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MLB trade rumors and news for October 31st, 2016

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Happy Halloween, baseball fans! You know what was super spooky? The Cubs nearly losing Game 5. But, because baseball is awesome and curses are dumb, we’re all lucky enough to see November ball.

Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the American League Central.

Jose Bautista is a free agent. This is not new information. But what is new is the uniform he could be wearing next season.

“Despite costing his team defensively, Bautista was still worth $10.9 million by FanGraphs’ $/WAR estimations. If Bautista was just relegated to designated hitting duties, that would push his value somewhere near the $23 million range, a good chunk above the $17.2 million qualifying offer amount.

Going forward, that means that Bautista is likely going to have to sign as a DH, which narrows his suitors down to the 50 percent of teams in the American League only. That could severely hamper his ability to get the five-year, $150 million deal he was looking for last offseason as an extension from the Blue Jays.”

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That’s a fight on my block.

It’s very likely that Lucas Duda will be dealt a new contract.

“Duda, 30, made just less than $7 million last season and is arbitration eligible this winter. His versatility—Duda can play both in the outfield and at first base—has helped the Mets remain competitive of late, though he did have a down year as a result of injuries.

Over 47 games this season, Duda batted .229/.302/.412 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs. However, in 2015, he hit 27 home runs and drove in 73 runs.”

I wish to one day have the sort of impeccable timing that Anthony Rizzo has. See for yourself.

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Today in baseball: On October 31st, 2005, on the night of his resignation, former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein eludes the media outside of Fenway by escaping via gorilla suit.

Question of the Day: Where do you think Jose Bautista could end up in 2017?