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Detroit will try to trade Justin Upton this off-season:
Upton, 29, had a down season with regard to average but still provided power, batting .246/.310/.465 with 31 home runs and 87 RBIs. Last season was Upton’s first on an American League team’s roster. The slow start might have reflected an adjustment period.
Pittsburgh fired its first and third base coaches:
"It was a difficult decision, but we felt it was the right time to make this change on our Major League staff," Neal Huntington said.— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) October 22, 2016
It doesn’t seem there is a sense of urgency with regard to the Mets attempting to keep Yoenis Cespedes, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Maybe there wasn’t an attempt to move Justin Upton:
DET source says contrary to what was written Friday, team never attempted to move Justin Upton during '16; says other teams did call them.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 22, 2016
Chicago designated Giovanni Soto for assignment.
Washington is interested in re-signing Mark Melancon this off-season, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.
This is interesting for the Cubs:
Re Schwarber, would only be DH, can't play the field. Running still an issue but he's been cleared to hit, etc.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) October 22, 2016
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