Brian Roberts 2B/DH NYY 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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.
Michael Kohn RP TB 9 Days
Kohn signed a one-year contract with the Rays on Thursday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Despite issuing 20 walks in 23.2 innings, Kohn allowed just eight earned runs while with the big club in 2014 (3.04 ERA), which was good enough to earn him a major league offer from Tampa. Kohn can dial his fastball up close to the mid-90s and compliments it with a slider and a changeup. The right-hander figures to break camp with a spot toward the front end of the Rays' bullpen.
Yadier Molina C STL 9 Days
Molina (oblique) remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Giants.
Molina attempted to test his oblique injury Wednesday with some swings, but he "didn't feel too good," according to manager Mike Matheny. Thus, the Cardinals will have to go into Game 5 of the NLCS, down 3-1 in the series, without their All-Star catcher, though there's an outside chance he could be used as a defensive replacement late in the game. Tony Cruz gets the start behind the dish.
Russell Martin C PIT 9 Days
The Pirates plan to extend Martin the $15.3-million qualifying offer, CBSSports.com reports.
The 15.3 million would represent a significant raise for Martin, who earned a combined $17 million over the past two seasons, but he'll likely receive several multi-year offers in free agency after an outstanding 2014 campaign. Martin, 31, hit .290/.402/.430 with 11 homers in 111 games during the regular season, and is also highly regarded for his pitch framing and throwing abilities. This move would protect the Pirates, as they would receive a compensatory draft pick should Martin leave this winter.
Roger Bernadina OF LAD 10 Days
Bernadina has elected to become a free agent.
Bernadina hit just .167/.304/.258 in 53 games this season with the Dodgers and Reds. The 30-year old also spent some time in the minors, and will likely not command a major deal in free agency.