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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 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 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
  • Tigers activate OF Troy Stokes from 45-day IL
    Tigers activated OF Troy Stokes from the 45-day injured list.

    Advice: Stokes did not appear in a meaningful game in 2020 after suffering a fractured hamate bone in June, before the start of summer camp workouts. The 24-year-old outfielder registered a .233/.341/.385 batting line with nine home runs and 14 stolen bases over 95 games with the Triple-A affiliate of the Brewers in 2019. Today, 6:59 am
  • Tigers activate JaCoby Jones from the 45-day IL
    Tigers activated OF JaCoby Jones from the 45-day injured list.

    Advice: Jones suffered a fractured left hand on September 1 and did not return to action. The 28-year-old finished the condensed 2020 campaign with an encouraging .849 OPS, five home runs, nine doubles, 14 RBI, and 19 runs scored in 30 games played for Detroit. He should have a starting job in the outfield going into 2021. Today, 6:54 am
  • Marlins exercise $12.5M option on Starling Marte
    Marlins exercised OF Starling Marte's $12.5 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: Marlins CEO Derek Jeter made it known earlier this month that the team would pick up the option, and that decision has now been made official the morning after the conclusion of the 2020 World Series. Marte, 32, slashed .281/.340/.430 with six home runs, 27 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 36 runs scored in 61 regular-season games this summer between Arizona and Miami. He missed the NLDS against the Braves after fracturing a finger on his left hand during the Wild Card Series versus the Cubs, but he should have a relatively normal offseason and currently projects as the starting center fielder for the Fish on Opening Day next year. Today, 5:39 am
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • 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
  • Betts doubles, homers as Dodgers claim WS title
    Mookie Betts doubled and homered as the Dodgers beat the Rays 3-1 in Game 6 on Tuesday to claim their first World Series championship since 1988.

    Advice: Betts struck out in his first two at-bats against Rays starter Blake Snell and was batting just .240/.333/.340 in 57 plate appearances between the NLCS and the Fall Classic before doubling down the left field line off reliever Nick Anderson in the bottom of the sixth inning. That double pushed Austin Barnes to third base, and Barnes promptly scored the Dodgers' first run of the night on a wild pitch. Betts then raced home on a Corey Seager fielder's choice infield grounder to put Los Angeles up 2-1. For a little insurance, Betts slugged a solo home run off Peter Fairbanks in the bottom of the eighth. It sailed a projected 434 feet to left-center, with an exit velocity of 107.1 mph -- his hardest-hit home run of the year and his longest home run since September 2019. Yesterday, 8:38 pm
    New Player Note
    Mookie Betts LAD - CF,RF
    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
  • 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
  • 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 designate OF Cordell for assignment
    Mets designated OF Ryan Cordell for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Robel García off waivers. Cordell appeared in five games with the Mets this season while going 1-for-8. Monday, 12:46 pm
    L, 5-15 @Was
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mookie Betts swipes two more bases in Game 3 win
    Mookie Betts went 2-for-5 and drove in a run on Friday as the Dodgers triumphed over the Rays in Game 3 of the World Series to take a 2-1 series lead.

    Advice: Betts drove in the Dodgers' fifth run with a two-out RBI single off of Charlie Morton that plated Joc Pederson in the fourth inning. The superstar outfielder also continued to run wild on the basepaths in this one, swiping a pair of bases to give him four for the World Series. He's the first player since Deion Sanders in 1992 to have two or more games with multiple stolen bases in a World Series. For the postseason, he's hitting .316 (18-for-57) with a homer, seven RBI and six stolen bases. Friday, 7:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Mookie Betts LAD - CF,RF
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Roof will be closed for World Series Gm 3 on Fri.
    The roof will be closed at Globe Life Field for Friday night's World Series Game 3 between the Dodgers and Rays.

    Advice: That tends to make the Rangers' new stadium play a lot more pitcher-friendly. The roof was open for Games 1 and 2, which featured final scores of 8-3 and 6-4, respectively. MLB's official press release cites "Friday’s forecasted temperatures, wind chill, and the possibility of rain" as the reasoning behind the decision to close it. Friday, 11:09 am
    New Player Note
    Mookie Betts LAD - CF,RF
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Betts homers, steals two bags as Dodgers win Gm 1
    Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 with a homer, two stolen bases, and two runs scored in the Dodgers' 8-3 World Series Game 1 victory over the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Betts swiped second and third base after drawing a leadoff walk in what became a four-run bottom of the fifth inning for Los Angeles and then led off the bottom of the sixth with a first-pitch, opposite-field homer to right off Rays left-hander Josh Fleming. It was Betts’ first home run against a lefty in 2020, and it gave the Dodgers a 7-1 lead. He also added a 107.5 mph single in the bottom of the eighth inning for his hardest-struck base hit of the year. Betts is the first player ever to homer, steal two bases, and score two runs in a World Series game. Tuesday, 8:37 pm
    New Player Note
    Mookie Betts LAD - CF,RF
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Betts picks up two hits, robs Freeman of home run
    Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 with a walk on Sunday in the Dodgers' win over the Braves in Game 7 of the NLCS. 

    Advice: It's nice to reach three times, but what folks will remember from this game was what he did with the glove. The Dodgers were trailing 3-2 when Freddie Freeman hit what appeared to be a solo homer, but the superstar outfielder leaped up to rob the probable MVP. In the NLCS, Betts hit .269/.387/.308, and he'll be at the top of the lineup on Tuesday for Game 1 of the World Series against the Rays. Oct 18, 8:54 pm
    New Player Note
    Mookie Betts LAD - CF,RF
    W, 5-0 vs LAA
  • Marlins will exercise Starling Marte's option
    Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said during a conference call with reporters Sunday that the team plans to exercise Starling Marte's $12.5 million club option for 2021.

    Advice: Even with the economic uncertainty around baseball, this move was a no-brainer. Marte, 32, put together a .281/.340/.430 batting line with six home runs and 10 stolen bases across 250 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks and Marlins in 2020. Oct 18, 9:10 am
    W, 5-0 @NYY
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