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Here is the MLB Week-In Review.
Spencer Bingol over at Beyond the Box Score asks why Tyler Clippard is still a free agent.
In the hypothetical scenario where he is injured, he becomes a less urgent signing for teams, potentially requiring only a minor league deal. But, if he feels that he is completely healthy, having completed his fifth-straight season of at least 70 innings pitched and posting a sub-3.00 ERA, it's easy to understand why his representatives might insist upon a multi-year deal.
However, given how essential his high release point, fastball command, and fastball velocity are to his success, it's equally understandable why teams would balk at that idea. In the end, chances are he'll accept a one-year, incentive laden Major League deal with a team who can afford to take a chance on his upside.
The MLB Blog Review for the weekend can be found here.
Fangraphs evaluated the 2016 prospects for the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend.
At the Winter Meetings and ABCA conference, new technology was unveiled, including a training baseball with sensors in it
A large number of novel training devices were also on offer, including a few that incorporated sensor technology. Eye on Ball's first product, the Vector training baseball, combines light emitting diodes (LEDs) and an accelerometer into a package the same size and weight as a regulation baseball. When the accelerometer detects an impact with a bat or a glove, the LEDs inside the ball flash a randomly selected color..
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Today in Baseball History: In 1962, the National League releases its first 162-game schedule.