Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins and Martin Prado have agreed to a three-year, $40 million extension.
Prado was previously due to hit a weak free agent market this winter, but he's now locked up through his age-35 season in 2019. Acquired from the Yankees in December of 2014, Prado has hit .297/.350/.405 over two seasons with Miami and has emerged as a clubhouse leader. The Marlins made it a top priority to keep him in the fold and they were successful.
Jered Weaver (back) plans to start as scheduled Sunday against the Astros.
Weaver was forced to leave Monday's start against the Athletics after five scoreless innings due to lower back tightness, but it won't stop him from making perhaps his final start with the Angels. The veteran right-hander thinks he can pitch next season, but he has yet to make a final decision about his future. Weaver has an ugly 5.06 ERA in 31 starts this season.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle hinted Monday that Jung Ho Kang could see more time at shortstop next season.
Kang has exclusively played third base this season, though he hasn't been as sharp defensively. The feeling is that he could see some improvement another year removed from a torn MCL and fractured tibia, possibly opening the door for a return to shortstop. "Will there be an opportunity for him to move back at short any time next year based on the rehab and the strength and what he's able to show?" said Hurdle. "That's going to be an interesting development." Starting shortstop Jordy Mercer remains under team control for next season.
Nick Castellanos (hand) went 1-for-3 in an instructional league game on Monday.
The game was shortened due to rain, but Castellanos logged his first at-bats since his fractured hand on August 6. The plan calls for him to participate in a six-inning simulated game on Tuesday before being reevaluated. It's possible he'll be activated for this weekend's series against the Braves.
Indians manager Terry Francona downplayed Corey Kluber's groin injury after Monday's game.
Kluber was forced to exit his start against the Tigers on Monday after four innings due to what was described as right groin tightness. He declined to discuss the injury as the Indians clinched the American League Central, but more should be known on his status on Tuesday. "He's good, but he has a groin thing that he's fighting," said Francona. "It started getting him in the third and again in the fourth, so I grabbed him. I told him we need to find a way to win a game, but we aren't going far without him, so we need to get him healthy and let him do what he does."
Starlin Castro (hamstring) flew out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning during Monday's game against the Blue Jays.
Castro has been out since September 17 with a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to the starting lineup.
Tyler Holt (wrist) appeared a defensive replacement in Monday's blowout win over the Cardinals.
Holt was scratched from Friday's lineup with a sore left wrist, but he's apparently making progress. The 27-year-old has hit .235/.327/.296 over 103 games this season.
Mike Trout went 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks as the Angels edged the A's 2-1 on Monday.
Trout has never finished a season with a 1.000 OPS, but he has a chance this year; tonight put him back up to 1.001. He's also one homer away from 30 and two RBI away from 100.