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    The biggest question of the offseason is a two-parter.1. Will Clayton Kershaw opt out of the final two years and $65 million of his contract?2. If he does opt out Ron Santo Jersey , will he consider signing elsewhere, or will it just be to get more years from the Dodgers?He did little to put Dodgers fans minds at ease with his recent comments."I would be lying if I said it didn't cross my mind," Kershaw told reporters when asked if he had thought at all about how he may have made his last home start at Dodger Stadium.The chances are he'll opt out, as the security that comes with adding a few years' worth of guaranteed money will be too appealing to pass up.It's hard to envision the free-spending Dodgers letting their homegrown star get away, but there's always the possibility that someone makes him an offer he can't refuse.Another postseason that doesn't end in a World Series title could also convince the 30-year-old that his best chance of winning atitle may be elsewhere.We shall see.Prediction:Kershaw opts out, re-signs on a five-year, $175 million deal with the Dodgers.Patrick CorbinMatthew Stockman/Getty ImagesIt's been a breakout season for Patrick Corbin.An All-Star for the second time in his career, he's gone 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA Ernie Banks Jersey , 1.06 WHIP and 242 strikeouts (3rd in NL) in 195 innings for 4.4 WAR.The 29-year-old picked the perfect time for a career year. A case can be made he's the top starting pitching option on the market if Kershaw decides to stay put.So which team is the early favorite to sign him?As a Syracuse native, Corbin grew up a Yankees fan, and it sounds like he's open to the idea of donning pinstripes."It would definitely be great to play there," Corbin told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. "I grew up a Yankee fan. My whole family are Yankee fans. My mom, my dad, my grandpa, everybody. Really, every generation of my family has been Yankee fans.I know the Yankees have had some interest in the past http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-ryne-sandberg-jersey , and there were a lot of rumors this winter that got my family excited. It would have been cool."With J.A. Happ, CC Sabathia and Lance Lynn all headed for free agency, the Yankees have a clear need in the rotation. It stands to reason that bolstering the starting staff will trump making a run at someone like Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.Prediction:Corbin signs a four-year, $72 million deal with the Yankees. Charlie MortonStephen Brashear/Getty ImagesIf there's any player this year who might consider accepting a qualifying offer, it's Charlie Morton.The 34-year-old has become a different pitcher since joining the Houston Astros last season, going a combined 29-10 with a 3.39 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 360 strikeouts in 310.2 innings for 5.0 WAR.He's earning just $7 million this season and has earned roughly $40.7 million over the course of his career, according to Spotrac.Morton has hinted at potentially retiring at the end of the 2018 season in the past. The chance to return for one more year and earn what figures to be a salary north of $18 million by accepting a qualifying offer could be too tempting to turn down.His decision on the future could also impact the market for Dallas Keuchel.If Morton does return Billy Williams Jersey , the Astros might be more inclined to let Keuchel walk in free agency. Losing both standout starters would be a tough pill to swallow for the defending champs, though.Prediction:Morton accepts a qualifying offer and returns for one more year.All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, unless otherwise noted. ATLANTA — Atlanta left-hander Sean Newcomb has been worn down by his first full season in the major leagues. That’s why the club has given him an additional day of rest between his most recent starts, a tactic that’s help the youngster regain his effectiveness.Newcomb (11-6, 3.57 ERA) will be on the mound for the Braves Wednesday when they complete their two-game series against Tampa Bay at SunTrust Park. Tampa Bay had not announced its starting pitcher on Tuesday night.The Braves won the first game of the series on Tuesday and improved to 3-0 against Tampa this season. Atlanta won 9-5 and broke Tampa Bay’s eight-game winning streak. The victory improved Atlanta’s record to 74-57 and extended their lead in the National League East to 4 1/2 games.Article continues below ...Tampa Bay (70-62) remains a long shot to make the playoffs — the Rays are nine games out of the second wild car spot — but manager Kevin Cash isn’t too concerned with the standings.“I’m more concerned with we’re playing the Braves,” he said. “And then we’re playing the Indians. Two first-place clubs. We just got done playing the Red Sox. This is a very challenging part of the schedule. We’re going to have to play really good baseball to come up with a successful road trip.”After giving up a combined 12 runs in successive starts, Newcomb was given five days of rest and responded with six shutout innings against the Marlins. It slowed the damage he has suffered this month, when his ERA is 5.48 and he has allowed 13 runs in 21 1/3 innings.Newcomb made one appearance against the Rays on April 8 and fired six shutout innings with six strikeouts.“The changeup being good has been a big help http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-jon-lester-jersey ,” Newcomb said. “It’s starting to be something to keep guys off my fastball.”The Braves will try a way to cool off Tampa third baseman Matt Duffy. He has hit safely in six straight games and went 2-for-5 in the series opener. During his hitting streak, Duffy is hitting .461 (12-for-26) and has multiple hits in five of his last six games.Left fielder Tommy Pham has been hot, too, since returning from the disabled list with a dislocated finger. He went 3-for-5 on Tuesday and is hitting .472 (9-for-19) over his last four games.Tampa Bay will try to find an answer for Atlanta center fielder Ender Inciarte. He was 4-for-4 on Tuesday and hit his ninth homer, his second in the last week. Inciarte is batting .533 (8-for-15) over his last four games.“We need him to come through for us as much as he can,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said.Tampa Bay added right-handed pitcher Andrew Kittredge to the roster when ex-Braves outfielder Mallex Smith went on the disabled list with a viral infection. Smith left the hospital and was able to run and work out in Tampa on Tuesday.The Braves are on the verge of getting right-handed reliever Shane Carle back from the disabled list. He was sent to Triple-A Gwinnett for a rehab appearance after missing 21 games with right shoulder inflammation. Veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy is also close to returning from the disabled list.

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