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The waiting is almost over for Francisco Lindor and the AL Rookie of the Year award

It's going to be close . . .

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Here's to a great week!

Francisco Lindor has strong ROY case (Bastian)

You bet he does!  Lindor was fantastic all-around, from racking up 10 defensive runs saved at shortstop (the most among all AL shortstops) to hitting .345 after the All-Star break.

Houston's Carlos Correa also had a great rookie season and is Lindor's main competition for the award.  From Bastian:

Where Lindor was clearly ahead of Correa was in the field. While the Indians' shortstop rated as one of the league's best at his position on defense, Houston's shortstop had zero Defensive Runs Saved and a minus-13.7 UZR/150 rating. In roughly the same sample of innings (870 2/3 for Correa and 865 1/3 for Lindor), Cleveland's shortstop had 10 errors and Correa had 13.

If all-around performance is most important to the vote, Lindor should be the clear choice. If a voter prefers a player with more power, or is influenced by the fact that one of the teams got to the postseason while the other did not, than Correa would be the appropriate choice.

Could the Detroit Tigers bring back David Price (O'Kennedy)

While it seems unlikely, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch has proven to have deep pockets and spent big money on the team's payroll before.

Mark Buehrle will pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals or retire (Elliot)

Buehrle grew up in the St. Louis area and could be a good fit for the Cardinals this offseason.  The veteran was decent enough with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, posting a 3.81 ERA in 198 2/3 innings.

Fenway Park prepares for football game (Townsend)

Boston's Fenway Park will host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team next Saturday in a game against hometown favorite Boston College.  The stadium's dirt infield, mound, and plate areas have been filled in with temporary grass.  Go Eagles!