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  • Yoenis Cespedes signs on with Roc Nation
    Yoenis Cespedes is now represented by Roc Nation Sports.

    Advice: Cespedes was previously represented by Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, who negotiated his four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics. The Cuban slugger is just the latest high-profile baseball name to align with Roc Nation, joining Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and Rusney Castillo. Cespedes is due to become a free agent after the 2015 and is clearly preparing for a big payday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:11 pm
  • Morse to serve as Giants' DH in World Series
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Michael Morse will be the team's DH in the World Series.

    Advice: Morse didn't make a start in the NLCS, but he did slug a big game-tying home run in the Giants' series-deciding Game 5 win over the Cardinals. He missed most of September with an oblique injury, which is why he was left off the roster for the NLDS and limited to pinch-hitting duties in the Championship Series. Travis Ishikawa will be the Giants' primary left fielder in the Fall Classic against the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:50 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Taveras, Grichuk to compete for RF duties
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Monday that Oscar Taveras and Randal Grichuk should be ready to compete for the starting right field job next spring.

    Advice: Grichuk served as the Cards' primary right fielder down the stretch in 2014 and then into the playoffs while questions emerged about Taveras' work ethic and physical conditioning. Taveras is the better prospect by far and will presumably arrive in Jupiter, Florida next February in tip-top shape. He'll have big time fantasy upside if he wins the competition. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:10 am
  • Jon Jay to have scope on his left wrist
    Jon Jay will have a scope on his left wrist this week.

    Advice: The rehab for such a procedure takes 6-8 weeks, so Jay should be 100 percent healthy for the start of spring training next February. The 29-year-old batted .303 with a .372 on-base percentage in 140 games this season for St. Louis and should open 2015 as the Cardinals' primary center fielder. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:18 am
     
    W, 1-0 x @Ari
  • Waino (elbow) 'should have normal offseason'
    Adam Wainwright had his right elbow examined Friday and everything checked out "optimistically."

    Advice: That's what Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told the media at his end-of-season press conference Monday at Busch Stadium, adding that Wainwright "should have a normal offseason." Waino had one good start but two bad starts during the playoffs and there was talk of his elbow acting up. But that discomfort likely had more to do with heavy usage than anything ligament-related or structural. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:12 am
  • Cardinals, Lynn open to discussing extension
    According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals and Lance Lynn have expressed mutual interest in discussing a contract extension.

    Advice: Lynn will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and is coming off a career year which saw him register a 2.74 ERA and 181 strikeouts across 203 2/3 innings. It's risky to commit long term to any pitcher, but the Cards have money to spend and Lynn's price will only rise through arbitration if he continues on his current career trajectory. The 27-year-old has become a legitimate No. 2 starter. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:45 am
  • Tony Abreu elects to become a free agent
    Tony Abreu has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Abreu was outrighted off the Giants' 40-man roster mid-summer and will now test the open market. The 29-year-old infielder is a .254/.283/.373 career hitter in 615 plate appearances at the major league level. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:59 am
     
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    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Taijuan Walker returns home from Fall League
    Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik confirmed Sunday that Taijuan Walker has left Surprise in the Arizona Fall League to return to his home in California.

    Advice: The M's noted that he is fully healthy, and that it was a personal decision for Walker to return home. The prized right-hander was scheduled to throw 30 innings in the Fall showcase after missing time during the regular season due to a shoulder injury. He threw just nine innings, allowing a pair of runs on seven hits while posting an 11/2 K/BB ratio. He will continue his regular offseason training program and is expected to be fully ready for spring training. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Archie Bradley knocked around in AFL start
    Diamondbacks top pitching prospect Archie Bradley was knocked around in his latest Arizona Fall League start on Saturday against Mesa, surrendering seven runs (four earned) on three hits in his two-plus innings of work.

    Advice: The biggest culprit for his demise in this one was a lack of command, evidenced by four free passes in his two-plus innings. He did manage to record a pair of strikeouts before departing. The 22-year-old had difficulty after a mid-season promotion to Double-A Mobile where he registered a 4.12 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 46/36 K/BB ratio over 54 2/3 innings. Until he can deliver the ball over the plate consistently, he won't be a legitimate option to join the Diamondbacks rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
     
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    L, 1-0 vs StL
  • Robert Carson re-signed by Dodgers
    Dodgers re-signed LHP Robert Carson to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Carson spent all of this season in the minors, putting up a 5.74 ERA across three levels. He'll give the Dodgers some left-handed bullpen depth on the farm. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:04 am
     
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    L, 4-1 @Sea
  • Pedro Hernandez elects free agency
    Pedro Hernandez has elected free agency.

    Advice: Hernandez had been removed from the Rockies' 40-man roster back in August. The left-hander held an ugly 6.42 ERA at Triple-A this season and will seek out another minor league pact. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:59 am
     
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    L, 10-5 @LAD
  • Pedro Ciriaco catches on with Braves
    Braves signed INF Pedro Ciriaco to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Ciriaco had been removed from the Royals' 40-man roster. The 29-year-old infielder will presumably receive an invitation to spring training and compete for a utility job. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:48 am
     
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    W, 2-1 x @Phi
  • Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "word has spread" that the Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available for trade this offseason.

    Advice: General manager Ben Cherington said last month that the team would like to discuss an extension with Cespedes, but it seems the outfielder might prefer to play out the final year of his contract before testing free agency. Cafardo also notes that Cespedes doesn't really want to play right field "or work on his defense." The Red Sox figure to make at least one trade this winter given their glut of outfielders, and it sounds like Cespedes might be the one to go. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Tim Lincecum dealing with sore neck
    Tim Lincecum was unable to throw a scheduled bullpen session on Saturday due to a sore neck.

    Advice: It's not clear how long the neck has been bothering Lincecum, but it could partly explain why he's yet to pitch this postseason. However, the right-hander will be on the World Series roster as one of two long relievers in San Francisco's bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:27 am
     
    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • John Lackey reiterates plans to play in 2015
    John Lackey on Friday reiterated his plans to play next season.

    Advice: Some have speculated that Lackey could retire rather than play under the Cardinals' $500,000 option for next season (which kicked in after he missed the 2012 campaign following Tommy John surgery). However, Lackey, who will turn 36 later this week, fully intends to honor the final year of his contract. "Great experience here," Lackey said. "Obviously it didn’t end the way we’d like it to. No complaints at all. A lot of young guys that will be back, and they’re big contributors. Definitely don’t see why not. The reason I came here was I had every intention of playing next year." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Tribe wants Kipnis to lose weight over winter
    The Indians have given Jason Kipnis a different offseason conditioning program in hopes that he'll lose some weight and add some flexibility.

    Advice: Kipnis bulked up last winter in hopes of adding more power. The plan backfired, as his bat and foot speed both dropped, leading to a very disappointing season. A nagging oblique injury also was a major factor, but the Indians hope a slimmer Kipnis will bounce back to his All-Star form in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:46 am
     
    W, 7-2 vs x TB
  • Wainwright pitches well in no-decision
    Adam Wainwright put together a terrific effort but was saddled with a no-decision Thursday, holding the Giants to two runs over seven innings.

    Advice: Wainwright looked a little shaky early but really settled in to have easily his best showing this postseason. The tall right-hander struck out seven, allowed four hits and walked one. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny elected to pull Waino after he had thrown 97 pitches, and Pat Neshek promptly served up a game-tying homer to the first batter he faced. Wainwright dealt with elbow issues down the stretch, but there's been no indication that there's long-term concern. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Waino (elbow) 'very confident going forward'
    Adam Wainwright (elbow) told reporters Wednesday that he is "very confident going forward."

    Advice: Wainwright threw a successful bullpen session Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco in anticipation of his NLCS Game 5 start against the Giants. He has claimed that his issues in Game 1 were more mechanical than physical, but the heavily-used right-hander is quite clearly pitching at less than full strength here in mid-October. Wainwright will be facing off against Madison Bumgarner on Thursday night at AT&T Park. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:07 pm
  • Oscar Taveras admits to gaining weight
    Oscar Taveras on Tuesday admitted that he's "gained a few pounds."

    Advice: MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch says it's been speculated that Taveras has gained about 20 pounds since undergoing ankle surgery last August. "I’m a little heavy; I’ve gained a few pounds," Taveras said. "But I’m working on that, and physically I feel good." The comments come two days after Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that he hopes Taveras not starting in the playoffs would be a "wake up" for him and that the team will give him conditioning suggestions over the offseason. Taveras wants to play winter ball, but Mozeliak said getting the outfielder in better shape is a bigger priority than getting him more at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:58 pm
  • John Lackey rebounds from tough first inning
    John Lackey was charged with four runs on five hits and a walk over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Lackey had a rough first inning, leaving some balls up and allowing all four of his runs, including a bases-clearing double by Travis Ishikawa. He really settled in after that, though, allowing just one hit and a hit by pitch over the next five frames. The Cardinals battled back to tie it up and take Lackey off the hook, but they eventually fell in the 10th inning. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:49 pm
  • Jon Jay stays hot with three hits
    Jon Jay went 3-for-5 and scored two runs in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: He singled and scored the Cardinals' first run in the fourth, singled and scored again in the sixth and added one more base knock in the 10th. Jay has had a fantastic postseason as the team's main No. 2 hitter, putting together a .500/.577/.500 batting line. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:31 pm
     
    W, 1-0 x @Ari
  • Oscar Taveras belts pinch-hit homer in win
    Oscar Taveras belted a game-tying pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning on Sunday, helping to propel the Cardinals to a victory over the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Taveras, who has seen very limited playing time over the past month, entered as a pinch-hitter for the pitcher's spot in the lineup and promptly deposited a Jean Machi offering over the wall in right field to tie the game at 3-3. With his offensive potential, it wouldn't be surprising to see him replace Randall Grichuk in the starting lineup at some point in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:06 pm
  • Lynn pitches well in no-decision vs. Giants
    Lance Lynn pitched well in a no-decision against the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The hard-throwing right-hander struck out three and walked one in the ballgame. He cruised through the first four innings virtually unscathed, until Joaquin Arias got the Giants on the board with an RBI ground out in the fifth. They added an additional run on an RBI single by Hunter Pence in the sixth inning to even the score and complete the damage against him. The Cardinals will hand the ball to John Lackey in Game 3 as they look to take an advantage in the best-of-seven series. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:05 pm
  • Wainwright says his issues were mechanical
    Adam Wainwright said after Saturday's game that his right elbow is "not 100 percent, but I think it was 100 percent better than the last time I pitched."

    Advice: Waino insists that his issues against the Giants were more mechanical than physical. "Where I was at a loss was that the ball wasn't coming out like it should have, and that was because it was probably a foot behind where I normally throw," he said. "I'm normally about a foot closer to the plate when I release the ball, which makes it harder to hit, obviously, but also gives me better finish on all those balls." Wainwright has yet to go five innings in either of his two starts this postseason, but it doesn't sound like he's in any danger of being removed from the rotation. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after the game that Waino "did a nice job of fighting without his best stuff" and that the righty "goes out there and finds a way to get it done." Wainwright is lined up to start Game 5 in San Francisco, assuming the series lasts that long. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 5:56 am
  • Jay on base three times in G1 loss to Giants
    Jon Jay went 2-for-2 with a HBP in Saturday's NLCS Game 1 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Jay earned the start against a tough lefty in Madison Bumgarner with a Division Series in which he hit .455/.571/.455, and he continued to produce in the first game of the NLCS. Jay singled twice off Bumgarner, two of the four hits the southpaw allowed all night, and he was also hit by a pitch as he is wont to do. Jay is locked in as the Cards' starter in center field for the remainder of the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 8:36 pm
     
    W, 1-0 x @Ari
  • Wainwright struggles in NLCS Game 1 loss
    Adam Wainwright struggled to be effective Saturday, giving up six hits and three runs -- two earned -- in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Giants in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Wainwright seemed to quiet all the talk leading into the game about his health with a quick first inning, but the Giants scraped across two runs in the second with the help of a Matt Carpenter fielding error. Even with his defense not helping him out, Wainwright labored all night -- the right-hander walked three while striking out just two, and he needed 98 pitched to get through 4 2/3 innings. The start was the second rough outing for Wainwright this postseason, and the questions about his health will surely resurface following Saturday's unusual performance. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 8:35 pm
  • Morse (oblique) not in lineup for NLCS Game 1
    Michael Morse (oblique) is not in the Giants' lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

    Advice: Morse was healthy enough to be added to the Giants' roster for the series, but manager Bruce Bochy decided not to insert him straight into the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. His ability to play the field will go a long way toward telling whether he'll get a start in the series, but he'll likely be the first bat off the bench in pinch-hitting spots. Travis Ishikawa started in left field Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 1:59 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Michael Morse officially added to NLCS roster
    Michael Morse was officially added to the Giants NLCS roster on Saturday.

    Advice: The lone change from their roster from the Division Series is Morse taking the place of Gary Brown. It's unclear if he'll draw any starts in the series or serve as a potent right-handed stick off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 9:25 am
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Michael Morse available off bench in Game 1
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that Michael Morse will be available off the bench in Saturday's NLCS Game 1.

    Advice: Morse has been hitting in instructional league games as he recovers from a strained oblique. He'll provide a nice boost to the Giants bench. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 10, 2:29 pm
     
    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • Wainwright: Elbow issue 'being way overblown'
    Adam Wainwright said Friday that he's "fine" and that his elbow issue is "being way overblown."

    Advice: "It's fine," he said. "The problem I have is being way overblown. I'll be fine to pitch like I always do." Wainwright dealt with some tendinitis earlier this season and the issue has flared up again recently. He was bashed for six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS, but the big right-hander doesn't seem to think that the injury will be a problem going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 10, 12:08 pm
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