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  • Cesar Puello elects free agency
    Cesar Puello has elected free agency.

    Advice: He'll look for a gig elsewhere rather than accept the Red Sox' outright assignment. Puello, 29, is a career .246/.354/.347 hitter over parts of three seasons in the majors. Today, 1:43 pm
    W, 9-1 @Atl
  • 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
  • Nats decline options on Eaton, Kendrick, Thames
    Nationals declined OF Adam Eaton's $10.5 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: Eaton will receive a $1.5 million buyout and hit the open market. The 31-year-old outfielder (he turns 32 this December) posted an underwhelming .226/.285/.384 batting line with four home runs and three stolen bases over 41 games in 2020. He finished the season on the injured list with a fractured left index finger. Washington also declined options on Anibal Sanchez, Howie Kendrick, and Eric Thames on Wednesday. Today, 11:38 am
    W, 15-5 vs NYM
  • 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
  • Arozarena homers again in Rays' WS Game 6 loss
    Randy Arozarena finished 2-for-4 with a homer and a single Tuesday in the Rays' World Series Game 6 loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Arozarena belted an opposite-field solo shot off a Tony Gonsolin slider in the top of the first inning to give the Rays their lone run of the night. It was his MLB-record-extending 10th home run of the postseason and sailed 378 feet out to right with an exit velocity of 103 mph. It was also his 14th extra-base hit of these playoff games, tying David Freese's record set in 2011. He's the first rookie ever to drive in a run in four straight World Series games. In the end, though, the Game 6 loss represented the end of the road in 2020 for Randy and the Rays. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • 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
  • Tigers outright Bonifacio for Triple-A
    Tigers sent OF Jorge Bonifacio outright to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Bonifacio slashed just .221/.277/.326 with two home runs and 17 RBI over 94 plate appearances this season. Yesterday, 11:23 am
  • Yordan Alvarez resumes running after knee surgery
    Yordan Alvarez (knees) has resumed running.

    Advice: Alvarez posted video of himself running on a treadmill on his Instagram account. It's really nice to see, as he's now two months removed from arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees. The slugger only appeared in two games with the Astros this season, but the expectation is that he'll be ready to go for the start of spring training. There's big rebound potential here and his ADP (average draft position) will likely be reasonable come draft time. Track his progress in fantasy leagues. Monday, 10:11 am
    L, 4-8 @Tex
  • 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
  • Orioles bringing back Wilkerson on minors deal
    Roch Kubatko of MASN reports that the Orioles have re-signed Stevie Wilkerson to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The contract includes an invitation to spring training. Wilkerson was released in September not long after it was revealed that the infielder/outfielder was going to miss the rest of the season with a fractured left ring finger. The switch-hitter has a career OPS of .714 with 22 homers and 42 steals in 424 games. He'll battle for a backup job with Baltimore in the Grapefruit League this spring. Sunday, 2:02 pm
    Player Note
    Stevie Wilkerson Bal - 2B,LF,CF,RF
    W, 7-5 @Tor
  • Manuel Margot batting cleanup for Game 5
    Manuel Margot is starting in left field and batting cleanup for the Rays in Sunday's World Series Game 5.

    Advice: The Rays are using the same group of position players that they used against Clayton Kershaw in Game 1. The order is slightly different, with one change being Margot moving up one spot to cleanup after going 4-for-12 at the plate in the first four contests. Tampa Bay's full lineup looks like this: Yandy Diaz 1B, Randy Arozarena DH, Brandon Lowe 2B, Margot LF, Hunter Renfroe RF, Joey Wendle 3B, Willy Adames SS, Kevin Kiermaier, Mike Zunino, C. Sunday, 11:30 am
    Player Note
    Manuel Margot TB - LF,CF,RF
    W, 5-0 vs Phi
  • 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
  • Arozarena sets new MLB postseason home run record
    Randy Arozarena went 3-for-4 with a walk and blasted yet another home run on Saturday as the Rays rallied to beat the Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series.

    Advice: With his solo shot off of Julio Urias in the fourth inning, Arozarena set a new MLB record for the most home runs (9) in a single postseason. With his three-hit attack, he now also has 26 hits during the postseason, matching Pablo Sandoval (2014) for the most hits in any single postseason in MLB history. Not bad work for the 25-year-old. Arozarena also drew a critical walk after a seven-pitch battle with Kenley Jansen with two outs in the ninth inning, then raced around to score the game-winning run -- even after stumbling and falling halfway between third base and home plate. He has seen his fantasy stock skyrocket with his unbelievable performance at the dish in October -- and during the final month of the regular season. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him wind up in the top 50 players overall by the time March rolls around. Saturday, 9:06 pm
  • Enrique Hernandez in Dodgers lineup for Game 4
    Enrique Hernandez is starting at second base and batting ninth for the Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series against the Rays on Saturday.

    Advice: As is often the case against left-handers, Hernandez finds his way into the Dodgers lineup with Ryan Yarbrough toeing the slab for the Rays on Saturday. It's the same lineup that the Dodgers rolled in their loss to Blake Snell in Game 2, with the only exception that Hernandez and Chris Taylor have been flipped in the lineup. Here's the full order for the Dodgers on Saturday: Mookie Betts RF, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Max Muncy 1B, Will Smith C, Cody Bellinger DH, AJ Pollock CF, Chris Taylor LF, Hernandez 2B. Saturday, 12:54 pm
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF,RF
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Randy Arozarena goes deep as Rays fall to Dodgers
    Randy Arozarena crushed a solo home run as the Rays fell to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night.

    Advice: Arozarena tagged Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen for the solo shot with two outs in the ninth inning, merely trimming the Rays deficit to 6-2. It was his eighth home run of the postseason, matching the all-time record for most home runs in a single postseason. The 25-year-old is hitting a ridiculous .354 (23-for-65) with the aforementioned eight long balls and 11 RBI in 17 postseason games. Friday, 8:22 pm
  • Rays sticking with same lineup for Game 3 of WS
    Austin Meadows will DH and bat leadoff for the Rays in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It's the same lineup that the Rays used in their Game 2 victory on Wednesday: 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. Charlie Morton will be on the mound, facing off against Walker Buehler. Friday, 11:56 am
    W, 5-0 vs Phi
  • Chris Taylor smacks two-run homer
    Chris Taylor hit a two-run homer in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: Blake Snell had not allowed a hit yet before Taylor took him deep with two out in the bottom of the fifth inning with an opposite-field shot. It's Taylor's first dinger of this postseason. He struck out in all three of his other plate appearances, including on a check-swing to end the game. Wednesday, 8:55 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Enrique Hernandez at 2B in World Series Game 2
    Enrique Hernandez is starting at second base and batting eighth for the Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night against the Rays.

    Advice: Hernandez has primarily functioned as an off-the-bench player for Los Angeles during this 2020 postseason run, and he's been brilliant in that role. Now he'll get a chance to start in Game 2 with the Rays throwing left-hander Blake Snell. The full lineup for the Dodgers, who are currently up 1-0 in the best-of-seven Fall Classic: Mookie Betts RF, Corey Seager SS, Justin Turner 3B, Max Muncy 1B, Will Smith C, Cody Bellinger CF, A.J. Pollock DH, Enrique Hernandez 2B, Chris Taylor LF. Tony Gonsolin will be the starting pitcher. Wednesday, 12:31 pm
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF,RF
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Braves 'would love to' re-sign OF Marcell Ozuna
    Braves president Alex Anthopoulos told reporters that the team "would love to" re-sign Marcell Ozuna.

    Advice: “Marcell was amazing for us. He was awesome. I’d love to have him back," Anthopoulos said in his season-wrapping Zoom call with the media. "We’re going to have to work hard to get as many answers as we can from a revenue standpoint, a [designated hitter] standpoint, all of those things. But there’s no doubt he was tremendous for us. He fit in great, and we’d love to have him be a part of what we’re doing going forward.” Ozuna accepted a one-year, $18 million contract from Atlanta last winter and went on to bat .338/.431/.636 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI over 60 regular-season games. The 29-year-old outfielder should score one of the richest deals on the open market this winter given those numbers, and the fact that he's not tied to a qualifying offer. Granted, it's tough to predict much of anything in this current climate of uncertainty and unease. Wednesday, 8:45 am
    L, 1-9 vs Bos
  • AA: Acuña (wrist) was 'banged up' during playoffs
    Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos concedes that Ronald Acuña Jr. (wrist) was "banged up" during the playoffs.

    Advice: Acuña was bothered by a left wrist issue during the season, even having a stint on the injured list in mid-August. He also needed a bit of a breather just prior to the postseason, but the Braves felt he could play through it and wouldn't risk making things worse. Acuña batted just .217 (10-for-46) with one home run during the postseason, but the wrist issue obviously provides some context. The expectation is that he should be back to normal with a full offseason to rest, so there's no need to drop him in any fantasy rankings going into 2021. He's as elite as it gets. Tuesday, 10:22 am
    Player Note
    Ronald Acuña Jr. Atl - LF,CF,RF
    L, 1-9 vs Bos
  • Hernandez ties game with solo homer off Minter
    Enrique Hernandez hit a pinch-hit solo homer to tie the game and help the Dodgers top the Braves on Sunday in Game 7 of the NLCS. 

    Advice: It may just seem that Hernandez has every clutch hit over the past few seasons, but he certainly has a bunch of them, anyway. Hernandez tied the game at 3-3 when he crushed an A.J. Minter offering into the left field stands in the sixth inning after pinch-hitting for Joc Pederson. He remains a lefty killer, and that will be his role for the Dodgers in the World Series against the Rays starting on Tuesday. Oct 18, 9:06 pm
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF,RF
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Acuña hitless as Braves fall in Game 7 of NLCS
    Ronald Acuña went hitless with a walk and a run on Sunday in a loss to the Dodgers in Game 7 of the NLCS.

    Advice: A disappointing ending for the Braves, as they became the latest team to blow a 3-1 lead in a championship series. Acuña came around to score in the first inning after drawing a four-pitch walk on a single by Marcell Ozuna. The 22-year-old wunderkind struggled in the average category with a late swoon, but still posted a .987 OPS with 14 homers, 29 RBI and eight steals in 202 plate appearances. If he's not the first pick in drafts next year, he's going in the top three in eligible formats, at latest. Oct 18, 8:54 pm
    Player Note
    Ronald Acuña Jr. Atl - LF,CF,RF
    L, 1-9 vs Bos
  • Braves make no change to lineup for Game 7 of NLCS
    Ronald Acuna is leading off and playing right field for Sunday's NLCS Game 7 against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Braves aren't making any chances in the win-or-go-home contest, which isn't a surprise; it's the same group they've used for most of the 2020 season outside of Cristian Pache, who again hits ninth and is playing center field as he has since Adam Duvall suffered an injury in the NLDS. The full lineup against Dustin May and the Dodgers' pitching staff: Acuna RF, Freddie Freeman 1B, Marcell Ozuna DH, Travis d'Arnaud C, Ozzie Albies 2B, Dansby Swanson SS, Austin Riley 3B, Nick Markakis LF, Pache CF and Ian Anderson on the mound. Oct 18, 1:16 pm
    Player Note
    Ronald Acuña Jr. Atl - LF,CF,RF
    L, 1-9 vs Bos
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