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Date Player
11/29/2017 Jake Smolinski, Oak, CF
Smolinski agreed to a $775,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

Analysis: Smolinski missed almost the entire season following right shoulder surgery before returning to play in 16 games, including 11 in the outfield - nine of those in center - that manager Bob Melvin considered a major step heading into the offseason and toward 2018. He will have competition to earn a starting spot next season, with rehabbing Dustin Fowler in the mix to start at center after he was acquired in the trade that sent Sonny Gray to the Yankees.
11/27/2017 Hisashi Iwakuma, Sea, P
Iwakuma could be back as soon as May after surgery on his right shoulder.

Analysis: The 36-year-old Iwakuma made only six starts last season, going 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA. The problems with his pitching shoulder sent him to the disabled list in May and caused setbacks during his recovery. He had an operation in late September.
11/27/2017 Doug Fister, Tex, P
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Texas Rangers have agreed on a contract with free agent right-hander Doug Fister. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the completion of the deal was pending a physical.

Analysis: The 33-year-old Fister will get a one-year deal with a $3.5 million base salary, plus potential incentives and a club option for 2019.
11/15/2017 Emilio Pagán, Oak, P
Pagan was traded to the Athletics on Wednesday in exchange for slugger Ryon Healy.

Analysis: Pagan made his major league debut this year and went 2-3 with a 3.22 ERA in 34 games for Seattle. The 26-year-old struck out 56 and walked eight in 50 1/3 innings.
11/15/2017 Ryon Healy, Sea, 3B
The A's traded Healy to the Mariners on Wednesday for for right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan and minor league shortstop Alexander Campos.

Analysis: Healy batted .271 with 25 home runs, 29 doubles and 78 RBIs this season. He split his time at designated hitter, first base and third base. Healy made his big league debut in 2016 with the A's. He struck out 142 times this year and drew 23 walks. ''Ryon brings a power bat to our lineup at first base, while providing the flexibility to play third base,'' Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement.
11/15/2017 Max Scherzer, Was, P
Scherzer has coasted to his third Cy Young Award and second straight in the National League. Scherzer breezed past Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, drawing 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Analysis: Scherzer earned the NL honor last year with Washington and the 2013 American League prize with Detroit. He became the 10th pitcher with at least three Cy Youngs. Scherzer was 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and a league-leading 268 strikeouts for the NL East champion Nationals.
11/15/2017 Corey Kluber, Cle, P
Kluber easily won his second AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday. He got 28 of the 30 first-place votes, with Boston's Chris Sale second and Luis Severino of the Yankees third.

Analysis: Kluber led the majors with a 2.25 ERA and his 18 wins tied for the most in baseball.
11/13/2017 Carlos Beltrán, Hou, RF
Beltran is retiring at age 40 after winning his first World Series title in his 20th major league season. The outfielder made the announcement Monday, 12 days after the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series.

Analysis: Beltran is a nine-time All-Star who won the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year award and three Gold Gloves. His production dropped dramatically this year. He hit .295 with 29 homers and 93 RBIs for the New York Yankees and Texas in 2016. He then batted .231 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs for Houston.
11/6/2017 Carlos Santana, Phi, 1B
The Cleveland Indians made a $17.4 million qualifying offer to Santana on Monday. Santana has 10 days to accept or reject the club's offer.

Analysis: The switching-hitting Santana batted .259 with 23 homers and 79 RBIs last season for the AL Central champions. He has a career .249 average with 174 home runs in eight seasons for Cleveland.
11/6/2017 Daniel Descalso, Ari, 2B
The Diamondbacks have exercised a $2 million club option on Descalso.

Analysis: Descalso signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks in February that included a $1.35 million salary this year and the option. The 31-year-old was a valuable piece during the Diamondbacks' run to the NL Wild card, providing lineup versatility and gritty play. Descalso played six positions for Arizona last season, including pitcher in mop-up duties. He hit .233 with a career-high 10 homers and 51 RBIs in his eighth big league season.
11/6/2017 Welington Castillo, CWS, C
Castillo has declined a $7 million player option for the 2018 season, opting to become a free agent.

Analysis: Castillo signed a $6 million, one-year deal with Baltimore last November that included the option. He played in 96 games for the Orioles, batting .282 with 20 homers and 53 RBIs.
11/6/2017 Matt Wieters, Was, C
Wieters is exercising his $10.5 million contract option for next season with the Washington Nationals.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Wieters, a switch-hitter, was a four-time All-Star for the Baltimore Orioles before joining Washington as a free agent in February, after spring training camp already had opened. His contract was worth $10.5 million in 2017, when he batted .225 with a .288 on-base percentage, 10 homers and 52 RBIs for the NL East champion Nationals. He hit .143 during Washington's loss to the Chicago Cubs in an NL Division Series.
11/6/2017 Nathan Eovaldi, TB, P
The Rays have exercised a $2 million club option for next season on Eovaldi.

Analysis: The right-hander missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery in August 2016, when he was with the New York Yankees. Under the contract the 27-year-old signed last winter, Eovaldi can earn up to $3.5 million in performance bonuses as a starter or $3 million as a reliever in 2018. The right-hander last pitched in the majors two years ago, when he was 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 21 starts and three relief appearances.
11/6/2017 Matt Moore, Tex, P
The Giants have exercised Moore's $7 million option for 2018.

Analysis: Moore was 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA in 2017, so this wasn't exactly a no-brainer. But he's still just 28, and they'll hope for a bounce-back 2018.
11/6/2017 Madison Bumgarner, SF, P
The Giants have exercised Bumgarner's $12 million option for 2018.

Analysis: The Giants locked up Bumgarner long-term in April 2012 on a $35.56 million, six-year contract through this year. The deal includes another $12 million option for 2019. Bumgarner missed nearly three months this past season following a dirt bike accident during an off day in Colorado on April 20.
11/6/2017 Alexi Amarista, Col, SS
The Rockies declined a $2.5 million club option on Amarista, who gets a $150,000 buyout.

Analysis: Amarista hit .238 with three homers and 19 RBIs last season, so don't look for him to be a very coveted free agent.
11/6/2017 Greg Holland, Col, P
Holland has become a free agent after declining to exercise his $15 million player option with the Colorado Rockies.

Analysis: Holland bolstered Colorado's bullpen this year by saving a franchise record-tying 41 games in his first season since Tommy John surgery. The 31-year-old right-hander was at his best before the All-Star break, when he converted 28 of 29 save chances and had a 1.62 ERA. He struggled in the second half, going 13 of 16 in save opportunities with a 6.38 ERA.
11/5/2017 Andre Ethier, LAD, RF
The Los Angeles Dodgers parted ways with Ethier on Sunday when they declined his $17.5 million option for next season. Ethier received a $2.5 million buyout and will become a free agent.

Analysis: The 35-year-old was the longest-tenured Dodger after 12 seasons with the club. However, his role was sharply reduced due to a fractured tibia in 2016 and a herniated disk in his back this year. Ethier drove in Los Angeles' lone run with a pinch-hit single in the Game 7 World Series loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday. Ethier was 4 for 13 (.308) with a homer in the postseason after having just 34 at-bats and hitting two home runs in the regular season.
11/5/2017 Johnny Cueto, SF, P
Cueto will be staying with the San Francisco Giants. Cueto had the option to opt out of his contract that runs through 2021, but the team said Sunday the right-hander had decided to remain with the Giants.

Analysis: Cueto was hampered by injuries this season, going 8-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 25 starts. Manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Bobby Evans both had been optimistic that Cueto would stick around. Cueto had the choice to leave after the second year of his $130 million, six-year contract he signed before the 2016 season.
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