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Indians decline Raburn option on busy Hot Stove Day

Raburn one among many new MLB free agents

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Indians Ryan Raburn becomes free agent | indians.com - On Wednesday, the Indians declined Raburn's $3 million team option for 2016, electing instead to buy out his contract for $100,000. As a result, the 34-year-old Raburn joins Mike Aviles, Gavin Floyd and Ryan Webb as free agents this offseason.

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Jonathan Lucroy honored for helping veterans | MLB.com - Lucroy was honored for those contributions as he received the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award in a ceremony on Wednesday night at the U.S. Navy Memorial.

The Brewers were paid by the military for "God Bless America" performances | HardballTalk - Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake released a report on "paid patriotism" at sporting events today. The Indians are on the list.

Which teams are under the most pressure this winter? - For some teams -- be it because of the expectations of their market, the look of their roster or the demands of their division -- the winter will be more pressure-packed than it is for others. Here are 11 clubs that should have a particularly eventful offseason.

White Sox decline $10 million option on shortstop Alexei Ramirez | HardballTalk - He's been Chicago's starter since 2008.

Alex Rios, Jeremy Guthrie are free agents | MLB.com - As expected, the Royals declined options on right-hander Jeremy Guthrie and right fielder Alex Rios on Wednesday. The move will have financial benefits to the Royals' payroll: Rios made $9.5 million this season while Guthrie made $9 million.

Ranking this offseason's top 10 baseball free agents. - Free-agency guessing games are always fun, so let's do some ranking. Here are the top 10 free agents in baseball this offseason, based on "WAPA WAR score," which takes recent performance, age and the slightly higher demand for pitching into account.