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Yankees considering Mike Moustakas as a first baseman

18 Comments’s Jon Morosi reports that the Yankees are considering trading for Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and using him at first base. Several teams are, in fact.

The Yankees are not in dire need of offense to say the least, but first base has been a weak spot for them with neither Greg Bird nor Neil Walker tearing up the pea patch. Moustakas isn’t exactly putting up vintage Don Mattingly numbers himself. He’s on a 30-homer, 100-RBI pace, but that’s on the back of a pretty weak .258/.312/.472 line. You could do that and be thought of as a superstar in the 80s, but it’s no great shakes these days. That’s especially true when you account for the fact that the line is pretty April-heavy Since May first he’s hitting just .233/.300/.411 And he has back spasms now.

Still, he’s capable of better and the Royals are no doubt interested in moving him given how they’re going no place, so it’s worth watching both how he does over the next couple of weeks and how desperate contenders get for some corner power.

Dodgers, Brewers announce lineups for NLCS Game 3

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Here are the lineups for NLCS Game 3 between the Brewers and Dodgers. The game is slated for a 7:39 PM ET start at Dodger Stadium and will be broadcast on FS1.


CF Lorenzo Cain
RF Christian Yelich
LF Ryan Braun
2B Travis Shaw
1B Jesús Aguilar
3B Mike Moustakas
C Erik Kratz
SS Orlando Arcia
P Jhoulys Chacín

The Brewers are going with Shaw at second base again. Hernán Pérez got the start there in Game 1 and was a defensive substitution in Game 2. Manager Craig Counsell will continue to play the matchups here as Shaw has a significant platoon split. During the regular season, Shaw posted an .892 OPS against right-handers but only .599 against lefties. Pérez was .783 against lefties and .612 against righties.


LF Joc Pederson
1B Max Muncy
3B Justin Turner
SS Manny Machado
CF Cody Bellinger
RF Yasiel Puig
C Yasmani Grandal
2B Enrique Hernández
P Walker Buehler

Chris Taylor gets a night off. Pederson gets the start with a right-hander on the mound after the Brewers started two lefties in the first two games. For the same reason, Muncy gets the start at first base, sending David Freese back to the bench, and Matt Kemp goes back to the bench in favor of Cody Bellinger.