Orioles not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero

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As expected, the Orioles announced that they are not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero.

Guerrero is coming off a career-worst season at age 36, so odds are he would have simply accepted an arbitration offer and locked the Orioles into a one-year deal paying him at least $8 million.

Baltimore understandably didn’t want to risk that for the slim chance he’d turn down arbitration and allow them to get a compensatory draft pick in return for his signing elsewhere.

They also declined to offer arbitration to Cesar Izturis, who earned $1.5 million while missing all but 18 games this year and will likely be looking for a bench job.

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.

No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.

The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.