Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Phillies and Royals have discussed a potential deal for third baseman Mike Moustakas. Although the two sides don’t appear to be closing in on anything definite yet, Salisbury points out that the Royals have sent scouts to evaluate the Phillies’ minor league system — just in case.
Moustakas, 29, is in his eighth season with the Royals. He isn’t quite the All-Star, 38-home run hitter of yesteryear, however, and has batted a middling .255/.310/.467 with 15 home runs and 1.3 fWAR through 332 plate appearances in 2018. Despite his recent struggles at the plate, his proven track record, pronounced power stroke, and average defense make him an appealing get for the Phillies, though any deal would come with a relatively short shelf life as the veteran infielder prepares to enter free agency following the expiration of his one-year, $6.5 million contract this fall.
The Phillies aren’t limiting their options to Moustakas, naturally, and have been linked to both the Rangers’ veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre and the Orioles’ highly-coveted Manny Machado over the last several weeks. Machado, whom the Orioles will likely try to move before the July 31 trade deadline, presents a much bigger challenge for the Phillies than Moustakas. He’s seen no shortage of suitors this summer: Per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Dodgers are rumored to be the frontrunners in any potential trade, while the Padres and Diamondbacks have also been recently connected to the 25-year-old shortstop.
After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.
Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?
There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.
Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.
MLB Playoffs Format
Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2
All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.
No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees
No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals
Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10
The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.
League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18
The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.
World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28
The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.
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