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Marlins HR sculpture to be relocated

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The Marlins will remove the seven-story "Homer" sculpture from Marlins Park. The Art in Public Places board of Miami-Dade County unanimously voted Tuesday in favor of the Marlins' plan to relocate the colorful, mechanical artwork to a location outside the ballpark, a source told MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. The Miami Herald was the first to report the news.

The sculpture, which operates after each Marlins home run, will now anchor a new art walk outside the stadium, and the Marlins will replace it with a new standing-room area beyond the outfield wall near center field. Tickets for the area would be aimed at younger fans with tickets priced less than $12.

The Marlins will remove the seven-story "Homer" sculpture from Marlins Park. The Art in Public Places board of Miami-Dade County unanimously voted Tuesday in favor of the Marlins' plan to relocate the colorful, mechanical artwork to a location outside the ballpark, a source told MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. The Miami Herald was the first to report the news.

The sculpture, which operates after each Marlins home run, will now anchor a new art walk outside the stadium, and the Marlins will replace it with a new standing-room area beyond the outfield wall near center field. Tickets for the area would be aimed at younger fans with tickets priced less than $12.

Public art is protected in the county, and the Marlins argued that the sculpture can be enjoyed more in a public place, rather than only by ticket-buying fans. The plan received opposition from Red Grooms, the New York-based artist who designed the sculpture, which complicated matters because it risked devaluing the piece if Grooms disavowed it. The Marlins agreed to pay the county up to $2.5 million if Grooms opts to remove his name from the work, per the Herald.

Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter reportedly met with Grooms last month when the club was in New York to play the Mets.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Marlins pass O's in int'l bonus money after trade

Club deals prospects Giron, De Paula to Houston, with eye on signing three Cuban prospects
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MIAMI -- With their sights set on signing three coveted Cuban prospects, the Marlins on Tuesday made yet another trade to increase their chances, dealing Minor Leaguers Adonis Giron and Brayan De Paula to the Astros for $500,000 in international bonus pool money, according to a source.

The latest trade puts the Marlins in a more favorable position to sign Cuban prospects Victor Victor Mesa, his brother, Victor Mesa Jr., and Sandy Gaston. A few weeks ago, MLB granted free agency to all three, and they are eligible to sign at any time.

MIAMI -- With their sights set on signing three coveted Cuban prospects, the Marlins on Tuesday made yet another trade to increase their chances, dealing Minor Leaguers Adonis Giron and Brayan De Paula to the Astros for $500,000 in international bonus pool money, according to a source.

The latest trade puts the Marlins in a more favorable position to sign Cuban prospects Victor Victor Mesa, his brother, Victor Mesa Jr., and Sandy Gaston. A few weeks ago, MLB granted free agency to all three, and they are eligible to sign at any time.

Video: Hill discusses hosting Mesa, Gaston at showcase

Miami has been taking steps to make a clean sweep on all three.

Giron, 17, is an outfielder, and De Paula, 19, is a left-handed pitcher. Both spent 2018 with the Marlins' Dominican Summer League squad.

In the past 10 days, the Marlins have completed three separate trades to boost their international bonus pool allotment.

On Oct. 6, right-handed pitching prospect Ryan Lillie was dealt to the Reds for $750,000, and on Oct. 10, reliever Kyle Barraclough was sent to the Nationals for $1 million.

Before the three trades, the Marlins had the second-most international bonus pool money available at $4.3 million. Only the Orioles, with $6.7 million, have had more. But Tuesday's trade is believed to have pushed the Marlins' figure to above the Orioles'.

Before the Hot Stove season heats up after the World Series, the Marlins have made their immediate offseason priority to increase their international resources.

The Mesa brothers are both outfielders, with Victor Victor, 22, being ranked by MLB Pipeline as the top player on the international market. Gaston, 16, is a right-hander rated No. 16. Victor Jr. is 17 years old.

Earlier this month, the three had a showcase at Marlins Park, where around 75 scouts attended.

The Marlins have made it clear they intend to be active on the international market, and are selling the fact that Miami, with its large Cuban community, is a natural fit for the Mesa brothers and Gaston.

Giron had a slash line of .255/.331/.362 with three home runs and 30 RBIs, and De Paula posted a 2.23 ERA in 15 games with four starts.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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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.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

Harrison looking to regain momentum in AFL

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After a breakout campaign in last year's Arizona Fall League, Monte Harrison is back in the desert for a second tour.

Harrison established himself as a must-watch prospect in last year's Fall League as he flashed a tantalizing blend of five-tool potential and production en route to a .987 OPS with five home runs and five steals in just 13 games.

After a breakout campaign in last year's Arizona Fall League, Monte Harrison is back in the desert for a second tour.

Harrison established himself as a must-watch prospect in last year's Fall League as he flashed a tantalizing blend of five-tool potential and production en route to a .987 OPS with five home runs and five steals in just 13 games.

Arizona Fall League overviews for all 30 teams

But after an offseason trade from the Brewers to the Marlins, followed by a challenging full season in Double-A, the Marlins' top prospect is hoping to regain some momentum in this year's Fall League.

"With a new organization you come out and try to impress, but I put a little too much pressure on myself," said Harrison, who posted 19 home runs and 28 stolen bases during the regular season, but also slashed just .240/.316/.399 in 136 games with Double-A Jacksonville.

Harrison's struggles were tied to his inability to make consistent contact, especially early in the season. Overall, the 23-year-old outfielder struck out in 36.9 percent (215 times) of his 583 plate appearances with the Jumbo Shrimp.

"The way I was striking out was what made me mad," admitted Harrison.

"I was swinging at a lot of balls out of the zone and my chase rate was really high," he continued, "so I went to our guys and said that during the second half I want to make a difference."

Sure enough, Harrison reduced his first-half strikeout rate of 38.5 percent to 35.3 during the second half -- a small but nonetheless significant improvement for the former 2014 second-rounder.

"This game is all about adjustments, and I definitely made some adjustments," he said. "I figured out what [the pitchers] were doing to me at the upper levels, and I definitely got more comfortable with my body and my swing."

Now suiting up for the Salt River Rafters for a second straight year Harrison is working hard to build upon the second-half progress he made in the Southern League.

"In every way of the game I try to be as dominant as possible," he said, "but this game is not easy. I figured that out and I'm going to have to put a lot of work into it.

"It's a process. You have a lot of people say trust the process, but at the same time you really know what that means. There's going to be adversity ... but there's always little things you can learn every single day."

Marlins hitters in the Fall League

Bryson Brigman, SS/2B -- The 2016 third-round pick and current Marlins No. 26 prospect hit .327/.361/.407 in 29 games between Class A Advanced Jupiter and Jacksonville after joining the organization in the July 31 trade that sent Cameron Maybin to Seattle. Altogether, the 23-year-old middle infielder slashed .310/.370/.395 in 124 games on the season.

Brian Miller, OF -- The Marlins' No. 11 prospect hit .295/.338/.355 with 40 stolen bases in his first full season, spending the second half in Double-A. Though he offers little in the way of power, Miller has the requisite tools in a high-contact left-handed bat, strong approach and plus speed needed to become a top-of-the-order hitter at the highest level.

Video: Marlins prospect Miller on developing his game

"The biggest advice I've ever been given, either from coaches or scouts or coordinators, is to know yourself as a player, so that's what I'm trying to do. I know my game is as a leadoff hitter, a guy who can play all three outfield spots and make a difference with his legs, so that's the role I've got to embrace if I want to help the Marlins win a championship," said Miller.

Marlins pitchers in the Fall League

Tommy Eveld, RHP -- Acquired from Arizona for Brad Zeigler at this year's Trade Deadline, Eveld, 24, played football for three years at South Florida before making his college baseball debut as a redshirt sophomore in 2015. He reached Double-A for the first time this year as part of a breakout campaign in which he recorded 16 saves while pitching to a 1.07 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings (45 games). A 6-foot-5 righty, Eveld operates at 92-95 mph with a plus slider and above-average control.

Kyle Keller, RHP -- After back-to-back seasons at Class A Greensboro, the 25-year-old right-hander pitched at three levels including Triple-A in 2018. In 44 appearances, Keller logged nine saves and compiled a 3.08 ERA, .195 BAA and 78-to-21 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 52 2/3 innings.

Chad Smith, RHP -- The 6-foot-4, 200-pound righty saved 12 games for Jupiter during the regular season while tossing 35 1/3 innings over 30 appearances. He struck out 11.5 batters-per-nine and held hitters to a .200 clip on the year, though his 5.6 BB/9 left much to be desired.

Jordan Yamamoto, RHP -- Acquired along with Harrison in the Christian Yelich deal, the Marlins' No. 16 prospect reached Double-A late in the season and fired six hitless frames with nine strikeouts in his final regular-season start. Overall, Yamamoto was 6-1 with a 1.83 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in 13 starts across three levels. In 68 2/3 innings, he posted 85 strikeouts against 14 walks while holding hitters to a .177 average and two home runs.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Here's how O'Brien made Marlins take notice

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MIAMI -- In mid-August, when the Marlins' front office was deciding September callup candidates, Peter O'Brien was not at the top of its list. In fact, he wasn't part of the first wave of players who were promoted once rosters expanded on Sept. 1 -- instead, he was brought up on Sept. 4.

Now, the 28-year-old South Florida native who attended the University of Miami projects to be one of the frontrunners to enter Spring Training as the Marlins' everyday first baseman.

MIAMI -- In mid-August, when the Marlins' front office was deciding September callup candidates, Peter O'Brien was not at the top of its list. In fact, he wasn't part of the first wave of players who were promoted once rosters expanded on Sept. 1 -- instead, he was brought up on Sept. 4.

Now, the 28-year-old South Florida native who attended the University of Miami projects to be one of the frontrunners to enter Spring Training as the Marlins' everyday first baseman.

"I think Peter O'Brien is a very interesting player," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "He took full advantage of his opportunity upon being called to the big leagues. In his Minor League season, he hit over 30 home runs."

Initially, bringing up O'Brien from Triple-A New Orleans was an afterthought. At the time, the Marlins were hopeful that Garrett Cooper, recovering from a right wrist injury, would get about 100 plate appearances in September. But Cooper suffered a setback, and he ended up having season-ending surgery.

Martin Prado also was expected to play some first base in September. But the veteran infielder suffered a right abdominal strain, opening the door for O'Brien.

Video: MIA@PHI: O'Brien crushes a 2-run homer to left field

O'Brien made his mark in 22 big league games, hitting .273/.338/.530 with four home runs, five doubles and 10 RBIs.

The Marlins acquired O'Brien from the Dodgers' system on June 1 for cash considerations. With three Minor League clubs, the right-handed-hitting first baseman/corner outfielder combined for 30 home runs, 86 RBIs and 13 doubles in 2018. He opened the season at Double-A Tulsa before joining the Marlins organization, where he had stints at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans.

O'Brien was drafted by the Yankees in the second round in 2012, and Miami's front office -- which has several former Yankees' executives -- has familiarity with his background.

A native of Hialeah, Fla., O'Brien grew up a Marlins' fan. He also spent 716 games in the Minors, with 161 home runs.

"For anyone who has followed him, he's a UM grad, local product," Hill said. "He has tremendous power."

Along with the long ball, O'Brien also has struggled making consistent contact, which was reflected by his overall Minor League numbers in 2018, when his slash mark was .216/.330/.505.

Still, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound O'Brien is a physical presence, and the Marlins plan on giving him every chance to show he could be a late bloomer and perhaps a big league regular.

The Marlins also saw a decrease in O'Brien's strikeouts after he was acquired from the Dodgers. In Tulsa, he had a 39.3 percent strikeout rate, and a 8.9 percent walk percentage. Once he joined Jacksonville, his strikeout percentage fell to 28.2 percent, and his walks increased to 16.1 percent. At New Orleans, the results were similar -- 29.6 percent strikeouts and 14.8 percent walks.

In September with the Marlins, his strikeout rate was 29.7 percent, and he walked at a 9.5 percent clip.

What really stood out for O'Brien, though, was his ability to impact the baseball. According to Statcast™, his average exit velocity was 92.1 mph, and his average launch angle, 16.5 degrees. His hard-hit percentage was 51.1 percent.

Granted, it was one month for O'Brien. By comparison, Justin Bour, Miami's regular first baseman before being dealt to the Phillies in August, had an average exit velocity of 88.7 mph and an average launch angle of 9.7 degrees for the entire season. His hard-hit percentage was 38.7 percent.

O'Brien also hit the ball harder this year than when he was last in the big leagues in 2016. Then in limited time with the D-backs, O'Brien had an average exit velocity of 86.2 mph, with an average launch angle of 16.2 degrees.

After finishing last in the Majors in home runs (128), doubles (222) and slugging percentage (.357), the Marlins will explore all their options at first base, and O'Brien is firmly in the mix.

"When you think about first base and profile the position, power is very important," Hill said. "We're going to look at internal candidates, and we're going to look at external candidates."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Here's what happened in Tuesday'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 Tuesday:

• Gameday: Salt River 2, Mesa 1 | Scottsdale 6, Glendale 1 | Surprise 8, Peoria 16

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

• Gameday: Salt River 2, Mesa 1 | Scottsdale 6, Glendale 1 | Surprise 8, Peoria 16

AL East

Blue Jays (Surprise)
No. 1 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continued to rake, going 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a walk for Surprise. Guerrero also stole his first base of the Fall League season. Santiago Espinal (Blue Jays' No. 22 prospect) went 0-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and a stolen base. Zach Jackson allowed three runs on one hit and two walks with one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning of relief.

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters

Orioles (Glendale)
Martin Cervenka went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk for Glendale. Steve Wilkerson went 1-for-4 from the leadoff spot.

Rays (Peoria)
Rays No. 9 prospect Lucius Fox went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a walk and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot for Peoria. Phoenix Sanders tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and two walks with one strikeout.

Red Sox (Mesa)
Red Sox No. 6 prospect Bobby Dalbec drove in a run, his fifth AFL RBI, as part of a 2-for-3 night.

Yankees (Glendale)
Yankees No. 2 prospect Estevan Florial went 0-for-3 with a walk and scored Glendale's lone run. Steven Sensley went 0-for-3 with a walk. Matt Wivinis tossed two scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and one walk with one strikeout. Hobie Harris allowed one run on one hit and one walk in one inning of relief.

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Indians No. 6 prospect Yu Chang went 1-for-4 with a single for Glendale. Connor Marabell went 0-for-4. Dalbert Siri pitched a scoreless inning of relief, issuing one walk.

Royals (Peoria)
Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, his first long ball of the Fall League season, and a double for Surprise. Nick Heath went 3-for-4 with two walks, two runs scored and three stolen bases out of the leadoff spot. Meibrys Viloria went 0-for-4 with a walk.

Tigers (Mesa)
Tigers No. 14 prospect Gregory Soto got the start for Mesa and gave up one run on five hits over four innings. Daniel Pinero went 1-for-3.

Twins (Salt River)
Twins No. 18 prospect Travis Blankenhorn drew a walk, but was otherwise 0-for-3. Adam Bray threw an inning in relief and gave up one run on two hits. Hector Lujan fared a bit better as he threw a frame and retired the side in order. Devin Smeltzer took the mound next and gave up one hit in a scoreless inning.

White Sox (Glendale)
White Sox No. 9 prospect Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-4 with a single for Glendale. Zach Thompson allowed three unearned runs on two hits in an inning of relief. Luis Robert (No. 4) got the day off.

AL West

A's (Mesa)
Athletics No. 30 prospect Skye Bolt put together a strong night at the plate as he went 2-for-4 with a triple. Eli White (No. 18) went 0-for-2.

Angels (Mesa)
Angels No. 4 prospect Jahmai Jones went hitless (0-for-4), while Daniel Procopio threw two scoreless innings and gave up two hits.

Astros (Scottsdale)
Astros No. 2 prospect Forrest Whitley tossed four innings and notched his first win of the Fall League season for Scottsdale. The right-hander allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk, striking out six. Ronnie Dawson went 1-for-4 with an RBI double. Drew Ferguson went 0-for-3 with an RBI. Erasmo Pinales tossed a scoreless inning, walking two and striking out one. More »

Video: Forrest Whitley on great start in Fall League

Mariners (Peoria)
Mariners No. 20 prospect Ian Miller hit a go-ahead, three-run home run for Peoria, finishing 1-for-3 with three RBIs, two walks and two runs scored. Evan White (No. 2) went 1-for-5 with two RBIs and a walk. Chris Mariscal went 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. Matt Walker allowed three runs on one hit and three walks in one-third of an inning. More »

Video: Ian Miller on his homer, win in Fall League

Rangers (Surprise)
Yanio Perez went 2-for-6 with two RBIs out of the cleanup spot for Surprise. Julio Pablo Martinez (Rangers' No. 2 prospect) went 1-for-4 with two walks, a run scored and a stolen base. Joe Barlow struck out the only batter he faced in relief.

NL East

Braves (Peoria)
Braves No. 12 prospect Kyle Muller notched his first win of the Fall League season for Peoria, tossing two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three. Cristian Pache (No. 6) went 3-for-6 with two doubles and two runs scored out of the cleanup spot. Braxton Davidson went 1-for-2 with three walks and three runs scored.

Marlins (Salt River)
Marlins No. 26 prospect Bryson Brigman picked up a pair of his and went 2-for-4 out of the leadoff spot for Salt River. Brian Miller (No. 11) also got a hit and finished 1-for-3. Monte Harrison (No. 1) went 0-for-3, but reached once via a walk.

Mets (Scottsdale)
Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso hit his second home run of the Fall League season for Scottsdale. He also doubled, drove in two runs and scored a pair, finishing 2-for-3. Ali Sanchez (No. 25) started at catcher and went 0-for-4. Matt Blackham pitched a perfect sixth inning and Joe Zanghi pitched a perfect seventh, each notching a strikeout.

Nationals (Salt River)
Nationals No. 23 prospect Luis Reyes tossed five scoreless innings of two-hit ball while giving up just two walks and striking out three. Reyes, who arguably has the best stuff in Washington's system but has struggled with command, also struck out three. Tres Barrera (No. 15) went 2-for-4.

Phillies (Scottsdale)
Phillies No. 11 prospect Arquimedes Gamboa went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored for Scottsdale. Luke Williams went 0-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.

NL Central

Brewers (Peoria)
Brewers No. 1 prospect Keston Hiura (No. 30 overall) had a huge day for Peoria, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a triple, five RBIs, a walk and two runs scored. Hiura also made a nice defensive play during the sixth inning, using his glove to scoop a ground ball to first base for an out. Trent Grisham (Milwaukee's No. 19) went 0-for-3 with an RBI, two walks and a run scored. Mario Feliciano (No. 23) started at catcher and went 0-for-1. Bubba Derby got the start and allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

Cardinals (Surprise)
Evan Kruczynski started for Surprise, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings with three hits allowed, three walks and three strikeouts. Conner Greene (Cardinals' No. 27 prospect) took the loss, allowing six runs on five hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning of relief. Will Latcham allowed five runs on three hits and three walks in one-third of an inning of relief.

Cubs (Mesa)
Cubs No. 16 prospect D.J. Wilson was 0-for-4, as was Jhonny Pereda. Bailey Clark fired two perfect innings and struck out a pair in the process.

Pirates (Surprise)
Pirates No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker went 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored for Surprise. Bryan Reynolds (No. 9) went 0-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and a stolen base. Blake Weiman tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out one. Matt Eckelman allowed two runs on two hits and one walk in one inning of relief.

Reds (Scottsdale)
Reds prospects Taylor Trammell (No. 3) and Shed Long (No. 8) each notched a single for Scottsdale. Alfredo Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Trammell also scored a run. Ty Boyles tossed a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit and striking out two.

NL West

D-backs (Salt River)
Pavin Smith, the D-backs' No. 4 prospect, went 1-for-4, but the hit was a go-ahead single in the top of the ninth. Drew Ellis (No. 9) went 0-for-4.

Dodgers (Glendale)
Ben Holmes started for Glendale and allowed two runs on four hits and one walk with three strikeouts. It was Holmes' first loss of the Fall League season. Errol Robinson (Dodgers' No. 20 prospect) went 0-for-3. Jared Walker went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Giants (Scottsdale)
Chase Johnson tossed a scoreless inning of relief for Scottsdale, allowing one hit and one walk.

Padres (Peoria)
Padres No. 25 prospect Austin Allen entered as a pinch-hitter for Peoria and went 2-for-2 with an RBI, a walk and two runs scored. Travis Radke allowed one run on two hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

Rockies (Salt River)
Josh Fuentes went 1-for-4 at the plate, while Sam Hilliard, the Rockies No. 9 prospect, went 2-for-4 and continued his fast start in the AFL. Justin Lawrence (No. 17) picked up the save and struck out two in his inning of work. More »

The top pending free agent for all 30 teams

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With trade season in the past, we can now look forward to two wonderful baseball things: the postseason and the Hot Stove. The fun thing about the Hot Stove is that, unlike the postseason, everyone gets to be involved. Whether your team won the World Series or finished 50-plus games out of first place, you're a part of the Hot Stove. The offseason is for everyone.

This week, we take a look at the top pending free agent for every team heading into this offseason. Some of these players will re-sign with their old team, some of them will be the object of bidding wars, but all of them have a decision to make. As do their former employers.

With trade season in the past, we can now look forward to two wonderful baseball things: the postseason and the Hot Stove. The fun thing about the Hot Stove is that, unlike the postseason, everyone gets to be involved. Whether your team won the World Series or finished 50-plus games out of first place, you're a part of the Hot Stove. The offseason is for everyone.

This week, we take a look at the top pending free agent for every team heading into this offseason. Some of these players will re-sign with their old team, some of them will be the object of bidding wars, but all of them have a decision to make. As do their former employers.

For the sake of discussion here, we are counting players who have an option to opt out of their contract, if we consider them more likely to do so than not.

American League East

Blue Jays
Marco Estrada
Estrada is having the worst year of his career, and has particularly struggled since June -- though lingering back soreness might have a little bit to do with that. He was an All-Star only two years ago.

Video: TOR@MIA: Estrada K's Brinson on foul tip

Orioles
Adam Jones
He obviously loves it in Baltimore, but it might get a little ugly there the next few years. He still has plenty to offer a competitive team.

Video: TOR@BAL: Jones cranks a grand slam to left in the 5th

Rays
Carlos Gomez
Gomez has had his worst season since his Twins days, but someone will surely give him a shot as a fourth outfielder.

Video: TB@ATL: Gomez plates Wendle with a single to left

Red Sox
Craig Kimbrel
He has talked about how much he'd like to return to the Red Sox. But considering how good he has been, once again, they'll have to pay for the privilege.

Video: TB@BOS: Kimbrel retires Kiermaier, earns 37th save

Yankees
Andrew McCutchen
McCutchen will be one of the most fascinating free-agency cases this offseason. He could make himself some money with a big postseason.

Video: DET@NYY: McCutchen makes the catch in right

AL Central

Indians
Andrew Miller
Michael Brantley and Cody Allen would also have been options. But even after a somewhat down year, the way baseball is played now, someone's going to pay through the nose for Miller.

Video: LAA@CLE: Miller fires a fastball past Young for the K

Royals
Alcides Escobar
Considering the Royals' devotion to Escobar over the years, they might as well sign him for five more seasons at this point.

Video: DET@KC: Escobar lays out for the stop, nabs Iglesias

Tigers
Jose Iglesias
Since Victor Martinez has said he's going to retire, we'll go with the slick-fielding shortstop.

Video: MIN@DET: Iglesias drives 2-run smash to left

Twins
Joe Mauer
His massive contract is finally expiring. But by all accounts, he and the team look like they'd be happy to see him back next year.

Video: OAK@MIN: Mauer moves to 2nd in Twins all-time hits

White Sox
James Shields
Though Shields hasn't been that bad this year, it's difficult to see the White Sox picking up his $16 million option.

Video: CWS@NYY: Shields tosses 5 2/3 frames of 2-run ball

AL West

Angels
Jim Johnson
He's still hanging around, and is still a pretty effective relief pitcher. The other major free agent, Garrett Richards, had Tommy John surgery and won't be back until 2020.

Video: KC@LAA: Johnson fans Moustakas to retire side in 5th

Astros
Dallas Keuchel
The former AL Cy Young Award winner will be one of the more fascinating names on the market this summer (as will his teammate, Charlie Morton).

Video: HOU@LAA: Keuchel tosses 7 strong frames vs. Angels

A's
Jonathan Lucroy
The A's would surely be happy to bring him back on another one-year contract, but someone else might be willing to go longer at this point.

Video: MIN@OAK: Lucroy cranks a 3-run homer to left field

Mariners
Nelson Cruz
Thirty-eight years old or not, every team could use a guy who hits at least 35 homers every year.

Video: SEA@OAK: Cruz crushes a solo homer to left-center

Rangers
Adrian Beltre
The future Hall of Famer has said he wants to return to Texas in 2019, but he'll have suitors out there.

Video: MIN@TEX: Beltre clubs solo homer, strikes karate pose

National League East

Braves
Nick Markakis
He picked an excellent time to have the best season of an already excellent career.

Video: TB@ATL: Markakis dives to rob Bauers in the 9th

Marlins
None

Seriously. Now that they traded Brad Ziegler at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Marlins have no pending free agents -- though that could change when the 40-man roster gets tighter this offseason. But this is a good thing. The Marlins are laying a foundation.

Mets
Devin Mesoraco
He has been a handy player since he came over from the Reds, rebuilding his value enough that he might get a nice deal this offseason.

Video: NYM@PHI: Mesoraco clubs a solo homer to left field

Nationals
Bryce Harper
You might have heard a little bit about his pending free agency.

Video: WSH@NYM: Harper clears bases with pinch-hit double

Phillies
Wilson Ramos
Fitting for a team that's just starting to build, its only major free agents (Ramos and Asdrubal Cabrera) were Trade Deadline acquisitions.

Video: WSH@PHI: Ramos cuts the lead with RBI double in 9th

NL Central

Brewers
Joakim Soria
It's up in the air whether or not the Brewers will pick up his $10 million option this offseason. He's just off the disabled list, and it's not like the Brewers don't have plenty of bullpen options. (You could also say Mike Moustakas for this, but given the premium teams are putting on their bullpen these days -- and the fact that Moose struggled to get a multiyear deal last year -- Soria could end up being more in demand.)

Video: MIL@CIN: Soria fans Dixon, earns 1st win of season

Cardinals
Bud Norris
Norris, along with Jordan Hicks, has been the most stable part of a Cardinals bullpen, which was once one of the worst in baseball but is now one of the best.

Video: PIT@STL: Norris induces double play to notch the save

Cubs
Daniel Murphy
Every hit he gives the Cubs makes him a little more money this offseason.

Video: CIN@CHC: Murphy smacks a 2-run homer to right-center

Pirates
Jordy Mercer
Mercer feels like he has played for the Pirates since Sid Bream, but it has actually only been since 2012.

Video: PIT@SF: Mercer drives in Freese with an RBI single

Reds
Matt Harvey
One of the teams that could probably use him the most is … Cincinnati.

Video: MIL@CIN: Harvey fans Peralta, the side in the 4th

NL West

D-backs
A.J. Pollock
The D-backs have a ton of pending free agents, but none have been as critical to the team's success -- and will be as desired by other teams -- as Pollock.

Video: SEA@ARI: Pollock gives D-backs lead with 2-run single

Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw and Manny Machado
There's no way we could pick just one of these two -- though Kershaw is no guarantee to actually hit the market. The Dodgers ace can opt out of the final two years and $65 million on his contract this winter. Kershaw can also do what CC Sabathia and the Yankees did in 2011, and renegotiate the contract in lieu of an opt-out.

Video: AR@LAD: Machado barehands slow roller to get the out

Giants
Hunter Pence
It has been another lost season for Pence. But if he can get healthy in the offseason, he might be worth a one-year flyer.

Video: TEX@SF: 'Underpants' lifts pinch-hit homer in 7th

Padres
Freddy Galvis
Galvis hasn't missed a game since 2016, for what it's worth.

Video: COL@SD: Galvis dives to make grab on Story's liner

Rockies
DJ LeMahieu
How much teams factor in Coors Field in their evaluations of LeMahieu -- and he actually has a higher slugging percentage on the road this year than in Denver -- will determine where, and for how much, he'll spend the next few years of his career.

Video: COL@SD: LeMahieu swats a solo homer to left-center

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Marlins trim 40-man roster, eye top prospects

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MIAMI -- On Friday, the Marlins did some roster maintenance, trimming six players from their 40-man roster, which now stands at 34.

The organization announced it had outrighted right-handers Javy Guerra, Tyler Cloyd and James Needy, lefty Chris O'Grady, with outfielder Rafael Ortega and utility player Christopher Bostick to Triple-A New Orleans.

MIAMI -- On Friday, the Marlins did some roster maintenance, trimming six players from their 40-man roster, which now stands at 34.

The organization announced it had outrighted right-handers Javy Guerra, Tyler Cloyd and James Needy, lefty Chris O'Grady, with outfielder Rafael Ortega and utility player Christopher Bostick to Triple-A New Orleans.

As a formality, O'Grady was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list before being outrighted. The left-hander missed almost the entire season with a left shoulder sprain, appearing in eight games and posting a 6.43 ERA.

The moves clear space on the 40-man roster to eventually include outfielder Monte Harrison, second baseman Isan Diaz, and right-handers Jorge Guzman and Nick Neidert.

Those four are among the Marlins' top-rated prospects, and all are expected to open the season in the Minor Leagues next year. But each is getting closer to being big league ready.

Guerra, 32, has spent the past two seasons with the Marlins, adding experienced bullpen depth. This year, the right-hander appeared in 32 games with a 5.55 ERA.

Ortega, 27, got an opportunity in the second half, playing in the corner outfield slots. A left-handed hitter, he led off on occasion, and in 41 games, hit .233 with a .287 on-base percentage.

Video: PHI@MIA: Ortega jumps high to rob Santana in the 6th

Bostick, formerly with the Pirates, appeared in 13 games for Miami, batting .214 in limited at-bats.

Cloyd, 31, spent most of the season at Triple-A New Orleans. He pitched in eight games, all in relief, for Miami in the first half and had an 8.66 ERA in 17 2/3 innings.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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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.

Marlins close gap on O's in int'l bonus money

Recent deals add $1.75 million to Miami's pool, now over $6 million total
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MIAMI -- After completing two trades in less than a week, the Marlins have significantly closed the gap on the Orioles for having the most international bonus pool dollars to spend on international free agents.

And Miami isn't done exploring even more trades to have the necessary resources to sign prized Cuban prospects Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr., and Sandy Gaston.

MIAMI -- After completing two trades in less than a week, the Marlins have significantly closed the gap on the Orioles for having the most international bonus pool dollars to spend on international free agents.

And Miami isn't done exploring even more trades to have the necessary resources to sign prized Cuban prospects Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr., and Sandy Gaston.

The Marlins on Wednesday dealt right-handed reliever Kyle Barraclough to the Nationals for international bonus pool money. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

But according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, the Marlins obtained $1 million from Washington. Sanchez also reports Miami acquired $750,000 from the Reds last Saturday for right-handed pitching prospect Ryan Lillie.

The two deals push the Marlins' international bonus pool total to just over $6 million. Baltimore currently has the highest allotment at $6.7 million.

According to a source, the Marlins are not done pursuing even more trades to put themselves in position to sign the Mesa brothers and Gaston. The three worked out in front of about 75 scouts last Friday at Marlins Park.

The Mesa brothers are both outfielders, and Gaston is a right-hander with a 97-mph fastball.

Victor Victor Mesa, 22, is ranked No. 1 on MLB Pipeline's Top International prospect list. Gaston, 16, is rated 16th. Victor Jr. is a 17-year-old.

Before trading Barraclough and Lillie, the Marlins had $4.3 million of international bonus money, which was second to the Orioles.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Miami Marlins

Pipeline names Marlins' Prospects of the Year

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MIAMI -- At the beginning of Spring Training, Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter delivered a message to the players at every level of the organization. It was direct and to the point -- performance would be rewarded.

MIAMI -- At the beginning of Spring Training, Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter delivered a message to the players at every level of the organization. It was direct and to the point -- performance would be rewarded.

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Outfielder Austin Dean and right-hander Nick Neidert took it to heart, and subsequently were rewarded by MLB Pipeline as the Marlin's Minor League Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year.

"Derek talked about it in the spring, 'If you perform, you're going to have a chance to get here,'" Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

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.

Dean, who turns 25 on Oct. 14, played in 649 Minor League games before making it to the Major Leagues in mid-August. Ranked by MLB Pipeline as Miami's No. 27 prospect, he caught the attention of the club by dominating at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans, combining to hit .345/.410/.511 with 12 home runs and 68 RBIs.

Video: CIN@MIA: Dean belts a 2-run homer to left field

Neidert, 21, is the organization's No. 3 prospect, and the right-hander impressed all season at Jacksonville, evident by his 12-7 record with a 3.24 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 152 2/3 innings.

Acquired from the Mariners as part of the Dee Gordon trade, Neidert projects to open next year at Triple-A. He will be added to the 40-man roster this offseason and could be in the big leagues as early as next year.

"They're just going to stick by my side, no matter what happens," Neidert said. "This whole thing is about a process of just getting better each and every day, even if the results don't show. If you fail or have success, it's a long season, a long process, and they're just there along each step of the way encouraging us."

Video: Top Prospects: Nick Neidert, RHP, Marlins

From Spring, Texas, the home of former Marlins' World Series hero, Josh Beckett, Dean has shown that perseverance can be rewarded.

A fourth-round pick in 2012, the right-handed hitting outfielder has battled to get to the big leagues, where he hit .221/.279/.363 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in 34 big league games.

"We're very proud of Austin Dean and the progress that he made," Marlins vice president of player development and scouting Gary Denbo said. "He started out hot, and he's finishing hot. He's done a tremendous job offensively. He's improved defensively. We want well-rounded players, and he's improved in every area of his game. So we're very proud of him."

Dean will go into Spring Training with a shot at earning either a starting corner outfield spot, or a bench role.

"I think the organization itself is doing a good job of promoting the young guys who are doing well that deserve to show that they can play competitive baseball," Dean said.

Neidert is being groomed more carefully, even though he made a case for a promotion to Triple-A this year.

But because of his age, the organization saw no reason to rush the process. Neidert also understands the challenge gets tougher at each step.

Neidert will spend the offseason at his home in Georgia, and he will get ready to come back in 2019 with the hope of reaching the big leagues at some point.

"Just be a better pitcher than I was this year," Neidert said. "I know I have stuff I need to work on. Stuff I need to do to keep taking steps in the right direction."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Each team's greatest postseason moment

The most memorable October event of the divisional era for every club
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There are just four teams remaining in this year's postseason, but every fan, even those of the Mariners (the team with the longest postseason drought, now up to 17 seasons), can relate to what it feels like to be in the playoffs. The late nights, the constant tension, the stakes so high you can barely breathe ... and when something wonderful happens, the release and the pure, unbridled jubilation.

With that in mind, we take a look at the greatest postseason moments of the division era. Even if your team isn't a postseason team, you can remember your great October moments … and if it is, you can dream of maybe having another one this month that's even better.

There are just four teams remaining in this year's postseason, but every fan, even those of the Mariners (the team with the longest postseason drought, now up to 17 seasons), can relate to what it feels like to be in the playoffs. The late nights, the constant tension, the stakes so high you can barely breathe ... and when something wonderful happens, the release and the pure, unbridled jubilation.

With that in mind, we take a look at the greatest postseason moments of the division era. Even if your team isn't a postseason team, you can remember your great October moments … and if it is, you can dream of maybe having another one this month that's even better.

(For the purpose of this exercise, we are going back to 1969, which is the start of divisional play and the birth of the postseason as we know it.)

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Joe Carter's World Series walk-off, Oct. 23, 1993
The Blue Jays might not have that many postseason moments, but the greatness of this one more than makes up for that. Runner-up: Jose Bautista's ALDS Game 5 bat flip, Oct. 14, 2015.

Video: 93 WS, GM 6, PHI@TOR: Joe Carter touches them all

Orioles: Brooks Robinson's incredible play, 1970 World Series, Oct. 10, 1970
The best part about this play, which might be the greatest defensive play in World Series history, is how surprised the umpire looks. Even he can't believe what he just saw. Runner-up: David McNally's grand slam, World Series Game 3, Oct. 13, 1970.

Rays: First and only World Series trip clinched, Oct. 19, 2008
A decade ago, and still pretty jaw-dropping that all this happened. Runner-up: Grant Balfour strikes out Ken Griffey Jr. to clinch the first ALDS victory, Oct. 6, 2008.

Red Sox: First World Series title since 1918, Oct. 27, 2004
You might remember when this happened. (It's when lifelong Red Sox fans Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore got on television.) Runner-up: David Ortiz's ALCS grand slam vs. the Tigers sent a cop joyous in the bullpen and turns the series around on Oct. 13, 2013.

Video: Must C Classic: Red Sox win first WS since 1918

Yankees: Reggie Jackson's three homers in 1977 World Series
There's a reason no one else gets to be called "Mr. October." Runner-up: Mr. November -- Derek Jeter's World Series Game 5 walk-off homer on Nov. 1, 2001.

Video: 1977 WS Gm6: Reggie becomes Mr. October

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Eddie Murray's walk-off, Game 3, 1995 World Series, Oct. 24, 1995
It was Cleveland's first World Series game in 41 years, and ended with a Hall of Famer sending the crowd into euphorics. Runner-up: Rajai Davis' home run off Aroldis Chapman, 2016 World Series, Nov. 2, 2016

Royals: Royals win 2015 World Series, Nov. 1, 2015
It was a magical season and a magical World Series that just seems more improbable each year that goes by. Runner-up: The Don Denkinger play, and aftermath, 1985 World Series, Oct. 26, 1985.

Tigers: Magglio Ordonez sends Tigers to World Series, Oct. 14, 2006
The sounds that crowd makes the minute the bat meets the ball still gives you chills 12 years later. Runner-up: Kirk Gibson's Game 5 homer, 1984 World Series.

Twins: Kirby Puckett's Game 6 walk-off, 1991 World Series, Oct. 26, 1991
The original "We Will See You Tomorrow Night." Runner-up: Twins win 1987 World Series, their first in Minnesota, Oct. 25, 1987.

Video: Must C Classic: Puckett crushes a walk-off homer

White Sox: White Sox win 2005 World Series, Oct. 26, 2015
A game that was razor-tight, in a series that was much closer than anyone remembers. Runner-up: Scott Podsednik's Game 2 walk-off, Oct. 23, 2015.

AL WEST

Angels: Scott Spiezio's homer, Game 6, 2002 World Series, Oct. 26, 2002
The most Rally Monkey of all the Rally Monkey moments, his three-run clout cued the rally from a 5-0 deficit. Runner-up: Troy Percival gets last out to win 2002 World Series, Oct. 27, 2002.

Astros: Charlie Morton finishes the Dodgers off, 2017 World Series, Nov. 1, 2017
This was so long ago you might not remember it, but trust me, it was wonderful. Runner-up: Chris Burke sends everybody home after 18 innings, 2005 NLDS.

Video: WS2017 Gm7: Morton induces groundout to close out WS

Athletics: Eck closes out the 1989 World Series, October 28, 1989
When in doubt, go with the Hall of Famer closing out a series for an all-time great team. Runner-up: Joe Rudi's amazing catch, World Series Game 2, Oct. 14, 1973.

Mariners: Ken Griffey Jr. slides home to win the 1995 ALDS, Oct. 8, 1995
Basically, everything wonderful about the history of Mariners baseball, happening in one play. Runner-up: Mariners win most recent postseason series, 2001 ALDS over Cleveland.

Video: Griffey slides home to clinch the ALDS in 1995

Rangers: Neftali Feliz sends Texas to its first World Series, 2010 ALCS, Oct. 22, 2010
Over the hated Yankees, no less. Runner-up: Josh Hamilton's 2011 World Series Game 6 homer, which was this close to being one of the greatest baseball moments of recent memory.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Only World Series win in Atlanta, Oct. 28, 1995
It still seems amazing that this is the only one they ever got. Runner-up: The Sid Bream Slide, Oct. 14, 1992.

Marlins: Edgar Renteria's walk-off to win 1997 World Series, Oct. 26, 1997
Poor Cleveland. Runner-up: The Bartman play, and all that followed, 2003 NLCS.

Video: WS1997 Gm7: Fish win first WS on Renteria's walk-off

Mets: Mookie Wilson reaches base, Ray Knight scores, Mets win on Bill Buckner's error, Game 6, 1986 World Series, Oct. 25, 1986
A Mets comeback for the ages. Runner-up: Miracle Mets win 1969 World Series.

Video: 1986 World Series, Game 6: Red Sox at Mets

Nationals: Jayson Werth's 2012 NLDS walk-off, Oct. 11, 2012
After this, the Nats lost the series. But for the moment, it was great. Runner-up: Strasburg fans 12 to extend last year's NLDS.

Phillies: Brad Lidge gets the last out of a long game, 2008 World Series, Oct. 27, 2008
It took a couple of days for this game to actually finish, but no Phillies fan would ever complain. Runner-up: Roy Halladay's no-hitter, 2010 NLDS against Cincinnati.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: Paul Molitor's inside-the-park homer, 1982 ALCS, Oct. 6, 1982
Runner-up: Nyjer Morgan's walk-off over Arizona in 2011 NLDS, particularly when called by Bob Uecker.

Cardinals: David Freese's triple to tie 2011 World Series Game 6, Oct. 27, 2011
The walk-off homer in the 11th gets more air time, but this was truly one of the most insane hits in World Series history. Runner-up: Ozzie Smith's 1985 NLCS homer off Tom Niedenfuer, the "Go Crazy, Folks" moment.

Video: WS2011 Gm6: Freese saves the Cards with a huge triple

Cubs: History in 2016
This was … not a tough call. Runner-up: Kyle Schwarber's shot atop the Wrigley scoreboard, Game 4, 2015 NLDS.

Video: Cubs win first World Series title in 108 years

Pirates: Willie Stargell's homer, 1979 World Series, Game 7, Oct. 17, 1979
And to do it in such beautiful threadsRunner-up: Pirates fans scare Johnny Cueto into dropping the ball, 2013 NL Wild Card Game at PNC Park.

Reds: Big Red Machine wins a Fall Classic for the ages, Oct. 22, 1975
It's only East Coast Bias that makes you think of Carlton Fisk when you think of this series. Runner-up: Reds sweep heavily favored A's in 1990 World Series.

NL WEST

D-backs: Luis Gonzalez off Mariano Rivera, 2001 World Series, Nov. 4, 2001
Ah, the perils of playing the infield in … Runner-up: Tony Womack's hit in 2001 NLDS.

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

Dodgers: Kirk Gibson pulls himself around the bases, 1988 World Series
Runner-up: Juan Uribe's 2013 go-ahead homer in Game 4 NLDS against Atlanta.

Video: Must C Classic: Gibson's 1988 WS walk-off home run

Giants: First World Series win in San Francisco, 2010 World Series, Nov. 1, 2010
Edgar Renteria hit .412 with two homers and six RBIs and the city got its first celebration. Runner-up: Madison Bumgarner's dominance in 2014 World Series.

Padres: Tony Gwynn's bad hop double, 1984 NLCS, Game 5, Oct. 7, 1984
The biggest hit of Gwynn's career was a bizarre one, but it got the job done. Runner-up: Padres finish off Braves to win 1998 NLCS.

Rockies: The Holliday slide, Oct. 1, 2007
He touched the plate … well, eventually. Maybe not technically the postseason either, but it came after Game 162. Runner-up: Rockies sweep D-backs to reach 2007 World Series.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.