2018 MLB Season News

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November 7th:

 Los Angeles Dodgers: Dodgers decline outfielder Andre Ethier’s 2018 option, will become a free agent

  • Andre Ethier, 35, has taken huge steps back over the past couple of seasons due in part to numerous injuries derailing him. This past season, Ethier played in only 22 games during the regular season due to a herniated disc sustained in spring training. Andre Either returned to the Dodgers lineup in September but was limited to only 34 at-bats and finished the season with .235 average with 2 home runs and 3 RBI’s.The decision to not re-sign Ethier does not come as a shock as the injuries and the amount of money they can save and use toward free agency. Andre Ethier will get a chance with another team this winter but a roster spot won’t be guaranteed. Ethier will receive a $2.5 million dollar buyout.

October 30th:

 Baltimore Orioles: Orioles keeping tabs on pitchers Wade Miley and Chris Tillman for a possible return in 2018

  • According to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Orioles are keeping tabs on both pitchers as they are interested in possibly bringing them back for next season. Chris Tillman is set to become an unrestricted free agent and Wade Miley has a $12 million dollar option ($500,000 buyout) for next season but due to poor performances last season the Orioles want to work out new deals with both players. The Orioles are bound to be spending big bucks this offseason as they also have ab $18 million option on shortstop J.J. Hardy and catcher Wellington Castillo has a $7 million dollar option for next season as well. The Baltimore Orioles are noted to pursue pitching during free agency and maintaining Wade Miley and Chris Tillman and working out cheaper deals with them could open room up for bringing in new faces to the organization for 2018.

October 18th:

 Minnesota Twins: Twins will not pick up club option on Glen Perkins, will buy out his contract

  • Essentially making him a free agent at years end. Glen Perkins had another injury-riddled season as this year he suffered a left labrum injury that forced him to undergo surgery, costing him the vast majority of the season. Glen Perkins will be paid a $700,000 buyout and will hit the free agent market for the first time in his MLB career. MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports that Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins could possibly re-up this offseason on a minor league deal but it could possibly unlikely due to potential retirement considerations from Perkins. Should this be the end of the line for Perkins, he will finish his career with a career 3.88 ERA, 35-25 win/loss record, and 120 saves.

October 7th:

 Milwaukee Brewers: Former Opening Day pitcher Wily Peralta elects free agency

  • A former Opening Day starter for the Brewers, Wily Peralta has decided to hit the free agent market rather than accept a minor league outright. Peralta, 28, was demoted down the ladder for the Brewers from being a starter to being sent to the bullpen and then ultimately demoted to the minor leagues in 2017. Wily Peralta finished 2017 with a 5-4 record, 7.45 ERA in 57 innings. Peralta will land a minor league deal this winter and could compete for a backend rotation job. The Milwaukee Brewers also departed with Kirk NieuwenhuisDavid GoforthRob Scahill and Michael Blazek.

October 1st:

 Kansas City Royals: Danny Duffy to undergo an elbow procedure this offseason to remove “loose bodies”. 

  • Rustin Dodd reports that Danny Duffy will undergo an elbow operation this offseason to remove “loose bodies” from his elbow. Danny Duffy had issues with his elbow this season as inflammation started brewing in his elbow and he even landed on the disabled list due in part of this. This season, Duffy had a rocky start to his brand new 5-year, $65 million dollar deal he signed back January as he posted a 9-10 record with a 3.81 ERA in 24 starters. We should know his prognosis shortly following his surgery.