According to Barry Jackson from the Miami Herald, the Fish have "no plans" to re-sign Fernando Rodney in the offseason. Rodney was acquired by Miami in a trade with the Padres back on June 30 for prospect Chris Paddack. Despite registering a 0.31 ERA before being traded in late June, Rodney was unable to achieve the same success in Miami. He had a 3.95 ERA during his first summer in Miami which led to an 11.57 ERA during the last month of the season.
Jackson has also noted that the Marlins will be actively pursuing at least two starting pitchers during Winter meetings. Considering how thin the free-agent market is for starting pitchers, they will probably have to trade a valuable position player (or two) to get at least one of those desired pitchers. Adeiny Hechavarria and Derek Dietrich seem to closest to the trading block, with Marcell Ozuna also being considered as a potential trade chip.
Just a few days ago, catcher Tomas Telis hit his first MLB home run in Miami's last game of the season. Telis, who is rated as the 12th best prospect in the Marlins organization, actually made his debut back in 2014 with the rangers. Even though he struggled in his previous stints at the major league level, Telis had a very productive year in AAA New Orleans, hitting .310 with 6 home runs and 45 RBI in just 91 games. Miami could be looking at a player that will be competing for a job as their starting catcher in the very near future.
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On Wednesday night, the Mets fell 3-0 to the Giants in the NL Wild Card game. Noah Syndergaard threw seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts. But it wasn't enough to overcome Madison Bumgarner's complete game shutout. Jeurys Familia gave up a three-run bomb in the top of the ninth to Connor Gillaspie. San Francisco starts the NLDS tonight at Wrigley Field.
The Cleveland Indians beat the Red Sox 5-4 in the first game of their division series. Ricardo Perez, Jason Kipnis, and Franciso Lindor all went yard in the third inning against Rick Porcello. Boston will send David Price to the mound against Corey Kluber later today for game two.
Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays produced a statement victory on the road against Texas, beating them 10-1 while collecting 13 hits. Bautista and Melvin Upton Jr. had home runs while Troy Tulowitzki knocked in three runs. Yu Darvish looks to lead the rangers to a split in the first two games while facing off against Toronto's J.A. Happ