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Atlanta Braves News: Hall of Fame, free agent rumblings

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Will Andruw Jones remain on the ballot?

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Braves News

Four candidates you don’t realize are about to be Hall of Fame snubs

Dan Szymborski highlights four players who are in danger of becoming Hall of Fame snubs including former Brave Andruw Jones. On Jones Symborski writes:

Considering Andruw Jones is probably only a coin-flip to survive on the ballot, maybe people don’t care about defense at all. All Jones did was earn a Gold Glove in 10 of his 11 seasons as the full-time starting center fielder with news clip after news clip of people talking about his defense as if they had experienced some kind of divine revelation. The mean ol’ stats love him too, with his being the all-time leader in defensive runs in center field. It’s not as if he was the Omar Vizquel of center field; he actually hit a lot better than average players at his position, hitting 434 homers, amassing a 111 OPS+.

Per Ryan Thibodaux’s excellent Hall of Fame tracker, Andruw has received 6.6% of the 194 votes that have been collected. He will need to retain at least 5% to remain on the ballot for next year.

Beyond the Box Score “elects” class of eight to Hall of Fame

Speaking of Hall of Fame voting, Beyond the Box Score’s writing staff elected eight players including Braves third baseman Chipper Jones. Unfortunately, Andruw narrowly missed the cut.

MLB News

Musing on slow-moving market for Moose’s Mark Feinsand writes that there was a market early for free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas but that he may now have to accept a deal worth far less than was originally thought.

Twins reportedly interested in Wade Miley

The Twins are reportedly interested in every free agent starting pitchers.

Josh Donaldson is still seeking a long-term deal with the Blue Jays.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson says that he would like to finish his career in Toronto but the Blue Jays have yet to engage in extension talks. Donaldson will enter free agency at the conclusion of the 2018 season.