Padres’ General Manager Jed Hoyer on the incessant Adrian Gonzalez speculation:
“There’s certainly been a lot of interest. A number of teams have
inquired about him. I think we’re obviously willing to listen on
anything, but he’s a great player, he fits our team, he fits our
payroll structure very well. So he’s certainly not a player
we’re looking to move. I think that’s been the way we’ve addressed it
all winter. Teams have inquired, but we’ve certainly said the same
thing over and over: He’s not a player we’re looking to move.”
Not that this will stop Red Sox fans from assuming that Hoyer is duty bound to trade his best player to Boston.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will be on the team’s World Series roster.
Seager, 23, played in the NLDS but was left off the NLCS roster due to a lower back injury suffered in Game 3 against the Diamondbacks. He had three hits, including a triple, in 15 plate appearances in that series. During the regular season, Seager hit .295/.375/.479 with 22 home runs, 77 RBI, and 85 runs scored across 613 PA.
Charlie Culberson and Chris Taylor handled shortstop while Seager was absent. Both players were among the Dodgers’ best performers in the NLCS. With Seager back in the fold, Taylor will play mostly center field and Culberson will return to his bench role.