Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 3 Days
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said he would love to re-sign Martinez, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Following an MVP caliber 2014 campaign, Martinez will likely receive a multi-year deal in line with the pact that Carlos Beltran signed with the Yankees last winter (three years, $45 million). Considering that he will turn 36 in December, the chances of Martinez producing another season at his 2014 levels (.335/.409/.565, 32 HR, 103 RBI) seem remote, but he has shown improved plate discipline in the form of an increased walk rate (10.9% BB%) and elite 6.6% K%. Even if the ISO (a career-high .230 in 2014) regresses closer to his career mark (.168), Martinez should be a steady run producer in the heart of an American League lineup in 2015.
Kelvin De La Cruz SP BAL 3 Days
De La Cruz has elected to become a free agent.
With a 5.98 ERA and 1.870 WHIP for Norfolk in 2014, interest in De La Cruz figures to be limited this winter.
Julio DePaula SP BAL 3 Days
DePaula has elected to become a free agent.
The 31-year-old appeared in 21 games for Bowie in 2014, compiling a 43:13 K:BB in 38 innings. If he signs with another club, it will almost certainly be a low-risk minor league deal.
Cord Phelps 2B BAL 3 Days
Phelps has elected to become a free agent.
Now 27, the former prospect has spent most of the past four seasons at Triple-A. He'll likely end up inking a minor league deal to serve as depth and compete for a spot on the 25-man roster elsewhere this winter.
Brian Roberts 2B/DH NYY 3 Days
Roberts announced his retirement Friday, the Baltimore Sun reports.
A two-time All-Star, Roberts hit just .237/.300/.360 in 91 games with the Yankees this season, and ultimately decided that he just could no longer play at the level he demanded of himself. Roberts, now 37, was drafted by the Orioles with a supplemental first-round pick in 1999 and was in the major leagues within two years, but injuries limited him to 192 games over his final four seasons in Baltimore.
Yu Darvish SP TEX 4 Days
Darvish (elbow) will get an MRI on his elbow in November, ESPN Dallas reports.
Darvish was shut down before the end of the 2014 season with elbow inflammation. If the MRI goes as expected, he'll be able to undergo a normal offseason program, and should be good to go by the start of spring training.
Tanner Scheppers P TEX 4 Days
Schepeprs (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday, Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest reports.
Scheppers didn't return in the 2014 season after being diagnosed with an inflamed right elbow in early June. He said his arm felt great after the bullpen session, and he plans to throw again next week. Though he ended up missing more time than initially expected, he should be good to go by the start of the 2015 season, as he'll transition back to the bullpen and work as a reliever.
Andres Blanco 2B/3B PHI 4 Days
Blanco was outrighted off the Phillies 40-man roster, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports.
Blanco made his big league return this season after being out of the majors since 2011, playing in 25 games for the Phillies. He hit .277, but he'll start the offseason off the major league roster.
Rafael Soriano RP WAS 4 Days
The Nationals will likely decline Soriano's option for next season, NBC Sports reports.
Soriano struggled in the second half, losing the closer role to Drew Storen. The option was worth $14 million, so it's not a surprising move by the team. Despite his late struggles, Soriano did finish the season with a 3.19 ERA and 32 saves, so he could still command some interest on the open market.
Travis Ishikawa 1B/LF SF 4 Days
Ishikawa hit a walk-off three-run home run Thursday to win Game 5 of the NLCS and send the Giants to the World Series.
It is the first home run to end an NLCS and fourth to end an LCS. Ishikawa started the year with the Pirates before being designated for assignment in mid-April. The Giants signed him to a minor-league deal but did not call him up from Triple-A until late July. Ishikawa jumped on a 2-0 fastball from St. Louis' Michael Wacha and sent it into the right-field seats.