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  • Dodgers unlikely to break the bank for Turner
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that while the Dodgers "love" impending free agent Justin Turner, they could let him walk if another team bids big on him.

    Advice: Heyman says that the Dodgers "are very cognizant of age generally" and if another team blows Turner away with an offer, "it’s no certainty they’ll match it." Turner, who will turn 32 in a month, hit an excellent .296/.364/.492 in his three years in Los Angeles and slugged a career-high 27 home runs in 2016. The Dodgers will extend him a qualifying offer, so they'll recoup a draft pick if they lose him. Today, 5:28 am
  • Anthony Rizzo homers in NLCS clicher
    Anthony Rizzo delivered two hits including a solo home run Saturday in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Rizzo reached on a two-base error in the first inning on a fly ball that should have been caught by left fielder Andrew Toles. He doubled into the ivy in center field in his next at-bat before mashing a goliath blast in the fifth inning for his second homer of the postseason. Prior to that at-bat, Clayton Kershaw hadn’t allowed a home run to a lefty in over a year. Rizzo was ice cold in the NLDS (1-for-15 with four strikeouts) but caught fire in the NLCS, hitting .320 for the series with five RBI. Rizzo and the Cubs will face Cleveland in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. Yesterday, 8:21 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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. Yesterday, 6:56 am
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
  • Olney: Tigers will listen to offers on anyone
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Tigers "will listen to trade offers on everybody" this offseason.

    Advice: The report comes after general manager Al Avila said earlier this week that the club needs to slash some payroll. Olney cautions that "there's a big difference between listening to offers and executing trades" and adds that the Tigers aren't expected to go through "a full-blown fire sale." However, he does note that the team is willing to at least talk about trading such stars as Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander, along with essentially everyone else on the roster (other than a guy like Michael Fulmer, who will be cheap for a while). It looks like Detroit will be very active this winter. Friday, 8:58 am
  • Cubs muffle Adrian Gonzalez in Game 4
    Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a single in Wednesday's NLCS Game 4 loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Gonzalez drove in three runs over the first two games of the NLCS, but the Cubs have kept him in check over the last two. In Games 3 and 4, he has gone a combined 1-for-8. The veteran slugger will try to help his club to a 3-2 series advantage when he faces off with Jon Lester in Game 5 on Thursday. Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Justin Turner picks up two-run single in loss
    Justin Turner went 1-for-3 with a two-run single in Wednesday's 10-2 loss to the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Turner came through with a two-run single in the fifth inning to draw the Dodgers to within 5-2. The Cubs then roared back with a five-run sixth to essentially end the possibility of any true comeback drama. The 31-year-old third baseman has picked up a hit in three of four games this series. He belted a solo home run in Game 3 for his lone LCS homer. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Rizzo homers as Cubs offense lurches to life
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a two-run single in Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The Cubs had been shut out in each of their last two games. They started out Wednesday's Game 4 in slow fashion, too, before finally revving to life with four runs in the fourth inning. Rizzo didn't strike in that frame, but came through with a solo homer off Pedro Baez to open the fifth. Prior to launching that homer, Rizzo was just 2-for-28 this postseason. The dinger was his third career postseason homer and his first this year. He later picked up a two-run single, too, a nice sign for the Cubs as they head into Game 5. Wednesday, 9:20 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Encarnacion fans twice in season-ender
    Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Indians in Game 5 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Encarnacion struggled during the ALCS for the most part, managing just four hits in 19 at-bats. With the defeat, the Blue Jays now enter the offseason facing several big question marks. Encarnacion is one of those. The veteran slugger is set to enter free agency after posting a monster 2016 campaign, slashing .263/.357/.529 with 42 homers and 127 RBI over 601 at-bats. Wednesday, 4:01 pm
  • Santana cracks solo homer off Estrada
    Carlos Santana rocked a solo home run off Marco Estrada in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Santana connected for a solo shot in the third inning to boost the Indians to a 2-0 advantage. Coco Crisp would rap a solo homer of his own one frame later to supply the final run in the 3-0 pennant-clincher. For his part, Santana is now 5-for-29 (.169) in the postseason. He homered twice in the ALCS, also bopping a solo home run in Game 2. Wednesday, 3:55 pm
  • Bell expected to see time between 1B/OF
    The Pirates expect Josh Bell to be ready for infield and outfield duties when he reports to spring training.

    Advice: Bell, 24, hit .273/.368/.406 with three homers and 19 RBI over 152 plate appearances as a rookie this year while splitting time between first base and right field. The Pirates could end up trading an outfielder and John Jaso is also being prepped to play other positions, but Bell plans to be ready for all possible outcomes. "That's going to be my main focus, making sure I'm more versatile next year," said Bell. "You have a few guys in every lineup that can play all over the field. Those guys are your most valuable players. I hope to be one of those guys next year." Wednesday, 10:23 am
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • Braves re-sign Blake Lalli to minors deal
    Braves re-signed C/INF Blake Lalli to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Lalli was outrighted off the Braves' 40-man roster last week but will remain with the organization. He's logged just 52 at-bats at the major league level in his career, and just 13 at-bats since 2013. The 33-year-old is nothing more than organizational depth. Tuesday, 1:03 pm
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    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Tigers would consider Avila's return
    Tigers general manager Al Avila said Tuesday that he would consider his son, Alex Avila, as the club looks for a backup catcher this winter.

    Advice: The Tigers were set behind the plate last offseason, so Avila left for a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the White Sox. The 29-year-old appeared in 57 games this season while batting .213 with seven homers and a .732 OPS in 209 plate appearances. Avila was originally drafted by the Tigers back in 2008 and spent the first seven seasons of his career with the club. James McCann is now the primary catcher in Detroit. Tuesday, 10:50 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Napoli plates a pair as Indians go up 3-0
    Mike Napoli had an RBI double and a solo homer Monday in the Indians' ALCS Game 3 victory over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Napoli entered the night having gone hitless in his last 25 at-bats against right-handed pitching dating back to the regular season, but he got to Marcus Stroman with a two-bagger in the first inning and then hit a long homer against him in the fourth. The first baseman became the fifth player in baseball history to go deep for four different teams in the postseason. Oct 17, 8:47 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Napoli Cle - 1B,OF
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Dodgers have talked deal with Justin Turner
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Dodgers have had "very preliminary contract talks" with impending free agent Justin Turner.

    Advice: Turner is sure to test the free agent market after the World Series -- one of the weakest free agent markets in recent memory -- but the Dodgers could definitely win those sweepstakes. Turner is having a big postseason for Los Angeles and he batted .275/.339/.493 with 27 home runs and 90 RBI in 151 games during the regular season. Long underrated, the 31-year-old third baseman is about to get paid in a big way. Oct 17, 9:57 am
  • Adrian Gonzalez powers Dodgers to Game 2 win
    Adrian Gonzalez clubbed a solo home run leading off the second inning on Sunday, powering the Dodgers to a 1-0 victory over the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: With the victory, the Dodgers have evened up the series at one game apiece as the series transitions to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Tuesday night. Gonzalez got ahead of Kyle Hendricks 1-0, then took him deep to left-center to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead. That would prove to be all of the offense the Dodgers required as Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen combined to shut out the opposition. Gonzalez finished the day 1-for-3 and is now hitting .259/.310/.481 with a pair of homers and five RBI in the postseason. Oct 16, 7:57 pm
  • D'Backs name Hazen new executive VP/GM
    The Diamondbacks have named Mike Hazen their new executive vice president and general manager.

    Advice: Hazen had been the GM in Boston, where he served as president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski's No. 2. The 40-year-old was the Red Sox' assistant GM for four years prior to that. Hazen is a Princeton grad and former minor league outfielder and is expected to lead a more analytics-based front office in Arizona.'s Steve Gilbert hears that former chief baseball officer Tony La Russa will remain with the D'Backs in an advisor role. Oct 16, 11:13 am
  • Gonzalez singles off Chapman in Game 1
    Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: It looked like Aroldis Chapman was going to pitch his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning but Gonzalez had other ideas. The veteran slugged a single back up the middle, plating Andrew Toles from third and Chase Utley from second. Gonzalez had been hitless in four career at-bats against Chapman before Saturday. Gonzalez also singled in his first at-bat of the game against Jon Lester, though he ended the inning by getting gunned down at home plate. He’ll try to extend his postseason hitting streak to five Sunday in Game 2. Oct 15, 9:11 pm
  • Kris Bryant chips in with two hits in Game 1
    Kris Bryant ripped two hits in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Bryant’s first hit of the night came on a fly to left field in the first inning. It looked like Howie Kendrick had it sized up against the ivy but instead it went over his head. Dexter Fowler came around to score all the way from first base as Bryant cruised into second for a double. Bryant also added a double in the eighth inning off Joe Blanton. The MVP frontrunner has continued his success in the playoffs, hitting .400 with a homer and four RBI across 20 postseason at-bats. Oct 15, 9:06 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Jaso to work out at third base and outfield
    John Jaso is expected to work out at third base this offseason.

    Advice: He'll also try his hand at outfield. Jaso began his career at catcher before pivoting to first base in 2016. He had some success at first but top prospect Josh Bell could be ready to play there full-time next season. Jaso would have a clearer path to playing time in the outfield. Jung Ho Kang and David Freese split time at third last season and are still on the roster. Oct 15, 5:53 pm
    Player Note
    John Jaso Pit - 1B,OF
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • Carlos Santana goes deep in ALCS Game 2
    Carlos Santana slugged a solo home run in the Indians' win over the Blue Jays Saturday in Game 2 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Santana only had one hit on Saturday, but he sure made it count. He got the scoring started in the second inning with a solo shot off J.A. Happ. The 390-foot line drive homer was Santana’s first long ball in six postseason appearances and only his fifth round-tripper as a right-handed hitter this season. He went deep 30 times from the left side during the regular season. Cleveland will try to extend its postseason unbeaten streak when the series shifts to Toronto Monday in Game 3. Oct 15, 4:29 pm
  • Smoak replaces Travis (knee) on ALCS roster
    Justin Smoak has replaced Devon Travis (knee) on the Blue Jays' ALCS roster against the Indians.

    Advice: Travis aggravated a knee injury in Game 1 on Friday and MLB approved the Blue Jays' request to replace him on the roster. The switch-hitting Smoak struck out in his lone plate appearances during the ALDS and batted .217/.314/.391 with 14 homers over 126 games during the regular season. Oct 15, 12:14 pm
    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • D-Backs interested in Eddie Perez for manager
    David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Diamondbacks are interested in Braves first base coach Eddie Perez for their managerial vacancy.

    Advice: Perez was interviewed for the Braves' full-time manager job before Brian Snitker had the interim tag removed this week. He has also drawn interest from the Rockies as they attempt to fill their managerial vacancy. The Diamondbacks fired both manager Chip Hale and general manager Dave Stewart after the season, so chances are they'll hire a new general manager before making any final decision about their next manager. Oct 15, 11:00 am
  • Indians sticking with same lineup in Game 1
    Carlos Santana is starting in the designated hitter spot and batting leadoff for the Indians in Friday's ALCS Game 1 versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The Indians are using the same lineup against Marco Estrada that they've been throwing out there versus right-handers. It looks like this: Santana DH, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Jose Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Coco Crisp LF, Tyler Naquin CF, Roberto Perez C. Oct 14, 1:25 pm
  • Blake Lalli outrighted to Triple-A
    Braves sent C/INF Blake Lalli outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: The Braves now have a free 40-man roster spot. Lalli can elect free agency if he wants. Oct 14, 6:37 am
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    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Dodgers beat Nats in Game 5, advance to NLCS
    Justin Turner knocked in two runs with a triple in the seventh inning as the Dodgers beat the Nationals 4-3 in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday to advance to the NLCS.

    Advice: The Dodgers scored all four of their runs in a marathon seventh inning. After Joc Pederson tied the game with a leadoff homer against Max Scherzer, Carlos Ruiz put them ahead with an RBI single off Sammy Solis. However, Turner’s triple to deep center field off Shawn Kelley proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Turner went 6-for-15 (.400) with five RBI, five walks, and five runs scored in the series. The Nationals will face the Cubs in the NLCS, beginning on Saturday in Chicago. Oct 13, 9:42 pm
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