Yadier Molina confirmed after Friday's game that he felt "very good" and classified his thumb injury as "no problem at all".
That's certainly encouraging news for the Cardinals, as they will seemingly have their leader in the lineup for the duration of the postseason. Though he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout at the dish, the value that he provides behind the plate and in calling games is immeasurable.
Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the Cubs have reached an agreement with 20-year-old Cuban outfielder Eddy Julio Martinez.
The deal, reported by several industry sources but yet to be confirmed by the Cubs, is believed to be for $3 million. It had been reported last weekend that he agreed to a $2.5 million deal with the Giants, though he later had a change of heart. The five-tool player is projected to remain in center field as he develops and would provide another fantastic piece to an already very deep and talented Cubs organization.
Justin De Fratus has elected free agency.
The 27-year-old hurler had been outrighted to Triple-A earlier in the week but has refused that assignment. He registered a 5.51 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 68/32 K/BB ratio over 80 innings with the Phillies during the 2015 campaign.
Erik Kratz has elected free agency.
The veteran backstop traveled through four organizations during the 2015 season, spending time with the Royals, Red Sox, Mariners and Phillies. He appeared in just 16 games at the big league level, slashing .192/.214/.269 with three RBI. He'll look to score a minor league deal this winter with an opportunity to compete for a backup catcher job.
Chase d'Arnaud has elected free agency.
The veteran infielder was sent outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, but refused the assignment and will explore the open market instead. The 28-year-old is a career .205/.231/.277 hitter with no homers and seven RBI in 166 big league at-bats.