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Winner wonderland: Halos shop way to top?

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:43:08 EDT

Every year, it seems, a team will do what the Angels are doing now, making deals and free-agent signings, reimagining themselves as a whole new kind of team.



5 teams that have made stealth improvements

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:32:22 EDT

Free agency isn't always about spending the most money. Baseball smarts matter, too. We're reminded of this every season.



New home might mean more Hosmer homers

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:00:00 EDT

Could a move away from spacious Kauffman Stadium give Eric Hosmer a power boost? Let's use Statcast to see how his 2017 season might have played out in Boston, San Diego and St. Louis.



SHOP: Spend, save & free delivery by Dec. 23

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Finish your holiday shopping at MLBshop.com, where you can take 20 percent off orders over $40 and get free delivery by Dec. 23. Use the code SPRINT20 and save until Tuesday at noon ET.



MLB Buzz: Giants appear interested in Franco

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:34:20 EDT

The Hot Stove is open for business, and news, trade buzz and rumors are in full swing. Here's the latest from around the big leagues.



Under-the-radar skills available on free-agent market

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:02:23 EDT

The free-agent market includes several stars who need no introduction and possess skill sets coveted by teams all around MLB. But beyond names such as J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Wade Davis, there are many under-the-radar players whose abilities could provide a boost to clubs that sign them.



Week Ahead: Shopping frenzy for GMs

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:16:33 EDT

Don't think for a second that any of the 30 clubs are on seasonal hiatus. Not when so many great players are available on the open market, and not when so many blockbuster trades might be brewing.



Is this pitcher silhouette a righty or a lefty?

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:32:44 EDT

Is this pitcher silhouette a righty or a lefty?



Would Judge or Stanton be better fit in LF?

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:00:00 EDT

With Giancarlo Stanton joining Aaron Judge in the Bronx, one of the two Yankees right fielders is going to have to find some time in left field. But which one? We can use Statcast data to find out which may fit better.



Rendon open to signing extension with Nats

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:36:28 EDT

Anthony Rendon has spent his entire career in the Nationals' organization, and he enjoys the comfort he has. Taking that into consideration, Rendon said during the Nationals Winterfest on Sunday that he would be open to the possibility of staying in Washington long term.



B-day Bux: 5 reasons Twins OF is fun to watch

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EDT

2017 was a good year for the Twins, who rebounded from 103 losses and a last-place finish to 85 wins and an American League Wild Card berth, which was the team's first postseason appearance since 2010.



Yasiel Puig and his mom are seeing the sights in Madrid, as it's #PuigVacation season

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:23:56 EDT

Puig and his mom took a trip to Madrid



Padres sign pitcher Lyles to 1-year deal

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:45:16 EDT

The Padres on Sunday announced a one-year deal with free-agent pitcher Jordan Lyles. To make room on the 40-man roster, San Diego designated veteran Travis Wood for assignment.



Kemp deal evokes surprising trades in history

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:57:14 EDT

At times, it can seem like every single trade possibility is floated as a rumor during Hot Stove season, yet MLB has the capacity for a deal almost no one saw coming.



Pinstripes suit CC! NY has 'unfinished business'

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:19:29 EDT

The Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal with CC Sabathia worth $10 million, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The deal is pending a physical, which the club has not confirmed.



LA eyes future in 5-player deal with Braves

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:05:43 EDT

The Dodgers and Braves completed a stunning mega-salary swap on Saturday, with Los Angeles sending Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, Charlie Culberson and $4.5 million to Atlanta for former Dodger Matt Kemp.



Stanton-Judge will be greatest show on Earth

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:01:28 EDT

You're going to pay attention when the Yankees come to your city next season. You're going to want to get a look at these two larger-than-life characters. You'll stop what you're doing when they come to bat.



Brito injures finger in Winter League play

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:48:54 EDT

D-backs outfielder Socrates Brito suffered a possible fracture of the pinky finger on his right hand while playing for Estrellas in the Dominican Republic.



Archie Bradley used his beard to become Santa Claus for ASU basketball's 'curtain of distraction'

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:34:16 EDT

Archie Bradley dressed as Santa for an ASU game



BBWAA to hand out hardware at annual dinner

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:02:50 EDT

Each January, the baseball world gathers the best of the best in midtown Manhattan for the annual New York BBWAA Awards Dinner, putting a bow on the 2017 season while getting pumped up for the start of Spring Training.



Scherzer's goal: 'Get better every single year'

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:09:47 EDT

Max Scherzer just won his third Cy Young Award last month -- and his second in the National League with the Nats -- so what has his offseason been like?



Santana brings history of consistency to Phillies

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:00:00 EDT

The Phillies made a splash on Friday, when a source told MLB.com of their three-year agreement with first baseman Carlos Santana. The club has not confirmed the report.



Before Ohtani, Kieschnick did it all for Brewers

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:00:00 EDT

It's every baseball-loving kid's dream. Imagine not only making it to the Major Leagues, but being allowed to do everything you did on those Little League fields with 200-foot fences when you were 9 years old -- hitting, pitching, fielding and hardly ever leaving the diamond.



Braves land 4 for Kemp; Acuna's path cleared

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:31:56 EDT

The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers completed a five-player trade today in which the Braves have acquired pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir, infielder Charlie Culberson, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and cash considerations in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp. The Braves have designated Gonzalez for assignment, putting their roster at 40 players.



Report: Crew to bring back free agent Gallardo

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:19:16 EDT

The Brewers are on the verge of a reunion with Yovani Gallardo, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.



Cole Hamels donated his mansion to charity

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:55:13 EDT

Cole Hamels donated his mansion to charity



Murphy in 'good position' with knee rehab

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:26:43 EDT

Daniel Murphy needed crutches to walk around the Washington Convention Center floor during Nationals Winterfest on Saturday, although he wore a smile on his face when he talked about how encouraged he was by his rehab process.



For Piscotty, trade to A's a 'dream come true'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:05:11 EDT

Peace of mind can be had by all. The A's have their sought-after outfielder, and Stephen Piscotty has his mom a short drive away. Both are bettered, together.



Different kind of strike for D-backs' Bradley

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:59:39 EDT

Different kind of strike for D-backs' Bradley



Not a misprint: Chase Utley dabs in Dubai

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:48:03 EDT

Not a misprint: Chase Utley dabs in Dubai



Ozuna: Playing for Cardinals 'a blessing'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:33:12 EDT

They had laughed about the possibility before, with Yadier Molina and Carlos Martinez telling Marcell Ozuna that they were going to find a way to get him to St. Louis. And sure enough, they did.



Angels sign Cozart to three-year deal

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:25:05 EDT

On Friday, Zack Cozart agreed to three-year, $38 million deal with the Angels, who continued their busy offseason by adding an All-Star infielder to beef up their lineup and deepen an already impressive defensive unit.



Sources: Santana joining Phils on 3-year deal

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:21:09 EDT

Sources: The Phillies and free-agent slugger Carlos Santana agreed Friday on a three-year contract worth $60 million.



Rangers acquire Moore from Giants

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:56:23 EDT

The Rangers on Friday acquired left-hander Matt Moore from the Giants for Minor League right-handers Israel Cruz and Sam Wolff.



Thor has some nickname ideas for Swarzak

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:29:55 EDT

Thor has some nickname ideas for Swarzak



Angels' stacked lineup a credit to Eppler's skill

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:19:37 EDT

Welcome to the offseason of Billy Eppler. The Angels' third-year general manager added Zack Cozart as his third baseman on Friday, capping a frenetic eight-day period that includes the Angels winning the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and a trade for second baseman Ian Kinsler, who filled the team's biggest hole.



Padres land Galvis in trade with Phillies

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:37:41 EDT

The Padres filled their seemingly annual shortstop vacancy on Friday morning, swinging a deal to land Freddy Galvis from Philadelphia for Minor League right-hander Enyel De Los Santos.



Dodgers reportedly add righty Koehler to 'pen

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:05:26 EDT

The Dodgers have reached a one-year deal with right-hander Tom Koehler, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo. The deal, which has not been confirmed by the club, is reportedly pending a physical.



MLB, clubs spread holiday cheer to community

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:25:29 EDT

Major League Baseball's annual Winter Wishes event brought 25 kids to the MLB Network studios for dinner, a magic show and a chance to meet former big leaguers Ron Darling and Dan Plesac.



Santana, Cozart deals make waves in market

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:23:31 EDT

Prior to Friday, the position player free-agent market had simply been stagnant. That all starts to change now that Carlos Santana and Zack Cozart have agreed to three-year deals with the Phillies and Angels, respectively. Their decisions are going to have ripple effects in a slow-moving market that is finally starting to gain traction.



Sox focus on J.D., Hosmer as FA market moves

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:31:43 EDT

The Red Sox still haven't landed their coveted bat this offseason, but the free-agent market finally moved on Friday.



Mets sign reliever Swarzak to two-year deal

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:29:13 EDT

Bent on improving the back end of what they felt was an already strong bullpen, the Mets finalized a two-year contract with free-agent reliever Anthony Swarzak on Friday. The deal is worth $14 million, according to multiple sources.



Shaw in, McGee back as part of Rox 'pen plan

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:20:13 EDT

Newly signed righty Bryan Shaw, re-signed lefty Jake McGee and Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich spent a warm winter's afternoon at Coors Field dreaming of an almost-loaded bullpen.



Hinch will enjoy polished 'pen for repeat quest

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:23:44 EDT

As weeks go, the Astros haven't had a better once since, well, you know. This one wasn't quite as dramatic as that one. There were no bear hugs, no World Series trophy. Still, the Astros were thrilled to sign a pair of relievers to shore up the only area of their team that had them concerned.



In Short Order: The Manny Machado rumors are the Hot Stove's main course

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:01:26 EDT

Machado rumors are Hot Stove's main course



Astros agree with Rondon on 2-year deal

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:08:49 EDT

In a move to further bolster their bullpen, the World Series-champion Astros agreed to terms Friday on a contract with free-agent right-hander Hector Rondon, according to sources.



Impact of Piscotty trade goes beyond foul lines

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:03:26 EDT

For weeks, Gretchen Piscotty had been toting around a bag stuffed with the necessary apparel: a few Cardinals t-shirts and a jersey proudly displaying the family name. There was no way this mother of three was going to be caught unprepared whenever Stephen phoned her with the news. The preparation paid off, as Gretchen was in South Dakota attending a wedding when her eldest son called to share that he had been called up to the big leagues.



The Padres superlatives reveal there's always a joke surrounding Wil Myers

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:28:15 EDT

It's time for Padres superlatives



Inbox: Will Machado, Britton be on the move?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:24:01 EDT

With the Winter Meetings in the rear-view mirror, what a perfect time to go through the latest batch of your Inbox questions.



Get to know Zack Cozart as he brings his glove, bat and donkey to the Angels

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:37:35 EDT

Get to know Zack Cozart's bat, glove and donkey



Top 10 prospects traded this offseason

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:36:07 EDT

Following a relatively quiet Winter Meetings compared to recent years, Jim Callis ranks the 10 best prospects traded since the World Series ended.



7 unbreakable records you might not know

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:00:00 EDT

7 unbreakable records you might not know



Giants deal Moore to Rangers for Minors arms

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:05:21 EDT

Striving to increase their talent surplus and payroll flexibility, the Giants announced Friday night that they traded left-hander Matt Moore and an undisclosed amount of international signing bonus pool money to the Texas Rangers for a pair of Minor League right-handers.



Upton key cog to vault Halos' offense

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:36:52 EDT

Three months ago, on the day the Angels were eliminated from postseason contention, manager Mike Scioscia identified one hole that he believed would demand the club's focus this offseason.



Who's on first? Chewie! The All-Star Wars Team

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:16:40 EDT

Who's on first? Chewie! The All-Star Wars Team



Enjoy this five-minute video of Bartolo Colon causing a pigeon feeding frenzy at a park

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:47:59 EDT

Now pigeon in a park near you: Bartolo Colon



Kipnis not letting rumors affect offseason focus

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:31:18 EDT

The Indians are the only organization that Jason Kipnis has known. Cleveland drafted him eight years ago, developed him as a second baseman and watched him turn into a two-time All-Star, a clubhouse leader, fan favorite and one of the faces of the franchise during its recent run of success.



Ozuna, Pham give St. Louis unique outfield pop

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:46:18 EDT

On Thursday, St. Louis officially traded a quartet of prospects to Miami for Stanton's former teammate, Marcell Ozuna. The 27-year-old isn't Stanton, but between him and 2017 breakout artist Tommy Pham, the Cardinals now feature arguably the hardest-hitting pair of outfielders in the National League.



It's time for the Astros superlatives: Will Brian McCann make a good manager?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:21:16 EDT

It's time for Astros superlatives



Marlins expand NRI list with three additions

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:32:35 EDT

The stockpiling of roster depth continues for the Marlins, who have signed three more players with big league experience to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training.



Toronto's Bove named East Scout of Year

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:22:48 EDT

Sabermetrics have become an integral part of evaluating baseball players, but Russ Bove is proof that the traditional way of discovering young talent is still alive and well. In fact, it's what helped the Blue Jays land top prospect Bo Bichette.



Podcast: Marlins' Denbo knows Yanks' farm

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:12:13 EDT

On this week's podcast Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo discuss the Marlins' haul for slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Denbo's knowledge of the Yankees' system, the news regarding Shohei Ohtani's elbow and more.



With trade, A's bring Piscotty closer to home

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:46:42 EDT

The A's and Cardinals completed a trade on Thursday for Stephen Piscotty, who will fill Oakland's need for a right-handed-hitting outfielder.



Don't touch that smile: Hot Stove just starting

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:08:26 EDT

If you love the Hot Stove -- and let's be honest, who doesn't? -- the Winter Meetings delivered the best kind of news. There's more left. Lots more.



Houston Sports Awards recognizes Luhnow

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:06:35 EDT

After building the Astros into World Series champions, general manager Jeff Luhnow has been named the Houston Sports Awards' Executive of the Year.



Series MVP Springer entering his prime

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:46:29 EDT

Astros outfielder George Springer started for the American League in the All-Star Game and was the Most Valuable Player of the World Series. Could the best still be yet to come for him?



Glanville sets course to bring social change

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:47:12 EDT

Beginning next month, Doug Glanville will be teaching a class on "Communication, Sports and Social Justice" at Penn's Annenberg School for Communications.



Morning Lineup Podcast: Meetings wrapup

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Anthony Castrovince and Alyson Footer recap the news of the week and also look at big free-agent names still available, when the Red Sox might make a move and the buzz on the trade market.



Hot Stove remains on for these 10 clubs

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:42:48 EDT

The dozens upon dozens of remaining free agents will be relieved to hear that baseball's Hot Stove did not, in fact, get shut down when the Winter Meetings wrapped up on Thursday.



Source: Indians, Upton Jr. agree on Minor League deal

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:50:42 EDT

On Friday morning, sources confirmed to MLB.com that Cleveland agreed to a Minor League contract with veteran outfielder Melvin Upton Jr., who will receive an invitation to attend Spring Training with the big league club. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported that Upton will receive a base salary of $1.5 million with incentive bonuses available based on plate appearances. The Indians have not confirmed the deal.



Two-time 20-game winner Lary dies at 87

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:57:58 EDT

Frank Lary, a two-time 20-game winner who was victorious 123 times during parts of 11 seasons with the Tigers, died Wednesday in his hometown of Northport, Ala. He was 87.



Hurlers dominate Rule 5 Draft after OF Reyes goes No. 1

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:04:33 EDT

If you were looking for potential Major League arms, the 2017 Rule 5 Draft was the place to be. Jonathan Mayo examines the results.



Tigers to retire Trammell's No. 3, Morris' No. 47

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:59:15 EDT

The Tigers will retire the jersey numbers of newly elected Hall of Famers Alan Trammell and Jack Morris in separate ceremonies in August, the team announced on Thursday.



Twins officially sign veteran closer Rodney

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:10:52 EDT

The Twins found their short-term solution at closer, officially signing veteran right-hander Fernando Rodney to a one-year deal on Friday worth $4.5 million with a club option.



George Springer gave some Houston traffic updates with a local news station

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:29:41 EDT

Springer joins Houston news, updates traffic



Hahn mum on any White Sox-Machado talks

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:53:28 EDT

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn would not comment on his team's trade pursuit of Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado during Thursday morning's media session on the final day of baseball's 2017 Winter Meetings.



Paxton's progression key for Mariners in '18

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:04:39 EDT

Felix Hernandez has anchored the Mariners' rotation as the ace of the staff for the past decade, serving as the club's Opening Day starter for 10 of the past 11 years and establishing himself as one of the top right-handers in MLB.



Odor key to improving Rangers' offense

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EDT

The Rangers have spent much time this winter trying to improve their pitching staff. Their offense could use a little help, too, but much of that will have to come from internal improvements and the continued development of their young players.



Manaea hopes to weigh in with big year for A's

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:13:23 EDT

Sean Manaea's second big league season didn't go according to plan, but the A's still view the big lefty as a frontline man in the making. Manaea figures to slot into the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind right-hander Kendall Graveman, and there's a thought that his potential could soon translate to ace status.



No signs Blue Jays trying to trade Donaldson

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:00:16 EDT

The Blue Jays continue to insist that they are not shopping star third baseman Josh Donaldson, but that hasn't stopped other teams from calling.



Cubs, Cishek agree to 2-year deal

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:54:55 EDT

The Cubs continued to bolster their bullpen, finalizing a two-year, $13 million contract with veteran right-hander Steve Cishek on Saturday.