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Hyun-Jin Ryu accepts Dodgers’ qualifying offer; Yasmani Grandal does not

Somewhat lost in the Dodgers' hectic start to the offseason were the qualifying offers the club extended to two important pieces last week. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Yasmani Grandal have made significant contributions to the Dodgers in recent years and both had to decide whether to play for $17.9 million next season or test the free-agent market for a long-term deal. They came to different decisions.

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After being fired by Mariners, director of high performance levels accusations of racism

It was just over a year ago, Oct. 30, 2017 to be exact, that Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto gleefully announced the hiring of Dr. Lorena Martin, Ph.D to be the organization's director of high performance – a position created specifically for her to help change and revolutionize the organization's commitment to training, conditioning and injury prevention to lead to greater success on the field.

New York Mets draft Harrison Central pitcher Hardy

Harrison Central right-handed pitcher Brendan Hardy was drafted in the 31st round of the Major League Baseball draft. Hardy is one of several South Mississippi players drafted in the 2018 draft.