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Danny Salazar (forearm) will be on WS roster 10-24-2016
Danny Salazar P CLE
Danny Salazar (forearm) has been told by Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway that he will be part of the World Series roster.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
Callaway said that Salazar is ready to throw 65-70 pitches in a game, so it sounds like he should get a start against the Cubs. The right-hander hasn't pitched in a game since early September due to a strained right flexor muscle, but he's made it through a few simulated games with no issues. It seems likely that he'll get the ball in Game 4, following Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin.
Lamb has back surgery, will start 2017 on DL 10-24-2016
John Lamb P CIN
John Lamb will begin next season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair a lumbar disc herniation.

Zach Buchanan on Twitter
It will be the second straight season where Lamb has gotten a late start while rehabbing from back surgery. That's in addition to the left-hander seeing this past season end prematurely due to a flexor mass strain. Lamb also posted a 6.43 ERA across 14 starts for the Reds in 2016, so it's been a rough stretch for him.
Maddon: No decision on Schwarber (knee) yet 10-24-2016
Kyle Schwarber LF CHC
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that the club won't make a decision on whether Kyle Schwarber (knee) will make the World Series roster until he meets the team in Cleveland on Tuesday.

Jesse Rogers on Twitter
Maddon did say that the "reports are good" on Schwarber, who did sliding drills in Arizona on Monday before serving as the designated hitter in an AFL game. Schwarber will then fly to Cleveland and the feeling seems to be that he'll be added to the Cubs' World Series roster as long as he tells the club he feels fine. If that happens, he'll serve as the Cubs' DH for games in Cleveland and as a pinch-hitter for games in Chicago.
Arrieta planning to start Game 2 at Cleveland 10-24-2016
Jake Arrieta P CHC
Jake Arrieta said he's planning to start Game 2 of the World Series in Cleveland on Wednesday.

Patrick Mooney on Twitter
Jon Lester will open the series for the Cubs in Game 1 on Tuesday. Arrieta allowed four earned runs over five innings in the Cubs' NLCS Game 3 loss to the Dodgers and the Cubs also lost his one start in the NLDS at San Francisco, though the right-hander did pitch pretty well in that one. Kyle Hendricks will presumably follow Lester and Arrieta in Game 3 at Wrigley.
Jays will attempt to re-sign Joey Bats and EE 10-24-2016
Jose Bautista RF TOR
Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said he plans to do "everything possible" to discuss contract extensions with Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion before they officially become free agents.

Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter
The free agent period begins five days after the World Series and there's no reason for Joey Bats or EE to re-sign at this point -- so close to being able to field bids from all 30 major league teams. It's a week free agent class, and these two are among the biggest fish. Atkins did confirm Monday that Bautista and Encarnacion will be made one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offers, but those are obviously going to be rejected. Toronto can then gain top draft picks if the sluggers ultimately sign elsewhere.
Biagini could move into starting role in 2017 10-24-2016
Joe Biagini P TOR
Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said the club will speak to Joe Biagini about moving into a starting role.

Alykhan K. Ravjiani on Twitter
Biagini was one of the best finds of last year's Rule 5 Draft, posting a 3.06 ERA and 62/19 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings out of the Blue Jays' bullpen after being snatched away from the Giants. He was an effective starting pitcher in San Francisco's minor league system.
Osuna will be kept in closer role next season 10-24-2016
Roberto Osuna P TOR
Roberto Osuna will be kept in a relief role for 2017.

Alykhan K. Ravjiani on Twitter
Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins made that announcement Monday at his season-wrapping press conference in Toronto. Osuna came up through the minors as a starting pitcher, but he has quickly turned into one of the best young closers in baseball. The 21-year-old right-hander registered a 2.68 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 82/14 K/BB ratio in 74 innings during the 2016 regular season while earning 36 saves.
Jays likely to exercise option on Grilli 10-24-2016
Jason Grilli P TOR
Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said the team is planning to exercise Jason Grilli's $3 million option for 2017.

Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter
Grilli finished strong with Toronto in 2016, posting a 3.64 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 58/19 K/BB ratio over his final 42 regular-season innings before delivering 3 2/3 scoreless frames in the playoffs. The veteran right-hander will turn 40 years old in November.
Jays still discussing QO for Saunders 10-24-2016
Michael Saunders LF TOR
Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said the club is "still working through" whether to make impending free agent Michael Saunders a qualifying offer.

Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter
The qualifying offer this offseason will jump to $17.2 million from $15.8 million last year. If the Jays make that offer and Saunders rejects, the team can then gain a draft pick if he signs elsewhere. He could also accept and return for 2017 on a one-year $17.2 million deal. Saunders had a very good 2016 with Toronto, slashing .253/.338/.478 with 24 home runs in 140 games while playing primarily left field.
Lester announced as Cubs' WS Gm. 1 starter 10-24-2016
Jon Lester P CHC
Jon Lester has been announced as the Cubs' starter for Game 1 of the World Series.

Jesse Rogers on Twitter
An easy enough decision for manager Joe Maddon. Lester has registered a dominant 0.86 ERA in 21 innings (three starts) this postseason and earned co-MVP honors in the NLCS. The veteran left-hander will face off against Indians ace Corey Kluber in Game 1 on Tuesday night at Cleveland's Progressive Field.
A's re-sign Ryan Brasier to minors contract 10-24-2016
Ryan Brasier P LAA
Athletics re-signed RHP Ryan Brasier to a minor league contract.

Baseball America
Brasier last appeared in the majors in 2013, as a member of the Angels. The 29-year-old right-hander had a decent 3.56 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 70/19 K/BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings this past summer at the Triple-A level and may get a shot in Oakland's bullpen at some point in 2017.
Mariners re-sign Brad Mills to minors deal 10-24-2016
Brad Mills P OAK
Mariners re-signed LHP Brad Mills to a minor league contract.

Baseball America
Mills spent the entire 2016 season with Triple-A Tacoma, posting a 5.28 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 44 1/3 innings. He'll probably be with Tacoma for most of 2017 as well.
Steve Johnson elects to become free agent 10-24-2016
Steve Johnson P SEA
Steve Johnson has elected to become a free agent.

Baseball America
Johnson will probably struggle to find anything better than a minor league contract on the open market this winter after posting a 4.32 ERA and 1.44 WHIP over 16 2/3 innings at the major league level in 2016. He did have a 2.05 ERA in 22 innings with Triple-A Tacoma.
Nationals re-sign catcher Jhonatan Solano 10-24-2016
Jhonatan Solano C WAS
Nationals re-signed C Jhonatan Solano to a minor league contract.

Baseball America
Solano got a similar deal from the Nationals last winter and never made it up to the major leagues. He spent the entire summer at Triple-A Syracuse, batting .225/.286/.260 in 52 games.
Scott Diamond elects free agency 10-24-2016
Scott Diamond P TOR
Scott Diamond has elected free agency.

Baseball America
Diamond spent the large majority of the 2016 season with the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, where he posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 100/32 K/BB ratio across 166 innings. The left-hander will wind up somewhere new on a minor league deal.
Emmanuel Burriss elects free agency 10-24-2016
Emmanuel Burriss SS PHI
Emmanuel Burriss has elected to become a free agent.

Baseball America
Burriss was outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster at the conclusion of the 2016 regular season. The 31-year-old infielder is a .237/.300/.266 career hitter and will almost certainly have to settle for a minor league contract this winter.
Andrew Albers elects to become free agent 10-24-2016
Andrew Albers P MIN
Andrew Albers has elected free agency.

Baseball America
Albers was pushed off the Twins' 40-man roster last week and took the option of testing the open market. The left-hander holds an underwhelming 4.41 ERA in 79 2/3 career innings at the major league level.
Braves sign Joel de la Cruz to minors deal 10-24-2016
Joel De La Cruz P ATL
Braves re-signed RHP Joel de la Cruz to a minor league contract.

Baseball America
The right-hander was outrighted off the Braves' 40-man roster last week and elected to become a free agent, but he is now back with the organization on a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training next February in Florida. He had a 4.88 ERA in 22 appearances (nine starts) this past season with Atlanta.
Royals, Holland considering reunion? 10-24-2016
Greg Holland P KC
Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star suggests there could be interest in a reunion between the Royals and Greg Holland.

Kansas City Star
Holland decided to rehab on his own rather than latch on with a team after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September. Now that he's nearing full strength, the 30-year-old right-hander and his agent Scott Boras are beginning to shop around. And a return to Kansas City sounds like a real possibility. Holland was among the most dominant relievers in baseball from 2011-2014, posting a 1.86 ERA with 358 strikeouts in 256 1/3 innings while picking up 113 saves.
Nationals place Barrett on outright waivers 10-24-2016
Aaron Barrett P WAS
According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, the Nationals placed Aaron Barrett on outright waivers.

Washington Post
Barrett would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter as a Super Two qualifier and the Nationals didn't feel like giving him a salary bump after he missed the entire 2016 season following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Barrett fractured that same elbow in July while rehabbing and could miss much of 2017. He had a promising rookie year with Washington in 2014, but it's been a frustrating road since.