Report: Braves move on from Glavine

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With his second scoop of the day, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Braves have released Tom Glavine.

This comes as quite a shock, especially in light of him pitching six
scoreless innings in his last rehab start and posting a 2.25 ERA in
four outings overall. All indications were that the Braves were about
to slot him into their rotation.

Still, it could well be the right move for the team. It looks like
the Braves are making a commitment to their younger pitchers, namely
Kris Medlen and Tommy Hanson. After two shaky starts to begin his
career, Medlen fanned nine and allowed one run over six innings in a
win over the Diamondbacks over the weekend. Hanson has a 1.49 ERA and a
90/17 K/BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings in Triple-A.

With the super-two deadline having passed, the Braves can go to
Hanson any time they want. Had they opted to give Glavine the spot in
the rotation that Medlen was occupying, then it’s doubtful Hanson would
have been needed in June. However, now it’s again likely that we’ll see
Hanson this month, perhaps with Medlen sliding to the bullpen.

It’s quite realistic that Glavine could have come back and given the
Braves a 4.50 ERA in 20-22 starts over the rest of the season. However,
the Braves are one of the relatively few teams in baseball that don’t
really need another starter like that. Also, they would have been
adding at least $2 million-$3 million to their payroll by putting
Glavine on the roster. That money can be better used in upgrading the
outfield.

Let’s hope this isn’t the end for Glavine. He clearly didn’t want to
pitch anywhere other than Atlanta, but after putting in this much time
rehabbing, he’s not likely to want to call it a career. Philadelphia,
Florida and Milwaukee look like the most obvious destinations for him.
There’s been talk of him joining the Nationals in the past, mostly
because of the Stan Kasten connection, but it’s doubtful that he’ll
want to finish up as part of baseball’s worst team.

Indians’ postseason rotation is still up in the air

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 16: Starting pitcher Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on September 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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With Game 1 of the Red Sox-Indians ALDS set to commence on Thursday, there’s no better starter for the job than Corey Kluber. The only question is whether or not the right-hander will be up to the task after sustaining a mild quadriceps strain earlier this week.

Indians’ manager Terry Francona appeared optimistic about Kluber’s chances of recovering in time for the Division Series, but admitted that he doesn’t have his rotation set in stone for the first couple of postseason games. Complicating matters is Monday’s potential make-up game between the Indians and the Tigers, which they’ll be forced to play if the outcome has bearing on playoff seeding.

Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Francona doesn’t have a starter for the make-up game, either, though he clarified that rehabbing right-hander Danny Salazar would not be eligible. Salazar is still working his way back from a forearm injury in hopes of joining the Indians for their postseason run, and needs to toss another simulated game before he can be expected to return to the mound. Kluber, meanwhile, will throw off the mound on Sunday.

With Kluber or Salazar limping out of the gate, the Indians will likely have to fall back on right-handers Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin. Bauer is slated for Saturday’s face-off against the Royals and confirmed his willingness to pitch on short rest through the playoffs. The 25-year-old also spoke to the Indians about his ability to pitch out of the bullpen, though it’s an option they appear unlikely to exercise. While Francona’s comments on Friday stressed the club’s patient approach toward their rotation, Bauer appeared revved and ready to go:

If it was up to me, […] I’d pitch and be ready to start or be available out of the ‘pen every game. In the playoffs, there’s really no reason to save anything. So, whenever I can get in there, whenever they want me to get in there, I’ll be ready.

Matt Holliday wants to return in 2017

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Manager Mike Matheny #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals congratulates Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals after he hit a solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the seventh inning at Busch Stadium on September 30, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Matt Holliday might not have a landing spot with the Cardinals in 2017, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to hang his cleats up just yet. Prior to the Cardinals’ afternoon set against the Pirates on Saturday, the 36-year-old expressed his desire to further his career elsewhere, even if staying in St. Louis is not a possibility.

It’s been a down year for the outfielder, who batted .242/.318/.450 through 107 games before landing on the disabled list with a fractured right thumb. His 0.6 fWAR is the lowest mark of his career to date. Notwithstanding two injury-riddled seasons (he was sidelined through most of 2015 with a right quadriceps strain), he’s performed admirably for the Cardinals over the past eight years, putting up a .292/.379/.494 batting line, 156 home runs, and 26.8 fWAR with the club. With a return to full health, he might not be on the market for long.