Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004.
|Quite often, if you're in the top 10, it's for a reason. This is usually the realm of the rebuilders, not the clubs making an earnest effort to add on. But there are scenarios in which a club coming off an unexpectedly awful year is looking to reload, or a team on the cusp is looking for the right veteran push up the standings.
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|The Hot Stove will keep burning for weeks to come, and these are the 10 biggest holes contending teams still need to fill this offseason.
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|Were the Winter Meetings lobby a ticketed attraction (and maybe we shouldn't give people ideas here), then the Chris Sale trade that went down on Tuesday at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center would allow this year's event to qualify as money well spent. This is the kind of stuff we come for -- the big, bold splash involving a perennial All-Star and Cy Young Award candidate who is, ahem, changing Sox.
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|The market may develop slowly, but these could be the next names to come off the board.
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|Mere minutes from the seat of government, on the shores of the Potomac, they developed a retail and entertainment complex and gave it a name that, accurately or not, evokes images of docks and ports where vessels are supplied with or relieved of precious cargo.
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|With the Winter Meetings set to begin Monday in National Harbor, Md., these are the 10 biggest holes contending teams still need to fill this offseason.
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|The new Collective Bargaining Agreement will award home-field advantage in the World Series to the team with the better regular-season record. So how different would baseball history look had this been the procedure all along?
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|Back in the Burgh's dark days, when the streak of losing seasons was nearing the legal drinking age and the Pirates were still something of a punchline, Andrew McCutchen signed on to stay. And with that 2012 stroke of the pen on a six-year extension that rated then and still rates today as team-friendly, the man they call Cutch confirmed his clout as the unquestioned face of the franchise, the superstar who stuck around and helped bring the Bucs back into the limelight.
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|Take another free agent slugger off the board, as Yoenis Cespedes has reportedly decided to return to the Mets. Don't fear, though, there's a handful of other sluggers available.
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|The stakes are high as the Major League Baseball Players Association executive board meetings take place in Dallas this week.
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|In the spirit of Black Friday, here are five swaps we'd like to see based on team needs and fits.
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|Here are some young guys -- all of whom will be south of 27 on Opening Day 2017 -- who qualify as trade possibilities.
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|They are venerable individual honors and, ergo, great sources of discussion and dispute. Nobody could argue against the value of winning one of the Most Valuable Player awards, which will be handed out by the Baseball Writers' Association of America at 6 p.m. ET tonight on MLB Network.
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|Mike Trout and Kris Bryant were born 150 days apart and, relatively speaking, not that many days ago. Both of them played the 2016 season at age 24. But their inherent youngness hasn't stopped them from making history on the field of play and, on Thursday night, in the Baseball Writers' Association's Most Valuable Player awards unveiling.
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|Terry Francona and Dave Roberts both had seasons worthy of celebration, and the Baseball Writers' Association of America got it right in recognizing them Tuesday night with the American League and National League Manager of the Year Awards.
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|Rajai Davis hit that home run, and I thought about James. When amazing things start happening in the wake of such a loss, you start to wonder if somewhere there's a tiny hand wrapped around your world.
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|They'll be footnote fodder now, represented as an odd obscurity in postgame media notes every time a team goes up 3-1 in the World Series.
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|In the end, the Indians conjured up memories of their Gateway Plaza neighbors. Just not the memories they intended.
More» Francona on emotional Game 7 loss|
|If the Tribe beats the Cubs in a Game 7, belabors the "Curse of the Billy Goat" while simultaneously ending the Indians franchise's own 68-year drought, that's some extreme stuff right there. If the Indians lose this ballgame, with their ace on the mound and their home crowd behind them, they will fall into such a black historical hole that they'll conjure up conversation about whether all that LeBron James-enabled mojo really did transform a city, or if, you know, a solitary basketball team just so happened to win one -- an outlier amid the agony.
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|The relationship that we witness between umpire and manager often involves confrontation. Before replay review, the two parties could argue just about anything. These days, skirmishes over balls and strikes suffice. But in this World Series, umpire John Hirschbeck and Indians manager Terry Francona feel genuine affection for one another off the field, especially as the umpire's long career winds down to its final innings.
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