The Royals pick up Wade Davis’ option

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Here’s a no-brainer: The Royals exercised Wade Davis’ $7 million option for 2015.

Davis was one of the biggest reasons the Royals went as far as they did this season, posting a 1.00 ERA and 109/23 K/BB ratio over 72 innings. Combined with Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland, he helped form part of the best bullpen in baseball.

Of course there’s no guarantee when or where he’ll pitch in 2015, as the Royals’ surplus of relievers could make for many attractive trade options if Dayton Moore sees fit to pursue them. He basically has three closers now. If he flipped one of them for some offensive help Davis could be dealt or could become the team’s closer.

Cardinals sign Matt Wieters to one-year, $2 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.

Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.

Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.