CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Grady Sizemore #24 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after striking out during the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on September 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
The big news of the day is Tony Larussa's surprising-but-not-surprising retirement, but there's plenty other action happening around the league. Today we'll see a lot of option exercising and option declining, a little speculation (Pujols and Fielder rumors should be getting white-hot over the coming days/weeks), and a look forward to Thursday, when teams can start signing free agents.
Here's some of what we're sitting on from the past 24 hours:
Dodgers have most free agents, four days of exclusivity to re-sign - latimes.com
"The Dodgers have the most free agents in baseball, and have until Wednesday night before the exclusive window to re-sign them expires."
Jim Thome, Kosuke Fukudome, Chad Durbin are among the first 148 players to file for free agency - cleveland.com
"If the Indians don't exercise Sizemore's option, Fukudome could be re-signed. The Indians will make a decision on Sizemore's $9 million option on Monday. It would be a surprise if Durbin is re-signed. The Indians have several promising young relievers who could take his spot." <-- Note that Sizemore's option was declined today.
Three Florida Marlins declared free agents; signing period starts Thursday – Sun-Sentinel
"Greg Dobbs, Jose Lopez and Javier Vazquez were declared free agents along with 145 other major leaguers on Sunday morning."
Davey Johnson to manage Nationals next season - MLB.com
"The Nationals announced on Monday that they have exercised manager Davey Johnson's option for the 2012 season."
Shields, Farnsworth have options for 2012 on the table - MLB.com
"The Rays will begin building their roster for 2012, but first the club must decide whether to pick up the options on James Shields, Kyle Farnsworth and Kelly Shoppach."