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Mets Rumors: New York unlikely to pursue Robinson Cano, Jose Abreu

The New York Mets have been connected to both Robinson Cano and Jose Abreu, but don't expect them to sign either of them. They may check in on both of them, but don't expect either one of them to end up with the Mets.

While the Mets may like Jose Abreu and his power potential, you shouldn't expect them to pursue him, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

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Dodgers Rumors: LA expected to be most aggressive team pursuing David Price

The Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the best top-of-the-rotations in the game of baseball. They have Cy Young favorite Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. It's hard to believe that the Dodgers' rotation could get any better, but it's possible and it seems like they will definitely try to make it better this offseason.

The team that is expected to pursue a David Price trade the most this offseason is the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Buster Olney of ESPN. (h/t MLB Trade Rumors)

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Red Sox rumors: Unlikely to re-sign Jacoby Ellsbury

Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has starred all season long (.298 BA, 53 SB). He made that star shine even brighter (9 for 18, 4 SB) in the ALDS against Tampa Bay. It appears, though, that Ellsbury's star may have to shine somewhere else in 2014.

The Boston Herald's John Tomase reports that the Red Sox are not willing to sign Ellsbury to the eight-year contract that he will likely seek as one of the premier free agents this offseason. Tomase says that the team is more willing to give a four-year deal to the 30-year-old speedster, but they do not want to commit beyond that because of the potential loss of speed as Ellsbury reaches his mid-30's.

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Cardinals' Allen Craig not on NLCS roster, left foot still sore

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig missed most of September and all of the NLDS due to a sprained left foot. He will also miss the National League Championship Series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. MLB.com's Chad Thornburg reports that the Cardinals will use the exact same roster as they did to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLDS, meaning Craig is not included.

Craig will continue to rehab from his left foot sprain that has sidelined him since September 4. He finished the regular season then hitting .315/.373/.457 with 13 HR and 97 RBI. Most impressively, he hit .454 with runners in scoring position. His absence takes a huge situational bat out of the lineup.

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Tigers Rumors: 'Very real chance' Detroit trades Max Scherzer

Two elite pitchers may be traded this offseason. Rays pitcher David Price is expecting to be traded, according to MLB Injury News' Blaine Blontz, but could another ace be dealt as well? It sure looks like it.

There is a "very real chance" that the Detroit Tigers trade Max Scherzer, according to CBS Sports' Danny Knobler. He lists the Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Baltimore Orioles as possible landing spots. Knobler says that the Nationals have "long coveted" Scherzer, so they are definitely a team to keep an eye on.

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Pete Mackanin back on Phillies' staff as third base coach

Philadelphia Phillies' manager Ryne Sandberg is on his way to completing his coaching staff. He has already added former teammate, mentor and friend Larry Bowa to be his bench coach. He also added Pete Mackanin to be the third base coach next season. Mackanin was the Phillies bench coach from 2009 through 2012 and is happy to be back after his contract was not renewed for 2013.

As reported by John Finger of CSNPhilly.com, Pete Mackanin also took part in a conference call with the Philly media to talk about his return to the organization after a one-year absence. Although excited to be back, he was hesitant.

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Dodgers rumors: LA 'leaning toward' re-signing Don Mattingly

Earlier this season, it appeared that manager Don Mattingly wasn't long for Los Angeles. Since then, the Dodgers have turned their season around, making the playoffs as one of the favorites to reach the World Series. Just as the team was revived this summer, so have the chances of Mattingly sticking around beyond the current campaign.

Still, nothing definitive has been said by the Dodgers' brass regarding Mattingly's future. The manager is still working with an expiring contract, and the front office has given no public assurance that he'll be back. For his part, Mattingly says he's not concerned with his future as he's focused on the playoffs.

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Rays rumors: David Price expects to be traded

While much of the focus is still on the MLB Playoffs, that attention figures to turn to the hot stove in the near future. One of the key players garnering attention this offseason will be Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price, who is expected by many to be traded. You can include Price in 'many,' as he told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he can see the writing on the wall.

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Athletics choose Sonny Gray, not Bartolo Colon, for Game 5

The Oakland Athletics had an important and difficult decision to make entering Game 5 of the ALDS. Go with the consistent veteran who was named to the 2013 All-Star game, or give the ball to the young upstart that held the Detroit Tigers in check earlier in the series. Oakland ultimately decided that Sonny Gray would take the mound over Bartolo Colon, and we'll see how the team's decision turns out during tonight's deciding Game 5.

Manager Bob Melvin told reporters -- including Barry Bloom of MLB.com -- that he was faced with a pair of solid options in deciding between Gray and Colon. While both pitchers represented good candidates for Game 5, he and the team ultimately decided on Gray.

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Dodgers' Andre Ethier could play CF in NLCS

The Los Angeles Dodgers included outfielder Andre Ethier on their roster for their opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Braves. However, Ethier was only available to pinch-hit as he continued to struggle with an ankle injury. Manager Don Mattingly told reporters -- including Ken Gurnick of MLB.com -- that he's expecting more out of Ethier in the NLCS, which could include the slugger manning center field for the Dodgers.

"We feel pretty good that he's definitely going to be able to do more than he was able to do the last series," Mattingly said. "We feel like there's going to be a lot more scenarios where Andre is going to be involved. That's part of our decision-making process, too. How much can Andre do? How much can we trust him to be able to do? Things like that change who you would keep, who you wouldn't keep. Everything is still pretty fluid with who is going to be on it."

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