“There’s a variety of changes that can be undertaken,” Manfred said. “I’m committed to the idea that we have a set of proposals out there and we continue to discuss those proposals in private.”
MLB has studied whether to restore the lower edge of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level — at the top of the kneecap. Management would like to install 20-second pitch clocks in an attempt to speed the pace of play — they have been used at Triple-A and Double-A for the past two seasons.
Players also have been against limiting mound meetings.
The least controversial change appears to be allowing a team to call for an intentional walk without the pitcher having to throw pitches. MLB approved that change to the intentional walk rule, from the traditional four-pitch walk to a dugout signal, team and union sources told ESPN’s Howard Bryant on Tuesday night.
Cousinsâ€™ dilemma isnâ€™t limited to just the NBA. The NFL is littered with stars in need of a fresh landscape where their talents wonâ€™t be squandered. Joe Thomas is a nine-time All-Pro who has averaged fewer than five wins a season languishing in Cleveland.
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They arenâ€™t the only players who need new homes. Hereâ€™s a list of players who could be hypothetically set for the Boogie treatment this offseason, what the lowest possible return for them could be, and where weâ€™d like them to end up.
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Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald to the New England Patriots in exchange for a sixth-round pick
Tom Brady has played with some good wide receivers in his storied career, but only one elite one â€” Randy Moss. While Fitzgerald is nearing the end of his rope as a pro, heâ€™d still give the Patriots a premier weapon at a position of need for 2017. With Danny Amendola a candidate to be cut and Michael Floyd a free agent, New England could trot out a three-receiver starting lineup featuring Fitzgerald, Julian Edelman, and either Chris Hogan or 2016 draft pick Malcolm Mitchell.