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.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.