It's that time of year. Teams are making their final roster decisions, causing the free agent pool to be re-filled with veterans who were released or opted out of their contracts after not making the team. We will keep track of all of those moves right here throughout the next week:
Mariners release Randy Wolf (3/25)
Wolf, who was signed to a minor league deal this offseason, lost out on the team's last rotation spot and was granted his release. The veteran lefty will look to latch on elsewhere after posting a 4.26 ERA in 19 innings this spring.
Nationals release Chris Young (3/25)
Young, who has reportedly been drawing trade interest from multiple clubs, was granted his release once the Nationals told him that he wasn't going to be on their major league roster. The tall righty posted a 3.48 ERA in 10.1 innings of work during spring training and is expected to sign with a new team soon.
Nationals release Jamey Carroll (3/25)
Surprisingly, the Nats told both Carroll and Tyler Moore that they didn't make the team, meaning that Carroll would become a free agent and look for a better opportunity elsewhere. Carroll hit .194 in 19 spring training games.
Mariners release Endy Chavez (3/25) - RE-SIGNED WITH MARINERS
The Mariners released Chavez along with Quintero after determining that both failed to make the major league team. Chavez hit .303 with 7 RBI in 15 spring training games, and immediately re-signed with the Mariners on a re-structured minor league deal.
Mariners release Humberto Quintero (3/25)
Quintero did not earn a spot on the Mariners' roster as a backup catcher, and was granted his release on Tuesday. He hit .292 in 14 spring training games, and will look for major league opportunities. The Mariners have expressed interested in re-signing him to a minor league deal.
Kevin Frandsen elects free agency (3/25)
After being outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster, Frandsen decided on Tuesday to pursue other opportunities as a free agent. The 31-year old has hit .280 with 4 HR and 40 RBI over the last two seasons with Philadelphia, and is likely to sign soon with a team looking for infield help.
Nationals release Mike Gonzalez (3/25)
After signing Gonzalez to a minor league deal midway through spring training, the Nationals granted him his release on Tuesday. The left-hander only appeared in four spring training games with Washington, surrendering four earned runs on seven hits in four innings of work.
Rays release Erik Bedard (3/25)
After telling the team that he would opt out over the weekend if they did not add him to the roster, Bedard was granted his release on Tuesday. The left-hander will try to earn a major league job in the next few days, and is willing to sign either as a starter or reliever. He was 2-2 with a 6.88 ERA in three starts with the Rays during spring training.
Phillies release Ronny Cedeno (3/25)
In a bit of a surprise move, the Phillies granted Cedeno his release on Tuesday. The infielder hit .182 in 13 spring training games, and lost the Phillies' backup competition to Reid Brignac and Cesar Hernandez. He will look to find a job elsewhere before Opening Day, or could return to the Phillies on a minor league deal that would not cost the team an $100K retention bonus.
Marlins release Ty Wigginton (3/25)
The Marlins released Wigginton from his minor league deal, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. The 3-year old hit .147 in 23 spring training games, and has not appeared in the major leagues since being released by the Cardinals mid-way through last season.
Nationals release Chris Snyder (3/24) - SIGNED WITH RANGERS
The Nationals announced that catcher Chris Snyder was granted his release after learning that he would not make the team. Snyder, who hit .294 with 1 HR and 5 RBI in spring training, joins Yorvit Torrealba, Kelly Shoppach and Ramon Hernandez as backstops looking for a job at this point.
Cubs release Chang-Yong Lim (3/24) - SIGNED IN KOREA
The Cubs announced that they have released Lim, the 37-year old Korean right-hander who made his major league debut last season. He had a 4.50 ERA in four spring training appearances. The Cubs later announced they have sold Lim to the Samsung Lions in Korea.
Scott Baker opts out of Mariners deal (3/24)
Baker was informed that he would not make the team's rotation, and opted out, according to a source. He posted a 6.75 ERA in four spring training starts, and refused a Triple-A assignment before becoming a free agent. The Indians and Rangers should be considered possibilities for the right-hander after they pursued him this offseason.
The Brewers decided to put Mark Reynolds and Lye Overbay on their roster as options at first base, meaning there was no room for Francisco. The versatile 26-year old will likely land a major league job with another team soon after hitting .346 with 3 HR and 6 RBI during spring training.
Braves release Freddy Garcia (3/24)
In a bit of a surprise move, the Braves decided to release Garcia instead of adding him to their Opening Day roster. He was expected to provide depth for the team after injuries to Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy, but will instead search for a major league job with another team. He has previously stated that he would rather retire than pitch at Triple-A this season.
Aaron Harang opts out of Indians deal (3/24) - SIGNED WITH BRAVES
The Indians informed Harang that he would not be making the team over the weekend, so he decided to opt out in order to try to get a major league job elsewhere. He pitched well in spring training, posting a 2-0 record and 2.00 ERA in two starts.
Cesar Izturis opts out of Astros deal (3/24)
The Astros informed Izturis that he wouldn't make the team, so he decided to opt out, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. Izturis hit .269 with 3 RBI in 13 spring training games and will try to land a job as a team's backup infielder elsewhere.
Twins release Matt Guerrier (3/24) - RE-SIGNED WITH TWINS
The Twins announced that they have released Guerrier, who they inked to a minor league deal over the winter. He posted a 6.75 ERA in four spring training appearances as he attempted to crack the Twins' roster, and will seek opportunites elsewhere.
Tsuyoshi Wada opts out of Cubs deal (3/23) - RE-SIGNED WITH CUBS
The Cubs announced that they had granted Wada his release on Sunday after signing him to a minor league deal over the winter. After signing a two-year contract with the Orioles a couple of years ago, Wada still has not appeared in the major leagues.
Giants release Tony Abreu (3/23)
Abreu had a rough spring training and was granted his release after the Giants decided that he would not be on the Opening Day roster, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Abreu was out of options and on the 40-man roster, so San Francisco had no choice but to release him once they determined he would not be on the roster.
Ramon Hernandez opts out of Royals deal (3/23)
Hernandez is opting out of his deal with the Royals after learning that he would not make the team as a backup catcher, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. He will stay in camp with the Royals to work out while pursuing other major league opportunities, but could come back to the organization with Triple-A Omaha.
Kyle Farnsworth opts out of Mets deal (3/23)
Farnsworth was told today that he will not make the roster, so he decided to opt out, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. Rubin adds that Farnsworth may stay with the Mets, as he is currently discussing a minor league deal with the team.
White Sox release Mitchell Boggs (3/23)
The White Sox released Boggs after signing him to a major league deal this winter. He lost the bullpen competition to recent-addition Maikel Cleto due to a 12.79 ERA in seven spring games.
Carlos Pena opts out of Angels deal (3/23)
The Angels announced that they have released Pena, who signed a minor league deal during the winter. He told reporters that he will still look to play this year after hitting .139 in 20 spring games.
Chad Tracy opts out of Angels deal (3/23)
The Angels announced that they have released Tracy, likely signaling that it was his decision after he was notified that he would not make the Opening Day roster. The infielder hit .303 in 17 spring training games, and will likely find a job elsewhere.
Yorvit Torrealba opts out of Angels deal (3/23)
As first reported by MLB Daily Dish, Torrealba left the Angels after being told he would not make the Opening Day roster. He is currently in search of a job, and is in talks with teams.
Jose Mijares opts out of Red Sox deal (3/23)
Mijares, who signed a minor league deal to compete for a spot in the Red Sox' bullpen this offseason, is opting out, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. He posted a 5.14 ERA in six spring training games this year.
Kameron Loe opts out of Giants deal (3/22)
The Giants granted Loe his release two days in advance of his opt-out date after informing him he would not make the team, as MLB Daily Dish first reported. The tall right-hander is open to returning to the Giants at Triple-A but will try to find a spot in a major league bullpen first.
Indians release Jeff Francoeur (3/22)
Francoeur, one of many outfielders the Indians signed this offseason, was released so he could try to find an opportunity with another club. He hit .286 with 1 HR and 10 RBI in 13 spring training games.
Astros release JD Martinez (3/22) - SIGNED WITH TIGERS
After outrighting Martinez during the offseason, the Astros decided to release him partly because of the high Triple-A salary he would command. He will likely join another team at Triple-A soon.
Indians release David Aardsma (3/20)
After informing him that he would not make their bullpen, the Indians granted Aardsma his release. Aardsma, who signed a minor league deal with the Indians in January, allowed only two earned runs over six spring training innings and will likely draw interest from teams looking for bullpen help.
Blue Jays release Luis Perez (3/19)
The Jays released Perez to make room for the recently-claimed Matt Tuiasosopo, . The 29-year old only appeared in five games last season after returning from Tommy John surgery, but was expected to be in the mix for Toronto's bullpen this spring. After deciding that they had better options to work with in the bullpen, the Jays granted Perez his release, allowing him to pursue opportunities elsewhere.