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MLB Roundup 10/11: Cubs-Nationals rained out; J.D. Martinez’ market is forming

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Cubs-Nationals Game Four Postponed to Wednesday

Well, there was supposed to be one MLB playoff game on the docket on Tuesday, but Mother Nature had different plans. The game was washed away due to rain, and Chicago’s chance to clinch the series will have to wait until 5:00 PM ET on Wednesday. This should have been a big deal for the Nationals, as they were set to start Tanner Roark in Game Four. However, the postponement gave them a chance to start Stephen Strasburg on full rest. That will not happen, either due to illness, Strasburg throwing a bullpen on Tuesday, mold, or some other reason. How does this relate to the Red Sox? It doesn’t, at least not directly. However, I can’t help but think of what would happen if the Red Sox were stuck with Roark when someone as talented as Strasburg should have been available. The takes, the columns and the declarations all would have been out of control. I would have been one of them, too, melting down on line in a very public and embarrassing way. This is an awful break for the Nationals, whether created by themselves or not.

The Diamondbacks will try to bring J.D. Martinez back

The offseason hasn’t even started for every team yet and we are still in the stages of teams deciding on an overall strategy rather than specific actions. With that being said, old friend and current Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen was asked about J.D. Martinez, a guy coming off an absurd September in Arizona. While Hazen didn’t say he was ready to go all-out for the sure-to-be-popular outfielder this winter, he expects to stay engaged. Many of us, myself included, believe Martinez should be Boston’s top target this winter. This piece of news serves as a reminder that there will be a lot of teams looking to make this kind of splash. Before you write off Arizona as a major player for this kind of free agent, remember they came out on top in the Zack Greinke sweepstakes. Boston has the financial muscle to make this move happen, of course, but every team sets a limit for their free agent targets. It only takes one team to get a little nutty before the Red Sox have to move on to their next option. Over the next few weeks, more teams will surely come out in connection to the slugger.