Bryan Holaday
Bryan Holaday: Elects free agency
Bryan Holaday, C, DET
11/6/2017
News: Holaday elected for free agency Monday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

Holaday was outrighted by the Tigers on Friday and apparently prefers free agency over a Triple-A assignment to begin the offseason. At 29 years old, Holaday only played in 13 major-league games this past season and will be hard-pressed to find more big-league opportunities with a new employer, although it's still possible for him to re-sign a deal with the Tigers.

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Chris Gimenez
Twins' Chris Gimenez: Outrighted off 40-man
Chris Gimenez, C, MIN
11/6/2017
News: Gimenez cleared waivers and was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster Monday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Gimenez appeared in 77 games as the Twins' backup catcher in 2017, hitting .220/.350/.382 with seven homers. The 34-year-old can refuse his outright assignment and become a free agent. He won't serve as anything more than a backup wherever he winds up in 2018.

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Curt Casali
Curt Casali: Elects free agency
Curt Casali, C, TB
11/6/2017
News: Casali was outrighted off the Rays' 40-man roster and elected to become a free agent, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 28-year-old backstop failed to break camp with the Rays and appeared in just nine major-league games last season. Casali has compiled an unremarkable .199/.285/.385 line in 161 games with the Rays over the last four years, so he'll likely be forced to settle for a minor-league deal in the offseason.

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Eric Haase
Indians' Eric Haase: Added to 40-man
Eric Haase, C, CLE
11/6/2017
News: Haase was added to the Indians' 40-man roster Monday.

The move was made to protect Haase from the Rule 5 draft. The 24-year-old hit .258/.349/.574 with 26 homers in 95 games for Double-A Akron last season. With top-prospect Francisco Mejia ahead of him, Haase currently doesn't have a clear path to the majors at catcher.

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Raffy Lopez
Blue Jays' Raffy Lopez: Removed from 40-man roster
Raffy Lopez, C, TOR
11/6/2017
News: Lopez was outrighted from the 40-man roster Monday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.

Lopez was a liability defensively, as he threw out just one of 17 runners on stolen base attempts. Additionally, he didn't provide much on offense. Over 24 games he slashed .222/.306/.463 while striking out 21 times across 62 plate appearances.

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Welington Castillo
Welington Castillo: Opts to become free agent
Welington Castillo, C, BAL
11/6/2017
News: Castillo turned down his $7 million option for the 2018 season on Monday and will become a free agent, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

After hitting .282/.323/.490 with 20 home runs and 53 RBI games in 2017, Castillo is set to hit the free agency market for the upcoming season. Castillo battled miscellaneous injuries and shared quite a bit of time behind the dish with Caleb Joseph last season. As a result, he played in 96 games, a significant decline from 2016's mark of 113 games. However, this didn't stop him from being productive. His 20 home runs were a career-high, and he surpassed the 50 RBI mark for the third consecutive year.

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Geovany Soto
Geovany Soto: Becomes free agent
Geovany Soto, C, CHW
11/2/2017
News: Soto (elbow) elected to become a free agent.

Soto hit .190/.271/.405 line in 13 games with the White Sox before elbow surgery ended his season in mid-May. He'll look to catch on elsewhere as catching depth, though he'll need to prove he's healthy before doing so. His recent injury issues could force him to settle for a minor-league deal.

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Erik Kratz
Erik Kratz: Heads to free agency
Erik Kratz, C, NYY
11/2/2017
News: Kratz will hit the open market after declining an outright assignment from the Yankees on Thursday.

Kratz will look to latch on with a club within the next couple months as the offseason starts to unfold. The catcher was traded from Cleveland to New York in late August, and only played in four major-league games with the team, although he did go 2-for-2 with two RBI during those contests.

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Bruce Maxwell
Athletics' Bruce Maxwell: Arrested on gun charge
Bruce Maxwell, C, OAK
10/30/2017
News: Maxwell was arrested on a gun charge over the weekend in Arizona, TMZ Sports reports.

A food delivery person alleged that Maxwell pointed a gun at her, and he is reportedly being held in custody as he awaits an appearance before a judge. He could face a suspension from MLB if the allegation is verified. Maxwell is in line to enter the 2018 season as Oakland's primary catcher, with Josh Phegley getting starts against lefties.

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David Freitas
Mariners' David Freitas: Claimed by Seattle
David Freitas, C, SEA
10/27/2017
News: Freitas was claimed off waivers by the Mariners on Friday.

Freitas appeared in just six games for the Braves this past season, going 4-for-17 with two doubles and two RBI during first taste of the big leagues. The 28-year-old catcher spent a majority of the year with Triple-A Gwinnett, slashing ,263/.338/.356 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 71 games with the team. Moving forward, he will provide depth behind Mike Zunino in Seattle, and is a solid candidate to join the club out of spring training.

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