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Mike Soroka exits game after hit-by-pitch on forearm

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Braves starter Mike Soroka was removed for precautionary reasons on Sunday shortly after taking a 93.3-m.p.h. fastball off of his right forearm. It’s not yet clear whether any serious damage was done or how the incident will affect Soroka’s ability to make his next start.

The rookie stepped up to bat against the Nationals’ Austin Voth in the third inning and had just worked a 2-1 count against the pitcher before the next ball struck him in the arm. He threw his bat in the dirt and immediately walked out toward first base, where he remained without consultation or examination from the team’s medical staff for the rest of the inning.

Soroka, 21, has impressed during his rookie campaign with the Braves thus far. Entering Sunday’s finale, he boasted an 8-1 record in 12 starts with a 2.12 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 7.3 SO/9 across 76 1/3 innings, results that were only slightly marred by two shaky outings against the Pirates and Mets over the last week and a half.

Prior to the incident, the right-hander appeared to be on the cusp of another dominant start. He fired two one-hit, one-strikeout innings against the Nationals and was later replaced by Josh Tomlin in the bottom of the third.

The Braves currently lead the Nationals 2-0 in the seventh.

Report: Angels and Anthony Rendon agree on seven-year, $245 million contract

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Another big free agent domino has fallen at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is signing with the Angels on seven-year, $245 million contract, per Jon Heyman.

Rendon, 29, was the top free agent position player. He’s coming off of a season in which he helped the Nationals win their first championship, batting .319/.412/.598 with a league-high 126 RBI and an NL-best 44 doubles along with 34 home runs and 117 runs scored in 646 plate appearances. Rendon also continued to play solid defense at third base. During the postseason, Rendon hit .328/.412/.590 with seven doubles, three homers, 15 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 75 trips to the plate.

The Angels badly needed to make a big free agent splash this offseason, and third base was as good a place as any to do it. Rendon will now slot easily into the middle of the Angels’ lineup along with Mike Trout. It remains to be seen if the Angels are done making moves, but they could use a corner outfielder and another starting pitcher.

Humorously, Rendon has said he’d like to retire by age 35, as Jesse Daugherty of the Washington Post alluded to on the Nationals Talk Podcast. This contract will take him through his age-36 season.