Dodgers rookie Corey Seager out 1-2 weeks with knee injury

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Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball and the NL favorite for Rookie of the Year, is expected to be sidelined for 1-2 weeks with a strained left knee.

That qualifies as positive news, because Seager tweaked his knee running the bases Friday and went for an MRI exam. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called the diagnosis of a mild strain the “best-case scenario” and said it’s possible but probably “pushing it” that Seager will be ready for Opening Day.

Seager was the Dodgers’ first-round draft pick in 2012 and debuted last season, hitting .337 with four homers and a .986 OPS in 27 games while playing both shortstop and third base. Jimmy Rollins’ departure as a free agent cleared the path for Seager to take over as the everyday shortstop and the 22-year-old has a chance to be one of the best in the league immediately.

Report: Nathan Eovaldi drawing interest from at least nine teams

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Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.

Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.

A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.