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Unity, study hot topics at Reds' pitching summit (Today)
The Reds are calling this week's workouts a "pitching summit." While the term sounds like meeting of pitchers of different disciplines seeking to make peace and levy sanctions on rogue knuckleballers, manager Bryan Price's vision is team building and unity.

Big Hot Stove move or not, Cora confident (Today)
While Red Sox fans remain fixated on the slower-than-usual Hot Stove in hopes that it will eventually result in a slugger like J.D. Martinez packing his bats for Fenway, new manager Alex Cora is all in on his current roster.

Rangers ink Casali to Minor League deal (Today)
The Rangers have signed catcher Curt Casali to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Reid Ryan shares WS trophy with hometown (Today)
The emotions still pour out of Astros president Reid Ryan. That's what winning a World Series championship will do. That's what returning to the small town where you grew up and sharing the Commissioner's Trophy with those who watched you grow up will do.

Source: Blue Jays sign reliever Alburquerque (Today)
The Blue Jays reportedly added more depth to their bullpen on Thursday by signing veteran right-hander Al Alburquerque to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

Simmons a sure thing at short; Cozart insurance (Today)
Andrelton Simmons has long been one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball, but he distinguished himself even further in 2017 by putting together his best offensive season to date.

DeShields prepared to do what it takes (Today)
There was a brief flurry of rumors earlier this month the Rangers might be increasing the efforts to sign free agent center fielder Lorenzo Cain. It appears there was nothing to the rumors, but it is accurate to say the Rangers would be open to upgrading defensively in center. Delino DeShields has heard the rumors.

Trammell, Morris laud scouts' efforts (Today)
When Alan Trammell and Jack Morris are inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 29, they will not only represent themselves and the organizations for which they played, but also the scouts who signed them.

Dipoto talks tough calls, projections on podcast (Today)
Speaking on his latest Wheelhouse Podcast released Wednesday, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said personal connections must be set aside at times to make pragmatic decisions for the betterment of the club, and he cited the example of trading reliever Emilio Pagan this winter to acquire A's first baseman Ryon Healy.

JBJ lauded for defense, seeks more SBs in '18 (Today)
It would have been awkward if Jackie Bradley Jr. had come to Thursday's Boston Baseball Writers Dinner to collect his award for defensive excellence as a member of another team. But rumors proved to be just rumors, and Bradley seems just about certain to stay put with the Red Sox in 2018 and beyond.

Why Chipper is a no-doubt HOF selection (Today)
Chipper Jones grew up and progressed through his distinguished Major League career aspiring to be like his father's childhood idol, Mickey Mantle. During his successful journey, the Braves legend earned the opportunity to forever be included within discussions that solely focus on Cooperstown's most revered immortal residents.

Gallo: Harper 'as focused as I've ever seen him' (Today)
Rangers infielder Joey Gallo has been working out with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper regularly for the past three or four years in their hometown of Las Vegas, Nev. They played travel ball together and grew up together along with Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant.

Report: MLBPA rejects pace of play changes (Today)
After recent discussions with Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association appears set to reject the most recent proposal regarding pace of play rules.

After strong rookie year, Benintendi eyes more (Today)
Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi turned heads at Thursday's Boston Baseball Writers Dinner with strikingly shorter hair. Benintendi also plans on making something else a lot shorter in 2018 -- his slumps.

Zimmerman: Nats must 'learn from our mistakes' (Today)
First baseman Ryan Zimmerman is proud of the Nationals' accomplishments, despite losing the National League Division Series in four of the past six years.

Prospects Tatis Jr., Urias among Padres' NRIs (Today)
Padres general manager A.J. Preller has never been one to shy away from challenging his best prospects. He made that much clear once again on Thursday, when the club announced its non-roster invites to Major League Spring Training.

Bucs, Rivero complete 4-year contract (Today)
Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole are gone, but Felipe Rivero should be sticking around a while. The Pirates and Rivero completed a four-year deal with club options for 2022-23, with the club announcing the signing on Thursday.

Mariners' female scout Hopkins blazing trail (Today)
Amanda Hopkins, the daughter of special assistant to the general manager with the Pirates and former longtime scout, has been making a name for herself as a full-time scout for the Mariners.

Source: MLBPA to reject pace of play changes (Today)
After recent discussions with Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association appears set to reject the most recent proposal regarding pace of play rules.

Why is Martinez's big bat still out there? (Today)
In a season marked by a surge in home runs, nobody other than Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge hit more of them than J.D. Martinez. Martinez was as big a difference-maker as any player acquired last summer -- so why does there seem to be such a small market for his services this offseason?

Source: Frieri gets Minors pact from Brewers (Today)
The Brewers added potential bullpen depth Thursday, inking veteran reliever Ernesto Frieri to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed the report.

Kaat returns to Twins as special assistant (Today)
The Twins continue to add former greats to their front office, as Jim Kaat was hired as a special assistant to the organization on Thursday, a day after Justin Morneau joined as a special assistant to baseball operations.

Alert gives Hamels brief scare on Hawaii trip (Today)
Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels was expecting a nice relaxing vacation with his family in Hawaii last weekend. He wasn't expecting to deal with a ballistic missile scare.

What are possible landing spots for Harrison? (Today)
Lots of players have no-trade clauses. None, as far as we know, have must-trade provisions in their contracts.

Lynn drawing interest from at least 4 teams (Today)
There may not be a more consistent pitcher in baseball, when healthy, than Lance Lynn. So what is the market for the 30-year-old free agent, who proved to be his durable self after returning from Tommy John surgery in 2017?

Sabathia: Yanks back to status of 'hated team' (Today)
The Yankees enjoyed much more goodwill than normal last season thanks to their success with young talent like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino, but they aren't expecting the same in 2018.

Mets sign A-Gon to one-year deal (Today)
The Mets have added another veteran bat to their lineup after finalizing a one-year deal with free-agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on Thursday.

Lupica: Spring Training beginning to stir (Wednesday, January 17)
The first public workouts for the Astros and Nationals are still a month away, but their shared Spring Training home looked ready enough for a game on Wednesday morning, even with the smell of paint all around and work still being done on the windows for the team store and on the observation decks.

At plate, Sheffield struck fear in foes (Wednesday, January 17)
Gary Sheffield is almost certainly not going to get elected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But if there was a scary hitter Hall of Fame, the slugger would be a first-ballot selection.

Morning Lineup Podcast: What's J.D. worth? (Today)
Anthony Castrovince and Richard Justice discuss J.D. Martinez's market value, the latest on Eric Hosmer and whether a move for another trusted veteran could be next for the busy Giants.

Mejia leads list of Top 10 catching prospects (Wednesday, January 17)
MLB Pipeline's 2018 Top 10 Catching Prospects list looks a lot like our 2017 edition. Francisco Mejia (Indians) and Carson Kelly (Cardinals) once again occupy the top two spots, though they've flip-flopped from a year ago, and the top five catchers entering 2017 repeat on this year's Top 10.

Yankees' bullpen could be best of all time (Wednesday, January 17)
The 2017 Yankees bullpen was one of the best in baseball, but they reached that level with only partial seasons from Chad Green, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle. With that trio on board from the start, how great could the 2018 version be?

Chavis gives Red Sox a big bat in pipeline (Wednesday, January 17)
For all the talk about the Red Sox trying to find another power hitter via free agency or a trade, it should be noted that another slugger could be making his way through the pipeline with a possible arrival at Fenway Park at some point in 2018.

Huntington lauds Bucs' 'good core base' (Wednesday, January 17)
Pirates management has been bombarded with questions about the past, present and future of the franchise as the club moves forward after dealing Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, their best player and best pitcher.

Burnes rising fast, eyes MLB breakthrough (Wednesday, January 17)
Pitching prospect Corbin Burnes is not expected to crack the Brewers' Opening Day roster, but he could make his MLB debut with Milwaukee sometime this year.

Padres show off MLB-largest solar power plans (Wednesday, January 17)
The Padres on Wednesday officially unveiled plans for the installation of a new solar power system at Petco Park, which will be the largest in Major League Baseball.

First workout dates announced for all 30 clubs (Wednesday, January 17)
Major League Baseball on Wednesday announced each club's official first workout dates as well as photo days for Spring Training presented by Camping World, interrupting all of this #snowday drivel with a warm blast of Cactus League and Grapefruit League anticipation.

Callaway connection 'a big deal' for Bruce (Wednesday, January 17)
Early in the offseason, long before Jay Bruce fit together the puzzle pieces of his free agency, he spoke on the phone with Mickey Callaway. Recently hired as the Mets' manager, Callaway had come to know Bruce during the outfielder's brief tenure in Cleveland late last season. He outlined to Bruce his ideas and expectations for his new role.

New job with Dodgers has Prior excited for '18 (Wednesday, January 17)
New Dodgers bullpen coach Mark Prior joined MLB Network on Wednesday to discuss the transition to his role with the World Series runners-up.

With maturity comes lofty expectations for Eloy (Wednesday, January 17)
Eloy Jimenez was 15 years old when he made up his mind.

Cards consider moving Carp out of top spot (Wednesday, January 17)
Without putting anything in ink for 2018, manager Mike Matheny hinted this week that the Cardinals are leaning toward a lineup configuration that does not feature Matt Carpenter up top.

Morneau retires, starts new chapter with Twins (Wednesday, January 17)
For former Twins star Justin Morneau, Wednesday marked both the end of his playing career and the beginning of a new chapter as a special assistant to baseball operations for Minnesota.

Bellinger bulks up for sophomore season (Wednesday, January 17)
Opponents will see even more of Cody Bellinger in 2018. The unanimous National League Rookie of the Year, Bellinger has added 15 pounds during the offseason with a stepped-up conditioning and nutrition program.

Mets expect Conforto to return around May 1 (Wednesday, January 17)
Although the Mets spoke briefly with Jay Bruce about playing some first base this season, it appears their need for him will be greatest in the outfield. The Mets do not expect Michael Conforto to return until around May 1, general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday, placing the most concrete timetable yet on the outfielder's return from left shoulder surgery.

High heat helped Kimbrel rediscover his mojo (Wednesday, January 17)
Already blessed with premium velocity, Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel pointed his fastball to the top of the strike zone in 2017. The move paid off handsomely.

Worst to first? It happens more than you think (Wednesday, January 17)
Need a warm thought on a cold day? One of the great things about baseball is history almost never repeats itself. You can finish last one season and win a division title the next.

Proud of career, Yadi responds to Contreras (Wednesday, January 17)
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina appears to be taking exception to recent comments from Cubs catcher Willson Contreras about how he plans to be a better backstop than perennial All-Stars Molina and Buster Posey.

Moreno: Pujols ready to make room for Ohtani (Wednesday, January 17)
Spring Training is less than a month away, and it's safe to say that a healthy share of the baseball world will descend upon Tempe Diablo Stadium on Feb. 14 for the unveiling of Shohei Ohtani, a two-way player from Japan who is preparing for his highly anticipated Major League debut in 2018.

Cole eager to learn, contribute with Astros (Wednesday, January 17)
The reigning World Series champions introduced their newest addition Wednesday, as longtime Pirates ace Gerrit Cole donned an Astros uniform for the first time in an introductory press conference.

Ziegler says he won't ask Marlins to trade him (Wednesday, January 17)
Brad Ziegler signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Marlins last offseason, and the veteran right-hander has every intention to stick with the club until he is told otherwise.

Mayors tour Marlins Park, discuss HR sculpture (Wednesday, January 17)
The Marlins had a couple of distinguished guests tour their ballpark on Tuesday. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez each made separate visits, and according to the team, they discussed a variety of topics.

Duensing reportedly re-signs with Cubs (Wednesday, January 17)
The Cubs and left-handed reliever Brian Duensing are reuniting after the two sides agreed to a two-year deal on Wednesday, sources told MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Ranking most dominant rotations of 2000s (Wednesday, January 17)
Headed by Roy Halladay, the 2011 Phillies boasted one of the greatest starting rotations of this century.

Agent discusses Yelich's desire for trade (Tuesday, January 16)
The agent for Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich reportedly said on Tuesday that his client hopes to be traded before Spring Training starts.

Dombrowski: Despite slow market, goal same (Tuesday, January 16)
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who has been running front offices for nearly 30 years, said Tuesday in an interview with MLB Network Radio that he has "never seen a market go this slow, really."

On the rise: 5 clubs set to rebound into contention (Tuesday, January 16)
At least five teams have moved themselves into contention after tough 2017 seasons. Some of them still have work to do, but we shouldn't lose sight that they've already done a lot.

Estrada reveals root of midseason slide (Tuesday, January 16)
The contrast within Marco Estrada's 2017 season was striking. Estrada maintained a 3.15 ERA through April and May - the sort of performance the Blue Jays expected from a reliable starter who earned his first All-Star selection the year before. Then Estrada's season went awry, as trade speculation swirled around the disappointing Jays.

Padres' Gore atop list of 10 best LHP prospects (Tuesday, January 16)
Sitting atop this year's LHP list is 19-year-old MacKenzie Gore, who turned in a stellar professional debut after the Padres drafted him third overall. He's one of four southpaws ages 20 or younger in a group that also features three newcomers as well as a pair of Braves big leaguers.

Inciarte's elite defense backed by Statcast data (Tuesday, January 16)
Ender Inciarte might never have Hall of Fame credentials that equal those possessed by Andruw Jones, whose resume includes 434 home runs. But courtesy of the growing list of defensive metrics supplied by Statcast™, the current Braves center fielder will at least be able to have a better feel for exactly how he stacks up against his contemporaries and future Gold Glovers.

Mets finalize 3-year deal with Bruce (Tuesday, January 16)
The Mets announced Tuesday night they signed free agent Jay Bruce to a three-year deal, which is worth $39 million, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand last week.

Batting Bryant leadoff makes sense for Cubs (Tuesday, January 16)
Cubs manager Joe Maddon carries a reputation for outside-the-box thinking, and it shows up in his lineup construction. Maddon started 11 different players in the top spot in 2017. Not included among them was Kris Bryant -- but it's possible that could change in 2018.

Hoffman, Wagner HOF valuation a challenge (Tuesday, January 16)
Though I have spent countless hours studying the Hall of Fame -- the players in it, the trends, great choices, odd choices, philosophies behind the vote -- I still have absolutely no idea what to do with relief pitchers. No idea.

Tale of the tape: Darvish vs. Arrieta (Tuesday, January 16)
Though there are a lot of free-agent starters out there, Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta represent the class of the free-agent class, and something could come to fruition soon with teams that are open to the idea of springing for a front-line-type starter.

How many future HOFers will play in 2018? (Tuesday, January 16)
How many future Hall of Famers will take the field in 2018? It's impossible to know for sure, but it's easy to take a look at the current crop of studs and make an educated guess.

Pirates announce 2018 Minor League staffs (Tuesday, January 16)
The Pirates on Tuesday announced their Minor League coaching staffs for the 2018 season, introducing a new manager at Triple-A Indianapolis while keeping their championship-winning manager in place at Double-A Altoona.

By the book: Maples seeks 'pen role with Cubs (Tuesday, January 16)
Dillon Maples was sitting at a Starbucks in Memphis on Aug. 31, reading about George Washington, when Cubs player development director Jaron Madison interrupted him. Triple-A Iowa's game against the Redbirds had been called because of the weather. An avid reader, Maples' plan was to hunker down in one of the coffee shop's comfortable chairs for the day.

White Sox announce player development staff (Tuesday, January 16)
The White Sox announced the organization's player development staff and assignments for the 2018 season under second-year director of player development Chris Getz.

Bullpen depth a source of strength for Orioles (Tuesday, January 16)
The good news is the Orioles' relief corps has been here before. Yes, it's not ideal to lose All-Star closer Zach Britton for some -- if not all -- of the first half of the 2018 season, but not many bullpens could withstand that kind of loss. The O's relievers can.

As spring nears, 2B in SD still uncertain (Tuesday, January 16)
Yangervis Solarte may be gone -- dealt to Toronto on Jan. 6 for a pair of prospects -- but his departure did little to clarify things at second base for the Padres in 2018.

Royals hire Lamont as special assistant to GM (Tuesday, January 16)
The Royals have hired former White Sox and Pirates manager Gene Lamont as a special assistant to general manager Dayton Moore.

Tigers reportedly sign Russell to Minors deal (Tuesday, January 16)
As the free-agent reliever market remains hot, fueled by interest among contending teams, the Tigers' search for undervalued bullpen arms and bounce-back candidates continues. Their latest target appears to be former Cubs left-hander James Russell, who reportedly agreed to a Minor League contract with the Tigers last week.

Castillo, Chavis among 16 spring camp NRIs (Tuesday, January 16)
The Red Sox announced 16 non-roster invitees to Spring Training on Tuesday, including outfielder Rusney Castillo, who will once again try to work his way back on the radar.

Cutch on time with Bucs: 'A lot to be thankful for' (Tuesday, January 16)
On Tuesday, Andrew McCutchen began looking forward to his next act. But first, he reflected on the first chapter of his career.

With no MLB offer, Ichiro might return to Japan (Tuesday, January 16)
The Major League Baseball career of Ichiro Suzuki may be fading to black, the video term for the end of a production or show.

White Sox prospects Moncada, Robert bonding (Tuesday, January 16)
Luis Robert's training begins once he steps into Yoan Moncada's rental car each morning. The 10-minute drive from the nearby hotel to Camelback Ranch, home of the White Sox Spring Training facility and the site of this week's hitters mini-camp, is short but helpful.

J-Hay desires trade if Bucs won't contend in '18 (Tuesday, January 16)
The Pirates traded two franchise cornerstones over the long weekend, giving up Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen for young players and prospects. If their roster "retooling" takes them out of the postseason picture, Josh Harrison doesn't want to be a part of it.

Giants to play Cutch in right field, Pence in left (Tuesday, January 16)
A day after acquiring Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates to patrol the spacious gaps at AT&T Park, the Giants revealed that they plan to play the former National League MVP in right field, moving him from the center-field position he held for most of his nine seasons in Pittsburgh. Incumbent Giants right fielder Hunter Pence will move to left field, according to manager Bruce Bochy, who added that he approached Pence in advance.

Former Rockies 3B Castilla big fan of Arenado (Tuesday, January 16)
Before visiting Denver-area schools and hospitals Tuesday as part of the Rockies Winter Caravan, Vinny Castilla sang Nolan Arenado's praises on MLB Network's Hot Stove program via FaceTime.

Cutch deal affects markets for Yelich, Realmuto (Tuesday, January 16)
Pittsburgh on Monday dealt former National League MVP outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the Giants just two days after ace Gerrit Cole was sent to the Astros. The two major moves have reshaped the market, which could potentially impact the number of clubs coveting Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich and catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Robles ready to take next step in 2018 (Tuesday, January 16)
Victor Robles is going to play every day to start the 2018 season. The Nationals have stayed firm on that about their top prospect and one of the most electric talents in all of baseball. The question is where Robles -- the No. 3 overall prospect in baseball as rated by MLB Pipeline -- will take his at-bats every day.

Source: Grandy, Toronto agree to 1-year pact (Monday, January 15)
The Blue Jays shifted their attention to the outfield Monday night by reaching an agreement with veteran Curtis Granderson on a one-year deal worth $5 million. Toronto has yet to officially announce the signing, but it was first reported by MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal and has since been confirmed by MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

Top 10 right-handed pitching prospects for 2018 (Monday, January 15)
This year's list of the Top 10 right-handed pitching prospects starts with a two-player who is the favorite to win Rookie of the Year honors in the American League.

Trade shakes up market for Cain, outfielders (Tuesday, January 16)
Gerrit Cole is an Astro. Andrew McCutchen is a Giant. Perhaps now a team other than the Pirates will stoke baseball's Hot Stove.

Sosa facing uphill climb in quest for Cooperstown (Monday, January 15)
It's all about 609 home runs, a massive number. But amid allegations of a failed drug test and never-ending whispers about PEDs haunting the latter part of his career, Sammy Sosa -- like his great rival Mark McGwire -- will not get to Cooperstown unless attitudes change dramatically.

Trading Cutch was a tough but wise decision (Monday, January 15)
Once Gerrit Cole was traded to the Astros, it was clear that the Neal Huntington and the Pirates' front office were going to swallow hard and do the thing they never wanted to do -- trade Andrew McCutchen.

A look at top franchise players who were dealt (Monday, January 15)
While it's jarring to see a club deal away its greatest player, such a move is not unprecedented. Here are 10 other examples from throughout baseball history.

Hoskins enjoying ride as new face of Phillies (Monday, January 15)
Rhys Hoskins has handled new celebrity about as well as anybody could be expected to handle it. He is trying to enjoy the moment, while remaining true to himself.

Bucs trade icon McCutchen to Giants (Monday, January 15)
The Pirates traded McCutchen to the Giants, ending the franchise player's nine-year tenure in Pittsburgh. The Pirates receive Giants' No. 4-ranked prospect Bryan Reynolds and right-hander Kyle Crick -- who is ranked No. 16, according to MLB Pipeline.

Cutch deal has Giants primed for turnaround (Monday, January 15)
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said recently that his team's 2018 turnaround would begin with being embarrassed about last season. That's a big part of why the Giants were poised for a bounce-back season even before making the second of two huge trades: Acquiring outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates on Monday after getting third baseman Evan Longoria from the Rays in December.

History provides precedent for MVP trades (Monday, January 15)
Here is a look at notable MVPs who went four seasons or fewer between winning the award and getting traded.

Cutch tweets fond farewell to Pirates fans (Monday, January 15)
Andrew McCutchen issued a heartfelt goodbye to Pirates fans and the city of Pittsburgh -- a place he called "My Home" in a classy tweet -- hours after it was revealed that he had been traded to the San Francisco Giants on Monday.

Source: Grandy, Toronto agree to 1-year pact (Monday, January 15)
Free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson is headed back to the American League after agreeing to a one-year, $5 million deal, plus incentives, with the Blue Jays, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed.

Pros and cons of 6 potential acquisitions (Monday, January 15)
We've had an offseason in which huge, sweeping trades have been discussed. In that way, the Hot Stove has never been hotter. As for action, that's another story.

Giant move: SF acquires McCutchen from Pirates (Monday, January 15)
The Giants' aggressive offseason objective of bolstering a power-starved lineup took another significant step on Monday, as San Francisco acquired longtime Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and cash considerations from Pittsburgh.

Prospect Puk pleased with 2017 progress (Monday, January 15)
Lefty A.J. Puk didn't disappoint in his first full professional season, and the pitcher's development on and off the mound continued into the offseason, as he represented Oakland at Major League Baseball's Rookie Career Development Program this month.

Bucs, Rivero reportedly agree to 4-year deal (Monday, January 15)
The Pirates and closer Felipe Rivero have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with two additional club options, according to a report from MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Nelson ahead of schedule in shoulder recovery (Monday, January 15)
Here's news that will not surprise anyone who has met the man or watched him hustle from task to task around the Brewers' clubhouse: Jimmy Nelson is ahead of schedule in his comeback from shoulder surgery.

Inbox: How do A-Gon, Bruce affect Mets at 1B? (Monday, January 15)
Finally, some action. The Mets made their first significant waves of the offseason last week, reportedly inking both Jay Bruce and Adrian Gonzalez to contracts that should become official in the coming days.

Inbox: Will the Marlins deal Realmuto, Yelich? (Monday, January 15)
From what I've gathered, after Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna were traded, the Marlins' intentions were to keep Yelich, Realmuto, and we can add Starlin Castro to that group.

Grichuk disappointed to lose starting spot (Monday, January 15)
As Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty separated for the offseason, they anticipated that their time as teammates was ending. The Cardinals' offseason priorities were evident, and among them was an intention to clear some outfield clutter.

Inbox: Should Sox rest Sale more next season? (Monday, January 15)
Ian Browne answers fan questions about Chris Sale, potential position switches and more.

Inbox: Strategy behind Brantley over Bruce? (Monday, January 15)
Beat reporter Jordan Bastian fields questions from fans on the Jay Bruce vs. Michael Brantley decision, Danny Salazar's return to the rotation and more in this edition of Indians Inbox.

Inbox: Which pitcher tops Rangers' wish list? (Monday, January 15)
Which of the remaining free-agent pitchers is of most interest to the Texas Rangers? Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers this question and more in his latest Inbox.

Musgrove eager to work in Pirates' rotation (Monday, January 15)
Joe Musgrove will immediately join the Pirates' young rotation as the club retools its roster without Gerrit Cole. The Bucs believe the 25-year-old Musgrove will thrive as a starter, even after some ups and downs with the Astros.

DeWitt: Cards likely done making 'major' moves (Monday, January 15)
Describing the Cardinals' 2018 roster as "strong" and "improved," principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr. suggested on Monday that the organization has wrapped up the bulk of its winter work.

Yadi planning to retire after 3-year deal is up (Monday, January 15)
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said on Monday that he plans to play out his current contract with the Cardinals and then call it a career.

Big prospect soaks up wisdom at Dream Series (Monday, January 15)
One of the biggest names at the Dream Series belonged to literally the biggest pitching prospect on the field. Kumar Rocker, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound right-hander from Georgia, completed the five-day event at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Monday feeling like a much better player, which is saying something.

Source: Bucs, Giants agree to McCutchen deal (Monday, January 15)
The Giants' aggressive offseason objective of bolstering a power-starved lineup took another significant step on Monday, as the club has agreed to acquire longtime Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, according to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi, pending a review of medical records.

Dr. King a guiding light in Grissom's life (Monday, January 15)
This is the definitive weekend for Marquis Grissom. Not only was he born and raised in Atlanta -- the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- but he has done a bunch of things to enter the Hall of Fame of Philanthropy before, during and after his 17-year Major League career.

Source: Nats, Kendrick agree to 2-year deal (Monday, January 15)
The Nationals and Howie Kendrick have agreed to a two-year contract, a source confirmed to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal was first to report the deal.

Source: Brewers sign Choi to Minors deal (Sunday, January 14)
The Brewers have agreed to terms with free-agent first baseman/left fielder Ji-Man Choi on a Minor League deal, according to a report from Naver Sports. The club has not confirmed the report.

Ranking 2018's top 5 starting rotations (Sunday, January 14)
Adding Gerrit Cole alongside Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander put the Astros in the conversation for MLB's best starting rotation. Here is an early guess at this year's top five.

Week Ahead: Big names remain on Hot Stove (Monday, January 15)
The week ahead in baseball begins with an already-established Major League milestone, and it's one that makes any seamhead smile. Yes, it's less than a month until pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training, and 30 clubs will start revving up for what they hope will be a memorable championship run in 2018.

Classic rematch? Astros, Dodgers best on paper (Sunday, January 14)
Last year, the Astros and Dodgers met in the World Series, and the way the projections currently look, they'll be baseball's best in 2018 as well. Who else is on their level -- and how can they catch up?

Umps share new perspective at Dream Series (Sunday, January 14)
The relationship between the pitcher, catcher and umpire and questions about the strike zone were among the many topics discussed in a presentation with veteran umpire Kerwin Danley and Chris Jones, an umpire supervisor since 2005, on Sunday afternoon at the Dream Series.

Crime Dog a curious Hall of Fame case (Sunday, January 14)
In all the years I have been writing this series, the one guy that to me sits most directly on the Hall of Fame line is Fred McGriff. I could absolutely defend voting for him. I could absolutely defend not voting for him.

Perfect fit: Free-agent deals that feel right (Sunday, January 14)
Sometimes, two parties don't know how much they need one another until it's too late. Let's hope no one goes down that road this offseason. Everyone take a deep breath and see if we can do the right thing.

Ozuna enjoys first interaction with Cards fans (Sunday, January 14)
For Marcell Ozuna, Sunday was a day of first impressions. A first-time participant in the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up event, Ozuna got an intimate introduction to the fanbase. Fans, in turn, were greeted by Ozuna's glowing smile.

Confident Pham targets 30/30 season in '18 (Sunday, January 14)
Ever since hearing that those who write down their goals are 30 percent more likely to achieve them, Tommy Pham has been deliberate about transferring his intentions onto paper. He has no interest in keeping them a secret, either.

Cubs put emphasis on developing young arms (Sunday, January 14)
When Rob Zastryzny made his Major League debut in August 2016, it was a significant moment for the Cubs organization.

MLB Pipeline's 2018 All-Defense Team (Sunday, January 14)
Jim Callis asked numerous front-office executives to identify baseball's best defensive prospect to help determine MLB Pipeline's 2018 All-Defense Team.

MLK's spirit rings strong at Dream Series (Sunday, January 14)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message resonated during the Dream Series, an initiative of Major League Baseball and USA Baseball that features a diverse group of some of the nation's top high school pitching and catching prospects. The series began on Thursday.

Hall of Fame umpire Harvey, 87, passes away (Sunday, January 14)
Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey passed away, his wife, Joy, told MLB.com's Barry Bloom. He died on Saturday afternoon of natural causes at 87.

Bucs' Cole deal helps fill holes on '18 roster (Sunday, January 14)
With Gerrit Cole now an Astro, what's next for the Pirates?

Scouts star at annual awards dinner (Sunday, January 14)
Hall of Famers as well as the unsung heroes of the baseball community turned out Saturday night for the 15th annual Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation Awards Dinner.

MLB Buzz: Mets reportedly will sign A-Gon (Saturday, January 13)
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.

Wrigley Field renovations progressing nicely (Saturday, January 13)
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts hasn't forgotten the feeling that haunted him as his Cubs were seeking success, not enjoying it.

Star gazing: Top 10 third basemen entering '18 (Saturday, January 13)
Third base is full of superstars in a way it may never have been before, with studs who aren't just sluggers, but elite fielders as well. Who tops the Top 10 Right Now list headed into 2018?

Robertson honors father, family with fundraiser (Saturday, January 13)
In the Rays' clubhouse, no one is more compassionate toward the burdensome impact of cancer than rookie Daniel Robertson, whose charitable efforts brought a number players from across Major League Baseball together on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Upland, Calif.

Bucs net 4 players as Cole goes to Astros (Saturday, January 13)
The Pirates traded right-hander Gerrit Cole to the Astros on Saturday for right-handed pitchers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, as well as prospects Colin Moran and Jason Martin.

Youth leads way in 2018's Top 10 shortstops (Saturday, January 13)
MLB Network's "Top 10 Right Now" series ranks Major League Baseball's top players at each position headed into 2018, with two episodes airing each Saturday night from Jan. 13 through Feb. 10.

Cole key as Astros aim for Series repeat (Saturday, January 13)
The Astros probably could not be better positioned to win a second straight World Series than right now. In its simplest terms, that's what the trade for Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole on Saturday means.

Mets, A-Gon reportedly agree to deal (Saturday, January 13)
The Mets will sign free-agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pending a physical, according to USA TODAY Sports.

Indians' Olson emerged from wild ride to top (Friday, January 12)
The most dominant 2017 season you didn't notice came from a 27-year-old rookie pitcher with a modest professional track record. The year before, he was designated for assignment more times (three) than he pitched in a big league game (one).

Amazing D puts Andruw in HOF conversation (Thursday, January 11)
Now it's time for the third and final phase of the Hall of Fame ballot series.

Wong: Missile false alarm a 'surreal moment' (Saturday, January 13)
Second baseman Kolten Wong was eating breakfast and scrolling through social media in St. Louis on Saturday morning when he spotted the news. Back home in Hawaii, his family and friends were receiving alerts that a ballistic missile was headed toward the island. "This is not a drill," it read.

Hendricks, Fister the best at 'stealing' strikes (Saturday, January 13)
Before a bat ever slices through the airspace in front of a catcher's glove, before any collision of wood and leather, the best thing a hitter can do is spring into action against a pitch headed for the strike zone. Flip it around, and a pitcher's task is decidedly more complicated.

Network unveils Top 10 at SS, 3B right now (Saturday, January 13)
MLB Network's countdown of baseball's best players at each position returned for an eighth season Saturday with the first two installments of the "Top 10 Right Now!" series.

Together again? Potential free-agent reunions (Saturday, January 13)
Jay Bruce was a Met. Then he wasn't. Then he was again. The baseball transaction wire can be weird like that, with team needs and tastes and competitive states shifting all the time. Just 154 days after the Mets traded Bruce to the Indians in the midst of a lost summer, they signed him to a three-year, $39 million deal this week.

Youth pitchers, catchers live the 'Dream' (Saturday, January 13)
The Dream Series, an initiative from Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, features a diverse group of some of the nation's top high school pitching and catching prospects.

Davis bringing new plate 'mentality' to Cubs (Saturday, January 13)
Asked about how his sessions with outfielder Jason Heyward were going in Arizona, new Cubs hitting coach Chili Davis offered to show some videos. Apparently, the workouts are going very well.

Astros mum on remaining arb-eligible trio (Saturday, January 13)
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow wouldn't divulge Saturday if the team planned to go to hearings with their three remaining arbitration-eligible players: World Series Most Valuable Player George Springer, closer Ken Giles and starter Collin McHugh.

McCullers looks to renew changeup in spring (Saturday, January 13)
All-Star pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. said Saturday during the Astros' annual FanFest at Minute Maid Park that getting his changeup back to form will be one of his goals when Spring Training starts next month.

With Cole out, Yanks move on in pitching search (Saturday, January 13)
With Gerrit Cole headed to the Astros as part of a trade consummated on Saturday, the Yankees will look elsewhere to upgrade their starting pitching.

Cubbie blue: Players aid fans' gender reveal (Saturday, January 13)
Colin Carney went to the Cubs Convention when he was 12 years old and living in a Chicago suburb. Now 33 and a Houston resident, he and his wife Jennifer brought their two children this weekend in hopes of escaping the headaches and heartache of dealing with the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. They also wanted to share some news with the Cubs regarding their third child and do a gender reveal.

Manuels impacting Dream Series participants (Saturday, January 13)
Former big league manager Jerry Manuel walked to the podium from the back of the crowded conference hall at the team hotel, grabbed the microphone and smiled at this year's class of Dream Series participants.

Cardinals confident Gregerson can close (Saturday, January 13)
Though more experienced closers remain available on both the free-agent and trade markets, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak, speaking on the first day of the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up, expressed confidence in one the club already has: Luke Gregerson.

Astros land Cole in 5-player deal with Pirates (Saturday, January 13)
Less than a week after owner Jim Crane said the Astros were pursuing a high-end starter, the defending World Series champions traded for hard-throwing right-hander Gerrit Cole from the Pirates. The Astros will send pitchers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, infielder Colin Moran and Minor League outfielder Jason Martin to the Pirates.

Source: Twins, Reed agree to 2-year pact (Saturday, January 13)
The Twins agreed to terms with reliever Addison Reed on a two-year deal worth slightly less than $17 million, a source confirmed to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi on Saturday.

Legendary broadcaster Jackson, 89, dies (Saturday, January 13)
Longtime sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, the legendary voice who called the 16-inning 1986 National League Championship Series Game 6 contest between the Mets and Astros, passed away Friday night. He was 89.

Q&A: Blackmon a late-blooming ex-pitcher (Saturday, January 13)
Three years into his college career, Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon was a left-handed relief specialist. Now look at him. He's an All-Star center fielder, coming off a season in which he set a record for leadoff hitters with 102 RBI.

Report: Padres, Hand shake on 3-year deal (Saturday, January 13)
Coming off his best season as a Major Leaguer, left-hander Brad Hand has agreed to a three-year extension with the Padres pending a physical, sources told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Saturday. The club has not confirmed the report.

Grissom gives back to game with Dream Series (Friday, January 12)
Marquis Grissom thinks Marquis Grissom has a chance to be a good ball player.

Getting past arbitration deadline could heat up Hot Stove (Friday, January 12)
All winter long, we've yearned for a match to ignite baseball's Hot Stove. Could the solution be something as customary as Friday's exchange of salary arbitration figures? One Major League general manager predicted Friday evening that the industry would see "a few" notable signings over the next week. That would qualify as significant news in a tepid marketplace.

Dodgers agree with Grandal, Wood, 5 others (Friday, January 12)
The Dodgers reportedly reached agreement on Friday with five players eligible for salary arbitration: All-Star pitcher Alex Wood, outfielder Joc Pederson, left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani, right-handed reliever Josh Fields and outfielders Joc Pederson and Enrique Hernandez. On Thursday, catcher Yasmani Grandal and reliever Pedro Baez settled.

Richards, Shoemaker reportedly strike deals (Friday, January 12)
The Angels have reportedly settled with two more of their arbitration-eligible players, first baseman C.J. Cron and left-hander Tyler Skaggs, in advance of Friday's 10 a.m. PT deadline, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The club has not confirmed the report.

deGrom, Thor, Harvey among Mets with raises (Friday, January 12)
The Mets have avoided arbitration with six of their eligible players, reportedly agreeing to 2018 contracts with Jacob deGrom, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Matt Harvey, Hansel Robles and Noah Syndergaard.

Tigers agree with Castellanos, Greene, Wilson (Friday, January 12)
The Tigers whittled their potential arbitration cases down to one on Friday by signing right-handers Shane Greene and Alex Wilson and right fielder Nicholas Castellanos to one-year contracts.

Bauer last unsigned arb-eligible for Indians (Friday, January 12)
The Indians put the finishing touch on two arbitration cases Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with Danny Salazar and Lonnie Chisenhall. Only right-hander Trevor Bauer remains on Cleveland's arbitration to-do list.

Betances, Gray, Didi among 8 to reach deals (Friday, January 12)
As the Yankees continue to speak about the importance of keeping payroll beneath the $197 million threshold this coming season, they have reached agreements to avoid arbitration with all of their eight eligible players.

Rendon ($12.3M) among Nats with new deals (Friday, January 12)
The Nationals agreed to one-year contracts with Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark and Michael A. Taylor on Friday, thus avoiding arbitration.

White Sox sign 4 for '18; Avi, Yolmer unsigned (Friday, January 12)
Jose Abreu and the White Sox avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $13 million deal for the 2018 season, according to multiple reports Friday.

Cubs' Epstein waiting out pitcher market (Friday, January 12)
Patient isn't the first word you would use to describe Cubs exec Theo Epstein, but he is doing his best to handle this winter's market.

Astros avoid arbitration with Keuchel, 4 others (Friday, January 12)
The Astros agreed to terms with five arbitration-eligible players on Friday, including All-Star starting pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr. The club also announced deals for 2018 with catcher/designated hitter Evan Gattis, outfielder Jake Marisnick and pitcher Brad Peacock.

Arb wire: Figures filed for unsigned players (Friday, January 12)
Major League Baseball's arbitration deadline fell at 1 p.m. ET on Friday. Teams and their arbitration-eligible players needed to exchange proposed salaries for the 2018 season in preparation for a potential hearing.

Dipoto dishes on trade habits on Wheelhouse (Friday, January 12)
Jerry Dipoto has built a reputation as the most prolific trader in the Major Leagues in his 28 months as Mariners general manager, so it's probably not surprising that some of his 62 deals have come under unusual circumstances.

Cooperstown is perfect spot for Thome (Friday, January 12)
Jim Thome was an extraordinary offensive threat even beyond the home runs. He ranks 24th on the all-time list in runs created, squeezed right between Griffey Jr. and the guy he will almost certainly join in Cooperstown this July, Chipper Jones. In addition to all of that, Thome is one of the all-time great guys in baseball.

Network set to rank top 10 at each position (Friday, January 12)
With Spring Training still unfortunately weeks away, the closest fans and observers can come to the action is to predict what's yet to come. Luckily, MLB's immense talent pool for 2018 provides plenty to debate in terms of who's best.

Yankees on short list of suitors for Darvish (Friday, January 12)
Hours after stating that the Yankees had not made him a contract offer, free-agent right-hander Yu Darvish issued a clarification on Twitter, stating that he indeed has discussed financial terms with the ballclub.

Musical chairs: Pitching market takes shape (Friday, January 12)
The offseason arms race has been more of a jog to this point, but thanks to Yu Darvish and his social media game, things could be picking up soon.

Sources: Cole, Mercer, Kontos avoid arbitration (Friday, January 12)
The Pirates avoided a trio of arbitration hearings by agreeing on Friday to one-year contracts with starter Gerrit Cole, shortstop Jordy Mercer and reliever George Kontos, sources told MLB.com. But for the second straight year, they could be headed to a hearing with their closer.

Salazar, Chisenhall avoid arb with Tribe (Friday, January 12)
The Indians avoided arbitration with right-hander Danny Salazar and outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall on Friday with one-year contracts for the upcoming season, MLB.com confirmed.

Betances, Gray, Didi among 7 Yanks to avoid arb (Friday, January 12)
As the Yankees continue to focus on keeping payroll beneath the $197 million threshold this coming season, they have reached agreements to avoid arbitration with seven of their eight eligible players.

Stroman, Osuna likely headed for arbitration (Friday, January 12)
The Blue Jays appear destined for arbitration hearings with Marcus Stroman and Roberto Osuna after the star right-handers remained unsigned following Friday's deadline to exchange salary figures.

Bogaerts, JBJ, Pomeranz among 9 to avoid arb (Friday, January 12)
The Red Sox reached one-year agreements with nine players on Friday to avoid salary arbitration, including cornerstone lineup pieces Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. and key rotation member Drew Pomeranz.

Lagares' glove may be key to Mets' defense (Friday, January 12)
Juan Lagares remains one of the most elite defensive gloves in baseball, but a combination of injuries and poor hitting has prevented him from everyday play. Headed into 2018, this might be his last best change to be a starter -- and the Mets badly need him.

Longoria opens up on move from Rays to Bay (Friday, January 12)
Evan Longoria spoke publicly Friday for the first time since the day he was traded, reflecting on his ambitions with the Giants.

Source: Bryant sets 1st-year arb record (Friday, January 12)
The Cubs on Friday avoided arbitration with five players, including third baseman Kris Bryant, who signed for $10.85 million, a record for a first-year arbitration-eligible player.

Toronto, Donaldson agree on record $23M deal (Friday, January 12)
Josh Donaldson did not get the long-term deal he was hoping for -- at least not yet -- but a record-setting pre-arbitration settlement should come as a pretty good consolation prize.

Source: O's, Machado agree to $16M deal (Friday, January 12)
Manny Machado and the Orioles have agreed to terms on a $16 million contract for 2018 to avoid arbitration, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand on Friday. The club has not confirmed the report.

Yanks avoid arb with Kahnle, Hicks, Warren (Friday, January 12)
As the Yankees continue to focus upon keeping payroll beneath the $197 million threshold this coming season, they have reached agreements to avoid arbitration with three of their eight eligible players: outfielder Aaron Hicks, right-hander Tommy Kahnle and right-hander Adam Warren.

Cubs unable to come to terms with Bryant (Friday, January 12)
The Cubs on Friday avoided arbitration with three players and exchanged figures with three others, including third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell, who are both arbitration eligible for the first time.

Mets reportedly avoid arbitration with trio (Friday, January 12)
The Mets have avoided arbitration with Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores and Travis d'Arnaud, agreeing to deals for the 2018 season, according to reports Friday. Harvey will reportedly get a $5.625 million contract, Flores will get $3.4 million and d'Arnaud will get $3.475 million.

Reds sign Hamilton, Lorenzen, DeSclafani (Friday, January 12)
At the Friday 1 p.m. ET deadline for clubs and eligible players to exchange salary figures, the Reds avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year contracts with outfielder Billy Hamilton, reliever Michael Lorenzen and starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani. According to FanRag Sports, Hamilton will sign a $4.6 million contract, Lorenzen will get $1.31 million and DeSclafani $860,000.

Rangers avoid arbitration with trio (Friday, January 12)
The Rangers have reached an agreement with infielder Jurickson Profar on a one-year contract and avoided an arbitration hearing. According to multiple reports Friday, Texas agreed to a $1.05 million deal for 2018 prior to the 1 p.m. ET arbitration deadline.

Source: Greene, Wilson agree to 1-year deals (Friday, January 12)
The Tigers continued their arbitration season work Friday by avoiding hearings with a pair of relievers: Right-handers Shane Greene and Alex Wilson agreed to terms on one-year contracts. Wilson will make $1.925 million, according to a source, while Greene will make $1.95 million. The Tigers have not announced the deals.

Vizcaino, Winkler avoid arb; Folty set for hearing (Friday, January 12)
Braves relievers Arodys Vizcaino and Dan Winkler avoided an arbitration hearing, but it appears Mike Foltynewicz will have his 2018 salary determined by an arbiter.

Source: Royals avoid arb with Herrera, Karns (Friday, January 12)
The Royals have settled with right-hander Nathan Karns for $1.375 million, a source told MLB.com. Karns also will have incentives based on games started: $12,500 if he starts 15 games, $25,000 if he starts 20.

A's avoid arbitration with 5; Graveman pending (Friday, January 12)
The A's have come to terms on one-year contracts with shortstop Marcus Semien, catcher Josh Phegley and relievers Blake Treinen, Chris Hatcher and Liam Hendriks.

Dickerson, Souza among 7 to agree to terms (Friday, January 12)
Jake Odorizzi and Adeiny Hechavarria will go to arbitration, while the Rays settled on 2018 contracts with their other seven arbitration-eligible players on Friday. The seven include: right-hander Dan Jennings, outfielder/DH Corey Dickerson; infielder Brad Miller, catcher Jesus Sucre, right-hander Alex Colome, outfielder Steven Souza Jr., and infielder Matt Duffy.

Brewers avoid arbitration with all 4 eligibles (Friday, January 12)
After going to an arbitration hearing with Chase Anderson last year, the Brewers ensured Friday that they would avoid that thorny process entirely in 2018 by settling on one-year contracts with starter Jimmy Nelson, closer Corey Knebel and infielders Hernan Perez and Jonathan Villar.

Mercer avoids arb; Cole reportedly agrees (Friday, January 12)
The Pirates and shortstop Jordy Mercer avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing on Friday to a one-year, $6.75 million contract for this season. Gerrit Cole, going through arbitration for the second time amid serious trade rumors, avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $6.75 million deal, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Chisenhall, Tribe avoid arb with 1-year deal (Friday, January 12)
The Indians avoided arbitration with outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall on Friday with a one-year contract for the upcoming season, MLB.com confirmed.

Source: Escobar among 5 to avoid arbitration (Friday, January 12)
After avoiding arbitration with infielder Eduardo Escobar on a $4.85 million contract on Thursday night, the Twins avoided arbitration with four players before Friday's 1 p.m. ET deadline. Minnesota settled with right-hander Ryan Pressly for $1.6 million, shortstop Ehire Adrianza for $1 million, right-hander Trevor May for $650,000 and outfielder Robbie Grossman for $2 million, according to a Major League source.

Nats, Roark avoid arb with 1-year deal (Friday, January 12)
The Nationals have locked up a key member of their starting rotation for at least another season. Right-hander Tanner Roark and the club have agreed to terms on a $6.475 million contract for 2018, thus avoiding arbitration, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Cardinals avoid arb with all 4 eligible players (Friday, January 12)
The Cardinals are assured of avoiding the arbitration courtroom this year after reaching agreements with all of their remaining unsigned players on Friday. In doing so, the clubs and players did not have to go through the process of exchanging desired salary figures for 2018.

White Sox, Abreu reportedly avoid arbitration (Friday, January 12)
Jose Abreu and the White Sox avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $13 million deal for the 2018 season, according to multiple reports Friday.

What are top destinations for Darvish? (Friday, January 12)
The pursuit of coveted free-agent pitcher Yu Darvish has been narrowed down to a handful of teams.

Did Gibson have heart attack during '68 season? (Friday, January 12)
Bob Gibson, the Hall of Fame former Cardinals pitcher, recently revealed he battled significant stomach issues throughout his career year in 1968 -- but could those have possibly led to an undiagnosed heart attack?

Source: O's, Machado unable to agree to terms (Friday, January 12)
Manny Machado and the Orioles did not settle on a contract for 2018 prior to Friday's 1 p.m. ET arbitration deadline, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed the report.

Cubs, LHP Wilson avoid arbitration (Friday, January 12)
The Cubs on Friday avoided arbitration with left-handed reliever Justin Wilson, signing him to a $4.25 million contract, and have five more players to go, including third baseman Kris Bryant, who is arbitration eligible for the first time.

Cron, Skaggs reportedly strike deals with Angels (Friday, January 12)
The Angels have reportedly settled with two more of their arbitration-eligible players, first baseman C.J. Cron and left-hander Tyler Skaggs, in advance of Friday's 10 a.m. PT deadline, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The club has not confirmed the report.

Jays, Donaldson agree on record $23M deal (Friday, January 12)
Ezequiel Carrera, Aaron Loup

Reports: Harvey, Mets avoid arbitration (Friday, January 12)
The Mets and Matt Harvey have avoided arbitration and agreed to a $5.625 million contract for the 2018 season, according to multiple reports early Friday.

Rox, Blackmon reportedly reach $14M deal (Friday, January 12)
The Rockies have agreed to a $14 million contract with Charlie Blackmon for the 2018 season and will avoid arbitration with the reigning National League batting champion, according to a report from MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman on Friday.

Dream Series gives youngsters special insight (Friday, January 12)
The Dream Series, an initiative from Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, featuring a diverse group of some of the nation's top high school pitching and catching prospects, began Thursday night.

Top players reach deals before arbitration deadline (Friday, January 12)
As the settlements come in between arbitration-eligible players and their clubs, MLB.com is tracking those who avoid arbitration right here.

Reliever Freeman, Braves avoid arb hearing (Thursday, January 11)
Left-handed reliever Sam Freeman and the Braves avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal that was announced by the team on Thursday night.

Rays announce in-house personnel changes (Thursday, January 11)
Melanie Lenz's promotion highlighted a series of personnel changes announced by the Rays on Thursday.

Grandal, Baez reportedly avoid arbitration (Thursday, January 11)
The Dodgers avoided salary arbitration with catcher Yasmani Grandal and reliever Pedro Baez on Thursday, reportedly agreeing to one-year contracts.

5 teams with sneaky postseason potential (Thursday, January 11)
So you think you can already name most of baseball's postseason teams for the upcoming season? Uh-uh. It doesn't work like that.

Castrovince: In-house improvements can help (Thursday, January 11)
Not every team needs to make a big trade or sign a top free agent. There are times when the biggest improvements are internal ones.

Chip off the block: Dad led Jones to HOF path (Thursday, January 11)
Chipper Jones will get elected to the Hall of Fame this year, almost unanimously. There is absolutely no doubt about this. He's one of the greats of the game.

Rizzo quickly becoming an all-time favorite Cub (Thursday, January 11)
It's almost impossible to picture Anthony Rizzo and Theo Epstein without each other these days, as few deals in the team's history have worked out better than the one on Jan. 6, 2012.

Astros' title a gift to hospital patients (Thursday, January 11)
Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, infielder Tyler White and catcher Max Stassi spent an hour visiting with transplant patients, including fan Ed Kascak, who recently underwent his second liver transplant, at Methodist Hospital on Thursday.

Top players reach deals before arbitration deadline (Thursday, January 11)
As the settlements come in between arbitration-eligible players and their clubs, MLB.com is tracking those who avoid arbitration right here.

Division queries: How they stack up, 1-6 (Thursday, January 11)
There is still much to be settled in this slow-moving Hot Stove season, but it's never too early to discuss how teams within each division stack up against each other.

Who needs Yu the most? Start with these 10 (Thursday, January 11)
Which of the known contenders for Yu Darvish has the most to gain from signing him? And how does this mystery team factor into the race?

Levine: Twins hope to have Sano news by ST (Thursday, January 11)
The Twins are hopeful that an MLB review of allegations against Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will be resolved by Spring Training, general manager Thad Levine said on Thursday on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio.

Sox bring back Gonzalez on one-year deal (Thursday, January 11)
Miguel Gonzalez has officially returned to the White Sox.

Prospect Alcantara: 'New doors are opening' (Thursday, January 11)
Sandy Alcantara possesses a 100-mph fastball, and he has top-of-the-rotation starter potential. With all the makings of a future ace in place, it would be tempting for the Marlins to speed up the developmental clock for the 22-year-old.

Mariners, Zunino reportedly reach 1-year deal (Thursday, January 11)
With the deadline for arbitration-eligible players to sign or exchange salary numbers with their clubs looming on Friday, Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has agreed to a $2.975 million deal for 2018, according to ESPN.com.

Gardenhire stands out in new wave of managers (Thursday, January 11)
Ron Gardenhire was one of six managers hired this offseason -- taking over the Detroit Tigers -- and the veteran big league skipper is the outlier in the group.

Hessman promoted to hitting coach at Erie (Thursday, January 11)
Three years after Mike Hessman's playing career ended, the former Tigers farmhand and Minor League home run king is climbing the farm system once more. He'll be the new hitting coach at Double-A Erie, the Tigers announced Thursday as part of their Minor League staff appointments.

Smith latest catcher climbing Dodgers' ladder (Thursday, January 11)
For decades the Dodgers have been known for developing pitchers, but they need catchers to throw to, and the organization is now deep there as well, with four listed by MLB Pipeline among the system's top 25 prospects. Kyle Farmer already has made a Major League cameo. Keibert Ruiz is rated by MLB Pipeline as the No. 5 catching prospect in the game. Connor Wong was taken in the third round last year. And the Dodgers tipped their hand at the recent MLB Rookie Career Development Program by sending Will Smith.

Mejia adds versatility to repertoire in offseason (Thursday, January 11)
Francisco Mejia did not head to the Arizona Fall League to become a third baseman, but he was open to trying his hand at the position. The Indians asked the young catcher to work at the hot corner with the idea of introducing some versatility to his game, and Mejia did not see the harm in expanding his skill set.

Distractions gone, Beede ready for big jump (Thursday, January 11)
As the Giants' top pitching prospect, Tyler Beede wasn't expecting to become trade bait this offseason. Fortunately for him, he could focus on the vows he ultimately exchanged with his fiancee, Allie, on Nov. 26.

Scouts Foundation to host star-studded dinner (Thursday, January 11)
Want to have dinner with Ken Griffey Jr., Buster Posey, Bruce Bochy, Terry Francona, Tommy Lasorda, Dave Roberts, Bud Selig and Larry King? Attend Saturday night's Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation "In the Spirit of the Game" spectacular at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Source: Twins, Escobar avoid arbitration (Thursday, January 11)
The Twins avoided arbitration with infielder Eduardo Escobar on Thursday night., signing him to a $4.85 million contract for the 2018 season, according to a Major League source.

Source: Grichuk, Cards agree on 1-year deal (Thursday, January 11)
Outfielder Randal Grichuk became the first of the Cardinals' four arbitration-eligible players to reach an agreement with the club, as the two sides settled on a one-year, $2.6 million contract for 2018, a source told MLB.com. Bob Nightengale of USA Today was the first to report the contract details on Thursday. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Report: Astros, Marisnick avoid arb with '18 deal (Thursday, January 11)
With a Friday deadline looming to exchange desired salary figures between teams and their arbitration-eligible players, the Astros on Thursday settled with outfielder Jake Marisnick on a $1.9-million salary for 2018, according to FanRag Sports.

McCann, Tigers reach deal to avoid arbitration (Thursday, January 11)
The Tigers began their annual task of settling arbitration cases Thursday by signing catcher James McCann to a one-year, $2.375 million contract.

Yanks avoid arbitration with Kahnle, Hicks (Thursday, January 11)
The Yankees have reportedly come to terms on deals with two arbitration-eligible players -- reliever Tommy Kahnle and outfielder Aaron Hicks.

Glanville: 'It's all about elevating humanity' (Thursday, January 11)
More than 40 students nearly filled Room 109 at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication late Wednesday afternoon. Comm307 registered full, and several young people who attended were on a waiting list, hoping to be added.

Lovullo reconnecting with players at spring site (Thursday, January 11)
Wednesday was Torey Lovullo's first day back at Salt River Fields, but those who went looking for the D-backs' manager would not find him in his office sitting behind his desk.

Inbox: Prospects who could be All-Stars (Thursday, January 11)
Jonathan Mayo discusses which prospects outside of the top 20 could become All-Star, players poised to break out, the Reds' farm system and Twins hurler Fernando Romero.

Production from DH spot suffered a slip in '17 (Thursday, January 11)
What happened to the DH in 2017? They saw their OPS plummet 45 points from 2016 to '17, but is there more to it?

Stars, clubs to exchange arb figures by Friday (Thursday, January 11)
If you've noticed the glut of players agreeing to terms for one-year contracts this week, rest assured it's not a coincidence.

Previewing the 2018 Top 100 Prospects list (Thursday, January 11)
The following is an excerpt from this week's Pipeline Podcast, in which Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis talk to Tim McMaster about the upcoming Top 100 Prospects list, who executives think should be No. 1 and more.

Greene looking forward to first full year in pros (Thursday, January 11)
Although the Reds have not made an official decision yet, Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene is dreaming on the idea of beginning his 2018 season at Class A Dayton.

Jackson: Stanton/Judge duo could be historic (Thursday, January 11)
Reggie Jackson knows a thing or two about being the power-hitting center of attention in New York City, which is why Mr. October believes that Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge will be terrific teammates in Yankees pinstripes.

Bregman ready for run at Astros repeat (Thursday, January 11)
Winning a World Series in his first full season in the Major Leagues won't be as challenging as trying to repeat, something no team has done in nearly 20 years. That's why Astros third baseman Alex Bregman has been grinding in the gym this offseason in preparation for Spring Training, which begins in a month.

Waiting game with Martinez continues for Sox (Thursday, January 11)
While one significant hitter (Jay Bruce) has found a landing spot (Mets), the biggest bat on the free-agent market (J.D. Martinez) remains in limbo. This means the Red Sox are also still in limbo.

Cashman confirms Yankees' interest in Darvish (Thursday, January 11)
Yu Darvish has placed the Yankees on his short list of potential destinations, and general manager Brian Cashman confirmed on Thursday that the team has spoken with the free-agent right-hander's representative.

McAllister avoids arbitration with 1-year deal (Thursday, January 11)
The Indians avoided arbitration with right-hander Zach McAllister on Thursday with a one-year contract worth $2.45 million, MLB.com confirmed.

Levine: Twins hope to have Sano news by ST (Thursday, January 11)
The Twins are hopeful that an MLB review of allegations against Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will be resolved by Spring Training, general manager Thad Levine said on Thursday on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio.

Sox bring back Gonzalez on one-year deal (Thursday, January 11)
Miguel Gonzalez has officially returned to the White Sox.

Prospect Alcantara: 'New doors are opening' (Thursday, January 11)
Sandy Alcantara possesses a 100-mph fastball, and he has top-of-the-rotation starter potential. With all the makings of a future ace in place, it would be tempting for the Marlins to speed up the developmental clock for the 22-year-old.

Glanville: 'It's all about elevating humanity' (Thursday, January 11)
More than 40 students nearly filled Room 109 at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication late Wednesday afternoon. Comm307 registered full, and several young people who attended were on a waiting list, hoping to be added.

Report: Grichuk, Cards agree on 1-year deal (Thursday, January 11)
Outfielder Randal Grichuk became the first of the Cardinals' four arbitration-eligible players to reach an agreement with the club, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported on Thursday that the two sides settled on a one-year, $2.6 million contract for 2018. The club has not confirmed the report.

Greene looking forward to first full year in pros (Thursday, January 11)
Although the Reds have not made an official decision yet, Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene is dreaming on the idea of beginning his 2018 season at Class A Dayton.

Jackson: Stanton/Judge duo could be historic (Thursday, January 11)
Reggie Jackson knows a thing or two about being the power-hitting center of attention in New York City, which is why Mr. October believes that Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge will be terrific teammates in Yankees pinstripes.

Waiting game with Martinez continues for Sox (Thursday, January 11)
While one significant hitter (Jay Bruce) has found a landing spot (Mets), the biggest bat on the free-agent market (J.D. Martinez) remains in limbo. This means the Red Sox are also still in limbo.

Prospect Sheffield eager for shot at bigs (Thursday, January 11)
Justus Sheffield knows that the Yankees are actively seeking another starting pitcher, and while the touted left-hander might be one jump away from beginning 2018 in the rotation, he is moving closer to making a big league impact in the very near future.

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