Author: Drew Silva

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Padres exercise $7.5 million option on Joaquin Benoit

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San Diego has exercised its $7.5 million club option on veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit, the club announced Tuesday evening. In that same announcement comes word that Clint Barmes‘ $2 million option has been declined.

Benoit posted a cool 2.34 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and 63/23 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings this past season for the Padres, tallying two saves and 36 holds.

$7.5 million might seem like a hefty price tag for a setup man — especially one who is 38 years old with declining swing-and-miss rates — but the option came with a $1 million buyout so this was essentially a $6.5 million decision for the San Diego front office.

Benoit could move into a more prominent role in 2016 if the Friars trade closer Craig Kimbrel over the offseason. There has been some outside chatter about that.

Dodgers to interview Bud Black for managerial opening

Bud Black
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It was reported last week — during Game 2 of the World Series, actually — that Bud Black had been hired as the new manager of the Washington Nationals. But that all fell apart during the subsequent contract negotiations and the Nationals’ opening is now going to Dusty Baker instead.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Black is now in line for another similarly high-profile managing gig …

Gabe Kapler, Darin Erstad, Dave Roberts, Tim Wallach, Dave Martinez, and Ron Roenicke are some of the other candidates under consideration in Los Angeles.

Don Mattingly resigned at the end of the regular season and wound up in Miami.

Video: Jonny Gomes brought it at the Royals’ World Series parade

Jonny Gomes
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Jonny Gomes batted .167 in 34 plate appearances for the Royals during the regular season and he was not on KC’s roster for the American League Division Series, American League Championship Series, or World Series.

But the 34-year-old backup outfielder was unquestionably the MVP of Tuesday’s World Series championship parade in downtown Kansas City …

Tigers decline $10 million option on Joe Nathan

Joe Nathan
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As anticipated, the Tigers announced Tuesday that they have declined their $10 million option on veteran reliever Joe Nathan, making him a free agent. He’ll get a $1 million buyout instead.

Nathan faced just one batter in 2015 before tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-April and probably won’t be fully recovered until sometime next May.

Nathan has stated that he plans to pitch in 2016, so the soon-to-be 41-year-old will be shopping for offers this winter. It’s possible he’ll have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract.

Nathan is sitting on 377 career saves and a 2.89 career ERA.

World Series, Game 5: Royals vs. Mets lineups

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Here are the starting lineups for Game 5 of the World Series between the Royals and Mets at Citi Field in New York. Kansas City has a 3-1 series lead and can capture the club’s first championship since 1985 on Sunday night. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET on FOX.


SS Alcides Escobar
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
3B Mike Moustakas
C Salvador Perez
LF Alex Gordon
RF Alex Rios
SP Edinson Volquez

This is the standard non-DH lineup for the Royals. Why make a change now, with the champagne on ice? Kendrys Morales will again be a big presence off the bench.


RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
2B Daniel Murphy
CF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d’Arnaud
LF Michael Conforto
SS Wilmer Flores
SP Matt Harvey

There’s been some talk of benching Cespedes — he has hand and shoulder injuries and has produced just three singles in 18 plate appearances this World Series while also struggling defensively — but Mets manager Terry Collins decided against such a drastic decision. It’s do-or-die time, and the Mets are sticking with the same starting lineup they used in Games 3 and 4.