This is one in a series of daily articles highlighting the latest news and notes from the MLB offseason.
Three former players will join longtime manager Jim Leyland at this year’s Hall of Fame ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The BBWAA announced that Adrián Beltré (95.1%), Todd Helton (79.7%) and Joe Mauer (76.1%), all received enough votes to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Beltré and Mauer were first-ballot selections.
Beltré spent a whopping 21 years in the major leagues and put together one heck of a career. He amassed 3,166 hits, 477 home runs, 1,707 RBIs and a 93.5 bWAR in 2,933 career games. Beltré was a four-time All-Star, a four-time Silver Slugger, a five-time Gold Glove winner and twice won the Platinum Glove.
Helton reached Cooperstown in his sixth season on the ballot after spending his entire 17-year career with the Colorado Rockies. He has a lifetime batting average of .316 with a .414 career on-base percentage to go with a .953 OPS. The five-time All-Star had more career walks (1,335) than strikeouts (1,175).
Mauer’s career peak was as good as anyone during his time, and he was named the American League MVP in 2009. The native of St. Paul spent his whole career with the Minnesota Twins and was selected to six All-Star games. He won three batting titles and hit .306 in his career.
The free agent deals are trickling in this MLB offseason with a trio of notable agreements in place on Tuesday.
The Milwaukee Brewers made a splash to their lineup by agreeing to a two-year, $34 million contractwith first baseman Rhys Hoskins. The deal, which has an opt-out, was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Hoskins missed the 2023 season due to an injury but hit 30 home runs and posted a .794 OPS with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2022.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a deal with left-handed starter James Paxton for one year and an $11 million guarantee. Jon Heyman of the New York Post was first with news of the deal. Paxton went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 19 starts with the Boston Red Sox last season.
The Washington Nationals, meanwhile, are in agreement with outfielder Joey Gallo for one year and $5 million, per Andrew Golden of the Washington Post. Gallo hit just .177 with the Minnesota Twins in 2023 but posted a .741 OPS and slugged 21 home runs in 111 games.
And finally, the Los Angeles Angels continue to bolster their bullpen by agreeing to a one-year, $9 million deal with Matt Moore, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post. Moore split time between three teams last year, one of which was the Angels, and finished with a 2.77 ERA in 46 appearances.
What a bust day of the MLB offseason.
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