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Yasmani Grandal or chanting his backup’s name http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-dave-winfield-jersey , the fans largely sat in a disappointed hush while the Milwaukee Brewers’ pitching staff mowed down their team.The Dodgers‘ miserable Monday night only got more intriguing after the Brewers’ 4-0 victory in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, when Enrique Hernandez wondered aloud why his team and its fans didn’t come to play.“We had no energy,” the Los Angeles second baseman said. “The stadium had no energy. The fans had no energy. Overall, it was a pretty bad game for everybody who calls themselves Dodgers.”The Dodgers fell behind after three batters and never caught up during their first home game of the NLCS. Los Angeles went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, struck out 14 times and managed just five hits.This comprehensively frustrating evening required an outlet, and Grandal is wearing a target during his miserable postseason. Dodger Stadium, normally a cauldron of excitement in October, had little to cheer and plenty to lament.After Grandal committed his third passed ball of the series in the eighth inning, a portion of the crowd chanted “We want Austin!” in a call for the catcher’s unsung backup, Austin Barnes. And when Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Chavez Ravine was filled with boos.“I don’t really hear the noise outside,” Grandal said. “I value my opinion way over anyone else, so that’s what keeps me sane.”The other Dodgers definitely heard the booing, and Hernandez was unhappy with every aspect of the atmosphere at Dodger Stadium for an enormous playoff game.While the second baseman didn’t deny the Dodgers’ role in their poor performance, Hernandez also cited the home fans for not doing their part.“Since the first inning when (Ryan) Braun hit that (RBI) double, the stadium kind of went quiet for the rest of the evening, and it (stinks) that they got loud just to show (up) Yasmani,” he said.“He’s trying his best Rollie Fingers Jersey ,” Hernandez added. “Catchers have a lot going on. The game revolves around them. They’ve got to call every pitch. They’re involved in every situation in the game. It’s the playoffs. It’s the big leagues. If (fans) think they can do it, go ahead. Put on your gear and catch 99 (mph) with breaking balls that have a lot of movement. He’s been one of the best catchers in the game for a while now. He’s having a little bit of a rough patch, which we all as humans, as baseball players, go through. It’s just bad timing.”Immediately after Game 3, manager Dave Roberts said Barnes will start Game 4 on Tuesday.“(Grandal) had a tough night, and obviously the fans voiced their opinion,” Roberts said. “And they’re passionate. They want to win. They want the best out of all of us, especially in the postseason. So I know it’s not personal. … They were just as frustrated as we all were.”In his final postseason before free agency, Grandal dropped to 3 for 22 with 10 strikeouts — including three in Game 3, along with a popup that turned into a ground-rule double.And Grandal’s most glaring failures aren’t even at the plate, but behind it: The veteran made two more defensive miscues after committing two errors and two passed balls in Game 1.Grandal’s passed ball drew the fans’ greatest ire, even though happened after the Dodgers already trailed by four runs. Grandal has tied the big-league record for the most passed balls in a playoff series.The unlikely chant for Grandal’s backup also reflected the big-budget Dodgers’ desperate frustration with their own inability to seize the important moments near the halfway point of this series. Game 3 was full of those missed moments, and it pushed the defending NL champions halfway to elimination.Along with his batting woes and his latest passed ball, Grandal also failed to control a wild pitch by Walker Buehler in the sixth inning, allowing Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run from third base.Shaw was only on third because center fielder Cody Bellinger appeared to misjudge Shaw’s long fly, allowing it to carom off the wall for a triple that probably could have been the third out of the inning.And Buehler was still in the game because Roberts attempted to get some extra innings from his young starter instead of employing his customary quick hook.None of those mistakes and debatable decisions was individually decisive. Add them all together, along with the Dodgers’ inability to seize any moments of their own http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-randy-jones-jersey , and LA is down 2-1.While the Brewers celebrated after escaping the ninth, Dodger Stadium made almost no noise.“It’s just a shame that they were quiet all game and they only got loud to throw out the boo birds,” Hernandez said. “It’s a playoff game, and it didn’t feel like a playoff game. Not just because of the fans, but because of how we were playing the game. Just overall a bad game for all of us.” In the KNBR interview referenced earlier, Zaidi stated that trade buzz surrounding Madison Bumgarner has been "overblown."Yet, that shouldn't be translated to mean that the ace left-hander is altogether unavailable.Like Smith, Bumgarner is heading into his walk year. As a guy with a 3.03 regular-season ERA and a 2.11 postseason ERA, Bumgarner might have one team willing to overlook his 2017-18 troubles that values him as a guide to and through October. The Giants can't hang up if that franchise comes calling.Philadelphia PhilliesAccording to Morosi, the Phillies checked in with the Giants about Bumgarner in December. There hasn't been much (if anything) linking the two since then. That may be because the Phillies have been prioritizing other targets.Still, it's possible that they will circle back on Bumgarner. Regardless of whether they complete their offense with Harper, Bumgarner would be an equally appealing and potentially less costly alternative to Ray. The Phillies might even base a deal around Odubel Herrera, whose team-friendly contract runs as far as 2023. Milwaukee BrewersThat old Phillies rumor is nice, but Bumgarner wouldn't even be mentioned here if it wasn't for Milwaukee's interest in him. This also comes courtesy of Morosi, who reported Jan. 7 that the Giants and Brewers have had "substantive communication" about Bumgarner.We'rebig fans of how Bumgarner would fit on the Brewers, as well as of what he would do for their standing in a crowded NL Central race. And Morosi noted that the Brewers may have just the guys to get the Giants to budge in Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta. Speculative Wild Card: Atlanta BravesThe Astros could just as easily go here. If the Phillies don't pursue Bumgarner as a Plan B for Ray, Houston might.But once again Johnny Manziel Jersey , it's hard to ignore how well-suited the Braves are to trading for an ace. And much more so than Gray or Ray, Bumgarner's pitching ability and experience would make him an ideal leader for a young rotation.J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins7 of 8John Bazemore/Associated PressNow that Wilson Ramos and Yasmani Grandal have been taken off the free-agent market, all eyes are on where the Miami Marlins will trade J.T. Realmuto.According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, there are six front-runners for the 27-year-old backstop, who's fresh off breaking out with an .825 OPS and 21 homers in 2018. Cincinnati RedsFor the Reds, Realmuto would represent a major improvement over Tucker Barnhart. For that matter, including Barnhart in the deal would satisfy Miami's reported desire for "acatcher with some big league experience to work with a young pitching staff."But since Realmuto is due for free agency after 2020, a deal for him would effectively mean going all-in on contending in the next two years. That doesn't jibe with how the Reds have operated this winter. San Diego PadresIf the Marlins must have a catcher in a Realmuto trade, the Padres are the team to barter with. San Diego can offer either Austin Hedges, who excels defensively, or Francisco Mejia, who figures to excel offensively.Like with the Reds, however, there's the question of whether Realmuto fits the Padres' timeline. They might not be contenders by 2020. That's an excuse to keep their incumbent catchers, both of whom are controlled beyond 2022. Tampa Bay RaysThe Rays are also in on Realmuto, and there's plenty in their No. 5 farm systemto satisfy the Marlins'other desire for "a top prospect and more."But do the Rays reallyneed Realmuto? With Mike Zunino already in the fold, perhaps not. That might lead them to commit their time http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-wil-myers-jersey , energy and prospects to more pressing matters. Atlanta BravesTo some extents, the Braves are in the same boat as the Rays. They have plenty to offer the Marlins, but they already have Tyler Flowers and Brian McCann behind the plate.Where the two clubs differ is in what they stand to gain. The Raysmight have a shot at taking down the Red Sox or Yankees if they add Realmuto. The Braves would absolutely have a shot at winning a second straight NL East title, if not more. Houston AstrosThough the Astros could progress with Robinson Chirinos and Max Stassi behind the plate, that's a weak catching duo for a team with eyes on a second World Series title in three years.The Astros could fix that by offering Stassi and one or more prospects for Realmuto. He would not be the pitching upgrade they need, but his well-rounded defense would at least be helpful to what pitchers they do have.Los Angeles DodgersThe Dodgers' catching duo of Russell Martin and Austin Barnes is worth just as much skepticism as Houston's Chirinos-Stassi combo. Likewise, they too could look to upgrade their World Series pursuit with a blockbuster for Realmuto.The difference is what the Dodgers have to offer. If not Barnes, one of two top catching prospects could go to Miami: Keibert Ruiz or Will Smith. The Dodgers could also pile more on to form a package that likely nobody else would be willing to match.Speculative Wild Card: Colorado RockiesThe Rockies are threatening to roll with Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters, who combined for negative WAR in 2018, behind the plate once again in 2019. Instead, perhaps they'll sneak in through the backdoor and try to interest the Marlins in Brendan Rodgers, Colton Welker or Tyler Nevin.Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians8 of 8Phil Long/Associated PressThe Indians have entertained offers for both Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer this winter. But at this point, the focus seems to be entirely on the former.Kluber is a two-time AL Cy Young Award winner, and his 2.89 ERA over 215 innings helped him finish third in the voting in 2018. Between that and the reality that his new team would likely have to pay him $52.5 million through 2021, he only fits with clubs that have spare prospectsand spare cash.San Diego PadresThe Padres have been hot after Kluber, according toMorosi, and they may have a shot at him despite their unwillingness to part with any of their top five prospects. Instead Rickey Henderson Jersey , they could offer Cleveland the outfielders it needs, such as Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe.Even still, this is a believe it/see it situation. Would the Indians really trade one of baseball's best pitchers just to cut his salary and add two warm bodies to their outfield? For their part, is the timing right for the Padres to sacrifice controllable talent for a guy who'll turn 33 on April 10? These are questions best asked in skeptical tones.Cincinnati RedsAlternatively, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reported that the Padres have considered a scenario in which they would get Kluber only to flip him to the Reds in a three-team deal. One possibility may involve top prospect Nick Senzel going to San Diego to play third base.It's an interesting idea, but not very practical. As much as the Reds might like to have Kluber, he wouldn't fit with their current strategy of making low-risk buys on short-term assets. They're not trying to mortgage their future. Thus, Senzel (MLB.com's No. 6 prospect) is likely close to untouchable. Los Angeles DodgersThe Dodgers are also in on Kluber, per Morosi, and they too have parts that the Indians need. One is Alex Verdugo, who's an elite and MLB-ready outfield prospect. They could also offer Ruiz or Smith, and/or one of the pitchers they have no clear role for: righty Ross Stripling or lefty Julio Urias.The catch would seem to be that the Dodgers don't reallyneed another top-of-the-rotation starter to pair with Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. But adding one certainly wouldn't hurt, and Kluber in particular would outfit the Dodgers with arguably baseball's best rotation. Speculative Wild Card:Atlanta BravesBecause of course. Though the rumor mill has yet to solidly connect the Braves to Kluber, that could change with one phone call. The Braves can offer Cleveland several elite pitching prospects to one day take Kluber's place. For them, the reward would be the perfect No. 1 for their rotation.Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs. Payroll data courtesy of Roster Resource and Cot's Baseball Contracts.


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