This year’s Hall of Fame ballot has 32 players total, including 15 newcomers, for voters to consider. Last year’s elections saw four worthy candidates elected—Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio—and only one new-comer—Ken Griffey Jr.—is likely to get elected this year. This election is thus a crucial one for down-ballot players, especially given the reduction in the number of years a player can remain on the ballot from 15 to 10 made in 2015.
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The Cubs made flurry of moves at the recent Winter Meetings, including signing Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and John Lackey and trading Starlin Castro to the Yankees for Adam Warren. The bulk of the roster is now set, and we can already take a look at the potential Opening Day roster and the battles for the few remaining slots on it.
Update 3: The contract has two separate opt-out clauses. The first comes after three years.
Update 2: Rosenthal has it at 8/$184m.
Update: According to ESPN, the Cubs have signed Jason Heyward.
The Winter Meetings come to a close, after a relatively quiet day.
The latest word on Heyward is that the Nats have emerged as a serious bidder to rival the Cards and Cubs. The contract could pass the $200m mark, and it sounds like a decision could come at any minute.
Maddon finally gets his Zobrist, Castro is a Yankee, and Dusty Baker reminds everyone why he should never be allowed near a microphone.
In other news, the Cards traded Jay for the soon-to-be All-star Gyrko, and AZ meets Altanta's asking price for Miller.
Supposedly, the Cubs are not done, so let's get at it!
Update 2: In a related move, Castro heads to the Yankees for RHP Adam Warren and IF Brendan Ryan.
Update 1: Zobrist signs with the Cubs for 4/$56m.
Cahill is back and Baez is rumored to be on the block.
Meanwhile, the Reds have a bridge over the Ohio River they'd like to sell you.