The Rockies made the expected move Friday by exercising their $2.25 million option for 2015 for right-handed closer LaTroy Hawkins, who reached his 1,000th career appearance this past season and continued to pitch effectively.
Catcher John Baker played in San Diego when Rick Renteria was on the coaching staff, and the two were reunited in Chicago this past season. Baker, well aware of the business side of the game, was saddened at the news that Renteria was dismissed Friday as Cubs manager.
With the World Series wrapping up, it's time to light the fire on the Hot Stove season, the first for the D-backs under the leadership of Tony La Russa, Dave Stewart and De Jon Watson.
Chad Billingsley became a free agent on Friday when the Dodgers bought the right-handed pitcher out of his $14 million option for $3 million.
Though Pablo Sandoval professed his love for the Giants, the third baseman's ardor apparently isn't all-encompassing, given his willingness to consider other free-agency options. "I'm going to go where my heart tells me," Sandoval said Friday after the Giants celebrated their third World Series title in five seasons with a confetti-showered parade through downtown San Francisco.