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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 12/7/19

The Modern Committee’s vote; the Reds’ shot at contention; optimism and pessimism at free agency

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: The Hall of Fame’s Modern Committee vote is on the way, meaning we could see some missed opportunity candidates getting a shot at the Hall. The likes of Lou Whitaker, Ted Simmons, and Marvin Miller, hopefully, will get their due, finally.

Baseball Prospectus | Matthew Trueblood ($): With the Reds signing Mike Moustakas to a long-term deal, it’s safe to say that they’re firmly in the NL Central race for 2020. It could be one of the better rotations, and with the addition of Alan Zinter at hitting coach, it’s possible the team shapes up on the offensive side, as well.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: There’s reason to be optimistic about free agency; there’s been more business than at this point last year or the year before, but it isn’t going to change anything structurally. Teams are still finding ways to save—the non-tender fiasco this year is a good example—and it doesn’t change the reality that overall expenditures are still slowing in increases while revenue continues to climb.