Morning Marquee: Free agency in full swing; Giants WS parade today


The San Francisco Giants will have their World Series Parade on Halloween Friday. Maybe it’s fitting one of the team colors is orange. For many it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. For Chicago Cubs’ fans…eh, let’s not go there. But Giants fans are enjoying their third in five years. It can always change in a heartbeat, and fans know that.

Free agency is in full swing as teams have an exclusive window to re-sign or pick up options on their own players. This time of year is when the free agent picture will become more clear as teams opt not to sign players, and the pool gets a little bit deeper.

The Boston Red Sox re-signed their closer Koji Uehara to a two-year deal, answering one of many questions the last place Sox have heading into 2015. The volatile business of closers makes this a good signing for the Red Sox, who also have Edward Mujica as a safety net should Uehara struggle.

The Baltimore Orioles exercised options on Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O’Day, keeping two key pieces of the pitching staff in place. As expected, the O’s declined the option on Nick Markakis, and catcher Nick Hundley as well. Markakis’ option was worth $17.5 million, Hundley’s was $5 million. Both will now be free agents with playoff experience.

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  • The St. Louis Cardinals brought back John Lackey, exercising an option to bring him back at the league minimum. Lackey, who had a contract clause with the Red Sox that locked him into the minimum deal if he missed any significant time due to injury during his five-year deal. He missed the 2012 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

    The Cubs made several roster moves, cleaning up the 40-man roster. The Cubs outrighted Chris Valaika, Ryan Kalish, and Josh Vitters, who all cleared waivers and were assigned to Triple-A Iowa. James McDonald chose to become a free agent after seeing very little time with the Cubs.

    Here’s all the news from yesterday:

    ‘Chicago Cubs outright three; decline Kyuji Fujikawa’s option’ – Cubbies Crib

    ‘Koji Uehara re-signs with Boston Red Sox on two-year deal’ – BoSox Injection

    ‘St. Louis Cardinals exercise option to bring back John Lackey’ – Redbird Rants

    ‘Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O’Day are staying in Baltimore’ – Birds Watcher

    ‘Giants’ World Series victory parade slated for today’ –