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Padres acquire Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell in trade with Yankees

The San Diego Padres have acquired third baseman Chase Headley and pitcher Bryan Mitchell from the New York Yankees in exchange for outfielder Jabari Blash.

What It Means:

The trade will be seen as a salary dump for the Yankees, who will be off the hook for the $13 million they owed Headley, who spent the first seven-plus years of his career with San Diego, for 2018. Mitchell figures to be a fit for the Padres' rotation, which needed a significant upgrade if they intended on improving in 2018.

Headley posted a .758 OPS in 147 games with the Bombers in 2017.

Marlins will receive Starlin Castro, prospects in Giancarlo Stanton deal

According to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, the Miami Marlins are receiving second baseman/shortstop Starlin Castro, as well as two minor-league prospects, from the New York Yankees in exchange for outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.

What It Means:

The Marlins will be the 28-year-old's third team in four years and will pick up the remaining two years and $22.7 million left on his contract. He carries a $16 million club option for 2020. As for the two prospects, they are 21-year-old pitcher Jorge Guzman and 18-year-old shortstop Jose Devers, cousin of Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers.

Last season, Castro played in 112 games, accounted for 16 home runs and 63 RBI, and hit to a .345 wOBA for the Yankees.

Deal reportedly in place to send Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton to Yankees

According to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, the Miami Marlins have agreed on a deal to send outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

The deal hasn't been made official yet, but Miami's return is expected to be second baseman Starlin Castro along with a few prospects, none of which have been identified yet. Stanton is fully expected to approve the trade to New York, having named the Yankees as one of the teams he would be willing to be traded to despite his no-trade clause. There's been no word on if the Marlins will pay any of the money remaining on the slugger's 13-year, $325 million contract.

In 2017, Stanton led the majors with 59 home runs. He slashed .281/.376/.631 and finished the year 5th among all hitters with a 3.80 nERD.

Shohei Ohtani signs with the Los Angeles Angels

Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani has signed with the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Ohtani's agent released a statement announcing the decision: “This morning, after a thorough, detailed process, Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. Shohei is humbled and flattered by all the time and effort that so many teams put into their presentations and sincerely thanks them for their professionalism. In the end, he felt a strong connection with the Angels and believes they can best help him reach his goals in Major League Baseball."

Ohtani, 23, posted a .962 OPS and 3.20 ERA with Nippon of the Japan Pacific League in 2017.

Mariners acquire Dee Gordon from Marlins for prospects

The Seattle Mariners acquired Dee Gordon from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor leaguers Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert and Christopher Torres.

What It Means:

The Mariners will reportedly move the two-time All-Star to center field in 2018.

Gordon led Major League Baseball in steals last season with 60 while hitting .308/.341/.375.

Source: MLB

Giants expect decision from Giancarlo Stanton by week's end

The San Francisco Giants expect reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to make a decision by the end of the week.

What It Means:

According to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, the Giants expect a decision from the Marlins outfielder "by the end of the week." The Dodgers were also believed to be in the running for Stanton's services, but are now considered a longshot to land him.

Over 597 plate appearances this season, Stanton had 168 hits with 59 home runs and 132 RBI, which were all career-highs.

White Sox sign Welington Castillo to two-year deal

The Chicago White Sox have signed free agent catcher Welington Castillo to a two-year deal, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

What It Means:

Castillo hit free agency after declining his player option with the Baltimore Orioles. Rosenthal is reporting that the deal is for two years with a club option. The 30-year-old backstop figures to serve as the team's starting catcher with Omar Narvaez serving in a complementary role.

This past season, Castillo hit 20 home runs with 53 RBI and a .352 wOBA in 96 games with the Orioles.

Yankees' outfielder Aaron Judge undergoes shoulder surgery

New York Yankees' outfielder Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday.

What It Means:

The American League Rookie of the Year underwent a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up. Judge was said to be battling a shoulder issue in the second-half of the season so this isn't out of the blue and the right fielder is expected to make a full recovery for Spring Training.

Judge finished the 2017 season with an American League-best 52 home runs and the second-highest OPS in the MLB (1.049).

Houston's Jose Altuve named the 2017 American League MVP

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was named the American League's Most Valuable Player on Thursday.

What It Means:

Altuve helped lead the Astros to their first World Series win as they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers. A five-time All-Star, the second baseman finished third in the MPV voting last year. Altuve received 27 of 30 first-place votes with Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees earing 2 and Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians getting the other.

Altuve led all of MLB with a .346 batting average while posting 24 home runs, 81 RBI, 112 runs scored, 32 steals, and .405 wOBA.

Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton wins NL MVP

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton won the National League MVP Award.

What It Means:

Stanton became the first NL MVP in Marlins history, edging out Joey Votto by just 2 points. He led all NL players in WAR, while leading the league with 59 home runs.

Over 597 plate appearances this season, Stanton had 168 hits with 59 home runs and 132 RBI, which were all career-highs.

Source: ESPN

Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers named National League Rookie of the Year

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger was named the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year on Monday.

What It Means:

Bellinger was the unanimous choice, just like Aaron Judge in the AL, after helping lead the Dodgers back to the World Series for the first time in nearly 30 years. He is the second consecutive Dodger to win the award, Corey Seager in 2016, and the 18th all-time.

Bellinger hit 39 homers with 97 RBI, 87 runs scored, and 10 steals while batting .267/.352/.581 with a .380 wOBA in 548 plate appearances.

Yankees' Aaron Judge unanimous winner of American League Rookie of the Year

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was named the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday.

What It Means:

Judge became the first Yankees player to win the award since Derek Jeter in 1996 as he won unanimously. The outfielder set a new rookie record with 52 home runs as he led New York back to the playoffs and within a game of the World Series, falling to the Astros in seven games.

Judge led the American League with 128 runs, 52 homers, and 127 walks while batting .284/.422/.627 with a .430 wOBA in 678 plate appearances.

George Springer, Astros defeat Dodgers in Game 7 for first World Series title

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer went 2-for-5 with 1 home run and 2 runs scored in a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series on Wednesday.

What It Means:

The title is the first in club history after Springer helped give the Astros a 5-0 lead in the second inning that they never relinquished. He led off the contest with a double and promptly found his way home on a throwing error before adding a two-run bomb in the second frame. Springer finished the World Series with 8 extra-base hits (3 doubles, 5 home runs) and 29 total bases, making the 28-year-old an easy choice for Most Valuable Player.

According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the Astros are tied with the Cleveland Indians as having the second-best chance of defending their championship in 2018 at 6:1 odds. The Dodgers are the favorites at 5:1.

Astros' Yulieski Gurriel suspended five games in 2018 for gesture

Houston Astros first baseman Yulieski Gurriel will serve a five-game suspension in 2018 for an offensive gesture made about Yu Darvish on Friday.

What It Means:

Gurriel will not be suspended during the World Series, and will instead serve his ban at the beginning of next season.

Gurriel has performed well at the plate this postseason, hitting .340/.386/.547 with 1 home run, 6 doubles, 4 runs, and 5 RBIs.

Yankees' manager Joe Girardi will not return despite ALCS appearance

The New York Yankees and manager Joe Girardi have agreed to part ways, according to ESPN's David Kaplan.

What It Means:

Girardi's four-year, $16 million contract ended with this season so he's not really being let go nor is he resigning. The team says that an announcement will be made later on Thursday. There are no obvious candidates at this time but it's believed that general manager Brian Cashman will favor a candidate with "a good feel for the clubhouse."

Under Girardi's leadership, the Yankees have gone 910-710 in 10 seasons. They've made 6 postseason appearances, with a 2009 World Series victory. This season, the Yankees were a surprise contender, finished 4th in our power rankings and made it as far as Game 7 of the American League Championship Series before being eliminated by the Houston Astros.

Red Sox' Dustin Pedroia underwent knee surgery on Wednesday

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent surgery on his left knee Wednesday, according to The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham.

What It Means:

The surgery, which took place in New York, served the purpose of correcting a knee issue that plagued Pedroia through the stretch run this season. At 34 years old, the veteran admitted that recovery could take "a long time", which means that Pedroia's start to the 2018 season could be delayed. The details on the procedure and his rehab have yet to be released. Pedroia is owed $56 million over the next four seasons in Boston.

Pedroia's 0.19 nERD marked his worst season since his rookie year way back in 2006. He played in just 105 games while hitting .293 with 7 home runs in 2017.

Corey Seager (back) officially on Dodgers' World Series roster

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is on the team's official World Series roster after sitting out the NLCS with a back issue.

What It Means:

Seager has worked his way back from a sprained lower back and will replace lefty-hitting Curtis Granderson on the Dodgers' roster. Granderson went 1-for-15 with eight strikeouts in the previous two series. The Dodgers have opted for Joc Pederson as their lefty outfielder and pinch-hitter.

With a .368 wOBA and 22 home runs on the year, Seager's 1.65 nERD rates 4th on the team among all hitters.

Report: Corey Seager (back) will be on Dodgers' World Series roster

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (back) will be included on the Dodgers' World Series roster according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

What It Means:

The official lineups aren't set to be released until Tuesday, but this move was expected. Seager will return to shortstop for the Fall Classic, so Kike Hernandez will likely serve as an outfielder when he plays. This is a huge boost for the Dodgers.

After sitting out the NLCS, Seager is 3-for-11 this postseason, with 1 triple, 2 RBI, 4 walks, and 3 runs scored.

Source: Jon Heyman

Nationals won't bring Dusty Baker back in 2018

The Nationals will not bring back manager Dusty Baker for the 2018 season.

What It Means:

Baker's contract was set to expire after the season, and following back-to-back first-round exits from the playoffs, the Nationals have decided not to bring back the 68-year-old manager. He led the club to consecutive National League East titles while going a combined 192-132.

Across 22 seasons as a manager, Baker is 1863-1636 (.532) across stints with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and Nationals.

Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' Game 5 lineup

Los Angeles Dodgers' catcher Yasmani Grandal is not in the starting lineup for Game 5 against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Grandal will make room for Austin Barnes behind the plate as Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers try to end their series in five games.

Our models project the Dodgers will post 3.78 runs tonight.

Curtis Granderson is on the Dodgers' bench for Game 5 against the Cubs

Los Angeles Dodgers' outfielder Curtis Granderson is not in the Game 5 lineup.

What It Means:

Granderson will take a seat as Chris Taylor moves into center field for Dave Roberts' team.

Our models project the Dodgers will post 3.78 runs against Chicago on Thursday night.

Andre Ethier is not in the Dodgers' Game 5 lineup

Los Angeles Dodgers' outfielder Andre Ethier will not start against the Chicago Cubs in Game 5.

What It Means:

Ethier will be replaced by Kike Hernandez in left field as the Dodgers try to wrap up the series against the Cubs in five games.

Our models project the Dodgers' offense will put up 3.78 runs on Thursday night.

Dodgers' Chase Utley will not start in Game 5 against the Cubs

Los Angeles Dodgers' second baseman Chase Utley is not in the lineup for Game 5 against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Utley will take a seat to make room for Logan Forsythe, who will bat fifth against Cubs' lefty Jose Quintana.

Utley has posted an average of 6.2 FanDuel points per game this season.

Logan Forsythe is in the Dodgers' Game 5 lineup on Thursday

Los Angeles Dodgers' second baseman Logan Forsythe is starting against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Forsythe will replace Chase Utley at second and bat fifth for the Dodgers as they look to wrap up their series with the Cubs in five games.

Our models project Forsythe will post 8.6 FanDuel points while costing $2,500 on Thursday.

Kike Hernandez gets the start for the Dodgers in Game 5

Enrique Hernandez will start in left field for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

What It Means:

Hernandez will replace Andre Ethier in the lineup. He is set to bat sixth against Chicago Cubs' southpaw Jose Quintana.

Our models project Hernandez will post 8.1 FanDuel points while costing $2,200 on Thursday night.

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