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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
  • Kyle Schwarber (knee) 0-for-3 in AFL debut
    Kyle Schwarber (knee) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first Arizona Fall League game on Saturday.

    Advice: Most importantly, Schwarber said that his surgically-repaired left knee felt fine. "It was overall a really great day for me," Schwarber said. "The first two (at-bats) I chased a little bit. Today was about the at-bats. Running was not a factor." The Cubs aren't ruling out using Schwarber as their designated hitter and pinch-hitter in the World Series, as the 23-year-old has progressed more quickly than expected. Today, 6:01 am
  • BoSox 'seriously' considering Buchholz option
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox are "seriously thinking about" picking up Clay Buchholz's $13.5 million option for 2017.

    Advice: Buchholz has been frustratingly inconsistent and has often dealt with injuries, finishing 2016 with a 4.78 ERA. However, Heyman notes that in a weak free agent pitching market it wouldn't be a surprise if Buchholz could land a multi-year contract. The Red Sox might see spending $13.5 million for one year in order to retain some solid rotation depth as a worthy move. Buchholz, who turned 32 back in August, would be owed a $500,000 buyout if the option was declined. Today, 5:35 am
  • 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
  • Dodgers will attempt to re-sign Kenley Jansen
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports expects the Dodgers to "make a nice attempt" to re-sign impending free agent Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: Jansen just turned 29 a month ago and has been one of the best closers in baseball for years, so there will certainly be competition for his services. The Dodgers can outspend pretty much anyone, though, so if they're committed to retaining Jansen they can probably make it happen. The club will make Jansen a qualifying offer, so they'll pick up a draft pick if they wind up losing their closer. Today, 5:20 am
  • Contreras takes Kershaw deep in Game 6
    Willson Contreras blasted his first career postseason homer Saturday in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Contreras connected on a hanging slider from Clayton Kershaw and socked it 379 feet into the left-field bleachers. The solo home run accounted for Contreras’ only hit of the night. It’s been a rapid ascent for Contreras. Four months ago the 24-year-old was toiling in Triple-A. Saturday he homered off Clayton Kershaw in a playoff game. The rookie has hit a remarkable .412 this postseason with four RBI across 20 at-bats. Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • 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
  • Clayton Kershaw falls apart in Game 6 loss
    Clayton Kershaw scattered seven hits and five runs (four earned) over five lackluster innings Saturday in the Dodgers' loss to the Cubs in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Someday there will be a plaque in Cooperstown with Kershaw’s name on it. But Saturday night at Wrigley Field, he just didn’t have it. The Cubs began the game with back-to-back hits off Kershaw and never really let up. Kershaw yielded home runs to Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo before getting the hook. He wasn’t fooling anyone with his slider and he couldn’t throw his curve ball for strikes. Kershaw looked gassed on Saturday and for good reason. He gave the Dodgers everything he had this postseason, logging 24 1/3 innings after missing most of the second half with a back injury. Kershaw is now 4-7 with a 4.39 ERA over 17 career postseason appearances. Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Kyle Hendricks pitches Cubs to NL pennant
    Kyle Hendricks allowed just two hits over 7 1/3 shutout innings Saturday in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: He finished with six strikeouts. It was a masterpiece from start to finish. Hendricks was quietly one of the best pitchers in baseball this year and reminded us why Saturday by out-pitching Clayton Kershaw in the Cubs’ biggest game of the season. He retired 15 straight hitters before yielding a one-out single to Josh Reddick in the eighth inning. Before that, he hadn’t allowed a hit since the first when Andrew Toles smacked a single on the game’s first pitch. Hendricks has been lights out this postseason with a 1.65 ERA over 16 1/3 innings. The Cubs are headed back to the World Series for the first time since 1945. They’ll play the Indians in Game 1 on Tuesday night. Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Marco Gonzales (elbow) resumes throwing
    Marco Gonzales (elbow) has resumed throwing.

    Advice: "I've been throwing for a couple of weeks now," he said. "I’m really happy with the progress and I know everyone that I’ve been working with down here is happy with it too." The left-hander is about six months removed from Tommy John surgery. Gonzalez has been throwing from 60 feet three times a week and will advance to 90 feet next week. If all goes well, he'll begin mound work in December. He should be ready to help the Cardinals' bullpen at some point in 2017. Yesterday, 3:49 pm
  • Phillies could make Vincent Velasquez available's Todd Zolecki said he would not be surprised if the Phillies looked to trade Vincent Velasquez this offseason.

    Advice: The Phillies entertained offers for Velasquez around the trade deadline but never pulled the trigger. Velasquez got off to a solid start this year but ran out of gas in the second half (5.33 ERA after the All-Star break). Velasquez arrived in Philly last offseason in a trade that sent star closer Ken Giles to Houston. The rebuilding Phillies could probably land a nice haul of prospects for Velasquez, who turned 24 in June. Yesterday, 3:38 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
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  • Giovanni Soto designated for assignment
    Cubs designated LHP Giovanni Soto for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for Kyle Schwarber, who has moved his rehab to the Arizona Fall League in hopes of returning for the World Series (if the Cubs make it). Soto spent all of 2016 at the Triple-A level, compiling a disappointing 5.14 ERA over 33 outings for Iowa. The 25-year-old made six relief appearances for Cleveland in 2015. Yesterday, 2:55 pm
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  • Rich Hill could earn 3-year, $45 million contract
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe suggests Rich Hill could be in line for a three-year, $45 million deal in free agency.

    Advice: It would be a hefty raise for Hill, who earned $6 million this past season. He's certainly earned it. The 36-year-old pitched to a marvelous 2.12 ERA in 20 starts for the Dodgers and A's this year, though blister issues and a minor groin injury limited him to just 20 starts. It's possible the Dodgers could extend a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to Hill, though Cafardo believes he would reject it given the dearth of starting pitching available this offseason. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • Cafardo: Nats to 'go hard' for Mark Melancon
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Nationals are expected to "go hard" for Mark Melancon in free agency.

    Advice: Melancon was dominant in his two-month stretch with Washington, converting 17-of-18 save chances to go with a magnificent 1.82 ERA. The soon-to-be free agent should have a robust market this winter, so the Nats will have to pay top dollar to retain him. Per Cafardo, Melancon would welcome being used in an Andrew Miller-type role as long as he earns closer money. Cafardo believes Melancon could draw interest from the Red Sox, who he played for in 2012. Yesterday, 2:04 pm
  • Tigers will look to trade Upton this offseason
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Tigers will attempt to dump Justin Upton's salary this winter.

    Advice: In other words, he's available for trade. Upton, who is just one year into a six-year contract, carries a partial no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to 20 teams. The 29-year-old matched a career-high with 31 homers this past season, though Upton's .246 average was his lowest since 2007. He also struck out 179 times, which was fourth-most in the major leagues. Despite finishing just 2.5 games out of a playoff spot this year, Olney said the Tigers will listen to trade offers for anyone including Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera. Yesterday, 1:36 pm
  • Jason Heyward not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: With world-class left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the hill for the Dodgers, Heyward will take a seat on the pine in favor of Albert Almora Jr. Here's the full lineup for the Cubs as they look to defeat Clayton Kershaw and advance to the World Series: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Javy Baez 2B, Willson Contreras C, Addison Russell SS, Albert Almora Jr RF, Kyle Hendricks P. Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Vargas will pitch in Mexican Winter League
    The Padres announced Saturday that Cesar Vargas (elbow) will pitch in the Mexican Winter League.

    Advice: The right-hander missed the final four months of the regular season due to a flexor strain in his pitching elbow. He posted a 5.03 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 28/15 K/BB ratio across 34 innings before the injury struck. Yesterday, 10:29 am
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  • Padres remain hopeful Rea can avoid surgery
    According to AJ Cassavell of, the Padres remain hopeful that Colin Rea will be able to avoid Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: He's trying the path of rest, rehab and platelet-rich plasma injections instead of opting for surgery and everything appears to be progressing nicely. Cassavell notes that he's about three weeks away from facing live hitters. The Padres are mulling their potential options for Rea, which could include sending him to the Arizona Fall League or winter ball to get some work in. Yesterday, 7:01 am
  • 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
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