Here are some miscellaneous links as Wednesday turns into Thursday...
- The expectation within baseball is that the ten-team playoff format will happen this season, reports ESPN's Buster Olney (on Twitter). The deadline for the new system to be implemented is March 1st.
- ESPN's Jim Bowden graded the offseason for each American League and National League team (Insider req'd). The Marlins, Angels, and Yankees each received an A.
- USA Today's Bob Nightengale wrote about the tremendous turnover rate at the closer position. Only four current closers - Mariano Rivera, Brian Wilson, Joakim Soria, and Carlos Marmol - have held the job for longer than two full years.
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