Braves extend Fredi Gonzalez through 2016


Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was in the last year of his deal. And, stuck with a rebuild and a team going nowhere, the chances of him winning for the rest of the year are slim. It’s enough to make one worry about their job security.

He need worry no more. Or at least for a year or so:

Eh, why not? Fredi’s presence is not keeping this team from winning or losing. He’s not a great tactician and drives me crazy in that regard, but he’s liked by his players and doesn’t cause problems. Call me back when the Braves are in a playoff race in which any given call to the bullpen or call for a bunt could cost them something real. For now though there’s no harm in keeping Fredi around.

Corey Seager will be included on Dodgers’ World Series roster


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.