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Date Player
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, Cle, 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, SF, 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.
11/3/2017 Ricky Nolasco, LAA, P
The Angels announced they declined next season's option on Nolasco.

Analysis: Nolasco led the Angels with 181 innings as the only durable starter in their injury-plagued rotation, but went 6-15 with a 4.92 ERA in his 12th big league season. The Angels paid him a $1 million buyout.
11/3/2017 Huston Street, LAA, P
The Angels announced they have declined next season's option on Street.

Analysis: Street spent the past 3 1/2 seasons of his 13-year career with the Angels, who held a $10 million club option for 2018. Instead, the two-time All-Star gets a $1 million buyout. Street appeared in just four games last season due to injury. He had knee surgery after his career-worst 2016 season ended early. He missed the first 2 1/2 months of 2017 with a strained lat muscle before missing even more time with a groin injury and a mild rotator cuff strain.
11/3/2017 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY, P
Tanaka decided to stay with the Yankees and not exercise the right to opt out of the remaining three seasons of his contract.

Analysis: A right-hander who turned 29 on Wednesday, Tanaka was 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA, the highest of his four seasons with Yankees, and he allowed a career-high 35 home runs. He was on the disabled list for nearly two weeks in August because of right shoulder inflammation, then went 5-2 in his last seven regular-season starts. Tanaka excelled in the playoffs, going 2-1 with a 0.90 ERA, 18 strikeouts and three walks in 20 innings.
11/3/2017 Jerry Blevins, NYM, P
The Mets exercised an $8.25 million option on infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and a $7 million option of left-hander Jerry Blevins, preventing them from becoming free agents.

Analysis: The 34-year-old Blevins was 6-0 with a 2.94 ERA in 75 games, striking out 69 strikeouts in 49 innings. If the options had been declined, Cabrera would have been owed a $2 million buyout and Blevins $1 million.
11/3/2017 Asdrúbal Cabrera, NYM, SS
The Mets exercised an $8.25 million option on infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and a $7 million option of left-hander Jerry Blevins, preventing them from becoming free agents.

Analysis: Cabrera, two weeks shy of his 32nd birthday, played shortstop for the Mets in 2016 and the start of 2017, then shifted around the infield. He started 44 games at shortstop this year, 40 at third base and 32 games at second. Cabrera hit .280 with 32 doubles, 14 homers and 59 RBIs in 135 games, spending two stints on the disabled list after injuring his left thumb against Miami on May 6.
11/3/2017 Josh Tomlin, Cle, P
The Indians exercised an $11.5 million option on outfielder Michael Brantley and a $3 million option on right-hander Josh Tomlin.

Analysis: The 33-year-old Tomlin went 10-9 with a 4.98 ERA in 26 starts, including 6-0 with a 3.11 ERA in his last 10 appearances.
11/3/2017 Michael Brantley, Cle, LF
The Indians exercised an $11.5 million option on outfielder Michael Brantley and a $3 million option on right-hander Josh Tomlin.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Brantley hit .299 with nine homers and 52 RBIs in 90 games, his second straight injury shortened season. He went on the disabled list twice and had right ankle surgery on Oct. 18. Brantley was limited to 11 games in 2016 because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.
11/3/2017 Ichiro Suzuki, Mia, RF
Suzuki's $2 million club option with the Miami Marlins has been declined, making the 44-year-old outfielder a free agent. It is the first major roster move by the Marlins since Derek Jeter's ownership group took over a month ago.

Analysis: Jeter and Suzuki were teammates with the New York Yankees. But the Marlins are expected to cut their payroll to about $90 million, and parting with Suzuki is just the start of an anticipated purge.
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