Randy Choate
Cardinals to attempt to trade RP Randy Choate
Randy Choate, RP, STL
10/21/2014
News: The Cardinals will look to move relief pitcher Randy Choate this offseason, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

I think in Choate’s case, for us, he’s fairly one-dimensional," general manager John Mozeliak said. "That makes it difficult for us to use him, particularly during a long season."

Choate posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 32:13 K:BB ratio in 36 innings during the regular season. He fared much better against left-handed hitters, who hit .093/.205/.147 in 75 at-bats against the reliever. Righties posted a .938 OPS when facing Choate in 2014.

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Trevor Rosenthal
Cardinals getting Trevor Rosenthal ready to be 2015 closer
Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
10/21/2014
News: While other relievers have been told to condition themselves as starters before spring training opens, Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal has been told he will stay in the bullpen, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Rosenthal, who had 45 saves in 2014, has not started since the 2012 season in the minors.

"We need Trevor to prepare to be a closer," manager Mike Matheny said. "This was the first full season that he pitched in that role. There's a learning curve to that, to understanding how to make it through a long season as a closer, and how to have the effectiveness, and how to stay in the strike zone and adjusting your workload as far as what you’re doing in between your appearances."

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Trevor Bell
Reds pitcher Trevor Bell elects free agency
Trevor Bell, RP, CIN
10/17/2014
News: Reds pitcher Trevor Bell has elected to become a free-agent.

Bell pitched just two-thirds of an inning in the majors last season due to elbow inflammation. He'll seek a deal with another club during the offseason.

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Pat Neshek
Cardinals may not be able to keep Pat Neshek
Pat Neshek, RP, STL
10/17/2014
News: Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek may have to test the open market this winter, according to MLB.com.

After his performance last season, there's a sense that Neshek has priced himself out of St. Louis' bullpen. Neshek was exceptional with the club, posting a 1.87 ERA over 67 1/3 innings. The performance earned him a trip to the All-Star Game. The team will likely attempt to re-sign Neshek, but there's a sense he can get a more lucrative deal elsewhere. 

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Rafael Soriano
Report: Nationals unlikely to pick up option on RP Soriano
Rafael Soriano, RP, WAS
10/17/2014
News: The Nationals will probably decline to exercise their $14 million option on former closer Rafael Soriano, who saved 75 games over the past two seasons, the Washington Post reported.

Soriano performed well in the first half of this season before a collapse forced the team to replace him in that role with Drew Storen.

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Santiago Casilla
Giants RP Santiago Casilla strikes out two in Game 4 save
Santiago Casilla, RP, SF
10/16/2014
News: Giants closer Santiago Casilla picked up a save Wednesday, giving up one hit and striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 6-4 Game 4 win over the Cardinals and give the Giants a 3-1 series lead.

Casilla threw 13 of his 16 pitches for strikes, and even though he allowed his first hit of the postseason, he was able to get the job done and put the Giants one more win away from a World Series trip. Casilla has delivered six scoreless innings while striking out five and walking one this postseason.

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Yusmeiro Petit
Giants RP Yusmeiro Petit earns Game 4 NLCS win
Yusmeiro Petit, RP, SF
10/16/2014
News: Giants reliever Yusmeiro Petit picked up the win in Game 4 of the NLCS Wednesday, allowing just one hit and one walk in three scoreless innings while striking out four in his team's 6-4 victory over the Cardinals.

Petit (2-0) won his first postseason appearance in the previous round, stringing together six scoreless innings in his team's 18-inning win over the Nationals. He was just as impressive in a shorter outing Wednesday, cleaning up after starter Ryan Vogelsong lasted just three innings. The Giants head into Wednesday's Game 5 with a 3-1 lead and three chances to advance to the World Series.

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Jean Machi
Jean Machi suffers minor finger injury, available for Game 3
Jean Machi, RP, SF
10/13/2014
News: Giants pitcher Jean Machi sustained a torn fingernail on his right pinkie while playing catch Monday, but the injury is not expected to prevent him from pitching in Game 3 of the NLCS Tuesday if needed, MLB.com reports.

Machi made a team-high 71 appearances in the regular season. He has posted a 7.71 ERA in three postseason appearances, which includes surrendering a home run in Game 2 Sunday.

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Brian Wilson
Dodgers short man Brian Wilson to stick around in 2015
Brian Wilson, RP, LAD
10/8/2014
News: Short reliever Brian Wilson has informed the Dodgers that he will exercise his player option for the 2015 season, per MLBDailyDish.com.

The former lights-out San Francisco closer performed well after mid-August. He yielded earned runs just twice in his last 29 games, including his one playoff appearance. But he still finished the season with a disappointing 4.66 ERA and 29 walks in 48 1/3 innings.

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Hunter Strickland
Hunter Strickland serves up home run, picks up Game 4 win
Hunter Strickland, RP, SF
10/8/2014
News: Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland picked up a win in his team's Game 4 clincher over the Nationals despite surrendering a game-tying home run, as the Giants went on to claim a 3-2 victory Tuesday and a 3-1 series victory in the NLDS.

Strickland (1-0) surrendered a one-out solo shot to Bryce Harper to erase a 2-1 lead then immediately gave up a single to put the go-ahead run on base. He was able to strike out the next batter and pick up a third out on a flyball to left. Strickland pitched three innings in the NLDS and surrendered three solo home runs, but he also picked up a save in the 18-inning Game 2 marathon. The Giants advance to the National League Championship Series to face the Cardinals.

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