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  • Kris Bryant wins Hank Aaron Award
    Kris Bryant was named the National League's winner of the Hank Aaron Award.

    Advice: The Hank Aaron Award is handed out annually to the best offensive player in each league. This past season, Bryant boasted a .292/.385/.554 triple-slash with 39 homers, 102 RBI and eight steals over 603 at-bats. His RBI total was good for sixth-best in the National League, while his 39 dingers were bested only by Chris Carter (41) and Nolan Arenado (41). David Ortiz was named the winner of the Hank Aaron Award in the AL. Yesterday, 3:19 pm
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    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
  • 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. Sunday, 6:18 am
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    José Reyes NYM - 3B,SS
  • 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. Sunday, 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. Saturday, 8:25 pm
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    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
  • 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. Saturday, 3:29 pm
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    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
  • 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
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    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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. Oct 17, 8:57 am
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