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The MLB Daily Dish: MLB trade news and rumors for October 8th, 2016

Jump start your day with the latest news, rumors, and analysis covering what could, should, and will affect your club's roster.

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New York is under the impression Yoenis Cespedes will opt out of his current contract:

Because now, as the rubber prepares to meet the road, Cespedes is reportedly set to walk back onto the free agent market as probably the best hitter available. At least, that’s what the Mets think, according to Adam Rubin.

Daniel Murphy might be the difference in the Nationals/Dodgers series.

For most of the 2016 season, the Marlins were in playoff contention. Then, injuries became too much to overcome:

No, the real end of the Marlins’ chances came at the end of an abysmal August, as the club lost 10 of 11 games to drop three games below .500. The primary culprit was simply a lack of offense. Giancarlo Stanton had succumbed to a groin injury on August 13 and had been out for the rest of the month. With their primary power source on the sidelines, the Marlins eventually stopped hitting. From August 27 until September 6, the Marlins hit just .224 as a team and scored just 30 runs. By the end, when Stanton made a rather miraculous return, they were six games out of the wild card chase and behind three other clubs for that last spot.

Miller Park is going to start serving doughnut sandwiches soon, which is more important than you might think.

This might be an issue for the Mets’ shortstop:

The Henderson Alvarez era in Oakland could be over:

This might not be the end of Wallace’s career in Oakland, though:

New York isn’t anticipating any coaching changes:

Rough news for the Padres:

And so Arizona’s search begins:

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