While the Cubs declined the $25 million team option on pitcher Jon Lester Friday, they are likely to announce picking up the $16.5 million option on first baseman Anthony Rizzo before a Sunday deadline, sources told ESPN's Jesse Rogers.
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The finale of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season goes up against the scandals, scapegoats, superstars and, yes, the Yankees of the past. Sam Miller judges every October since 1903.
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss Justin Turner refusing to stay isolated during the postgame celebration, his take on the Blake Snell situation after covering the Rays during the World Series and free agency already looking ugly for the players (8:15). Then, Tim Kurkjian hops on to talk about the wackiest season ever, giving credit to the teams for adapting to an usual lifestyle while playing, their concern for the sport and if Turner will be suspended (22:33). Next, Hembo stops by to be the only person in civilization to defend Kevin Cash (35:14). And finally, Todd Radom administers the last quiz of the season (42:31).
Sure, the 2020 season just ended. No, we haven't a clue how the offseason will play out. We're ranking all 30 MLB teams for next year anyway.
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster to discuss an exciting game seven between the Dodgers and the Braves, Mookie Betts’ brilliant defense, Dave Roberts leaving Julio Urías in for the 9th inning, the bright future for the Braves, Charlie Morton’s dominance in game seven against the Astros, Randy Arozarena winning the ALCS MVP, if the off days in the World Series advantages either team and the 2021 class of free agent shortstops (14:56). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game and talks about the best World Series player of all time (33:28).
Buster Olney talks to David Schoenfield about Theo Epstein indicating the team will be making changes in the offseason and that this is the twilight of his time with the Cubs. Olney doesn’t think Kyle Schwarber will be on the team next season and that they have a tough decision to make with Kris Bryant. He also wonders what would’ve happened with Bryant had he won his grievance.
BBTN: David Schoenfield talks about the Yankees raking, the Rays' bullpen management and Theo Epstein signaling his time with the Cubs is nearly done. Plus, Hembo previews the NLDS
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Theo Epstein signaling he’s in the twilight of his time with the Cubs, the Brewers cutting payroll, the Yankees raking through three playoff games, the Rays’ bullpen management, Deivi García starting for New York in game two, Houston’s bullpen bouncing back and Fernando Tatis Jr. vs. the Dodgers’ pitching (11:57). Later, Hembo drops by to talk about major offseason changes looming for the Cubs, Marlins-Braves, Padres-Dodgers and what kind of GM he’d like to see with the Phillies (28:17).
Cubs president of operations Theo Epstein, entering the final year of his contract, says for him there is a benefit to change.
BBTN: Tim Kurkjian ranks the division series based on animus between the teams. Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game
Tim Kurkjian joins Buster Olney to discuss the passing of Cardinals legend Bob Gibson, renaming the MVP award for Frank Robinson, Phillies GM Matt Klentak “resigning,” the big questions facing the Cubs in the offseason and the division series ranked by animus between the teams (7:10). Plus, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game and gives her picks for the division series (33:02).
After being sequestered, separated and insulted, the Marlins pulled together. Now their improbable trip to the postseason rolls on.
When you win your first MLB playoff series in 17 years, you get to let loose a little bit. After sweeping the Cubs, Marlins Twitter is bringing it.
— Garrett Cooper homered against Yu Darvish in a two-run seventh, hard-throwing rookie Sixto Sánchez dominated for five innings and the Miami Marlins won their first playoff series in 17 years, beating the Chicago Cubs 2-0 Friday to complete a...
Miami's surprising 2020 run continued with a National League Wild Card Series win in Chicago. Plus, it's a winner-take-all matchup in San Diego.
Game 2 of the National League wild-card series between the Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins was postponed because of a forecast for rain on Thursday.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said center fielder Starling Marte is unlikely to bat but will be available for Game 2 vs. the Cubs, which has been moved to Friday after Thursday's game was postponed.
Dan Shulman joins Buster to discuss a marathon day of baseball, a spectacular game between the Yankees and Indians, the competitive arrogance of the Rays, Carlos Correa embracing his inner villain, the Twins’ 18-straight playoff losses, and Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger going down for San Diego (13:50). Later, Sarah Langs plays The Numbers Game with notes on the A’s winner-take-all losing streak, the strikeouts in Reds-Braves and Minnesota’s postseason futility (33:29).
The Reds, Padres and Brewers all could be swept, while the A's and White Sox play a winner-take-all Game 3. Here's what you need to know.
New York knocked out Cleveland in a wild one, the Braves won in style, and the Twins and Jays are gone. Here's all the info on MLB's eight-game frenzy.
Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer off a fading Kyle Hendricks in the seventh inning, and the Miami Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs 5-1 on Wednesday in Game 1 of their NL wild-card series.
The Chicago Cubs put a third catcher, Josh Phegley, and newly acquired infielder Ildemaro Vargas on their playoff roster.
BBTN: Karl Ravech recaps the first day of the postseason and Hembo previews the first round of NL series
Karl Ravech joins Buster to discuss the Yankees shelling Shane Bieber, the Astros surviving against the Twins despite appearing to be on the ropes, Yuli Gurriel signing a one-year deal to stay in Houston, the Rays being the Rays making hitters miss and the White Sox impressing after limping into the playoffs (9:51). Plus, Hembo drops by to give his keys to each of the NL series (26:52).
With the National League side of the bracket starting up, every team in the 16-team field is in action. Here's what you need to know.