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The Braves have signed Will Smith to a 3-year $39 million deal with a team option for the 4th year at another $13 million. Gettin' jiggy wit it. 

Also Jake Odorizzi accepted the Twins qualifying offer and Jose Abreu accepted the White Sox's QO. 

Madison Bumgarner, Gerrit Cole, Marcell Ozuna, Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, and Zack Wheeler all declined their QO's. 

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48 minutes ago, Carlos Buschtran said:

There’s thinking that Cora and Beltran might get fined rather than suspended so as to not punish the Red Sox or Mets who weren’t involved at all.

That would make sense, as long as its a heavy fine. Like at least 25 percent of their salary next season.

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I found it interesting that going off Bill James' model both Giambi and Soriano are likely HOFers.

Personally I'm just excited for Mike Francesa to now have to answer legitimate calls about Jason Giambi after years of immediately hanging up at "Jason".

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Ugh they’re gonna let that bum Jeter into the hall?

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3 hours ago, Maxx said:

Ugh they’re gonna let that bum Jeter into the hall?

You mean the dude that runs the Marlins? They suck, why would he go into the Hall?

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Yeah I think it's definitely Schilling's turn. Walker, maybe (hopefully) Rolen. Jeter is obviously going to be close to or unanimous.

And, hey, maybe the voters will finally get their heads out of their asses and induct at the least Bonds and Clemens!

Don Mattingly and Lou Whitaker out of the Veterans Committee since they can't be trusted to induct Marvin Miller despite his enormous, lasting influence on the game.

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9 minutes ago, Carlos Buschtran said:

If Mattingly goes in, then Keith Hernandez needs to go in too.

Hernandez has a higher WAR in his peak years but Mattingly's career numbers peg him above all the normal HoF metrics (he's at like 134 on the Hall of Fame Monitor which James ranks as a virtual lock) whereas Hernandez is below HoF on all those metrics. The thing that voters used to hold against a guy like Mattingly (longevity) is increasingly less of an issue since people are increasingly aware of the dreaded "compilers".

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11 hours ago, Meacon said:

Tomorrow is the last day to add potential Rule-5 picks to your 40-man rosters. The Yankees have over 20 players eligible for the Rule-5 draft and 3 spots open on the 40-man. 😟

Simple solution: Release their entire roster, then they won't have to worry about that problem.

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Yeah, good for him. Excited to see the White Sox try to take a step forward. I think there's a lot of room for competition in the AL Central. 

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That's a good fit for both sides. The Jays not getting Grandal kinda sucks, but looking at it, that amount of money for a free agent when we have Jansen and McGuire on the team right now would be a dumb move when they really need to be going out and getting good arms. I think we got priced out of this one. Not because the team doesn't have the money to spend, but more because it just didn't make sense to spend that money with the position not being a desperate need.

If Jansen can get his bat going, he'll be great. His defense is superb. McGuire has a good bat, but doesn't have the same defensive capabilities as Jansen. They'll make a good pairing at the major league level next season for us.

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And the first joke ballot of the year goes to Steven Marcus, who submitted a ballot of Jeter and Jeter only.  The idea that you can look at that ballot and see only one Hall of Fame-worthy player is asinine.

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