Napoli posted his first career 100 RBI season in 2016 and now the Indians are expected to extend him a qualifying offer of one-year for $17.2 Million. The veteran slugger recently turned 35 and is coming off an incentive-laden deal that earned him $10 Million this year. If the Indians do, in fact, extend the qualifying offer to Napoli, it will likely shy other teams away from pursuing him.
Since the start of September, Anderson has been operating as Miami's primary third baseman. Since the start of the month he's hit .258/.342/.348. Strikeouts have been a challenge for him, as he's struck out 20 times over 75 plate appearances. He'll sit out Monday while Derek Dietrich heads to the hot corner.
Urena is just 1-for-21 (.048) with 10 strikeouts in his previous eight contests, so he'll start on the bench for a fourth straight game. Ryan Goins, who appears to have reclaimed his role as the Blue Jays' everyday shortstop, will draw another start in his place.
With the Nationals just about locked into finishing with the second-best record in the National League, manager Dusty Baker will give Murphy and fellow infield mainstay Anthony Rendon days off in preparation for the postseason. Adrian Sanchez will fill in for Murphy at the keystone, while Wilmer Difo replaces Rendon at third base.
The Nationals are just about locked into finishing with the second-best record in the National League, so look for manager Dusty Baker to rest his stars somewhat liberally in the final week of the regular season. Rendon will be joined on the bench Monday by Daniel Murphy, with Wilmer Difo and Adrian Sanchez, respectively, replacing them in the infield.
Benintendi has started 11 straight games for the Red Sox, going .283/.377/.391 with nine RBI over that stretch, but he'll get the day off with a southpaw (Brett Anderson) toeing the rubber for the opposition. In his place, Chris Young will draw the start in left field, batting seventh.
Pedroia's knee acted up after Friday's contest, and while he was able to return to action and play all nine innings Sunday, he'll get Monday off as the Red Sox continue to monitor his workload ahead of the playoffs. Deven Marrero is starting at second base and batting eighth in his place Monday.
Although it had looked like Harper was poised to return to action Monday and play in his first game since Aug. 12, the Nationals will have to wait a bit longer before activating their star right fielder from the DL. While fantasy owners and the Nationals alike would be thrilled to have Harper back in the lineup as the season winds down, it's still possible that he could return before the regular season comes to an end. More information regarding Harper's eventual activation should be available soon, as it's expected that he'll be lifted from the DL once he's no longer feeling under the weather. Jayson Werth is starting in right field and hitting fifth Monday night.
As per usual, Moreland will get the day off with a lefty (Brett Anderson) toeing the rubber for the opposition. Moreland has struggled altogether in September, hitting just .171/.229/.316 in 76 at-bats, so he could lose out on some opportunities in the last week with Eduardo Nunez back from a knee injury. In his place, Hanley Ramirez will start at first base and bat cleanup.
Martinez will sit out his third consecutive game as he continues nursing a sprained thumb. A potential return date for Martinez is still unknown, so look for Matt Carpenter to continue starting at first base until further notice.
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