|After baseball's players and owners wrapped up a new five-year labor deal last week, they did something that at one point would have been unthinkable. They agreed to keep talking.
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|Rich Hill officially came off the board Monday, and now a thin starting pitching market qualifies as absolutely emaciated.
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|Joe Torre has vivid memories of a sinking feeling after the United States team he managed lost back-to-back games in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, falling short of a trip to the championship round. He's working to help the next Team USA manager, Jim Leyland, get a ride all the way to the finals next March.
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|Fifty years after giving up his job as a school teacher in Baltimore to take an entry-level position with the Orioles, John Schuerholz was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a unanimous selection by the Today's Era Committee.
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|Baseball has a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the Hot Stove is ready to ignite as the industry gathers for the Winter Meetings. Here are the big-name players to watch this week.
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|Mere minutes from the seat of government, on the shores of the Potomac, they developed a retail and entertainment complex and gave it a name that, accurately or not, evokes images of docks and ports where vessels are supplied with or relieved of precious cargo.
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|It would be easier to herd cats than make reliable predictions on any business that will be transacted at the Winter Meetings. Here are five surprises that could create a buzz.
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|Neal Huntington is open to trading Andrew McCutchen. That doesn't mean he's abandoning hopes of the Pirates returning to the postseason next season. These issues are not mutually exclusive.
More» Gauging the trade market for McCutchen|
|There's never a dull moment with Cubs manager Joe Maddon, and Friday night's program at my grandfather's museum -- the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J. -- was certainly no exception.
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|Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt talks about strikeouts in this week's Q&A.
|Seems like every couple of days there's another report about teams having interest in acquiring Rays right-hander Chris Archer, an All-Star in 2015 who led the Major Leagues with 19 losses in '16. The Rays, rest assured, are hearing and reading all about it, and wondering just how high a price a suitor might be willing to pay.
More»How pitching in Classic could affect Archer|
|In the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday evening, baseball delivered a walk-off double in the gap, a 100-mph heater at the knees, a dazzling rookie, a savvy veteran. However you want to frame it, the players and owners reaching a labor deal was a victory for everyone.
More»Owners, MLBPA tentatively agree to new CBA deal|
|You can wring your hands. You can shake your head. You can sigh all you want, but I'm shrugging over the Andrew McCutchen of 2016. I remember the Johnny Bench of 1971.
More»Eric Byrnes talks about if Pirates should trade Cutch|
|Back in the Burgh's dark days, when the streak of losing seasons was nearing the legal drinking age and the Pirates were still something of a punchline, Andrew McCutchen signed on to stay. And with that 2012 stroke of the pen on a six-year extension that rated then and still rates today as team-friendly, the man they call Cutch confirmed his clout as the unquestioned face of the franchise, the superstar who stuck around and helped bring the Bucs back into the limelight.
More»MLB Tonight on whether Pirates are shopping Cutch|
|Ask Kevin Cash what advice he'd give someone who's about to take over a Major League team and who's never managed at any level, and there's little hesitation. "Prepare yourself for the unexpected," Cash said, followed by a chuckle.
|The only way to face cancer is head on, and for the second consecutive year, D-backs president Derrick Hall and senior advisor Luis Gonzalez accepted a challenge issued by the folks who run the cancer center affiliated with local St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. They grew their beards during the month of November as a statement to support early detection of cancer.
|The notion of the Milwaukee Brewers trading Ryan Braun was once unthinkable. Now, it seems much closer to completely plausible. Yes as both the Brewers' organizational direction and the market have changed, the concept of trading Braun has progressed all the way from "Why?" to "Why not?"
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|Chicks may dig the long ball, as a Major League Baseball promotion a couple decades ago proclaimed.
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|It's not too soon to see what the top of the 2014 Draft -- when the Mariners made the conventional choice with the sixth overall pick and selected Alex Jackson, a widely praised high school catcher with the ability to hit -- says about how the game is changing. It also reveals a little bit about how Theo Epstein put together his World Series champions.
More»Epstein on Sporting News Executive of the Year award|
|Take another free agent slugger off the board, as Yoenis Cespedes has reportedly decided to return to the Mets. Don't fear, though, there's a handful of other sluggers available.
More»Encarnacion cranks three home runs in the postseason|
|The number of players defecting from Cuba to play North American professional baseball has been remarkable, considering the danger that confronted many of these players and the jeopardy in which their families have sometimes been placed.
More» Cespedes belts homer off sculpture in Miami|
|After 50 years in the game, former executive John Schuerholz finds himself in consideration for the ultimate recognition of his career. He is among 10 candidates listed on Today's Game Era ballot for consideration by a 16-member committee for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame next July.
|Is this the start of a Cubs dynasty? Not if the Cardinals can prevent it. Given how a young team ran away from the competition in the National League Central last season, it sure looks like the Cubs could be on top for years. But don't forget who they have to beat en route to hanging up more banners at Wrigley Field. Here's a five-step plan to put St. Louis back on top:
More»Rogers on what Cards look to do at Winter Meetings|
|Aroldis Chapman is likely to break records this offseason without throwing a pitch.
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|Jeff Bridich, embarking on his third season as the general manager of the Rockies, admits the team is at a crossroads. Colorado is looking to become a factor in the National League West, and at the age of 39, it is a challenge he welcomes. Bridich discussed his road to becoming a GM in this week's Q&A.
|As long as rival general managers believe Andrew McCutchen's late-season production is sustainable for the near-to-medium term, the 2013 National League Most Valuable Player Award winner will have plenty of trade value as the Winter Meetings draw near. McCutchen turned 30 on Oct. 10, and he has two years left on his contract, putting him within an age range that appeals to teams.
More» Gauging the trade market for McCutchen|
|With Thanksgiving Day behind us, it's time to write letters. That's right, letters to Santa. Kids still do that. And there are more than a few general managers who would like to do that, too.
More»Rogers looks at various teams' offseason wish lists|
|The Orioles continued their rise in the American League East by hiring Roger McDowell as pitching coach for an improving rotation and an already efficient bullpen.
|The Rockies are approaching the offseason focused on winning in 2017, and with reason. The Rockies this winter are looking for the missing pieces to their puzzle that will allow them to make a run at the first division title in the history of the franchise that was created out of expansion in 1993.
More»Redmond believes Rockies are primed to contend|
|Dexter Fowler and Ian Desmond took their gambles last offseason. They are in position to hit the jackpot this time around. Seemingly afterthoughts a year ago, the veterans are among the prime talents on this year's free-agent market.
More»Versatile Desmond enters 2016 free agent class|