10/30/2014 | Astros games to reach larger market on new network
Astros games will be available to a larger portion of the Houston television market beginning next year after a bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved a Chapter 11 reorganization plan that will allow AT&T and DirecTV to purchase Comcast SportsNet Houston.
10/30/2014 | Giants' latest title offers questions, answers
Should a Fortune 500 company hire Brian Sabean as chief operating officer? Is Sergio Romo really gone? Is Brandon Crawford better than everybody realizes? How will Bruce Bochy look in bronze? What we learned about the Giants -- these issues and others -- during their circuitous yet fascinating route to their third World Series title in five seasons are addressed here.
10/30/2014 | Statcast: Dissecting Gordon's odds of scoring
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.
10/30/2014 | Padres decline option on JJ, but return possible
The Padres have declined their option on right-handed pitcher Josh Johnson for 2015, but that doesn't necessarily close the door on him returning to San Diego. The Padres held a $4 million option on Johnson, who will turn 31 in January, a stipulation in the contract that he signed last winter with the team if he made seven or fewer starts in 2014.
10/30/2014 | Castillo may not play winter ball because of thumb injury
Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo's plan of getting a number of at-bats during the offseason has been derailed by a right thumb contusion he sustained while playing in the Arizona Fall League.
10/30/2014 | Cherington hopes to meet with Lester
Starting on Tuesday, the Red Sox can start negotiating with free agents on other teams. And that could include a pitcher the Red Sox are extremely familiar with in lefty Jon Lester, the man they traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes back in July.
10/30/2014 | Orioles pick up options for pitchers Chen, O'Day
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.
10/30/2014 | Street remains an Angel as club picks up '15 option
The Angels retained a big piece of their bullpen Thursday, picking up their $7 million option on closer Huston Street.
10/30/2014 | Haren exercises $10M option, to return in 2015
Dan Haren surprised nobody on Thursday, picking up his $10 million player option for 2015, and he will return to the Dodgers' starting rotation.
10/30/2014 | Bumgarner's feat the best in Game 7 lore
More than a few Game 7s have lacked the tension, distinction and splendor that legendary penultimate games provided. And then the Giants and Royals struck a mighty blow for Game 7s Wednesday night, reclaiming for the final scheduled game a sense of supremacy.
10/30/2014 | Red Sox sign Uehara to two-year deal
The Red Sox announced on Thursday that they signed reliever Koji Uehara to a two-year contract through the 2016 season. Sources say the deal is worth $18 million.
10/30/2014 | Bush promoted to hitting coach as A's fill out staff
The A's have promoted from within to fill out their 2015 coaching staff. Notably, Darren Bush has been chosen to replace Chili Davis as hitting coach after serving as the club's bullpen coach the past two seasons.
10/30/2014 | Yost surprised as anyone with MadBum's performance
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.
10/30/2014 | Iwakuma's $7M option for '15 vested by Mariners
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.
10/30/2014 | Cubs decline club option on Fujikawa
The Cubs declined their 2015 club option on Kyuji Fujikawa Thursday, making the right-handed reliever a free agent.
10/30/2014 | Bird, Mondesi among Fall Stars Game additions
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.
10/30/2014 | Rockies encouraged by growth of resilient Ottavino
The Rockies and right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino would rather not have gone through a disappointing performance in June. But the way Ottavino bounced back could be valuable information for his future.
10/30/2014 | Nationals exercise option on Span
As expected, the Nationals picked up Denard Span's $9 million option on Thursday afternoon.
10/30/2014 | Cardinals exercise option to bring back Lackey
In what was merely a formality, the Cardinals exercised their team option on right-handed starter John Lackey for 2015. The organization's decision to retain Lackey for another season was never in question.
10/30/2014 | Hall-worthy: World Series artifacts sent to Cooperstown
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.
10/30/2014 | Three-time All-Star Youkilis retires from baseball
After spending the 2014 season playing in Japan, longtime Major Leaguer Kevin Youkilis is officially retiring from baseball, according to his agency.
10/30/2014 | O's face tough decisions on free agents
While the O's are expected to have back the trio of players they were missing in October -- Manny Machado, Matt Wieters and Chris Davis -- executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette still has plenty of decisions to make this offseason.
10/30/2014 | Marlins expected to exercise option on Mathis
Before focusing on free-agent signings, the Marlins have decided to retain one of their own. According to sources, the team plans on picking up catcher Jeff Mathis' $1.5 million option.
10/30/2014 | Blue Jays bring Hendriks back into fold via trade
The Blue Jays reacquired right-hander Liam Hendriks from the Royals on Thursday afternoon in exchange for Minor League catcher Santiago Nessy.
10/30/2014 | Braves have decision to make about Santana
As the Braves prepare for what will likely be an active and interesting offseason, their first significant decision will involve Ervin Santana, who stands as the club's only free agent positioned to potentially gain a qualifying offer.
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