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142 players became free agents last night

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Under a recent agreement, players no longer need to file for free agency. Rather, free agency-eligible players automatically became free agents as soon as the World Series ended.  The MLBPA wasted absolutely no time last night telling us who those players are, issuing a press release while the Giants were still jumping around on the field (see the list of all the players below).  There will be others who join the list, of course, as arbitration-eligible players are non-tendered and stuff like that happens.

Teams have only a five-day exclusive negotiating period, down from the 15 days of years past, so there won’t be much time to breathe before the hot stove news starts up hot and heavy.  Lucky for you none of us here at HBT have lives, so we’ll be on the news and rumors like white on rice.  Make sure to keep an HBT window up at all times between now and, oh, February, because we’ll have the latest stuff up faster than just about anyone.

Here are the free agent-eligibles. Some of them — like Bronson Arroyo, for example — have options and may be off the list soon. Most of them, however, will be coming to a new team near you in the next several months.

Troy Glaus 1B Braves
Eric Hinske OF Braves
Derrek Lee 1B Braves
Kris Benson P Diamondbacks
Mike Hampton P Diamondbacks
Aaron Heilman P Diamondbacks
Rodrigo Lopez P Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb P Diamondbacks
Cesar Izturis SS Orioles
Julio Lugo 2B Orioles
Kevin Millwood P Orioles
Corey Patterson OF Orioles
Koji Uehara P Orioles
Ty Wigginton 1B Orioles
Mike Lowell 1B Red Sox
Victor Martinez C Red Sox
Jason Varitek C Red Sox
Xavier Nady OF Cubs
Willie Bloomquist OF Reds
Miguel Cairo 3B Reds
Jim Edmonds OF Reds
Michael Lincoln P Reds
Arthur Rhodes P Reds
Ramon Hernandez C Reds
Russ Springer P Reds
Joe Beimel P Rockies
Jorge de la Rosa P Rockies
Octavio Dotel P Rockies
Jason Giambi 1B Rockies
Melvin Mora 3B Rockies
Jay Payton OF Rockies
Freddy Garcia P White Sox
Andruw Jones OF White Sox
Paul Konerko 1B White Sox
Mark Kotsay DH White Sox
A.J. Pierzynski C White Sox
J.J. Putz P White Sox
Omar Vizquel 3B White Sox
Jeremy Bonderman P Tigers
Johnny Damon DH Tigers
Gerald Laird C Tigers
Magglio Ordonez OF Tigers
Bobby Seay P Tigers
Will Ohman P Marlins
Jorge Sosa P Marlins
Chad Tracy 3B Marlins
Geoff Blum SS Astros
Brian Moehler P Astros
Bruce Chen P Royals
Hideki Matsui DH Angels
Scot Shields P Angels
Brad Ausmus C Dodgers
Rod Barajas C Dodgers
Jay Gibbons OF Dodgers
Reed Johnson OF Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda P Dodgers
Vicente Padilla P Dodgers
Manny Ramirez OF White Sox
Jeff Weaver P Dodgers
David Bush P Brewers
Chris Capuano P Brewers
Craig Counsell SS Brewers
Jesse Crain P Twins
Randy Flores P Twins
Brian Fuentes P Twins
Matt Guerrier P Twins
Orlando Hudson 2B Twins
Ron Mahay P Twins
Carl Pavano P Twins
Nick Punto 3B Twins
Jon Rauch P Twins
Jim Thome DH Twins
Henry Blanco C Mets
Elmer Dessens P Mets
Kelvim Escobar P Mets
Pedro Feliciano P Mets
Fernando Tatis 1B Mets
Lance Berkman 1B Yankees
Derek Jeter SS Yankees
Nick Johnson 1B Yankees
Austin Kearns OF Yankees
Chad Moeller C Yankees
Andy Pettitte P Yankees
Mariano Rivera P Yankees
Marcus Thames OF Yankees
Javier Vazquez P Yankees
Kerry Wood P Yankees
Justin Duchscherer P Athletics
Ben Sheets P Athletics
Jose Contreras P Phillies
Chad Durbin P Phillies
J.C. Romero P Phillies
Mike Sweeney DH Phillies
Jayson Werth OF Phillies
Chan Ho Park P Pirates
David Eckstein 2B Padres
Jerry Hairston Jr. SS Padres
Matt Stairs OF Padres
Miguel Tejada 3B Padres
Yorvit Torrealba C Padres
Kevin Correia P Padres
Josh Bard C Mariners
Chris Woodward SS Mariners
Jamey Wright P Mariners
Pat Burrell OF Giants
Jose Guillen DH Giants
Aubrey Huff 1B Giants
Guillermo Mota P Giants
Juan Uribe SS Giants
Pedro Feliz 3B Cardinals
Jason LaRue C Cardinals
Mike MacDougal P Cardinals
Aaron Miles 2B Cardinals
Brad Penny P Cardinals
Dennys Reyes P Cardinals
Jeff Suppan P Cardinals
Jake Westbrook P Cardinals
Randy Winn OF Cardinals
Rocco Baldelli OF Rays
Grant Balfour P Rays
Joaquin Benoit P Rays
Randy Choate P Rays
Carl Crawford OF Rays
Brad Hawpe OF Rays
Gabe Kapler OF Rays
Carlos Pena 1B Rays
Chad Qualls P Rays
Rafael Soriano P Rays
Jorge Cantu 3B Rangers
Frank Francisco P Rangers
Cristian Guzman 2B Rangers
Cliff Lee P Rangers
Bengie Molina C Rangers
Matt Treanor C Rangers
John Buck C Blue Jays
Scott Downs P Blue Jays
Jason Frasor P Blue Jays
Lyle Overbay 1B Blue Jays
Miguel Batista P Nationals
Adam Dunn 1B Nationals
Willie Harris OF Nationals
Kevin Mench OF Nationals
Rick Ankiel OF Braves
Kyle Farnsworth P Braves
Alex Gonzalez SS Braves
Omar Infante 2B Braves
Adam LaRoche 1B Diamondbacks
Mark Hendrickson P Orioles
Adrian Beltre 3B Red Sox
Bill Hall OF Red Sox
Felipe Lopez 3B Red Sox
David Ortiz DH Red Sox
Aramis Ramirez 3B Cubs
Bronson Arroyo RHP Reds
Orlando Cabrera SS Reds
Aaron Harang P Reds
Jeff Francis P Rockies
Miguel Olivo C Rockies
Jhonny Peralta 3B Tigers
Scott Podsednik OF Dodgers
Doug Davis P Brewers
Trevor Hoffman P Brewers
Gregg Zaun C Brewers
Jose Reyes SS Mets
Eric Chavez DH Athletics
Coco Crisp OF Athletics
Mark Ellis 2B Athletics
Jon Garland P Padres
Chris Young P Padres
Erik Bedard P Mariners
Russell Branyan 1B Mariners
Edgar Renteria SS Giants
Dan Wheeler P Rays
Vladimir Guerrero DH Rangers
Kevin Gregg P Blue Jays
Adam Kennedy 2B Nationals

Yordano Ventura represented the best and worst of baseball’s culture

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 28:  Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals delivers in the first inning during a game against the Boston Red Sox on August 28, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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It was reported this morning that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Former prospect Andy Marte was also killed in a separate car accident. Along with Jose Fernandez and Oscar Taveras, the baseball world has lost a lot of young, exciting talent in a very short amount of time.

Ventura was, like all of us, a complex human being. At his best, he was an exciting, talented, emotive pitcher who featured an electric fastball which sat in the mid-90’s and occasionally touched 100 MPH. At his worst, he was an immature, impressionable kid trying to fit in by exacting revenge against batters he felt had wronged him by slinging those electric fastballs at vulnerable areas of their bodies.

Baseball needed Ventura when he was at his best. It is players like him and Fernandez, not Mike Trout, that bring in new fans to the sport. To baseball die-hards, Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the pinnacle of entertainment because we know he’s an otherworldly talent. But to the average fan, Trout is just another player who hits a couple of homers and doesn’t do anything particularly interesting otherwise. Trout is milquetoast. Ventura was never an All-Star, but fans knew who he was because he made his presence felt every time he made a start. He was fun, if sometimes vengeful.

Ventura’s baseball rap sheet is rather lengthy for someone who only pitched parts of four seasons in the big leagues. Early in the 2015 season, Ventura found himself in a handful of benches-clearing incidents in quick succession. On April 12, he jawed with Trout, apparently misunderstanding the motivation behind Trout yelling, “Let’s go!” Though catcher Salvador Perez intervened, Trout’s teammate Albert Pujols ran in from second base and the benches cleared shortly thereafter. On the 18th, some drama between the Athletics and Royals continued. Ventura fired a 99 MPH fastball at Brett Lawrie, resulting in his immediate ejection from the game. More beanball wars ensued in the series finale the following day. Finally, on the 23rd, Ventura hit White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu with a 99 MPH fastball in the fourth inning. Ventura was not ejected… until after the completion of the seventh inning. Walking back to the dugout, Ventura barked at White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton and — you guessed it — the benches cleared. All told, Ventura was fined for his behavior with the Athletics and suspended seven games for the White Sox incident.

In August 2015, Ventura called Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista a “nobody” and accused him of stealing signs. He apologized shortly thereafter. Two months later, during his start in Game 6 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, Ventura got into it with Jays first base coach Tim Leiper. Nothing happened beyond that, but apparently it was part of the Jays’ plan to try to put Ventura “on tilt.”

Most recently, in June this past season, Ventura hit Orioles third baseman Manny Machado with a pitch. Machado charged the mound and got in at least one punch before the players spilled out onto the field in a blob of royal blue and orange. Ventura was suspended for eight games.

Ventura was by no means a model of civility, but he was a product of baseball’s intransigent culture forcing players to assimilate or be ostracized. The old culture taught players to never show emotion. Hit a home run? Put your head down and circle the bases in a timely fashion or risk taking a fastball to the ribs. Players like Fernandez and Bautista — typically players from Latin countries — challenged those old cultural norms and are, as a result, the vanguard of the new culture. Ventura displayed aspects of each, the worst of the old culture and the best of the new. He was not a one-dimensional person; he was strikingly complex. At one moment willing to use a fastball as a weapon, the next stopping by some kids’ lemonade stand and giving out fist bumps. Baseball is made more entertaining and more interesting by its personalities and Ventura’s was a behemoth, for better or worse. His absence from the sport will be felt.

MLB remembers Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 28:  Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals delivers in the first inning during a game against the Boston Red Sox on August 28, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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Following the tragic passing of 25-year-old Yordano Ventura and 33-year-old Andy Marte, both of whom were killed in separate car crashes on Sunday morning, players and executives from around Major League Baseball expressed an outpouring of grief and support for the players’ families and former teams.

Fans have gathered at Kauffman Stadium in memory of the former pitcher.