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After two seasons in the Cleveland bullpen, Jeff Manship‘s time as part of the Indians relief staff came to a close when the team opted not to tender him a contract in December in advance of his first exposure to arbitration, making the 32-year-old right-hander a free agent.
The move may have come as a surprise to some, as his overall numbers were average, especially compared to his incredible half-season of work with the club in 2015, but on the surface alone may not have merited being cut loose at a fairly reasonable salary for the coming year. He had been projected to make in the vicinity of $1.2 million through arbitration by the number gurus of MLBTradeRumors.com.
Instead of remaining state side and finding a minor league deal with a Major League club, Manship and his services sailed overseas to Korea, as he signed a $1.8 million one-year contract with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization.
The newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame are one step closer to induction as the candidates for the Class of 2017 were announced on Monday as the annual Cooperstown ballot was unveiled.
A total of 19 new names join the list of 15 holdovers looking to gain entry to a place among baseball’s immortals. Among the most recognizable of the first time candidates are Vladimir Guerrero, Ivan Rodriguez, and former Cleveland Indians outfielder Manny Ramirez.
To reach the Hall, a player needs to appear on 75% of the ballots cast by more than 400 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Results of the process will be announced on January 18 on the MLB Network.