Zobrist for 2015 - and they announced it Friday.

Zobrist was among the most productive players on an offense that struggled to score. He placed second on the Rays with a .272 average and tied for the team lead with 83 runs.


C Alex Avila still waiting for Tigers to pick up 2015 option
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:06 pm ET) The Tigers have declined to pick up their option on catcher Alex Avila, though they have until Nov. 20 to do so, per MLive.com.

Avila has lost points on his batting average in each of the last three seasons, falling to .218 this year. But he did remain relatively productive in 2014, hitting 11 home runs and driving in 47 while scoring 44 runs in 390 at-bats.


 
 
 
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