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Sandoval, Headley On Boston's Wish List

The Boston Red Sox are in need of more production at third base and are prioritizing Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley, according to sources.

The Red Sox may also look at Aramis Ramirez if he can become a free agent, but a return to the Milwaukee Brewers is rumored.

Sandoval and Headley are both free agents with the incumbent teams both interested in re-signing them.

Via Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Royals To Decline Butler's $12M Option

The Kansas City Royals are expected to decline Billy Butler's $12 million option for next season.

Butler has said that he would love to remain with the Royals, but he would have to re-sign for less in order to do so.

The 28-year-old hit .271/.323/.379 with nine home runs in 603 plate appearances this season.

Via Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Angels Keep Huston Street At $7M

The Los Angeles Angels have picked up Huston Street's $7 million option for next season.

The Angels acquired Street from the San Diego Padres on July 19. He picked up 17 saves with a 1.71 ERA for Los Angeles.


Kevin Youkilis Retires

Kevin Youkilis has decided to retire from baseball, according to his agent.

Youkilis played parts of nine seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was a part of World Series teams in 2004 and 2007.

He also spent time with the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees before finishing his career in Japan.

Youkilis had a .281 batting average with 150 homers and 618 RBIs in his Major League career. He also walked 539 times, earning him the nickname "Euclis, the Greek God of Walks," in the book "Moneyball."

Via Associated Press

Padres Decline $4M Option On Josh Johnson

The San Diego Padres have declined a $4 million option on Josh Johnson for the 2015 season.

Johnson suffered an elbow injury during spring training and underwent reconstructive surgery. He made $8 million despite not throwing a pitch this past season.

Via Associated Press

Bumgarner, Russell Wilson Were Once Teammates

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was rooting for the San Francisco Giants and former teammate Madison Bumgarner in the World Series.

"We were roommates at the [2007] East-West Showcase coming out of high school for the top 100 [baseball] players [in the nation],'' Wilson said. "I've gotten to know him over the past few years, but not been in touch with him lately. But we played on the same team and I think we won it all that showcase.''

Wilson, who like Bumgarner and Buster Posey grew up on the lower East Coast, also played against the catcher.

"He's a big guy and can really throw it," Wilson said of Bumgarner. "I'm excited for him. I used to play against [Giants catcher] Buster Posey too, so to watch those two guys [win the World Series] was pretty special."

Via Terry Blount/ESPN

Nationals Keep Span; Decline Options On LaRoche, Soriano

The Washington Nationals have exercised their $9 million option on Denard Span for the 2015 season.

Washington declined options on Adam LaRoche and Rafael Soriano.

Span hit .302 with 31 steals and tied for first in the National League with a franchise record 184 hits this past season.

LaRoche's deal included a $15 million mutual optional for next season, but Washington instead chose to pay him a $2 million buyout.

Soriano's contract included a $14 million club option for 2015.

Via Associated Press

Orioles To Keep Chen, O'Day; Declines Options On Markakis, Hundley

The Baltimore Orioles have exercised options on Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O'Day for next season.

Also, the club announced that they have declined contract options on Nick Markakis and Nick Hundley.

Chen will make $4.75 million, while O'Day will take home $4.25 million in 2015.

Markakis would have made $17.5 million. Hundley had an option at $5 million.

Via Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Haren Exercises $10M Option With Dodgers

Dan Haren has exercised his $10 million player option for next season.

The right-hander, 34, was 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA in his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I've pitched good enough to deserve that," he said last month. "It's a ton of money."

Via Associated Press

Cardinals Exercise Lackey's Bargain Option

The St. Louis Cardinals have exercised their 2015 option on John Lackey, which is for the Major League minimum.

Lackey, 36, agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million contract with Boston in December 2009 that contained a provision for a conditional team option at the minimum if he missed a season due to specified injury.

He did not pitch in 2012 after reconstructive elbow surgery.

The minimum next year will be $500,000 plus a cost-of-living adjustment.

Via Associated Press