Storylines: Royals flush the Orioles, move onto World Series
- What a postseason it has been for the Kansas City Royals. The Royals will be returning to the World Series for the first time since 1985. The Baltimore Orioles were overmatched from the start and were never able to recover after losing their first two games at home and were swept on Wednesday in a 2-1 loss. Lorenzo Cain was solid offensively and defensively throughout the whole series and won MVP of the ALCS. After two decades of purgatory and turnover within the organization, they finally got it right with a young and strong defensive team along with one of the best bullpens in baseball. Whether the Royals win or lose in the next round, it has been a season of destiny for them. Kansas City is also the first team in MLB postseason history to go 8-0 to start a postseason.
- The San Francisco Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-4. The Giants are one game away from returning to the World Series since 2012.
- It is documented that the Indians will only have around $8-12 million to spend in the offseason. However, Zack Meisel has taken a closer look at the payroll if the Indians were not to sign any free agents, make any trades or extend any players. The Tribe has $73 million committed to the team next season and would have a limit of $85 million with the commitments to the young core, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. Meisel also wonders if the Indians would extend the contract of Corey Kluber after his Cy Young-like performance all season. If the Tribe was to stand pat, they would still have to be creative in making any potential trades and target second and third tier players instead of top names.
Other News and Notes
- Jon Heyman of CBSSports reports that the Texas Rangers will decline the $13.5 million option on outfielder,Alex Rios. He will instead receive a buyout for $2 million. Rios only hit .280 with 4 HR and 54 RBI this season.
- Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has three top priorities which include finding a player to platoon with Rajai Davis in center field or finding a new option, improving the bullpen and adding a left-handed bat.
- According to David O’ Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the report of John Hart declining to take the full-time GM position with the Atlanta Braves is false. It is unknown where things stand.
- Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that righty Josh Johnson of the San Diego Padres has began playing catch since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April. He will begin a throwing program within the next few months.
- According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, Cuban second basemen Jose Fernandez has defected. He is one of the top Cuban ballplayers that is yet to be on a team.
- Roger Bernadina of the Los Angeles Dodgers has to become a free agent.
- Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Baltimore Orioles will make a qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz and decline the option on Nick Markakis. Markakis had a $17.5 million option and the club plans to buy him out for $2 million.