The Cubs, White Sox are getting inquires about relievers Marmol, Santos

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The White Sox are in a bit of a transitional period.  And a lot of people assumed that the Cubs would try to make a play for Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols or something like that. Maybe it’s more likely that both teams will simply be sellers. Here’s Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune:

According to sources, both the White Sox and Cubs are getting a lot of calls about their proven relievers, including closers Sergio Santos and Carlos Marmol.  Seven teams are trying to fill a void at closer, and five of those (Red Sox, Blue Jays,Twins, Reds and Mets) are also looking for set-up men. While it would be painful to trade arms like Santos and Marmol, they could bring back multiple parts in trades. They are signed to contracts that could make them bargains.

Marmol had some meltdowns last year, but he’s still an excellent option for someone in the market. Santos, the converted infielder, saved 30 games last year and is uber-cheap.

Meanwhile, the Phillies paid $50 million+ for Jonathan Papelbon.  Yeah, he’s better, but it’s not like he’s some piece of unobtainium.

Nathan Eovaldi to start Game 3 for the Red Sox

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora said last night that Nathan Eovaldi will start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday.

Rick Porcello was previously lined up to start that game, but he was used in relief in last night’s game. Not that Eovaldi is chopped liver. Indeed, he’s coming off seven innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts and no walks in his Game 3 start against the Yankees in the ALDS.

Houston will go with Dallas Keuchel in Game 3, followed by Charlie Morton in Game 4. That is, “unless Armageddon hits and we have a historically long game,” said A.J. Hinch yesterday.