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MLB trade rumors and news: Rockies inch closer to a playoff berth

Colorado could clinch its second straight postseason berth as soon as Friday.

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  • As we head into the final weekend of the 2018 regular season, the Rockies are this close to clinching their second straight playoff berth, with a strong chance of clinching their first-ever NL West title (it’s amazing that they haven’t won one yet, considering they’ve been around for 26 years) by the end of the weekend. After Thursday’s 5-3 victory over the Phillies, which extended their winning streak to seven games, the Rockies could be locked into a playoff spot by the end of the night tonight if they beat the Nationals and the Cardinals lose to the Cubs on Friday afternoon. Colorado is a game ahead of the Dodgers, who visit the Giants this weekend, for the division lead and has a magic number of 3 to clinch the NL West.
  • After 11 seasons spread over two managerial stints in Toronto, John Gibbons is out as the Blue Jays’ manager.
  • Former NESN broadcaster Don Orsillo used to be a household name for Red Sox fans until he was fired after the 2015 season, eventually resurfacing as the Padres’ TV play-by-play man as well as a national voice on TBS and Fox. This weekend, he returns to Boston for an exciting series.
  • Why can’t we have nice things? Shohei Ohtani started off the season as one of the league’s best stories, but now we will be without him for a while, as the Angels announced that he will undergo Tommy John surgery once the season is concluded.
  • Our newest writer, Andersen Pickard, took a look at the teams that have under-performed expectations this season and how it happened.
  • The Giants were not good last season, and the same was true this season. Now, GM Bobby Evans is looking for a new job after being relieved of his duties in San Francisco.
  • Let’s talk about trading Mike Trout — and yes, talk civilly with indoor voices. Our Stephen Tolbert doesn’t focus on the ethics of should you trade Mike Trout, but rather could you trade him.
  • Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game that can make or break a team’s season in an instant. This year felt significantly more dense in the disabled-list department. Our Wayne Cavadi looks at how those injuries impacted the 2018 MLB season.
  • There are quite a few legitimate contenders in the National League this year, so our own Anthony Spaulding went through the obvious candidates for NL Manager of the Year, with the Braves’ Brian Snitker being an early favorite.
  • The competition this year is nothing to take lightly, with Alex Cora and his ability to deliver the fastest-to-100-wins Red Sox being the obvious favorite. Here are the frontrunners to take home this year’s American League Manager of the Year.
  • It’s never too early to start looking at the free-agent hellfire that will rain down on us the moment the World Series ends. For crying out loud, Bryce Harper was being asked about going to the Yankees before this season even began. Check out our preview of the 2018-2019 MLB free-agent class.