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The best players on really terrible teams

Jason Castro, Jose Fernandez and Darwin Barney are three players who had great seasons for losing teams over the past several years.

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Alabama tops Way-Too-Early Top 25

In case you missed it on Tuesday, Alabama is No. 1 in Mark Schlabach's early ranking. Florida State is second and Michigan is third.

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No. 1 Villanova cruising past DePaul

The Wildcats are showing no jitters in their first game as the No. 1 team in the country, leading DePaul by more than 20 early in the second half. Follow live

White Sox sign Ishikawa to minors deal

According to's Scott Merkin, Chicago has signed Travis Ishikawa to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that should Ishikawa make the team, his contract would include a $900K base salary.

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How risky is Mat Latos?

Is Latos really one of the stronger bounce-back candidates of the offseason or just a headcase waiting to happen? MLB rumors roundup

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World Series or Super Bowl contender?

Chicago's Frank Thomas had a Hall of Fame MLB career. That didn't stop his former football coach at Auburn from admitting that if Thomas "had stuck with football, he'd be going in the Hall of Fame as a football player." Dual MLB-NFL players

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Age 40 didn't stop Luke Appling

If you're a 40-year-old shortstop, it means you had quite a career. Appling was amazing: From age 39 to age 42, he hit over .300 each season. In 1949, at age 42, he hit .301, drew 121 walks and struck out just 24 times. All-time age-40 All-Star team

Mat Latos agrees with White Sox

The free-agent RHP agreed to a one-year, $3M with Chicago, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick and media reports. Latos, 28, had a 4.95 ERA with a 4-10 record last season with the Marlins and Dodgers.