The Brewers have announced the decision to decline their $11.5MM club option on Rickie Weeks, making him a free agent. Additionally, the team officially announced that it will exercise Yovani Gallardo‘s option as MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reported yesterday. Weeks, 32, was the No. 2 overall selection of the 2003 draft by the Brewers. He’s spent his entire career with Milwaukee. He emerged as one of baseball’s best second basemen from 2007-11, hitting .255/.357/.448 with an average of 18 homers, 13 steals, 2.5 rWAR and 3.1 fWAR per season in that stretch. However, his production has declined steadily since that time, as he’s batted .233/.327/.398 since that time and eventually fell into the short end of a platoon role with the left-handed hitting Scooter Gennett. Weeks inked a four-year, $38.5MM contract extension prior to the 2011 season
The beauty — or the agony, if you’re a Royals fan — is that we’ll never know. We’ll never know what would have happened if Kansas City third-base coach Mike Jirschele had sent Alex Gordon home with two outs in the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s World Series Game 7.
The Orioles have exercised their 2015 club options on pitchers Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O’Day, and they declined the options of right fielder Nick Markakis and catcher Nick Hundley.
Dan Haren surprised nobody on Thursday, picking up his $10 million player option for 2015, and he will return to the Dodgers’ starting rotation.
The Red Sox announced that they have signed right-hander Koji Uehara to a two-year extension that runs through the 2016 season. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that it is a two-year, $18MM contract (Twitter link). Uehara is represented by Mark Pieper of Relativity Sports.
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.
Less than 24 hours after the final out of Game 7, representatives of the Hall of Fame were on their way back to Cooperstown with many of the iconic items of the 2014 World Series, including caps worn by Madison Bumgarner, Bruce Bochy and Yordano Ventura, and Buster Posey’s champagne-soaked jersey.
As expected, the Nationals picked up Denard Span’s $9 million option on Thursday afternoon.