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Good morning, baseball fans! Most of your team’s qualifying offer decisions have been made..and we have some bad news, or good news depending on your feelings towards certain players. You can track all of said decisions here.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on around the American League Central.
The Nationals are interested in acquiring Chris Sale.
The Washington #Nats among the latest teams to inquire on #Whitesox ace Chris Sale, but no serious talks with anyone yet— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 14, 2016
“The Nationals are the latest team to inquire on the availability of White Sox’s ace Chris Sale this offseason according to a report from Bob Nightengale. Nightengale went on to add the caveat that ‘no serious talks’ had surfaced with anyone yet however.”
Mets fans rejoice (or boo, honestly who knows at this point) because Neil Walker has accepted New York’s qualifying offer.
“Mets second baseman Neil Walker has accepted the club’s $17.2 million qualifying offer, as first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Walker will return to New York next season instead of fully testing the free-agent market.
Walker is the second player to accept the qualifying offer today, joining Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. The other eight players who received the offer rejected it, meaning that their teams will receive draft-pick compensation if they sign elsewhere.”
“Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has accepted the team’s $17.2 million qualifying offer, a major-league source has confirmed to SB Nation. Hellickson will return to Philadelphia for next season.
Hellickson was one of ten players to receive the qualifying offer this winter, and is the first to accept it. Eight others have rejected the offer to this point, with a decision from Mets second baseman Neil Walker still to be determined.”
Is Edwin Encarnacion’s time in Toronto coming to a close?
Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion? Both on the market at once?? YES!Posted by MLB Daily Dish - MLB Trades, Signings, Rumors on Monday, November 14, 2016
Toronto has offered Brett Cecil a three-year contract.
“Toronto has made free agent lefty Brett Cecil a three-year deal to remain with the Blue Jays, according to Sportsnet’s Jamie Campbell.
Cecil, 30, has proven to be a valuable left-handed relief option in parts of eight seasons with the Blue Jays. He pitched to a 3.93 ERA and 3.64 FIP over 36.2 innings last season, his highest ERA since posting a 5.72 ERA in 2012.”
“Go Cubs Go” has charted on Billboard and I’m not crying you’re crying.
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