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MLB Spring Training 2017: The Top 10 Catchers to Watch

Whether it's at the lowest levels of amateur baseball or in MLB, few positions have a bigger impact on a team's success—or lack thereof—than catcher. Not only are these players expected to contribute offensively, but they must masterfully...Show More Summary

Will High Demand for Controllable Pitching Lead to More Early Extensions?

Got a talented homegrown pitcher? Might want to hold on to that. Could be valuable someday. Sound advice under any circumstances. And possibly growing sounder by the day. Seemingly everyone wants controllable pitching this winter, and the asking prices reflect as much. Show More Summary

Former Padres All-Star Chris Cannizzaro Dies at Age 78

Former San Diego Padres catcher Chris Cannizzaro—who was the organization's first All-Star in the 1969 season—died Thursday night, according to Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune. He had lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary...Show More Summary

New Year's Resolutions for All 30 MLB Teams in 2017

If baseball is America's favorite pastime, its second favorite is making New Year's resolutions—and breaking them. Breaking our resolutions might result in us carrying some extra pounds into the spring or gathering more clutter in the...Show More Summary

Updating the Hottest Questions Remaining in the 2016-17 MLB Offseason

Much of the Major League Baseball offseason picture has been painted, yet it still looks incomplete. Though we have a better idea of how the remainder of the winter—and, subsequently, the 2017 season—may play out, there are still questions...Show More Summary

How Good Can Cubs Offense Be If Jason Heyward Returns from Dead in 2017?

Last winter, the Chicago Cubs signed Jason Heyward to an eight-year, $184 million contract. Less than 11 months later, they won their first World Series since the Teddy Roosevelt administration. Here's the rub: They did it as much in...Show More Summary

Fact or Fiction on All of Week 9's Hottest MLB Free-Agency, Trade Rumors

Fact—New Year's Eve is fast approaching. Fiction—all of MLB's big-name free agents who remain unsigned will find new homes before the ball drops. As you'd expect, having so many notable players still in search of employment has led to increased activity in the rumor mill. Show More Summary

Matt Wieters: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Free-Agent Catcher

Catcher Matt Wieters remains among the top players available in free agency, but his market appears to be heating up with multiple teams showing interest. According to Jon Heyman of, the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals appear to be Wieters' top-two suitors currently. More to follow. Read more MLB news on

These MLB Stars Are the Only Ones Worthy of 2017 HOF Enshrinement

The first year Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot, I voted "not now." OK, technically I just didn't vote for them, but as I explained then in a column for, it was more of a "not now" voteShow More Summary

The Jaw-Dropping 2016-17 MLB Free-Agent Class That Might've Been

So, here it is. We've come to it at last. The point in the MLB offseason where the baseball news cycle is emptier than our holiday cookie jars. This winter more than most, it was bound to come sooner rather than later. Trades are all well and good, but they're the side dishes of the hot-stove season. Show More Summary

All 30 MLB Teams' Updated To-Do List Heading into 2017

As always, it's been a busy offseason around Major League Baseball, with teams already crossing off a number of items on their winter shopping lists. Earlier this offseason, a piece entitled "All 30 MLB Teams' Blueprint to an 'A' Grade...Show More Summary

4 Free Agents Set to Improve Their New MLB Clubs the Most in 2017

It makes sense, of course, that to improve a Major League Baseball club, a player could not have been on the team last season. So though the Los Angeles Dodgers' re-signings of Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner and Rich Hill were monumentally...Show More Summary

MLB's Celebrated 2018 Free-Agent Pitching Class Is Overhyped

The 2018-19 MLB offseason is going to be epic. Epic enough, in fact, to justify the use of that played-out adjective. A galaxy of the game's brightest stars will hit the market. Front offices will throw around enough cash to exceed the...Show More Summary

Omar Minaya's son is surging Division I hoops prospect

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The former baseball GM's son is making his name in a different game        

Joe Blanton: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation on RP

Joe Blanton is dangerously close to going into the new year without a new team, but it appears his market is heating up. Continue for updates. Blanton Drawing Interest from Multiple Teams Tuesday, Dec. 27 Jerry Crasnick of reported teams are expressing increased interest in Blanton with most elite relievers signed. Show More Summary

Trevor Plouffe: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation on Free-Agent 3B

Despite being limited to 84 games in 2016, Trevor Plouffe will likely have a few suitors this offseason as teams target more cost-effective corner infield options. Continue for updates. Red Sox Show Interest in Plouffe Tuesday, Dec. 27 The Boston Herald's Evan Drellich reported Tuesday the Boston Red Sox are looking to potentially sign Plouffe. Show More Summary

MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Brian Dozier, Jed Lowrie, More

Major League Baseball's hot stove has cooled off in the aftermath of the winter meetings, but there's still some buzz circulating the rumor mill as the calendar gets set to flip to 2017. Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has...Show More Summary

Early 2017 MLB Playoff Team Projections If the Offseason Ended Today

Next year will soon be here, but the 2017 Major League Baseball playoffs are so far off that they might as well be in a whole 'nother year. You might be thinking it's too soon to go there. Or is it? The 2016-17 offseason still has some boxes to check, including homes for free agents like Mark Trumbo and Jose Bautista. Show More Summary

MLB Trade Ideas Based on Latest Offseason Week 9 News, Rumors and Speculation

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is typically a quiet one in the Major League Baseball universe. General managers are spending some much-needed time away from the office with their families, more focused on assembling the...Show More Summary

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