Here are three things we’ll be watching throughout the day today as the finals continue to ramp up:

1. Eligibility for today’s discount decisions

of 14 players The recipient of the qualifying offer must accept or reject the offer by 3:00 PM Central Time this afternoon. While most of these players make the simple and obvious decision to not accept QO, a few players have a more interesting decision on their hands. Rangers Gr Martin Perez Someone is an example. It can be accepted. A QO, although he actually joined the Red Sox Nathan Eovaldi As a person in negotiations with his 2022 club, a Multi-year agreement, which could be issued in exchange for a one-year, $19.65MM QO contract. Such an agreement can happen even after this time limit depending on the situation Jose Abreu And the White Sox after the 2019 season. Giants off the field Joc PedersenDodgers Gr Tyler Anderson and Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo Although Rizzo is already among the other candidates to accept the offer It is reported that there is a lot of interest from the Astros despite his QO.

2. Rule 5 deadline comes tonight

Teams must prepare their 40-man rosters before the upcoming Rule 5 draft this evening at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. Given that there was no major league phase of the Rule 5 draft last season, teams will likely need more protection than usual, which could lead to bigger roster problems than usual for many teams. The Rays have already a A pair It moves To clear the list of names and are Expected To make more transactions before the deadline tonight. While they may be among the most active teams today, it’s safe to say that most teams will be making roster moves throughout the day leading up to tonight’s deadline.

3. The result of the best manager of the year was announced tonight

Awards season continues tonight with the AL and NL Manager of the Year awards announced tonight. In the AL, relievers Terry Francona, the Orioles’ Brandon Hyde and the Navy’s Scott Servais are the finalists, while in the NL it will be the Braves’ Brian Snitker, the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts or Buck. Showalter of the Mets. Each finalist has an interesting case for the award that sets them apart from the rest of the field. Francona’s bullpen earned a surprise division title by beating the favored White Sox and Twins despite having a much smaller payroll than either of their division rivals. Hyde and the Orioles remain in the postseason hunt through September after a 100-game hitting season, even if they don’t make the postseason. Servais, meanwhile, led the Mariners to end the longest active playoff drought in the sport and bring playoff baseball to Seattle for the first time since 2001. , as Buck Showalter returned to the dugout to lead the Mets to their 100-win season. Snitker, meanwhile, makes the case through Atlanta’s spectacular September in which they ran down Showalter’s Mets for the division title. The results will be announced tonight at 5:00pm Central Time.

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