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Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that while the Mets continue to talk to the Pirates about Josh Harrison, a free agent addition is more likely.

In other words, not much has changed here. The Mets have been linked to Harrison for quite some time, but they are reluctant to give up talent from what is already a thin farm system. Brandon Nimmo has been mentioned as a trade possibility, but the Mets are lacking in outfield depth. The Mets are believed to considering a free agent pool consisting of Todd Frazier, Neil Walker, and Eduardo Nunez, but Puma writes that we might not see movement on that front until "the bigger names are off the board."
Jan 29 - 9:04 AM

Clayton Kershaw was charged with five earned runs over four-plus innings Tuesday in the Dodgers' World Series Game 1 loss to the Red Sox.

Kershaw looked off from the jump, yielding two runs in the bottom of the first inning with his fastball sitting around 90 mph. He gave up another run in the bottom of the third and was lifted after allowing the first two batters to reach in the bottom of the fifth. They'd both come around to score. The 30-year-old left-hander now holds a 4.28 ERA in 145 career postseason innings -- not a small sample size. His lack of October success remains puzzling.
Oct 24 - 12:09 AM

Andrew Benintendi went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI as the Red Sox beat the Dodgers 8-4 in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Benintendi plated Mookie Betts with a single through the right side of the infield in the bottom of the first inning and came around to score on a J.D. Martinez scorcher to left-center field, giving Boston an early 2-0 lead. Benintendi added a second single in the bottom of the third, and his third single of the night -- in the bottom of the fifth -- drove Clayton Kershaw from the game. He then hit a ground-rule double off Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias in the bottom of the seventh. Benintendi is the third Red Sox player ever with four hits in a World Series game, joining Wally Moses (Game 4, 1946 vs. St. Louis) and Jacoby Ellsbury (Game 3, 2007 at Colorado). This also marked the first time Benintendi had ever collected four hits against lefties in a single game, regular season or postseason.
Oct 24 - 12:07 AM

Brian Dozier is starting at second base and hitting leadoff for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night against the Red Sox.

It's an all-right-handed lineup for the Dodgers with left-hander Chris Sale on the mound for the Red Sox: Brian Dozier 2B, Justin Turner 3B, David Freese 1B, Manny Machado SS, Chris Taylor LF, Matt Kemp DH, Enrique Hernandez CF, Yasiel Puig RF, Austin Barnes C. Clayton Kershaw is the Game 1 starter for Los Angeles.
Oct 23 - 4:13 PM

Rafael Devers is starting at third base and batting sixth in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night against the Dodgers.

Eduardo Nunez is on the bench and may still be dealing with lingering effects of the right ankle injury that he suffered while converting the final out of the American League Division Series. The full Game 1 lineup for the host Red Sox: Mookie Betts RF, Andrew Benintendi LF, Steve Pearce 1B, J.D. Martinez DH, Xander Bogaerts SS, Rafael Devers 3B, Ian Kinsler 2B, Sandy Leon C, Jackie Bradley CF. Chris Sale will be on the mound for Boston.
Oct 23 - 4:10 PM

The Red Sox have added left-hander Drew Pomeranz to their roster for the World Series against the Dodgers.

He'll take the spot of Brandon Workman. Pomeranz hasn't pitched since September 30, but he gives the Red Sox another arm against the Dodgers' left-handed batters and some insurance for Chris Sale.
Oct 23 - 10:45 AM

Steven Wright is not on the World Series roster for the Red Sox against the Dodgers.

The decision comes as a bit of a surprise. Wright was removed from the ALDS roster due to a nagging left knee issue and will eventually require arthroscopic surgery, but the expectation was that he would be added after making it through a simulated game Sunday with no issues.
Oct 23 - 10:43 AM

The Dodgers have added left-hander Scott Alexander to their roster for the World Series against the Red Sox.

In turn, Caleb Ferguson has been taken off the roster. Alexander made one scoreless appearance during the NLDS against the Braves. The southpaw posted a 3.68 ERA and 56/27 K/BB ratio over 66 innings during the regular season. He posted very good numbers against left-handed batters and had one of the highest ground ball rates in the majors, so he's a nice weapon to have against Boston.
Oct 23 - 10:30 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are working to complete a deal with Cuban right-hander Sandy Gaston.

This confirms a report from Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald, who hears that Gaston will receive a bonus of $2.6 million. The Marlins also expressed heavy interest, but they didn't have enough international bonus money remaining after signing the Mesa brothers. It's worth noting that the Orioles came up empty-handed on all three players after accruing a big chunk of bonus money. The 16-year-old Gaston is a hard-thrower who still has plenty of development ahead of him.
Oct 23 - 9:08 AM

The Seibu Lions said Sunday that they would post Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi this offseason if Kikuchi requests it.

The Lions' season ended Sunday and Kikuchi said he hasn't had a chance to talk to the front office about his future yet. Ultimately, it seems likely that he will be pitching in the majors leagues in 2019, but nothing is final yet. Kikuchi, 27, posted a 3.08 ERA and 153/45 K/BB ratio over 163 2/3 innings in the Japan Pacific League this season and is viewed as a potential mid-rotation starter in the majors.
Oct 22 - 10:39 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. General manager Mike Hazen said the team views Escobar as an everyday player, but where he plays and whether it will be at one position remains to be seen. 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




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