Mets RP Jeurys Familia undergoes successful sports hernia surgery
by R.J. White |
(3:02 pm ET) Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia underwent successful surgery to repair bilateral sport hernias Friday in Philadelphia, the team announced.

Familia could be in the conversation to close for the Mets next season provided the sports hernia issue doesn't sideline him next spring. He posted a 2.21 ERA and 73:32 K:BB ratio in 77 1/3 innings while recording five saves this season.

Pirates DFA John Axford, Jeanmar Gomez
by R.J. White |
(10:26 am ET) The Pirates designated two relievers for assignment Saturday, removing pitchers John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez from the 40-man roster.

The moves clear spots for Justin Sellers, who was acquired via trade Saturday, and Charlie Morton, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list. Axford posted a 4.09 ERA and 12:6 K:BB ratio in 11 innings after being acquired in a trade from the Indians in mid-August. Gomez posted a 3.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 38:23 K:BB ratio in 62 innings.

Phillies activate Mario Hollands from 60-day disabled list
by R.J. White |
(10:05 am ET) The Phillies have activated pitcher Mario Hollands from the 60-day disabled list.

Hollands suffered an elbow injury in early September and was ruled out for the season, but it was determined he didn't require surgery on his Game 2 flexor strain. He delivered a 4.40 ERA in 50 appearances in 2014.

Southpaw Cesar Jimenez signs one-year deal with Phillies
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/23/2014) The Phillies have avoided arbitration with left-hander Cesar Jimenez by agreeing to a one-year contract for next season.

The 29-year-old Jimenez pitched just 16 innings for Philadelphia in 2014 and compiled a career-best 1.69 ERA.

Cardinals to attempt to trade RP Randy Choate
by R.J. White |
(10/21/2014) 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.

Cardinals getting Trevor Rosenthal ready to be 2015 closer
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10/21/2014) 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."

Reds pitcher Trevor Bell elects free agency
by Chris Cwik |
(10/17/2014) 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.

Cardinals may not be able to keep Pat Neshek
by Chris Cwik |
(10/17/2014) Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek may have to test the open market this winter, according to

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. 

Report: Nationals unlikely to pick up option on RP Soriano
by Marty Gitlin |
(10/17/2014) 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.

Giants RP Santiago Casilla strikes out two in Game 4 save
by R.J. White |
(10/16/2014) 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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