Bob Brookover: Historic data doesn’t make Phillies’ decision on giving Harper and Machado big money any easier

My flight home from the winter meetings in Las Vegas Thursday afternoon was filled with a large Phillies contingent that included general manager Matt Klentak, his assistant Ned Rice and quite a few members of the ballclub's growing research and development department. They are the people who feed Klentak the data that helps the general manager make decisions like the one to sign free-agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen to a three-year deal worth $50 million.

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Acuna, Ohtani win MLB’s Rookie of the Year honors

Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves and Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angles took home the MLB's Rookie of the Year awards Monday night.

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