Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports the Mariners are likely to buy out the 2015 option for Justin Smoak.
Smoak has a $3.65 million club option for 2015, and it will cost the M's $150,000 to buy out that final year. Smoak, 27, never reached his full potential in Seattle, hitting .202/.275/.339 in 80 games this year. His pedigree may earn him another major league deal, but Smoak will be hard-pressed to find a starting gig on the free agent market this winter.
Rob Bradford of WEEI.com hears from multiple sources that Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo will interview with the Rangers for their vacant managerial position.
Lovullo was also considered for the Astros' open job before they hired A.J. Hinch. Tim Bogar, Mike Maddux and Steve Buechele are the known candidates for the Rangers position currently.
Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 in a complete-game, 8-0 shutout of the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game Wednesday.
Bumgarner didn't need to be dominant, but he was anyway. The left-hander gave up just four hits, all singles, and walked one, using 109 pitches to get through the game. October baseball is becoming old hat for Bumgarner at this point, as the 25-year-old already has seven postseason starts in his career. Bumgarner is on track to make the start for the Giants in NLDS Game 3 against the Nationals.
Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam in the fourth inning of the Giants' win over the Pirates in Wednesday's Wild Card Game.
Of all the unlikely heroes in a one-game playoff, Crawford may have been among the unlikeliest. But there he was, pulling an Edinson Volquez curveball into the right field stands for a grand slam that gave the Giants the lead and ultimately the victory. Crawford finished 1-for-5 in the game, but he can go hitless until 2015 and still have earned his spot in the lineup this postseason.
Edinson Volquez gave up a grand slam and allowed five runs total over five innings in Wednesday's Wild Card Game loss to the Giants.
Volquez got by in the first three innings before two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning. An ill-placed pitch to Brandon Crawford changed that. Volquez was charged with another run in the sixth inning, giving up five hits and three walks on the evening. It was a disappointing end to a great season for Volquez, who revived his career to go 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA during the regular season. His strong year certainly earned him a few more million dollars on the free agent market this winter.