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Jordan Montgomery
Established as second starter
PNew York Yankees
September 17, 2021
Montgomery had a dominant, 12-strikeout performance Thursday and figures to be the Yankees' number two starter for the remainder of the regular season and a potential postseason run.
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Mike Trout
Likely done for season
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 17, 2021
Manager Joe Maddon said Trout is unlikely to return from the injured list before the season ends, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. He's been out most of the season with a calf injury.
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Jarren Duran
Role upon return unclear
OFBoston Red Sox
September 17, 2021
It's unclear whether Duran will have a spot on Boston's active roster once activated from the COVID-19 injured list.
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Jose Iglesias
Losing roster spot?
SSBoston Red Sox
September 17, 2021
With Christian Arroyo and Jarren Duran returning from COVID-19 shortly, Iglesias could forfeit his spot on Boston's active roster despite his recent success.
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Matt Chapman
Offseason trade candidate?
3BOakland Athletics
September 17, 2021
Chapman, who is currently sidelined with a lower-leg injury, is arbitration-eligible for the next two years and could be dealt this offseason, Jim Bowden of The Athletic speculates.
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Willson Contreras
Playing final games with Cubs?
CChicago Cubs
September 17, 2021
Contreras is a candidate to be traded this offseason if he doesn't agree on an extension with the Cubs, Jim Bowden of The Athletic speculates.
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Ketel Marte
Offseason move possible
2BArizona Diamondbacks
September 17, 2021
Marte is a candidate to be traded this offseason, Jim Bowden of The Athletic speculates.
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Glenn Otto
Demotion coming?
PTexas Rangers
September 17, 2021
Otto has been tagged for 15 runs in his last two outings and could be sent down to Triple-A in a confidence-preserving move.
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Jurickson Profar
Playing time decrease coming
2BSan Diego Padres
September 17, 2021
Profar figures to get sparse playing time once Jake Cronenworth (finger) returns from injury this weekend.
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Jake Cronenworth
Will play across infield
2BSan Diego Padres
September 17, 2021
Manager Jayce Tingler said Cronenworth (finger) will get starts at second base, first base and shortstop once back from the injury, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
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Tyler Mahle
Possible top playoff starter?
PCincinnati Reds
September 16, 2021
Mahle, who tossed six scoreless innings to earn the win Thursday against the Pirates, could emerge as the team's top starter if the Reds are able to make the playoffs.
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Jon Lester
Could start in playoffs
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 16, 2021
Lester has pitched well over his last five starts and could be making a case to earn a spot in a playoff rotation if the Cardinals make it into the field.
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Fernando Tatis
To move back to outfield?
SSSan Diego Padres
September 16, 2021
Tatis may shift back to the outfield once Jake Cronenworth is able to return from the injured list to allow the latter to play shortstop.
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Blake Snell
Done pitching in 2021?
PSan Diego Padres
September 16, 2021
Snell, who was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a left adductor groin strain, may be done pitching this year with the Padres currently sitting out of a playoff spot.
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Joey Gallo
Hot streak coming?
OFNew York Yankees
September 16, 2021
Gallo, who homered in Thursday's loss to the Orioles to give him long balls in three straight games, could be primed to break out of his slump and finish the regular season strong.
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Janson Junk
Could stick in rotation
PLos Angeles Angels
September 16, 2021
Junk made his second MLB start Wednesday and could stick in the rotation with Shohei Ohtani, who's battling arm soreness, potentially done pitching this season.
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Shohei Ohtani
Done pitching this season?
PLos Angeles Angels
September 16, 2021
Ohtani, who won't make his scheduled start Friday due to left arm soreness, could be done pitching this season and may serve exclusively as the team's designated hitter.
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Michael Lorenzen
Settling into setup role?
PCincinnati Reds
September 16, 2021
Lorenzen earned a hold in Thursday's win over the Pirates and appears to be clearly behind Mychal Givens in the team's bullpen pecking order.
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Mychal Givens
Securing role as closer?
PCincinnati Reds
September 16, 2021
Givens pitched a clean ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Pirates and could be solidifying his standing as the team's closer.
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Jay Groome
Impressing at Double-A
PBoston Red Sox  AA
September 14, 2021
Groome has been impressive through two starts with Double-A Portland, Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe reports.
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Matt Olson
Trade candidate?
1BOakland Athletics
September 14, 2021
Olson could be a trade candidate if the Athletics fail to make the postseason, Jim Bowden of The Athletic speculates.
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Jose Ramirez
Potential offseason trade candidate
3BCleveland Indians
September 14, 2021
Ramirez could be a trade candidate this offseason, Jim Bowden of The Athletic speculates.
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Robbie Ray
May stick in Toronto
PToronto Blue Jays
September 14, 2021
The Blue Jays plan to make Ray an offer to remain in Toronto this offseason, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Marcus Semien
Negotiating with Jays
SSToronto Blue Jays
September 14, 2021
The Blue Jays have attempted to reach an extension with Semien during the season without success, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Clayton Kershaw
Focused on finishing season
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 14, 2021
Kershaw stated he has "no idea" when asked about his plans for the 2022 season, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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