|When Jim Johnson was traded from the Orioles to the Athletics, he opened the door for the O's to eventually sign Grant Balfour in free agency. What makes this exchange unique is that these are two of the best in the game at what they do.
More»O's, closer Balfour reportedly agree to two-year deal|
|The holiday season has arrived, and Brandon Phillips hasn't gone anywhere. He is still a Cincinnati Red. Odds are he will remain a Cincinnati Red.
More»Phillips nets his third Gold Glove in four seasons|
|The Yankees have a possible need. The Mets desire to unload a first baseman. Would they consider dealing a player with the potential of Ike Davis to a team with a short right field and an area code identical to their own? Likely not, but we can imagine it.
More» Davis hammers a two-run shot to left-center|
|The Brewers can point to second base for the first time in a long time and safely describe it as a point of defensive strength thanks to 23-year-old Scooter Gennett.
More» Gennett draws Brewers close on late homer|
|Addison Reed is excited to meet his new D-backs teammates and battle for the closer's role in Arizona. The former White Sox right-hander could be in just the right situation to take his game to the next level.
More»Gilbert on the Addison Reed trade to D-backs|
|The Oakland Athletics just won the American League West for a second straight season, and virtually no one seemed the least bit surprised about it. Sure, the A's did it with baseball's 27th-largest payroll. No news there, right? Of course, it came after some offseason changes. So what? Same as it ever was. In the end, this reaction, this expectation of winning, this raising of the bar, may be Billy Beane's enduring legacy in baseball.
More»Melvin discusses A's bullpen on MLB.com's Hot Stove|
|Power-hitting third baseman Matt Davidson has joined leadoff man/center fielder Adam Eaton as part of White Sox general manager Rick Hahn's ultra-impressive overhaul of an over-the-hill lineup that was last in the American League with 3.7 runs per game this past season, the 29th worst total in the Majors.
More» Davidson drills his first career home run|
|Jack Morris has come closer to being elected to the Hall of Fame than anybody who was ever denied admittance, but in this, his 15th and final year on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot, Morris still faces long odds. It's a shame.
More»MLB.com on Jack Morris' chances of HOF election|
|Brad Ausmus is facing a difficult task -- replacing the retired and widely admired Jim Leyland as manager of the Detroit Tigers. MLB.com columnist Mike Bauman gives two reasons why he believes Ausmus will be up to the challenge.
More»Ausmus on differences in Tigers lineup for 2014|
|Both Ned Yost and Ron Gardenhire were in the final seasons of their contracts, which made them especially vulnerable. But rather than yield to public pressure, Dayton Moore and Terry Ryan, the general managers who had hired them originally, doubled down by giving them two-year extensions. And look at their teams now.
More»Gardenhire breaks down offseason, outlook for 2014|
|The trade sending D-backs prospect Matt Davidson to the White Sox for Addison Reed benefits both teams and changes the landscape for both clubs by offering increased depth at critical positions.
More» Reed strikes out Bonifacio to earn the save|
|The Yankees will take the field on Opening Day with several new faces in the lineup, but Jacoby Ellsbury's impact in center field will stand out among the others once balls start flying at Yankee Stadium.
More»Ellsbury on being a Yankee, donning No. 22|
|Based off their moves so far this offseason, the argument can be made that the Rockies have done as good a job of any team addressing their offseason concerns.
More»Rockies add to rotation with trade for lefty Anderson|
|If you're thinking Nelson Cruz is going to end up with the Seattle Mariners, you're not alone. Plenty of baseball people have the same idea. In fact, it's a marriage that makes so much sense it's surprising it hasn't happened already.
More»Will Nelson Cruz wind up back in Texas?|
|While the Rakuten Golden Eagles are upset that MLB and the Nippon Professional Baseball are close to finalizing a $20 million posting cap, they'll post ace Masahiro Tanaka rather than risk getting nothing for their asset.
More»C.J. Nitkowski on the impact of posting changes|
|For all the hours the Winter Meetings consume, the actual transaction tally they net is often underwhelming. And that was certainly the prevailing notion coming out of this year's event at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort.
More»MLB.com wraps up Day 3 of the Winter Meetings|
|The Mets have had themselves a fine few days. Sure, it begins with making the baseball team better on the field. Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon do that on a couple of levels. Both are productive players and consummate professionals. Also significant is that their signings is a message to Mets fans that their team is aggressively attempting to improve, and that the first phase of the rebuilding project could be nearing an end.
More»Alderson sums up Mets' moves during Winter Meetings|
|Although teams are more reluctant than ever before to part with their top prospects, the Rays will eventually get the blue chippers they covet in a deal for ace David Price.
More»What are the chances of the Rays dealing Price?|
|Baseball's rules committee announced this week during the Winter Meetings that legislation to eliminate home-plate collisions could go into effect as soon as the upcoming season and no later than 2015. This is way too drastic a measure.
More»Bochy sits down with MLB.com at Winter Meetings|
|Patrick Schuster created a lot of buzz as a senior at Mitchell High in New Port Richey, Fla., in 2009. He threw four straight no-hitters, and ESPN News broadcast his next start to a national audience. Schuster was in the news again Thursday at the Winter Meetings, as the Astros made him the No. 1 overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft, and traded him to the Padres.
More»MLB.com looks at a handful of 2013 Rule 5 draftees|
|The free-agent market is thinner than in years past. So if a club has holes to fill, combined with the conviction that it should win now, the trade is back as a primary way to do player personnel business.
More»MLB.com's Gilbert on D-backs' deal for Trumbo|
|The Pirates ended the longest streak of losing seasons in pro sports and reached to the postseason for the first time in two decades. Now comes the hard part: repeating that success and taking it a step further.
More»Hurdle on Morton, adding to roster at shortstop|
|If you look at the 2014 Yankees from a certain angle, you see a team capable of winning a World Series.
More»Girardi gives updates on Teixeira, Jeter, Pineda|
|The Dodgers have solved the awful problem of what to do with Matt Kemp. Turns out, based on what they told agent Dave Stewart on Wednesday, they're going to keep him. This is bad, bad news ... at least to the other teams in the National League West, if not the NL as a whole.
More»Don Mattingly live on set of Intentional Talk|
|Shin-Soo Choo would provide another big boost. But the Rangers don't necessarily have to sign him at any cost. They don't have to make another "big move" just for the sake of making a big move.
More»GM Daniels discusses Rangers looking for depth|
|When the Mariners arrived at the Winter Meetings, general manager Jack Zduriencik warned not to be surprised if there were a bevy of rumors involving the club having trade talks with other teams and negotiating for free agents.
More»Hot Stove discusses Mariners adding power bat in Hart|
|As a catcher in the Dodgers' organization in the late 1970s and into the '80s, Mike Scioscia played on clubs that managed to win big amid untold internal strife. So the Angels' manager is of the view that clubhouse chemistry can be overrated in relation to what's found on the field.
More»Scioscia talks about importance of adding pitching|
|After the sting of a second-place standing to the Dodgers, aggressiveness was expected from a spurned D-backs club, and aggressiveness arrived Tuesday, when GM Kevin Towers bid boldly on a power-hitting corner outfielder named Mark Trumbo.
More»Towers on D-backs adding big bat in Trumbo|
|Among the hundreds of people bustling at the Winter Meetings are a host of former players hoping to get back to the big leagues, this time as coaches, scouts or members of the media. Some, you've heard of. Most, you haven't.
|Let's push the pause button on the comings and goings of a busy offseason to celebrate our amazing game. In the end, that's what our 12th annual Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards are all about.
More»Mo accepts his Lifetime Achievement GIBBY Award|