Seattle Mariners' Fister pitches to the New York Yankees in New York

Tigers to acquire Doug Fister, David Pauley from Mariners


UPDATE: This deal is beginning to make more sense for the M’s now. Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN in Seattle reports that the player to be named later will be one of the Tigers’ first three picks from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The reason for the delay is that they can’t be traded until one year after signing a professional contract.

Of course, it’s very unlikely that third base prospect Nick Castellanos is in the deal, so either right-hander Chance Ruffin or left-hander Drew Smyly will head to Seattle.

11:33 AM: Knobler writes that the Tigers are also expected to send prospect third baseman Francisco Martinez to Seattle. Martinez, 20, is batting .282/.319/.405 with seven homers, 46 RBI, a .724 OPS and a 80/19 K/BB ratio over 372 plate appearances with Double-A Erie this season. He is expendable for Detroit due to the presence of 2010 draft pick Nick Castellanos, who is more highly regarded as a prospect.

11:15 AM: OK, here’s the latest information as we have it. Knobler is reporting that the Mariners will send Doug Fister and David Pauley to the Tigers for Charlie Furbush, Casper Wells and others. No idea who the other players are yet, but I’m pretty underwhelmed by the Mariners’ return so far.

11:06 AM: Danny Knobler of reports that reliever David Pauley will also go to Detroit in the trade. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 2.15 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 34/16 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings this season.

10:08 AM: Danny Knobler of reports that Charlie Furbush is among the players that will go to Seattle in the deal. That’s right, Furbush for Fister. Most juvenile trade ever? The Tigers are also trying to get a reliever from Seattle, though it will not be closer Brandon League.

10:01 AM: Jerry Crasnick of reports that the Tigers are “making progress” on a deal for Mariners’ right-hander Doug Fister.

Jon Paul Morosi reported yesterday that the two clubs were “engaged in active trade talks,” with the Tigers specifically focused on Fister and a reliever.

Crasnick writes that the Tigers are hoping to get something done by the end of the day. He’s not sure who would be going from Detroit’s end, though one wonders if the call-up of Jacob Turner means left-hander Duane Below could be part of the deal. Fister is under team control though 2015, so obviously they would have to give up more.

Fister is 3-12 with a 3.33 ERA and 89/32 K/BB ratio over 21 starts this season. The 27-year-old has a 3.00 ERA at home this season, compared to a 3.71 ERA on the road.

The Cubs clinch World Series berth with NLCS Game 6 win

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22:  The Chicago Cubs celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in game six of the National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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After 71 years, the Cubs are headed back to the Fall Classic.

The dominance with which Clayton Kershaw attacked the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS was nonexistent in Game 6 as the Dodgers’ ace loaded the bases to start the first inning and scattered five extra bases and five runs over five frames. By the time Dave Roberts pulled his starter in the sixth inning, Kershaw was sitting on a Game Score of 33, the lowest he’s mustered since the start of the 2015 season. Only one of his strikes came via curveball, and whether he was having difficulty locating his off-speed stuff or felt more confident with the fastball-slider combo, it was the fewest curves he’d seen land for strikes all year (per David Adler).

Where the Dodgers were able to give Kershaw the edge in Game 2, they found themselves powerless against opposing hurler Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks turned out 7 1/3 scoreless frames with two hits and six strikeouts, preserving the Cubs’ second shutout of the postseason and the first since they bested the Giants in Game 1 of the NLDS. After his 1-0 loss to the Dodgers early in the NLCS, seeing the MLB ERA leader turn out a gem was a relief for the Cubs, especially one as spectacular as an 88-pitch two-hitter.

With Hendricks effectively stymieing the Dodgers’ best attempts to get on base, the Cubs played to their strengths at the plate. Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist cleared the bases in the first inning for a two-run lead, followed by a Dexter Fowler RBI single in the second. Willson Contreras came through in the fourth inning for the Cubs, lifting an 87 m.p.h. slider to left field for his first home run of October, while Anthony Rizzo hit his second homer of the postseason on a 1-1 fastball in the fifth.

Neither bullpen allowed a single run from the sixth inning onward. Dodgers’ right-hander Kenley Jansen took the ball from Kershaw in the sixth, scattering four strikeouts over three innings and denying the Cubs so much as a single baserunner through the end of the game. Aroldis Chapman, meanwhile, issued just one walk in 1 1/3 scoreless frames, inducing a Yasiel Puig double play to clinch the Cubs’ 17th franchise pennant.

With the win, the Cubs will face off against the Indians in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday at 8 PM EDT. And, in case you needed a reminder:

Video: Willson Contreras blasts first postseason home run off of Kershaw

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22:  Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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So much for Clayton Kershaw posing a threat tonight. The Cubs got their knocks in early and often against the Dodgers’ ace during Game 6 of the NLCS, racking up three runs in the first three innings before rookie catcher Willson Contreras unleashed his first postseason home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

According to’s Phil Rogers, Contreras became the 10th Cub to homer in the 2016 playoffs, following big hits by Addison Russell, Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler, Miguel Montero, David Ross, Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, Travis Wood, and Javier Baez. Of the ten home run hitters, Contreras joins catchers David Ross and Miguel Montero as yet another backstop capable of driving the long ball (and, less importantly, as another player capable of a sweet, sweet bat flip).

Rizzo, whose last homer was a deep drive to right field off of Los Angeles right-hander Pedro Baez in Game 4 of the NLCS, piled on Kershaw’s five-run outing with another home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kershaw called it a night after five frames, and the Cubs currently lead the Dodgers 5-0 in the sixth inning.