Jerome Williams P PHI 3 Days
Williams signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Phillies on Tuesday, Stephen Gross of the Morning Call reports.
A waiver acquisition from the Rangers in August, Williams posted a 2.83 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in nine starts for the Phillies down the stretch to finish the season with a 4.77 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. Despite his struggles throughout much of the season with Houston and Texas, Williams showed enough during his time with Philly to earn a major league deal for 2015, which could earn him as much as $4 million if he hits his incentives for innings pitches.
Jayson Nix 2B/SS.. KC 3 Days
Nix will replace Christian Colon on the Royals' World Series roster, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Nix, who appeared in the Wild Card Game win over Oakland, was not a member of the ALDS or ALCS roster. The 32-year-old hit just .120/.169/.157 in 41 games between Kansas City and Pittsburgh this season, but he'll replace the 25-year-old Colon as an extra veteran on the World Series roster.
Christian Colon 2B/SS KC 3 Days
Colon was left off the Royals' World Series roster and replaced by Jayson Nix, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Colon scored the winning run in the AL Wild Card Game and appeared in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS. However, he'll be left off the roster in favor of the veteran Nix, who was not a member of the ALDS or ALCS roster. Colon hit .333 for the Royals this season but appeared in only 21 games, notching 49 plate appearances. With so much on the line at this point, the Royals are likely more comfortable with an extra veteran in the clubhouse.
Marco Gonzales SP STL 4 Days
Gonzales could start the season in the Cardinals bullpen in 2015 if he fails to make the starting rotation.
Gonzales pitched respectably for the Cardinals this season, posting a 4.15 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 34.2 innings in the regular season. He also grabbed a roster spot for the postseason and made six appearances out of the bullpen, allowing three runs over six innings while striking out four. With Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn and John Lackey all likely locked in to the rotation, Gonzales will probably be competing with Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller and Jaime Garcia for the final two spots.
Yadier Molina C STL 4 Days
Molina (oblique) is expected to be fully healthy by spring training.
Molina was forced out of Game 2 of the NLCS with an oblique strain and didn't play again the rest of the postseason. With a full offseason to recover from the injury, it shouldn't be a problem for him by the time spring training rolls around.
Jon Jay OF STL 4 Days
Jay will have his left wrist scoped Wednesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Jay's recovery time from the surgery will reportedly last 6-to-8 weeks. With his performance this season, Jay owns the starting spot in center field with Matt Holliday in left and Oscar Taveras and Randal Grichuk set to battle for the starting spot in right field in spring training. Jay should be fine for the start of spring training assuming there are no complications with his surgery or recovery that prevent it.
Adam Wainwright SP STL 4 Days
Wainwright had his elbow examined Friday but everything came back fine, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
It's a bit concerning that Wainwright needed his elbow examined given his history with Tommy John surgery, but everything came back fine so it appears there is nothing to worry about. General Manager John Mozeliak said Wainwright "should have a normal offseason," giving additional confidence that the Cardinals' ace should be fine.
Anthony Phillips 3B PHI 5 Days
The Phillies have released Phillips, Baseball America reports.
Phillips hit just .230/.320/.309 with two home runs in 256 at-bats across three minor league levels this season. He'll be hoping to find a minor league deal this winter.
Jose Iglesias SS/3B DET 6 Days
Iglesias (lower leg) is expected to be ready for spring training, the Detroit Free Press reports. "The doctors tell me he'll be fine," GM Dave Dombrowski said. "He's going to be ready for spring training, he's going to be ready to go, and he's over all of his (injuries)."
Stress fractures in both shins kept Iglesias out for the entire 2014 season, but the 24-year-old is ramping up his baseball activities and it sounds like he'll be a full-go come spring training. Dombrowski is not, however, willing to anoint Iglesias the starting shortstop for 2015 just yet, since manager Brad Ausmus and the rest of the coaching staff haven't seen him play more than half an exhibition game, but he said he'd be "surprised" if Iglesias doesn't earn the everyday job.
Ryan Vogelsong SP SF 6 Days
Vogelsong will start Game 4 of the World Series against the Royals next Saturday, Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
The Cardinals knocked Vogelsong around to the tune of four earned runs over three innings in Game 4 of the NLCS, but Yusmeiro Petit kept the Giants in it with three shutout innings and ultimately earned the win. Manager Bruce Bochy will stick with the same rotation in the World Series, with the mindset that Petit is more valuable as a long man out of the bullpen.