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Marco Gonzales (elbow) resumes throwing 10-22-2016
Marco Gonzales P STL
Marco Gonzales (elbow) has resumed throwing.

St. Louis Baseball Weekly
"I've been throwing for a couple of weeks now," he said. "I'm really happy with the progress and I know everyone that I've been working with down here is happy with it too." The left-hander is about six months removed from Tommy John surgery. Gonzalez has been throwing from 60 feet three times a week and will advance to 90 feet next week. If all goes well, he'll begin mound work in December. He should be ready to help the Cardinals' bullpen at some point in 2017.
Kyle Schwarber activated from 60-day DL 10-22-2016
Kyle Schwarber LF CHC
Cubs activated OF Kyle Schwarber from the 60-day disabled list.

Bruce Miles on Twitter
Giovanni Soto was designated for assignment in the corresponding roster move. Schwarber is scheduled to play in a simulated game on Sunday and is hoping to be ready for the World Series, should the Cubs advance. If Schwarber does return, he would likely serve as the designated hitter when the Cubs are in Cleveland.
Phillies could make Vincent Velasquez available 10-22-2016
Vince Velasquez P PHI's Todd Zolecki said he would not be surprised if the Phillies looked to trade Vincent Velasquez this offseason.
The Phillies entertained offers for Velasquez around the trade deadline but never pulled the trigger. Velasquez got off to a solid start this year but ran out of gas in the second half (5.33 ERA after the All-Star break). Velasquez arrived in Philly last offseason in a trade that sent star closer Ken Giles to Houston. The rebuilding Phillies could probably land a nice haul of prospects for Velasquez, who turned 24 in June.
Nationals could bring back Stephen Drew 10-22-2016
Stephen Drew 2B WAS
Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports believes there is "mutual interest" in Stephen Drew returning to the Nationals next season.

MASN Sports
Drew enjoyed a solid second half (.308 AVG after the break) and has been a leader in the Nats' clubhouse. His return will depend on how the Nats plan on using Trea Turner, who played almost exclusively in center field this year but spent most of his minor league career at shortstop. If Turner moves back to shortstop, the Nats would likely keep Danny Espinosa as a backup infielder, eliminating the need for Drew.
Olney: No urgency for Mets to re-sign Cespedes 10-22-2016
Yoenis Cespedes LF NYM
According to ESPN's Buster Olney, there is "no urgency" for the Mets to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes.
Cespedes is fully expected to opt out of his three-year contract this offseason. While the Mets are certainly open to keeping Cespedes (particularly if he's willing to accept another front-loaded deal), the team has plenty of outfield depth with Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto all under contract for 2017. Cespedes led the Mets in home runs (31), RBI (86) and runs scored (72) this past season.
Giovanni Soto designated for assignment 10-22-2016
Giovanni Soto P CHC
Cubs designated LHP Giovanni Soto for assignment.

Bruce Miles on Twitter
The move clears a roster spot for Kyle Schwarber, who has moved his rehab to the Arizona Fall League in hopes of returning for the World Series (if the Cubs make it). Soto spent all of 2016 at the Triple-A level, compiling a disappointing 5.14 ERA over 33 outings for Iowa. The 25-year-old made six relief appearances for Cleveland in 2015.
Epstein 'not ruling out' Schwarber's return 10-22-2016
Kyle Schwarber LF CHC
When asked about Kyle Schwarber's availability for the World Series, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said, "We're not ruling anything in, we're not ruling anything out."

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
Manager Joe Maddon confirmed there's a "chance" Schwarber could DH if the Cubs advance to the World Series. Schwarber resumed batting practice on Monday after being cleared by Dr. Daniel Cooper at his six-month check-up following ACL surgery. He's also slated to begin playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday. If the Cubs do get past the Dodgers, the DH will be available for Games 1, 3, 6 and 7.
Rich Hill could earn 3-year, $45 million contract 10-22-2016
Rich Hill P LAD
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe suggests Rich Hill could be in line for a three-year, $45 million deal in free agency.

Boston Globe
It would be a hefty raise for Hill, who earned $6 million this past season. He's certainly earned it. The 36-year-old pitched to a marvelous 2.12 ERA in 20 starts for the Dodgers and A's this year, though blister issues and a minor groin injury limited him to just 20 starts. It's possible the Dodgers could extend a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to Hill, though Cafardo believes he would reject it given the dearth of starting pitching available this offseason.
Cafardo: Nats to 'go hard' for Mark Melancon 10-22-2016
Mark Melancon P WAS
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Nationals are expected to "go hard" for Mark Melancon in free agency.

Boston Globe
Melancon was dominant in his two-month stretch with Washington, converting 17-of-18 save chances to go with a magnificent 1.82 ERA. The soon-to-be free agent should have a robust market this winter, so the Nats will have to pay top dollar to retain him. Per Cafardo, Melancon would welcome being used in an Andrew Miller-type role as long as he earns closer money. Cafardo believes Melancon could draw interest from the Red Sox, who he played for in 2012.
Tigers will look to trade Upton this offseason 10-22-2016
Justin Upton LF DET
According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Tigers will attempt to dump Justin Upton's salary this winter.
In other words, he's available for trade. Upton, who is just one year into a six-year contract, carries a partial no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to 20 teams. The 29-year-old matched a career-high with 31 homers this past season, though Upton's .246 average was his lowest since 2007. He also struck out 179 times, which was fourth-most in the major leagues. Despite finishing just 2.5 games out of a playoff spot this year, Olney said the Tigers will listen to trade offers for anyone including Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera.
Jason Heyward not in Cubs lineup on Saturday 10-22-2016
Jason Heyward RF CHC
Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

Chicago Cubs on Twitter
With world-class left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the hill for the Dodgers, Heyward will take a seat on the pine in favor of Albert Almora Jr. Here's the full lineup for the Cubs as they look to defeat Clayton Kershaw and advance to the World Series: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Javy Baez 2B, Willson Contreras C, Addison Russell SS, Albert Almora Jr RF, Kyle Hendricks P.
Kyle Schwarber could DH in World Series 10-22-2016
Kyle Schwarber LF CHC
According to Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic, Kyle Schwarber could serve as the Cubs' designated hitter should they advance to the World Series.

The Athletic
Schwarber will begin playing in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday. If he proves his health over the next couple of days there and the Cubs advance past the Dodgers, there's a very real possibility that Schwarber (who is the club's all-time leader in postseason home runs with five) could return.
Carter Capps ahead of schedule in recovery 10-22-2016
Carter Capps P MIA
Carter Capps (elbow) is reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and could be ready for the start of the 2017 season.
The hard-throwing right-hander has been throwing aggressively for nearly a month now. A dominant arm in the late innings, Capps could be looked at as a solution in the ninth inning for the Padres in 2017.
Vargas will pitch in Mexican Winter League 10-22-2016
Cesar Vargas P SD
The Padres announced Saturday that Cesar Vargas (elbow) will pitch in the Mexican Winter League.
The right-hander missed the final four months of the regular season due to a flexor strain in his pitching elbow. He posted a 5.03 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 28/15 K/BB ratio across 34 innings before the injury struck.
Cosart undergoes successful elbow surgery 10-22-2016
Jarred Cosart P SD
The Padres announced Saturday that Jarred Cosart underwent successful surgery to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow.
The bone spur in his elbow caused Cosart to miss his final two starts of the regular season. He'll be sidelined for the next six weeks before he's able to resume throwing. The club believes that he'll be fully recovered and ready to go for the start of spring training.
Padres remain hopeful Rea can avoid surgery 10-22-2016
Colin Rea P SD
According to AJ Cassavell of, the Padres remain hopeful that Colin Rea will be able to avoid Tommy John surgery.

AJ Cassavell on Twitter
He's trying the path of rest, rehab and platelet-rich plasma injections instead of opting for surgery and everything appears to be progressing nicely. Cassavell notes that he's about three weeks away from facing live hitters. The Padres are mulling their potential options for Rea, which could include sending him to the Arizona Fall League or winter ball to get some work in.
Braves could still be interested in McCann 10-22-2016
Brian McCann C NYY
Mark Bowman of speculates that the Braves could reconsider approaching the Yankees about trading for Brian McCann this offseason.
The Braves are in the market for another catcher to pair with Tyler Flowers, and with the free agent market looking quite barren in terms of quality backstops, a reunion with McCann continues to make sense. The Yankees, who demanded either Mike Foltynewicz or Ender Inciarte the last time these two squads discussed a deal, will have to lower their asking price if a deal is to be consummated.