Author: Bill Baer

Travis Snider
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Pirates outright Travis Snider, among others

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According to’s transactions page, the Pirates have outrighted outfielder Travis Snider, 1B/OF Travis Ishikawa, and pitcher Deolis Guerra. Snider and Ishikawa elected free agency while Guerra has been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Snider, who turns 28 in February, took only 29 trips to the plate with the Pirates after they picked him up following his release from the Orioles. He hit three doubles and a home run while knocking in eight runs.

Ishikawa, 32, posted a .646 OPS with three doubles, a home run, and eight RBI as well, but he did so in 66 plate appearances.

Guerra, 26, allowed 12 runs on 26 hits and three walks with 17 strikeouts across 16 2/3 innings.

Video: The controversial Mike Moustakas home run in ALCS Game 6

Mike Moustakas
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The solo home run Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas hit in the bottom of the second inning is currently the difference in ALCS Game 6 against the Blue Jays, as his team is holding onto a 2-1 lead. Moustakas lined a David Price offering to right-center, and a fan reached over and caught the baseball. It looked like fan interference, but the umpires upheld the ruling upon replay review.

Looking at the Kauffman Stadium ground rules, it appears the umpires made the correct call. Or, at least, there wasn’t enough definitive evidence upon which to overturn the initial ruling.

The fan who caught the ball was interviewed during the game by Erin Andrews of FOX Sports and fastidiously defended the accusation that he reached over the fence a la Jeffrey Maier.

Ben Zobrist homers, giving Royals an early lead in ALCS Game 6

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Update (8:38 PM EDT): Mike Moustakas made it 2-0 when he lined a home run over the fence in right-center field with one out in the bottom of the second inning. The home run was reviewed as a fan reached over the fence to catch it, but the initial ruling was upheld.

Playing in a potential clincher in ALCS Game 6, Royals second baseman Ben Zobrist gave his team an early lead when he swatted a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning against Blue Jays starter David Price. It’s Zobrist’s second homer this post-season, with his other coming in the first inning of the Royals’ Game 4 win against the Jays.

Royals starter Yordano Ventura has tossed two scoreless innings, with a leadoff double by Ben Revere serving as the only blemish on his record.

If the Royals can maintain the lead, they’ll earn the right to play the Mets in the World Series.

Marlins, Don Mattingly have mutual interest

Don Mattingly
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Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins and Don Mattingly have mutual interest to fill the club’s managerial opening. Mattingly was let go by the Dodgers on Thursday morning following their second Division Series ouster in as many seasons.

Mattingly is considered the frontrunner for the Marlins’ manager job, and they’re expected to start a discussion in the next few days. The Marlins have also interviewed Phil Nevin, Manny Acta, Bo Porter, Alex Cora, Rick Renteria, and Larry Bowa.

Across five seasons at the helm of the Dodgers, Mattingly led the team to a 446-363 record. However, his tenure has mostly been considered a failure as the Dodgers have operated with baseball’s largest payroll in each of the last three seasons, ranging from $216 million to $272 million and have little post-season success to show for it.

Theo Epstein wants to bring Dexter Fowler back to the Cubs

Dexter Fowler
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Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reported yesterday that Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein plans to talk to soon-to-be free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler about staying in Chicago. If Fowler decides to test the market, however, the Cubs are prepared to consider other alternatives.

Fowler, who turns 30 in March, hit .250/.346/.411 with 17 home runs, 46 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 690 regular season plate appearances. He performed well in the playoffs, hitting two doubles and two homers in 39 trips to the plate.

Fowler earned $9.5 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility heading into the 2015 season.