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MLB fines Manny Machado for running into Jesús Aguilar

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Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Major League Baseball has fined Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado an undisclosed amount (reportedly $10,000, per Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times) for intentionally running into Jesús Aguilar during Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday night. Machado grounded out to shortstop in the 10th inning and dragged his left leg into Aguilar’s right leg, which was on the first base bag. The two jawed at each other and then both teams’ benches emptied. Here’s video:

The two apparently forgave each other for perceived infractions based on the way they interacted with each other after Machado singled in the 13th inning. Other members of the Brewers, as well as Dodgers broadcaster Orel Hershiser, felt Machado’s stunt in the 10th inning was dirty. It was hardly Machado’s first infraction of the series as he drew criticism for failing to run out a ground ball in Game 2 and he made two illegal slides into Orlando Arcia in Game 3 (only one of which was called interference).

Machado, however, scored the game-winning run last night to help the Dodgers even the NLCS at two games apiece. In the series, Machado is hitting .353/.389/.588 with a home run and three RBI. Despite the antics, he is helping the Dodgers stay afloat against the Brewers.

Report: Yankees could be in on Nolan Arenado

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The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.

The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.

Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.