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Bauer enjoys stint as MLB Network analyst

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CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer thought through his hectic schedule and weighed whether he needed to keep some suits on hand. There was a bullpen session for a biomechanics reading in Phoenix, a couple of season-ending assessments in Los Angeles and then some time at home in Houston.

Bauer decided that his suits could be shipped to Seattle, where he spends the bulk of his time training over the offseason, and the Indians pitcher embarked on his itinerary. Then, while on a flight to Dallas on Sunday evening, he received an e-mail from his agency. MLB Network wanted Bauer to join the MLB Tonight cast as a guest analyst for postseason coverage. There was just one request.

CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer thought through his hectic schedule and weighed whether he needed to keep some suits on hand. There was a bullpen session for a biomechanics reading in Phoenix, a couple of season-ending assessments in Los Angeles and then some time at home in Houston.

Bauer decided that his suits could be shipped to Seattle, where he spends the bulk of his time training over the offseason, and the Indians pitcher embarked on his itinerary. Then, while on a flight to Dallas on Sunday evening, he received an e-mail from his agency. MLB Network wanted Bauer to join the MLB Tonight cast as a guest analyst for postseason coverage. There was just one request.

The only thing they ask is that you bring two suits.

"I was like, 'Well, shoot,'" Bauer said with a laugh on Friday.

After a frantic trip to a Dallas store, Bauer made his way to New York with a pair of awkward-fitting suits and offered his insights on air. The right-hander helped out with the postgame show after Boston's 8-6 win over the Astros in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, and then returned for pregame coverage before Thursday's Game 5 pennant-clinching victory for the Red Sox.

Wednesday's game was a drama-filled tilt between Houston and Boston that lasted deep into the night, meaning Bauer did not appear on screen until 1:15 a.m. ET. Seated between analysts Al Leiter and Bill Ripken, Bauer was introduced by host Greg Amsinger.

"How do you follow that?" Bauer asked with a smile.

There are many facets to Bauer's personality, but the one on display for a national audience was a polished professional who had plenty of experienced and technical insight to offer. Whether standing in front of his locker or typing on his Twitter account, Bauer is never shy about speaking his mind or offering strong opinions. On MLB Network, the pitcher looked and sounded right at home while providing analysis.

Video: MLB Tonight: Bauer's glove story about Machado

Behind the scenes, Bauer helped come up with ways to create a video that illustrated how Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw's pitches work together. In Wednesday night's postgame show, Bauer helped with the breakdown of Jose Altuve's near home run, which was ruled an out due to fan interference on a Mookie Betts' catch attempt. During a segment on Thursday's show, Bauer sat down with host Brian Kenny and held a discussion on pitch design.

Tweet from @MLBastian: Q&A with Trevor Bauer: On his stint on MLB Network, his plans for the offseason and much more -- https://t.co/bLm9hYd0bV

"That was fun," Bauer said. "[I enjoyed] any of the segments where it was just kind of going back and forth and talking about baseball. The Mookie Betts-Altuve home run segment that we got to do -- kind of there on the wall, where we got to do some demonstration and whatnot -- was really fun. Obviously, the pitch design stuff, that's my realm. So, that was a good one as well."

Bauer -- known for his scientific approach to pitching -- said getting to see all the work that goes into that kind of show was interesting for him.

"The behind the scenes, that's always the stuff I'm most interested in," Bauer said. "Like, sitting in the video room and watching, like, 'OK, this tape is going to be played and here's how we decide what tapes we're going to make. Here's how the tapes are made. And then here's how the commentary goes over them.' Like, being restricted to that minute-long segment or whatever and having to hit a certain couple key points, it's interesting how that plays together.

Video: Trevor Bauer on Woodruff's arsenal, Brewers' bullpen

"And then just all the on-screen graphics. I've been doing that stuff for years just internally. But, to see how they do it and their process and workflows and all that stuff was very interesting. I enjoyed that part of it. And then all the work that goes into seeing four guys [talking] on stage. There's two to three times that many people in the actual room, in the studio, moving the jibs around, the lights, the cameras, the steady cams, all that different stuff. Everyone's mic'd up, talking to each other. It's pretty interesting."

Could broadcasting be in Bauer's future when his playing days are over?

"There's many players they could've had on," Bauer said. "So, I'm appreciative that they thought I have some value to add in that way. Can I see myself doing it down the road? Yeah, I could see myself doing it here or there. I don't think I'd ever be on the show nightly. I think there are other things in life that I'm looking forward to doing."

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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Here's what happened in Friday's AFL action

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Friday:

Gameday: Glendale 1, Salt River 0 | Peoria 3, Scottsdale 1

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Friday:

Gameday: Glendale 1, Salt River 0 | Peoria 3, Scottsdale 1

AL East

Orioles (Glendale)
Ryan McKenna, Baltimore's No. 12 prospect, was 2-for-3 and is now hitting .313. Second baseman Steve Wilkerson struck out twice, as did catcher Martin Cervenka.

Rays (Peoria)
Lucius Fox (Rays No. 9 prospect) boosted his average to .419 with a couple of hits, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored. Joe McCarthy (No. 17) drove in a pair of runs, bringing his Fall League total to four. Ryan Boldt (No. 25) went 1-for-4. Phoenix Sanders gave up just one hit in two innings, but it was enough to bring home a run.

Yankees (Glendale)
First baseman Steven Sensely provided most of the excitement in the game that gave the Glendale Desert Dogs their first win of this Fall League season. He doubled on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Brian Miller, going 1-for-3 with one RBI and hitting .214. Estevan Florial, the No. 45 overall prospect and New York's No. 2 prospect, struck out twice and walked.

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Yu Chang, Cleveland's No. 6 prospect, accounted for the game's only run with a single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Chang went 2-for-3 and is hitting .261.

Twins (Salt River)
Twins No. 18 prospect Travis Blankenhorn went 1-for-3. Left fielder Jaylin Davis went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Griffin Jax allowed a run and three hits.

White Sox (Glendale)
White Sox No. 28 prospect Laz Rivera helped the Desert Dogs get their first win of the season, going 1-for-3. Rivera is hitting .222. Left-hander Tanner Banks pitched four innings and allowed only three hits.

AL West

Astros (Scottsdale)
Drew Ferguson went 1-for-3.

Mariners (Peoria)
Anthony Misiewicz (Mariners No. 27 prospect) bounced back from a rough Fall League debut with a scoreless start for the Javelinas. The lefty cruised through four innings, yielding just one hit. Evan White (No. 2) went 0-for-4. Joe DeCarlo was 2-for-4 with an RBI to bring his average up to .308. Chris Mariscal went 1-for-3.

NL East

Braves (Peoria)
Thomas Burrows, Braves No. 19 prospect, fired two scoreless frames in relief, lowering his Fall League ERA to 3.38. Adam McCreery picked up the save as he retired the side in order in the ninth. Izzy Wilson went 0-for-3 and drew a walk.

Marlins (Salt River)
Monte Harrison, MLB's No. 76 overall prospect and Marlins No. 1 prospect, went 1-for-3, striking out twice. Marlins No. 11 prospect Brian Miller went 0-for-4 and is hitting .182. Bryson Brigman, the Marlins' No. 26 prospect, went 0-for-3.

Mets (Scottsdale)
Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso saw his Fall League average drop to .333 as he went 0-for-4, his second straight hitless game. Andres Gimenez (No. 1) also had a rough go of it and continues to struggle in Arizona. After going 0-for-4, he's hitting just .154. Desmond Lindsay (No. 11) was also 0-for-3 at the plate. Gerson Bautista pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up one run on two hits. However, Joe Zanghi didn't have the same success on the mound as he gave up two runs on three hits. Matt Blackham finished the game and gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth.

Nationals (Salt River)
Washington No. 15 prospect Tres Barrera was 0-for-3.

Phillies (Scottsdale)
Tyler Viza put together his second strong start of the AFL. After throwing three scoreless in his first outing, Viza upped the ante with four innings of one-hit ball this time around. Seth McGarry followed Viza on the mound and was equally effective. The right-hander did give up three hits, but he also struck out three in 1 1/3 innings. Arquimedes Gamboa (No. 11) extended his hitting streak to five games with a 1-for-2 game. Taylor Listi came into the game as a defensive replacement but didn't get an at-bat.

NL Central

Brewers (Peoria)
Brewers top prospect Keston Hiura put together his third multihit game of the Fall League and is hitting .333 after the 2-for-4 performance. Trent Grisham (No. 19) went 0-for-2 but reached base via a walk.

Reds (Scottsdale)
Reds No. 3 prospect Taylor Trammell tripled and scored, but that was it as he finished 1-for-4. Alfredo Rodriguez (No. 23) went 0-for-4 and Mark Kolozsvary went 1-for-3.

NL West

D-backs (Salt River)
Pavin Smith, the No. 6 overall first base prospect and Diamondbacks No. 4 prospect, went 1-for-4. Arizona's No. 9 prospect Drew Ellis went 1-for-3 and is hitting .250.

Dodgers (Glendale)
Keibert Ruiz, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect and No. 39 overall, went 0-for-3. Left fielder Cody Thomas was 0-for-3.

Giants (Scottsdale)
C.J. Hinojosa, the Giants No. 28 prospect, went 0-for-3 and is hitting .111 through four games.

Rockies (Salt River)
First baseman Josh Fuentes, the 2018 Triple-A All-Star Game MVP, made several nice defensive plays and went 1-for-4.

Inbox: Could Salazar replace Miller and Allen?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers questions from fans
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This will be an interesting storyline to follow throughout this offseason and during Spring Training. Right now, the Indians' goal is to get Danny Salazar healthy, while weighing whether it makes sense to tender him a contract through the arbitration process.

Tweet from @AndyMees216: With the likely exits of C Allen & A Miller, is Danny Salazar a possibility to be a late inning reliever to bridge the gap to closer Brad Hand? Andy Mees, Sandusky #IndiansInbox

This will be an interesting storyline to follow throughout this offseason and during Spring Training. Right now, the Indians' goal is to get Danny Salazar healthy, while weighing whether it makes sense to tender him a contract through the arbitration process.

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Salazar avoided arbitration with a $5 million contract last season and -- considering he did not throw a pitch in the Majors in 2018 -- it stands to reason that his '19 salary would be in the same range. If the Indians think Salazar can contribute next season, then I would think that would be a worthwhile gamble, especially given the cost of pitching on the open market.

If Cleveland returns with its rotation intact, the cast is five strong between Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Mike Clevinger and Shane Bieber. Adam Plutko is next in line at the moment. The depth behind that group is thin, making Salazar and fellow righty Cody Anderson potentially important alternatives. Anderson is coming back from Tommy John surgery (March 2017), but should be unrestricted come Spring Training.

During a season-end sit-down with reporters, manager Terry Francona noted that both Salazar and Anderson would head into the preseason with the plan of being built up as starting pitchers. Then, if there is a need in the bullpen, both right-handers could then be considered for that type of role. It is worth noting that Salazar has no Minor League options remaining, while Anderson has one.

Salazar underwent an arthroscopic debridement and bursectomy on his right shoulder on July 2 and, barring any further setbacks, could resume throwing by November. When he's been healthy, Salazar has boasted an elite fastball and split-change combination, making the righty one of baseball's best in terms of missing bats. If Cody Allen and Andrew Miller indeed leave via free agency, a healthy Salazar would be a very intriguing bullpen weapon.

Tweet from @nathan_carder: #IndiansInbox What are the realistic chances Michael Brantley is back next year? He was a steady force in a shakey outfield. Nathan CarderPaw Paw, WV

Michael Brantley, Allen and Miller are the free agents that Cleveland will need to mull extending a one-year Qualifying Offer ($17.9 million for 2019) to this offseason. Given the season Brantley just turned in, I could see the Indians floating that one-year deal for the left fielder. The Indians rolled the dice on his $12 million club option last winter and Brantley posted 3.5 WAR (per Fangraphs). In terms of free-agent dollars, that showing was valued at $28 million, according to Fangraphs. The Indians have question marks at all three outfield spots, so trying to retain Brantley, who has been with Cleveland for parts of 10 seasons, makes a lot of sense.

Tweet from @oldwriter1: Any thoughts on an outfield of Brantley, Martin and Andrew McCutchen with Greg Allen as fourth outfielder?

Greg Allen can switch-hit, play all three outfield spots and offers speed, so I do think he fits the roster well as a fourth outfielder. As noted in the previous question, I also think it makes sense to try to retain Brantley. As for Leonys Martin, Cleveland needs to weigh whether going to arbitration with him makes sense, considering the serious health scare he had in the second half.

If Martin continues to recover well this winter, then keeping him in the fold via arbitration would seem like a logical decision. The extra year of control, after all, was a part of what made Martin an attractive acquisition for the Tribe. Bradley Zimmer (recovering from right shoulder surgery) might not be ready until mid-season and Tyler Naquin might be sliding to right field now that Lonnie Chisenhall is hitting free agency.

As for Andrew McCutchen, I like where your head's at, Tim. It's not a given that Cleveland will pick up Brandon Guyer's $3 million club option. If he is not retained, the Indians should target a right-handed complement for their outfield. McCutchen fits the mold, can offer depth at all three positions (while best utilized in the corners) and his 128 OPS+ against lefties indicates that he was 28 percent better than league average against left-handed pitching.

Tweet from @cday2626: Any chance Indians keep Miller/Allen? #IndiansInbox

Given the subpar season he just had, Allen does not seem like a candidate for the one-year Qualifying Offer. It could also be risky to extend that offer to Miller, even though he seems like a safer bet to have teams overlook his health issues of '18 when considering a multi-year contract. Either way, it seems very unlikely either is back with Cleveland in 2019.

Tweet from @CAD_Alaska: #IndiansInbox I���ll play devil���s advocate: trading for Machado would have been better than Hand/Cimber in light and hindsight of, the DS results. Agree or disagree?

Disagree. Part of the reasoning behind acquiring Brad Hand and Adam Cimber was to guard against Allen and Miller leaving via free agency this offseason. It was not only with the 2018 postseason in mind. On top of that, Cleveland acquired Josh Donaldson for the stretch run and playoffs. That was the Tribe's "Machado," so to speak. Now, did Donaldson hit in October? No, he went 1-for-11, but the Tribe's lineup as a whole went ice cold against Houston's overpowering pitching. I liked how the Indians went about those trades. Alas, results do not always align with process.

Tweet from @HattMuml: With all due respect to him, why is VanBo still around? Cubs fired their hitting coach. It seems a shakeup is necessary after our offense collapsed in back to back playoffs. #indiansinbox

First, let's run "VanBo" through the Terry Francona translator. That's the manager's nickname for hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo, who has held that role since Francona came to Cleveland in 2013. After the playoffs, Francona said Van Burkleo, along with the rest of the coaching staff, were in the plans for 2019, barring anyone leaving for jobs with another team.

Francona's reasoning for standing pat and standing by Van Burkleo was looking at the season's body of work -- not just three October losses. In the regular season, the Indians ranked third in the Majors with 818 runs scored, while ranking fourth overall in weighted on-base average (.330), fourth in OPS (.766), sixth in home runs (216) and tied for sixth in weighted runs created plus (105). Cleveland's strikeout rate as an offense (18.9 percent) was also the best in baseball in the regular season.

Tweet from @GODEVLS: #IndiansInbox What do you think the future holds for Jason Kipnis? - Ryan in Tempe, AZ

Well, as things currently stand, Jason Kipnis is set to earn $14.7 million in 2019 with Cleveland. If the Indians are unable to trade him this offseason -- the team nearly had a deal with the Mets last winter -- then the question will be how to handle Kipnis' place on the field. If Kipnis is in the plans for center, maybe the Indians won't tender a contract to Martin. If Brantley isn't in the plans, maybe Kipnis will slide over to left field.

Francona made a point in his season-end gathering to mention that the team needs to find a way to get a good look at Yandy Diaz in 2019. The easiest way to do that would be to hand him the keys to third base, meaning Jose Ramirez would stay put at second. That would seal Kipnis' fate as an outfielder, if he stays.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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Each team's most exciting postseason win

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I don't know about you, but I'm still shaking from Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Astros on Wednesday night -- an epic game with constant twists and turns, controversies and an unforgettable ending. That's the reason postseason baseball is so electrifying, and we'll be lucky to have another game even close to it this October.

But the crazy question is this even among the five most memorable Red Sox postseason victories? They've had a lot.

I don't know about you, but I'm still shaking from Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Astros on Wednesday night -- an epic game with constant twists and turns, controversies and an unforgettable ending. That's the reason postseason baseball is so electrifying, and we'll be lucky to have another game even close to it this October.

But the crazy question is this even among the five most memorable Red Sox postseason victories? They've had a lot.

Thus, today at The Thirty, inspired by that game, we're taking a look at the most exciting postseason win of the divisional era (since 1969) for each MLB team. This isn't necessarily the biggest win or most important win. It's just the most viscerally exciting one. Every team's got at least one. Some have plenty.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: 1993 World Series, Game 6: Blue Jays 8, Phillies 6
There's actually a temptation here to go with Game 4 of this series, when the Blue Jays scored six runs in the eighth inning to take a 15-14 lead that would become the final score … but come on, a ninth-inning comeback that ends in a World Series title has to be the pick.

Video: '93 WS, Gm 6 PHI@TOR: Carter's walk-off WS homer

Orioles: 1969 ALCS, Game 2: Orioles 1, Twins 0 (11 innings)
How different was baseball 50 years ago? Orioles pitcher Dave McNally threw an 11-inning shutout in the first-ever ALCS. The Orioles won on a walkoff single by Curt Motton, who had 89 career RBIs over eight seasons. He got the hit off Ron Perranoski, the game's first reliever, who came in with two outs in the 11th.

Rays: 2008 ALCS, Game 2: Rays 9, Red Sox 8 (11 innings)
After losing Game 1 at home to the defending champs, the Rays fell behind 2-0 and 3-2, blew leads of 5-3 and 8-6, yet somehow hung in through 11 innings -- thanks in part to secret weapon rookie David Price -- before winning on Melvin Upton Jr.'s sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. The Rays would take a 3-1 series lead before finally eking out the series in Game 7.

Red Sox: 2004 ALCS, Game 4: Red Sox 6, Yankees 4 (12 innings)
It's not like the Game 5 14-inning marathon wasn't a stunner either, but the Dave Roberts steal is going to live longer than all of us.

Video: 2004 ALCS Gm 4: Roberts sets up, scores tying run

Yankees: 2001 World Series, Game 5: Yankees 3, D-backs 2 (12 innings)
So many games this series to pick from, but this is the one that had Yankee Stadium roaring the loudest.

Video: 2001WS Gm5: Brosius ties the game in the 9th

AL CENTRAL

Indians: 1995 World Series, Game 3: Indians 7, Braves 6 (11 innings)
It ended with Eddie Murray's walk-off single in the 11th, but it was wild long before that, with the Braves scoring three in the eighth to take their first lead of the game and the Indians tying it right back up in the next inning.

Royals: 2014 AL Wild Card Game: Royals 9, A's 8 (12 innings)
No Denkinger Game here. The Royals were toast in this game, trailing 7-3 headed into the bottom of the eighth. They scored three that inning, followed by the vroom-vroom Jarrod Dyson steal in the ninth that helped score the tying run. The A's then took the lead again in the top of the 12th, but the Royals won it in bottom half on Salvador Perez's single. They would win their next seven postseason games en route to the World Series.

Video: AL WC: Royals advance to ALDS on Perez's walk-off hit

Tigers: 1972 ALCS, Game 4: Tigers 4, A's 3 (10 innings)
No one remembers this game, mainly because the Tigers ended up losing the series, but the A's scored two in the top of the 10th to take a 3-1 lead. Detroit came back, largely because of an error by second baseman Gene Tenace, and won it on a walkoff single from Jim Northrup. This wild 10-inning postseason game still finished in three hours, four minutes, by the way.

Twins: 1991 World Series, Game 7: Twins 1, Braves 0 (10 innings)
Obviously.

White Sox: 2005 World Series, Game 3: White Sox 7, Astros 5 (14 innings)
Every game in this series was great -- it's the closest four-game sweep you'll ever see -- but this was the epic 14-inning game with Geoff Blum's homer in the top of the 14th that barely hung on. Forty-three players were used in this game.

AL WEST

Angels: 2002 World Series, Game 6: Angels 6, Giants 5
The Russ Ortiz keep-the-ball game, the Angels were down 5-0 and facing elimination heading into the bottom of the seventh. Two three-run innings later, they forced a Game 7 and won their first (and only) title.

Astros: 2017 World Series, Game 5: Astros 13, Dodgers 12 (10 innings)
We still can't believe this game happened.

Video: WS2017 Gm5: Astros come together to steal Game 5

Athletics: 1973 World Series, Game 3: A's 3, Mets 2 (11 innings)
It can be tough to pick one game when a team has lost 11 of its last 12 postseason series, so we'll go back to the 1970s, when the A's came back from a 2-0 deficit to win in the 11th inning in a game that featured Reggie Jackson, Tom Seaver, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, Sal Bando, Rusty Staub, Bud Harrelson and Willie Mays.

Mariners: 1995 ALDS, Game 5: Mariners 6, Yankees 5 (11 innings)
We all just remember the walk-off now, but this game had five lead changes leading up to the final wild play.

Rangers: 2011 ALCS, Game 2: Rangers 7, Tigers 3 (11 innings)
This series, strangely, had two different extra-inning games that the Rangers won by four runs. This was the most thrilling one, ending on Nelson Cruz's grand slam off poor Ryan Perry.

Video: ALCS Gm2: Cruz wins it with a walk-off slam in 11th

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: 1992 National League Championship Series, Game 7: Braves 3, Pirates 2
Honestly, Pirates fans, I'm sorry to even bring this up.

Marlins: 2003 NLCS, Game 6: Marlins 8, Cubs 3
Sure, to Cubs fans this is a nightmare, but from the Marlins' perspective, this is one of the most amazing postseason comebacks of all time. (Sure, the answer here is probably Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, but that'd be too easy.

Mets: 1986 World Series, Game 6: Mets 6, Red Sox 5 (10 innings)
Authors have written novels specifically about this game.

Nationals: 2012 NLDS, Game 4: Nationals 2, Cardinals 1
A taut, well-pitched game that ended in Jayson Werth's big blast, which everyone thought would send the Nationals to the NLCS the next night (it didn't).

Phillies: 2008 NLCS, Game 4: Phillies 7, Dodgers 5
If you needed to explain the appeal of baseball to an alien, showing them the Matt Stairs homer in the eighth inning of this game would be a great place to start.

Video: NLCS Gm4: Stairs wallops a two-run homer to right

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: 1982 ALCS, Game 5: Brewers 4, Angels 3
The first World Series trip was clinched by Cecil Cooper's staggering single in the seventh inning of a decisive game.

Cardinals: 2011 World Series, Game 6: Cardinals 10, Rangers 9 (11 innings)
The second-easiest call on this entire list.

Cubs: 2016 World Series, Game 7: Cubs 8, Indians 7 (10 innings)
The easiest call on this entire list.

Video: Must C Championship: Cubs win the 2016 World Series

Pirates: 1979 NLCS, Game 2: Pirates 3, Reds 2 (10 innings)
The day after an extra-inning game, the Pirates played another one -- a back-and-forth battle in which the Pirates took the lead on Dave Parker's RBI single in the 10th and held on with Don Robinson in the bottom half.

Reds: 1975 World Series, Game 7: Reds 4, Red Sox 3
The dirty secret is that this game was just as exciting as Game 6, but nobody talks about it nearly as much, because more people are from the Boston area than the Cincinnati area.

NL WEST

D-backs: 2001 World Series, Game 7: D-backs 3, Yankees 2
There are a shocking number of blown saves by Mariano Rivera on this list.

Video: Must C Classic: Gonzalez walks off, wins World Series

Dodgers: 1977 NLCS, Game 3: Dodgers 6, Phillies 5
The Kirk Gibson moment is the great moment, but this one, which featured a wild three-run comeback in the top of the ninth with two outs, may have been even more of a nail-biter.

Giants: 2014 NLDS, Game 2: Giants 2, Nationals 1 (18 innings)
It seems impossible that a postseason game could go 18 innings. The hero of this game remains Yusmiero Petit, who sneaked in a one-hitter over six innings before the Giants won it in the 18th.

Padres: 1984 NLCS, Game 5: Padres 6, Cubs 3
The Cubs had a 3-0 lead headed into the bottom of the sixth, but Leon Durham's error opened the floodgates, and the Padres were off to their first World Series.

Rockies: 2007 NL West Tiebreaker Game: Rockies 9, Padres 8 (13 innings)
Not technically a postseason game, but it doesn't matter, because Matt Holliday didn't touch the plate, and it didn't matter.

Video: Holliday scores the game-winning run

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Here are key FAQs about Indians' offseason

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CLEVELAND -- The sting of another early October exit will linger for a while, but the Indians' decision-makers must now turn their attention to next year.

This week, manager Terry Francona, along with president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti and general manager Mike Chernoff, have already held end-of-year meetings with Cleveland's players, coaches and staff. The goal is to gather input on this past season, make plans for the offseason months ahead and asssess the direction to take for 2019.

CLEVELAND -- The sting of another early October exit will linger for a while, but the Indians' decision-makers must now turn their attention to next year.

This week, manager Terry Francona, along with president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti and general manager Mike Chernoff, have already held end-of-year meetings with Cleveland's players, coaches and staff. The goal is to gather input on this past season, make plans for the offseason months ahead and asssess the direction to take for 2019.

"It's really important to separate the feelings from the process," Antonetti said. "The feelings hurt a lot. It's disappointment. It's frustration. It's a lot of things. But what we need to do and what we always do, is we always reflect back organizationally and think about, 'What were the things within our control and what can we do better?' We do that at the end of every season, and this season will be no different.

"It's already started, in fact. We've had exit interviews with players. We've got feedback from staff. And we'll do our own internal assessment, and we'll reach out to others and get those reflections back from it and try to learn from it. What are things that we can do better as an organization and improve upon for next year?"

With that in mind, here are some FAQs about the Tribe's offseason:

1. How many Cleveland players will be eligible for free agency this winter?
The Indians will have four high-profile free agents this winter in third baseman Josh Donaldson, left fielder Michael Brantley, lefty Andrew Miller and righty Cody Allen. Other players eligible for free agency include pitchers Oliver Perez and Josh Tomlin, outfielders Melky Cabrera, Lonnie Chisenhall and Rajai Davis, and utility man Adam Rosales.

2. Will the Indians extend a qualifying offer to any free agents?
Teams have the option of extending one-year qualifying offers (valued at $17.9 million for 2019) to departing free agents prior to free agency. If the players accepts, that is his salary for the '19 season. If the player rejects the offer, the team can potentially net Draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere. The player has 10 days to make the decision.

Since Donaldson was traded to the Indians by Toronto this past season, he is no longer eligible for a qualifying offer. The three cases Cleveland will have to weigh are Allen, Brantley and Miller. All three could be in line for multiyear contracts this winter. That said, Allen and Miller are coming off subpar seasons. None of the three are sure-fire bets to receive the offer, but Brantley might top the list.

Video: DET@CLE: Brantley goes back-to-back with a solo homer

3. Who will be eligible for arbitration this winter?
The Indians will have eight arbitration cases to sort through. The most prominent names on the list are starter Trevor Bauer and shortstop Francisco Lindor. There is a chance that Lindor challenges the first-year arbitration salary record (Kris Bryant, $10.85 million). Other players eligible for arbitration include pitchers Cody Anderson, Nick Goody, Neil Ramirez and Danny Salazar, plus outfielders Brandon Barnes and Leonys Martin.

4. Do the Indians hold any contract options for 2019?
Yes, there are two. Cleveland has a $9.75 million team option to retain starter Carlos Carrasco, whose fourth-place finish in American League Cy Young voting in 2017 increased the option's value by $750,000. That one is a no-brainer to pick up. The Indians must also decide on a $3 million team option (or $250,000 buyout) for corner outfielder Brandon Guyer, whose past two seasons have been riddled with health issues.

Video: CLE@KC: Carrasco strikes out 6 over 5 strong frames

5. How is the payroll shaping up in light of free agents leaving, arbitration and guaranteed contracts?
The Indians ended this past season with a franchise-record payroll north of $140 million, and there is more than $40 million coming off the 2018 books through departing free agents. That said, the arbitration cases (if everyone is tendered a contract) could account for more than $30 million. Looking at the eight eligible players, that includes roughly a projected $17 million in raises. Assuming Carrasco's option is exercised, the players locked in on guaranteed deals currently account for around $90 million of the '19 payroll. That's roughly $16 million in raises for those 10 contracts.

"The one thing we do know," Antonetti said, "is whatever payroll might be coming off the books with the free agents we may be losing, we're going to need just as much, if not more, to retain the guys through arbitration raises and increases in guaranteed contracts. We had a franchise-record payroll this year just to retain those guys that are under contract. It would be a payroll even above where are right now even before we add anyone externally."

6. Who could the Indians trade to free up payroll for other moves?
The most obvious trade candidate is Jason Kipnis, who is set to earn $14.7 million in '19 and once again has uncertainty surrounding his place on the field. Kipnis could play second base, or the Indians might consider him for center or left field, depending on other offseason moves. If Cleveland could find a team to take a flier on Salazar (sidelined all of 2018 due to arm troubles), he could be dealt, too. Last offseason, slugger Edwin Encarnacion's name also surfaced in trade rumors. That would be surprising, but with Yandy Diaz looking for an opportunity, at least exploring dealing one of Encarnacion or Yonder Alonso would make sense.

Video: CLE@KC: Kipnis slugs solo homer, Tribe takes lead

7. What are the main needs for the Indians this winter?
Cleveland has the ability to retain its entire rotation, which remains the backbone of the roster and the primary reason the team will return as favorites to win the AL Central again. With Allen and Miller potentially exiting, and given the bullpen issues that plagued the club all year, addressing the relief corps will be critical this offseason. The Indians also need to sort through the question marks that exist at each outfield spot. As things currently stand, there is no clear-cut starter for left, center or right field.

8. When and where are MLB's annual offseason meetings?
The General Managers Meetings are scheduled for Nov. 5-8 in Carlsbad, Calif. The Winter Meetings will follow from Dec. 9-13 in Las Vegas. The annual Rule 5 Draft will take place on the morning of Dec. 13.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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Here's what happened in Thursday's AFL action

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday:

Gameday: Scottsdale 8, Peoria 0 | Mesa 18, Surprise 2 | Salt River 2, Glendale 1

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday:

Gameday: Scottsdale 8, Peoria 0 | Mesa 18, Surprise 2 | Salt River 2, Glendale 1

AL East

Blue Jays (Surprise)
Blue Jays No. 4 prospect Nate Pearson (No. 90 overall) flashed his usual premium stuff but didn't see the results in his start for Saguaros. Working one-plus inning, the 22-year-old right-hander allowed eight runs (seven earned) on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Cavan Biggio (No. 9), who started at first base, went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts.

Orioles (Glendale)
Steve Wilkerson went 1-for-4 with a double, also scoring Glendale's lone run. Ryan McKenna (Baltimore's No. 12 prospect) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Jay Flaa took the loss in relief, allowing two runs (one earned) on two walks in one-third of an inning.

Rays (Peoria)
Rays No. 9 prospect Lucius Fox went 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot. He is batting .407 through six Fall League games, and he has multiple hits in five of them.

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters

Red Sox (Mesa)
Red Sox No. 6 prospect Bobby Dalbec connected on his first Fall League homer, a three-run shot in the first inning, before finishing 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Through six games, he's hitting .304 with nine RBIs. Darwinzon Hernandez and Mike Shawaryn -- Boston's Nos. 7 and 9 prospects, respectively -- both pitched well in relief. Hernandez allowed two runs (one earned) in two innings, but also recorded four of his six outs via strikeout, while Shawaryn struck out a pair as he pitched around a single during a scoreless ninth inning.

Yankees (Glendale)
Steven Sensley went 1-for-4 with a single and Thairo Estrada (New York's No. 16 prospect) went 1-for-3 with a single as the duo accounted for half of Glendale's hits. Kyle Zurak blew a save opportunity in the 10th inning, as he balked in Salt River's winning run.

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Justin Garza had a strong start for the Desert Dogs, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out four. Dalbert Siri and Jared Robinson each worked a scoreless inning of relief. Siri allowed one hit and struck out one, while Robinson also gave up one hit. Connor Marabell went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the cleanup spot.

Royals (Surprise)
Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. Catcher Meibrys Vilora scored a run and reached base three times as part of a 1-for-2, two-walk showing that improved his Fall League average to .357. Nick Heath is hitting .533 through five games despite going 0-for-2. Arnaldo Hernandez (2 1/3 innings, 3 hits allowed, one walk, two strikeouts) and Grant Gavin (two innings, one strikeout) were bright spots out of the bullpen as the only Surprise hurlers to not allow a run in the game. Gavin, a 23-year-old righty, has given up only one hit in five scoreless innings (three appearances) so far in the AFL. Walker Sheller was tagged for five earned runs on three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.

Tigers (Mesa)
The lone Tigers farmhand to play for Mesa on Thursday, Daniel Woodrow went 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored from the bottom of the order. He's hitting .389 through five games.

Twins (Salt River)
Jaylin Davis went 1-for-4 with an RBI as he drove in the game-tying run with a fielder's choice. Travis Blankenhorn (Minnesota's No. 18 prospect) went 1-for-3 with a single. The Twins' duo accounted for two of the Rafters' three hits.

White Sox (Glendale)
White Sox No. 9 prospect Luis Alexander Basabe went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout. Zach Thompson pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two and sending the game to extra innings.

AL West

A's (Mesa)
A's No. 30 prospect Skye Bolt's second AFL homer was a three-run shot that capped Mesa's eight-run eighth inning. He scored three runs to match his three RBIs and also walked twice before finishing 2-for-4. First out of the 'pen for the Solar Sox, Jake Bray notched two strikeouts and two ground-ball outs as he completed two perfect frames.

Angels (Mesa)
Angels No. 4 prospect Jahmai Jones recorded three hits for the second time in six games in the AFL. He reached base four times, as the 21-year-old second baseman went 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and three runs scored. Roberto Baldoquin (1-for-6, RBI) and David MacKinnon (0-for-4, 2 walks) each scored a run, and Ryan Clark contributed with a scoreless inning in relief.

Astros (Scottsdale)
Astros No. 8 prospect J.B. Bukauskas collected his first win of the Fall League season, tossing four scoreless innings against Peoria. The right-hander allowed two hits and one walk while striking out four. Bukauskas hasn't allowed an earned run in 7 1/3 innings over two AFL starts. Trent Thornton (No. 24) followed Bukauskas with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out three. Abraham Toro-Hernandez (No. 21) went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Ronnie Dawson went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Drew Ferguson walked in a pinch-hit appearance. More »

Video: Bukauskas on his Fall League win over Peoria

Mariners (Peoria)
Mariners prospects Evan White (No. 2) and Ian Miller (No. 20) each went 1-for-4 with a single. White is batting .346 in six Fall League games. Matt Walker pitched an inning of relief, allowing one run on one hit and one walk with one strikeout.

Rangers (Surprise)
Rangers No. 2 prospect Julio Pablo Martinez (No. 56 overall) went 1-for-3 from the bottom of the lineup as he accounted for one of the Saguaros' four hits. Charles LeBlanc notched a hit and scored a run, as he owns a .381 average after finishing 1-for-3. Reliever Joe Barlow allowed two earned runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking two.

NL East

Braves (Peoria)
Jeremy Walker took his first loss of the Fall League season, allowing six earned runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander walked one and struck out three. Ray-Patrick Didder went 1-for-5, while Braxton Davidson went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Marlins (Salt River)
Marlins No. 26 prospect Bryson Brigman went 1-for-3 with a single, one of the Rafters' three hits. Brian Miller (No. 11) entered as a pinch-runner in the 10th and scored the game-tying run.

Mets (Scottsdale)
Mets No. 11 prospect Desmond Lindsay went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Lindsay has played in two Fall League games and collected two hits in each of them. Andres Gimenez (No. 1) entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and went 1-for-1 with an RBI double, a walk and a run scored. Stephen Nogosek (No. 24) tossed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.

Nationals (Salt River)
Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom (No. 37 overall) went 0-for-3 with a walk and scored the game-winning run on a balk in the 10th inning. Daniel Johnson (Washington's No. 7) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts from the leadoff spot. Ben Braymer tossed two scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out four. Taylor Guilbeau pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings of relief, while Jordan Mills worked two perfect innings with three strikeouts.

Phillies (Scottsdale)
Phillies No. 11 prospect Arquimedes Gamboa went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Darick Hall went 2-for-4 with three RBIs out of the cleanup spot. Austin Listi went 1-for-5 with a run scored. Jonathan Hennigan worked a perfect eighth inning, striking out one.

NL Central

Brewers (Peoria)
Daniel Brown tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Miguel Sanchez followed Brown with a perfect seventh inning, striking out one. Jon Olczak also pitched in relief, allowing one run on one hit and two walks while striking out one over one inning. Trent Grisham (Milwaukee's No. 19 prospect) went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Cardinals (Surprise)
Andy Young drove in a run and went 1-for-4, giving the second baseman at least one hit in all five games so far in the AFL. Lane Thomas struck out in his lone at-bat as a pinch-hitter. Will Latcham gave up a three-run homer while working the final 1 1/3 innings for the Saguaros.

Cubs (Mesa)
It was a big day for Cubs hitters, as No. 6 prospect Nico Hoerner (1-for-6, three RBIs), No. 16 D.J. Wilson (1-for-3, four runs, three walks, RBI) and catcher P.J. Higgins (2-for-5, homer, three RBIs, two runs) all stood out at the plate in the Solar Sox's lopsided win over Surprise. Left-hander Justin Steele, the Cubs' No. 8 prospect, dominated in his second Fall League start as he posted two strikeouts and two walks over three hitless frames. More »

Video: Justin Steele on pitching after Tommy John surgery

Pirates (Surprise)
Pirates prospects Cole Tucker (No. 5) and Bryan Reynolds (No. 8) were both hitless, going 0-for-4 and 0-for-3, respectively. They each struck out once.

Reds (Scottsdale)
Reds No. 23 prospect Alfredo Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored out of the No. 8 spot in the lineup. Shed Long (No. 8) went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, while Mark Kolozsvary went 0-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

NL West

D-backs (Salt River)
D-backs No. 1 prospect Jon Duplantier (No. 80 overall) tossed three scoreless innings in his second start of the Fall League season. The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out five. Pavin Smith (Arizona's No. 4) went 0-for-3 with a walk. Renae Martinez started at catcher and went 0-for-3. Bo Takahashi pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief, allowing no runs, one hit and one walk. Kevin Ginkel earned his first win of the AFL season, allowing one unearned run on one hit in one inning. More »

Dodgers (Glendale)
Dodgers No. 2 prospect Keibert Ruiz (No. 39 overall) drove in Glendale's lone run with an RBI double in the 10th inning. It was his only hit as he finished 1-for-4. Errol Robinson (Los Angeles' No. 20) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts from the leadoff spot. Jared Walker went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. Nolan Long pitched 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief, striking out one, and Jordan Sheffield also struck out one in one perfect inning.

Giants (Scottsdale)
Sam Wolff pitched a scoreless inning of relief, allowing two hits and closing out the Scorpions' win over Peoria. Heath Quinn entered as a pinch-hitter and went 0-for-1.

Padres (Peoria)
Padres No. 23 prospect Hudson Potts went 1-for-4 with a double, the Javelinas' lone extra-base hit as they got shut out by Scottsdale. Buddy Reed (No. 13) went 1-for-4 and Austin Allen (No. 25) went 0-for-4.

Rockies (Salt River)
Rockies No. 9 prospect Sam Hilliard and Josh Fuentes each went 0-for-4, combining for three strikeouts.

Key 2018-19 free agents for all 30 MLB teams

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An impressive collection of talent will hit the open market when free agency gets underway this offseason, and players are eligible to sign with a new team five days after the conclusion of the World Series. Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the key free agents for all 30 Major League clubs.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

An impressive collection of talent will hit the open market when free agency gets underway this offseason, and players are eligible to sign with a new team five days after the conclusion of the World Series. Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the key free agents for all 30 Major League clubs.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Atlanta Braves
Key free agents: RHP Brad Brach, 1B Lucas Duda, 3B Ryan Flaherty, OF Nick Markakis, C Rene Rivera, RHP Anibal Sanchez, C Kurt Suzuki, LHP Jonny Venters

Markakis was a valuable member of a youthful Braves club in 2018, providing veteran leadership and making the All-Star team for the first time in his career. Atlanta has a stellar farm system that is loaded with pitching prospects, which is one of the reasons why Sanchez is unlikely to be back after his impressive rebound campaign. But without an obvious replacement for Markakis in right field, the door remains open for the soon-to-be 35-year-old to return. Suzuki has formed a productive catching tandem with Tyler Flowers over the past two seasons, but the 35-year-old may be too expensive to bring back for a part-time role.

Miami Marlins
Key free agents: None

The Marlins' roster is replete with players who are at the early stages of their big league careers, putting them years away from free agency. After trading multiple big-name players last offseason, Miami will likely now look to deal veterans Starlin Castro and Martin Prado, as they are owed nearly $27 million combined in 2019.

New York Mets
Key free agents: LHP Jerry Blevins, OF Austin Jackson, C Devin Mesoraco, RHP AJ Ramos, INF Jose Reyes

There's a chance the Mets won't bring back any of these players after they combined for -1.7 Wins Above Replacement in 2018, per FanGraphs. With Travis d'Arnaud, T.J. Rivera and Juan Lagares returning from injuries, the Mets have obvious replacements for Mesoraco, Reyes and Jackson next year. Blevins is more likely to be back than Ramos, whose recovery from right shoulder surgery is expected to extend into next June and possibly longer.

Philadelphia Phillies
Key free agents: 3B/OF Jose Bautista, INF Asdrubal Cabrera, LHP Aaron Loup, C Wilson Ramos

All four players on Philadelphia's list were acquired late in the 2018 campaign as the Phillies made a playoff push that ultimately fell short. Instead of bringing back Ramos, who is sure to fetch a sizable multi-year deal, the Phils may give 25-year-old Jorge Alfaro another chance to show he can handle starting duties behind the plate. Cabrera could be a fallback option if the Phillies are unable to land Manny Machado in free agency.

Washington Nationals
Key free agents: OF Bryce Harper, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Kelvin Herrera, RHP Greg Holland, 1B Mark Reynolds, C Matt Wieters

Harper will be one of the top free agents available this offseason, and the Nats will likely make a major push to keep him in Washington. The club might also be interested in bringing back Holland and Hellickson, but the two righties are sure to draw interest from other clubs after boosting their value with the Nats. Washington is expected to try to upgrade at the catcher spot, which could leave Wieters looking for a new home.

NL CENTRAL

Chicago Cubs
Key free agents: RHP Jesse Chavez, LHP Jorge De La Rosa, LHP Jaime Garcia (club option), LHP Cole Hamels (club option), OF Jason Heyward (can opt out of his contract), RHP Brandon Kintzler (club and player options), 2B Daniel Murphy, RHP Pedro Strop (club option), LHP Justin Wilson

The Cubs have many decisions to make this offseason, most notably regarding the $20 million club option for Hamels, who was acquired from the Rangers at the non-waiver Trade Deadline and recorded a terrific 2.36 ERA over 12 starts. They also have a bevy of bullpen arms that are set to depart or have club options. The Cubs could try to retain Chavez and Strop, and Murphy could also be back (particularly given Addison Russell's suspension), as president of baseball operations Theo Epstein spoke highly of the second baseman's contributions after his acquisition from the Nationals.

Cincinnati Reds
Key free agents: RHP Matt Harvey

Cincinnati elected to keep Harvey at the non-waiver Trade Deadline instead of flipping him to a contender, and now face a decision about the right-hander, given that he has expressed openness to returning and the Reds will be seeking starting pitching depth this offseason. Outside of Harvey, the Reds don't have any key departures or options to worry about this winter, though Scooter Gennett and Billy Hamilton are due for free agency following the 2019 season.

Milwaukee Brewers
Key free agents: LHP Gio Gonzalez, OF Curtis Granderson, RHP Jeremy Jeffress (club option), LHP Dan Jennings, C Erik Kratz, RHPJordan Lyles (club option), LHP Wade Miley, 3B Mike Moustakas (mutual option), IF Eric Sogard, RHP Joakim Soria (club option)

The Brewers have most of their pitching depth locked up beyond this season, with Gonzalez, an in-season acquisition, and Miley, who was initially signed to a Minor League contract before the season, the only two starters set for free agency this offseason. Soria, a key piece of the Brewers' bullpen in their playoff run, has a $10 million team option for 2019, while closing option Jeffress has a much cheaper $3.175 million team option. The 38-year-old Kratz and 37-year-old Granderson are also bound for free agency. Given their security all over the roster, the Brewers are set to contend again in 2019 even if they don't make a big offseason splash.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Key free agents: IF/OF Josh Harrison (club option), IF Jung Ho Kang (club option), SS Jordy Mercer

After making a splash by trading for Chris Archer in 2018, the Pirates appear to be mostly set with their pitching staff but will be looking for a bat in the offseason, likely at shortstop, especially if they don't end up bringing Kang back after his late-season cameo. Even if they don't make a Manny Machado-sized splash at shortstop, the market is deep this offseason, with Jose Iglesias, Freddy Galvis and Adeiny Hechavarria among the names that will be in play. It seems unlikely that the Pirates will pick up Harrison's $10.5 million option.

St. Louis Cardinals
Key free agents: 1B Matt Adams, RHP Bud Norris, C Francisco Pena, RHP Tyson Ross

Adam Wainwright already avoided free agency by agreeing to a one-year deal to return for his 15th season with the Cardinals. Improving the bullpen to build around Jordan Hicks will be a priority for the Cardinals, especially with the departure of Norris, who provided stability at closer for much of the season. Though Adams likely won't be on the Cardinals' radar again, St. Louis is thought to be looking for an impact left-handed hitter, with needs at outfield and third base.

NL WEST

Arizona Diamondbacks
Key free agents: RHP Clay Buchholz, LHP Patrick Corbin, RHP Randall Delgado, 2B Daniel Descalso, LHP Jake Diekman, 3B Eduardo Escobar, 1B Paul Goldschmidt (club option), OF Jon Jay, C Jeff Mathis, OF A.J. Pollock, C Chris Stewart, OF Yasmany Tomas (player option)

The D-backs could lose two key contributors this winter, with Corbin and Pollock likely to exceed Arizona's price range, but Buchholz, Descalso and Mathis are strong candidates to return. Neither Goldschmidt nor Tomas is expected to hit the open market. The D-backs are sure to pick up Goldschmidt's $14.5 million club option for 2019, and Tomas will undoubtedly exercise his player options for '19-20, valued at $15.5 million next year and $17 million in '20, after spending all of '18 in the Minors.

Colorado Rockies
Key free agents: C Drew Butera, OF Carlos Gonzalez, OF Matt Holliday, 2B DJ LeMahieu, RHP Seunghwan Oh (club option), RHP Adam Ottavino, OF Gerardo Parra

The Rockies will have to decide whether they want to compete for LeMahieu this winter or if they're ready to turn the reins at second base over to one of their middle-infield prospects, Garrett Hampson and Brendan Rodgers. They also face decisions in the outfield, where Gonzalez, Parra and Holliday are impending free agents, and in the bullpen with Ottavino and Oh, who has a $2.5 million option for 2019 with a $250,000 buyout.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Key free agents: RHP John Axford, 2B Brian Dozier, C Yasmani Grandal, RHP Daniel Hudson, LHP Clayton Kershaw (opt out), SS Manny Machado, RHP Ryan Madson, LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu

Machado is among the headliners in this year's star-studded free agent class, and longtime Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw could add his name to the mix if he opts out of his contract. The Dodgers will try to retain Machado, whom they acquired from the Orioles at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but they'll have stiff competition as he's likely to cash in for a big payday. The oft-injured Ryu posted a 1.97 ERA through 15 regular season starts in 2018 and pitched well in the playoffs to improve his stock heading into free agency.

San Diego Padres
Key free agents: C A.J. Ellis, SS Freddy Galvis

The Padres' 2018 roster will remain mostly intact with only Galvis and Ellis entering free agency, and both are candidates to return. Ellis is less likely to be re-signed, however, with young catchers Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejia in the mix. San Diego may also let Galvis walk if he wants a multi-year deal, with Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego's No. 1 prospect, per MLB Pipeline) nearing big league readiness and Luis Urias (San Diego's No. 4 prospect) likely to take over as the club's starting second baseman in 2019.

San Francisco Giants
Key free agents: OF Gregor Blanco, RHP Madison Bumgarner (club option), LHP Derek Holland, C Nick Hundley, RHP Mark Melancon (can opt out of his contract), OF Hunter Pence, 3B Pablo Sandoval

The Giants are expected to pick up Bumgarner's $12 million option, and Melancon is almost certainly staying put for the final two years of his four-year, $62 million deal, but the club will likely part ways with veterans Pence and Blanco. The Giants may try bring back Holland, who enjoyed a bounceback campaign and anchored an injury-riddled Giants rotation in 2018, and Hundley, who capably backed up Buster Posey.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Baltimore Orioles
Key free agents: OF Adam Jones

The O's list has just one man on it, as they traded nearly every player on an expiring contract, including Manny Machado, Zach Britton and Brad Brach, during their 2018 roster purge. Baltimore would have dealt Jones as well, but he was unwilling to waive his 10-and-5 rights. Jones may be interested in returning, but he would likely need to accept a significantly reduced role as the Orioles look to the future.

Boston Red Sox
Key free agents: RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Joe Kelly, RHP Craig Kimbrel, 2B Ian Kinsler, IF Eduardo Nunez (player option), 1B/OF Steve Pearce, 2B Brandon Phillips, LHP Drew Pomeranz, LHP David Price (can opt out of his contract), LHP Chris Sale (club option)

Even if the Red Sox pick up Chris Sale's $15 million club option for 2019, which they likely will, and David Price doesn't opt out of the four years and $127 million remaining on his contract, they still have a number of important players hitting free agency. Kimbrel is the biggest name among them, though it's unclear if Boston will be willing to hand out a big contract for a player who regressed some from '17 to '18 and was shaky in the playoffs. The Red Sox will probably look to re-sign Eovaldi, who excelled after joining the club in a July trade (3.33 ERA, 2.88 FIP).

New York Yankees
Key free agents: LHP Zach Britton, OF Brett Gardner (club option), LHP J.A. Happ, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, RHP Lance Lynn, OF Andrew McCutchen, RHP David Robertson, LHP CC Sabathia, 2B/OF Neil Walker

The Yankees have a busy offseason ahead of them, especially on the pitching side of the ledger. Even if prospect Justus Sheffield is ready to claim a rotation spot behind Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka, that still leaves two open starting jobs. Meanwhile, the Yankees' vaunted bullpen could lose two key pieces in Robertson and Britton. Gardner was New York's longest-tenured player in 2018, but the club may pass on his $12.5 million club option ($2 million buyout) after the veteran outfielder posted a .690 OPS this past season.

Tampa Bay Rays
Key free agents: OF Carlos Gomez, RHP Sergio Romo

Romo was an integral member of the Rays' pitching staff for much of the 2018 season, racking up 25 saves and making five appearances as an "opener." However, he recorded a 10.00 ERA in September and will be 36 years old on Opening Day in '19. The cost-conscious Rays may opt to move on and give an opportunity to a younger alternative. As for Gomez, the veteran outfielder is unlikely to be back after posting a .634 OPS over 118 games in 2018.

Toronto Blue Jays
Key free agents: RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Marco Estrada, 1B Justin Smoak (club option), INF Yangervis Solarte (club option)

Much like Baltimore, Toronto dealt many impending free agents during the 2018 season, including Josh Donaldson, J.A. Happ, Steve Pearce, Curtis Granderson and John Axford. With Rowdy Tellez looking ready for an expanded role at first base, the Jays could pick up Smoak's reasonable $8 million club option and then trade the veteran this offseason. Estrada is likely gone after recording a 5.27 ERA with a 4.97 FIP in 61 starts over the past two years, as the Blue Jays can likely get similar production from a younger and cheaper pitcher.

AL CENTRAL

Chicago White Sox
Key free agents: RHP Jeanmar Gomez, RHP Miguel Gonzalez, RHP Nate Jones (club option), LHP Hector Santiago, RHP James Shields (club option)

The White Sox are close to emerging from their rebuild, and the club could look for more pitching help this offseason, since Michael Kopech is now sidelined for 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. They have a $4.65 million option for Jones that they could exercise, but it seems unlikely that they'd exercise Shields' $16 million club option.

Cleveland Indians
Key free agents: RHP Cody Allen, OF Michael Brantley, OF Melky Cabrera, RHP Carlos Carrasco (club option), OF Lonnie Chisenhall, OF Rajai Davis, 3B Josh Donaldson, OF Brandon Guyer (club option), LHP Andrew Miller, LHP Oliver Perez, IF Adam Rosales, RHP Josh Tomlin

Miller headlines a productive crop of prospective free agents departing Cleveland this season, with outfield and the bullpen being the two areas that stand to be hit hardest by the departures. Allen, Brantley and Miller are eligible for the $17.9 million qualifying offer. The Indians do have some security in the bullpen with midseason acquisitions Brad Hand and Adam Cimber both controllable for several more seasons, but bolstering the relief corps will be an offseason priority for the Tribe, who got subpar seasons from both Allen and Miller in 2018. Outfield is also an area of need, especially if Brantley departs, with no clear-cut starter at any of the three spots entering the offseason.

Detroit Tigers
Key free agents: SS Jose Iglesias, LHP Francisco Liriano, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Iglesias, Liriano and the retiring Victor Martinez are the key departures for the rebuilding Tigers, who also dealt impending free agent Mike Fiers to the A's in August. The Tigers will likely be in the market for a shortstop, as they don't have an immediate heir lined up in the event of Iglesias' departure, and will likely look to add to the rotation.

Kansas City Royals
Key free agents: SS Alcides Escobar, RHP Jason Hammel (mutual option), RHP Wily Peralta (club option)

After trading Jon Jay, Lucas Duda, Kelvin Herrera and Mike Moustakas this season, the Royals figure to let Escobar walk, as Adalberto Mondesi is now their starting shortstop. The Royals will almost certainly pay a $2 million buyout to get Hammel off the books instead of exercising his $12 million mutual option for 2019, but they could bring back Peralta, their closer, on a cheaper $3 million team option, especially since they'll likely be looking for bullpen help this offseason.

Minnesota Twins
Key free agents: RHP Matt Belisle, 2B Logan Forsythe, C Chris Gimenez, 1B/DH Joe Mauer, 1B/DH Logan Morrison (club option), RHP Ervin Santana (club option)

The most pressing offseason question for the Twins will be at first base with the possible departure of Mauer to either free agency or retirement and Morrison's disappointing performance in 2018, after which the Twins are not expected to pick up his $8 million option for 2019. The departures of Forsythe, Brian Dozier (traded to Dodgers) and Eduardo Escobar (traded to D-backs) also leave openings in the middle infield for the Twins. The Twins need lots of help in the bullpen and could always use more starting depth, with Santana's option unlikely to be picked up.

AL WEST
Los Angeles Angels
Key free agents: RHP Jim Johnson, RHP Garrett Richards, RHP Junichi Tazawa, OF Chris Young, OF Eric Young Jr., RHP Blake Wood

The Angels will retain much of their core. Johnson will likely draw interest on the open market for clubs in need of dependable bullpen arms. Richards pitched well in 16 starts this season, but will be out of action until 2020 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Young also suffered a season-ending injury (labral tears in both hips) but is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

Houston Astros
Key free agents: DH Evan Gattis, UTIL Marwin Gonzalez, LHP Dallas Keuchel, C Martin Maldonado, RHP Charlie Morton, LHP Tony Sipp

Keuchel figures to be one of the most sought-after starting pitchers on the market this winter. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner has spent his entire career with the Astros, but could anchor another team's staff in 2019. Morton also figures to draw considerable interest coming off his first All-Star season at age 34. Maldonado will be part of a deep class of veteran backstops.

Oakland A's
Key free agents: LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Edwin Jackson, OF Matt Joyce, 2B Jed Lowrie, C Jonathan Lucroy

The A's looming free agents are headlined by a pair of veterans in Lucroy and Lowrie. Lucroy is more likely to return with Franklin Barreto ready to take over as Oakland's everyday second baseman. Joyce is likely the odd man out in a crowded A's outfield. It's unclear if the A's will try to retain any of their veteran starting pitchers.

Seattle Mariners
Key free agents: 2B Gordon Beckham, DH Nelson Cruz, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, OF Cameron Maybin, RHP David Phelps, UTIL Andrew Romine, OF Denard Span (mutual option), RHP Adam Warren

Cruz represents the biggest free agent choice for the Mariners this winter. Both sides have expressed interest in a reunion, but Seattle must decide whether it wants to commit to a multi-year deal with the 38-year-old slugger or utilize that money elsewhere, with needs on the pitching staff and in center field. Span has a $12 million mutual option with a $4 million buyout. Iwakuma left the Mariners in September to pursue pitching opportunities in Japan.

Texas Rangers
Key free agents: SS Elvis Andrus (can opt out of his contract), 3B Adrian Beltre, C Robinson Chirinos (club option), RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Doug Fister (club option), RHP Yovani Gallardo, LHP Matt Moore (club option), LHP Martin Perez (club option)

The Rangers are awaiting Beltre's decision on his baseball future, and if the third baseman opts to continue playing, they could re-sign him. Andrus could opt out of his contract, leaving four years and $58 million on the table, but is more likely to stay put. The Rangers will likely pick up Chirinos' option, and decline their options on Moore and Fister. Perez's option is for $7.5 million and it remains to be seen what Texas will do with the left-hander coming off a down year. Colon and Gallardo aren't expected to return.

Thomas Harrigan is an editor for MLB.com.

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Indians not planning to make coaching changes

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CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona does not plan on making any changes to his coaching staff in the wake of his team's brief stint on the October stage.

During an hour-long sit-down with reporters on Wednesday at Progressive Field, Francona said dismissing any of his coaches would be a reactionary move to three poor games against the Astros in the American League Division Series. The manager, along with president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, emphasized that their focus was on the season's body of work.

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona does not plan on making any changes to his coaching staff in the wake of his team's brief stint on the October stage.

During an hour-long sit-down with reporters on Wednesday at Progressive Field, Francona said dismissing any of his coaches would be a reactionary move to three poor games against the Astros in the American League Division Series. The manager, along with president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, emphasized that their focus was on the season's body of work.

"That's a reaction," Francona said of making any changes to his staff. "That, to me, is a very reactionary move. It's a small sample. And it hurt like crazy losing, yet we were probably in the upper tier in just about every offensive category."

Specifically, the Indians' offense has been the focal point of criticism after the team's second straight subpar performance in the ALDS. Last year, Cleveland's lineup hit .171 with a .550 OPS as a team in the five-game loss to the Yankees in the first round of the playoffs. This time, the Indians hit .144 with a .418 OPS in the three-game sweep at the hands of Houston.

On the season, though, the Indians ranked third in the Majors with 818 runs scored, while ranking fourth overall in weighted on-base average (.330), fourth in OPS (.766), sixth in home runs (216) and tied for sixth in weighted runs created plus (105). Cleveland's strikeout rate as an offense (18.9 percent) was also the best in baseball in the regular season.

Francona said those numbers -- not the showing in the ALDS -- go a long way in continuing to support the work done behind the scenes by hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo.

"Are you going on the disappointment of the series or on the whole body of work?" Francona said.

Beyond Van Burkleo, Cleveland's coaching staff consists of bench coach Brad Mills, pitching coach Carl Willis, bullpen coach Scott Atchison, assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez, first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh, along with MLB coaches Mark Budzinski and Brian Sweeney. Barring any external job opportunities, the Indians plan on retaining the entire staff.

"I do think some guys will be interviewed," Francona said. "And I think they're pretty good, so there's a chance we lose people. But, not by choice."

Worth noting
• The Indians have two team options to consider this winter. Cleveland's $9.75 million team option on starter Carlos Carrasco is a lock to be exercised, but the club will also have to weigh whether to pick up the $3 million option (or pay a $250,000 buyout) on outfielder Brandon Guyer. The Indians must make a decision five days after the conclusion of the World Series.

"It's something we have to work through," Antonetti said. "We really appreciated Brandon's contributions in the time he's been here. He made a huge impact when he came over in 2016, not only in the second half, but on the postseason run. Unfortunately, he's had some health issues that he's had to work through over the course of the last couple seasons."

• Right-hander Danny Salazar (right shoulder surgery in July) could begin a throwing program by November, according to Antonetti. The Indians plan on building up Salazar as a starting pitching option during Spring Training, but the team has not ruled out putting him in the bullpen mix, given the club's offseason need for relief help.

"We'll try to condition him as a starter at the outset," Antonetti said, "and then see what our team needs are and see how Danny responds to the different throwing loads."

• Outfielder Leonys Martin will be eligible for arbitration this winter, along with Cody Anderson, Brandon Barnes, Trevor Bauer, Nick Goody, Francisco Lindor, Neil Ramirez and Salazar. Martin is still recovering from the serious bacterial infection that ended his season in August, but the Indians are optimistic that the veteran outfielder will be ready for Spring Training.

"As a starting point, we expect him to be back at full health next year," Antonetti said. "Exactly where that fits in, we'll have to work through that. He's arbitration eligible again this season for the last time. We'll have to just make an assessment of how that fits within the construct of the rest of our team."

• More injury updates from Antonetti: Anderson (right elbow) should have a normal offseason leading up to Spring Training. ... Goody (right elbow surgery) is still a "few weeks" away from being cleared to throw. ... Outfielder Bradley Zimmer (right shoulder surgery) could be cleared to throw in November, hit in December and the hope is he will be available for "the majority" of the 2019 season.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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Every club's best individual playoff performance

From MadBum to Mr. October, these runs went down in franchise lore
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One of the many joys of baseball's postseason is how one player can make such an outsized difference. There's no better time for a player to go on a hot streak than in the playoffs, when he's able to carry his team for a whole series -- maybe even to a championship. Baseball is a game of ebbs and flows, of zeniths and nadirs, and everyone wants to break out and have a heater in October.

With that in mind, we look at the greatest postseason runs by a player on each of baseball's 30 teams. These are the sort of streaks that make legends in their hometowns ... the sort of runs we'll talk about forever.

One of the many joys of baseball's postseason is how one player can make such an outsized difference. There's no better time for a player to go on a hot streak than in the playoffs, when he's able to carry his team for a whole series -- maybe even to a championship. Baseball is a game of ebbs and flows, of zeniths and nadirs, and everyone wants to break out and have a heater in October.

With that in mind, we look at the greatest postseason runs by a player on each of baseball's 30 teams. These are the sort of streaks that make legends in their hometowns ... the sort of runs we'll talk about forever.

Note: We're sticking to the divisional era here, which goes back to 1969, and is the dawn of the modern postseason.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Paul Molitor, 1993
.447/.527/.851, World Series MVP
Everyone remembers the Joe Carter homer, but Molitor was a monster that whole postseason for the Blue Jays at the age of 37. He was terrific back in 1982 for the Brewers, too.

Orioles: Brooks Robinson, 1970
.485/.471/.788, World Series MVP
This was, of course, the same World Series in which he made the ridiculous play at third base … though with Robinson, it's always a question of which ridiculous play.

Video: #WeKnowPostseason: Robinson's Play

Rays: James Shields, 2008
2-2, 25 IP, 2.88 ERA
This is where the "Big Game James" nickname came from, even if it maybe lasted a year or two longer than it should have.

Red Sox: David Ortiz, 2004
.400/.515/.764, ALCS MVP
It's rather difficult, all told, to figure out which Ortiz postseason to pick: He had an OPS over 1.204 in October for all three of the Red Sox championship teams he played for.

Video: 2004 ALCS Gm7: Ortiz's homer gives Red Sox early lead

Yankees: Reggie Jackson, 1978
.417/.511/.806
The highest qualified OPS by Yankees are, in fact, 2018 Aaron Judge and 2006 Derek Jeter ... but how do you not pick Mr. October?

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Orel Hershiser, 1995
4-1, 35 1/3 IP, 1.53 ERA, ALCS MVP
The season with the other Indians' World Series loss -- no, the other one -- featured vintage Hershiser ... and he split a couple of duels with Greg Maddux in the World Series, too.

Royals: Danny Jackson, 1985
2-1, 26 IP, 1.04 ERA
Bret Saberhagen is remembered as the hero of this Royals team -- along with Don Denkinger, of course -- but Jackson was actually the best pitcher for the Royals that postseason.

Tigers: Alan Trammell, 1984
.419/.500/.806, World Series MVP
Trammell put the perfect capper on the Tigers' dream season. This was a quiet argument for Trammell's Hall of Fame candidacy.

Twins: Jack Morris, 1991
4-0, 36 1/3 IP, 2.23 ERA, World Series MVP
Speaking of the Hall of Fame ... this postseason is almost certainly why Morris currently has a plaque in Cooperstown.

Video: 1991 WS Gm7: Morris' 10-inning shutout

White Sox: Jermaine Dye, 2005
.311/.415/.444, World Series MVP
Several White Sox players had a higher OPS than Dye that postseason -- including Joe Crede, Scott Podsednik and Paul Konerko -- but you've got to go with the World Series MVP.

AL WEST

Angels: Francisco Rodriguez, 2002
5-1, 18 2/3 IP, 1.93 ERA
Back when there were more rigid bullpen roles, K-Rod was deployed liberally and devastatingly in 2002, back when he was 20 years old.

Astros: Carlos Beltran, 2004
.435/.536/1.022
Cardinals fans will be having nightmares about 2004 Carlos Beltran for decades to come ... and they won that series.

Video: 2004 NLCS Gm4: Beltran hits eighth homer of playoffs

Athletics: Dave Stewart, 1989
4-0, 32 IP, 2.25 ERA, World Series MVP
Stewart had a career 2.77 postseason ERA in 133 innings ... he would actually win the ALCS MVP the very next season, too.

Mariners: Ken Griffey Jr., 1995
.364/.442/.818
Jay Buhner was just as good as The Kid in 1995 ... but Griffey is Griffey.

Rangers: Juan Gonzalez, 1996
.438/.526/1.375
The Rangers actually lost this Division Series in four games, but good heavens, was Juan Gone ever a monster, hitting five homers in four games.

Video: 1996 ALDS Gm4: Juan Gonzalez's fifth home run of ALDS

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: John Smoltz, 1996
4-1, 38 IP, 0.95 ERA
You could also go with Greg Maddux's 1995 run -- since the Braves won the World Series that year, after all -- and you wouldn't be wrong.

Marlins: Josh Beckett, 2003
2-2, 42 2/3 IP, 2.11 ERA, World Series MVP
After the Yankees and Red Sox had their first of two epic postseason battles, Beckett was happy to pick up the pieces in the World Series.

Video: WS Gm6: Beckett shuts out Yanks as Marlins win series

Mets: Bobby Ojeda, 1986
2-0, 27 IP, 2.33 ERA
Of all the great Mets starters on that team, it was Ojeda who had the best postseason.

Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, 2017
1-1, 14 IP, 0.00 ERA
Since we're excluding the Expos -- if we weren't, Steve Rogers in 1981 would be the obvious answer here -- we must dig into the gruesome land of the Nationals' postseason failures. Strasburg has the ultimate Nationals playoff line: 0 earned runs, 1 loss.

Video: WSH@CHC Gm4: Strasburg K's 12 over seven scoreless

Phillies: Cliff Lee, 2009
4-0, 40 1/3 IP, 1.56 ERA
Cole Hamels had the World Series MVP in '08, but Lee was actually better, in five more innings.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: Ryan Braun, 2011
.405/.468/.714
This postseason performance feels like a lifetime ago, but it's one the Brewers sure would appreciate a repeat of.

Cardinals: David Freese, 2011
.397/.465/.794, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
Freese actually struggled in the NLDS this season ... though he ended up making up for it.

Video: Must C Comeback: Freese's triple ties it up in ninth

Cubs: Jon Lester, 2016
3-1, 35 2/3 IP, 2.02 ERA, NLCS co-MVP
Lester still feels like the postseason starter Cubs fans trust most, and probably always will.

Pirates: Willie Stargell, 1979
.415/.435/.927, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
He also shared the regular-season MVP Award this year, pulling off the rare trifecta.

Reds: Johnny Bench, 1976
.444/.464/.926, World Series MVP
Bench was as dominant as the Reds were in this matter-of-fact World Series sweep.

NL WEST

D-backs: Curt Schilling, 2001
4-0, 48 1/3 IP, 1.12 ERA, World Series co-MVP
Randy Johnson's line this exact 2001 postseason: 5-1, 41 1/3 IP, 1.52 ERA. That is ... difficult to beat.

Video: WS2001 Gm4: Schilling comes up clutch on short rest

Dodgers: Hershiser, 1988
3-0, 1 SV, 42 2/3 IP, 1.05 ERA, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
Hershiser is the only pitcher to be on this list twice ... and how could he not be?

Giants: Madison Bumgarner, 2014
4-1, 1 SV, 52 2/3 IP, 1.03 ERA, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
This is an obvious pick, but at this point I'd like to remind you that Barry Bonds put up a .356/.581/.978 in 2002.

Video: WS2014 Gm7: Bumgarner sets postseason innings record

Padres: Sterling Hitchcock, 1998
3-0, 22 IP, 1.23 ERA, NLCS MVP
He gave up only one earned run in six innings in his lone World Series start ... not that it did the Padres much good.

Rockies: Kaz Matsui, 2007
.304/.347/.500
It was a strange postseason for the Rockies in 2007, but if you forget the World Series happened altogether, it was a glorious one.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Pipeline names Indians' Prospects of the Year

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CLEVELAND -- When last season began, Shane Bieber was with Class A Lake County, four Minor League rungs below the big leagues. Now, the rookie right-hander is a trusted part of the Indians' pitching staff for the upcoming American League Division Series against the Astros.

For farmhands like pitcher Eli Morgan -- named the Indians' 2018 Minor League Pitcher of the Year by MLB Pipeline -- Bieber is the latest example that Cleveland will push players who not only turn in strong results, but exhibit Major League characteristics behind the scenes. Process plus performance can put any player on a swift path to the Majors.

CLEVELAND -- When last season began, Shane Bieber was with Class A Lake County, four Minor League rungs below the big leagues. Now, the rookie right-hander is a trusted part of the Indians' pitching staff for the upcoming American League Division Series against the Astros.

For farmhands like pitcher Eli Morgan -- named the Indians' 2018 Minor League Pitcher of the Year by MLB Pipeline -- Bieber is the latest example that Cleveland will push players who not only turn in strong results, but exhibit Major League characteristics behind the scenes. Process plus performance can put any player on a swift path to the Majors.

"I think there's a group of players that sees that and says, 'Hey, that could be me,'" said Carter Hawkins, the Indians' assistant general manager. "There's another group, which hopefully is the majority, that says, 'What did he do outside of just performance?' Because, there's a lot of guys that perform really well. What Shane was able to do was to prepare like a Major Leaguer from the time he started in A ball. And so, the foundation that he built allowed us to feel very confident in pushing him."

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Besides Morgan, MLB Pipeline also honored third baseman Nolan Jones as the Indians' 2018 Hitter of the Year. Each team's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLB Pipeline staff. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors and appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list.

Jones is currently No. 2 on the Tribe's Top 30 list, while Morgan checks in at No. 15.

The 22-year-old Morgan was selected in the eighth round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of Gonzaga and has gone 12-9 with a 2.83 ERA in his first two professional seasons. Over 178 1/3 innings in the Minors, the right-hander has amassed 214 strikeouts compared to 43 walks.

This past season, Morgan climbed from Lake County to Class A Advanced Lynchburg, going 9-7 with a 3.27 ERA overall with 156 strikeouts vs. 34 walks in 143 1/3 innings. Hawkins noted that Morgan generated a surplus of swing-and-miss with his changeup, which is the prospect's primary out pitch.

"He has a really, really good changeup. He has the ability to miss bats that way," Hawkins said. "That's probably been his bread and butter, as he's kind of shot through the system, getting up to Lynchburg this year. He's going to have to continue to improve the overall stuff around that command and that feel for his offspeed, and to continue to be able to miss bats the way he has.

"He has a really good feel to pitch. He's probably pitching beyond his years right now in terms of know-how. We're really excited about the foundation he's built for himself, and we're looking for him to take that next step next year to enhance the stuff."

Video: Top Prospects: Nolan Jones, 3B, Indians

Jones, 20, was taken by Cleveland in the second round of the 2016 Draft out of Holy Ghost Prep in Philadelphia. This past season, the 6-foot-4 lefty-swinging Jones turned in a .283/.405/.466 slash line with 19 home runs, 21 doubles, 66 RBIs and 69 runs scored. Jones drew 89 walks and struck out 131 times.

"He really improved his plate discipline and just had a better understanding of who he was as a hitter," Hawkins said. "He's got a hockey background, so he's got that edge to him as well on the field, that competitive edge. That's really great to see. And he's improved his defense significantly at third -- his range, his arm, all those those have ticked up.

"Hopefully, he continues that progress and that's a position he'll be able to stay at. He's a guy you'd only think that more experience he gets, the more power is going to come into play as well. He's a guy we're really, really excited about." 

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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