One of the side effects of the Encarnacion signing is that the Indians aren't going to be able to sign a free agent to help improve the outfield, whether that would have been Rajai Davis or a corner outfielder to serve as insurance for Michael Brantley. Yandy Diaz should get a lot of opportunities this spring, with Greg Allen and Bradley Zimmer options as the season progresses.
Encarnacion wouldn't have been the best player on the Indians last year (Corey Kluber, Francisco Lindor), but that's no knock against him.
You can ignore most of the text, and instead click through the photos at the top showing Bob Feller from age 17 to 91.
Brandon Phillips has a full no-trade clause in his contract, and he's making full use of it. The Reds are saying that he'll lose playing time in 2017, so there's something of a standoff here. Phillips' contract is up at the end of the 2017 season, so perhaps he's contemplating retirement after the season and doesn't want to move his family for just one year.
I don't that statement (even if you include the qualifier) is quite accurate, as voters tend to vote for the best of a particular era, and not compare a pitcher to others in different eras. I think both Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling are deserving Hall of Famers, but they weren't considered the best in their eras (with Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez, and Randy Johnson pitching). Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, and Felix Hernandez, assuming each finishes up their careers relatively well, are on track to sail into the Hall, and Roy Halladay (who retired several years ago) should also be in at some point.
LGFT Shelley Duncan makes an appearance.