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The MLB Daily Dish: MLB trade rumors and news for August 25, 2016

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

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Good morning baseball fans!

Don’t fret Mets fans, there may actually be some good news. Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has said that he plans to honor the final two years of his deal with New York, instead of opting out.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is throwing, inching him closer to a return to the rotation.

Brian Cashman’s ability to wheel-and-deal this season has put him in high regard with the Yankees fanbase.

On the flip side of the coin, Cardinals fans are starting to lose faith in John Mozeliak.

Can a team finish in the bottom five of the majors in hitting with runners in scoring position and still make the playoffs? How does it all impact the 2016 season?

Before their series with the Cardinals, Fangraphs gave the Mets 0.1% chance at winning the division and 12.3 % chance at obtaining a Wild Card spot. The Mets have had a long season, as detailed last week by Nick Stellini, but they still somehow find themselves within striking distance of the Wild Card. There is still a month and a half to go in the season, but if the Mets can have some other areas work (Cespedes gets hot, the pitching holds up, and they start driving runs in with men in scoring position), then they can join the above list and make the playoffs. If they do, who knows? Maybe they follow the same script as another Mets team in 2000 and return to the World Series.

Teams aren’t using innings limits effectively, and Aaron Sanchez is a perfect example of that.

Chris Tillman has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Orioles.

Here is a roundup of news from around the American League East.

Gary Sanchez has made Yankees fans think of Jesus Montero, but Montero he is not.

I understand why Montero’s name comes up. I even understand that Sanchez might end up a Montero sort of hitter. It’s not impossible. The approaches are similar. Montero was never short on power. Yet Sanchez ought to be better than that, because Sanchez has demonstrated he’s a harder worker. And in large part because of that effort, Sanchez has turned himself into a legitimate defensive catcher. That’s something Montero could never do, and as a big-league career goes, that’s a total game-changer. When you can’t catch, you have to hit. When you can catch, offense is a luxury. Sanchez catches. For now, Sanchez also hits. Slumps will come, and we’ll see how they’re conquered, but Gary Sanchez is very much on his own track, and it promises to lead to a striking destination.

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Today in Baseball History: In 1967, Dean Chance of Minnesota throws his second no-hitter of the month.

Question of the Day: Should Cespedes opt-out of his deal with the Mets?