Butler struck in his first at-bat. With men on first and second, Butler managed to tie the game on a single to the left fielder. He would find himself in the exact same situation in the sixth inning, and responded in the same fashion. Butler again singled in a run on a hit to left field. He would finish 2 for 3, with no runs scored and two RBI.Analysis:
Lind totaled six home runs and 40 RBI in 2014. "I hear the Blue Jays are getting a lot of interest on Lind and not just from American League teams," an executive told the Sun.
He started 47 games at first base and 36 at designated hitter this season. His limited skills as a position player makes interest from NL teams a bit of a surprise. What is not a surprise is that teams are intrigued by his contract situation. The Jays will likely pick up his 7.5 million option for 2015 and, if he performs well, his $8 million option for the following year.
The Jays also have an option on Lind for 2016 at $8 million.Analysis:
Cruz said he loves the organization and team. However, he'll be looking to cash in on an excellent walk year after leading the majors with 40 home runs. He hit .271/.333/.525 with 108 RBI in 613 at-bats during the regular season.Analysis:
Young didn't get into his team's Game 1 win, but he was called upon to face Joakim Soria with his team down 6-4 after a walk loaded the bases in Game 2. The crucial hit comes after Young delivered a .302/.337/.442 line in 242 regular-season at-bats.Analysis:
After a sold start to his season in May and June, Cron has slowed down considerably in the second half, hitting just .209/.261/.395 with two home runs in 43 at-bats in September. He wrapped up his first major-league season with a .256/.289/.450 line along with 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 242 at-bats.Analysis:
The procedure is not expected to slow him down in the offseason. Beltran is expected to resume throwing and hitting in roughly six weeks. He should be cleared to begin playing in 12 weeks, according to the paper.
Beltran appeared in just three of the final 20 games in September because of the issue. He finished the year with a .233/.301/.402 line with 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 403 at-bats.Analysis:
Ortiz missed the final five games of the season with the injury.Though it's the same wrist Ortiz had surgery on in 2008, general manager Ben Cherington said the team is not concerned with the issue.
"It should resolve itself over the course of the offseason," Cherington said.Analysis:
Konerko started his career in 1997 by recording seven at-bats with the Dodgers but played 16 of his 18 seasons with the White Sox. He ends an excellent major-league career with 439 home runs, 1,412 RBI and nine stolen bases while playing 2,349 games.Analysis: