All-Starr17;s free agent market again fails to develop"Returning to the Milwaukee Brewers always seemed like the fallback option for Mike Moustakas http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , even getting to the point last week where Ken Rosenthal was saying a reunion seemed to be r0;inevitable.r1;Rosenthal has had his finger on the (once again faint) pulse of the Moustakas free agent market for much of the winter, so it makes sense that her17;s the one to break the news r12; Moustakas is returning to the Brewers on a one-year deal. ESPNr17;s Jeff Passan has the contract details, saying the deal is worth somewhere close to $9 million.Moustakas earned $5.5 million last year after declining the Royalsr17; qualifying offer of $17.5 million when his hopes for a multi-year deal at that level were dashed. That deal had a $15 million mutual option for 2019 that Moustakas turned down in order to take another crack at free agency, likely figuring her17;d cash in once Manny Machado signed and he was the next-best option.(Before too many people criticize Moustakas for not taking the $15 million option with the Brewers, itr17;s important to remember it was highly unlikely the Brewers would have taken him back at that price and likely would have declined their half of the mutual option.)Unfortunately for Moustakas, Machado is still unsigned, and with Spring Training report dates for position players coming up next week, it looks like Moose once again just wanted to get into camp. Her17;ll return to a Brewers squad for whom .256/.326/.441 in 54 games, including 8 home runs and 12 doubles.He also hit well in the NLDS, going 4-for-11 with a double Matt Williams Jersey , 2 RBI and 2 walks in 3 games against the Rockies before being stifled by the Dodgersr17; barrage of left-handed pitchers in the NLCS. Moustakas went 4-for-29 in those 7 games, striking out 12 times.The question, of course, now becomes what the heck the Brewers do with Travis Shaw, who played better than expected in his limited time at second base last year, but would still likely face questions about his defense there over a full season. Therer17;s also Keston Hiura, who everyone likely assumed would be with the big league team by sometime in May. That seems unlikely to happen now, at least until we see how the at-bats play out between Moustakas and Shaw. And with Moustakas adding another left-handed bat (and $9 million to the payroll), what does that mean for Eric Thames (and his $7 million salary) and his chances of being on the Opening Day roster?Those are all things that may be sorted out in the coming weeks, but David Stearns has never been shy to add talent and figure out where theyr17;re going to play later r12; just like we saw with the initial addition of Moustakas last July.UPDATE:Heyman and MLB.comr17;s Mark Feinsand both say the deal will be for $10 million this year and include another mutual option.No word yet on how much the mutual option for next season would be worth.Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference ST. LOUIS (AP) r12; In a pivotal series for the Dodgers http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , rookie Walker Buehler came through with a masterful performance.Buehler allowed two hits in eight innings, Yasiel Puig homered twice and Los Angeles drew even with the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL wild-card race with a 3-0 victory on Friday night. The Dodgers also moved within one-half game of first-place Colorado in the NL West.Buehler (7-5) pitched beyond the seventh inning for the first time and earned his first victory since Aug. 17. He retired the first 13 batters before Paul DeJong singled to left field. Harrison Bader singled later in the fifth for the Cardinalsr17; only other hit.r0;This was probably the best pitching performance of the year,r1; Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. r0;Not only Walker but across the board. Against a very good club in St. Louis on the road and obviously whatr17;s at stake right now for each game. He wanted this moment and just coming out firing. His command. Just domination. He kind of did what he wanted to do tonight.r1;Buehler struck out nine and walked two. In two career starts against St. Louis, the right-hander has not allowed a run and has 18 strikeouts in 15 innings.r0;Her17;s got some serious weapons,r1; Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. r0;Her17;s throwing 97-98 (mph), with command. When you can locate your fastball, regardless of velocity, thatr17;s a nice weapon. Then you do it with that velocity and then you do it with some cut. And his cutter, at least from the side, it looked like it had some depth. Then second time through the lineup Willie Mays Jersey , start mixing in a changeup and hitting with that, thatr17;s a pretty potent weaponry right there.r1;The Dodgers and Cardinals are tied for the second NL wild-card position, four games behind Milwaukee for the top spot. But Los Angeles has its sights on the division crown and moved closer when the Rockies lost to San Francisco.r0;Sometimes therer17;s teams you match up well against,r1; Buehler said. r0;Itr17;s hard to explain. Itr17;s just the way the game works and luckily tonight that worked out.r1;Puig homered in the second off Jack Flaherty (8-7) and connected again in the ninth off Tyler Webb. It was his second multi-homer game of the season.r0;I was trying to do my best,r1; Puig said through a translator. r0;He threw a fastball there and I was able to connect with it. I can hit lefties sometimes and right there I was trying to find something up in the zone. I wasnr17;t expecting a home run but it happened.r1;In the seventh, Cody Bellinger scored on a passed ball by Yadier Molina.Kenley Jansen hit Yairo Munoz with a pitch to open the ninth but retired the next three batters to finish the two-hitter, earning his 35th save in 39 opportunities.Flaherty worked six innings, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. He has 168 strikeouts this season, the fourth-best total for a rookie in franchise history.r0;We want to win. I donr17;t care about my line. I donr17;t care about anything other than winning,r1; Flaherty said. r0;It doesnr17;t matter how I pitched http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , I didnr17;t pitch well enough. He pitched better than I did.r1;TRAINERr17;S ROOMDodgers: Relievers John Axford and Tony Cingrani were scheduled to pitch in the California Championship Series for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night. r0;Theyr17;re stacking the deck, trying to help them make their playoff push,r1; Roberts joked. r0;Theyr17;re supposed to go an inning each. Wer17;ll see how they come out of it. Our hope is to get these guys back.r1; Axford could return to the majors after one appearance, while Cingrani (shoulder) would likely need more rehab work.Cardinals: IF Jedd Gyorko is likely to return to the starting lineup Saturday, manager Mike Shildt said. He drew a pinch-hit walk in the eighth inning and was replaced by pinch-runner Adolis Garcia.UP NEXTThe Cardinals send right-hander John Gant (7-5, 3.16 ERA) to the mound Saturday afternoon to make his third career appearance and first start against Los Angeles. Veteran lefty Rich Hill (8-5, 3.88) starts for the Dodgers.