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Existing posting rules will apply to Shohei Ohtani, pushing the new rules back a year

Morning News and Notes for November 22, 2017

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Shohei Ohtani is pleased. An agreement has been reached that will extend the pre-existing posting rules of International players an extra year, pushing the new rules back to the 2018-19 offseason.

This is unlikely to dramatically affect the Indians, who were far from the favorites to sign Ohtani (the Yankees and Rangers seem to be) and have not signed a posted player in a very long time.

The Tribe’s priority should be on keeping their first baseman, buuuuut...

• Unfortunately, Carlos Santana is #1 on Fangraphs’ list of 2018 FA bargains. COMPLETELY INCORRECT, FANGRAPHS. CARLOS SANTANA IS A TERRIBLE BASEBALL PLA—whose retention absolutely needs to be the Indians’ #1 priority this offseason—NO, I DIDN’T SAY THAT! HE IS TERRIBLE! READ THIS, GENERAL MANAGERS!

• Luigi Rodriguez has reportedly signed with the Giants.

MLB Daily Dish has done their Indians offseason preview column.

Around baseball

• The Atlanta Braves were punished severely by MLB on Tuesday. I can’t pretend to have complete knowledge of this story, so here are some links to read.

• The Angels are expected to hire Brad Ausmus. I beg you, LAAoA, keep Brad away from Mike Trout.

• Asian-Americans are troubled that MLB did not take more immediate action against Yuli Gurriel.

• The Twins are talking to the Pirates about ace Gerrit Cole—and to the Rays about Jake Odorizzi.

• Aaron Judge had surgery.