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Where 6 top free agent relievers should land this offseason

“At a 5.5%, Herrera had the fourth-lowest walk rate of all the free agent relievers in this class” writes Nov Est for sbnation.com. He has the sixth-best K rate of all available free agent relievers and 3.64 FIP and 1.427 WHIP in 54.2 innings for the Cubs in 2018.Ottavino did not receive a qualifying offer from Colorado this year and has the best fWAR among free agent relievers at 2.0.Wilson isn’t the most valuable arm available in free agency this offseason. Source: sbnation.com Share This:

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An Era of Violence at the Doorstep of America

“Such behavior foments an increasing disregard for respectful, peaceful dialogue, while America regresses into an era of civil unrest, political chaos and violence” reports thehill.com. Failure to bring about an attitude that builds trust, and sustains dignity and respect, risks condemning American society to an era of violence.Win-lose approaches, outside of war, only polarize identity politics further, which, if not led with moderation and maturity, likely will lead to violence.The Nov. 6 midterm elections, regardless of the outcome, indicate a deepening retrenchment of identity politics.The recent discovery of pipe bombs…

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Cubs exercise option on Cole Hamels, trade Drew Smyly to Texas

“Earlier this week, the Cubs exercised their $6.25 million option for Pedro Strop and fellow reliever Brandon Kintzler picked up his $5 million player option” reports foxsports.com. CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs exercised their $20 million option on Cole Hamels on Friday, solidifying their rotation for next year, and traded fellow left-hander Drew Smyly to the Texas Rangers.Had the Cubs declined the option and paid a $6 million buyout, the Rangers would have paid the Cubs an additional $6 million. Source: foxsports.com Share This:

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Kershaw stays with Dodgers for $93M, 3-year deal

“Kershaw stays with Dodgers for $93M, 3-year deal FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws during the first inning of Game 5 of the baseball NL Championship Series game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Los Angeles” writes Beth Harris for yahoo.com. Kershaw signed his $215 million deal in January 2014, and it called for salaries of $32 million next year and $33 million in 2020. Source: yahoo.com Share This:

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America’s Political Tribes, 2018

“With an eye toward the Preppy Handbook, that risible-yet-indispensable chronicle of 1980s old money, Politico Magazine developed a handy guide to the archetypes of political life today” writes Alex Fine for politico.com. Hippies and Birchers made their mark on the Cold War era, while centrist “Third Way” Democrats and Tea Partiers cropped up in more recent years. Source: politico.com Share This:

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UK finance minister says the era of austerity is ‘finally coming to an end’

“The U.K. Finance Minister Philip Hammond announced that the country is coming to the end of an era of austerity” writes Jack Taylor for cnbc.com. It is the last U.K. budget to be announced before Britain departs the European Union on March 29, 2019.The forecast for output growth in the U.K. (the change in gross domestic product) was also revised upwards by the Office for Budget Responsibility. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Rumours of Revolution Were Premature: The FX Industry in the Blockchain Era

“Most notably, the company has developed a payment netting service using blockchain technology in conjunction with IBM, an American technology company” writes Myo Min Tun for financemagnates.com. People should leave the sensationalist headlines aside and start looking at what problems, in the long-term, blockchain technology might solve.For our purposes, offering cryptocurrency trading to your clients does not ‘count’ as using blockchain technology.As that growth occurs, sorting blockchain firms that are likely to succeed from those that will fail comes down to problem-solving.It’s also worth noting the distinction between cryptocurrency and…

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SEC-Compliant ICOs Could Usher in a New Era for Investors

“In August of this year, ICO funding was at the lowest one-month funding total since the ICO boom began, with ICO funding in Q2 of 2018 experiencing the first ever quarter-over-quarter decline” reports financemagnates.com. As a result, the momentum initially garnered by ICOs is losing traction, with ICO funding reaching a 2018 low.In the new wave of regulated ICOs, institutional investors will not be discouraged by deceptive marketing tactics and will also have the assurance of investing in a compliant product.Non-compliant, unregulated ICOs have been raising exorbitant amounts of funding…

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