Brianna Mancini/iStockBY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — New York City officials are advising senior citizens to avoid as much nonessential travel outside of their households as the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations jump.The city’s Health Department issued an advisory Tuesday that elderly and New Yorkers with underlying health conditions should “limit activities outside the home, except leaving home to travel to work or school, or for essential purposes including medical care, grocery shopping or pharmacy necessities.”Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi said the coronavirus situation is getting worse and cases are expected to increase in the coming weeks. Chokshi said the city’s hospitals have more than 1,100 COVID-19 patients.“That’s twice as many as were hospitalized less than three weeks ago and the highest number since early June,” he said during the mayor’s Tuesday briefing.Chokshi said the advisory is specifically directed at New Yorkers over 65 since they have a higher risk of infection.New York City, which was once the epicenter of the virus, has seen its seven-day average of new cases surge from 622 on Nov. 1 to 1,437 on Nov. 28, according to the city’s Health Department. During that same period, the seven-day average of new hospitalizations increased from 46 to 112, according to the health data.Mayor de Blasio said New Yorkers need to come together and adhere to these precautions, along with the other health guidelines such as mask wearing and social distancing, if they want these numbers to come down.“If we are not successful in driving down these numbers soon, of course, there’s the real possibility of much greater restrictions. So we have to do this work individually if we want to avoid those restrictions,” he said at the news conference.The mayor also called on New Yorkers to address another health crisis gripping the city: a blood shortage. De Blasio said the city’s blood supply is down to three days when the ideal blood supply is seven days.“There haven’t been corporate blood drives and blood drives at colleges and … government offices,” he said. “[These] things that used to make such a difference.”The mayor said the city is looking for at least 25,000 New Yorkers to donate blood this month, and the New York Blood Center is increasing its incentives for interested donors.The center is offering prizes, such as a VIP tour of the Empire State Building, New York Jets tickets and gift certificates, for donations during the month.“We’re going to keep giving you updates to remind you how we’re doing and how much we need. But everyone, you’re going to feel so good after you give blood,” de Blasio said. “You’re going to feel good, because you’re going to feel in your heart that you did something so good for your fellow New Yorker.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
ARLINGTON, Texas >> A’s manager Bob Melvin sat in the visiting manager’s office at Globe Life Park before the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader with the Texas Rangers figuratively keeping his fingers crossed that he could limit the use of his bullpen and planning to rest some of his position regulars with three games to play over the next day and a half.Melvin didn’t count on losing a catcher and need a replacement flown into Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport before the Athletics’ 10-5 …
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#news#NYT#twitter#web At Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference, Seesmic’s founder and CEO Loic Le Meur just announced that the company will release a native Windows version of its popular Twitter client later today. Seesmic developed this client on top of .NET. As Le Meur told us yesterday, the new client will be faster and use significantly less memory than the current AIR client. In addition, Seesmic will now also feature a Firefox-like plugin infrastructure that will allow developers to extend the application through a new, built-in API.As usual, Seesmic will first make this new Seesmic for Windows client available to members of its Team Seesmic beta test community. Signing up for Team Seesmic is easy and you will immediately get access to all of Seesmic’s public beta products. Le Meur told us that a native Windows client was something that Seesmic’s users had been requesting for quite a while. The Seesmic team worked on this new client for the last few months, though the company managed to keep this development under wraps and today’s release comes as a surprise. While there are quite a few good native Twitter clients for OSX, the most popular Twitter clients on Windows are currently AIR apps. FeaturesBeing a native client, Seesmic can now also make use of some of Windows’ built-in features like a system-wide spellchecker or Windows 7’s location services. While Twitter hasn’t launched it’s location API yet, Seesmic will now be able to tab into this data quickly.The new client will also allow users to drag and drop their friends’ avatars into user lists.Just like the current beta version of its AIR app, Seesmic for Windows will support Twitter’s userlists and while the look and feel is similar to the AIR app, the Windows client also features vertical tabs in the sidebar that allow users to quickly switch between different views (all, accounts, userlists and searches).Plugins for SeesmicFor developers, of course, the new plugin infrastructure also means that they can now offer their services directly in a Twitter client. The current version already showcases plugins from TweetMeme and MrTweet. According to Le Meur, this will also allow other Twitter-like services to build their own plugins and build their own columns in Seesmic without having to establish a formal relationship with the company. In a few weeks, Seesmic will launch a plugin gallery to showcase these extensions. What About the AIR App?Seesmic will continue to develop its Adobe AIR client for the time being, though chances are that the company is also looking at developing a native Mac client. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit frederic lardinois read more
Welcome to India Today Online’s coverage of the fourth day of the second Test between India and New Zealand from the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Monday. Score | PhotosInd vs NZ second Test Day 4Ravichandran Ashwin is the Man of the Series. He took 18 wickets in 2 matchesKohli: The Kiwis came back strongly in this Test, but I and Mahendra Singh Dhoni decided to take it easily and stitch a partnership. My natural game is to attack, but I played cautiously in the second innings and it paid rich dividends. It was an awesome track and I really enjoyed playing here as the crowds are really supportive and I would love to come back here.Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match for his century in the first innings and a half-ton in the second innings.BRIEF SCORES: New Zealand 365 all out (Taylor 113, Ojha 5/99) and 232/9 (James Franklin 41; R Ashwin 5/69) lost to India 353 (Kohli 103; Southee 7/64) and 262/5 (Pujara 48, Kohli 51 n.o, Dhoni 48 n.o) by 5 wicketsMATCH SUMMARY: That seals the victory for India and it also makes Dhoni the most successful Indian captain at home, with 14 wins in Tests. India started off alright with a decent opening stand but Sehwag fell to a poor shot and Gambhir soon followed. Tendulkar and Pujara steadied the ship until rain stopped play. After the break though, New Zealand turned on the heat as they took three quick wickets to leave India stuttering at 166 for 5. India have won the series 2-0 now, but New Zealand can be happy about the way they fought in the second Test.advertisement4:48 pm | 63.2 overs: SIX and INDIA WIN! Jeetan Patel to Dhoni, SIX, trademark way to finish the game off! Flighted on middle and leg, Dhoni gets down on one knee and employs a powerful slog sweep to send the ball sailing into the stands at deep mid wicket.4:46 pm | 63.1 overs: Jeetan Patel to Dhoni, FOUR, poor delivery! Short and wide outside off, too easy for Dhoni who cuts it away off the back foot to the deep backward point fence4:45 pm | 62.6 overs: Southee to Virat Kohli, FOUR, this guy is class! Full on middle, Kohli leans forward and employs a straight drive to send the ball all along the ground, to the long off fence. That shot brings up his 5th Test half century! Just 9 required now.4:44 pm | 62.4 overs: Southee to Virat Kohli, FOUR, superb shot! Short and slightly wide outside off, Kohli latches onto it and cuts it away with some force, to send the ball to the deep extra cover boundary.4:42 pm | 61.6 overs: Jeetan Patel to Dhoni, no run, straighter one from Jeetan Patel, Dhoni had absolutely no clue as he tried to defend it off the front foot and was left completely beaten. India need 21 runs for victory.4:25 pm | 58 overs: India are 225/5 at the stage with skipper Dhoni batting on 29 and Kohli on 34. India need 36 runs for victory.4:04 pm | 53.6 overs: Southee to Dhoni, 2 runs, pitched up on the off stump, Dhoni pushes it off the front foot to sweeper cover and runs very well between the wickets to complete a couple. India need 57 runs with 5 wickets in hand. Skipper Dhoni is batting on 25 and Kohli on 17.3:34 pm | 47.4 overs: Massive SIX of Dhoni! Jeetan Patel to Dhoni, SIX, risky shot! Flighted on middle and leg, Dhoni gets down on one knee and goes for the sweep shot, the ball takes the top edge and still goes over the ropes at fine leg3:30 pm | 46.5 overs: Boult to Dhoni, byes, FOUR, poor delivery! Full and wide down the leg side, Dhoni tries to flick but the ball is beyond his reach, McCullum dives to his left but fails to stop the ball and it goes down to the fine leg fence3:28 pm | 46.4 overs: Boult to Dhoni, FOUR, nicely done! Dhoni uses the pace of this delivery, fuller length outside off, he opens the face of the bat and lets the ball run off it to deep backward point for a boundaryCaptain Mahendra Singh Dhoni comes into bat3:15 pm | 43.1 overs: WICKET! Bowled and Kiwis take control… Jeetan Patel to Raina, out Bowled!! Absurd shot! Quicker one on middle, just goes straight through, Raina comes down the track and has a wild swing across the line, he misses the ball completely and loses the middle stump in the process. There was really no need for that shot, questions will be asked of his temperament now. Raina b Jeetan Patel 0(10) (India 166/5 in 43.1 overs)3:06 pm | 41.6 overs: Jeetan Patel to Raina, no run, flatter outside off, Raina drives it rather uppishly off the front foot, towards mid-off. India are 158/4 at the stage with Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina in the middle. Both batsmen have yet to open their account. The weather conditions are definitely helping the Kiwi bowlers. India need 103 runs more to win.advertisement3:00 pm | Kiwi captain Ross Taylor is employing a paceman (Trent Boult) and spinner Jeetan Patel in tandem here. Suddenly the Kiwis have spring in their steps. Sachin Tendulkar and Cheteshwar Pujara’s wicket has brought New Zealand back into the game.Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease2:55 pm | 39.3 overs: Jeetan Patel to Pujara, out Caught by Flynn!! Huge wicket! Flighted on the off stump, pitches and turns in to the right hander, Pujara defends off the front foot but gets an inside edge that goes on to the pads and lobs up in the air, Flyn tracks back from forward short leg and dives to take the catch with his right hand. Pujara c Flynn b Jeetan Patel 48(104) [4s-7] (India 158/4 in 39.3 overs)Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease2:36 pm | 34.4 overs: WICKET! Bowled again… that’s third time in a row in this series. Southee to Tendulkar, out Bowled!! Sachin is bowled again, a poor shot by his standards, lands it full on middle, this one came back in sharply, Tendulkar was looking to play it through midwicket, missed it and the ball brushes his pads and crashes into the middle, third time in this series he’s got out bowled and NZ sense a comeback in this match. Tendulkar b Southee 27(34) [4s-5] (India 152/3 in 34.4 overs)2:30 pm | 32.6 overs: Southee to Pujara, 1 run, Southee finally completes this over, fuller length ball on the pads, Pujara flicks it to fine legThe players are all out in the middle. Play is all set to start.The latest update is that the rain has stopped and the covers have been removed. Hoping play starts soon. The news is that it might start at 2:30 pm with play extended till 5:30 pm in case there is a result possible.2:15: That should be the end of the rescheduled tea break, but it’s still drizzling and covers are still on.1:55 pm | TEA: The covers are back on and so early tea has been taken here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.1:12 pm | RAIN HALTS PLAY! The umpires are checking the ball. It seems to have gone out of shape. In fact, the drizzle has gotten a bit heavier. The covers are coming onto the pitch. India are 147/2 at the stage with Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 41 and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar going strong on 23.1:09 pm | 32.2 overs: Southee to Tendulkar, FOUR, highest score for Tendulkar in this series. He is currently batting on 22.There is a slight drizzle at the moment, but the players are staying out on the field.1:06 pm| 32.1 overs: Southee to Tendulkar, FOUR,Classy shot from Tendulkar. Short and wide delivery outside off, Tendulkar frees his arms and belts it to the sweeper cover fence, he really spanked thatadvertisement1:00 pm | 31.3 overs: Jeetan Patel to Pujara, no run, McCullum misses a stumping chance, flighted delivery that goes straight on outside off, Pujara gets forward and plays inside the line of the delivery, he is drawn out of the crease as the ball goes past the bat, McCullum cannot collect it and Pujara survives, that is what happens when you have not kept behind the wickets for a long time12: 48 pm | 27.4 overs: Consecutive fours for Pujara. Doug Bracewell to Pujara, FOUR, short ball and this sits up nicely outside off, Pujara rolls his wrists over the ball and gets on top of the bounce, he swivels and thumps the pull to the deep square leg fence12:46 pm | 27.3 overs: Doug Bracewell to Pujara, FOUR, majestically done by Pujara, fuller length ball on the pads, Pujara flicks it into the vacant space at deep mid wicket for a classy boundary12:37 pm | 25.3 overs: FOUR! A first from Sachin today. Doug Bracewell to Tendulkar, FOUR, wonderfully done, good length ball and it is wide outside off, it sits up nicely for Tendulkar who stays on the front foot and creams it to the deep extra cover fence12:30 pm | 24.3 overs: A double there off Pujara and 100 up for India. Boult to Pujara, 2 runs, good length ball on the middle and leg stump, Pujara works it to deep square leg, Watling slides to his right but he cannot prevent a couple being taken 12:28 pm | 23.1 overs: Doug Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, loud appeal for an LBW but not given, fuller length ball angling in on the middle and leg stump, Tendulkar looks to flick it to the leg side but falls over as he plays that, the ball hits the pad and Bracewell appeals, that ball was going down the leg side12:20 pm | 22.1 overs: And Sachin Tendulkar opens his account. Boult to Tendulkar, 1 run, back of a length delivery and it rears up from the deck, it climbs up on Tendulkar as he works it to fine leg, the ball hit the glove12:10 pm | Welcome back to the second session. India need a further 173 runs for victory. However, New Zealand pulled things back by snapping up both the openers before lunch.SECOND SESSIONSESSION SUMMARY: Sehwag and Gambhir got India off to a flying start. The opening partnership got past fifty after 11 innings as New Zealand struggled to maintain consistency with the new ball. Jeetan Patel accounted for Sehwag while Boult sent back Gambhir to slow the scoring rate down. This match is evenly poised and a couple of quick wickets after the break could tilt the balance in favor of the Kiwis.India required another 173 runs for victory with eight wickets in hand. India are 88/2 at lunch with Cheteshwar Pujara (10*) and Sachin Tendulkar are at the crease.11:30 am | 19.6 overs: Doug Bracewell to Tendulkar, no run, pitched up just outside off, Tendulkar gets forward and defends it to mid on, that will be LUNCH11:26 am | 18.3 overs: Boult to Tendulkar, no run, loud appeal for an LBW but not given. Guess it was the height that saved him and the ball may have been outside the line when it hit the Master Blaster’s pad.Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar comes into bat11:19 am | 16.6 overs: WICKET! Boult gets his man! Boult to Gambhir, out Caught by Ross Taylor!! Once again, the old falling of Gambhir and he trudges off. Short of a length delivery and it straightens outside off, it kicks up from the deck as Gambhir looks to dab it down to third man, he gets an outside edge to first slip and Taylor snaps it up, Boult is thrilled to bits. Gambhir c Ross Taylor b Boult 34(58) [4s-7] (India 83/2 in 16.6 overs)Cheteshwar Pujara, right handed bat, comes to the crease11:00 am | 11.5 overs: WICKET! A six, a for and then the wicket! Jeetan Patel to Sehwag, out Bowled!! Sehwag perishes. After some lusty blows, he perishes in attempting another big shot. Flighted delivery that goes straight on, Sehwag charges down the track and looks to loft it out of the stadium, he does not get to the pitch of the ball and it goes past the bat, it hits the top of off stump and Jeetan strikes in his first over. Sehwag b Jeetan Patel 38(33) [4s-7 6s-1] (India 77/1 in 11.5 overs)10: 58 am | 11.4 overs: Jeetan Patel to Sehwag, FOUR, flatter delivery and slightly short in length just outside off, Sehwag makes room and cracks the cut to the third man fence10:56 am | 11.2 overs: Jeetan Patel to Sehwag, SIX, Sehwag will go after the spinners, flighted delivery just outside off, Sehwag gets underneath the delivery and bashes it over long off10:45 am | 10 overs: India need just 196 runs for victory now. Seems easy with both batsmen well set and going after the Kiwi bowlers. Gambhir is batting on 32 and Sehwag is on 27.10:38 am | 9.1 overs: Doug Bracewell to Sehwag, FOUR, edged but just wide of the gully fielder, full ball angled in from wide of the crease and it straightens, Sehwag goes for the drive and the thick outside edge flies past Williamson at gully, flies away to the third man fence10:30 am | 7.4 overs: Doug Bracewell to Gambhir, FOUR. That brings up the 50-run partnership between Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. For the records this is the first one after 11 innings.10:20 am | 5 overs: India are 29/0 at the stage with openers Virender Sehwag (10 n.o.) and Gautam Gambhir (14 n.o.) at the crease against New Zealand.10:00 am | 0.1 overs: Boult to Gambhir, no run, fuller length ball speared in on the middle and leg stump, Gambhir clips it to mid onGambhir and Sehwag are at the crease. Gambhir is on strike. Boult will open the attackINDIA INNINGSNZ INNINGS SUMMARY: India will need 261 runs for victory. Jeetan Patel struck some lusty blows as New Zealand got the lead past 250. India will now attempt to chase down the highest fourth innings total in Bangalore to seal a 2-0 series victory. Join us in a bit for the Indian innings.9:48 am | 73.2 overs: WICKET! And that’s innings for NZ. Zaheer to Jeetan Patel, out Caught by Dhoni!! The innings has finally ended. Jeetan is not happy with the decision. Short delivery on the stumps and it veers away, Jeetan looks to fend it to the off side, the ball goes past the bat and Zaheer appeals for a catch, umpire Ian Gould gives it out, replays show that the ball was nowhere near the edge, 100 Test wickets for Zaheer in India. Jeetan Patel c Dhoni b Zaheer 22(27) [4s-3] (NZ 248 all out in 73.2 overs)9:37 am | 71 overs: New Zealand are 239/9 at the stage with with tail-enders Jeetan Patel batting on 16 and Trent Boult on 1. They are still frustrating the India bowlers. 9:36 am | 70.5 overs: Umesh Yadav to Jeetan Patel, FOUR, WHACK! Good length ball and drifting in on the middle and leg stump, Jeetan swings across the line and whippily hoicks it to the straightish mid wicket fence.9:30 am | Welcome to day 4 of this fascinating Test match between India and New Zealand from Bangalore. New Zealand have a 244 run lead with only one wicket in hand and they will look to get past 250. India will have to bat sensibly on a wicket that is favouring the bowlers. Ind vs NZ second Test Day 3ONE FOR THE RECORD: New Zealand’s lead is close to 250, and India will have to achieve the fifth-highest successful chase ever in the country if they want to win.DAY 3 SUMMARY: India have the edge at the end of the day. It was a day that had a lot of wickets in it, 14 to be precise. After getting bowled out, India did well to come back with the ball and really made New Zealand toil hard for their runs. Not a single Kiwi batsman was able to register a score of 50 or more and that resulted in New Zealand ending the day with the loss of 9 wickets. The spinners did the trick again for Dhoni and Umesh Yadav assisted the bowlers well with his pace and bounceBRIEF SCORES: New Zealand 365 all out (Taylor 113, Ojha 5/99) and 232/9 (James Franklin 41; R Ashwin 5/69) vs India 353 (Kohli 103; Southee 7/64) read more
Jalandhar: Reviewing the ground situation in flood-hit villages, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday announced his government would canalise all the rivers with technical support from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Going around Sarupwal in Kapurthala district’s Sultanpur Lodhi sub-tehsil, where the overflowing the Sutlej river led to a breach in the Dhusi embankment, affecting 62 villages, he also promised due compensation to the affected farmers as soon as the water recedes and special ‘girdwari’ (loss assessment) is completed. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Talking to the media after an aerial survey to assess the damage caused by flooding in Kapurthala and Jalandhar areas, the Chief Minister announced a project to project to realign river streams and courses, besides strengthening and widening of the river embankments for a permanent solution to the problem of floods. Amarinder Singh also announced dedicated village relief teams in the affected areas. Each team would comprise officers of the Health, Civil Supply and Animal Husbandry Departments, and would ensure regular and timely supply of food, medicines and fodder for all affected families. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K In response to a question, the Chief Minister said nothing would be allowed to hamper the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, and his government was geared up to celebrate the historic occasion in a befitting manner. Amarinder Singh, who earlier conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Nawanshar and Ludhiana, told reporters in Gidderpindi in Jalandhar district that even if the Central government fails to extend support, the state would ensure full support to every person affected by the flooding. The Chief Minister had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, seeking a special flood relief package for the state. Amarinder Singh inspected the breach site in Gidderpindi, resulting from release of excess water from Bhakra dam. For the first time, Bhakra, which normally gets filled to its permissible storage level of 1,680 feet by September, was overflowing in August, he said. The Chief Minister, who is constantly monitoring the flood situation, further ordered the Drainage Department to immediately identify potential breach points and plug those on priority. read more
The New Orleans Saints bounty scandal will not go away anytime soon. Now comes word that Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith have filed an appeal to have NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recused himself from the case.The players site in their quest that Goodell, as judge and jury, is biased and partial.Vilma, suspended for the entire season, no doubt hopes U.S. District Court Judge Ginger Berrigan makes a favorableruling in his defamation suit in federal court that would supersede NFL rulings.All four players are now eligible to play or at least get paid until the NFL rules on their latest appeals. The expectation is that the new appeals hearing likely will take place a week from Tuesday, according to a source.The deadline for appealing was the end of business Friday.Earlier this week, Goodell upheld the suspensions of Vilma and Smith (four games). However, Fujita’s three-game suspension was reduced to one while Hargrove’s eight-game penalty was trimmed to seven games.The players had been suspended as a result of a bounty pool that league investigators have said the Saints ran from 2009-11, but the bans had been vacated on technical, jurisdictional grounds by an appeals panel operating within the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. That decision led to the re-instatement of the four players and forced Goodell to begin the disciplinary process for the players over again.This week, Fujita fired off on Goodell after the commissioner reduced his suspension from three games to one. “I am now purportedly being suspended for failing to confront my former defensive coordinator for his inappropriate use of language. This seems like an extremely desperate attempt to punish me. I also think it sets a dangerous precedent when players can be disciplined for not challenging the behavior of their superiors. This is an absolute abuse of the power that’s been afforded to the Commissioner.” read more
The Mets, who already leaned heavily on their pitchers — only the Yankees and Athletics got a higher share of their total WAR from pitchers in 2016 — are in line to become even more pitcher-reliant this offseason, as several of their fielders enter the free-agent market. Sure, ageless wonder Bartolo Colón has departed for the Atlanta Braves, but New York’s biggest free-agent questions were always going to involve position players.One of those questions was answered Monday, when Neil Walker accepted the Mets’ qualifying offer, saving New York the headache of trying to fill a hole at the keystone. But they still have to account for the possible loss of outfielder Yoenis Céspedes, who’s projected for 3.0 WAR in 2017. Given the gap in the lineup that losing his bat would leave, there’s a case to be made that the Mets should just pony up whatever it takes to re-sign Céspedes. But “whatever it takes” will probably amount to quite a bit of money in this year’s weak free-agent class, and there are other, cheaper options available: Dexter Fowler (2.3), Carlos Gómez (2.1) and Ian Desmond (1.5) stand out. Look for the Mets to go that way.Speaking of Gómez and Desmond, they’re part of what could be a mass exodus from Texas, as they join first baseman Mitch Moreland (0.8), designated hitter Carlos Beltrán (0.4), and starting pitchers Derek Holland (1.8) and Colby Lewis (1.1) in free agency. Sorting it all out is going to be a tough winter assignment for Rangers GM Jon Daniels.Signing Mike Napoli (0.9) for another Texas tour of duty or going slightly up-market for Edwin Encarnación (2.3) would go a long way toward replacing Moreland and Beltran (both of whom could, of course, come back), and it’s not unreasonable to expect either Desmond or Gómez, both of whom can play center field, to return. The bigger problem is in the rotation, where Holland and Lewis had contributed nearly 30 percent of Texas’s rotational WAR since 2010. The Rangers don’t have any obvious internal options to step into those spots, and the free-agent market looks thin aside from Rich Hill (2.9), who’ll probably get better options elsewhere. A trade may be in the offing.North of the border, the Blue Jays have just over nine wins coming off their roster, headlined by the aforementioned Encarnación, plus longtime star José Bautista (2.9), and the recently departed — also to Atlanta! — R.A. Dickey (2.0), among others. Some of Dickey’s production can be replaced with relative ease, but signing Kendrys Morales (0.9) and Cuban superstar Lourdes Gurriel Jr.4Who wasn’t projected by Fangraphs. significantly lowered the odds that either Encarnación or Bautista will return to the Blue Jays next year. Of the two, Bautista is the most likely to come back — at 36, he doesn’t have much upside left, he had a down season last year, and he is clearly comfortable in Toronto. No matter what happens, this offseason has already done much to reshape the Jays’ talented roster.Finally, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a league-high 12.5 projected wins rolling off their roster, mainly in Justin Turner (3.7), Rich Hill (2.9), Josh Reddick (2.1), and Kenley Jansen (1.5). Jansen, a lights-out reliever, will probably get the most press this offseason, but L.A.’s shake-ups in the field — which have already included trading away Howie Kendrick and Carlos Ruiz — will be the most interesting to watch.The Dodgers seem likely to retain at least one of their four big free agents, but they probably won’t keep all four. That’ll mean some tough choices: L.A. can probably survive Reddick leaving, but there aren’t many enticing options available if Turner ends up packing his bags. A trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for Evan Longoria has been bandied about by the Twitter cognoscenti, but that’ll cost L.A. a haul in terms of both prospects and dollars, if the Rays’ past dealmaking habits — and complicated relationship with the current Dodgers’ front office — is any indication. The Dodgers have enough smarts, money and talent to contend for years to come; they’ll need all three to get this offseason right.There are limits to thinking about the offseason purely in terms of projected free-agent WAR, to be sure. For one thing, projection systems — even the very best — have flaws. For another, teams often have a better sense of their own departing free agents’ skill sets — and likelihood of performance decline — than anyone else, inside or outside the industry, so they may be basing their free-agency decisions on information that projection systems don’t have. And, more broadly, trying to evaluate whole offseasons through the lens of free agency alone misses the extreme impact that trades — and normal player development and growth — will have on the state of the league in 2017. But knowing how the projections treat every club’s outgoing free agents can give us a better sense of how the offseason will play out for each team, whether they spent 2016 at the top of the heap or staring up from the basement. In Major League Baseball, just about the only thing harder than getting to the top is staying there. In that respect, this year is no different than any other. Each of the four teams projected to lose the most production in free agency this winter — the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets — were playoff teams in 2016, and each of them must now move with speed and smarts to shore up their position among baseball’s elite.To some extent, it makes sense for top free-agent talent to be clustered in top teams: While the average turnover rate for MLB rosters is somewhere around 30 percent, playoff teams tend to have — big shocker here — better players than non-playoff teams, so 30 percent of a playoff team’s roster1Even if turnover is distributed unevenly among players with different amounts of service time, as this Ben Lindbergh piece suggests it generally is. is likely to be a more capable bunch than 30 percent of, say, the Atlanta Braves’ roster.2Bartolo Colon’s recent arrival notwithstanding.Still, by combining a list of major-league free agents compiled by Spotrac with Fangraphs’ Steamer projections for each player’s wins above replacement next year,3We downloaded Fangraphs’ list of players and their projected WAR on November 12, 2016. Numbers are accurate as of that date. Some players may not appear in Fangraphs’ data set, and we excluded the 24 free agents who have not played in the big leagues in the last two years and therefore were not projected by Fangraphs’ system. it’s possible to get a rough sense of which teams will have their work cut out for them on the free-agency front. These numbers were calculated going into free agency, so they don’t reflect the first few signings of the offseason. They do, however, accurately reflect the wide range of challenges teams faced at the outset of the main period of the offseason. read more