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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent reliever Greg Holland is seeking a two-year deal with an opt-out after the first year.

The structure would allow him to test free agency again if he has a big 2017 in his return from Tommy John surgery. It's unclear how many teams are open to such a deal, but Heyman writes that Holland is drawing interest from the Dodgers, Nationals, Rockies, Brewers, and Reds, among others. The Dodgers have a firmly established closer with Kenley Jansen, but Holland could see save chances in the other locations if he proves his health and effectiveness in the spring. He was reportedly clocked in the 88-91 mph range during a showcase in November, but the belief is that he'll be closer to normal as he rebuilds arm strength.
Wed, Jan 11, 2017 09:59:00 AM

Yasiel Puig homered and drove in two runs in a 5-3 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday.

Puig's homer was a solo shot off of Bryan Shaw in the sixth inning. He also drove in a run on a bases loaded walk in the first, and he reached via base-on-balls again later in the contest. Since returning from the disabled list with a hip injury, Puig has really swung the bat well, and his .221/.294/.393 line is a big improvement over where it was just a few weeks ago. When Puig is hot, there aren't many better.
May 23 - 1:10 AM

Guillermo Heredia went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in a 3-2 victory over the Athletics in 10 innings on Tuesday.

Heredia also reached twice via walk. The double was a shot to deep right-center that scored Jean Segura from first base and gave the Mariners the go-ahead run in the victory over Oakland. Heredia is going to get much more playing time over the coming weeks because of injuries and Robinson Cano's suspension, and if he can keep up what he's doing -- .286/.439/.460 in 32 games -- or even a semblance of it, he's not going to give up a starting spot anytime soon.
May 23 - 12:59 AM

Gerrit Cole continued his dominance on Tuesday, allowing just two runs on four hits over six innings in a victory over the Giants.

The right-hander racked up another eight strikeouts in this one against three walks. The only success against him came on Brandon Crawford's two-run homer in the fifth inning. Next to teammate Justin Verlander, there hasn't been a better pitcher in all of baseball this season. Cole now sits at 5-1 with a microscopic 1.86 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 101/17 K/BB ratio in his 67 2/3 innings (13.43 K/9). He'll do battle against the Indians his next time out in Cleveland on Sunday.
May 23 - 12:53 AM

X-rays turned up negative on Mitch Haniger's left wrist.

Haniger was removed from Tuesday's game against the Athletics after getting hit on the left arm by a Trevor Cahill pitch, but he escaped with a bruise and can be considered day-to-day. The 27-year-old outfielder has an outstanding .296/.381/.568 batting line with 11 home runs, 36 RBI, three stolen bases, and 22 runs scored in 47 games this season.
May 23 - 12:07 AM

Lance Lynn turned in his finest start as a member of the Twins on Tuesday, allowing just five hits and a walk over 6 2/3 shutout innings in a victory over the Tigers.

The veteran right-hander struck out four on the night, throwing 64 of his 100 pitches for strikes. It was a much-needed bounceback performance after Lynn was hit hard in each of his previous two starts. Take it with a grain of salt though, as this terrific effort came against a struggling Tigers' offense that's missing Miguel Cabrera and Jeimer Candelario. Let's see how he fares on Monday against the Royals in Kansas City before we discuss Lynn and his 6.34 ERA as a viable mixed league option.
May 23 - 12:03 AM

Matt Harvey spun six innings of one-run ball against the Pirates on Tuesday in the Reds' 7-2 win.

Harvey had to escape a bases loaded, one-out jam in the first inning and gave up a solo home run to Colin Moran in the fourth. In the other four innings combined he surrendered just an infield single. In three career starts at Great American Ball Park, Harvey now holds a 1.77 ERA and 19/3 K/BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings. Harvey wasn’t great his last time out but now holds a 2.57 ERA over his first three starts as a Red. His next outing will come at Coors Field.
May 22 - 11:48 PM

Scooter Gennett smashed a grand slam and drove in six runs in the Reds' win over the Pirates on Tuesday.

It's his first grand slam this season after he ripped an improbable four grand slams last year. Gennett also had an RBI double and a sacrifice fly. He's hit six home runs over his last 13 games after clubbing just two homers over his first 34 contests. Gennett was looking droppable after suffering a shoulder injury earlier this month, but his batting line is now up to .324/.358/.528 after his hot streak.
May 22 - 11:46 PM

Matt Boyd (oblique) expects to make his next scheduled start.

Boyd left Tuesday night's game against the Twins after feeling some spasming around his left oblique in the bottom of the fifth inning. He tried to talk manager Ron Gardenhire into keeping him in, but Boyd had walked two straight batters (after throwing four scoreless frames to begin the evening) and Gardenhire decided to play it safe. Boyd holds a 3.29 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 41/17 K/BB ratio in 52 innings (nine starts) this season. He's lined up to face the Angels at home next Monday.
May 22 - 11:45 PM

Austin Meadows homered in his second straight game Tuesday, hitting a solo shot in a loss to the Reds.

Meadows took reliever Amir Garrett deep in the seventh inning Tuesday after he homered off of Jordan Lyles for his first major league dinger Sunday. He's 6-for-15 at the dish over his first four big league games and has also added a stolen base. Meadows could be sent back down when Starling Marte (oblique) returns from the disabled list, but he'll play regularly at least for the next week or so.
May 22 - 11:41 PM

Gary Sanchez made an early exit from Tuesday's game against the Rangers due to cramping in his calf.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters after the game that it's nothing serious, though Sanchez may need a day off. He was 0-for-1 with two walks before exiting in the sixth inning. The 25-year-old catcher is slashing .230/.331/.547 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI in 41 games this season.
May 22 - 11:27 PM

Ozzie Albies clubbed a solo home run, reached base three times and scored three runs in the Braves' win over the Phillies on Tuesday.

Albies briefly tied Bryce Harper for the National League lead in home runs with his 14th in the third inning before Harper later went deep to retake solo possession of the lead. He also singled and walked and with his three runs in this one and now leads the NL by eight with his 45 runs scored.
May 22 - 11:22 PM




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