Jeremy Guthrie SP KC 2 Days
Guthrie will start Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday, if the Royals manage to extend the series with a win Tuesday, Newsday's Erik Boland reports.
Guthrie has fared reasonably well in his two postseason starts to this point, with seven hits and three earned runs allowed over 10 innings, though he has managed just two strikeouts. If the Royals manage to stay alive with a win Tuesday, it will likely be Guthrie versus Tim Hudson in the deciding Game 7.
Rusney Castillo CF BOS 2 Days
Castillo (thumb) remains sidelined and is considered unlikely to return to Arizona Fall League action, WEEI.com reports.
The report also notes that Castillo may not play in the Puerto Rico Winter League, though the Red Sox have not made a final decision on that front. It seems the team is largely concerned with protecting its $72.5 million investment, as Castillo is believed to just be dealing with a bruised hand and thumb, with nothing more than rest currently prescribed to treat the ailments. Castillo has hit .278/.333/.361 with three doubles, three walks and six strikeouts in 39 plate appearances in the AFL thus far.
Huston Street RP LAA 2 Days
The Angels are fully expected to exercise Street's $7 million option for 2015, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The $7 million price tag on Street will represent a significant bargain for the Angles, who acquired the right-hander from the Padres shortly after the All-Star break. Street posted career-best numbers in 61 appearances between San Diego and Anaheim in 2014, with a 1.37 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 41 saves (against three blown saves).
Brad Peacock SP HOU 2 Days
Peacock recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his right hip and is not expected to be ready for the start of spring training, Evan Drellich of MLB.com reports.
While Peacock has already started his rehabilitation and is expected to make a full recovery, he's unlikely to be ready when pitchers and catchers report and is no lock to be ready for the start of the regular season. GM Jeff Luhnow said the hip bothered Peacock at the end of the season, but Peacock was still able to turn in a 2.33 ERA in September, his best month in what was otherwise a disappointing season (4-9 record, 4.72 ERA, 1.56 WHIP).
Justin Smoak 1B TOR 2 Days
The Blue Jays claimed Smoak off waivers from the Mariners on Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Smoak, the centerpiece of the return package from the Rangers for Cliff Lee in 2010, hit just .224/.309/.380 with 66 homers in parts of five seasons with the Mariners. He posted a career-worst .614 OPS in 80 games with the big club in 2014, but he could make a run at the regular first-base job in spring training, depending on what the Blue Jays do with Adam Lind this offseason.
B. J. Rosenberg RP PHI 2 Days
Rosenberg cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday, CSN Philly reports.
Rosenberg can either report to Triple-A or become a free agent. He had a 6.75 ERA in 13 appearances with the Phillies this season.
Luis Jimenez 3B MIL 3 Days
Jimenez was claimed off waivers by the Brewers on Monday, Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.
Jimenez had an excellent season at Triple-A Salt Lake, slashing .286/.321/.505 with 21 home runs and 12 steals. The 26-year-old appeared in 18 games for the Angles but notched only six hits in 37 at-bats.
Oscar Taveras CF/RF STL 4 Days7 Comments
Taveras passed away Sunday after being involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.
Taveras' agent Brian Mejia confirmed the tragic news Sunday evening. Details regarding the accident are still unclear, but it's a sad day for baseball.
Travis Ishikawa 1B/LF SF 5 Days
Ishikawa is out in the lineup for Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.
With southpaw Jason Vargas on the hill for Kansas City, manager Bruce Bochy will turn to the right-handed-swinging Juan Perez to man left field. Ishikawa is 1-for-7 with two strikeouts so far in the series, but he should be back in there Sunday to face off against James Shields.
Jeurys Familia RP NYM 5 Days
Familia underwent successful surgery Friday to repair bilateral sports hernias, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
The right-hander became the second Mets reliever to undergo sports hernia surgery this offseason, as Jenrry Mejia also went under the knife earlier this month. Familia is now on his way home to the Dominican Republic, and heath permitting, he should open next season in a key setup role after posting a 2.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 73 strikeouts in 77.1 innings in 2014.