Mike Moustakas, Joakim Soria officially join free-agent class


Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas is becoming a free agent again, and so is reliever Joakim Soria.

In addition, the Brewers exercised a $3,175,000 option on All-Star right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, who would have been eligible for salary arbitration if it had been declined.

Moustakas declined a $15 million mutual option on new nike nfl jerseys

He rejected a $17.4 million qualifying offer and left Kansas City after the 2017 season but was unable to find a long-term deal he liked. He returned to the Royals in mid-March for a one-year contract that included a guaranteed $6.5 million — a $5.5 million salary and $1 million option buyout. Moustakas earned an additional $2.2 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances, raising his total earnings for 2018 to $8.7 million.10

A 30-year-old left-handed hitter, Moustakas had a .251 average with 28 homers and 95 RBIs. He hit .256 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in 54 games for the Brewers, who acquired him from the last-place Royals on July 27.

“I think he provided our team with what we were looking for when we acquired him: a powerful left-handed bat, he played a really quality third base and we had a guy who’d been there before contributing to our clubhouse culture,” Milwaukee general manager David Stearns said last nfl jerseys nike china

Soria declined a $10 million mutual option and gets a $1 million buyout, completing a $25 million, three-year contract he agreed to with the Royals in December 2015. The right-hander was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on July 26 and was 3-1 with a 4.09 ERA in 26 games with the Brewers.

Soria had an 18.00 ERA without a decision in two innings over four appearances in the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 1-0 and allowed just a hit and no runs in 2⅔ innings in the division series sweep over the Colorado Rockies, appearing in all three games.

Moustakas and Soria follow left-handed starters Gio Gonzalez and Wade Miley, along with veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson, in Brewers who elected free agency this week. Gonzalez and Granderson also had been acquired in separate deals to bolster the Brewers for the stretch run.

Brodie Van Wagenen says Mickey Callaway will stay


New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen says Mickey Callaway will remain New York’s manager and hopes ace Jacob deGrom stays with the team “for a long time.”

Van Wagenen was officially introduced as the Mets GM on Tuesday, switching roles to the front office after being an agent at CAA Sports since 2006.

When asked about Callaway, who managed the Mets to a 77-85 record in his first season with the team, Van Wagenen said: “I fully support him.”cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

DeGrom, 30, is signed through the 2020 season and is a former client of Van Wagenen’s. The All-Star right-hander led the majors with a 1.70 ERA this past season, going 10-9 with 269 strikeouts in 217 innings.9

“I believe Jacob deGrom is an incredible talent and I hope to keep him for a long time,” Van Wagenen said.

Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon called the GM search exhausting. He said it began with a list of about 40 names that was narrowed to 10-12 candidates and then three finalists. And he detailed why he and his father, Mets owner Fred Wilpon, chose Van Wagenen to replace Sandy Alderson and build a “sustainable” winner.

“He’s a leader. He’s organized. He’s going to be collaborative with our entire staff,” Jeff Wilpon said. “He’s got a plan. He’s got a deep analytic background. He’s got deep scouting background. He finds players before we even get to see them in the minor leagues and things. His player development and scouting will be tremendously important to the entire organization.

“He’s going to bring some excitement. He’s going to bring a different look at things than we’ve had from traditional GMs,” the COO added. “We’re really energized by this.”

Van Wagenen represented big names all around the majors, including Mets stars deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier. Seven players on the team’s current 40-man roster are clients at CAA Baseball, where Van Wagenen was co-head after co-founding the division in new nike nfl jerseys

Jeff Wilpon said he spoke with the commissioner’s office and players’ union chief Tony Clark about the hire, and there are provisions in Van Wagenen’s contract “to deal with any conflicts of interest.”

Red Sox light up Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers to take Game 1


Benintendi went 4-for-5, with three singles and a double, drove in the first run of the game and scored three times. All of Benintendi’s hits came off left-handed pitching, including three against Los Angeles ace Kershaw.

Benintendi became just the fourth Boston player with a four-hit game in the World Series, joining Jacoby Ellsbury in 2007 and Wally Moses in 1946. At 24, he’s the second-youngest Red Sox player with a four-hit game in the postseason.

The young left fielder had plenty of help. J.D. Martinez had a couple of searing RBI hits, Mookie Betts scored a couple of runs, and Rafael Devers had a key RBI single. And Nunez provided the big cheap jerseys nike

Still, the Dodgers hung close, tying the game 2-2 in the third and 3-3 in the fifth. They closed within 5-4 in the seventh on Manny Machado’s sacrifice fly. Boston protected the lead when Eduardo Rodriguez got Cody Bellinger out on a shallow fly to center with two men on base.10

That set the stage for Nunez, who hit for Devers with two runners on after Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called lefty Alex Wood in from the bullpen. Nunez turned on a Wood offering and rifled it over the Green Monster in left. According to Statcast tracking, Nunez’s blast had an exit velocity of 106.8 mph, his hardest-hit dinger in the past two seasons.

The offensive fireworks occurred despite the much-anticipated showdown between Kershaw and Boston ace Chris Sale. Neither pitcher recorded an out after the fourth inning. It was the first time in World Series history that two pitchers who had recorded 300-strikeout seasons had faced each nike jerseys for cheap

Martinez gave Boston the lead with a rocket double off the center-field fence in the far expanses of Fenway Park, a 109-mph shot that drove in Steve Pearce from first to put the Red Sox ahead 3-2 in the third. Martinez slipped on the damp infield while rounding second base and limped around for a bit under the watchful eye of Boston’s trainer. He remained in the game.

The Dodgers had tied the game with three hits off Sale in the third, the last a single to left by Machado, the subject of the expected robust round of boos during pregame introductions. Machado drove in three runs in the contest.

L.A. needs to solve Boston’s deep, talented, relentless lineup


During the regular season, the Boston Red Sox had the best offense in the majors, leading everybody in runs scored, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. “We’ve been doing this all year, especially in the postseason,” Brock Holt said after the Red Sox beat the Dodgers 8-4 on Tuesday, pounding out 11 hits and the five hardest-hit balls of the game. “We’ve been giving good at-bats, not going out of the strike zone. We have a lot of guys who can get the job done and a lot of guys who have stepped up.”nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

That was the big lesson from the first game. This lineup is deep, talented, relentless and shows absolutely no fear with two strikes. J.D. Martinez hit two rockets and Mookie Betts reached base twice, but Andrew Benintendi chipped in with four hits, three of them off Clayton Kershaw, and when Martinez was intentionally walked with the score 5-4 in the seventh inning, Eduardo Nunez came off the bench after Xander Bogaerts struck out and delivered the decisive blow with a three-run home run.9

The Red Sox attacked Kershaw right out of the gate: 14 pitches into the game it was already 2-0. “That was huge for us,” Holt said. “I’m sure there were some nerves, but when you get up like that right away, it’s like, ‘OK, this is just baseball.'”

Indeed, the Red Sox seemed locked in on their game plan against Kershaw. They got five hits off his slider — more than Kershaw had allowed in any one start this season, no surprise since batters hit just .179 against his slider in the regular season. Four of those hits were over 100 cheap jerseys nike

Red Sox bench coach Ron Roenicke had high praise for hitting coach Tim Hyers after the game and the team’s success against Kershaw and the four relievers who followed. “That’s as good a job as I’ve seen of a guy breaking down a pitching staff,” he said.

Benintendi didn’t want to give away any state secrets about their approach against the three-time Cy Young winner. “Obviously we’re facing a guy who’s one of the best of all time,” he said. “And a lot of guys didn’t have a lot of experience off of him; the first time a lot of us have faced him. … Just (wanted) to get him in the zone and try not to chase. I don’t want to say too much. We’ll probably face him again. But we swung at strikes for the most part.”

Astros turn to Justin Verlander with their season on the line


First and foremost, the Astros probably would have liked a mulligan on Joe West’s controversial fan interference call. The one that conjured up images of Jeffrey Maier circa 1996. The one that was upheld after a review that lasted more than three minutes. The one that robbed Jose Altuve of a two-run homer that would have tied the score. Even though it was only the bottom of the first inning, it felt like a monumental turning point in both the game (a contest that ended with the Red Sox winning by … two runs) and the series.

But to pin Houston’s 8-6 Game 4 loss in the American League Championship Series on that and that alone, to blame a suddenly daunting 3-1 series deficit on a single solitary call made four hours before the final resolution of a memorable marathon of a game, well that just wouldn’t be fair or nfl jerseys china nike

“It’s convenient to think about it that way,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “But there’s a lot of game left. There was a lot of action in that game. No, I’m not going to go there. But it would have been nice to tie the game at that point. But that’s not the difference.”

Well, not that alone. Because there were plenty of other mulligan moments.10

With two outs in the top of the sixth and Houston leading 5-4, Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez laced one to the wall in right-center, just in front of the 373-foot sign. George Springer got a good jump and, sprinting over from his post in center field, looked like he was going to make an acrobatic grab up against the fence for the final nfl jerseys cheap paypal

But he couldn’t hold onto the ball, and Vazquez wound up with a double. Naturally, on the very next pitch from Houston reliever Josh James, Jackie Bradley Jr. went deep to put Boston back on top. According to Statcast, the double by Vazquez had a hit probability just above 50 percent (55, to be exact). In other words, it was essentially a coin flip.

If only Springer and the Astros had a mulligan.

In the top of the seventh, with one out and runners on first and second, Boston’s Rafael Devers hit a grounder to the left side of second base. Shortstop Carlos Correa, who was positioned toward the middle, ranged to his left and scooped up the ball. Though he could have flipped it to second baseman Marwin Gonzalez, Correa opted to go the DIY route, stepping on the bag and then throwing to first for an inning-ending double play. Except that he never really stepped on the bag. Instead, he planted his foot an inch or two away.

David Price pitches Red Sox past Astros, into World Series


The Boston Red Sox would like to remind everyone: Never underestimate a team that won 108 games.

David Price would like to remind everyone: It’s never too late to change the labels placed upon you.

Behind a brilliant outing from Price — thanks to a dominating changeup that kept the Houston Astros flailing helplessly for six scoreless innings — the Red Sox eliminated the defending champions with a 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series to earn their first World Series trip since 2013.

Calling this an upset isn’t exactly fair, not when the Red Sox set a franchise record for wins and won the most games in the majors in 17 years. Still, the Astros were favored to win the series, and after Houston won the first game when the Red Sox blundered their way through after committing 10 walks, three hit batters and an error, many doubted the series would return to Fenway.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

They were right. It won’t return. The Red Sox became the first team to sweep three road games in a league championship series since the 2005 Chicago White Sox and will now have four days to rest up before the World Series begins on Tuesday in Boston.

“We have 108 wins. Two or three guys don’t do that,” J.D. Martinez said as champagne corks popped in the background in the happy clubhouse. “It’s a full team. This whole series, this whole playoffs, has been a display of that. We’ve been doing this all year. On this stage, it’s just a bigger platform.”9

Price, who finished with nine strikeouts and no walks, pitched on three days’ rest and after warming up in the eighth and ninth innings Wednesday night in Game 4. He entered with a 6.16 ERA in the postseason as a starter, the third-worst ERA for anyone with at least 10 playoff starts. He left with his first career playoff win as a nfl nike jerseys from china

Price said his final thoughts before going to sleep Wednesday were about making good pitches. “Last night, I envisioned myself doing this right here,” he said with a look of joy and relief mixed in with beads of sweat and drips of champagne. Asked about his family waiting outside the clubhouse, he paused, emotion filling his voice: “That’s my rock.”

Price relied heavily on his hard changeup that dives down below the knees when he’s on. He threw it 39 times out of 93 pitches — a 43 percent rate of changeups that exceeded any start in his career. And, boy, did it work. He induced 12 swings-and-misses on the changeup alone, which matched the highest swing-and-miss total for any game — on all pitches — in his postseason career. On those 39 changeups, the Astros missed 12, fouled off 12, chased 16 that were out of the strike zone, and put just five in play.

Dodgers’ relievers taking focus on Brewers’ bullpen personally


“These guys are competitors,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team’s 4-3 victory. “And when you look across the diamond and you see people that are doing the same thing you’re doing, but are getting more notoriety or whatever, people have pride. … I’m speaking for them, but I know these guys are taking it personal.”

Roberts spoke after he used seven relievers to get through the final 5⅔ innings of Game 2. Combined, they gave up just a single run, allowing for a late-inning comeback against the more noted Brewers nike nfl jerseys cheap

“Every negative thing I use as motivation,” closer Kenley Jansen said. “I’m aware of everything. When I was down, we were 1-6 without me. I had the last two months, not great for me, so we all take it personal. And here we are. We’re showing it today.”

Jansen got the save after striking out Lorenzo Cain in the ninth, then getting MVP candidate Christian Yelich on a groundout to end the game with the tying run at second. It closed the book on the first two games with the lesser-regarded Dodgers bullpen sporting a 1.86 ERA while the Brewers sit at 6.97.3

“We can match up as well,” starter-turned-reliever Alex Wood said. “We’re flying under the radar, yeah. Guys take the ball and get big outs, too.”

“Pedro Baez has taken a lot of crap from a lot of our fans and people across baseball, for what reason, I’m not entirely sure,” Wood nfl jerseys cheap paypal

Baez threw 1⅓ innings of scoreless relief Saturday and was the winning pitcher. In this year’s postseason, Baez has thrown 4⅔ innings, giving up no runs, one hit and striking out seven with two walks.

Maybe that’s one reason why Wood’s manager spoke out. The irony is that last October, it was the Dodgers’ pen earning the headlines. But with Josh Hader & Co. starring in this series, the Los Angeles relievers have taken a back seat — at least until now.

Twins 3B Miguel Sano arrested in Dominican Republic


Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was arrested early Sunday morning in the Dominican Republic after an incident that left a police officer with a broken nfl nike jerseys from china

Sano ran over the officer’s foot during an incident outside a club in San Pedro de Macoris, according to the police report. Sano was found to be driving a white truck without license plates and was not carrying proper identification, according to the report.

“The Minnesota Twins have been made aware of a situation involving Miguel Sano recently in the Dominican Republic,” team spokesman Dustin Morse said in a statement. “The facts of the incident are not completely available right now but the club is in the process of gathering as much information as possible.”9

Sano, 25, was released from custody after promising to meet with authorities Monday, according to website Diario Libre.

Sano was accused last December of sexual assault by a female photographer, but no charges were filed and Major League Baseball announced in March after completing an investigation that it would not discipline Sano.

His delayed spring training, while the investigation was completed, and an April hamstring injury set the stage for Sano having the worst season of his career. He hit just .199 in 71 games and earned a trip back to the minors to work on his swing and lose nfl jerseys china nike

Sano had been an All-Star in 2017, when he hit .264 with 28 home runs and 77 RBIs.

Dodgers showing Braves what postseason dominance looks like


Nevertheless, it very much feels like the Los Angeles Dodgers are playing Alabama to the Atlanta Braves’ Nowhere Tech. It’s not just that after two games of their National League Division Series the Braves remain scoreless. It’s not that the Dodgers have outscored them 9-0 after Friday’s 3-0 victory in Game 2. It’s not that the Dodgers have hit 1,999 feet of home runs in two nights to Atlanta’s zero. No, what it feels like is that hitter for hitter and pitcher for pitcher, this series is an utter mismatch.

“You know, it’s just not one guy,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said after Game 2. “It’s a complete team thing right now, as far as the lack of offense. You can’t blame any one person. I mean it’s just our whole lineup is having a hard time, struggling offensively right now.”

This is what happens when a team doesn’t hit. It creates an illusion of a mismatch, an exaggeration that the gap between two teams is greater than it really is. Both Dodgers starting pitchers in the series — Hyun-Jin Ryu on Thursday and Clayton Kershaw on Friday — carved up Atlanta’s lineup in a fashion that looked effortless, though we know that plenty of effort was being cheap nike jerseys

“Like I say, collectively we’re not swinging the bats well, and on top of that we faced two guys that they just didn’t miss,” Snitker said. “They didn’t miss. They didn’t miss locations. They didn’t make any mistakes for two games, for 18 innings. It was two guys that were about as pinpoint as you could be.”10

It’s a fair point, but teams have gone up against hot starters in the postseason many times over the years, even teams that had more than one hot pitcher going at once. But no team has done what the Braves have done — or not done, might be the better way to put it — the past two nights. Well one team has: According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Atlanta became the second team to start a postseason series on the wrong end of back-to-back shutouts. The other was the 1921 New York Giants.

L.A.’s domination of the Braves’ offense has been thorough. Atlanta has struck out 15 times in the series and drawn zero walks. The Braves didn’t get a batter past second base in Game 1. They at least got two baserunners to third in Game 2. Sort of — Ronald Acuna Jr. provided Atlanta’s offensive highlight of the series by doubling into the left-center-field gap on Kershaw’s first pitch of the night. cheap official nike nfl jerseys He was stranded at third when Kershaw dropped a 1-2 hook that froze Nick Markakis in his tracks.

The Braves’ other runner to reach third did so in the ninth against closer Kenley Jansen. They’ll probably leave that sequence out of the Braves’ season highlight reel. Acuna lined a sharp single to reach base, then reached third on back-to-back defensive indifference plays. You don’t see that every day. Anyway, Friday’s shutout marked the seventh straight game in which the Braves have scored zero or one run.

On the other side of the ledger, all that Dodgers home run mileage has come on five bombs. They’ve drawn 12 walks. They’ve scored first-inning runs both nights, so L.A. has had the lead at the end of all 18 innings in the series. You can see why the Alabama vs. Nowhere Tech mismatches come to mind.

Threat of another oh-fer October from David Price puts Red Sox in tough spot


The postseason has been Price’s personal palace of misery. He lasted just five outs into Saturday’s start for the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees, giving up two home runs and three runs. He left to a stinging chorus of boos as he trudged, head down, to the dugout. The Yankees went on to a 6-2 victory to even their American League Division Series at a game apiece.

The losing pitcher doesn’t usually go to the interview room. That’s reserved for the managers and the stars of the game. Price could have addressed the media in the cramped clubhouse underneath the stands at Fenway Park, answered a few question in hushed tones, new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap but it made sense for him to give a more public assessment of his performance. He had to own up to it.

“It’s tough,” he admitted. “You know, just after we won Game 1 to go out there and have that opportunity to go up 2-0. And to throw the baseball the way that I did, it was definitely tough. But my spirits aren’t down, my confidence isn’t down. I’m looking forward to getting back out there and getting another opportunity.”9

Everything in the postseason is a small sample of performance. The Red Sox and Yankees both won 100 games and yet a mere best-of-five series will determine which team advances to the AL Championship Series. There is no margin for error, not enough games for the luck to even out or enough starts to prove your merits over the long haul. You have a limited number of games to prove yourself. You get the ball and have to perform.

Price, in his seventh different postseason as a starter with his fourth different team, has failed to do that too many times. At some point, you are what your record says you cheap nike jerseys

His troubles began with Aaron Judge, the second batter of the game, who crushed a 1-2 cutter 445 feet over the Green Monster in deep left-center. Gary Sanchez — Price’s personal nemesis — led off the second inning with line shot over the Monster off another cutter. Sanchez has six home runs off Price, remarkably in just 14 career at-bats. With two outs, Price walked Gleyber Torres on five pitches and then Brett Gardner battled for an eight-pitch walk. Andrew McCutchen knocked in the third run with a loud single high off the Monster. With that, Price was done after 42 pitches, his shortest postseason start.

Price said he didn’t execute. Red Sox manager Alex Cora pointed to location. Catcher Sandy Leon said the pitch to Sanchez was actually a good pitch in the right spot, so give credit to Sanchez for a good swing. His teammates are still behind Price.