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The Walk-Off: Greg Maddux might be only new Hall of Famer, expert says

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The Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness.

ONE AND DONE: Hall of Fame election prognosticator extraordinaire Bill Deane says that Greg Maddux and Greg Maddux alone will be elected to Cooperstown by voters in the BBWAA. No Tom Glavine, no Craig Biggio, no Frank Thomas, no Jack Morris (in his final attempt). He also predicts Mike Mussina will barely get a big enough vote (7 percent) to stay on the ballot. Let's hope he's off on Mussina, who had a better career than Glavine. Results are announced Jan. 8. [Baseball Past and Present]

YOUR MONEY'S NO GOOD HERE: Right-hander Gavin Floyd signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves for $4 million plus $4.5 million more in incentives. In doing so, he reportedly turned down a $20 million offer, plus incentives, from his hometown(ish) Baltimore Orioles. Floyd is about seven months removed from Tommy John surgery. [Dan Connolly]

... BUT IT MIGHT BE GOOD HERE: The O's are still chasing closer Grant Balfour, who wants a vesting option in addition to two guaranteed years. Baltimore traded Jim Johnson earlier this offseason. [Roch Kubato]

VIC'S JUST HANGIN' LOOSE, BRAH: Shane Victorino under underwent nerve release surgery on his right thumb and tweeted this out to let everyone know how he was doing post-op:

MORE LIKE J.P. GOTROCKS: The Los Angeles Dodgers are close to signing left-handed specialist J.P. Howell a two-year deal with a vesting option that could be worth as much as $17.5 million if he makes a combined 120 appearances in 2014 and 2015. He posted a 2.03 ERA for L.A. in 2013 and lefties batted .164 against him. His advanced metrics were good, too. He turns 31 in April. [MLB.com]

ROBINSON CANO'S REPLACEMENT? The New York Yankees reportedly are "very likely" to sign infielder Brian Roberts, who just turned 36 and hasn't played injury free since 2009. They've also added Kelly Johnson this offseason, and probably will make more moves like these to fill their holes. [Ken Rosenthal]

SHAUN OF THE NOT DEAD YET: The Cleveland Indians are giving Shaun Marcum a chance to make their team. For the price of $1 million if he makes the roster and another $3 million in possible incentives, the Indians hope he rebounds from a 1-10 season with the Mets that included surgery in July for thoracic outlet syndrome. He's 32 and has a career 3.88 ERA with 806 strikeouts in 995 innings. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

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