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  • 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
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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. Yesterday, 3:29 pm
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    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
  • 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
  • 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. Monday, 8:57 am
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  • 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
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    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
  • 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. Oct 14, 6:38 am
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  • 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. Oct 14, 6:34 am
  • Daniel Castro outrighted to Triple-A
    Braves sent INF Daniel Castro outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Castro is a career .217/.250/.265 hitter at the big league level. Oct 14, 5:37 am
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    Daniel Castro Atl - 2B,3B,SS
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  • 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. Oct 13, 10:02 pm
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    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
  • Giants like Eduardo Nunez as everyday guy
    Giants general manager Bobby Evans said he likes Eduardo Nunez as an everyday player.

    Advice: Evans added, however, that he's not completely dismissing the acquisition of a new starting third baseman. Nunez, who's played all around the diamond in his career, slashed .288/.325/.432 with 16 home runs, 67 RBI, and 40 stolen bases in 141 games this season between Minnesota and San Francisco. He was limited to pinch-hitting in the NLDS because of a hamstring injury. 2017 will be Nunez's final season under contract. Oct 13, 12:01 pm
  • Janish elects to become a free agent
    Paul Janish has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: The original news release said Janish had accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A. The 34-year-old infielder will likely have to settle for a minor league contract this winter after batting .194/.286/.226 over 35 plate appearances with Baltimore in 2016. Oct 13, 11:19 am
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    Paul Janish Bal - 3B,SS
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