Free agency has started and players are being picked up and let go all around baseball.
The Diamondbacks have announced that Dave McKay will step in as their new first base coach, joining Glenn Sherlock at third, Turner Ward as hitting coach, and Alan Trammell as bench coach. They have also named ex-big leaguer Phil Nevin as the new manager of their Triple-A team.
The Blue Jays have signed Andy LaRoche and Mike Nickeas to minor league deals. Both spent time in Toronto's system and played one game apiece in 2013.
The Giants have officially declined their $6.5 million club option on Ryan Vogelsong in favor of a $300,000 buyout. It looks like there is a mutual interest to negotiate a new deal, though. They have also declined their $18 million option on Barry Zito and will pay him a $7 million buyout to finally get him off their roster after seven long years. Outfielder Andres Torres is now a free agent as well, after the Giants declined his $3 million option for a $500,000 buyout.
Tsuyoshi Wada never threw a pitch for the Orioles after signing to a two-year $8.1 million contract, but now they have declined his $5 million option on him. They could re-sign him to another deal as the lefty continues to recover from Tommy John surgery.
The Orioles have declined their $3 million option on Alexi Casilla and will receive a $200,000 buyout. He signed a $1.7 million contract in 2013, but will no go back on the open market.
The Rangers have signed Geovany Soto to a $3 million contract plus incentives for the 2014 season. It's a decent raise over his $2.75 million 2013 deal.
The Rays have exercised their team options for Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar, at $7 million and $5 million, respectively. They have also declined their $2 million option on Juan Carlos Oviedo, the former Marlins closer Leo Nunez. They will pay him a $30,000 buyout after missing the entire 2013 season recovering from 2012 Tommy John surgery.
After picking up their $6.5 million 2014 option on David DeJesus, the Rays have signed him to a $10.5 million two-year deal with an option for 2016 as well. He will make $4.25MM in 2014 and $5MM in 2015. The club option is worth $5 million with a $1 million buyout.
The Red Sox have picked up Jon Lester's $13 million 2014 option at the end of his five-year $30 million deal. They also declined their $6 million club option on left-handed specialist Matt Thornton and bought him out for $1 million.
The Reds signed outfielder Jason Bourgeois to a minor league deal after he spent the 2013 season with the Rays.
The Rockies and reliever Matt Belisle have exercised their $4.25 million mutual option to bring him back for the 2014 season.