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  • 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
  • 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. Yesterday, 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
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    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
    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
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • 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
  • 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
  • Donaldson homers, Jays stay alive in Gm. 4
    Josh Donaldson slugged a solo home run Tuesday in the Blue Jays' 5-1 ALCS Game 4 win over the Indians.

    Advice: It was a two-out shot to left-center that opened the game's scoring in the bottom of the third inning. Donaldson also drew an intentional walk ahead of Edwin Encarnacion's two-run single in the bottom of the seventh and made a couple of fantastic plays on defense. The star third baseman is batting .438/.486/.719 this postseason. Toronto remains alive in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. Tuesday, 4:19 pm
  • 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
    Not Active
    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. Monday, 8:47 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Napoli Cle - 1B,OF
    W, 3-2 @KC
  • James Beresford outrighted to Triple-A
    Twins sent INF James Beresford outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The club now has an extra 40-man roster spot to play with. Beresford made his major league debut late this season with the Twins, picking up five hits in 22 at-bats. Monday, 3:34 pm
    Not Active
    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • 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. Monday, 9:57 am
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Figueroa elects to become free agent
    Cole Figueroa has elected free agency.

    Advice: Figueroa batted .154 with a .339 OPS in 23 games this season for the Marlins. The 29-year-old infielder is a .208/.250/.286 career hitter at the major league level. Monday, 8:57 am
    Not Active
    L, 10-7 @Was
  • 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. Sunday, 8:03 pm
    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. Sunday, 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. Sunday, 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 9:06 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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. Saturday, 9:02 pm
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    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. Saturday, 5:53 pm
    Player Note
    John Jaso Pit - 1B,OF
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • Donaldson a bright spot in loss to Cleveland
    Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with an RBI double Saturday in the Blue Jays' loss to the Indians in Game 2 of the ALCS.

    Advice: Donaldson drove in the Blue Jays’ only run of the afternoon on an opposite-field double in the third inning. It was Donaldson’s six double of the playoffs, which set a Blue Jays postseason record. The reigning AL MVP has gone absolutely berserk this postseason, hitting .462 with an unheard of 1.174 OPS over five games. Unfortunately for Donaldson, the Blue Jays are heading back to Toronto down 0-2 against an Indians team that hasn’t lost since the regular season. Saturday, 4:33 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 4:29 pm
  • Chase Utley not starting Game 1 of NLCS
    Chase Utley is not in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cubs.

    Advice: He'll take a seat with Jon Lester on the mound. Utley is just 2-for-12 in his career against Lester and also sat against a left-hander last series when the Nationals brought Gio Gonzalez to the mound. The Dodgers' Game 1 lineup looks like this: Howie Kendrick LF, Justin Turner 3B, Corey Seager SS, Yasiel Puig RF, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Carlos Ruiz C, Enrique Hernandez 2B, Joc Pederson CF and Kenta Maeda SP. Saturday, 1:54 pm
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 11:00 am
  • Marlins outright Xavier Scruggs to Triple-A
    Marlins sent 1B Xavier Scruggs outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: The move clears him off the 40-man roster. Scruggs, 29, appeared in 24 games with the Marlins this season and batted .210/.290/.306 with one homer in 69 plate appearances. Saturday, 6:31 am
    Not Active
    L, 10-7 @Was
  • 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. Friday, 1:25 pm
  • Brandon Snyder outrighted to Triple-A
    Braves sent INF Brandon Snyder outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Snyder hit .239/.255/.652 over 47 plate appearances for the Braves this season. Friday, 6:38 am
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • 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. Friday, 6:37 am
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Conor Gillaspie could be non-tendered
    Giants general manager Bobby Evans on Thursday would not commit to tendering Conor Gillaspie a contract this offseason.

    Advice: Gillaspie is due a raise via arbitration this winter, with projecting him to earn a very reasonable $900,000. On the surface it would seem like giving the postseason hero that much would be a no-brainer, but the reality is that Gillaspie hit a pedestrian .262/.307/.440 in 2016, which falls right in line with his career .256/.309/.397 line. However, it would ultimately be hard to see the Giants letting Gillaspie walk away when they can keep him cheaply, even if they do have Eduardo Nunez pegged as their everyday third baseman in 2017. Friday, 6:34 am
  • Murphy held in check by Kershaw in Game 5
    Daniel Murphy went 1-for-3 with two intentional walks, two stolen bases, and a run scored in the Nationals' Game 5 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: Murphy was a thorn in the Dodgers' side for the entire series, but they finally got him when it mattered most. With two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called on his ace Clayton Kershaw to face Murphy and he got him to pop up to second base for the second out of the frame. Kershaw would then strike out Wilmer Difo to finish off the Nats. Murphy hit .438/.545/.438 during the series. Thursday, 10:02 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • 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. Thursday, 9:42 pm
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Utley batting leadoff for Dodgers in Game 5
    Chase Utley is at leadoff for the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday night against the Nationals.

    Advice: It's the same lineup Los Angeles used in Games 1, 3, and 4. Game 2 was against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Here is the full NLDS Game 5 lineup for the Dodgers, who will try to crack right-hander Max Scherzer and advance to the NLCS: Chase Utley 2B, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Josh Reddick RF, Joc Pederson CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Andrew Toles LF, Rich Hill SP. Thursday, 12:50 pm
    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Encarnacion could draw four years on market
    FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman writes that "[t]here is a belief around baseball [Edwin Encarnacion]’ll get four years (at least) as a free agent."

    Advice: In the spring, the Blue Jays offered Encarnacion a two-year contract with a pair of options. That offer did not pan out, but Heyman relays that Encarnacion's huge 2016 season (.263/.357/.529 with 42 homers and 127 RBI) should bring the veteran slugger a beefier deal from Toronto and that the Jays "might consider" offering him a four-year deal. Heyman does note that their preference would be a three-year contract. Wednesday, 2:54 pm
  • Gillaspie goes 4-for-4 in NLDS Game 4 loss
    Conor Gillaspie finished 4-for-4 in the Giants' NLDS Game 4 loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Gillaspie singled in the second, fourth, fifth, and eighth, driving in a run and scoring one of his own, but the San Francisco bullpen blew a three-run lead in the top of the ninth as the Giants were eliminated from the 2016 postseason. Gillaspie batted .421 with a 1.105 OPS in 19 at-bats between the Wild Card Game and Tuesday night's NLDS Game 4 defeat, possibly positioning himself for a slightly better payout in his first offseason of arbitration eligibility. Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Baez hits go-ahead RBI single, Cubs advance
    Javier Baez hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Cubs advanced past the Giants in the NLDS with a 6-5 Game 4 victory.

    Advice: San Francisco opened the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead, but Kris Bryant singled, Anthony Rizzo drew a walk, Ben Zobrist hit an RBI double, Willson Contreras belted a two-run single, Jason Heyward made it to second base on a throwing error after a sac bunt, and Baez drove Heyward in with a shot through the Giants' infield. San Francisco tried five different relievers to get the save, but Matt Moore's terrific eight-inning start was lost. This will be the second straight NLCS appearance for the Cubs. Baez is quickly becoming a household name with his big hits and ridiculous defensive plays. Tuesday, 9:10 pm
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-4 @Cin
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