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Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Angels are expected to discuss a contract extension with Mike Trout this offseason that would make him "a lifetime Angel."

The Halos tried to sign Trout to a "lifetime contract" a few years ago when the two sides wound up settling for a six-year, $144 million extension. That contract won't run out until after the 2020 season, but the Angels are interested in trying to lock the best player in the game up now. As Heyman notes, Trout and his agent, Craig Landis, would be wise to wait until after Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are signed to provide a salary floor for Trout. How seriously Trout might entertain another long-term deal from the Angels at this time remains to be seen.
Sep 14 - 8:32 AM

Michael Fulmer underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told reports that Fulmer is expected to be at full strength by the beginning of spring training next February. The 25-year-old right-hander posted a disappointing 4.69 ERA and 110/46 K/BB ratio over 132 1/3 innings with the Tigers in 2018. He was probably going to be a trade candidate this winter, but those numbers and the late-season knee injury have likely torched his market.
Sep 20 - 3:50 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera (calf) is back in the Phillies' starting lineup Thursday versus the Braves.

Cabrera only wound up missing two starts with a Grade 1 calf strain. He will play shortstop and bat third Thursday night against right-hander Kevin Gausman.
Sep 20 - 3:37 PM

Jeimer Candelario (back) remains out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Thursday.

Candelario is still working through lumbar spine spasms and it's unclear how much he's going to be able to play down the stretch. Ronny Rodriguez will get the start at third base and bat sixth Thursday versus the Royals.
Sep 20 - 3:34 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers "are contemplating replacing" manager Jeff Banister after the season.

Banister is under contract through 2019, but the Rangers are playing out the string on a second consecutive losing campaign and Wilson writes that club officials "have started to wonder if he is a fix in the long-range plan." Wilson's sources cite "communication issues" with players as another possible reason for his potential firing. No final decision has been made yet, but usually when these types of rumors start blowing it doesn't end well for the subject of them.
Sep 20 - 3:15 PM

Rays recalled OF Austin Meadows from Triple-A Charlotte.

Acquired from the Pirates on July 31 as part of the Chris Archer trade, Meadows slashed .344/.396/.771 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI in 27 regular-season games with the Durham Bulls before helping to lead them to the Triple-A National Championship Game. He is not starting Thursday night against the Blue Jays, but the 23-year-old outfielder should see some action down the final stretch in Tampa Bay.
Sep 20 - 3:02 PM

Trevor Cahill (back) is scheduled to return to the A's rotation Sunday against the Twins.

Cahill has been sidelined since September 9 due to an upper back injury, but he threw a successful bullpen session on Wednesday and is on track to handle the Athletics' series finale versus Minnesota. The 30-year-old right-hander holds a solid 3.77 ERA and 1.21 WHIP through 102 2/3 innings this season with Oakland.
Sep 20 - 2:34 PM

A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday that he's hoping Sean Manaea (shoulder) can pitch at some point in 2019.

Manaea underwent surgery Wednesday to correct an impingement and repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder. Melvin said the team should have a clearer timetable on the overall recovery by next spring. The 26-year-old southpaw seems certain to miss the first half at least.
Sep 20 - 2:30 PM

Gio Gonzalez held the Reds to zero runs on two hits through six innings and was rewarded with a win on Wednesday.

He surrendered a pair of singles and a pair of walks while striking out five in the victory. The former National has pitched well in two of his three starts since joining the Brewers in the middle of a pennant race. For the season he is 9-11 with a 4.28 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 30 starts. He is a back-end starter in fantasy terms. He is hard to trust on a daily basis and should only be used against weak-hitting teams. He lines up for one more start in the regular season, which will come in St. Louis against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Sep 20 - 1:16 AM

Jason Kipnis boomed a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the White Sox 4-1 on Wednesday.

The Indians trailed 1-0 and had just two hits in the ballgame as they headed into the final frame. They loaded the bases on a couple of cheap singles and a hit batsman to set the stage for Kipnis's heroics. He launched one off reliever Ian Hamilton down the right field line that stayed fair as the home crowd roared. It was a nice moment for Kipnis in what has been another disappointing season for the veteran and his fantasy owners. He is slashing just .229/.317/.388 with 17 home runs and 72 RBI. He was dropped down to the ninth slot in the batting order for the first time today. He has been bumped to the outfield due to the addition of Josh Donaldson and could see reduced playing time down the stretch.
Sep 20 - 12:55 AM

Carlos Carrasco struck out 11 batters and gave up just one run in 6 1/3 innings of work against the White Sox on Wednesday.

He pitched magnificently but was actually on the hook for the loss until the Indians scored four times in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull out a victory. The one blemish on his line was a solo home run off the bat off Daniel Palka in the sixth inning. Carrasco's record holds at 16-9 with a fine 3.35 ERA and 1.11 WHIP after 29 starts and one relief appearance. He has an elite 217:37 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 182 2/3 innings. The Indians will probably nurse him through one or two short starts as they prepare for the playoffs.
Sep 20 - 12:42 AM

Dylan Covey had to settle for a no-decision despite shutting out the Indians for six innings in a game his team eventually lost on Wednesday.

He held the Tribe batters to just two hits and three walks while striking out five in the gem outing. It was a rare excellent start for the struggling right-hander. He certainly deserved a win for his efforts today but the White Sox bullpen blew it for him in the ninth inning. His record holds at 5-13 with a 5.33 ERA after 19 starts and six relief appearances. He recently rejoined the starting rotation after Michael Kopech went down for Tommy John surgery.
Sep 20 - 12:25 AM




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