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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Alberto Rosario
Cardinals' Alberto Rosario: Outrighted from 40-man
Alberto Rosario, C, STL
11/6/2017
News: Rosario cleared waivers and was outrighted off the Cardinals' 40-man roster Monday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

The 30-year has appeared in just 23 games for the Cardinals over the past two seasons, hitting .171/.209/.429 in 44 plate appearances. With Yadier Molina and top-prospect Carson Kelly ahead of him on the depth chart, Rosario's path to the big leagues with St. Louis is very murky.

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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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Hector Sanchez
Hector Sanchez: Elects free agency
Hector Sanchez, C, SD
11/6/2017
News: Sanchez cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent Monday.

Sanchez decided to head to free agency after being outrighted off the Padres' 40-man roster. He served primarily as a pinch hitter for the big club last season, slashing .219/.245/.423 in 75 games. Sanchez did manage eight homers in 137 plate appearances, though he'll still likely settle for a minor-league contract.

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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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A.J. Jimenez
Rangers' A.J. Jimenez: Clears waivers Monday
A.J. Jimenez, C, TEX
11/6/2017
News: Jimenez cleared waivers and was offered an outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

Now that he's cleared waivers, Jimenez can choose to accept the assignment to Round Rock or become a free agent. The 27-year-old backstop had a lackluster 2017 campaign. Over 51 games with Round Rock he hit .245 with a .673 OPS. Strikeouts were a problem for Jimenez, as he struck out in 45 of his 207 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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Matt Wieters
Nationals' Matt Wieters: Officially exercises player option
Matt Wieters, C, WAS
11/6/2017
News: Wieters will officially return to the Nationals in 2018 after exercising his $10.5 million player option, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

As expected, Wieters will return to Washington for the final year of his two-year deal. The backstop is coming off one of his worst statistical seasons as a pro, hitting just .225/.288/.344 with 10 homers and 52 RBI over 123 games. He's still viewed as the Nationals' starting catcher heading into 2018, but the team may look to bring in a capable backup that could push Wieters for playing time.

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