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The Daily Chop: Hall of Fame discussion, free agent rumblings and more

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Boston Red Sox vs. Atlanta Braves

While we are all still waiting for the MLB offseason to come to life, I have been enjoying some very good Hall of Fame discussion. One of the big features that I have enjoyed over the last month is Joe Posnanski’s look at the 100 greatest eligible players that are not in the Hall of Fame at The Athletic. The last couple of days has produced articles on a couple of former Braves in Gary Sheffield (No. 24) and Fred McGriff (No. 23), both of which are well worth your time.

MLB News

The Philadelphia Phillies announced Tuesday that Sam Fuld will be their next general manager. Fuld will work under new president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

The New York Mets and right-hander Noah Syndergaard have reportedly settled on a one-year, $9.7 million deal for 2021 avoiding arbitration. Syndergaard missed all of the 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The Mets are also reportedly looking into Japanese free agent Tomoyuki Sugano. The Yankees are among several other clubs that are rumored to be interested in Sugano setting up a potential New York bidding war.

The Washington Nationals are reportedly open to moving Carter Kieboom in a trade but are not interested in dealing pitching prospects Cade Cavalli or Jackson Rutledge. Kieboom began the 2020 season as Washington’s third baseman but hit just .202/.344/.212.