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N&N: So far, free agents earned more $/WAR than last offseason

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Morning news and notes for Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021

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Even though the MLB owners locked out the players recently, they did so not before signing a bunch of free agents. And these free agents got quite a bit more per projected win above replacement than their peers did in the prior offseason.

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Cedric Mullins stopped switch hitting and broke out in a big way. Is that a good bet to continue? Let’s hope so, if the Guardians trade for him.

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If you’re the type who buys tickets for events that might not happen as scheduled, Spring Training tickets go on sale Saturday.

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Normally this is a Hoynesfree Zone on Wednesdays, but there isn’t much else, so FYI: he wrote about Jose Tena.

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One individual who isn’t faring so well is this former Pulaski Braves infielder who seems to have finally reached a point when he can no longer fool others into believing him.