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Date Player
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.
11/3/2017 Andrew McCutchen, Pit, RF
The Pittsburgh Pirates have exercised their $14.75 million option on McCutchen. The 31-year-old, a five-time All-Star and the 2013 NL Most Valuable Player, signed a $51.5 million, six-year deal in 2012 that included the option, which had a $1 million buyout attached.

Analysis: McCutchen hit a team-high 28 homers and drove in 88 runs for the Pirates last season. He began the season in right field but returned to center after Starling Marte was suspended for 80 games for a positive drug test.
11/2/2017 Jed Lowrie, Oak, 2B
Lowrie's $6 million option for 2018 was exercised by the Athletics on Thursday.

Analysis: Lowrie had one of his best seasons, hitting .277 with 14 homers, 69 RBIs and an Oakland-record 49 doubles. His 153 games were one shy of his career-best 2013 total in his first season with the A's.
11/2/2017 Yovani Gallardo, Sea, P
The Mariners declined a 2018 contract option on Gallardo on Thursday.

Analysis: Gallardo shuttled between the starting rotation and bullpen in his one season in Seattle. Gallardo was 5-10 with a 5.72 ERA in 28 games.
11/2/2017 Hisashi Iwakuma, Sea, P
The Mariners declined a 2018 contract option on Iwakuma on Thursday.

Analysis: Iwakuma suffered through shoulder troubles for most of the season, never pitching after May 10. Iwakuma was 0-2 in six starts and had shoulder surgery in late September that will keep him from throwing until late February or early March.
11/2/2017 Miguel Sanó, Min, 3B
Sano will undergo surgery for a persistent leg injury that knocked him out for six weeks during the season.

Analysis: Sano's injury was initially diagnosed as a stress reaction, and he was sidelined during the team's drive to a wild-card playoff spot. The 24-year-old Sano came back for the final regular-season series but wasn't put on the team's postseason roster. The team announced Thursday that Sano and the team had decided surgery was the best course, and he was scheduled to undergo a procedure on Nov. 13 in New York.
11/2/2017 Justin Upton, LAA, LF
Upton is staying with the Los Angeles Angels, agreeing to a new five-year, $106 million contract.

Analysis: Upton was owed $88.5 million over the next four seasons as part of a $132.75 million, six-year deal he signed with the Detroit Tigers. Upton had the right to opt out of that deal for free agency after the World Series. With a new contract that supersedes his old deal, Upton decided to stay. He had career-highs of 35 homers and 109 RBIs last season, and he is a Gold Glove finalist in left field.
11/2/2017 Alex Wood, LAD, P
Alex Wood did not allow a hit or walk in 2.0 scoreless innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Houston Astros 5-1 on Wednesday. Wood struck out three, ending the game with a 1.17 ERA and 0.39 WHIP on the season.
11/2/2017 Francisco Liriano, Hou, P
Francisco Liriano did not allow a hit or walk in 0.1 scoreless innings as the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 on Wednesday. Liriano did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 0.00 WHIP on the season.
11/2/2017 Clayton Kershaw, LAD, P
Clayton Kershaw allowed two hits and two walks without giving up a run in 4.0 innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Houston Astros 5-1 on Wednesday. Kershaw struck out four, ending the game with a 4.02 ERA and 0.89 WHIP on the season.

Analysis: Perhaps the Dodgers are wishing they started Kershaw in Game 7, but he was on just two days' rest. Still, he pitched like an ace after struggling in Game 5.
11/2/2017 Brandon Morrow, LAD, P
Brandon Morrow did not allow a hit or walk in 0.1 scoreless innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Houston Astros 5-1 on Wednesday. Morrow struck out one, ending the game with an 8.44 ERA and 1.69 WHIP on the season.
11/2/2017 Kenley Jansen, LAD, P
Kenley Jansen walked one and didn't allow a hit in 1.0 scoreless inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Houston Astros 5-1 on Wednesday. Jansen struck out one, ending the game with a 3.12 ERA and 0.92 WHIP on the season.
11/2/2017 Chris Devenski, Hou, P
Chris Devenski did not allow a hit or walk in 0.1 scoreless innings as the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 on Wednesday. Devenski did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 7.20 ERA and 1.00 WHIP on the season.
11/2/2017 Brad Peacock, Hou, P
Brad Peacock allowed one hit and one walk without giving up a run in 2.0 innings as the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 on Wednesday. Peacock struck out two, ending the game with a 2.45 ERA and 0.95 WHIP on the season.
11/2/2017 Lance McCullers Jr., Hou, P
Lance McCullers Jr. allowed three hits without giving up a run in 2.1 innings as the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 on Wednesday. McCullers Jr. struck out three, ending the game with a 3.52 ERA and 1.43 WHIP on the season.
11/2/2017 Josh Reddick, Hou, RF
Josh Reddick went 0 for 2 Wednesday as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1. He ended the game with a .167 batting average.
11/2/2017 Charlie Morton, Hou, P
Charlie Morton improved to 1-0, allowing one run on two hits and one walk in 4.0 innings, as the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 on Wednesday. Morton struck out four, ending the game with a 1.74 ERA and 0.58 WHIP on the season.

Analysis: In what universe would it make sense for Charlie Morton to be the first pitcher in baseball history to win two Game 7s in a single postseason? This one, apparently.
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