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New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka will try and stay hot in a must-win game for the Yankees in Game 4 against the Astros. Tanaka has been awesome through two postseason starts this season, allowing only one run on four hits in 11 innings pitched while striking out 11. The veteran pitcher continues his run of excellent performance in the playoffs and heads into Game 4 with a 5-2 record, a 1.32 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP in 41 career postseason innings. Tanaka was strong pitching at home this season as well, going 8-3 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 16 starts this season at Yankee Stadium.
The New York Yankees released outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and designated Greg Bird for assignment on Wednesday. Ellsbury, who hasn't played since 2017 due to various injuries, was let go with more than $26 million left on his $153 million, seven-year deal. The 36-year-old hit .264 with 39 homers, 198 RBI and 102 stolen bases in 520 games in his six years in pinstripes, but he may never make it back to the bigs again. Bird, 27, had plenty of power-hitting intrigue, but he, too, failed to stay healthy for the Yankees. He missed all of 2016 following surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Bird could never stay on the field for long stretches of time, and his numbers suffered as a result. He should be able to latch on with another team, but he'll have to earn a spot.
In addition to the Mets, the Astros, Reds and Rangers are among the teams showing interest in catcher Robinson Chirinos, according to sources. The 35-year-old (36 in June of 2020) has hit 52 home runs in 315 games since the start of the 2017 season, so he has some ability with the bat and is also a solid defensive backstop. Chirinos can be streaky at the plate, though, and shouldn't be counted on as a strong No. 1 catcher in single-catcher leagues. Depending on where he lands, though, he should be a serviceable No. 2 with power potential at the weakest fantasy position in baseball.
Former Washington Nationals outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a contract with the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants in Japan. The 32-year-old, a two-time Gold Glove winner, hit .276 with 88 home runs and 522 RBI in 11 major league seasons. He served as a backup outfielder for the World Series champion Nationals last year. Parra hit .250 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 89 games for Washington after spending the first 30 games of the season with the Giants.
The New York Mets have shown interest in catcher Robinson Chirinos, according to an industry source. Chirinos will turn 36 next June and hit .238/.347/.443 while starting 106 games behind the plate for the Astros and playing strong defense in 2019. If the Mets keep Wilson Ramos, Chirinos could easily secure a better opportunity elsewhere on the open market. The Mets have also contacted 36-year-old Drew Butera, who began his career with the Mets as a fifth-round pick in 2005. Tomas Nido could be moving on from the Mets this offseason after hitting just .191/.231/.316 in 38 starts. Despite Chirinos' age, he can still be fantasy relevant with the bat in two-catcher leagues, but being the backup to Ramos wouldn't be good for his fantasy appeal.
The Washington Nationals could re-sign starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg before the winter meetings begin on Dec. 8 in San Diego. Strasburg opted out of the four years and $100 million remaining on his deal after winning World Series MVP, but the Nationals have expressed interest in bringing him back and haven't hesitated to start negotiating a new deal with the right-hander. The Padres, Strasburg's hometown team, likely don't have room in their budget to sign Strasburg. Washington might be the only team that considers Strasburg as their clear-cut No. 1 starting pitcher as long as Gerrit Cole remains available. Stras proved last year and into the playoffs that he's a high-end fantasy starter when he's healthy.
New York Mets hitting instructor Endy Chavez posted a video on Instagram on Tuesday of outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (heels) taking batting practice. Cespedes hasn't played since July of 2018 due to multiple heel surgeries, and he's due $29.5 million. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said that he does "not have enough information to predict when he's going to be back." Cespedes has a very intriguing power profile, but his uncertain status due to injury will cause him to go undrafted in most leagues. The Cuban played in only 38 games in 2018 and just 81 games in 2017. He hit .280 with 31 homers and 86 RBI in his last full season in 2016.
The Chicago Cubs are still unsure if shortstop prospect Nico Hoerner will open the 2020 season in the big leagues. Executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer both stressed at the general manager meetings last week that they are open-minded about the No. 24 overall pick in the 2018 draft. "We haven't figured that out yet," Epstein said. "I think you can make strong arguments on both sides, whether he should be part of the club on Opening Day or (get) a little bit more seasoning." Hoerner is the team's top prospect and is ranked No. 47 in all of baseball, per MLB Pipeline. He held his own in 78 at-bats in the majors in 2019 and hit .292/.349/.403 with three homers and 22 RBI in 75 games at Double-A and Rookie ball. Hoerner is a better dynasty stash than he will be a redraft asset in 2020.
Washington Nationals shortstop prospect Carter Kieboom, who is the team's top prospect and No. 20 overall in baseball, could be the natural replacement at the hot corner if Anthony Rendon departs in free agency this winter. Kieboom played shortstop, second base and third base with Triple-A Fresno last year, although he's a natural shortstop and made most of his starts there. If Rendon stays, Kieboom will also have a chance to compete for a full-time job at second. The youngster hit just .128 with 16 strikeouts in 43 plate appearances with Washington for a spell last year, but he was outstanding in the minor leagues and should play a role at the big league level regardless of what happens to Rendon in 2020. He hit .303 with 16 homers in 109 games with Fresno.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. (knee) posted a video on his Twitter account on Monday and said that he's running at 100 percent in Arizona. Souza suffered a devastating knee injury in spring training when he tore the ACL, LCL and PCL in his left knee, which caused him to miss the entire 2019 season. He'll turn 31 next April and is always a health risk, but his blend of speed and power should be useful to the D-backs in 2020 if he can stay on the field. Souza played in just 72 games for the Snakes in 2018 and hit just .220/.309/.369 with five home runs and 29 RBI. The year prior with the Rays, he slugged a career-high 30 homers and stole 16 bases. He won't be attractive in standard redraft leagues, but Souza could become a waiver option once the season gets underway.
The Houston Astros signed first baseman Yuli Gurriel to a one-year, $8.3 million deal on Monday. The deal will contain $250,000 in award bonuses for 2020, and he'll have the right to declare free agency at the end of the year. The 35-year-old Cuban had by far his best season in the big leagues in 2019, slashing .298/.343/.541 with a career-high 31 home runs, 104 RBI, 85 runs scored and five stolen bases in 144 games for the 'Stros. Houston ultimately fell short in the World Series in seven games, but Gurriel was a force at the plate all season long. He's hit above .290 the last three seasons and has plenty of pop in this potent lineup, making him an attractive fantasy corner infielder even if some regression is on its way.
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