Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday that he expects Alex Rodriguez to be the team's third baseman next season.
Girardi did note that A-Rod isn't guaranteed the starting job at the hot corner because the club needs "to see where he is physically at." But, the skipper "absolutely" expects Rodriguez to be part of the team and thinks he'll be the regular third baseman as long as he's healthy. A-Rod, of course, missed all of this season after being suspended because of his ties with Biogenesis. Some had speculated that the Yanks might simply just cut him loose, but it appears they're not willing to just eat the $61 million A-Rod has remaining on his contract.
Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that "all indications" are that Tanner Roark will be used out of the bullpen in the NLDS.
It's a testament to how talented the Nationals' rotation is, as Roark isn't able to crack the starting staff despite putting up a 2.85 ERA and 1.09 WHIP while winning 15 games. Roark could possibly join the rotation later in the postseason, but most likely it would take an injury for that to happen. Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister will hold down the team's four rotation spots.
Mariners designated OF Corey Hart for assignment.
It's a paper move in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Jesus Montero, who was reinstated from suspension. Hart will be a free agent this winter.
Mariners activated 1B/DH Jesus Montero from the suspended list.
Montero was suspended for the last couple weeks of the minor league season after getting involved in an altercation with one of the team's scouts. He's now back on the 40-man roster. The former top prospect spent almost all of this season at Triple-A Tacoma, batting .286/.350/.489 with 16 homers and 74 RBI.
The Astros officially introduced A.J. Hinch as their new manager at a press conference Monday.
Hinch, who most recently served as vice president and assistant general manager with the Padres, previously managed the Diamondbacks during part of the 2009 and 2010 seasons, going 89-123. He interviewed with the Astros after the 2012 season before the team picked Bo Porter but this time beat out nine other candidates for the job. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says Hinch is "well-versed with the team’s emphasis on statistical analysis."