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Baseball America ranks Cristian Pache 3rd best prospect in Arizona Fall League

Baseball America’s Bill Mitchell lists Atlanta Braves outfielder Cristian Pache as the third best prospect in the recently completed Arizona Fall League. Pache trailed only Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Houston’s Forrest Whitley on the list.

Throwing a plank in the framing-WAR gap

Putting the value of pitch framing by catchers is still an inexact science. Here is an idea for how it could be incorporated into WAR measurement.

30 intriguing Rule 5 prospects -- 1 for each team

MLB Pipeline lists one intriguing Rule 5 prospect for each team and spotlights RHP Josh Graham for the Braves.

Graham didn’t fare well at the start of 2018 in Double-A, but righted the ship when he was sent down a level and pitched better upon his return late in the year. He misses bats (10.3 K/9 in his career), albeit with command issues (4.1 BB/9), but has an upper-90s fastball and solid slider that could work in a big league bullpen.

MLB News

Why Mariano Rivera could be the first unanimous Hall of Famer

ESPN.com’s Buster Olney makes the case for Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera to be a unanimous selection in this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame voting.

Free agent bargain hunting on Black Friday

Beyond the Box Score goes bargain hunting on the free agent market.

Royals Hire Mike Matheny As Special Advisor

Kansas City announced on Friday that they have hired former Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as a special advisor to the team’s player development staff.

Seibu Lions To Post Yusei Kikuchi In Early December

The Seibu Lions will post ace pitcher Yusei Kikuchi for Major League teams in early December.