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MLB's Top 100 players for 2020 season: Numbers 100-76

MLB's Top 100 players for 2020 season: Numbers 100-76

There was once a time when a list of baseball's top 100 players would've been dominated by men in their 30s or even 40s. In 2004, for instance, the NL MVP was 39-year-old Barry Bonds and the Cy Young went to 41-year-old Roger Clemens. It was the seventh respective award for each.

We now can be almost certain that neither accomplishment was achieved without help, but if any good came from that era, it's that it forced baseball to address its PED problem, which means that a top 100 list now looks very different.

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Our list will reflect that shift. What it won't include are three pitchers guaranteed not to play in 2020 because of Tommy John surgery — Noah Syndergaard of the Mets, Luis Severino of the Yankees, and of course Chris Sale of the Red Sox.

Over the next four weeks, NBC Sports Boston will unveil its top 100 players, 25 at a time, and the list is dominated by youth. Never have young players been so essential to winning, whether it's 20-year-old Juan Soto helping lead the Nationals to last fall's shocking World Series title, or 23-year-old Cody Bellinger being named NL MVP.

Click here for Part 1: Players ranked 100th to 76th on our list.

David Ortiz gets visits from Edwin Encarnacion, Gary Sanchez amid recovery

David Ortiz gets visits from Edwin Encarnacion, Gary Sanchez amid recovery

David Ortiz's former competitors put the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees rivalry on hold Thursday.

Yankees teammates Edwin Encarnacion and Gary Sanchez, both Dominican Republic natives, payed the retired slugger a visit in Boston as he continues to recover from a gunshot wound he suffered June 9 in the Dominican.

Ortiz posted a photo of himself and Encarnacion on Thursday while tagging free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes, who also is Dominican.

Sanchez then shared a photo of he and a healthy-looking Ortiz, thanking "Mr. Ortiz" for taking the time to meet with him.

The 36-year-old Encarnacion and the 26-year-old Sanchez come from different generations, but both can appreciate Big Papi's impact in both Major League Baseball and his native Dominican Republic.

Ortiz and Encarnacion also are very close, as the former actually tried to recruit the latter to Boston back in 2016.

The Yankees duo's visit came a day before New York's three-game series against the Red Sox, which begins Friday night at Fenway Park.

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MLB Rumors: Yankees considering Gary Sanchez-J.T. Realmuto trade

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MLB Rumors: Yankees considering Gary Sanchez-J.T. Realmuto trade

It appears the New York Yankees are considering all options this offseason -- including trading their supposed catcher of the future.

The Yankees have had talks with the Miami Marlins about including Gary Sanchez in a trade for J.T. Realmuto, Fancred's Jon Heyman reported late Thursday. A deal doesn't seem imminent, though, as Heyman reports New York has "resisted offering other top pieces" in a Sanchez-led package to Miami, which is hoping for a "major" return.

Sanchez has immense raw talent but battled injuries and inconsistency last season, hitting just .186 while playing in 89 games. Realmuto, meanwhile, has emerged as one of the best-hitting catchers in baseball and recorded career highs in home runs (21) and RBIs (74) last season while hitting .277.

The Yankees reportedly still hold the 25-year-old Sanchez in high regard, but Realmuto would give them better defense behind the plate while sacrificing a small amount of power for more offensive consistency.

The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers also have shown interest in Realmuto, per Heyman, who noted the Boston Red Sox could be a potential landing spot, as well.

Realmuto's old Double-A coach, Andy Barkett, now is Boston's assistant hitting coach, which could count for something, although the Red Sox's thin farm system may prevent them from making a legitimate offer.

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