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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.

Knights pitcher Carlos Rodon leaves game after taking line drive to forehead

Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon, on a rehab start with the Charlotte Knights, had to leave the game after getting hit by a line drive to the forehead from Norfolk's D'Arby Myers on May 24. Rodon had six strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings of action.