#1 Best-Case Landing Spot: Chicago CubsBrad Hand von liny195 02.04.2019 09:57

http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey , Jeurys Familia and Britton are already off the board. That leaves contenders targeting low-tier relief rentals or high-leverage arms who will demand an exorbitant trade package due to their long-term deals.Then there's Joakim Soria, the best closer bizarrely falling under the radar.The 34-year-old righty has recorded a 2.56 ERA with 49 strikeouts and 10 walks in 38.2 innings. His 2.15 fielding independent pitching (FIP) ranks 14th among qualified relievers, only 10 of whom have generated a higher rate of infield fly balls than his 20 percent.According Cot's Baseball Contracts, he and the Chicago White Sox have a $10 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. Based on last year's free-agent signings Devin Mesoraco Jersey , the closer could likely exchange some annual salary for extra job security by inking a two-year deal for around $16-18 million.And even if Soria and Chicago would agree to the mutual extension, it makes too much sense for a rebuilding team to sell a flourishing veteran reliever who delivered ERAs of 4.05 and 3.70 in 2016 and 2017, respectively.The Yankees already harbored MLB's top bullpen before adding Britton, so no contender will turn down extra relief help at the right price. While the Chicago Cubs claim the fourth-best bullpen ERA (3.28) http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey , they also have the fourth-worst strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.08). Per The Athletic's Patrick Mooney, closer Brandon Morrow won't return from the disabled list when eligible on Saturday. He has not worked 45 or more innings in a regular season since 2013.The Cubs and White Sox showed the ability to negotiate a cross-town exchange when the latter sent Jose Quntana to the former last season. The NL contenders should once again solicit a pitching upgrade from the Windy City's AL counterpart.Note: All advanced stats are courtesy of FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. Rob Leiter/Getty ImagesHouston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve didn't play in Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers.Per Mark Berman of Fox 26, Altuve will be placed on the 10-day disabled list with a knee injury."I feel better, actually way better than yesterday Pedro Martinez Jersey ," Altuve told Berman. "...We're just being careful right now. The main thing is I feel way better today than yesterday." Kyle Newman of the Denver Post noted on Wednesday the Astros' All-Star was experiencing discomfort in his right knee during a game against the Colorado Rockies and had to leave. Altuve didn't play in Friday's game against the Rangers either.In his eighth MLB season, Altuve has been in the midst of another stellar year. He hasn't quite hit for the same power he did during his MVP campaign in 2017 but is slashing .329/.392/.464 with nine home runs and 46 runs batted in.Marwin Gonzalez has been handling second base duties with Altuve out, and will likely continue to do so for the time being.

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