Marlins join the bidding for Chapman

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Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman has another offer on the table, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
The Marlins offered Chapman a five-year deal in the vicinity of $13
million. Chapman already has one offer on the table from the Red Sox,
believed to be for around $15.5 million. It probably won’t be enough to
land the heralded-defector, however they hope South Florida could be a
draw.




Chapman, 21, threw a bullpen session in front of representatives of more than 15 teams in Houston on Tuesday,
reaching as high as 97 mph on the radar gun, though he was mostly in
the 92-93 mph range, according to Jorge Arangure Jr. of ESPN.com. On a related note, Phil Rodgers of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Cubs
are among a group of teams exploring a deal for the talented southpaw.

Yasmani Grandal played himself out of NLCS Game 4

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Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.

Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.

Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.

Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.