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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The new Hall of Fame ballot is going to force some voters to make tough decisions. Newcomers Chipper Jones and Jim Thome look like first-ballot picks, but how will Omar Vizquel, Scott Rolen and Andruw Jones -- who combined for 29 Gold Gloves -- fare? Then you have holdovers Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero, who just missed last year, plus Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Larry Walker, Fred McGriff and Jeff Kent and all the PED candidates (Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Sammy Sosa). Good luck.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

The Red Sox have added left-hander Jalen Beeks and righties Chandler Shepherd and Ty Buttrey to the 40-man roster to protect them from being eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. The Sox's 40-man roster is now at capacity.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome & Omar Vizquel headline 19 first-timers on the writers' Hall of Fame ballot announced Mon. Among 14 holdovers from the ‘17 ballot are Trevor Hoffman, Vlad Guerrero, Edgar Martinez, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez & Sammy Sosa. Results are to be announced 1/24.

Buster Olney @

Facing some tough choices, the Orioles are ready to listen to offers for Zach Britton and other relievers.

Megan Moureaux ESPN 

Dodgers' Joc Pederson leads USC onto the field for the last home game of the season.


Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees interviewed Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward for their managerial job. Woodward joins longtime Yankees coach Rob Thomson, former big league manager Eric Wedge, Giants third base coach Hensley Meulens and ESPN analyst Aaron Boone as known candidates.