Among them is southpaw starter Wei-Yin Chen, whose $4.75 million option for 2015 will be picked up. The team will do the same for impressive right-handed reliever Darren O'Day, whose $4.25 million option will also be picked up.
The exception is catcher Nick Hundley. The team will not exercise his $2.5 million option, making him a free agent.Analysis:
Cruz struck in the fourth inning. With the game tied, Cruz stepped to the plate with the bases empty. On the second pitch of the at-bat, he belted an 88 mph slider out to left to put his team ahead. Cruz would also walk twice during the contest. He finished 1 for 2, with two runs scored and one RBI.Analysis:
Molina is dealing with an oblique injury, and is still having trouble swinging a bat. Tony Cruz will get the start with Molina on the bench.Analysis:
General manager Neal Huntington has said the club will do whatever it can to retain Martin, but there's some believe he's already priced himself out of Pittsburgh's budget. The club reportedly offered Martin a long-term deal during the season, but Martin declined.
With the qualifying offer, Martin could return to the Pirates for one season at a $15.3 million salary. He's expected to receive a lucrative multi-year deal on the market, so he may end up declining that offer. Martin hit .290/.402/.430 over 379 at-bats.Analysis:
Posey put the Giants on the board with a sacrifice fly in the first inning to tie the score 1-1. The Cardinals were able to put three more runs on the board in the next two innings, but Posey responded with an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. After the Giants took a lead in the sixth, the catcher added an insurance run with another RBI single. Posey has posted a .333 batting average in 39 postseason at-bats but has yet to mange an extra-base hit. Even so, his excellent Game 4 performance has the Giants one win away from heading to the World Series. Game 5 is set for Thursday.Analysis:
Ross spent his last two seasons with the Red Sox on a two-year deal, and the door remains open for the veteran catcher to return to Boston, according to the report. He would serve as a backup and mentor to the team's young catchers if he were to resign with the Red Sox.Analysis:
"No," he said. "I've had three mild concussions in my career. I had a CT scan and an MRI checking my brain and my neck and the arteries leading to it, and everything checks out normal and healthy. And talking with the neurologist that examined everything, I shouldn't have any concern. It's like any injury -- you have to let it heal 100 percent."
Avila also indicated that he was symptom free and would be able to take the field if the Tigers were still in contention. Barring a setback, he should be ready to go for spring training.Analysis:
Wilson collected one hit in four at-bats in the majors this season. He refused a minor-league assignment Saturday, and will attempt to hook on with another club in the offseason.Analysis:
Buck was designated for assignment by the club Tuesday. He could have accepted a spot with the Triple-A club, but opted to become a free-agent. He'll search for a new team during the offseason. Buck hit .225 over 89 at-bats in the majors last season.Analysis: