Michael Taylor
White Sox OF Michael Taylor decides to become free agent
Michael Taylor, RF, CHW
7:21 PM
News: The White Sox have outrighted outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A Friday.

Taylor declined the assignment, and will become a free-agent. He hit .250 over 28 at-bats with the major-league club last season. The team now has 37 players on the 40-man roster. 


Moises Sierra
Royals claim Moises Sierra off waivers
Moises Sierra, RF, CHW
6:37 PM
News: The Royals have claimed outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers from the White Sox, according to MLB.com.

Sierra hit .230/.265/.342 over 161 at-bats with Toronto and Chicago. The 26-year-old will attempt to make the Royals 25-man roster next season.


Jarrod Dyson
Royals OF Jarrod Dyson to get the start Friday
Jarrod Dyson, CF, KC
4:23 PM
News: Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson will get the start Friday against the Giants.

Dyson is set to play center and hit eighth. Norichika Aoki will come off the bench. Dyson hit .269/.324/.327 over 260 at-bats during the regular season. He'll take on Tim Hudson during the start. 


Lorenzo Cain
Royals' Lorenzo Cain won't stop hitting
Lorenzo Cain, CF, KC
News: Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain continued to assault baseballs Wednesday against the Giants.

Cain has been on a tear during the postseason, and that didn't stop Wednesday. After doubling in his first at-bat, Cain would come around to score the team's first run of the night. He would later single to lead off the sixth inning, and would come around to score again later in the frame. Cain finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and no RBI. 


Torii Hunter
Tigers OF Torii Hunter believes he proved his worth in 2014
Torii Hunter, RF, DET
News: Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter appears to be leaning toward a return in 2015. That will allow to play into his 40s - he turns 40 in July.

Hunter maintained his consistency and productivity in 2014 by batting .286 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI while batting mostly second in the lineup. But his team was knocked out without winning a game in the postseason.

"Playing for a contender is very important to me," he told MLive.com. "But taking a lesser role will be hard for me when my core numbers are pretty good, not just for a guy that's 39 years old but also for a 22-year-old player. The last three or four months of the season, I played pretty good defense as well.

"I know that we all get older, but until I give you signs that I can't help a team, don't count me out just yet. I've been one of the most consistent hitters in baseball. Everybody knows what they are going to get."


Jose Bautista
Jose Bautista hoping Melky Cabrera remains with Blue Jays
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR
News: Blue Jays star teammate Jose Bautista has handicapped a return of free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera at about 50-50, per Sportsnet.

"I think he's going to allow the team a chance to come and match any offer that he might get out on the free agent market," Bautista said. "I think the Blue Jays are going to have a shot at bringing him back so hopefully for our fan base and for my sake - making my job easier and having him on base a lot, because he does get on base a lot with his bat - hopefully the team does take that chance and re-sign him somehow."

Cabrera performed well in his second season with Toronto, compiling a stat line of .301/.351/.458 and scoring 81 runs.


Rusney Castillo
Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo day-to-day with hand/thumb injury
Rusney Castillo, CF, BOS
News: Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is day-to-day after suffering a bruised hand/thumb during Arizona Fall League play Monday, WEEI.com reports.

Castillo suffered the injury while getting jammed during an at-bat. He signed a $72.5-million deal in August that runs through 2020.


Alejandro De Aza
Orioles LF Alejandro De Aza on bench Wednesday
Alejandro De Aza, LF, BAL
News: Orioles left fielder Alejandro De Aza is out of the lineup for Game 4 of the American League Championships Series at Kansas City. A matchup against left-hander Jason Vargas has him on the bench. Nelson Cruz is set to play that position instead.

De Aza is just 12 for 79 against southpaws this season.


Nick Markakis
Option on Orioles OF Nick Markakis could force him out
Nick Markakis, RF, BAL
News: The perception that the $17.5 million option on outfielder Nick Markakis is too steep will likely play out with him leaving the Orioles for free agency if the two sides can't get together on a long-term contract, according to CBSSports.com MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

Markakis, who struggled from mid-August forward, finished the regular season with a stat line of .276/.346/.386. He hit 14 home runs and drove in 50 with 81 runs scored. He is known to be a favorite of owner Peter Angelos, so a return to Baltimore at a lower salary remains a possibility.


Alex Rios
Report: Rangers decline option on OF Alex Rios
Alex Rios, RF, TEX
News: What was previously reported has apparently played out - the Rangers have declined the team option on outfielder Alex Rios, per CBSSports.com MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

Rios proved highly disappointing during an injury ravaged season for his team in 2014. He managed a respectable stat line of .280/.311/.398, but he slugged just four home runs, none after July 6. He scored a career-low 54 runs and also drove in 54, his second-lowest total.

He will now try to maximize his potential in free agency.


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