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Edinson Volquez, SP, PIT12/17/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Starter Edinson Volquez has agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with the Kansas City Royals according to CBS Sports reporter Jon Heyman.
Insight: Volquez had a great bounce back year with a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and nearly twice as many strikeouts as walks over 192 2/3 innings in 2014 with the Pirates. Volquez, however, was one of the worst pitchers in the league in 2013, and Pittsburgh has become a pitcher's heaven, where down-and-out pitchers revitalize their careers. Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett were the first to do that with the Pirates and now Volquez. Now let's see if Volquez can be better than Burnett was after he left Pittsburgh.
Kevin Jepsen, RP, TAM12/16/2014 3:03:00 PM
Description: The Rays have acquired right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen.
Insight: Jepsen went 0-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 1.046 WHIP in 74 relief appearances last season. With news of the injury to closer Jake McGee, Jepsen could end up at the back end of the bullpen.
Matt Joyce, RF, ANA12/16/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Outfielder/DH Matt Joyce has been traded to the Angels.
Insight: Joyce is strickly a platoon player. He's a career .261 hitter with an .819 OPS against right-handers and a .189 hitter with an ugly .573 OPS against southpaws.
Jake McGee, RP, TAM12/16/2014 2:54:00 PM
Description: Rays left-hander Jake McGee had arthroscopic elbow surgery on Friday and will begin the season on the disabled list, according to Marc Topkin of the Tama Bay Times.
Insight: McGee well last season going 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA, 0.897 WHIP and 19 saves in 23 opportunities. Ernesto Frieri might get the first shot at the closer's role.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG12/16/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: Outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse has signed a deal to play with Miami, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Morse is expected to play first base, though he can also handle the outfield if needed. He could bat cleanup and be protection for Giancarlo Stanton which would offer him plenty of opportunities to drive in runs. On the other hand, Marlins Park is a hard place to go deep.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL12/16/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: According to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, first baseman Chris Davis has been given an exemption (TUE) to take Adderall in 2015.
Insight: Davis was suspended for 25-games last season because he used it without the exemption. He still have one more game to serve which will be opening day.
Melky Cabrera, LF, CWS12/14/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: Outfielder Melky Cabrera has agreed to a three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox, pending a physical.
Insight: Cabrera batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this season. The White Sox are putting together an excellent offseason, having already added starter Jeff Samardzija, closer David Robertson and Adam LaRoche.
Dan Haren, SP, MIA12/11/2014 3:01:00 PM
Description: Dan Haren could enjoy throwing in pitcher-friendly Miami Park, but may retire instead of reporting.
Insight: Haren was 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. There is a lot of pitching talent on Miami, particularly if Jose Fernandez comes back and Haren doesn't have a guaranteed spot in the rotation.
Eugenio Suarez, SS, DET12/11/2014 2:49:00 PM
Description: Detroit has traded shortstop Eugenio Suarez to Cincinnati.
Insight: Suarez will have to beat out incumbent Zack Cozart, but we feel that's likely to happen and Cozart's numbers have tumbled since his rookie season. Suarez batted .242 with a .652 OPS in 244 big league at-bats.
Alfredo Simon, SP, DET12/11/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati's All-Star pitcher Alfredo Simon has been traded to Detroit.
Insight: Simon struggled down the stretch, but finished 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Id the "first-half guy" shows up (12-3, 2.70 ERA) its a good deal, but if the post-break guy is in a Tigers uniform he won't be fantasy worthy.
Mat Latos, SP, MIA12/11/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: The Cincinnati Reds have traded starter Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins.
Insight: Latos was 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.153 WHIP in 16 starts this season, but heads to a very pitcher-friendly Marlins Park and could be an undervalued selection this spring.
Rick Porcello, SP, BOS12/11/2014 2:37:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello has been traded to the Boston Red Sox in amulti-player deal involving Yoenis Cespedes.
Insight: After losing the Jon Lester sweepstakes, the Red Sox made a big move to bring Porcello in. he was solid last season going 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He's a career 2-1 in Fenway, but with an ugly 6.41 ERA and 1.475 WHIP, so be careful in expecting too much from him.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, DET12/11/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers.
Insight: Adding Cespedes to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in the heart of the Tigers lineup will make it very difficult on opposing pitchers. Cespedes is expected to play in left field.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LOS12/11/2014 2:55:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick has been traded to the Dodgers.
Insight: Well at least he probably doesn't have to sell his house. The Dodgers are loading up on talent and Kendrick should replace Dee Gordon (traded to Miami) and hold the job until he becomes a free agent at the end of 2015. By then, Alex Guerrero should be ready.
Wade Miley, SP, ARI12/10/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: The Boston Red Sox have traded for starter Wade Miley according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Insight: Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, and a minor leaguer will reportedly be sent to Arizona. Miley will be inserted into Boston's rotation right away.
Andrew Heaney, SP, MIA12/10/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded for left-hander Andrew Heaney.
Insight: He is the main piece the Dodgers will be getting in return for Dee Gordon and Dan Haren. Heaney was the top prospect in Miami's organization, and he will have a chance to open up the season in Los Angeles' rotation. Kike Hernandez, Chris Hatcher, and Austin Barnes are also headed to the Dodgers.
Dee Gordon, 2B, MIA12/10/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded second baseman Dee Gordon to the Miami Marlins, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.
Insight: The Dodgers will reportedly get top prospect Andrew Heaney in return, and it is possible Dan Haren could be headed to Miami in the deal as well. We will let you know once we learn of all the specifics.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI12/10/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has reportedly been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Insight: Buster Olney of ESPN confirmed the move, however it is not known what the Phillies are receiving in return. Physicals will also need to be passed. Stay tuned.
Garrett Richards, RP, ANA12/10/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Angels coach Mike Scioscia said Wednesday he doesn't expect starter Garrett Richards to be ready for Opening Day according to the Orange County Register.
Insight: Richards had surgery in August to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. Rehab is going well and Richards has already began throwing, but Scioscia is apparently keeping his expectations realistic, saying Richards will make his 2015 debut in May.
Jon Lester, SP, OAK12/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
Description: The Chicago Cubs made perhaps the biggest free-agent signing of the offseason agreeing to a six-year, $155 million deal with Jon Lester according to FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal.
Insight: According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Red Sox offered six-years, $135 million, so Lester went with the bigger contract. Perhaps Boston was hoping for a hometown discount because its unlikely the organization couldn't have offered him $155 million. Lester will be at the top of the Cubs rotation that includes Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT12/9/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Francisco Liriano and the Pirates have agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract according to Robert Murray of MLB Daily Rumors and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Insight: It's nice to finally see the Pirates open up the wallets a bit to keep an important player to their cause. Liriano has posted a 3.20 ERA with 338 strikeouts in 323 1/3 innings over two seasons in Pittsburgh. Last season, he was just 7-10 but had a 3.38 ERA in 162 1/3 innings.
Jeff Samardzija, SP, CWS12/9/2014 3:20:00 AM
Description: Right-hander Jeff Samardzija has been traded to the Chicago White Sox in a multi-player deal.
Insight: Samardzija was 7-13 with a very nice 2.99 ERA and 1.065 WHIP. He returns to the Windy City, but to the other side after playing six and a half seasons with the Cubs. U.S. Cellular Field is a very hitter-friendly park.
Shane Greene, RP, DET12/5/2014 3:15:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have sent starter Shane Greene to the Tigers in a three way deal that netted them shortstop Didi Gregorius.
Insight: Greene is a hard-thrower who went 5-4 with a 3.78 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. he had 81 strikeouts in 78 2/3 IP, but also walked 20 batters. He'll compete for the back end of the Tigers rotation.
Didi Gregorius, SS, NYY12/5/2014 3:13:00 PM
Description: The Diamondbacks have traded shortstop Didi Gregorius to the New York Yankees.
Insight: Gregorius hit .226 last season with six homers, 27 RBI, 35 runs and six steals in 270 at bats. Replacing Yankees all-time great Derek Jeter, Gregorius may have more pressure on him than anyone in baseball.
Nick Markakis, RF, ATL12/3/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: The Braves and outfield Nick Markakis have agreed to a four-year deal according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: The deal is somewhere in the neighborhood of 44 millions dollars. Markakis will replace Jason Heyward in right field. He hit .276/.342/.386 with 42 extra-base hits, 81 runs and 50 RBI.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA12/1/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Good news for Mariners second basman Robinson Cano and his fantasy owners,
Insight: Cano will have Nelson Cruz and his 40 home run power protecting him in the lineup next season
Nelson Cruz, LF, SEA12/1/2014 2:08:00 PM
Description: Former Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz has signed a four-year deal with Seattle
Insight: Cruz will leave hitter-friendly Baltimore for Seattle and will be hard-pressed to match last season's 40 homer output. He'll likely bat clean up and protect Robinson Cano in the Mariners lineup.
Yasmany Tomas, OF, ARI11/26/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Yasmany Tomas, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.
Insight: The deal is reportedly a six-year contract worth $68.5 million. Tomas will have a great chance to rake homers at Chase Field.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL11/26/2014 2:57:00 PM
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun says his right thumb is back to 100 percent since surgery according to MLB.com.
Insight: Braun had surgery to fix his inflamed nerve at the base of his thumb. He has already begun swinging and has not suffered a setback. Braun will remain a top pick in 2015 after hitting .266/.324/.453 with 19 home runs and 81 RBI this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS11/24/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: The Boston Red Sox and free agent Hanley Ramirez have agreed to terms on a four-year deal.
Insight: What a day for Boston, as they also have reportedly locked up Pablo Sandoval to play third base. Ramirez actually may play left field for the Red Sox, if the team hangs on to youngster Xander Bogaerts. Nevertheless the deal will be four years worth $88 million. Boston will now focus on their starting pitching.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS11/24/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: The Boston Red Sox and third baseman Pablo Sandoval have reached an agreement on a five-year contract.
Insight: The deal is still pending a physical, but the contract is expected to be close to $100 million. Sandoval should fit into Boston's lineup very nicely.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, CWS11/21/2014 8:48:00 PM
Description: First baseman Adam LaRoche agreed to a two-year, $25 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: With Jose Abreu the everyday first baseman, it appears as though the White Sox intend to start LaRoche at designated hitter. The 35-year-old hit .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 140 games during 2014. U.S. Cellular Field is a more friendly hitters park, so it is quite possible LaRoche hits even more home runs next season.
Russell Martin, C, TOR11/19/2014 8:45:00 PM
Description: Catcher Russell Martin signed a five-year, $82 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
Insight: The deal became official on Tuesday. He will receive $7 million next season, $15 million next year and $20 million the final three years. Martin is 31-years old and hit .290 with 11 home runs, 20 double and 67 RBI last season in Pittsburgh. Although it doesn't matter for fantasy, he is also one of the best defensive catchers in the league.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA11/15/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano has a non-displaced fracture in his right pinkie toe according to MLB.com.
Insight: Cano will need three-to-four weeks to recover. He should resume all baseball activities in the middle of December, and Cano will definitely be ready for training camp.
A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT11/14/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Right-hander A.J. Burnett will return to the scene of his last successful seasons, Pittsburgh, for 2015.
Insight: Burnett agreed to a one year deal. He was 26-21 in two seasons with the Pirates from 2012-13. He'll try an capture the magic again after an 8-18 campaign in Philadelphia.
Mike Trout, CF, ANA11/13/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout won the 2014 American League MVP award.
Insight: He won it unanimously after finishing second to Miguel Cabrera the past two seasons. Trout slashed .287/.377/.561 with 36 homers and 111 RBI. Congrats to the Angels' star outfielder.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LOS11/13/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was named the winner of the 2014 National League MVP award.
Insight: After taking home the NL Cy Young on Wednesday, Kershaw capped off his stellas season with the MVP award on Thursday. He is the best pitcher in baseball.
David Robertson, RP, NYY11/12/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Yankees closer David Robertson is looking to be paid in the same range as Jonathan Papelbon, who set the record for biggest contract for a closer before the 2012 season.
Insight: So basically Robertson wants to be the richest closer in baseball. The Wall Street Journal reported Robertson's agent and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met on Tuesday. Robertson turned down a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer. ESPN reports Robertson wants something in the range of four years, $50 million. He has posted a 2.20 ERA over the past four years, but that is still a lot of money for a closer.
George Springer, RF, HOU11/11/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Houston's young right fielder, George Springer, is completely recovered from the left quad injury that put a stop to am impressive early-season run, according to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Insight: The 24-year-old outfielder hit 20 home runs, knocked in 51 RBI, stole five bases and posted a .804 OPS in 78 games, but didn't play a game after July 19. He's got all the tools to be a fantasy star and should go high in next year's fantasy drafts.
Jacob deGrom, SP, NYM11/10/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom won the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year award.
Insight: DeGrom received 26 of 30 first-place votes with Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton getting the other four first-place votes. DeGrom posted a 2.69 ERA in 140 1/3 innings this season.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS11/10/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu won the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year award.
Insight: He won the award unanimously. Abreu hit .317/.383/.581 with 36 home runs and 107 RBI. Matt Shoemaker finished second.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL11/10/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Mets have apparently agreed to a two-year deal with former Colorado outfielder Michael Cuddyer.
Insight: Cuddyer only had 190 at-bats this past season due to injury, but he won a batting title in 2013 (.331) and hit 20 home runs with 84 RBI. Of course, that was in Coors Field and not Citi Field, but he's nothing if not a professional hitter.
David Wright, 3B, NYM11/7/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Mets beat writer Mike Puma of the New York Post.reports that Mets third baseman David Wright's shoulder is unlikely to need surgery after his rehab work.
Insight: Wright batted just .269 with eight home runs and 63 RBI while playing hurt this season. Even healthy he's no longer the power/speed player who was a 30-30 guy in 2007.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS11/7/2014 1:22:00 PM
Description: Free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez is telling teams he'll play anywhere, not just shortstop if needed, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
Insight: Ramirez' s best fantasy value is obviously at shortstop, but a move to third base wouldn't killl his value as much one to first base or a corner outfield spot.
Peter Bourjos, CF, STL11/7/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos underwent hip surgery to address impingement, according to mlb.com reporter Jenifer Langosch.
Insight: Bourjos is just a part-time player in St. Louis. He had one useful season with the Angels in 2011, but hasn't proven he can handle a full-time gig and fantasy owners likely won't have much use for him next season even when healthy.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG11/6/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Pablo Sandoval's agent, Gustavo Vasquez, told the San Francisco Chronicle the third baseman is looking for a six-year contract.
Insight: At 28-year-old, we agree that Sandoval has earned a long-term deal even as much as six years, but it is going to be tough for a team to give a player who has battled conditioning issues through his career a six-year deal.
J.J. Putz, RP, ARI11/6/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Relief pitcher J.J. Putz has officially retired from baseball according to USA Today.
Insight: The Diamondbacks released Putz in June, but he did not officially retire until this week. He will begin a new career, joining the Arizona front office. Putz finished with a 3.08 ERA and one All-Star appearance.
Tim Lincecum, SP, SFG11/5/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Giants manager Bruce Bochey told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area he expects Tim Lincecum to return to the starting rotation next season.
Insight: Lincecum lost his spot in the rotation in August, and barely pitch in the postseason. Bochy, however, said he believes the team will need him as a starter. The 30-year-old made 26 starts and posted a 4.67 ERA in 2014.
Alfonso Soriano, RF, NYY11/4/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Outfielder Alfonso Soriano has announced his retirement from baseball, according to Hector Gomez of Listin Diario in the Dominican Republic.
Insight: He was released by the Yankees in July, and at 38-years-old, finishes a nice career, batting .270/.319/.500 with 412 homers and 1,159 RBI during 16 seasons. Soriano also made seven All-Star teams.
A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI11/3/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Right-hander A.J. Burnett declined his $12.75 million player option with the Phillies, for 2015.
Insight: He will now become a free agent, and his agent said Burnett wants to continue pitching, preferably for a contender, during the upcoming season.
Billy Butler, DH, KAN11/1/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: The Royals have declined the 2015 option on 1B/DH Billy Butler.
Insight: Butler would like to return to Kansas City, but will be seeking a multi-year deal as a free agent. The Royals preferred to pay the $1 million buyout, as opposed to picking up a $12.5 option. Butler hit .266 in 2014, with nine homers and 66 RBI.
Marco Estrada, SP, TOR11/1/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: The Brewers have traded starter Marco Estrada to the Blue Jays for Adam Lind.
Insight: The 31-year-old was 7-6 with a 4.36 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 127 strikeouts in 2013.
Adam Lind, DH, MIL11/1/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish , Blue Jays 1B/DH Adam Lind has been reportedly traded to the Brewers for pitcher Marco Estrada. UPDATE: The Blue Jays have announced the deal sending Adam Lind to the Brewers for RHP Marco Estrada, making it official.
Insight: The deal is still pending physicals, but this will be a solid addition for Milwaukee. Over the past two seasons, Lind slashed .301/.366/.490 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI, through 239 games. He is a below-average defender, so will most likely be rested against most left-handed starters.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN11/1/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: The Twins will hire Paul Molitor as their next manager, according to Patrick Reusse of 1500ESPN.
Insight: He was the favorite and will take over Ron Gardenhire. Molitor will be the third manager in franchise history.
A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI11/1/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: The Phillies and right-hander A.J. Burnett both declined their $15 million mutual options for 2015.
Insight: Burnett still has a player option for $12.75 million for next season, and will have a few more days to make that decision. If he does not retire, he probably would not fetch more than that on the open market.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS10/30/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox re-signed RHP Koji Uehara to a two-year deal.
Insight: The contract is worth $18 million, and Uehara will be an option at closer for Boston in 2015.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC10/29/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Chicago Cubs will hire Joe Maddon as their next manager.
Insight: After opting out of his contract with the Rays, it took less than a week for Maddon to find a new gig. The deal is reportedly for five years and is worth $25 million. Current manager Rick Renteria's status is now up in the air, after being named the Cubs' manager last November.
Juan Perez, LF, SFG10/29/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Juan Perez is starting in left field in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Insight: Manager Bruce Bochy is going with his best lineup with Perez in left rather than Travis Ishikawa. Perez will bat ninth and shortstop Brandon Crawford moves up to bat eighth. The rest of the Giants lineup remains the same.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KAN10/29/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas will hit eighth again in Game 7 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.
Insight: Moustakas hit eighth for the first time in the postseason in Game 6 and rewarded his manager with an RBI-double and solo home run.The Royals lineup is the same as it was in Game 6.
Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN10/29/2014 3:19:00 PM
Description: The Reds exercised their $10 million club option on Johnny Cueto for the 2015 season according to Sports Nation.
Insight: That is a no-brainer. Cueto posted career-highs with 20 wins, a 2.25 ERA and 243 2/3 innings. He will be one of the top pitchers selected in 2015 fantasy drafts.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SFG10/29/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is a career 4-for-5 with a home run versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie
Insight: It is a small sample size, but Crawford has had success against Guthrie. Crawford also has a home run. He was 0-for-1 in one at-bat versus Guthrie in Game 3.
Omar Infante, 2B, KAN10/29/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante is 6-for-27 (.222) in his career against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Insight: Infante has faced Hudson the most out of any hitter in the Royals lineup. Alex Gordon is the only batter with a home run off Hudson.
Buster Posey, C/1B, SFG10/29/2014 9:27:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey continues to struggle in the 2014 World Series.
Insight: Posey hit with the bases loaded and one out in the third inning. San Francisco had just allowed Kansas City to score seven runs in the second, so any kind of run would have meant a slight swing in momentum. Instead, Posey grounded into a double play to end the inning. Posey is batting just .190 since the start of the NLCS and doesn't have an extra base hit the entire postseason.
Hunter Strickland, RP, SFG10/29/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland has surrendered six home runs in 8 1/3 innings of work this postseason.
Insight: Five of those six home runs have come from left-handed batters. Manager Bruce Bochy must have very little confidence in Strickland, his fireball right-handed reliever, going into Game 7.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KAN10/29/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was 2-for-4 with a double and home run in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Insight: Moustakas' double scored the first run of the game in the second. He later scored in the seven-run inning. He also hit a home run off Hunter Strickland in the seventh.
Lorenzo Cain, CF, KAN10/29/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with two walks, three RBI and a run scored as Kansas City beat San Francisco, 10-0, in Game 6 of the World Series.
Insight: Cain had a two-RBI single in the second to break the game open and an RBI-double to add an insurance run in the third. Cain was one of six Royals hitters to have two hits in Game 6.
Yusmeiro Petit, SP, SFG10/29/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit allowed his first earned run of the World Series on Tuesday.
Insight: Petit relieved starter Jake Peavy with the bases loaded and one out in the second. It was not an ideal situation for Bruce Bochy to put in Petit. He is a spot starter/long relief guy, so he does much better coming in at the beginning of an inning rather than with runners on base. Petit allowed three hits to the first three batters he faced as five more runs scored, two of which were charged to him.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN10/29/2014 9:05:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was 2-for-5 with a run and RBI in Game 6 against the Giants.
Insight: Escobar beat out an infield single in the second inning to load the bases. He hit a ground ball to Brandon Belt at first base, but Belt looked the runner back to third base too long and Escobar beat Belt to first. After another hit, Giants starter Jake Peavy was chased from the game. Escobar's other hit was an RBI-double in the fifth.
Jake Peavy, SP, SFG10/29/2014 9:02:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy lasted just 1 1/3 innings in Game 6 versus the Royals.
Insight: Peavy could not get out of the second inning as he allowed five runs on six hits. His downfall came when Alcides Escobar reached on an infield single because first baseman Brandon Belt looked back the runner at third base too long as Escobar beat him to the bag. In the next at-bat, Peavy jumped out 0-2 on Norichika Aoki but failed to put him away. Aoki's single scored another run and was the last batter Peavy faced.
Yordano Ventura, SP, KAN10/29/2014 8:56:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura pitched seven shutout innings in Game 6 of the World Series to help Kansas City force Game 7.
Insight: Ventura seemed extra focus pitching in memory of his late-friend, Oscar Tavares. Ventura wasn't completely sharp as he did walk five batters, but he allowed just three hits. A seven-run second inning certainly helped as well.Game 7 is Wednesday.
Jake Peavy, SP, SFG10/28/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy will pitch Game 6 of the World Series with a bruised thumb.
Insight: Peavy has passed all exams and said he feels fine, but this is something to keep an eye on Tuesday. Peavy allowed four runs in five innings in Game 2 last week.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP, KAN10/28/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Royals manager Ned Yost announced Jeremy Guthrie will start a potential Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Insight: Guthrie allowed two runs over five-plus innings in Game 3 last Friday. It will be all hands on deck after Guthrie.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG10/28/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Michael Morse will serve as the designated hitter in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Insight: Morse only pinch hit when the series shifted to San Francisco and no designated hitter. Morse is back in the lineup and will bat seventh.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KAN10/28/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas will bat eighth in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Insight: It is a slight change as Moustakas batted ninth in most all previous playoff lineups that included the designated hitter. Billy Butler and Nori Aoki will return to their usual spots in the lineup and Omar Infante will bat ninth.
Norichika Aoki, RF, KAN10/27/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki and Billy Butler will return to the starting lineup for Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Insight: Aoki and Butler did not start in Games 3, 4, and 5 which were in San Francisco. Manager Ned Yost wanted a faster outfielder with the biggest area to cover in AT&T Park and played Jarrod Dyson instead of Aoki. Butler sat without the designated hitter in the National League ballpark.
Oscar Taveras, RF, STL10/26/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: A number of outlets are reporting that Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.
Insight: The highly-touted 22-year-old rookie batted .239 with three homers and 22 RBI in 234 at-bats.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, SFG10/26/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner will look to help give San Francisco a 3-2 series lead, heading back to Kansas City.
Insight: This is the guy the Giants want on the mound in this pivotal Game 5, as Bumgarner went seven strong innings in Game 1, allowing only one run on three hits, and struck out five. After winning the NLCS MVP Award, Bumgarner will look to earn those honors in the World Series as well.
James Shields, SP, KAN10/26/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Royals starter James Shields will look to rebound from a poor Game 1 outing.
Insight: He lasted only three innings in Game 1, and will need to pitch like an ace if Kansas City wants to return home with a lead in the series. Shields will be opposed by Giants go-to guy Madison Bumgarner, so he will need to bring his A-game.
Norichika Aoki, RF, KAN10/26/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki should continue to be out of the lineup, Sunday night against the Giants.
Insight: He has the most experience against San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner, but is 0-for-13 lifetime against him. Jarrod Dyson will most likely be back in the lineup, after going 1-for-3 with a walk in Game 4.
Gregor Blanco, CF, SFG10/26/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco has solid career-numbers in limited action, against Game 5 starter James Shields.
Insight: Blanco is 4-for-7 lifetime off of Shields with a triple and three RBI. He should continue to hit in the leadoff spot, and will have the opportunity to start things off for San Francisco in a pivotal World Series Game 5.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KANHot10/26/2014 9:10:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer had another three hits Saturday night to raise his postseason average to .386.
Insight: After a mediocre regular season, Hosmer has been one of the Royals best hitters.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFGHot10/26/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI.
Insight: The career .284 hitter has put it together in this World Series batting .467 with a 1.356 OPS.
Yusmeiro Petit, SP, SFGHot10/26/2014 9:05:00 AM
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit was a key to the Giants victory Saturday night with three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Insight: The Giants bullpen came through with a total of 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball and the San Francisco offense came to life late. Wasn't it the Royals bullpen that was to be "untouchable" in this series?
Juan Perez, LF, SFG10/25/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: Juan Perez is starting for the Giants in left field for Game 4 of the World Series against the Royals.
Insight: Perez gets the start over the lefty Travis Ishikawa because Royals starter Jason Vargas is also left-handed. Perez will bat seventh in front of Brandon Crawford.
Jarrod Dyson, CF, KAN10/25/2014 3:54:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson is starting in center field and batting eighth, again, in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.
Insight: Ned Yost is sticking with the same lineup that won Game 3 in San Francisco on Friday. We would too. The added defense paid huge dividends, and Alex Gordon came through with a huge hit in the No. 2 spot.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SFG10/25/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed after the game Friday that Ryan Vogelsong will start Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.
Insight: Bochy left the door open to start Madison Bumgarner on short rest in Game 4, but he decided after the loss Friday to stick with Vogelsong. Bumgarner will start Game 5. Both are pretty much must-wins for San Francisco in order to avoid falling behind 3-2 with Games 6 and 7 in Kansas City.
Omar Infante, 2B, KAN10/25/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante is 7-for-11 in his career against Giants Game 4 starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Norichika Aoki and Josh Willingham are the only other Royals with at-bats against Vogelsong and neither were in the starting lineup for Game 3. Infante also has two stolen bases with Vogelsong on the mound.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG10/25/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is 3-for-9 in his career against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: It is a small sample size, but Sandoval has been the most successful Giants hitter versus Vargas. Sandoval was 0-for-4 in Game 3 and snapped his streak of 25 straight games of reaching base in the postseason.
Brandon Finnegan, RP, KAN10/25/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Royals 21-year-old Brandon Finnegan struck out both hitters he faced in the seventh to keep the Giants off the scoreboard.
Insight: Kansas City was clinging to a one-run lead when Ned Yost elected to pull Kelvin Herrera for the lefty Finnegan against two left-handed hitters for the Giants. Finnegan rewarded his manager with two strikeouts. The Royals won, 3-2.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN10/25/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Royals manager Ned Yost made the right decision to move Alex Gordon to the second spot in the order.
Insight: Gordon went 1-for-4 and his one hit was a double that scored Escobar in the sixth inning. He then scored on Eric Hosmer's single, and the Royals won Game 3 of the World Series, 3-2.
Buster Posey, C/1B, SFG10/25/2014 9:41:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey was 0-for-4 with an RBI in Game 3 of the World Series.
Insight: Posey did have an RBI-groundout in the sixth. The Giants were down two at the time with two runners in scoring position and one out, so the catcher was likely hoping for more. San Francisco lost, 3-2, and now trail in the series.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG10/25/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Michael Morse had a pinch-hit double in the sixth to keep San Francisco in Game 3 of the World Series Friday.
Insight: Morse doubled to left off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie to score Brandon Crawford from first. The hit chased Guthrie from the game. Morse then scored on a grounder from Buster Posey, three at-bats later. Kansas City, however, held on to win, 3-2.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN10/25/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs in Game 3 of the World Series Friday.
Insight: Escobar led off the game with a double on the first pitch. He scored on Eric Hosmer's grounder. Then in the sixth, he had a one-out single and scored on Alex Gordon's double. Escobar was the only player with either team with two hits in Game 3. Kansas City won, 3-2, and leads the series, 2-1.
Tim Hudson, SP, SFG10/25/2014 9:27:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson pitched 5 2/3 innings against the Royals in his long awaited World Series debut.
Insight: Hudson allowed three runs on four hits. After he permitted a double and single in the first two innings, he did not allow another hit to the sixth. Unfortunately, it was not enough, and San Francisco trails Kansas City in the World Series, 2-1.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP, KAN10/25/2014 9:23:00 AM
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched five-plus innings and allowed two runs on four hits in the Game 3 victory over the Giants in the World Series Friday night.
Insight: Guthrie only threw 77 pitches, but Ned Yost went to his bullpen when his starter allowed the first two hitters to reach base in the sixth. Two runs scored in the inning, but Kelvin Herrera did not permit the tying run to score, and Kansas City won, 3-2.
Jarrod Dyson, CF, KAN10/24/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson is starting in center field and batting eighth in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.
Insight: In the big AT&T Park, Royals manager Ned Yost went with his best defensive lineup. Lorenzo Cain moves to right field, and Nori Aoki is on the bench. Alex Gordon will bat second, and Mike Moustakas will hit fifth.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET10/24/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Free agent Victor Martinez is looking for a four-year contract this winter according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Insight: Martinez is 36, but he hit .335/.409/.565 with 32 home runs and 103 RBI in 2014. The Tigers would love to keep him, but they also have other free agent concerns in Max Scherzer and Torri Hunter.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL10/24/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had his ligament "trimmed" in his right elbow according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. UPDATE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Wainwright had his cartilage "trimmed", not the ligament in his right elbow.
Insight: General manager John Mozeliak said Wainwright should be able to throw in six weeks, so the procedure would not affect his availability for next season. He likely wasn't going to throw much this offseason anyway, and the Cardinals were already planning to limit Wainwright's work next preseason.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG10/24/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is just 1-for-7 with three strikeouts against Jeremy Guthrie in his career.
Insight: The career .284 hitter is just a .236 hitter in the postseason, though he's been better in 2014, hitting .282 and 3-for-7 in the World Series with a double and home run.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SFG10/24/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is a career 4-for-4 with a home run versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie
Insight: Crawford is a career .222 in the postseason and 10-for-44 (.227) in this postseason, but has a favorable matchup.


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