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Andrew Weber/Getty ImagesChicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters Monday that manager Joe Maddon was informed the team wouldn't be discussing a contract extension this winter and "will re-evaluate the situation later in the 2019 season Kyle Seager Jersey ," according to Patrick Mooney of The Athletic.Maddon is under contract through the 2019 campaign.Monday's announcement doesn't come as a huge surprise. In early October,Ken Rosenthalof The Athletic reported that "for months talk has persisted within the industry that Epstein and Maddon are not always on the same page."Epstein did deny that report two weeks later, however."I didn't read the whole thing," he said at the time, perPaul Sullivanof theChicago Tribune. "But I saw in there that there were some claims that he and I had personal friction. Not true at all. We have a terrific working relationship."Also in early October,Bob NightengaleofUSA Todayreported that Maddon wouldn't be offered a contract extension this winter and would be evaluatedafter the 2019 season, despite Maddon hoping for an extension.All of that smoke turned out to be a fire.That doesn't mean that Maddon won't ultimately be retained. Under his watch, the Cubs have gone 387-261, reached the postseason in four straight years and won the World Series in 2016. Maddon has led one of the most successful periods in franchise history and ended the team's legendary World Series drought.But the 2018 season ended in disappointment http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-nelson-cruz-jersey , as the team blew a five-game lead in the NL Central in September, lost the divisional tiebreaker game to the Milwaukee Brewers and were one-and-done in the postseason, losing the Wild Card Game to the Colorado Rockies. That end to the season has led to questions about Maddon's future in Chicago, questions that won't be answered until some point in 2019. The Washington Nationals haven't resigned themselves to the fact that Bryce Harper is definitely exiting in free agency. It's the right mindset to have.The market for Harper could get wild. He's 26 years old with one MVP already under his belt. He's coming off a campaign in which he posted personal bests in RBI (100) and walks (130)while posting his second-highest totals in home runs (34) and runs scored (103). He has six All-Star selections to show for his first seven big-league seasons.He's not the type of player any team would want to lose, and the Nationals predictably want to keep him around. But since his decision is out of their control, they're also making plans on how to proceed without him."They do plan to make a strong effort to try to keep superstar outfielder Bryce Harper," Jon Heyman wrote for Fancred Sports. "But just in case they are unable to do so, Nats people are said to be preparing two winter plans: one with Harper...and without him."Back in March, MLB.com's Mark Feinsandexamined the early contenders for signing Harper. While the Nationals were in that discussion Carlos Ruiz Jersey , so were the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees.Harper's actual list of possible landing spots could be even wider.Maybe he picks the Nats. But if he doesn't, they should have extra funds to help address other holes and could employ a formidable outfield in 2019 with some combination of Juan Soto, Victor Robles, Adam Eaton and/or Michael A. Taylor.Yankees One of Multiple Suitors for Patrick Corbin?Rick Scuteri/Associated PressTiming means as much to free agents as location does to those selling real estate.Patrick Corbin apparently understands that as well as anyone.The 29-year-old southpaw positioned himself for a lucrative venture into free agency by making 2018 the best season of his career. His 246 strikeouts (fifth overall) obliterated his previous high of 178. His 3.15 ERA was also a career best, and his 2.47 FIP suggests he pitched even better than that figure shows.He also reached 200 innings for the second time in his career. Considering he reached 189.2 innings last season, he's made his 2014 Tommy John surgery seem a distant memory.Based on all of the above http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-randy-johnson-jersey , he's not expected to find a shortage of suitors once he hits the open market."[He's] considered the most sought-after pitcher on the market this winter," Nick Cafardo wrote for theBoston Globe. "Corbin will have his pick, but it likely won't be in Arizona, which is looking to strip payroll and start rebuilding. Corbin is expected to draw a lot of interest from the Yankees, Dodgers, Giants and Braves. The deal likely could be at least five years in the $20 million-$25 million range."The Yankees, Giants and Braves all enter the offseason in search of an ace. Luis Severino was a mess in the second half, Madison Bumgarner hasn't made the smoothest return from injury and Atlanta's most promising arms are still coming through the pipeline.If the Dodgers can keep Clayton Kershaw around鈥攈e can opt out of his remaining two years and $70 million鈥攖hey should return most components of a rotation that ranked second in the majors (and first in the NL) with a 3.19 ERA. But there's no such thing as too much pitching, especially for a club that isn't shy of spending large.Michael Brantley In Line for Big Pay Day?Tony Dejak/Associated PressAfter a brutal bout with the injury bug the previous two seasons Jean Segura Jersey , Michael Brantley finally sent a reminder to the baseball world of what he can do when healthy.Over 143 games鈥攈is highest total since 2014鈥攖he three-time All-Star tallied 17 homers and 12 stolen bases while batting .309, the fifth-highest average in the American League. He scored 89 runs and drove in another 76. His 3.6 wins above replacement ranked third among position players on the 91-win Cleveland Indians.Those numbers are sure to get Brantley paid this winter, but maybe not by his incumbent team."I've heard whispers of Brantley being in line for a three-year deal in the $45 million range from some team," Terry Pluto wrote for Cleveland.com. "Given Brantley's injury history (major ankle and shoulder surgeries), he should pursue a long-term deal. It's doubtful it will come from the Tribe."MLB.com's Jim Duquettehad Brantley fourth overall and second among outfielders in his 2018-19 free agent rankings. Duquette listed the Indians, Yankees, Giants and Mariners as interested teams, while suggesting Brantley might command similar money to what Carlos Santana found last offseason (three years, $60 million).Save perhaps for contact http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-jay-buhner-jersey , Brantley doesn't do anything at an elite level, but he's above average-to-good in a lot of them. Provided clubs are relatively comfortable with his injury history, he shouldn't have trouble finding a contract offer to his liking鈥攅ven if he must go outside of Cleveland to do it.Statistics used courtesy of ESPN.com and Baseball-Reference.com

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