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6 things to know about Machado's defense

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Manny Machado is one of the two biggest names in this year’s free-agent class, but will Machado play shortstop or third base next year?
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Mets mum on 2019 payroll, Thor trade talk

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Speaking Friday at a “Metsgiving” charity event in Queens, Mets chief operating owner Jeff Wilpon said he didn’t want to discuss whether his payroll would increase or decrease with new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen making decisions.
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Betts, Yelich win first career MVP Awards

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Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was named the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player on Thursday, adding an appropriate finishing touch to a magical year for a team that won a franchise-record 108 regular-season games and its fourth World Series in 15 seasons, and Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich earned the NL MVP honors after leading Milwaukee to an NL-best 96 wins and a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
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Betts caps honors season with AL MVP Award

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A batting title, a World Series championship, a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and a baby daughter had already made 2018 the most gratifying year in the life of Mookie Betts. And then there was a sweet capper on Thursday, when the superstar right fielder of the Red Sox was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player, winning the award in a romp.
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Hazen faces multilayered paths for 2019

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The best way to envision what D-backs general manager Mike Hazen and his staff are facing this offseason is to picture a room filled with different sets of domino chains.
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Bucs to continue exploring options at SS, RF

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The Pirates added to their infield mix on Wednesday by acquiring utility man Erik Gonzalez in a five-player trade with the Indians, but they’re not done looking for a shortstop or a short-term solution in right field.
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deGrom wins NL Cy Young Award in runaway

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In the end, it wasn’t close. A summer full of hand-wringing about wins and losses, the value of pitcher WAR and the nature of run prevention seemed a distant memory on Wednesday, when the Baseball Writers’ Association of America crowned Jacob deGrom the National League Cy Young in a blowout. Garnering 207 points to Max Scherzer’s 123, deGrom became the sixth Cy Young Award winner in Mets history.
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In predicting Harper's team, survey says …

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After seven seasons with the Nationals in which he won the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year Award, was named NL MVP in 2015 and made six NL All-Star teams, Bryce Harper is now a free agent for the first time. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder.
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The case for each AL MVP finalist

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The 2018 American League Most Valuable Player Award race has yielded three tremendous all-around players as finalists in Mookie Betts, Jose Ramirez and Mike Trout. Each slugged more than 30 home runs while stealing more than 20 bases, as well as playing strong defense at his respective position. It’s no easy decision to name one MVP from this trio, but that’s exactly what will happen when the winner is announced Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network. Here’s the case for each finalist.
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The case for each NL MVP finalist

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The finalists in the 2018 National League Most Valuable Player Award race include a perennial MVP candidate and a pair of stars who ascended to superstar status last season. While the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado had twice finished top-5, the Cubs’ Javier Baez and the Brewers’ Christian Yelich had never finished higher than 19th. It all makes for an exciting and intriguing announcement Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network. Here’s a look at the case for each finalist.
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Is Kimbrel best reliever available? Maybe not

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Craig Kimbrel has compiled an impressive resume during his nine seasons in the big leagues, recording a microscopic 1.91 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP, 333 saves and a 14.7 K/9 rate, and he should be a coveted asset on the free-agent market this offseason. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog

Brantley may have advantage on market

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Although he’s battled his share of injury problems, Michael Brantley has proven to be a well-rounded player throughout his career, and he enters free agency after hitting .309 with 17 homers, 76 RBIs, 12 steals and only 60 strikeouts over 143 games this past season. Here, you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the outfielder.
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Melvin wins 3rd Manager Award, Snitker his first

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A’s manager Bob Melvin and Braves skipper Brian Snitker were named the 2018 Managers of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday night.
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Acuna, Ohtani named Rookies of the Year

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Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani was named the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year, and Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was named the National League Rookie of the Year on Monday night.
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Ruthian effort nets Ohtani AL ROY Award

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Shohei Ohtani, who became the first player since Babe Ruth with 10 pitching appearances and 20 homers in a season, was named the 2018 winner of the American League’s Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award on Monday, beating out Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres and Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar.
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Rangers part ways with pitching coach Brocail

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The Rangers informed pitching coach Doug Brocail on Monday that he will not be returning next season. Brocail had been Texas’ pitching coach since 2016, after spending six seasons as a special assistant to the general manager, and later pitching coach, for the Astros.
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The case for each AL Manager of the Year finalist

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It’s difficult to make an argument against any of the three finalists for the 2018 American League Manager of the Year Award. In many other years, Alex Cora of the Red Sox would have been a runaway winner after leading Boston to the most wins in franchise history and a World Series Championship — in his first year at the helm of the team. But nobody in the league did more with less than Oakland’s Bob Melvin and Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash, who turned young, low-cost rosters largely devoid of star power into a shocking 97 wins and an AL Wild Card Game berth for the A’s and 90 wins for the Rays.
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Nine stars we could see traded this offseason

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This offseason seems to have a different feel regarding the trade market. That is, big names appear to be in play. Paul Goldschmidt and Corey Kluber. James Paxton and Billy Hamilton. This doesn’t mean any of them will be traded.
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The case for each AL Rookie of the Year finalist

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The 2018 American League Rookie of the Year will be announced Monday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network, and with a two-way sensation the likes of which we haven’t seen since Babe Ruth, along with two Yankees sluggers being the finalists, the results — like the race — will be intriguing.
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The case for each NL Rookie of the Year finalist

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The National League Rookie of the Year race was tightly contested, with the three finalists each turning in an outstanding campaign worthy of recognition. The Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr., the Nationals’ Juan Soto, and the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler each shined in big moments for their respective clubs, making the choice for the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in 2018 a very difficult one. With the announcement of the winner coming Monday, here’s a look at the case for each finalist.
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Altuve aims to be '120 percent' ready for spring

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Speaking to reporters Sunday for the first time since he underwent major surgery on his right knee last month, Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve maintains he’ll be fully recovered in time for the start of Spring Training in three months.
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5 teams that should gamble on Pollock

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Risk is plentiful on the free-agent market, but there may be no player this offseason who stands out as more of an intriguing gamble than A.J. Pollock.
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Most interesting teams by Hot Stove situation

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Here is MLB.com writer Anthony Castrovince’s annual list of the team from each division with the most interesting Hot Stove situation.
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7 reasons why No. 7 belongs in the Hall of Fame

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Selected by his hometown team with the first overall pick of the 2001 Draft, Twins franchise icon Joe Mauer debuted with Minnesota in 2004 and never wore another uniform throughout his 15-year Major League career. After officially announcing his retirement on Friday, there’s no doubt that Mauer will go down as one of the greatest to ever wear a Twins uniform.

But five years from now, when he is eligible for induction to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, will he also go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game?
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15 of the biggest free-agent splashes in history

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The Phillies are pursuing Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in free agency this offseason. Which teams have pulled off signing multiple stars in the same offseason? Here are 15 teams who made that type of splash.
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Who will be dealt? Each team's top trade chip

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Free agency will garner most of the headlines during baseball’s Hot Stove season, but this is also a time for MLB’s general managers to discuss a plethora of trade options. Some clubs may be looking to shed salary, while others could be looking ahead at next year’s free agents. One thing is certain: Teams are more willing to trade than ever before, meaning we’ll see a number of moves in the weeks and months ahead.
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How history projects Harper's, Machado's futures

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Bryce Harper and Manny Machado were picked first and third overall in the 2010 Draft. Both debuted in the Majors just two years later, Harper as a teenager and Machado shortly after his 20th birthday.
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6 NL first-timers among Silver Slugger honorees

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The list of 2018 American League and National League Silver Slugger Award winners announced on Thursday night on MLB Network includes quite a few past recipients of the offense-based honor. Most notably, Mike Trout won for the sixth time, Jose Altuve for the fifth, and Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado for the fourth apiece. But the list also includes the first two-time winner … within the same season.
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J.D. first to win 2 Silver Sluggers in same year

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J.D. Martinez had such an impressive offensive season that he pulled off an unprecedented feat on Thursday, becoming the first player to win American League Silver Slugger Awards at two positions in the same season.
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5 Hot Stove takeaways from the GM Meetings

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CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner returned to the Bronx, the Mariners and Rays consummated yet another trade and player agents met with club officials to gauge valuations in a market headlined by Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Patrick Corbin.
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Sanchez to undergo surgery on left shoulder

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Gary Sanchez will undergo surgery on his left shoulder this offseason relating to an injury and pain he’s experienced since the 2017 season, general manager Brian Cashman revealed on Wednesday to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.
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Zaidi to cast a wide net in charge of Giants

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Consider everything and overlook nothing. This summarized the flexible attitude that Farhan Zaidi intends to maintain as he attempts to bolster the Giants.
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'Harper's bazaar' underway, says Boras

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Bryce Harper’s free agency took center stage at the annual General Managers Meetings this week, kicking off what is sure to be one of the most high-profile and highly anticipated free agencies in recent memory.
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Dodgers pick up Roberts' option for 2019

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Manager Dave Roberts and the Dodgers have reached agreement on a four-year contract extension, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.
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McCullers has elbow surgery, won't play in '19

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Astros right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday, the team announced. McCullers will miss the entire 2019 season, but he is expected to make a full recovery.
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Marwin's versatility could help Rox fill holes

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The Rockies have an already versatile roster that points toward pursuing one of the Majors’ best all-purpose players — free agent Marwin Gonzalez, a catalyst for winning Astros teams.
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Nats gave Harper long-term offer in September

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Bryce Harper hit the open market this week, the first chance for opposing teams to begin negotiating with one of the biggest free-agent stars available, but first the Nationals attempted to take full advantage of their exclusive window to negotiate with Harper and will continue their interest going forward.
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Tebow with Mets in '19? There's a chance …

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Once a long shot even to make the upper levels of the Minor Leagues, Tim Tebow now has an outside chance to break camp with the Mets next spring.
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Marlins: Extension talks 'definitely up to' Realmuto

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The General Managers Meetings are in full swing, but not much has changed on the J.T. Realmuto trade rumors front. That likely will change in the upcoming days and weeks leading into the annual Winter Meetings.
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Miami balancing J.T. rumors, need to boost bats

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As the General Managers Meetings get underway in Carlsbad, Calif., the Marlins find themselves in an interesting spot. They are seeking ways to upgrade their offense while also weighing whether they should trade their best player.
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Cashman seeks multiple arms for Yanks' rotation

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As the General Managers Meetings opened on Monday in Carlsbad, Calif., Brian Cashman shed some light on the early stages of the pursuit of starting pitching.
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With Mercer a FA, Bucs face uncertainty at short

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What’s one thing Jordy Mercer provided the Pirates as their Opening Day shortstop the last five years? Stability. The last three seasons, he hit between .251 and .256 while logging an OPS+ between 88 and 93. Mercer was never a star, but he was pretty close to a sure thing. Mercer is now a free agent, and the Pirates are facing an uncertain future at shortstop.
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What awaits Giants' next general manager

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The Giants’ incoming general manager will inherit a list of duties that could prompt him or her to wish for 30-hour workdays and eight-day work weeks.
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Gold Glove winners being unveiled on ESPN

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Major League Baseball’s top defensive players are being honored with the unveiling of the 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, live on ESPN.
Source: MLB Baseball Blog