Rangers' Jonathan Lucroy: Will have option picked up
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(10/11/2016) GM Jon Daniels said Tuesday that the Rangers will pick up the team option on Lucroy's contract for the 2017 season, MLB.com's TR Sullivan reports.

Tuesday's announcement comes as no surprise, given that he posted an .884 OPS after being acquired by the Rangers and will come at a major bargain in 2017 at $5.25 million. Lucroy will be the Rangers' primary catcher next year and one of the top backstop options in fantasy leagues.

Red Sox's Christian Vazquez: Could start in Game 4
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(10/6/2016) Manager John Farrell said Vazquez could start Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Indians, with Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Vazquez was included on the postseason roster chiefly for his defense and ability to throw out base runners. The erratic but talented Rodriguez posted a 4.50 ERA in 22 innings this year with Vazquez behind the plate, but he fanned 25 in that sample, so it could wind up as a positive pairing.

Blue Jays' Russell Martin: In Thursday's lineup
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(10/6/2016) Martin (finger) is in the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Shi Davidi of SportsNet reports.

Martin received stitches in his finger following Monday's game, but will be back in action for Game 1 of the ALDS. Martin, who finished the regular season with a .231/.335/.398 line, went 0-for-4 Monday night.

Athletics' Matt McBride: Outrighted to Triple-A
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(10/5/2016) McBride was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.

The A's are doing some offseason roster management, and will clear a spot on the 40-man roster by outrighting McBride to Triple-A. A 31-year-old utility player with just 202 career plate appearances in the big leagues, McBride will work in a minor organizational depth role in 2017.

Diamondbacks' Matt Koch: Tosses first career quality start
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(10/3/2016) Koch took a no-decision after allowing one run on five hits and no walks with three strikeouts in six innings against the Padres on Sunday.

Koch followed up his impressive debut out of Arizona's rotation (five innings of one-hit ball) with another strong outing, turning in a quality start. The 25-year-old September callup excelled in five relief outings as well, even notching a save. Koch finishes the season with a 2.00 ERA and 0.72 WHIP in 18 combined innings.

Rays' Curt Casali: On base four times in season-ending win
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(10/3/2016) Casali went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a run-scoring double and two walks in Sunday's season-ending 6-4 victory over the Rangers.

The backstop, filling the DH role Sunday, opened the scoring with a single that plated Richie Shaffer in the second and then closed things out with an insurance run in the 10th off a two-bagger that drove home Alexei Ramirez. After a mostly miserable campaign at the plate in terms of batting average, Casali closed out 2016 by hitting safely in six of his last eight games, with four multi-hit efforts, three doubles and five RBI over that span.

Yankees' Brian McCann: Hits 20th home run Sunday
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(10/3/2016) McCann went 2-for-4 with a solo shot, his 20th home run of the season, in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

He played DH on Sunday, a position that will likely be his regular home in 2017 if he stay with the Yankees given the emergence of Gary Sanchez. McCann's .242 batting average on the season is actually his highest in three years, and he's only topped .250 once in the last five seasons, but he still reached the 20 home run plateau for a remarkable ninth straight campaign.

Indians' Yan Gomes: Homers in return to starting lineup
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(10/3/2016) Gomes went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Royals.

After missing more than two months with a shoulder and knee injury, Gomes drilled a go-ahead homer in his first at-bat since July 17. It was one of the few highlights in an otherwise disappointing season for Gomes, who batted a lowly .167/.201/.327 with 69 strikeouts and just nine walks in 264 plate appearances. The 29-year-old's numbers have been trending down since 2013, making him a dicey fantasy option as he approaches his thirties.

Orioles' Matt Wieters: Swats two homers Sunday
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(10/2/2016) Wieters went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

Wieters finished the season with 17 home runs, not bad considering he played in 124 games since his throwing arm needed routine rest in the first two months of the season. Wieters may not be back with the Orioles next season, but he figures to be behind the plate for all of Baltimore's postseason games.

Indians' Yan Gomes: Could make ALDS roster
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(10/2/2016) Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Gomes could be included on the club's ALDS roster, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

Gomes was activated from the DL on Friday after a lengthy absence due to a separated shoulder and fractured wrist, but he's still not fully comfortable hitting just yet. The Indians included Gomes in the lineup behind the plate for their regular season finale Sunday against the Royals, so that may serve as a testing ground to see what Gomes is capable of doing in the batter's box. If Gomes is included on the ALDS roster, the Indians would likely carry three catchers as a safeguard against another injury setback.

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