ALCS, Game 4: Orioles vs. Royals lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Orioles-Royals series in Kansas City:

Orioles:
RF Nick Markakis
1B Steve Pearce
CF Adam Jones
LF Nelson Cruz
DH Delmon Young
SS J.J. Hardy
C Caleb Joseph
3B Ryan Flaherty
2B Jonathan Schoop

SP Miguel Gonzalez

With a left-hander on the mound Orioles manager Buck Showalter has Delmon Young back in the lineup at designated hitter, shifting Nelson Cruz to left field. He also has Caleb Joseph at catcher rather than Nick Hundley and has moved Steve Pearce into the No. 2 spot. Miguel Gonzalez pitches for the first time since the regular season finale on September 28.

Royals:
SS Alcides Escobar
RF Norichika Aoki
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
LF Alex Gordon
C Salvador Perez
2B Omar Infante
3B Mike Moustakas

SP Jason Vargas

Royals manager Ned Yost has stuck with the exact same lineup throughout the postseason and that doesn’t change today. Jason Vargas pitches for the first time since Game 1 of the ALDS on October 2.

Yasiel Puig is still a free agent

Yasiel Puig
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Around this time last year, the ink was drying on Manny Machado‘s 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres and Bryce Harper was about to put the finishing touches on his 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies. We had gotten used to premier free agents hanging out in limbo until late February and even into March. This past offseason, however, was a return to normal. The top three free agents — Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Stephen Strasburg — all signed in December. Once the big names are off the board, the lesser free agents subsequently tend to find homes. There were a handful of noteworthy signings in January, but pretty much everyone was off the board when February began.

There are a handful of free agents remaining as I write this, with one name really sticking out: Yasiel Puig. Last season, between the Reds and Indians, Puig hit .267/.327/.458 with 24 home runs, 84 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases in 611 plate appearances. He was one of only seven players in the league last year to hit at least 24 home runs and swipe at least 19 bases. While Puig has had some problems over the years, he still possesses a rare blend of power and speed that would seem useful.

The Marlins, White Sox, and Rockies have been linked to Puig this offseason. His market has been otherwise quiet since he became a free agent. The Athletic’s Jim Bowden suggests Puig will have to settle for a “pillow contract” — a one-year deal with which Puig reestablishes his market value, aiming to pursue a multi-year deal the following offseason. Along with the aforementioned three teams, Bowden suggests the Mariners, Indians, Pirates, Giants, Red Sox, and Cardinals as other teams that could potentially fit with Puig, which is not to be confused with teams having expressed interest in his services.