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  • Rich Hill could earn 3-year, $45 million contract
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe suggests Rich Hill could be in line for a three-year, $45 million deal in free agency.

    Advice: It would be a hefty raise for Hill, who earned $6 million this past season. He's certainly earned it. The 36-year-old pitched to a marvelous 2.12 ERA in 20 starts for the Dodgers and A's this year, though blister issues and a minor groin injury limited him to just 20 starts. It's possible the Dodgers could extend a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to Hill, though Cafardo believes he would reject it given the dearth of starting pitching available this offseason. 32 minutes ago
  • Cafardo: Nats to 'go hard' for Mark Melancon
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Nationals are expected to "go hard" for Mark Melancon in free agency.

    Advice: Melancon was dominant in his two-month stretch with Washington, converting 17-of-18 save chances to go with a magnificent 1.82 ERA. The soon-to-be free agent should have a robust market this winter, so the Nats will have to pay top dollar to retain him. Per Cafardo, Melancon would welcome being used in an Andrew Miller-type role as long as he earns closer money. Cafardo believes Melancon could draw interest from the Red Sox, who he played for in 2012. 41 minutes ago
  • Tigers will look to trade Upton this offseason
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Tigers will attempt to dump Justin Upton's salary this winter.

    Advice: In other words, he's available for trade. Upton, who is just one year into a six-year contract, carries a partial no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to 20 teams. The 29-year-old matched a career-high with 31 homers this past season, though Upton's .246 average was his lowest since 2007. He also struck out 179 times, which was fourth-most in the major leagues. Despite finishing just 2.5 games out of a playoff spot this year, Olney said the Tigers will listen to trade offers for anyone including Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera. Today, 1:36 pm
  • All in: Toles batting leadoff for NLCS Game 6
    Andrew Toles will start in left field and bat leadoff for the Dodgers Saturday against the Cubs in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Toles didn't start Game 5 with lefty Jon Lester on the mound but he's back in there Saturday versus right-hander Kyle Hendricks. The rookie has had a marvelous postseason, hitting .368 with two RBI over 10 contests. Toles saw just one at-bat out of the leadoff spot during the regular season. The Dodgers' full Game 6 lineup is as follows: Andrew Toles LF, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Chase Utley 2B and Clayton Kershaw P. Today, 1:10 pm
  • Jason Heyward not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: With world-class left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the hill for the Dodgers, Heyward will take a seat on the pine in favor of Albert Almora Jr. Here's the full lineup for the Cubs as they look to defeat Clayton Kershaw and advance to the World Series: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Javy Baez 2B, Willson Contreras C, Addison Russell SS, Albert Almora Jr RF, Kyle Hendricks P. Today, 12:13 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber could DH in World Series
    According to Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic, Kyle Schwarber could serve as the Cubs' designated hitter should they advance to the World Series.

    Advice: Schwarber will begin playing in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday. If he proves his health over the next couple of days there and the Cubs advance past the Dodgers, there's a very real possibility that Schwarber (who is the club's all-time leader in postseason home runs with five) could return. Today, 11:14 am
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Kyle Schwarber to play in Arizona Fall League
    Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Kyle Schwarber will play in the Arizona Fall League to continue his recovery from knee surgery.

    Advice: He's expected to debut for the Mesa Solar Sox on Saturday. The 23-year-old missed nearly the entire 2016 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. He is well ahead of schedule in his recovery and has shown gradual improvement in his agility drills over the past month. He remains a big part of the Cubs' plans heading into the 2017 season. Today, 10:46 am
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Carter Capps ahead of schedule in recovery
    Carter Capps (elbow) is reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and could be ready for the start of the 2017 season.

    Advice: The hard-throwing right-hander has been throwing aggressively for nearly a month now. A dominant arm in the late innings, Capps could be looked at as a solution in the ninth inning for the Padres in 2017. Today, 10:33 am
    60-Day DL
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Vargas will pitch in Mexican Winter League
    The Padres announced Saturday that Cesar Vargas (elbow) will pitch in the Mexican Winter League.

    Advice: The right-hander missed the final four months of the regular season due to a flexor strain in his pitching elbow. He posted a 5.03 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 28/15 K/BB ratio across 34 innings before the injury struck. Today, 10:29 am
    60-Day DL
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Cosart undergoes successful elbow surgery
    The Padres announced Saturday that Jarred Cosart underwent successful surgery to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow.

    Advice: The bone spur in his elbow caused Cosart to miss his final two starts of the regular season. He'll be sidelined for the next six weeks before he's able to resume throwing. The club believes that he'll be fully recovered and ready to go for the start of spring training. Today, 10:25 am
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Padres remain hopeful Rea can avoid surgery
    According to AJ Cassavell of, the Padres remain hopeful that Colin Rea will be able to avoid Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: He's trying the path of rest, rehab and platelet-rich plasma injections instead of opting for surgery and everything appears to be progressing nicely. Cassavell notes that he's about three weeks away from facing live hitters. The Padres are mulling their potential options for Rea, which could include sending him to the Arizona Fall League or winter ball to get some work in. Today, 7:01 am
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Braves could still be interested in McCann
    Mark Bowman of speculates that the Braves could reconsider approaching the Yankees about trading for Brian McCann this offseason.

    Advice: The Braves are in the market for another catcher to pair with Tyler Flowers, and with the free agent market looking quite barren in terms of quality backstops, a reunion with McCann continues to make sense. The Yankees, who demanded either Mike Foltynewicz or Ender Inciarte the last time these two squads discussed a deal, will have to lower their asking price if a deal is to be consummated. Today, 6:56 am
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
  • Ian Desmond not ruling out return to Nats
    According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, neither Ian Desmond nor the Nationals have ruled out a potential reunion this offseason.

    Advice: The Nationals are in the market for a right-handed power bat, preferably that could play center field, and Desmond certainly fits the bill as one of the top hitters on the market. After seven seasons with the Nats, Desmond left to sign a one-year deal with the Rangers last winter, rebuilding his value with a tremendous .285/.335/.446 slash line with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases. Yesterday, 6:52 pm
    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Trevor Bauer (finger) gets additional suture
    Trevor Bauer will be given additional suture work on his lacerated right pinky in hopes of preventing it from bleeding.

    Advice: Bauer lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his NLCS Game 3 start after the cut on his finger opened up. He's confident that he'll be able to make a start during the World Series, but then again he also expressed confidence going into his NLCS start. It remains a cloudy situation for now, but more information on his status should be available over the weekend. Yesterday, 12:09 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Royals sign Onelki Garcia to minors deal
    Royals signed LHP Onelki Garcia to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Garcia, 27, spent this past season in the Mexican League and hasn't appeared in the majors since 2013. He's merely a depth addition. Yesterday, 12:02 pm
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    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Lester goes seven IP as Cubs win NLCS Gm 5
    Jon Lester fired seven innings of one-run ball as the Cubs topped the Dodgers 8-4 in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cubs are now just one win away from their first trip to the World Series since 1945. The Dodgers were determined to try to get in Lester’s head, but it just didn’t happen. The lone run scored on a ground out in the fourth inning. The veteran left-hander allowed just five hits in all while walking just one batter and striking out six. He has compiled a 0.86 ERA and 14/2 K/BB ratio in 21 innings over three starts this postseason. Thursday, 9:27 pm
  • Bauer (finger) expects to be ready for the WS
    Trevor Bauer said he expects his sliced right pinkie to heal in time for the World Series.

    Advice: Cleveland has a long layoff after beating the Blue Jays in five games in the ALCS, which might mess with some players but should be a great benefit to Bauer. He suffered a deep cut on the pinkie of his throwing hand last week while cleaning a remotely controlled drone and he had to exit Monday's ALCS Game 3 start in Toronto after just two-thirds of an inning because he couldn't stop bleeding. "I'll be ready to pitch in the World Series whenever they need me," Bauer told reporters on Wednesday. "I'm doing everything I can and I'll be back out there for sure." Thursday, 8:33 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Dodgers keep lineup the same for NLCS Game 4
    Andrew Toles will again start in left field and bat eighth for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Same lineup the Dodgers have been tossing out there since Game 2. They are looking to push the Cubs to the brink of elimination and will trot out southpaw Julio Urias to aid that cause, opposed by veteran hurler John Lackey. The Dodgers lineup for Game 4: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal, Andrew Toles LF, Julio Urías P. Wednesday, 2:13 pm
  • Francona hoping Bauer (finger) a pen option
    Prior to Game 5 of the ALCS, Indians manager Terry Francona said that he hoped that Trevor Bauer (finger) could be an option out of the bullpen should the series elongate.

    Advice: "[We want] to look and see if he's potentially a guy that could pitch out of the bullpen later in this series. I don't know if that's realistic or not," Francona said. Bauer was forced to exit in the first inning of Game 3 after a laceration on his right pinkie opened up. Francona relayed that the cut would be reexamined by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham while the Indians are in Toronto. Wednesday, 1:25 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Hill stellar over six, Dodgers take NLCS lead
    Rich Hill shut out the Cubs over six innings Tuesday in the Dodgers' 6-0 NLCS Game 3 victory.

    Advice: Hill was sensational, yielding just two walks and two hits -- both singles -- while striking out six. He ran into a bit of trouble in the top of the second, but the crafty left-hander was able to strand Anthony Rizzo at third base and Jorge Soler at second base with a strikeout of Addison Russell and a groundout from Miguel Montero. Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton, and closer Kenley Jansen combined to finish off the shutout. It's the first time in history the Cubs have been shut out in consecutive postseason games. Los Angeles leads 2-1 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. Tuesday, 8:30 pm
  • Jason Heyward not in lineup for Game 3
    Jason Heyward is not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Heyward will take a seat against left-hander Rich Hill. The 27-year-old hit just .207/.300/.286 against southpaws this season. Jorge Soler will make the start in right field while Javier Baez will slide into the No. 5 spot in the order. The full lineup for the Cubs: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Ben Zobrist LF, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Baez 2B, Soler RF, Addison Russell SS, Miguel Montero C, Jake Arrieta SP. Tuesday, 12:57 pm
  • Toles starting in LF again in NLCS Game 3
    Andrew Toles will start in left field and bat eighth again in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is going with the same lineup he used in the Game 2 victory. Toles is 4-for-13 (.314) with an RBI double this postseason. The full lineup: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian González 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Toles LF, Rich Hill SP. Jake Arrieta will start for Chicago. Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Indians not ruling out Bauer for rest of ALCS
    The Indians aren't ruling out Trevor Bauer (finger) being available to pitch for them in a potential Game 6 or 7 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Bauer had to depart Monday's Game 3 start after just two-thirds of an inning when the cut on his right pinky opened up. Given how bad it looked, it's hard to imagine the finger being in good enough shape to handle pitching later this week. However, the Indians apparently aren't ruling it out. Ideally, they'd obviously love to close out the Blue Jays as quick as possible and give Bauer plenty of rest before the World Series. Monday, 9:22 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Bauer (finger) exits after 2/3 of an inning
    Trevor Bauer departed Monday's ALCS Game 3 against the Blue Jays after two-thirds of an inning when the stitches in his right pinky came loose.

    Advice: Bauer had his start pushed back after cutting his finger while repairing his drone, and he couldn't make it through one inning even after the extra time to heal. There was blood pouring out of the finger and he simply couldn't go on, as he was pulled with two outs and two runners on. His status for the rest of the ALCS and perhaps the World Series (should the Indians make it) is very much in question. Corey Kluber is now looking likely to start Game 4 on short rest, with Ryan Merritt going in Game 5. Monday, 5:39 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Dodgers start nearly all left-handed hitters
    Andrew Toles will start in left field and bat eighth for the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: Justin Turner is the only batter that Kyle Hendricks will face from the right side of the plate. Here's how the full lineup shakes out for Dave Roberts' club: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Toles LF, Clayton Kershaw P. Sunday, 1:28 pm
  • Trevor Bauer (finger) has played catch twice
    Trevor Bauer has played catch twice since suffering a lacerated right pinky finger while repairing his drone.

    Advice: Bauer was pushed back from Game 2 to Game 3 of the ALCS following the incident, but the Indians expect him to be fine to pitch Monday in Toronto. The club will obviously keep a close eye on him to make sure the injury isn't affecting him at all. "The first concern is that you hope it doesn't interfere with his touch and feel to pitch," said manager Terry Francona. "I don't think that's an issue because he's already thrown twice. Then we have to make sure that the thing doesn't open up to where it's bleeding, because they won't let him pitch." Sunday, 6:35 am
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Jon Lester yields one run in no-decision
    Jon Lester pitched well in a no-decision, allowing four hits, one run and one walk in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: He also recorded three strikeouts. Miguel Montero’s late-inning heroics will grab the headlines and rightly so, but Lester was tremendous on Saturday and should have gotten the win. The only run he allowed came on a solo shot by Andre Ethier that would have stayed in the yard if the wind wasn’t blowing out to left field. Cubs manager Joe Maddon made a somewhat questionable decision by lifting Lester for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. The Cubs were ahead at the time and Lester was only at 77 pitches. Lester has been a postseason stud since his Boston days and has continued that trend as a member of the Cubs. Barring a Cubs sweep, he’ll get the ball again in Game 5. Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • Hill announced as Dodgers' Game 3 starter
    Updating an earlier report, Rich Hill will start Tuesday against the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS.

    Advice: He'll be going on normal rest after pitching Thursday in Game 5 of the NLDS against Washington. This also puts Hill in line to start Game 7, if necessary. Hill did not pitch against the Cubs during the regular season. Clayton Kershaw will start Game 2 for the Dodgers while manager Dave Roberts has yet to announce who will pitch in Game 4. Saturday, 3:07 pm
  • Rich Hill expects to pitch Game 3 of NLCS
    Rich Hill said he'll be available to start Tuesday against the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Hill has been excellent when healthy but has battled blister problems all year and was lifted after only 2 2/3 innings Thursday in Game 5 of the NLDS against Washington. He made it through Saturday's bullpen session without issue, which should put him in line to start Tuesday's Game 3. "I could pitch today," said Hill. "It's all hands on deck." Hill went 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA over two starts in the Division Series. Saturday, 2:39 pm
  • Trevor Bauer (pinky) pushed back to Game 3
    Trevor Bauer's first start of the ALCS has been pushed back to Game 3 after he suffered a non-baseball injury to his right pinky.

    Advice: Bauer apparently cut the outside of his pinky while repairing his drone. Seriously. He'll get a couple extra days to heal and will start the first game in Toronto, with Josh Tomlin moving up to start Game 2 in Cleveland. Corey Kluber is opposing Marco Estrada in Game 1 on Friday. Friday, 12:07 pm
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Hill pulled in third inning against Nationals
    Rich Hill lasted just 2 2/3 innings in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: Hill was going on short rest in a do-or-die game, so he wasn’t expected to work deep into this one, but the Dodgers ideally would have gotten more from him. They ended up winning anyway. Hill threw 55 pitches while giving up three hits and two walks (one intentional). Six of his eight outs were via the strikeout. Thursday, 9:57 pm
  • Jon Lester to start Game 1 of NLCS for Cubs
    Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday in Chicago.

    Advice: Cubs manager Joe Maddon made that announcement Thursday in a chat with the media at Wrigley Field. Tuesday night's comeback win in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Giants was huge for Chicago's rotation alignment leading into the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. Kyle Hendricks likely takes Game 2, with Jake Arrieta handling Game 3 and John Lackey on tap for Game 4. Lester pitched eight innings of shutout ball in his one Division Series appearance versus San Francisco. Thursday, 1:14 pm
  • Rich Hill confirmed as LAD's Game 5 starter
    Rich Hill will start Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday against the Nationals, the Dodgers confirmed.

    Advice: Hill announced to reporters that he would be the Game 5 starter following Tuesday's Game 4 victory, and now it is official. The veteran left-hander allowed four runs on two walks and six hits over 4 1/3 innings in the Dodgers' NLDS Game 2 loss at Washington. He'll try to out-pitch Max Scherzer in Thursday night's loser-goes-home matchup at Nationals Park. Thursday, 8:38 am
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