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The catcher position has been a black hole offensively for
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Christian Vazquez (75), Blake Swihart (28) and Dan Butler (two) posted a .533
OPS that ranked dead last at the position while hitting a combined
.194/.246/.288 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI.It would make perfect sense then for
Boston to target Yasmani Grandal.The 29-year-old posted a career-high 121
OPS+this season and has averaged 19 doubles, 22 home runs and 61 RBI in his four
years with the Los Angeles Dodgers.He's also one of the best pitch-framers in
baseball and is generally regarded as a solid receiver, despite his struggles in
that department during the playoffs.While Boston would present an appealing
landing spot from a contention standpoint, the threat of having his job usurped
could be enough to scare Grandal away.Despite a disappointing season at the
plate, Vazquez remains an excellent defensive backstop. He's thrown out
42percent of base-stealers and racked up 31 DRS in his four seasons in the
majors, and that earned him a three-year, $13.55 million extension in March that
includes a $7 million team option for 2022.Grandal watched last postseason as
Austin Barnes seized the lion's share of the playing time thanks to his strong
defensive work, and he might not want to risk a similar situation with Vazquez
in Boston.RF Bryce Harper: Washington Nationals6 of 10Dustin Bradford/Getty
ImagesIt's time for a change.The Washington Nationals looked like the team to
beat in the National League more than once between 2012 and 2017while posting
six straight winning seasons and making four playoff appearances.However, all
they have to show for that run is four disappointing NLDS exits.With Max
Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg both locked into lucrative long-term deals,
re-signing Harper would likely max the Nationals out financially, leaving little
room to further improve a roster that had some obvious holes in an 82-80 season
this year.Further, it could also prevent them from re-signing one or both of
Anthony Rendon and Tanner Roark, who are set to reach free agency after 2019. So
it's not off-base to think the Nationals could actually be worse when 2020 rolls
around as a direct result of bringing back their homegrown star.For Harper, the
No. 1 priority should be to find a team that can be a perennial contender,
especially if he's onboard for a good chunk of the next decade.It seems
inconsequential to talk about additional revenue streams when discussing a
player who might secure the first $400 million deal in MLB history, but Harper
is also not maximizing his marketing potential in Washington D.C. A move to
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him with more opportunities to build his brand, so to speak.So while there
appears to be a very real possibility that Harper will re-up with the Nationals,
it doesn't look like the right move for player or team.SP Dallas Keuchel:
Milwaukee Brewers7 of 10Bob Levey/Getty ImagesThe Milwaukee Brewers have leaned
heavily on an excellent relief corps this season, and that's been a big reason
behind their success.While the bullpen-centric approach makes sense in the
condensed environment of postseason baseball, it remains to be seen if it's
sustainable over a full 162-game slate, so it shouldn't exclude the Brewers from
pursuing the market's top starting pitchers this offseason.Dallas Keuchel would
essentially be a luxury version of stopgapstarters Wade Miley and Gio
Gonzalez鈥攂oth free agents this offseason鈥攁nd his ability to eat innings would
really help lighten the bullpen's load.However, there are some factors worth
considering.For one, Keuchel saw his ground-ball rate go from 66.8 percent in
2017 to 53.7 in 2018, and that trend could spell disaster for a pitcher who
doesn't light up the radar gun.And while the sample size is small enough to be
deemed irrelevant, it's also worth mentioning that he's 0-3 with a 12.75 ERA and
2.83 WHIP in three career starts in Milwaukee.The Brewers found a terrific
bargain when they signed Jhoulys Chacin to a two-year, $15.5 million deal last
offseason, and they might be best served taking a similar approach this
winter.Meanwhile, the Astros, Angels and Yankees all look like better
hypothetical landing spots for Keuchel.RP Craig Kimbrel: St. Louis Cardinals8 of
10Elsa/Getty ImagesCraig Kimbrel should benefit greatly from the record-setting
deals signed by Kenley Jansen (five years, $80 million), Aroldis Chapman (five
years, $86 million) and Wade Davis (three years D.J.
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, $52 million, with an option) in recent
offseasons.The 30-year-old leads active pitchers with 333 saves, and he was
lights-out once again this season, nailing down 42 saves with a 2.74 ERA, 1.00
WHIP and 13.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 63 appearances.His overpowering
stuff will play anywhere, so there's not a bad fit from a ballpark
standpoint.The St. Louis Cardinals could be a tough landing spot for a number of
reasons, though.Despite a talented roster, there's no guarantee the Cardinals
will be able to keep pace with the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers in the NL
Central. Assuming that pitching for a contender features prominently on
Kimbrel's wish list, that could be a strike against the Cards.There's also the
presence of Jordan Hicks.Kimbrel is one of the best closers in baseball and has
been for several years, but nothing is guaranteed for a pitcher on the wrong
side of his 30th birthday.The flame-throwing Hicks has the stuff to be a
dominant closer if he can trim his walk rate, and Kimbrel might not like the
idea of a closer-in-waiting breathing down his neck.SS/3B Manny Machado: San
Diego Padres9 of 10Jeff Roberson/Associated PressJim Duquette of MLB.com listed
the San Diego Padres as potential entrants in the Manny Machado sweepstakes, and
after last year's surprise addition of Eric Hosmer, it's certainly a
possibility.Aside from the $21 million that Hosmer will earn, there's not much
in the way of significant financial commitments on the Padres' books, so fitting
Machado into the payroll wouldn't be an issue.Neither would the question of
whether he plays shortstop or third base.The team could slot Machado at
shortstop from the onset, then decide whether he slides over to third base once
Fernando Tatis Jr. arrives in the majors or if the highly touted prospect heads
to the hot corner.The question here is whether Machado would embrace the idea of
joining a team that's still in the process of building, especially after getting
a taste of winning baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers.He'd also be asked to
serve as a mentor to the team's young up-and-comingtalent and given his recent
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that might not be a role the 26-year-old is suited for or ready to embrace.Big
picture, Machado is probably best off joining a team with an established
culture, rather than trying to be a foundational part of something still being
built.CF A.J. Pollock: Philadelphia Phillies10 of 10Michael Hickey/Getty
ImagesDespite his recent struggles staying healthy, A.J. Pollock still figures
to secure a lucrative multiyear deal this offseason as the top center fielder on
the market.His rare mix of power and speed was on full display during a monster
2015 season when he posted a .315/.367/.498 line that included 39 doubles, 20
home runs and 39 steals en route to 7.2 WAR.While he's averaged just 79 games in
the three years since, including 113 games in 2018, he still posted a 106 OPS+
with 47 extra-base hits and 13 steals in 2018, and that should be good enough to
generate plenty of interest.However, for the Philadelphia Phillies, he would
likely represent a Plan B.Most expect the Phillies to be major players in the
market for Bryce Harper鈥攖o the point that their fanbase almost certainly has
some level of expectation that it will happen.That would make it a tough
situation for Pollock to walk into, as he might be viewed as more of a
consolation prize than an impact addition.Add to that the fact that he could be
forced to an outfield corner in favor of Roman Quinn in center, and there will
likely be more attractive destinations for Pollock, who turns 31 in December.All
stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch does not expect Lance
McCullers Jr. to rejoin the starting rotation this season when he returns from a
forearm injury.Hinch said Sunday it is unlikely McCullers, who is 10-6 with a
3.93 ERA, would be able to rebuild his stamina to the point where he could
start.“I guess never say never ’cause once you get on the mound and get going
things can progress a different way http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-craig-kimbrel-jersey ,
but I think the focus will be and probably should be shorter stints,” Hinch
said.McCullers has been on the disabled list since Aug. 5, one day after he left
a start against the Los Angeles Dodgers early because of a muscle strain.Hinch
also said McCullers’ rehabilitation program was being slowed down because of a
“continued lack of progress,” but he is still targeting September for him to
resume throwing off the mound.“We knew it was September until we were going to
consider doing anything. Then we thought we could be a little bit more
aggressive with him, but we’re going to put that on pause and just have him do a
throwing program,” Hinch said.“He’s feeling pretty symptom-free. I think his
throwing has been fine, but kind of the re-evaluation of him, we’ve decided to
push it back.”Hinch is not sure how he will structure his rotation down the
stretch without McCullers. Left-hander Framber Valdez could be an option to
start after allowing one run in 4 1/3 innings to earn the win in his major
league debut at Seattle on Tuesday. The Astros could also take advantage of
September call-ups to address the vacancy.“As the rules change where we can
expand the rosters, you could see a spot going to somebody that steps up and
takes the ball and is very reliable for every five days. You could see that spot
change. You could also see us be creative with the bullpen and have a bullpen
day every now and then,” Hinch said.But Hinch is wary of being too experimental
given how closely contested the AL West is.“We’ve got to continue to put really
good pitchers out there and not be too much trial and error because of the race
that we’re in, but I could see it being used a lot of different ways. My
preference would be for somebody to step up and throw the ball very well and
have our normal rotation,” Hinch said.
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