Mike Zagurski
Report: Mike Zagurski joins Hiroshima Carp
Mike Zagurski, RP, CLE
5:43 PM
News: Pitcher Mike Zagurski has agreed to a deal with the Hiroshima Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball, SportsNet reports. He delivered a 2.08 ERA and 83:29 K:BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level in 2014.
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Randy Choate
Cardinals to attempt to trade RP Randy Choate
Randy Choate, RP, STL
5:18 PM
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
4:08 PM
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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Kelvin De La Cruz
Kelvin De La Cruz elects free agency
Kelvin De La Cruz, RP, BAL
10/18/2014
News: Orioles pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz has elected free agency. He delivered a 5.98 ERA and 49:31 K:BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings with Triple-A Norfolk.
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Julio DePaula
Julio DePaula elects free agency
Julio DePaula, RP, BAL
10/18/2014
News: Orioles pitcher Julio DePaula has elected free agency. DePaula, whose only work as a major-league game in 2007 with the Twins, posted a 4.97 ERA and 43:13 K:BB ratio in 38 innings with Double-A Bowie.
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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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Michael Kohn
Rays pick up Michael Kohn
Michael Kohn, RP, LAA
10/16/2014
News: The Rays have signed pitcher Michael Kohn to a one-year deal, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Kohn elected free agency in September after being removed from the Angels 40-man roster. He's posted a 3.67 ERA over 110 1/3 career innings. 

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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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