Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Yes, the Tigers are still king of the AL Central, but everywhere they look someone is trying to stage a coup. That's the way it's supposed to be in a power division, as the Indians, Royals, Twins and White Sox are all looking to be in the title mix.
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|New White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija will be stoked for the return to Wrigley Field in July, while lefty Jon Lester called his move to the Cubs "the right fit at the right time.'' The only way it can be better for Chicago fans is if it turns into an annual experience.
More»White Sox introduce Samardzija, Cabrera and Robertson|
|Nothing builds confidence like institutional memory. The Cubs have been missing that building block for success since the 1950s, and it's also one reason that the investment in Jon Lester makes so much sense as the next step in president of baseball operations Theo Epstein's methodical rebuild.
More»Rogers breaks down what Lester brings to Cubs|
|Already having made enough moves for it to be one of the most aggressive Hot Stove seasons in franchise history, the White Sox just keep trying to strengthen their bid to build a team that can get them back to the postseason. The latest addition is switch-hitting outfielder Melky Cabrera, who a source says has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract. The club did not confirm the deal.
More»Rogers on White Sox adding Melky to offseason haul|
|Even after the wild flurry of moves that restated the two teams' intention to roll on to the 2015 World Series without the aces who led them into their most recent postseason appearances, history says they might just have something really crazy left in their bag of tricks.
More»A look at Cespedes-Porcello trade on MLB Network|
|Thanks to a deal with an old friend, free-agent lefty Jon Lester, Theo Epstein and the Cubs are poised to return to contention well ahead of schedule.
More»Phil Rogers discusses Lester to the Cubs|
|As great of a job as the White Sox have done collecting difference-makers this offseason, they can't stop with Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, Adam LaRoche, Zach Duke and others.
More»White Sox acquire Samardzija, agree with Robertson|
|All Jon Lester's suitors made their pitches, and it would seem to be essentially all over but the decision. And everyone is watching and waiting to see where he will land.
More»Duquette, Morris on Lester's possible destination|
|There's something about the way the ball jumps off the bats of the best hitters. Tony La Russa believes Yasmany Tomas is that kind of talent, which is why the D-backs walked away with their prize. "He has a special thump," La Russa said. "The ball comes off his bat more special than a power hitter, an average power hitter."
More»Chip Hale discusses the signing of Yasmany Tomas|
|MLB.com columnist Phil Rogers breaks down some of the most intriguing storylines heading into the upcoming Winter Meetings, which start on Monday in San Diego.
More»Duquette previews what to expect from Winter Meetings|
|Before Wednesday, the battle to sign the 30-year-old lefty had been between the Cubs, Red Sox and Giants. But reports started circulating that a fourth team had made a late entry into the bidding. It turns out that team is the one that under its new ownership has done just about everything it wanted to do, except get to a World Series.
More»Spencer discusses if Angels are in market for Lester|
|Some things are just right. Torii Hunter returning to the Twins qualifies as one of those. There will be a lot more significant moves made this Hot Stove season, no doubt. But there may not be a cooler decision than Hunter declining interest from the Rangers, Blue Jays, Royals and others to return to his original organization.
More»Bollinger on Hunter returning to Minnesota|
|Minnie Minoso was a pioneer who had few peers on the field in the 1950s, and the Golden Era Committee should elect him to the Hall of Fame.
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|With Jeff Samardzija, the White Sox could have the best rotation in the American League next season. But Chicago would likely have to deal one of its top prospects to pry Samardzija from Oakland.
More»Mark Gonzalez joins the Mad Dog on High Heat|
|Don't be surprised at anything the Blue Jays do after this. They just landed Josh Donaldson without giving up any of their top young arms -- Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris. The Jays mean business.
More»Chisholm on Blue Jays' blockbuster trade with A's|
|Free agency isn't a one-size-fits-all proposition, of course. Players are motivated by different factors. But the deck is stacked against an AL team competing with NL teams for pitching talent. That's worth keeping in mind as the Red Sox work to get Jon Lester to return to Boston only five months after they made him pack his bags for Oakland.
More»Russo analyzes Jon Lester's free agency|
|Score one for the D-backs. And, if Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes are any indication, they will score big with Yasmany Tomas.
More»Tomas agrees to six-year deal with D-backs|
|Forty years ago today, everything began to change for baseball players. Because Catfish Hunter didn't accept overdue payments from Charlie Finley, baseball would have its first real free agent.
More»Peter Gammons joins the Mad Dog on High Heat|
|The American League East is still baseball's strongest division, top to bottom, and the Red Sox's signing of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez only underscores its competitiveness.
More»MLB Now breaks down Red Sox adding Sandoval, Hanley|
|What an era this is for the Red Sox. Has any team undergone so many seismic shifts in such a short time that it's on the verge of signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez for a cool $200 million or so?
More»Heyman talks Sandoval signing with Red Sox|