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Last night, the Blue Jays forced the series back to Kansas City and the Mets clinched their first NL title since 2000, defeating the Cubs.
Buster Olney outlined the seven moves that the Dodgers should make this winter, with paying Zack Grienke being atop the list (article only available to ESPN insiders):
It might not be the most efficient deal, but the Dodgers should worry about 2016 more than about Greinke's production in 2020. If they lose Greinke -- a pitcher they know well, a pitcher who has performed for them -- they will have to find somebody to replace the right-hander, who, along with Clayton Kershaw, propped up a flawed team and helped it win the NL West again.
Failing to sign Greinke would be a case of the Dodgers being penny-wise and pound-foolish. They need him, they can pay him, and they should pay him whatever it takes to keep him.
Eric Stephen of True Blue LA broke down the Dodgers payroll.
The Mets have changed their tune, now deciding to likely offer Daniel Murphy a qualifying-offer this winter, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. They still don't appear likely to re-sign him.
Murphy likely would be able to get at least $40 million for four years as a free agent, even with a draft choice attached, so he'll presumably test free agency even with the $15.8 million as one option. In the end, Murphy's big postseason has not only enabled the Mets to move within a game of the World Series, it very likely will bring them a coveted draft pick, as well.
The thinking all along has been that the Mets' depth at second base, with the beloved Wilmer Flores plus prospect Dilson Herrera, who are both younger and less expensive, would allow them to let him leave without too great an effort to keep him on a multi-year deal. However, following Murphy's enormous performance, it's possible the team could re-think that as well. As one scouted pointed out, they have the potential to lose both their key middle-of-the-order guys including also Cespedes, via free agency, and it isn't easy or cheap to replace those type bats.
Speaking of Murphy, Baseball Reference released their projections for the 2016 season and Murphy's are pretty interesting:
The Red Sox had a disappointing 2015 season and Alex Skillin of Over the Monster writes that they could move one of their current starting pitchers in an attempt to land an ace.
There remains a chance the Red Sox don't trade any of their starters this winter, and instead sign one of the prized free-agent pitchers to a big deal. Ownership's reluctance to commit big money to an aging arm in the past means a trade is a realistic possibility, however.
While Porcello struggled for much of 2015, his contract makes him far harder to move than any of the names above. Given Buchholz's health status and the high regard in which the organization holds Rodriguez, Miley and Owens appear to be the two most likely to be traded if Dombrowski decides to deal away a starter this offseason.
Cliff Pennington pitched in a playoff game for the Blue Jays. Yes, I said Cliff Pennington.
Fangraphs broke down Roberto Osuna and the aging curve for relievers.
This day in Baseball History: Albert Pujols set a World Series record with 14 total bases and ties three other major Series records (hits, homers and RBI's) in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series
Question of the Day: What type of contract would you give to Daniel Murphy?
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