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Cardinals have officially declined the team option on Matt Holliday.

Added 11/04/16 8:53 pm (EST)   Source
This was an expected move, as the Cardinals had the choice between a $1M buyout or $17M option on Holliday for 2017. Simply put, the aging star did not produce at a level anywhere near worth that $17M price tag. In the 2016 regular season, Holliday posted a .782 OPS, the lowest of his 13-year career, with 20 homers and 20 doubles across 426 plate appearances. The seven-time All-Star appears to have some pop left in his bat, but he is clearly not the slugger he once was.
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Murray left Tuesday's spring training game with what appeared to be a lower back injury, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Added 5:47 am (EST)
It was a tough day for Murray, who was also told he would not earn a roster spot with the Phillies. He will join the bullpen at Triple-A Lehigh Valley once healthy.
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Liberatore was optioned to minor league camp Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Added Yesterday 11:26 pm (EST)
This moves comes as somewhat of a surprise, as 29-year-old posted a solid 3.38 ERA over 42.2 innings out of the Dodgers' bullpen in 2016. It appears that the team will rely on Luis Avilan as their top left-handed reliever, with Liberatore opening the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Josh Fields Headshot

Fields was optioned to minor league camp Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Added Yesterday 11:20 pm (EST)
Acquired at the 2016 trade deadline from the Astros, Fields posted a 2.79 ERA over 19.1 innings out of the Dodger bullpen. He was expected to rejoin the team's Opening Day roster in 2017, but a rough spring camp in which he posted a 9.72 ERA over 8.1 innings ultimately led the Dodgers to option him to the minor leagues. The 31-year-old will likely open the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
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X-ray results on Hernandez's injured right wrist came back negative Tuesday, Bill Plunkett os the Orange County Register reports.

Added Yesterday 11:07 pm (EST)
It appears that Hernandez and the Dodgers dodged a bullet after the utility man was hit by a pitch on the wrist during Tuesday's game. It's possible that he'll experience some bruising or discomfort, but likely won't need to miss extended time. He'll remain a valuable reserve piece for the Dodgers entering the 2017 season.
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Cervelli (foot) went 0-for-3 during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.

Added Yesterday 11:00 pm (EST)
Cervelli was scratched from Saturday's lineup after the foot discomfort that had plagued him earlier in camp re-emerged. His return to the lineup Tuesday was an encouraging sign, but this continues to be a situation worth monitoring as the 31-year-old backstop dealt with a similar injury during the 2016 regular season.
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Smyly will pitch in the series finale of the season-opening four-game set against the Astros as per manager Scott Servais, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Added Yesterday 9:56 pm (EST)
The southpaw will follow Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and James Paxton in that series, and he'll tune up for his debut by starting and pitching two innings in Friday's Cactus League tilt against the Rockies. Smyly will look to head into the regular season with some momentum after giving up five earned runs on six hits and four walks over four innings against the Reds last Sunday.
Daniel Murphy Headshot

Murphy will serve as the designated hitter in a minor league game Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.

Added Yesterday 9:26 pm (EST)
The star second baseman has been sidelined with an illness the past two days and has only appeared in eight Grapefruit League games this spring. Murphy is looking to get some additional at-bats at the minor league level before the regular season kicks off next week.
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Smith, a 2016 Rule 5 draft selection, did not make the Cubs' Opening Day roster and will be returned to the Yankees.

Added Yesterday 9:19 pm (EST)
Per the guidelines of the Rule 5 draft, Smith had to make the Cubs' active roster in order to remain in their organization. The defending World Series champions decided to cut ties with the 25-year-old, so he will begin the 2017 campaign as a Yankees minor-leaguer. The left-hander posted a 3.96 ERA over 63.2 innings at Double-A Trenton in 2016.
A.J. Ellis Headshot

Ellis (hamstring) went 1-for-3 with a run scored during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.

Added Yesterday 9:11 pm (EST)
Ellis missed extended time with a hamstring strain this spring but seems to have made a full recovery as he played five innings in a minor league game over the weekend and started Tuesday's Grapefruit League contest. He'll open the season as the primary backup catcher to J.T. Realmuto.
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Peralta (knee) went 2-for-2 in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.

Added Yesterday 9:03 pm (EST)
Peralta exited Saturday's game early after fouling a pitch off of his knee. The X-rays came back negative and after a couple of days off, he was able to suit up Tuesday. He's slated to begin the 2017 campaign as the Cardinals' top third baseman, though he's expected to split time with Jedd Gyorko.
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