The Indians announced that they have exercised their one-year, $3.5MM club option on Mike Aviles. Cleveland essentially faced a $3.25MM decision, as Aviles’ option contained a $250K buyout. Aviles, 34 in March, has served as a versatile bench piece for manager Terry Francona over the past two seasons, appearing at shortstop, second base, third base and in all three outfield positions. Since coming over in a trade from the Blue Jays, he’s posted a combined .250/.277/.356 batting line. He will return to a bench role in Cleveland where he’ll presumably be joined by Ryan Raburn and catcher Roberto Perez, among others. He should provide the organization with some depth at third base and shortstop, neither of which is 100 percent settled at this point due to question marks surrounding Lonnie Chisenhall and the inexperience of shortstop Jose Ramirez.
On the day after Madison Bumgarner dispatched the Royals with five more shutout innings, manager Ned Yost had a story about the Giants’ Most Valuable Player of the World Series.
Hisashi Iwakuma had his $7 million contract option for the 2015 season vested by the Mariners on Thursday, as expected, meaning the standout right-hander will return for his fourth season with the club next year.
The Arizona Fall League announced Wednesday six players have been added to the rosters for Saturday’s Fall Stars Game, including Scottsdale first baseman Greg Bird, the circuit’s home run leader and Yankees’ No. 11 prospect, and Peoria shortstop Raul Mondesi, the Royals’ top prospect.
As expected, the Nationals picked up Denard Span’s $9 million option on Thursday afternoon.
Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
After three seasons close to home as the pitching coach for Class A Advanced Lakeland, Mike Maroth is moving up to take the same post with Triple-A Toledo.
The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has announced the official class of free agents for the upcoming offseason. Click here to find the complete list, along with an excellent foreward (featuring an interview with lefty Andrew Miller) that was penned by MLBTR’s own Tim Dierkes. 121 players will hit the open market, according to the MLBPA. Former teams will enjoy a five-day exclusive negotiating window before the newly-minted free agents will be eligible to sign with any club. Of course, MLBTR will be all over the free agent news and rumors as they unfold over the coming months. Be sure to keep an eye on our list of current free agents, which will be updated as the market moves. And, of course, MLBTR’s Free Agent Tracker will keep you up to date on the deals that have been completed. Tim will unroll his top fifty free agent list in the coming days as well, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.
The final out of a riveting World Series brought free agency to eligible players and all the speculation that goes with it. But not until after a five-day exclusive negotiation period for players to talk with the clubs they finished the season with can free agents hit the open market.
This year’s Giants gave team president and CEO Larry Baer much to appreciate, including their professional attitude, and general manager Brian Sabean also was immensely proud of the club.