We knew it was all going down in October. Now we know specifically when. From MLB:
Tiebreakers and Wild Card Games:
- Sunday, September 29: Last day of the regular season
- Monday, September 30: any tiebreakers, if necessary
- Tuesday, October 1: National League Wild Card Game
- Wednesday, October 2: American League League Wild Card Game
- Thursday, October 3: Both National League Division Series begins
- Friday, October 4: Both American League Division Series begin, NLDS continues
- Wednesday, October 9: Game Five of both NLDS, if necessary
- Thursday, October 10: Game Five of both ALDS, if necessary
League Championship Series:
- Friday, October 11: Game one of NLCS
- Saturday, October 12: Game one of ALCS
- Saturday, October 19: Gave Seven of NLCS, if necessary
- Sunday, October 20: Game Seven of ALCS, if necessary
- Wednesday, October 23: Game one of the World Series in the American League city
- Saturday, October 26: Game three of the World Series in the National League city
- Thursday, October 31: Game seven of the World Series, if necessary
As for the broadcasts:
- Tiebreakers, if necessary: TBS
- NL Wild Card Game: TBS
- AL Wild Card Game: TBS
- ALDS and NLDS: All games except two on TBS, two games on MLB Network
- NLCS: TBS
- ALCS: Fox
- World Series: Fox
After that you’re on your own until spring.
The Red Sox are expecting to go to an arbitration hearing with left-handed reliever Fernando Abad, per Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said there was a “decent chance” a hearing would be necessary after countering Abad’s $2.7 million request with $2 million.
Abad, 31, pitched just 12 2/3 innings for Boston after the club acquired him from Minnesota at the trade deadline last season. The lefty earned a cumulative 3.66 ERA, 4.2 BB/9 and 7.9 SO/9 for the two teams in 2016. He received $1.25 million in 2016 and will remain under club control (through arbitration) in 2017. A $2.7 million salary would be a hefty increase for the veteran reliever, who has seen a significant decline since he put up a 1.57 ERA for the Athletics in 2014 and who has not amassed more than 0.6 fWAR in any single season to date.
While the Red Sox aren’t close to settling with Abad, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that they may be closing in on a settlement with left-handed starter Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz filed at $5.7 million, while the Sox felt more comfortable at $3.6 million. The two are expected to meet somewhere in the middle to avoid an arbitration hearing later this winter.
The Braves reportedly have a deal in place with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal adds that the contract is for one year, $1.5 million with up to $2.5 million in additional incentives.
Suzuki, 33, completed a three-year track with the Twins in 2016, slashing .258/.301/.403 with eight home runs in 373 PA. The veteran backstop likely won’t provide an offensive or defensive upgrade over current starter Tyler Flowers, but should give the Braves some depth at a position they’ve been looking to strengthen since the start of the offseason.
The team has yet to confirm the deal.