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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 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!!


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.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cole Hamels signs autographs at the Cubs winter fan convention.