|White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is off to a great start. In trading Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, he has already acquired four of MLB's top 40 prospects in the entire game.
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|The value of relief pitching is on the rise, not only on the mound, but also at the bank. And this is not likely to be a temporary bout of inflation. It is early in the postseason, but all signs are pointing toward a sustained increase in bullpen worth.
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|In a span of slightly more than 24 hours, the White Sox have pulled off a renovation that would make the producers of "Extreme Makeover" extremely jealous. The organization has added four players currently in the Top 40 among all prospects in the game, thanks to the Adam Eaton and Chris Sale deals, and now has six new members on its own Top 10 list.
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|Should the Orioles now trade Zach Britton? In the energized market for closers, that's one of the questions being asked in the lobbies and suites at these Winter Meetings.
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|Adding Adam Eaton clearly upgrades the Washington lineup, but what does it do to the defense? Shifting Eaton from right to center and pushing Trea Turner back to shortstop could have some interesting repercussions.
More»Justice discusses Nats' trade for outfielder Eaton|
|At age 20, Michael Kopech is the complete Noah Syndergaard starter kit. He's a few inches shorter than his fellow Texan at 6-foot-3, but attacks hitters in similar fashion, with his long, blond hair flying in the wake of his delivery.
More»Kopech on joining White Sox, being dealt for Sale|
|The Rockies have agreed to terms with Ian Desmond. Message delivered. The Rockies are not looking at the future. The focus is on here and now.
More»Desmond, Rockies reportedly sign five-year deal|
|Were the Winter Meetings lobby a ticketed attraction (and maybe we shouldn't give people ideas here), then the Chris Sale trade that went down on Tuesday at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center would allow this year's event to qualify as money well spent. This is the kind of stuff we come for -- the big, bold splash involving a perennial All-Star and Cy Young Award candidate who is, ahem, changing Sox.
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|After hemming and hawing about the need to rebuild since Chris Sale's rookie season, the White Sox finally called in a wrecking ball on Tuesday. The deal, sending Sale to the Red Sox for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech and two other prospects signals an overdue change in philosophy for the ownership group and front office, and it probably won't be the last trade that Rick Hahn and Ken Williams make at the Winter Meetings.
More»Chris Sale trade makes White Sox younger|
|Dave Dombrowski just changed the balance of power in the American League East with Boston's acquisition of Chris Sale. To put it another way, the rest of the division is on the clock. Don't be surprised if the Yankees suddenly ratchet up their pursuit of Aroldis Chapman. Likewise, the Orioles and Mark Trumbo.
More»Dombrowski on acquiring Chris Sale from the White Sox|
|Even though the Mariners could open the season with a lineup that could include rookies Mitch Haniger in right field, Dan Vogelbach at first base and Ben Gamel in left, GM Jerry Dipoto is looking to end the club's 15-year postseason drought.
More»Dipoto discusses Segura's impressive skill set|
|There can be no half measures in a full-scale rebuilding project. This is why the Brewers continue to trade established talent for the promise of a brighter future.
More»Brewers acquire prospects Dubon, Pennington from Sox|
|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.
More»Manfred discusses CBA, promoting competitive balance|
|The market may develop slowly, but these could be the next names to come off the board.
More»Roberts thrilled to have Hill back in rotation|
|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.
More»Leyland on expectations for World Baseball Classic|
|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.
More»Ringolsby on Schuerholz being elected to Hall of Fame|
|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.
More»Morosi previews 2016 Winter Meetings|
|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.
More»Castrovince on Dodgers, Nats and Giants biggest needs|
|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.
More»Rogers on Tigers potentially being buyers at WM|
|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?"
More» Latest on Braun trade rumors|
|Chicks may dig the long ball, as a Major League Baseball promotion a couple decades ago proclaimed.
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