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  • Mets to pick up Jose Reyes' 2017 option
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets are expected to pick up Jose Reyes' option for 2017.

    Advice: When the Mets signed Reyes to a minor league deal in June following his release by the Rockies, they had an option for 2017 at the veteran minimum $507,500 included in the deal. The Rockies are still responsible for the $41 million the infielder is owed over the next three years. Reyes batted .267/.326/.443 with eight homers and nine steals over 60 games for the Mets. He would offer protection at third base for David Wright (neck) next season. Today, 6:18 am
    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • 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
  • Baez and Lester share NLCS MVP honors
    Javier Baez and Jon Lester were named Co-MVPs of the 2016 NLCS.

    Advice: Baez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and an error in Saturday's series-clincher but he provided plenty of heroics in the other five games. He hit .318 for the series with four RBI including three in the Cubs’ Game 5 victory. Meanwhile Lester won both of his starts against the Dodgers while recording a minuscule 1.38 ERA. Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series on normal rest Tuesday night in Cleveland. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
  • Nationals could bring back Stephen Drew
    Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports believes there is "mutual interest" in Stephen Drew returning to the Nationals next season.

    Advice: Drew enjoyed a solid second half (.308 AVG after the break) and has been a leader in the Nats' clubhouse. His return will depend on how the Nats plan on using Trea Turner, who played almost exclusively in center field this year but spent most of his minor league career at shortstop. If Turner moves back to shortstop, the Nats would likely keep Danny Espinosa as a backup infielder, eliminating the need for Drew. Yesterday, 3:29 pm
    New Player Note
    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • 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
  • 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. Friday, 6:52 pm
    Player Note
    Ian Desmond Tex - SS,OF
    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • 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
  • Javier Baez says he feels fine after Game 5
    Javier Baez said after Game 5 of the NLCS that he feels fine.

    Advice: Baez felt something in his ankle after rounding second base on his bases-clearing double in the eighth inning, but he stayed in the game and told reporters after that he's 100 percent. He should be good to go for Game 6 on Saturday in Chicago. Thursday, 10:34 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Russell homers in second straight game
    Addison Russell went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in Thursday’s Game 5 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: We’re probably not going to hear any more calls to bench him anytime soon. The game was tied 1-1 before Russell put the Cubs ahead with a two-run blast to distant center field against Joe Blanton in the sixth. The Cubs tacked on five more runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach. After going 1-for-24 to begin the postseason, Russell has now homered in back-to-back games. Thursday, 9:29 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Javy Baez hits bases-clearing double in win
    Javier Baez went 3-for-5 with a bases-clearing double, a run scored, and a stolen base in a win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cubs had a four-run lead when Baez came up with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth and he put the game to bed with a drive which nearly went over the right-center field fence. He gave the Cubs a bit of a scare when he came up hobbled after changing his mind about going for a triple, but fortunately he felt well enough to stay in the ballgame. Baez has arguably been the breakout star of the postseason. In addition to his excellent defense, he’s batting .371/.395/.571 across nine games. Thursday, 9:28 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
  • Russell snaps skid with two-run HR in Gm. 4
    Addison Russell launched a two-run home run off Julio Urias in the fourth inning of Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.

    Advice: At the time Russell smashed his two-run opposite field homer to right with one out in the fourth inning, he had managed just one hit in his last 25 postseason at-bats and was hit-less in his last 18. He broke out and then some starting with that homer. He would go on to pick up two additional singles before the end of the game. Manager Joe Maddon dropped Russell from seventh to eighth in the lineup for Wednesday's game, but wouldn't leave the 22-year-old shortstop out of the loop completely. That patience looks sharp in hindsight. Russell and the Cubs will be opposed by Kenta Maeda in Game 5 as both teams look to snap a 2-2 series tie. Wednesday, 9:15 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
  • Cubs drop Addison Russell to 8th for Game 4
    Addison Russell has been dropped to eighth in the Cubs' starting lineup for Game 4 of the NCLS on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Cubs trailing 2-1 in the series, manager Joe Maddon has made a few notable changes. Russell, who was batting seventh on Tuesday, has been bumped down a spot in the lineup. Jason Heyward will hit seventh in his place after failing to draw the right field start on Tuesday. The Cubs full lineup for Game 4: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Javier Baez 2B, Wilson Contreras C, Jason Heyward RF, Addison Russell SS, John Lackey P. They will be opposed by young Dodgers southpaw Julio Urias. Wednesday, 1:37 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
  • Ramirez hitting fifth in Game 5 of ALCS
    Jose Ramirez will hit fifth in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marco Estrada is on the hill for Toronto, so Indians manager Terry Francona is using his standard lineup against right-handers. The only change is that Carlos Santana is at first base while Mike Napoli will DH. Ramirez has just one hit in 13 at-bats during the ALCS. The full lineup for Cleveland: Santana 1B, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Napoli DH, Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Coco Crisp LF, Tyler Naquin CF, Roberto Perez C. Ryan Merritt is starting for Cleveland as they try to punch their ticket to the World Series. Wednesday, 9:53 am
    Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Addison Russell remains hitless vs. Dodgers
    Addison Russell finished 0-for-2 with a strikeout as the Cubs fell to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cubs manager Joe Maddon actually pulled his young shortstop for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh -- Jayson Heyward, who promptly struck out. Russell is hitless in the NLCS, and he has just one hit in 24 total at-bats since the playoffs began. He looks like a guy who could use a day off, but that's obviously not an option at the moment. Tuesday, 8:49 pm
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
  • 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
  • Javier Baez breaks up perfect game on Sunday
    Javier Baez broke up Clayton Kershaw's bid for a perfect game with a two-out single in the fifth inning of Sunday's Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: His single was followed by another from teammate Willson Contreras, which proved to be the club's only two hits in the entire contest. Baez also showed off his baseball IQ in the sixth inning, letting a weak line drive drop in front of him at second base and turning it into an inning-ending 4-6-5-6 double play. With his 1-for-3 effort on Sunday, Baez is now hitting .391/.417/.609 on the postseason. Oct 16, 8:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
  • 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
  • Baez steals home in Cubs' Game 1 victory
    Javier Baez broke out for two hits and a stolen base in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Another day, another dazzling performance from Baez, who is quickly becoming the breakout star of this year’s postseason. Baez stole the show in the second inning by plating Jason Heyward on a double to right field. The hit would have been a single for most players but Baez motored into second to secure the two-bagger. Later in the inning Baez made a move toward home on a failed suicide squeeze, hesitated, then stole the base after catcher Carlos Ruiz made an ill-advised throw to third base. In doing so, Baez became the first Cub to steal home in the postseason since 1907. Baez added a double in the sixth inning for good measure. He’s hit .400 with a homer, three RBI and five runs this postseason. Oct 15, 9:02 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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