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Konner Wade has elected free agency.

Oct 26   12:12 AM

Wade had been outrighted by the Orioles but has decided not to accept that assignment. He was knocked around in seven relief appearances in 2021.

Austin Wynns has elected free agency.

Oct 26   12:12 AM

Wynns will look for a gig elsewhere rather than accept an outright assignment. The glove-first catcher has managed just a .580 OPS over parts of three big league seasons.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said Monday that while he hasn't made a final decision, there's a "good chance" Eddie Rosario will remain in the leadoff spot even with Jorge Soler back in action.

Oct 26   12:12 AM

It's especially noteworthy for Game 1, as it would be defensible for Soler to hit leadoff against lefty Framber Valdez while Rosario moves down lower in the order. However, it sounds like Snitker is leaning toward keeping the left-handed hitting Rosario where he is even versus a southpaw with as hot as his bat is.

When asked Sunday what he'll do with his lineup for games in Atlanta when he doesn't have the designated hitter spot available, Astros manager Dusty Baker said “I haven’t made up my mind yet.”

Oct 26   12:12 AM

Baker certainly isn't going to bench Yordan Alvarez, which means Alvarez will have to play left field. In the four games Alvarez played left in NL parks this season, the Astros moved Michael Brantley to right field and Kyle Tucker to center. That would seem to be the likeliest route Baker takes again, although there's a chance Tucker will stay in right, Chas McCormick will play center and Brantley will go to the bench. We'll find out Friday when the series moves to Atlanta.

Nick Groke of The Athletic reports that Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster has stepped down from his role in order to spend more time with his family.

Oct 26   12:12 AM

The 55-year-old Foster had been the team's pitching coach since 2015. The Rockies are hopeful that Foster will remain in the organization, possibly as director of pitching operations. Bullpen coach Darryl Scott has been elevated to pitching coach.

Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said there were no significant concerns about Rafael Devers' right elbow after he was sent for imaging. 

Oct 25   1:31 PM

Devers played through elbow inflammation during the postseason, which was apparent at times physically, though it didn't impact his production at the plate. The good news is that surgery won't be required and the Red Sox think the injury will heal with rest. The 25-year-old slugger batted .279/.352/.538 with 38 homers and 113 RBI this past season. He's at the top of the class at the third base position in fantasy leagues along with Jose Ramirez. 

The Red Sox will not renew Tom Goodwin's contract as first base coach. 

Oct 25   1:31 PM

Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said the decision was baseball-related and did not have anything to do with his refusal to be vaccinated. Ramón Vázquez took over as first base coach late in the season due to Goodwin's vaccination stance. Goodwin has been on Boston's coaching staff since 2018. 

Bob Klapisch of the Newark Star-Ledger hears from "a family member" that Anthony Rizzo is "eager" to stay with the Yankees. 

Oct 25   12:29 PM

That's good to hear, but it's all going to come down to money in the end. The Yankees are already expected to pursue one of the top shortstops in free agency this winter and Rizzo isn't going to come cheap. Rizzo, 32, batted .249/.340/.428 with eight homers over 49 games after coming over from the Cubs at the trade deadline. The Yankees still have Luke Voit in the fold if they are unable to retain Rizzo. 

Phillies hired Bobby Dickerson as infield coach. 

Oct 25   11:39 AM

This confirms what was reported last week. Dickerson joins the Phillies after a two-year stint with the Padres where he served as third base coach and then as the team's bench coach. Joe Girardi's staff is getting a makeover this offseason, as Kevin Long recently joined as hitting coach. We'll soon see what moves they might have in mind for the personnel side. 

Michael Mayer of Metsmerized reports that Dodgers executive Brandon Gomes is not going to join the Mets' front office. 

Oct 25   11:39 AM

Gomes has been mentioned as a strong possibility after the initial big-name targets in the Mets' front office search, but Mayer hears that he's set to get a promotion with the Dodgers. Gomes, a former pitcher with the Rays, has served as director of player development and vice president/assistant general manager for the Dodgers in recent years. With the Dodgers eliminated, we should soon hear if executive Josh Byrnes will be a candidate to join the Mets.

According to Katie Woo and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals plan to announce Oliver Marmol as their next manager.

Oct 25   11:18 AM

The 35-year-old is expected to be formally introduced in a press conference at 10 AM on Monday. He will become the youngest manager in Major League Baseball. Marmol is extremely well-respected within the Cardinals organization and served as the club's bench coach under Mike Shildt during the 2021 season. He began his career with the Cardinals as a hitting coach with their Gulf Coast League club in 2011. He was promoted to be their first base coach prior to the 2017 campaign and took over the bench coach job entering the 2019 season.

The Astros confirmed on Sunday that Lance McCullers (forearm) remains unlikely to return for the World Series.

Oct 25   12:05 AM

McCullers has yet to resume throwing since being shut down with a right forearm injury. Astros general manager James Click indicated that they'll take it all the way up until the roster deadline on Tuesday at 10 AM before making the final decision, but it looks extremely unlikely. The Astros have already announced that Framber Valdez will start Game 1, while Luis Garcia and Jose Urquidy are expected to follow in Games 2 and 3 respectively.

Astros manager Dusty Baker indicated Sunday that Jake Meyers (shoulder) status for the World Series remains in doubt.

Oct 25   12:05 AM

Meyers injured his shoulder when he banged into the center field wall in Chicago during Game 4 of the ALDS. He remained on the team's roster for the ALCS -- despite the fact that he was limited to pinch-running and pinch-hitting duties, but he also suffered a setback during the series. Like the decision with Lance McCullers, expect the team to take up until Tuesday's deadline to make a final decision. Chas McCormick and Jose Siri would continue to man center field if Meyers is unable to go.

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Padres are expected to hire Ruben Niebla as their next pitching coach.

Oct 25   12:05 AM

The Padres are still searching for their next manager, but they have "locked in" on Niebla to lead the pitching staff. The 49-year-old has been with the Indians organization since 2001, spending the past two seasons as their assistant pitching coach. The Padres are also hopeful to retain Ben Fritz -- who had served as the club's interim pitching coach after Larry Rothschild was fired in late August.

Corey Seager told reporters that he would love to return to the Dodgers when he becomes a free agent this offseason.

Oct 24   11:59 AM

The 27-year-old will have a long list of potential suitors for his services, but he made it clear that the Dodgers are near the top of his list. When asked about returning to Los Angeles, Seager was quoted as saying, “Absolutely. I grew up here, I've spent a lot of time here, I believe in what these guys do. I believe in how we go about it. Yeah, absolutely.” The only thing for certain is that the superstar shortstop is going to make a lot of money before the 2022 season.

Ian Anderson pitched well in a no-decision against the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night, allowing one run on three hits over his four innings of work.

Oct 24   12:51 AM

The right-hander punched out four and walked one on the night -- throwing 39 of his 66 pitches for strikes. The damage done against him came in the fourth inning where Cody Bellinger poked a two-out RBI single into left field. Anderson was lifted for a pinch hitter -- Ehire Adrianza -- who doubled and then came around to score on Eddie Rosario's three-run blast. On the postseason, Anderson sports a stellar 2.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 12/4 K/BB ratio across 12 innings of work.

Reds released RHP Ryan Lillie.

Oct 24   12:01 AM

The 25-year-old hurler appeared in eight games at Double-A Chattanooga this season, posting a 4.35 ERA, 1.94 WHIP and 15/7 K/BB ratio across 10 1/3 innings. He's now free to explore opportunities elsewhere.

Reds released RHP Walker Weickel.

Oct 24   12:01 AM

The 27-year-old hurler was a first round pick by the Padres back in 2012. He signed a minor league deal with the Reds prior to the 2020 campaign, but never ended up pitching in the organization. He owns a 4.68 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 399/193 K/BB ratio over 521 innings in his minor league career.

Max Scherzer (arm fatigue) told Heidi Watney of MLB Network on Saturday that he should be able to start in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday -- provided the Dodgers can win on Saturday to force that decisive seventh game.

Oct 24   12:01 AM

Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start against the Braves on Saturday as he's dealing with a "dead arm" issue. Should the Dodgers emerge victorious from Game 6 on Saturday, expect manager Dave Roberts to confirm that Scherzer will indeed get the ball for Game 7.

Orioles outfield prospect Kyle Stowers was pulled from the Arizona Fall League due to a minor lower back injury.

Oct 24   12:01 AM

There's no reason for concern, as it's only a minor issue, but the Orioles wanted to take the safe route here and shut Sowers down for the remainder of the AFL season. He'll still have close to a regular off-season and will be fully healthy for the start of spring training. Stowers appeared in just three games during AFL play, going 2-for-10 with a double, RBI and a 6/2 K/BB ratio.

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