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  • Paul Goldschmidt had elbow surgery after season
    Paul Goldschmidt underwent surgery after the season to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

    Advice: Goldschmidt was sidelined a bit back in spring training by an elbow issue, but it never caused him to miss time during the regular season. However, he obviously decided to go ahead and get it taken care of. The first baseman should be able to have a relatively normal offseason. Today, 3:00 pm
    W, 5-2 vs Mil
  • Cardinals decline Kolten Wong's $12.5M option
    Cardinals declined 2B Kolten Wong's $12.5 million option for 2021.

    Advice: Wong regressed at the plate in 2020 after a strong showing in 2019, although he remains one of the better defensive second basemen in baseball. The Cards had been discussing an extension with Wong that would lower his AAV but keep him around longer. Obviously, the two sides weren't able to reach an agreement, but president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Wednesday that both sides have "agreed to keep the door open" on a return. If Wong doesn't return, St. Louis figures to turn to Tommy Edman at second base. Today, 2:33 pm
    W, 5-2 vs Mil
  • Mets decline Todd Frazier's option
    Mets declined INF Todd Frazier's $5.75 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: He'll receive a $1.5 million buyout instead. After beginning this season with the Rangers, Frazier finished it back with the Mets, posting just a .643 OPS over 14 games. Today, 1:57 pm
    L, 5-15 @Was
  • Jose Peraza elects free agency
    Jose Peraza has elected free agency.

    Advice: The Red Sox removed Peraza from their 40-man roster and he's decided to test out the market rather than accept an outright assignment. He might have to settle for a minor league contract after he hit just .225/.275/.342 this season. Today, 1:41 pm
    New Player Note
    José Peraza Bos - 2B,SS,LF
    W, 9-1 @Atl
  • MLB launching investigation into Turner's actions
    Major League Baseball said in a statement Wednesday that it is "beginning a full investigation" into Justin Turner's postgame actions on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Turner was pulled from the Dodgers' World Series clincher after seven innings once the team was alerted that he had tested positive for COVID-19, but the veteran third baseman decided to take part in portions of the on-field celebration anyway, at one point removing his mask for a team photo. Turner "chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others," reads the statement. "While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply ... The Commissioner's Office is beginning a full investigation into this matter and will consult with the Players Association within the parameters of the joint 2020 Operations Manual." It's possible Turner could be facing some sort of fine or suspension. Today, 12:06 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Nats decline mutual option on 1B Eric Thames
    Nationals declined 1B/DH Eric Thames' $4 million mutual option for 2021.

    Advice: He's due a $1 million buyout instead. Thames finished the condensed 2020 regular season with a poor .203/.300/.317 batting line, tallying only three home runs and 12 RBI in 140 plate appearances. Today, 11:49 am
    W, 15-5 vs NYM
  • Nats decline mutual option on Howie Kendrick
    Nationals declined INF Howie Kendrick's $6.5 million mutual option for 2021.

    Advice: Kendrick will get a $2.25 million buyout and may head into retirement at age 37. He was brilliant for Washington in 2019 before slashing just .275/.320/.385 with two home runs over 100 plate appearances in 2020. Today, 11:46 am
    W, 15-5 vs NYM
  • Daniel Murphy officially becomes free agent Wed.
    Daniel Murphy officially became a free agent on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy carried a $12 million mutual option for 2021, and the Rockies obviously declined their half of it. He'll get a $6 million buyout and hit the open market as a 35-year-old coming off a .236/.275/.333 batting line with three home runs and 16 RBI in 40 games. It could be tough for him to find even non-guaranteed minor league offers. Today, 10:42 am
  • Mariners decline $14M option on Strange-Gordon
    Mariners declined INF/OF Dee Strange-Gordon's $14 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: The writing has been on the wall for a while that this move would be coming. Strange-Gordon struggled to a .200/.268/.213 batting line with zero home runs, zero triples, one double, and three stolen bases in 33 games (82 plate appearances) this past season with Seattle. It figures to be tough sledding for most one-dimensional free agents this winter, though Strange-Gordon's raw speed should net him at least a couple of offers. Today, 9:20 am
  • Turner (COVID) 'insisted upon' joining celebration
    Ken Rosenthal said on FS1 late Tuesday that Justin Turner (COVID-19) "insisted upon" being part of the Dodgers' World Series clinching celebration.

    Advice: Turner was pulled before the eighth inning of Tuesday night's World Series Game 6 win when the Dodgers were alerted that the veteran third baseman had tested positive for COVID-19, but he joined his teammates on the field 20-30 minutes after the final out and even took part in a team photo on the mound. The transcribed television report from Rosenthal: "My understanding from various people is that he was told not to go on the field, or asked not to go on the field. He insisted upon it, the Dodgers insisted upon it, and that is why he was out there. And at one point, he did have his mask off. He was mostly masked, but there was a point during the picture that he did take it off." Rosenthal also stated that "this is not a case of a false positive." Yesterday, 10:23 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Turner says he has 'no symptoms' after COVID test
    Justin Turner said on his personal Twitter account late Tuesday night that he has "no symptoms at all" following a positive COVID-19 test.

    Advice: Turner played the first seven innings of Tuesday night's World Series Game 6 clincher before the Dodgers were alerted about the positive test result and pulled him for Edwin Rios. Turner spent the final two innings isolated but then curiously popped out to participate in a celebratory team photo on the mound, at one point scooting closer to his teammates and removing his mask. Perhaps there was a negative test at some point between the seventh inning and the awarding of the World Series trophy, but that seems ... well ... highly unlikely. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Dodgers' Corey Seager wins 2020 World Series MVP
    Corey Seager was named MVP of the 2020 World Series.

    Advice: Seager went 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI fielder's choice grounder in Tuesday night's Game 6 clincher, finishing the series 8-for-20 with two home runs, five RBI, six walks, and seven runs scored. He also won the 2020 NLCS MVP and is now the eighth player in MLB history to earn a League Championship Series MVP and World Series MVP in the same postseason. The others: 2014 Madison Bumgarner, 2011 David Freese, 2008 Cole Hamels, 1997 Livan Hernandez, 1988 Orel Hershiser, 1982 Darrell Porter, and 1979 Willie Stargell. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Justin Turner exits WS Gm 6 due to COVID positive
    Justin Turner was pulled from Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Rays due to a positive COVID-19 test.

    Advice: What a strange bit of news to finish off a strange season, one that resulted in the Dodgers claiming their first World Series championship since 1988. Turner played the first seven innings of Tuesday night's clincher before suddenly disappearing from the field -- and from the Dodgers' dugout -- before the top of the eighth. Edwin Rios finished out the game at third base. Look for updates on Turner's status in the coming days. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Mariners to decline '21 option on Strange-Gordon
    According to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, the Mariners will decline Dee Strange-Gordon's $14 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: He'll get a $1 million buyout and hit the free agent market. It's an easy call for Seattle after Strange-Gordon battled a quad issue in 2020 and slashed just .200/.268/.213 with one extra-base hit (a double) in 33 games. The 32-year-old infielder-outfielder attempted five stolen bases and was caught twice. He turns 33 next April. Yesterday, 4:45 pm
  • Ji-Man Choi hitting leadoff in World Series Game 6
    Ji-Man Choi will hit leadoff in Game 6 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: A new look for the Rays as they try to keep their season alive. Choi hasn't been in the lineup since Game 3, but he's back in there against right-hander Tony Gonsolin. The 29-year-old is hitting .263 (10-for-38) with two homers and an .864 OPS this postseason. The full lineup for Tampa Bay: Choi 1B, Randy Arozarena LF, Austin Meadows DH, Brandon Lowe 2B, Manuel Margot RF, Joey Wendle 3B, Willy Adames SS, Kevin Kiermaier CF, Mike Zunino C. Blake Snell will make the start for the Rays. Yesterday, 11:35 am
    W, 5-0 vs Phi
  • Tzu-Wei Lin outrighted to Triple-A
    Red Sox sent INF Tzu-Wei Lin outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Lin hit just .154/.182/.173 over 57 plate appearances with the Red Sox this season. While the 26-year-old is now off the 40-man roster, he'll stick around as organizational depth. Monday, 12:51 pm
    W, 9-1 @Atl
  • Mets claim INF/OF Robel Garcia off waivers
    Mets claimed INF/OF Robel Garcia off waivers from the Reds.

    Advice: Garcia was claimed off waivers from the Cubs back in July, though he didn't end up appearing in a game with the club. The 27-year-old broke out between Double- and Triple-A in 2019, batting 284/.369/.586 with 27 homers over 98 games. Garcia never really hit for much power prior to that and his production largely failed to translate during his first stint in the majors last year, but he has experience at multiple infield spots and even played some left field in 2019. He could be a utility player option for New York. Monday, 10:55 am
    W, 5-3 @Min
  • Diaz triples and scores in loss to Dodgers in Gm 5
    Yandy Diaz went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI on Sunday in Game 5 of the World Series. 

    Advice: Diaz singled in the first, but the big hit was a triple in the third off Clayton Kershaw to score Kevin Kiermaier. He came around to score a play later on a Randy Arozarena single. Diaz hits leadoff against lefties, but with Tony Gonsolin likely starting Game 6 on Tuesday, there's a good chance that Diaz begins the contest on the bench. Sunday, 8:38 pm
    W, 5-0 vs Phi
  • Joc Pederson homers and walks in Game 5 victory
    Joc Pederson homered and walked on Sunday in Game 5 of the World Series against the Rays. 

    Advice: Pederson blistered a solo shot off of Tyler Glasnow in the second inning to up the Dodgers' lead to 3-0. The outfielder also made a couple of nice plays in the field, and drew a walk for good measure. With Blake Snell starting Game 6 on Tuesday, there's a good chance Pederson is out of the lineup to start, but he will likely be used off the bench at some point. Sunday, 8:38 pm
    New Player Note
    Joc Pederson LAD - 1B,LF,RF
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Corey Seager homers again as Dodgers drop Game 4
    Corey Seager went 4-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and three runs scored on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Dodgers past the Rays in Game 4 of the World Series.

    Advice: Seager clobbered a solo shot off of Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough in the third inning, increasing the Dodgers early lead to 2-0. It was his eighth home run of the postseason -- matching the MLB record for most home runs in a single postseason, that is until Randy Arozarena belted his ninth the following inning. Seager also delivered a clutch two-out bloop RBI single in the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a 7-6 lead at the time. He’s hitting a ridiculous .344 (21-for-61) with the aforementioned eight long balls and 18 RBI through 16 games this postseason. Saturday, 9:07 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Justin Turner collects four hits in Game 4 loss
    Justin Turner went 4-for-5 with a homer, double and two runs scored as the Dodgers fell to the Rays in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday evening in Arlington.

    Advice: For the second consecutive game, Turner opened the scoring with a two-out solo blast in the first inning -- this time off of Rays’ left-hander Ryan Yarbrough. Turner then doubled and came around to score on Joc Pederson’s two-out, two-run single in the seventh. Turner and teammate Corey Seager became the first pair of teammates since Paul Molitor and Robin Yount of the 1982 Brewers to each have four or more hits in the same World Series game. He’s now hitting .279 (17-for-61) with three homers and six RBI this postseason. Saturday, 9:06 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Joc Pederson delivers pinch-hit two-run single
    Joc Pederson came through in a big way off the Dodgers bench on Saturday, delivering a go-ahead, pinch-hit two-run single in the seventh inning -- but it wouldn't be enough for the Dodgers to overcome the Rays.

    Advice: Pederson was called upon to hit for A.J. Pollock with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh inning, with the Dodgers trailing by a run. After working the count to 3-1 against Nick Anderson, Pederson lined a single into right field that hit off of the glove of a diving Brandon Lowe -- scoring both the tying and go-ahead runs. Pederson also singled in the eighth inning, finishing the night 2-for-2. He’s hitting .375 (12-for-32) with a homer and seven RBI so far during the postseason. Saturday, 9:06 pm
    New Player Note
    Joc Pederson LAD - 1B,LF,RF
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Justin Turner goes deep as Dodgers take Game 3
    Justin Turner homered, doubled and scored a pair of runs as the Dodgers topped the Rays in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday evening in Arlington.

    Advice: Turner got the Dodgers on the board in the opening inning, crushing a two-strike offering from Charlie Morton over the wall in left field for a solo shot. He then doubled and scored on Max Muncy's two-run single in the third inning. With the two-hit attack, Turner is now hitting .232 (13-for-56) with a pair of homers and five RBI through 15 games this postseason. Friday, 7:57 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Corey Seager goes deep again but Dodgers lose
    Corey Seager belted his seventh homer of the postseason Wednesday in the Dodgers' loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Seager led off the eighth inning with a blast to dead-center field off of flame-throwing Pete Fairbanks. He also had a single earlier in the game. The long ball was Seager's seventh of the season, which ties him with Randy Arozarena. The most ever hit in a single postseason is eight, which is a three-way tie held by Nelson Cruz (2011), Carlos Beltran (2004) and Barry Bonds (2002). Wednesday, 8:01 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Ji-Man Choi at 1B, batting cleanup in WS Game 2
    Ji-Man Choi is starting at first base and hitting cleanup for the Rays in World Series Game 2 on Wednesday night against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Choi came off the bench in Game 1 on Tuesday with the Dodgers throwing left-hander Clayton Kershaw, but he'll get the start Wednesday versus Tony Gonsolin and what figures to be a parade of relievers. The full Game 2 lineup for Tampa Bay behind Blake Snell: Austin Meadows DH, Brandon Lowe 2B, Randy Arozarena LF, Ji-Man Choi 1B, Manuel Margot RF, Joey Wendle 3B, Willy Adames SS, Kevin Kiermaier CF, Mike Zunino C. Wednesday, 12:52 pm
    W, 5-0 vs Phi
  • Yandy Diaz hitting leadoff for Rays in WS Game 1
    Yandy Diaz is starting at first base and batting leadoff for the Rays in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: It'll be his first turn at leadoff since Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Yankees. The full World Series Game 1 lineup for Tampa Bay: Yandy Diaz 1B, Brandon Lowe 2B, Randy Arozarena DH, Hunter Renfroe RF, Manuel Margot LF, Joey Wendle 3B, Willy Adames SS, Kevin Kiermaier CF, Mike Zunino C. Tyler Glasnow is on the mound, facing off against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Tuesday, 1:39 pm
    W, 5-0 vs Phi
  • Corey Seager awarded NLCS MVP after slugging .897
    Corey Seager was awarded the NLCS MVP. 

    Advice: Seager went 0-for-5 on Sunday, but it's tough to argue he wasn't the most valuable player in this series. The shortstop hit .310/.333/.897 in the seven games, and he connected on five homers while driving in 11 runs. Seager has been outstanding since the start of the season, and he'll have a chance to give the Dodgers their first championship since 1988. Oct 18, 9:07 pm
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
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