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Date Player News
11/17/2014 Alex Avila, C (Det) Avila's $5.4 million option for 2015 has been exercised by the Detroit Tigers.

Analysis: Avila, who turns 28 in January, hit .218 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs last season, although concussion problems have become a concern over the last couple years.
11/17/2014 Jordan Walden, P (StL) The Atlanta Braves have dealt outfielder Jason Heyward and Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer.

Analysis: Walden was 0-2 with a 2.88 ERA and three saves.
11/17/2014 Shelby Miller, P (Atl) The Atlanta Braves have dealt outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for Miller and a minor-leaguer.

Analysis: Miller went 10-9 with a 3.74 for the Cardinals last season, after going 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA in 2013.
11/17/2014 Jason Heyward, RF (StL) The Atlanta Braves have dealt Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer.

Analysis: The 25-year-old outfielder never lived up to expectations after a brilliant rookie season, when he homered in his first at-bat and was voted to the All-Star Game. This past season, he hit .271 with 11 homers, 58 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He also won his second Golden Glove.
11/16/2014 Arodys Vizcaino, P (Atl) The Chicago Cubs have acquired second baseman Tommy La Stella in a trade with the Atlanta Braves for Vizcaino. Chicago and Atlanta also swapped four international pool slots in Sunday's deal, with three going to the Braves and one to the Cubs.

Analysis: The 24-year-old Vizcaino begins his second stint with the Braves. After being acquired from the Yankees in 2009, Vizcaino made his debut with Atlanta in 2011. In 2012, he had Tommy John surgery and was traded to the Cubs.
11/16/2014 Tommy La Stella, 2B (ChC) The Chicago Cubs have acquired La Stella in a trade with the Atlanta Braves for reliever Arodys Vizcaino. Chicago and Atlanta also swapped four international pool slots in Sunday's deal, with three going to the Braves and one to the Cubs.

Analysis: The 25-year-old La Stella made his major league debut this year and hit .251 with one homer and 31 RBIs in 93 games. The lefty batter was selected by Atlanta in the eighth round of the 2011 draft.
11/15/2014 Robinson Cano, 2B (Sea) Cano is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after breaking a toe during the Major League Baseball All-Stars tour of Japan.

Analysis: Seattle said Saturday that Cano will not need a cast and the injury will heal with rest. He will likely be able to resume baseball activities in mid-December. Cano was hit by a pitch on the right foot in the seventh inning of a 4-0 loss in Tokyo on Saturday in which the MLB players were no-hit by Japan's Takahiro Norimoto and three relievers. X-rays revealed a fracture in his small toe.
11/14/2014 A.J. Burnett, P (Pit) Burnett is back with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The pitcher agreed Friday to an $8.5 million, one-year contract - $4.25 million less than the player option he turned down with Philadelphia.

Analysis: A 37-year-old right-hander, Burnett went 26-21 with a 3.41 ERA for Pittsburgh in 2012-13, helping the Pirates return to the postseason in 2013 following a 21-year drought. Burnett spurned an offer Pittsburgh last offseason and eventually signed with Philadelphia, where he went 8-18 with a 4.59 ERA in 34 starts. His 18 losses led the majors. Burnett and the Phillies both declined a $15 million mutual option, and the pitcher then turned down his player option.
11/14/2014 Joel Hanrahan, P (Det) The Tigers have re-signed Hanrahan to a minor league deal with a big league invite.

Analysis: Team president Dave Dombrowski confirmed the agreement Friday. Hanrahan, a former All-Star, has battled elbow problems of late. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery in May 2013 and hasn't pitched in the majors since. Dombrowski says Hanrahan will start throwing after Thanksgiving.
11/14/2014 Kevin Frandsen, LF (Was) Frandsen and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with a deal that raises his base salary by $100,000.

Analysis: The 32-year-old hit .259 with a club-high 11 pinch hits last season, his first in Washington. He made 42 starts and played in 105 games for the NL East champions, appearing in left field and at every infield position but shortstop.
11/13/2014 Clayton Kershaw, P (LAD) Kershaw is the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award since Bob Gibson in 1968.

Analysis: Kershaw unanimously won the NL Cy Young Award on Wednesday. He led the majors in wins and ERA while going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and throwing a no-hitter.
11/13/2014 Mike Trout, CF (LAA) Trout was a unanimous winner of the American League's Most Valuable Player award after consecutive second-place finishes. At 23, he became the fifth-youngest MVP in major league history.

Analysis: Trout hit .287 and set career highs in home runs (36) and RBIs (111) while leading the major leagues in runs with 115 and extra-base hits with 84. In his third full season, he matched his bests in doubles (39) and triple (nine).
11/13/2014 Victor Martinez, DH (Det) The Tigers have finalized a $68 million, four-year deal to keep Martinez in Detroit.

Analysis: Team president Dave Dombrowski says Martinez is one of the premier hitters in the league and the team is thrilled that he'll continue his career in a Detroit uniform. The 35-year-old Martinez had perhaps his best season in 2014, hitting .335 with 32 home runs and 103 RBIs and helping Detroit to its fourth straight AL Central title. He was second to Mike Trout in the MVP vote.
11/13/2014 Devon Travis, 2B (Tor) The Toronto Blue Jays acquired Travis from Detroit for outfielder Anthony Gose. The teams announced the trade Wednesday night.

Analysis: Travis batted .298 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs in 100 games with Double-A Erie. He was the Tigers' minor league player of the year in 2013.
11/13/2014 Anthony Gose, CF (Det) The Detroit Tigers have acquired speedy outfielder Anthony Gose from the Toronto Blue Jays for second base prospect Devon Travis. The teams announced the trade Wednesday night.

Analysis: One of Detroit's priorities this offseason was to address center field after Austin Jackson was dealt to Seattle last summer. Team President Dave Dombrowski says Gose can provide "above-average defense" in center and a good arm. Detroit hopes the 24-year-old Gose will improve at the plate. He hit .226 last season in 94 games with the Blue Jays.
11/12/2014 Justin Wilson, P (NYY) The New York Yankees have acquired Wilson from Pittsburgh for catcher Francisco Cervelli.

Analysis: The left-handed Wilson and his upper-90s (mph) fastball were a vital part of the Pirates' bullpen this year. He went 3-4 with a 4.20 ERA in 70 appearances, striking out 61 in 60 innings.
11/12/2014 Francisco Cervelli, C (Pit) The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the New York Yankees in exchange for reliever Justin Wilson. Cervelli is a .278 career hitter who has been slowed by various injuries throughout his career. He also served a 50-game suspension in 2013 for his role in the Biogenesis drug scandal.

Analysis: Mainly a backup with the Yankees, the 28-year-old Cervelli batted .301 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 49 games last season. The Pirates could have an opening at catcher if they are unable to re-sign Russell Martin, a free agent who declined the team's $15.3 million qualifying offer after helping Pittsburgh to consecutive playoff berths. The energetic Cervelli was once a backup to Martin with the Yankees.
11/12/2014 Corey Kluber, P (Cle) Kluber won the AL Cy Young Award, edging Seattle's Felix Hernandez. Kluber received 17 of 30 first-place votes and 169 points in balloting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Analysis: A 28-year-old right-hander, Kluber went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA in his first full major league season with 269 strikeouts, two behind league leader David Price. Kluber had consecutive 14-strikeout games in September, the first to accomplish the feat since Arizona's Randy Johnson in 2004.
11/12/2014 Clayton Kershaw, P (LAD) Kershaw pitched a shutout Wednesday, a unanimous winner for his third NL Cy Young Award after leading the majors in victories and ERA and throwing a no-hitter. Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA for the NL West champions.

Analysis: The 26-year-old lefty with a wicked curveball will find out Thursday if he's the first NL pitcher to sweep the MVP and Cy Young honors since Bob Gibson in 1968.
11/11/2014 Rob Scahill, P (Pit) The Colorado Rockies have traded Scahill to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league righty Shane Carle.

Analysis: The deal was announced Tuesday. The 27-year-old Scahill was 1-0 with a 4.80 ERA in 12 relief outings for Colorado this season. Scahill made his big league debut in 2012 with Colorado and pitched 23 games in the majors in 2013.
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