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The Dodgers continued their on Tuesday by announcing that the club has declined the contract options on two players. Infielder Hanser Alberto and right-handed pitcher Jimmy Nelson both had club options Christian Laettner Jersey for 2023. Instead, they'll now head out into the free agent pool.The big name here is Alberto who spent the season with the team as the primary infield utility man and general bringer of good vibes. Veterans Mookie Betts and Justin Turner both but the front office seemingly felt the $2 million price tag on the option was a bit Chauncey Billups Jersey too much for someone that was ultimately left off the postseason roster.With recent dialogue from the team pointing toward a youth movement, the writing was on the wall in permanent marker for a player like Alberto.As for the other player Tracy McGrady Jersey involved, Jimmy Nelson mi sed all of the 2022 season following Tommy John surgery performed in 2021. A breakout star for the bullpen two seasons ago, the right-hander was lost for the season in 2021 after an elbow Grant Long Jersey i sue quickly escalated into full reconstructive surgery.Scroll to ContinueThe Dodgers re-signed Nelson to a one year deal with an option for 2023. Considering the option was set at only $1.1 million for next season, a wonder is if the veteran has not progre sed well from the surgery. He last pitched for LA on July 30th, 2021.Next up, the team will Justin Turner and perpetually injured pitcher Danny Mateen Cleaves Jersey Duffy.The 40-man roster is currently at 35.
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The Indians took Alex Stalock Jersey on the Cincinnati Reds and came up short losing 7-6.Carlos Carrascostarted Tuesdays game and pitched in 2 innings, gave up 2 hits, 1 run and struck out 4 batters. Francisco Lindor started the game with a leadoff homer.Jason Kipnismakes fans speculate if he has come to spring training as himself or if a robot has taken over his body by hitting his 6th homer of the spring. To elaborate more on the amazing start to spring that Kipnis has had, he tied the record for most homers in a Cactus League season. When Kipnis has been asked if he has changed up his swing he has had this Ryan Suter Jersey to say: As mentioned in yesterdays' NEOSIIndians Spring Training roundup, today up until March 19th. Indians manager Terry Francona commented on if Ryan Merritt or Josh Tomlin will take the 5th spot the rotation:"I dont think we want to name our five guys,too much can happen like injuries and things like that. I don't know if there is a lot of competition for the five spots, saying that things happen, so we keep our options open and we give the guys innings that need innings and at the end of spring we say this is how we are situated." Francona commented on Melvin Upton Jr. today:Scroll to Minnesota Wild Jersey Continue"We've always brought guys in knowing that we are going to have a guy, or two, or three to make our club and we have had a lot of succe s with those guys. This spring we brought in Upton (Melvin Upton Jr.), Barnes (Brandon Barnes), Raj (Rajai Davis), three right-handers. The next two weeks are really important for them. They will get the consistent at-bats early because they are fighting for jobs." The Indians manager also spoke on what he is looking for in Francisco Mejia this spring:"He's going to play, we are looking to get to know him. The biggest thing is to see if he is ready if something happens to Jason Pominville Jersey one of our catchers. We are trying to get those questions answered in the spring, but it is difficult to determine during spring." Francona comments on how he feels Trevor Bauer has improved as a pitcher:"I feel that he has been light years ahead and has matured a ton. I think he is much more comfortable in his own skin. He might talk different than other guys but he is very close to what good major league pitchers do. The more he commands his fastball, Erik Haula Jersey it sets up his breaking ball and changeup. He may wind up the first throw of each inning by taking that step, other than that there is not a lot of difference." In a twist, Terry Francona asked the Indians in-game reporter Andre Knottjokingly if he will pick up his game up, and what has he done over the winter topick up his game: "I took my microphone to everywhere I've been to. You'd be surprised." (Then the room filled with laughter)
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After two postponements threw their American League Division Series for a loop, the were able to escape the five-game set with the , advancing to their third American League Jason Pominville Jersey Championship Series in six years.The were the Yankees' opponent in both those series, downing the Bronx Bombers each time. But the stage is set differently in 2022. The two clubs' meetings throughout the season have made the matchup highly anticipated.The two teams Eric Staal Jersey met six times during the regular season. Houston ended their final meeting with its fifth win in a doubleheader July 21 while New York did not lead until the contest was over in both of its wins as Aaron Judge walked off the Astros twice.New York is expected to start right-hander Jameson Taillon who was going to start Game 5 on Monday if Charlie Coyle Jersey it wasn't postponed against Justin Verlander in Game 1. Taillon appeared in relief against the Guardians in Game 2, allowing two runs to cro s on three hits without recording an out. The righty was credited with Matt Dumba Jersey the lo s.Scroll to continueThe two weather postponements backed up the Yankees' final ALDS game such that they wont have a day off before the ALCS starts. The Astros enter on three days rest against a Thomas Vanek Jersey Yankees team that hasn't taken a traditional off day in a series since last Wednesday between Games 1 and 2.More From SI's Inside The Astros:
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Will the Boston Red Sox be announcing that they've signed some impact players in the coming days? It sounds like there is internal optimism after an active couple of weeks behind the scenes.The team has plenty of money freed up this offseason, and some key players they intend to bring back, namely shortstop Xander Bogaerts Patrick Marleau Jersey and right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. According to a primary source, ."Coming out of (last weeks) GM meetings, I can tell you that we have been very proactive, Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy told The Boston Globe's Michael Silverman. Though I know people dont want to hear about how aggre sive weve been, because it doesnt mean anything until theres something to announce.But I can tell you that weve made Logan Couture Jersey offers to several players, including our own players. And were cautiously optimistic that things are going to start moving here.Kennedy said the Red Sox "sweetened" offers David Schlemko Jersey to both Bogaerts and superstar third baseman Rafael Devers (who enters the last year of his contract). It was previously reported that the team made a , and that there has been .The wording of the quote also heavily implies that the Red Sox have made offers to external free agents, which is the bigger story.Scroll to ContinueRed Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and company have kept their moves tight to the vest since coming over, so the lack of rumors does not nece sarily equate to a lack of activity.Boston desperately needs Marc-Edouard Vlasic Jersey both high-end starting pitching and a new set of arms in the bullpen. Shortstop is a growing concern as Bogey continues to receive plenty of interest from .They also , a catcher to improve upon a duo that currently stands as Reese McGuire and Connor Wong, and have a .It appears that Kennedy believes at least one of those upgrades will occur soon, which would at the very least ease the minds of the fans.The team has a lot to accomplish this Chris Tierney Jersey winter, an acquisition or two in the coming weeks could go a long way toward building a competitive roster for 2023 and beyond.
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The free fall continues.The Mets lost their fifth game in a row, and second consecutive contest to the Giants to fall below .500 at 59-60 on Tuesday evening for the first time since May 5. They have now dropped the first five games of a brutal 13-game stretch with their latest 3-2 lo s to the Giants and are 4.5 games back in the NL East Logan Couture Jersey and 12-20 since the All-Star break.After the Giants built a 3-0 lead through seven innings, Pete Alonso got the Mets closer with a two-run home run in the top of the eighth. However, they could not complete the comeback.Giants right-handed pitcher Logan Webb stifled the Mets for the majority of the night, to sing a career-high 7.1 scorele s innings. But Alonso's eighth-inning homer got the Mets back in it and chased Webb from the game.Meanwhile, Marcus Stroman was more than solid acro s seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits, while striking out a season-high nine batters and throwing the most pitches (114) in an outing in his 2021 campaign. Albeit, he did not get the run support he deserved tonight.The Joe Thornton Jersey difference in the game was two home runs from the Giants' offense. In the first-inning, Tommy La Stella greeted Stroman with a two-run bomb, which put the Giants ahead early at 2-0.Despite throwing a season-high 102-pitches after six, Stroman was asked to do some heavy lifting due to the Mets' taxed bullpen. Stroman stayed in for the seventh and Evan Longoria made him pay with a solo shot on the first pitch to extend the Giants' lead to 3-0.The Mets had a chance to add another run in the top of the fourth when the Giants made a throwing error after J.D. Davis' single, but Michael Conforto failed to come around to score, which wasted a prime opportunity.Down to their final three-outs, Jeff McNeil led off the ninth with a single against Jarlin Garcia to put the tying run on first. After Patrick Mazeika moved McNeil over to second on a fielder's choice, Gabe Kapler opted to bring in right-hander Dominic Leone. And Leone struck out Kevin Marc-Edouard Vlasic Jersey Pillar looking to strand the tying run in scoring position, as the Mets lost for the fifth straight day.Scroll to ContinueWith Pillar's strikeout, the Mets are now 4 for their last 41 with runners in scoring position.Following this disappointing contest, first baseman Pete Alonso, who produced the Mets' only runs of the night on his eighth-inning long ball, remained optimistic that his team can still right the ship.And according to Alonso, the Mets just need to keep taking things one day at a time, while they continue to search for that "special moment," which will help them finally turn the corner.When asked if falling below .500 was a gut punch at all, Alonso says that is not the case."No, not at all. It's not about how you start, it's about how you finish," said Alonso. "I think we are going to be in a very good place by the end of the year."But his manager Luis Rojas offered a more sobering point of view."I understand how Pete is, that's just the way he is. He is a positive human being," said Rojas. "But from my end and the team's Patrick Marleau Jersey end, we are in a tough situation, that's the reality. We know what's happening. We have had our struggles.""For us, what matters is the baseball we are playing. We are mi sing some things, we are short and didn't score enough runs. If we Brent Burns Jersey sit on our record and think about the .500 thing, it's distracting from what we need to do in getting results."The Mets will have a fast turnaround in the series finale with the Giants on Wednesday afternoon at 12:45 pm PST/3:45 EST. And Rojas stre sed the importance of getting back in the win column to avoid getting swept for the second straight series, and the third time in their last four."We need that one win that I know is going to put the group in a better spot in believing in ourselves," he said."We have to move forward, but it doesn't take away from what it is. We have to stay positive, but we are going through a tough situation."
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The Yankees bullpen hasnt performed up to their usual dominance this season.And in the past two games, it has been on full display, as their relievers have given up a total of seven runs.As a result, the front office went out and brought in some bullpen help this week, starting with a trade for Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Clay Holmes. The 28-year-old Holmes has made 44 appearances for the Pirates this season, posting a 4.93 ERA and 1.429 WHIP acro s 42 innings. Although these numbers dont exactly jump off the Jaime Garcia Jersey page, he has held right-handed hitters to a .173 batting average and a .471 OPS. Unfortunately, it is lefties that give him fits, as they have produced a .926 OPS against Holmes. Regardle s, manager Aaron Boone is excited about the Marcus Stroman Jersey acquisition.Im excited to get him, said Yankees manager Aaron Boone prior to Tuesday nights . I feel like hes a guy that is already is very, very tough on righties, but we feel like he has the stuff in the repertoire to even go to another place. I feel like hes having a really strong season, a lot better than his ERA would suggest.For example, this is a guy with a really good arm, and I think gives us a really interesting look in our bullpen as kind of a righty a sa Justin Smoak Jersey sin.The 2021 season hasnt gone as planned for the Yankees in a multitude of ways. While their bullpen was looked at as one of the leagues best units to start the year, they have been far from it as of late.Offseason bullpen signings such as Justin Wilson and Darren ODay (out for season) have been major disappointments and setup man Zack Britton has dealt with a number of injury i sues, and has struggled as well.Scroll to ContinueWilson and right-hander Luis Ce sa were sent to the Reds late Tuesday night in another trade ahead of this week's Deadline.Meanwhile, right-hander Chad Green has seen his ERA balloon from 2.14 to 3.35 since July 9 and closer Aroldis Chapman, who began the year with a 0.39 ERA, has completely fallen off the table with an 11.57 ERA, 14 walks and 15 earned runs in his last 11.2 innings.At this point, they are going to need all the help Marco Estrada Jersey they can get, and by adding Holmes, the Yankees are hoping he can provide serviceable innings. And based off what Boone said, the Yankees like his stuff and are hopeful that they can potentially develop him into a more consistent pitcher.In exchange for Holmes, the Yankees sent the Pirates their No. 33 ranked prospect in their system in infielder Hoy Park, who was having a strong season for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a .981 OPS.They also traded 23-year-old third baseman Diego Castillo to Pittsburgh as well. Castillo had a .850 OPS, 11 home runs and 32 RBIs for Double-A Somerset this season.Both players signed with the Yankees back in 2014 as international free- Randal Grichuk Jersey agents and have been in their system ever since.MORE:
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ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers announced on Saturday that theyve signed six more draft picks from the 2021 MLB Draft, le s than 24 hours ahead of the signing deadline.Those selections are:LHP Larson Kindreich, Biola University (eighth round);OF JoJo Blackmon, Escambia High School Jaime Garcia Jersey , Florida (11th round);RHP Jackson Leath, Tenne see (12th round);RHP Evan Elliott, Lethbridge College, Canada (15th round);RHP Michael Alfonso, Key West High School, Florida (17th round);RHP Joseph Mantalvo Brett Anderson Jersey , Central Pointe Academy, Florida (20th round).No contract terms were announced by the Rangers.The Rangers have now signed 14 of their 20 selections from the draft and have until 4 p.m. CST on Sunday to sign the remaining selections. On Wednesday, the Rangers signed their first-round pick, . Scroll to ContinueLeiter reportedly signed an agreement for more than $ Toronto Blue Jays Jersey 7.9 million, which was over his slot value of $7,789,900. During Leiter's pre s conference, it was announced that the first-round pick would not pitch this season, citing his workload for Vanderbilt, which reached the College World Series.Other Rangers draft picks that have already been signed, include:Cameron Cauley, SS, Barbers Hill HS (Third Round): Signed for $1,000,000 ($142,600 over-slot)Ian Moller, C, Wahlert HS (Fourth Round): Signed for $700,000 ($134,400 over-slot)Mitchell Bratt, LHP, Newmarket HS (Fifth round): Signed for $850,000 ($431,800 over- Yangervis Solarte Jersey slot)Chase Lee, RHP, Alabama (Sixth round): Signed for $75,000 ($237,400 under-slot)Bradford Webb, RHP, VCU (Seventh round): Signed for $10,000 ($233,000 under-slot)Liam Hicks, C, Arkansas State (Ninth round): Signed for $30,000 ($131,400 under-slot)C.J. Widger Marco Estrada Jersey , LHP, Rowan College at Gloucester County (10th round): Signed for $20,000 ($129,300 under-slot)READ MORE: READ MORE:
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NEW YORK An ejection. Umpire interference. Helmet slams and bat snaps. Errors galore and a costly botched rundown in extra innings.Friday night's series opener between the Yankees and Marlins had just about everything. The result was New York's latest debilitating defeat, the club's fifth lo s in its last six games, as the Yankees search for answers ahead of the postseason.Clinching a playoff berth for the first time in 17 years, celebrating in the Bronx as they did when they won a World Series at the old Yankee Stadium in 2003, the Marlins outlasted the Bombers 4-3 in 10 innings."Just havent played clean enough baseball," Yankees' manager Aaron Boone said. "Obviously were going Jeurys Familia Jersey to have to do that if were going to reach our goal, weve got to play better and tighter. Keep working at it and start executing better."Miami pushed the game's decisive run acro s on a go-ahead sacrifice fly off the bat of Jesus Aguilar with two men out in the 10th. It came just moments after New York failed to retire pinch-runner Monte Harrison in a rundown despite having him caught off third Jed Lowrie Jersey base.Yankees' catcher Kyle Higashioka, after securing a feed from shortstop Gleyber Torres, scampered after Harrison toward the third base bag. His to s toward Gio Urshela, however, plunked Harrison squarely between the numbers on his back as he slid in safely.It was New York's fourth error of the game and a costly one."Getting down here to the end of the 60 games, its tough to be making mental mistakes like that," right fielder Aaron Judge said. "Physical mistakes you can live with but its the mental mistakes that are tough."The following half inning, DJ LeMahieu bounced into a game-ending double playNew York's double play of the nightwith the bases loaded.Judge, stranded in the on-deck circle, was surprised that LeMahieu wasn't able to get the job done. That said, to Judge, the blame doesn't fall on New York's ever-consistent and reliable leadoff man."I liked our chances getting up there with the bases loaded and DJ coming up, hes one of the best players in the game, one of the best clutch situation hitters Ive ever been around," Judge said. "If we wouldve done a better job on certain things, we dont get to that position. I think back to the rundown the inning before, the different opportunities where we had guys on base and werent able to capitalize."Scroll to ContinueIf it wasn't for Judge, New York would've have even gotten to extras.After knocking Miami's starter Sandy Alcantara out of the game in the eighthafter the right-hander had thrown 7 1/3 spectacular innings with nine strikeoutsJudge blooped a two-out base hit to shallow right field to tie the game at three apiece.An RBI double from outfielder Aaron Hicks in the third frame, one batter after a ringing double from Judge, Todd Frazier Jersey accounted for the Yankees' other two runs on the night."It happens and the bottom line is weve got to play better," catcher Gary Snchez said through the Yankees' interpreter about yet another disappointing performance. "We need to make sure we do the little things and its simple, weve got to play better."One week ago Saturday, the Bombers won their 10th game in a row. In all facets of the game, New York looked like a juggernaut poised to do some serious damage in the postseason. Now, the Yankees have lost four of five and are in danger of slipping down to the eighth and final seed in the American League playoff picture if they don't turn it around in their final two games of the season over the weekend."It hasnt been clean or pretty at times, but I think if theres one thing weve seen on the outside of that previous stretch its that any given night, things can change," said Yankees' left-hander J.A. Happ, who was tabbed with a no decision on Friday night. "We know who we have in that Mookie Wilson Jersey locker room. Were going to rest, come back tomorrow and hopefully put this one behind us and play a little better baseball. We know we can and again, its any given day so we feel like we can turn the page."The lo s to Miami drops the Yankees' record to 32-26 on the season. Regardle s of results this weekend, the Yankees will not be able to secure home field advantage for the opening round of the postseason.Even with only a pair of New York Mets T-Shirts games remaining on the schedule, and sloppy play looming large this last week, Boone believes his ball club can right the ship. In the skipper's eyes, if they can make a few adjustments, they can "beat and play with anyone" in October."Theres plenty of time. We control everything. We go play really good baseball, we can be champions," Boone said. "We gotta play better clearly but thats in our hands right now. We dont need anyones help, we just have to go out and do what I know were capable of doing."
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The Philadelphia Phillies have selected the Brandon Nimmo Jersey contracts of four players which shields them from the Rule 5 Draft, whilst also claiming a pitcher off of waivers from the Houston Astros. The players selected were INF Luis Garca, RHP James McArthur, OF Jhailyn Ortiz, and LHP Kent Emanuel.Garca has been in the Phillies system for three years now, making a name for himself in the A to high-A minor league affiliates. In 2021, Garcia played in 51 games where New York Mets Jersey he hit .243, with a slugging percentage of .414, which in big part was due to the 13 home runs he hit.McArthur was drafted in the 12th round by Philadelphia in the 2018 June Amateur Draft, after spending three years at the University of Mi si sippi, and a season in the Cape Cod League with the Falmouth Commodores. Since being drafted by the Phillies, McArthur has bounced around the minor leagues, reaching as high as AA ball with the Reading Phillies. In Jeff McNeil Jersey 2021, McArthur spent most of his time with Reading, where he pitched for a record of 2-6, with an ERA of 4.25. His struggles continued into the Arizona Fall League where McArthur pitched with an ERA of 8.10 acro s his five starts for Peoria.Scroll to ContinueOrtiz joined the Phillies organization in 2016 and has remained in the system since then, mainly spending time in high-A ball. Acro s 95 games between Jersey Shore and Reading in 2021, Ortiz batted .250/.346/.488 with 23 home runs and 54 RBI.Emanuel's contract with the Astros was picked up off of waivers by Philadelphia. His time with the Astros organization spanned eight seasons Noah Syndergaard Jersey where he started out in A ball, to his most recent season which saw him make his major league debut against the Los Angeles Angels. During ten appearances with the Astros in 2021, Emanuel pitched 17.2 innings with 13 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.55.It's uncertain what the Phillies organization plans to do with these pick-ups, but it's clear that they're valued enough by the front office to keep Amed Rosario Jersey them instead of leaving them eligible for the Rule 5 Draft.More From SI's :
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We're still a few months away from the 2021 MLB draft. In honor of this week's Andy Pettitte Jersey NFL draft, however, let's take a quick look at a mock draft. did their best to project 11 weeks into the future, predicting how the first round will transpire in a mock this week.With the No. 20 overall pick, the Yankees will be in a slightly better spot than they were in last year when they picked catcher Austin Wells out of Arizona with the 28th overall pick Josh Reddick Jersey .Here's who Mayo and Callis have going to the Yankees and why:20) Yankees: Matt McLain, SS, UCLALets make it two college bats in a row for the Yankees, who took Austin Wells in 2020. McLain started the season incredibly slowly, otherwise hed be in the conversation much higher than this.Could McLain be a long-term replacement at shortstop for Gleyber Torres?Maybe that's getting a little too far ahead of ourselves, but McLain has been tremendous over his three seasons at UCLA.Scroll to ContinueThe shortstop struggled to start his college career, hitting .203 (44-for-217) over 61 games in 2019. He's been a different player ever since, though. In last year's shortened campaign, McLain hit .397 in 13 games. He's been Jimmy Wynn Jersey solid in 2021, going 48-for-146 (.329) through his first 36 games. The power numbers are up as well as McLain has already set a new career-high with nine home runs and counting Justin Verlander Jersey .McLain has been stellar on defense as well, committing just 12 errors over 110 games. Versatility can never hurt as well and McLain is listed as an infielder on UCLA's site.This wouldn't be the first time New York has taken a shortstop in the first round. Just a few years ago, in 2019, the Yankees selected Anthony Volpe 30th overall. Back in 2015, the Bombers picked Carlos Beltran Jersey Kyle Holder in the first round.If you're curious, Mayo and Callis have the Pirates taking Jack Leiter with the first overall selection. The right-hander from Vanderbilt, who threw a no-hitter just a few weeks ago, is the son of former Yankees starter Al Leiter.MORE:
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