Aroldis Chapman gave up a walk and a hit but struck out two batters to get his 28th save of the season for the Reds on Wednesday against the Cubs.
Since surrendering four runs back on August 17, Chapman has been on top of his game, allowing just three base runners over his last five innings of work while striking out 11 in that stretch. Having now converted 28 of his first 30 save chances, Chapman remains one of the best closers to won in all of baseball, especially when owning a 85:19 K:BB rate over 43.1 innings. Whoever suggested Chapman wouldn't be the same after suffering a horrific head injury is certainly kicking themselves at this point. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
The Saints are reportedly trying to trade Curtis Lofton.
Even after they released Pierre Thomas Wednesday the Saints were still well over the salary cap, and trading Lofton would save New Orleans $5.25 million. Only the Raiders had a worse fantasy defense than the Saints last season, and while trading Lofton probably cannot hurt, it certainly will not help, either. Whichever defense gets Lofton will get a slight bump in fantasy value. Analysis: Steve Pimental
Placido Polanco said he is "90 percent" retired.
The 39-year-old Polanco did not play anywhere in 2014 after batting .260/.315/.302 in 118 games for the Marlins in 2013. Polanco left open the possibility to return to the Marlins, Phillies or Tigers, though if he really wants to win a World Series ring the Phillies are probably out. Some team would probably do well to make Polanco a minor league player/coach like the Cubs did with Manny Ramirez last season. Polanco would have NL-only value with the Phillies or Marlins, but it is hard to believe he could ever again be relevant in mixed leagues. Analysis: Steve Pimental