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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Last season, 34-year-old Nick Markakis played in 162 games for the NL East champion Braves, made his first All-Star team and and won a Gold Glove. He earned $11 million. Today, he re-signed with the Braves on one-year, $4 million deal with a team option for 2020 worth $6 million, which if not picked up by the Braves will reportedly trigger a $2 million buyout. Post-30 free agency just is isn't what it used to be.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

I'll give Asdrubal Cabrera this: He sure is consistent. He's the only middle infielder in baseball with at least a .260 batting average, 14 home runs and 50 RBIs in each of the past four seasons. Texas' park is a plus for him, too, giving him great odds at a fifth straight.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Since 2000, there have been six instances of a player attempting a stolen base on at least 45% of their opportunities (those calculated by Baseball-Reference.com) in a season: 57.0% Billy Hamilton, 2015 54.9% Rajai Davis, 2011 50.0% Davis, 2012 47.6% Adalberto Mondesi, 2018 46.4% Davis, 2013 46.2% Hamilton, 2014

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

John Smoltz got me good at first when I asked him about his nerves sleeping on his first lead in golf!!

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Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

"... I've never felt like this in my baseball career." HOF pitcher John Smoltz describes a trick he might play on himself to calm his nerves Sunday as the leader. I advise against it.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cole Hamels signs autographs at the Cubs winter fan convention.