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Happy November, baseball fans! We hope you’re all recovering from your sugar comas and are ready for some more baseball. Just in case you forgot what went down in Chicago a few days ago, allow us to refresh your memory. So who will be the hero of November this year? Either a goat or GOAT. Time will tell.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the National League Central.
The Rangers are shopping Derek Holland.
“Though the Rangers are considering a trade, they might not be in a hurry to complete one. Holland has an $11 million club option for next season and an $11.5 million option for 2018. However, Holland’s contract also contains a $1.5 million buyout for 2017 and a $1 million buyout for 2018, according to Heyman.”
The tensions surrounding MLB trying to start an international draft have increased. After Dominican players boycotted Major League Baseball, MLB now wants to institute surprise drug tests for prospects. Petty AF.
“This week, just by coincidence, Baseball America’s Ben Badler (who is all over this story, and who you should follow) reports that Major League Baseball has called several of these players in for surprise drug tests. All prospects are drug tested before they sign any contracts, though that, according to Badler, those tests don’t usually happen until the year the player signs. Given that these prospects won’t be eligible to sign until next July, Badler says, this is an odd request, ‘Given the timing, the decision to test players could be retaliation for the protest, raising further questions about the way the commissioner’s office uses its power and treats Latin American amateur players.’”
Trades! Post season deals! Money! Yay!
“Marlins closer Fernando Rodney, Dodgers catcher Carlos Ruiz and Astros reliever Pat Neshek are currently available in trades, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. All three players have club options for next season, and the teams have until five days after the World Series to make those decisions.”
Didn’t get your fill of scares this Halloween? Don’t worry, we have some pretty terrifying contracts to help you get your fix.
Just in case we scared you too much, we offer you this: some of the best costumes around the MLB. Let us know if we missed any of your favorites!
I never knew I needed to see Prince Fielder dressed as Ozzy until this moment.
Gio Gonzalez, will you adopt me?
I just...there isn’t a caption that exists that could do this justice.
The deeper we get into the postseason, the more managers will lose their jobs. Keep up with that game of chess in one place . Send us a thank you card later.
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Today in baseball: On November 1st, 2007, the Dodgers hire Joe Torre for the managerial vacancy.