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The Washington Nationals made an extension offer to catcher WIlson Ramos, somewhere in the three-year, $30 million range. It appears that both sides are not close to a deal.
The 2016 season for the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a good one, and it continues life without Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman.
The Pirates added a lefty to their pen’, acquiring Phil Coke from the Yankees.
Asdrubal Cabrera might have saved the Mets.
Cabrera is a perfect metaphor for his team's season. He is battered and wounded, he appeared to be done in August, and yet somehow against all odds, he is not only surviving, but thriving. Cabrera and the Mets are "on two bad legs!" Kirk Gibson (the home run-hitting Dodger outfielder, not the opposing batter-hitting Diamondback manager). They have stared down the impossible situation and shouted, "No."
The Mets are 20-10 since Cabrera's return -- the best in baseball -- which has vaulted them not only back into the Wild Card race, but atop it. Their playoff chances now sit in the mid-80s as they need only hold off either the fading Giants, who sport the National League's worst record in September, or the Cardinals, whose starting rotation has uncharacteristically fallen to pieces.
The Padres promoted four prospects, including the center piece of the Craig Kimbrel trade, Manuel Margot.
For Cincinnati, 2016 wasn’t a good one. Good things are on the horizon, however.
Here is a roundup of news from around the American League Central.
Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs looked as some of the most extraordinary team statistics.
I’ve just been amazed by how the Rangers have stood out. They’ve won 77% of their one-run games. The Yankees are in second at 69%. Then you have the Tigers at 62%. Thinking about the Rangers got me wondering: Is this the most extraordinary team statistic of the year? I’ll tell you right now: It’s not! Follow along below.
I decided to use some pretty simple math, by which I mean z-scores. I looked at a whole bunch of different team statistics, and for each of them, I calculated z-scores, measuring the number of standard deviations a given stat is from the average. Obviously, it would be impossible to do this for every team statistic. I tried to stick with the normal ones, or at least the reasonably normal ones. Like, I don’t care that the Reds have posted a league-leading 1.065 OPS with two outs and the bases loaded. That’s too obscure. I used my judgment, but I’m sure there are some stats I overlooked, so I invite you to submit any additional entries in the comments.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1998, Craig Biggio becomes the second player in the last century to have 50 steals and 50 doubles in a season.