Nick Hundley
Report: Orioles make option decisions on three players
Nick Hundley, C, BAL
News: The Orioles have made decisions regarding team options on several players, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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.


Tony Cruz
Cardinals' Tony Cruz goes yard Thursday
Tony Cruz, C, STL
News: Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz managed a big hit Thursday against the Giants.

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. 


Yadier Molina
Cardinals' Yadier Molina tried to talk his way into lineup
Yadier Molina, C, STL
News: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina tried to talk his way into the team's starting lineup Thursday, according to the USA Today. 

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. 


Russell Martin
Pirates to extend qualifying offer to Russell Martin
Russell Martin, C, PIT
News: The Pirates will extend a qualifying offer to catcher Russell Martin, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

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.


Buster Posey
Giants C Buster Posey drives in three runs in Game 4 NLCS win
Buster Posey, C, SF
News: Giants catcher Buster Posey went 2 for 3 with a walk and three RBI in his team's 6-4 win over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series Wednesday.

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.


A.J. Pierzynski
A.J. Pierzynski starts in place of Yadier Molina in Game 3 of NLCS
A.J. Pierzynski, C, STL
News: As expected, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants due to an oblique injury. A.J. Pierzynski started at catcher Tuesday for the Cardinals.

David Ross
Report: David Ross to play in 2015
David Ross, C, BOS
News: Impending free-agent catcher David Ross plans to play next season despite reports in September that he was considering retirement, reports.

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.


Alex Avila
Report: Alex Avila not considering retirement due to head injuries
Alex Avila, C, DET
News: Tigers catcher Alex Avila said Monday that he has had no second thoughts about continuing his career as a major-league catcher after dealing with multiple head injuries late in the season. reports.

"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.


Bobby Wilson
Diamondbacks' Bobby Wilson a free-agent
Bobby Wilson, C, ARI
News: Diamondbacks catcher Bobby Wilson has elected free agency.

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. 


John Buck
Angels' John Buck decides to become a free-agent
John Buck, C, LAA
News: Angels catcher John Buck has elected free agency Thursday.

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. 


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