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The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Dee Gordon has been traded from the Marlins to the Mariners.

Gordon figured to get moved as a result of the Marlins' cutbacks, but Seattle is a highly unexpected destination. Perhaps the Mariners believe he'll fit in center field. He can't possibly be displacing Robinson Cano.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 05:00:00 PM

Diamondbacks re-signed INF Eduardo Escobar to a three-year, $21 million contract.

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic was first to report the deal and the team has officially announced it. Escobar was set to hit free agency this offseason, but he's decided to forego the open market and remain where he finished this season. Bringing Escobar back -- especially at a relatively modest rate -- makes a lot of sense from the Diamondbacks' perspective, as Jake Lamb had an awful 2018 before having shoulder surgery. Escobar also offers protection at shortstop and second base, as well. Slated to turn 30 in January, Escobar is coming off a career-best offensive season that saw him bat .272/.334/.489 with 23 home runs and 84 RBI.
Oct 22 - 6:00 PM

Clayton Kershaw will officially start Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox.

That has been the most likely scenario, even after Kershaw threw 15 pitches to close out Game 7 against the Brewers on Saturday. The alternative would have been Rich Hill, but instead we'll get the marquee matchup of Kershaw vs. Chris Sale.
Oct 22 - 3:15 PM

David Price will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

That was the speculation already, but it's now official. Price spun six scoreless innings in his Game 5 start against the Astros last week to pitch the Red Sox into the World Series. Red Sox manager Alex Cora will see how his bullpen unfolds before deciding on whether to go with Rick Porcello or Nathan Eovaldi for Game 3.
Oct 22 - 2:42 PM

Marlins signed OF Victor Victor Mesa to a minor league contract.

Victor Mesa, Jr. is also in the fold. The agreements were reported over the weekend and are now official, with a press conference scheduled for Monday. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, Victor Victor, 22, will receive about $5.25 million while his 17-year-old brother gets a $1 million deal. The Marlins made no secret about their interest in the brothers and made a number of trades in order to collect the international bonus money needed to land them. Victor Victor was ranked as the No. 1 player in this year's signing class and could make his way to the majors sooner rather than later. It's a big day for the Marlins as they try to rebrand themselves under Derek Jeter's leadership.
Oct 22 - 11:08 AM

The Angels on Sunday announced the hiring of Brad Ausmus as their new manager.

Ausmus spent this season in the Angels' front office as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler. Before that he managed the Tigers for four seasons, winning 90 games in his first campaign but getting fired after a 64-98 showing in 2017. Ausmus seemingly beat out Eric Chavez -- who was also a special assistant to Eppler before finishing the year as the manager at Triple-A Salt Lake -- for the job. MLB.com's Maria I. Guardado says that Ausmus has been given a three-year contract.
Oct 21 - 1:10 PM

The Reds on Sunday announced the hiring of David Bell as their new manager.

Bell was looking like the likely selection after Joe Girardi pulled out of the running and the Reds made it official Sunday. They will introduce their new skipper at a press conference Monday. Bell was a manager in the Reds' minor league system for four seasons and a coach in the majors from 2012-17 before spending 2018 as the Giants' vice president of player development. He was a finalist for the Rangers and Blue Jays manager jobs, as well. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports that Bell has been given a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth season.
Oct 21 - 10:25 AM

Cody Bellinger was named NLCS MVP after the Dodgers' Game 7 win over the Brewers on Saturday.

Bellinger hit what was the game-winning homer in the second inning, a two-run jack off Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin that gave the Dodgers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He hit just .200 in the series, with four RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases, but the stakes and importance of his Game 7 homer clearly impressed the judges in choosing him as the series MVP. Bellinger and the Dodgers will advance to take on the Red Sox in the World Series, which begins Tuesday in Boston.
Oct 20 - 11:47 PM

Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run to lead the Dodgers to a 5-1 win in Saturday's NLCS Game 7 against the Brewers.

Puig's night began when he doubled down the right field line in the second inning, and with the Dodgers nursing a one-run lead in the sixth he delivered the biggest blow of the contest with a three-run blast over the left-center field wall. He was hitting .240 with one RBI and two runs scored in 10 postseason games before Saturday's outburst, now batting .310/.412/.517 in 11 playoff contests. Love him or hate him, he's a talent and will once again have a chance to shine on the biggest stage when the World Series starts Tuesday in Boston.
Oct 20 - 11:28 PM

Joc Pederson is starting in left field and batting leadoff for the Dodgers in Saturday's NLCS Game 7 against the Brewers.

Pederson took a seat Friday, with David Freese batting leadoff and playing first base while Chris Taylor moved from second base to left field. On Saturday, it's Taylor at second base and Freese on the bench against Brewers righty Jhoulys Chacin. The rest of the Dodgers' lineup for the winner-take-all contest: Pederson, LF; Max Muncy, 1B; Justin Turner, 3B; Manny Machado, SS; Cody Bellinger, CF; Yasiel Puig, RF; Taylor, 2B; Austin Barnes, C; Walker Buehler, P.
Oct 20 - 4:37 PM

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reported that Jose Altuve recently had surgery on his right knee.

The expectation is that he will be fully healthy in time for spring training. Astros manager A.J. Hinch commented during the playoffs that "He's hurt, if it was any other time of year he wouldn't be playing. His teammates revere him." Altuve originally hurt the knee way back in July during a game against the Rockies. The second baseman won the American League MVP Award in 2017 and then his performance fell off somewhat in 2018, perhaps in large part due to the injury. He registered an .865 OPS in the first half of the season and a .751 OPS after the break. The most obvious sign that his leg was bothering him was a dropoff in stolen bases -- after stealing 30+ bases every year in the previous six seasons he swiped only 17 this year.
Source: MLB.com
Oct 20 - 1:14 PM

Jesus Aguilar went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI on Friday, propelling the Brewers to a 7-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS and forcing a do-or-die Game 7 on Saturday.

The Dodgers took an early lead in this one on a leadoff homer from David Freese, but Aguilar answered the bell in the bottom half of the first, delivering a two-run double off of Hyun-Jin Ryu to put the Brewers ahead to stay. He capped off the scoring in the game with an RBI single in the eighth inning. With the three-hit attack, Aguilar is now hitting .242/.306/.515 with two homers and five RBI in nine games this postseason.
Oct 20 - 12:17 AM




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