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  1. As part of his explosive breakout 2018 season, Javier Baez didn't just give the Cubs elite hitting numbers and indispensable versatility around the infield -- he also added an element of thrill to everything he did, whether in his free-swinging approach, aggressive baserunning or daring tags in the field. The career year from one of the most exciting players in baseball culminated in a runner-up finish in the National League Most Valuable Player Award voting on Thursday.
  2. By Tuesday, all teams will have decided who deserves a spot on their 40-man rosters. Those Minor Leaguers who are eligible but not put on the roster will be exposed to be taken by the other 29 teams in the Rule 5 Draft, which will take place at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, on Thursday. Dec. 13.
  3. Free-agent season is just getting started, and one of the challenges of assessing free agents sometimes can be separating what they did in the last year of their most recent contract and what they can expect to do in the future.
  4. Cubs prospect Nico Hoerner took full advantage of the opportunity to participate in Fall League, emerging as one of the best hitters in the developmental league despite his lack of pro experience.
  5. In 2018, Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna Jr. entered the season as Rookie of the Year contenders, if not front-runners, in each league. But sometimes Rookies of the Year come on unexpectedly. With that in mind, here is a potential ROY candidate from each organization.
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