Ben Zobrist denies Dodgers’ allegations of stealing signs

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As Craig wrote about on Monday afternoon, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal accused the Cubs’ Ben Zobrist of stealing signs during the NLCS. Grandal said, “We are literally paranoid when it comes to men on second and they are trying to get signs. We know who is getting the signs. We know what they’re doing. We know what they do to get it.”

Grandal was referring to the fateful bottom of the eighth inning in Game 1 during which the Cubs scored five times and went on to win 8-4. Zobrist led off the inning with a double, bringing Addison Russell to the plate. According to Grandal, “All the sudden, Russell is not taking good swings at sliders, looking like he’s looking for a fastball and in a certain location.” Russell took three sliders to go up 3-0 in the count, took another slider to make it 3-1, swung through a slider to bring the count full, then grounded another slider to third base for the first out of the inning.

The story has been making the rounds and Zobrist caught wind of it. On Twitter, Zobrist wrote with a link to a FOX Sports article about the issue, “This is hilarious….umm…no I was not stealing signs.  Glad you think my baseball IQ is that high.”

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.