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No new players on Phillies, Marlins have tested positive for COVID-19

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It appears Major League Baseball might finally get back to normal after a wild week involving a coronavirus outbreak, cancellation/postponement of several games, and the threat of the season being cancelled.

It has been reported that the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Miami Marlins have not reported new coronavirus cases over the past couple of days, clearing them to resume their schedules next week.

Both teams have played just three games in 2020, and haven’t taken the field since last Sunday due to a COVID-19 outbreak that saw nearly 20 Marlins players/coaches, and two Phillies staff members test positive for the virus.

Assuming there is no setbacks, the Phillies will be back in action on Monday to begin a series against the New York Yankees, while the Marlins will start four-game series over a span of three days with the Baltimore Orioles over three days starting on Tuesday.

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Blue Jays have inquired about free agent lefty Brad Hand

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking for some additional bullpen depth, and are aiming at filling it with a quality left-hander.

According to reports, the team has focused some of their efforts on signing free agent reliever Brad Hand.

The 30-year old, who surprisingly had his option declined by the Cleveland Indians in late October, had amassed a 2-1 record, 2.05 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and an AL-best 16 saves out of 16 opportunities in 2020.

Prior to last season, he had made three straight MLB All-Star appearances from 2017-2019.

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Charlie Morton signs with Braves

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The Atlanta Braves just bolstered their rotation in a big way.

The team announced that they have agreed to sign veteran starter Charlie Morton to a one-year, $15 million contract.

The 37-year old, who has 13 MLB seasons under his belt, posted a 2-2 record, and 4.74 ERA in nine starts and 38.0 innings pitched last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, who ended up making it to the World Series.

In 2019, he went 16-6 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 194.2 innings pitched.

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Trevor Bauer becomes first Cincinnati Reds pitcher to win the Cy Young Award

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They have been in existence for a long, long time, but have never had a pitcher win the NL Cy Young Award in their franchise’s history. Well that has now changed.

Veteran right-hander Trevor Bauer became the first Reds pitcher to win the Award when it was announced on Wednesday.

The 29-year old, who is currently an unrestricted free agent, posted a 5-4 record, 1.73 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 100 strikeouts over a span of 11 starts and 73.0 innings pitched in the pandemic shortened 2020 MLB season.

“The biggest deal this year is I was just healthy,” said Bauer.

“I was able to go out there and compete, be on a routine.”

Cleveland Indians pitcher Shane Bieber took home the AL Cy Young Award.

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