The Cubs’ Willson Contreras will get the call behind the plate today, as veteran catcher David Ross is sitting out for Game 2 of the NLDS. Rumors of Ross’ impending retirement kicked up a little dust today when the backstop announced that he was “99% sure” of the decision to hang up his cleats, per Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com. The only thing holding him back? An offer from the Cubs, though Ross indicated that it’d have to be an irresistible one for him to consider extending his 15-season career.
Lineups are below; first pitch is scheduled for 8:00 PM EDT.
8. Wilson Contreras (R) C
Free agent reliever Blake Treinen has signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Dodgers, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports.
Treinen, 31, was non-tendered by the Athletics last week as he entered his third year of arbitration eligibility. Despite finishing as arguably baseball’s best reliever in 2018, Treinen had a disappointing 2019 campaign, posting a 4.91 ERA with 16 saves, 59 strikeouts, and 37 walks over 58 2/3 innings.
Treinen will join the back of the Dodgers’ bullpen along with Joe Kelly, Pedro Báez, and Kenley Jansen. Jansen still figures to be the closer, but Treinen could eventually assume the role if he comes back into form and Jansen doesn’t.