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Rogers: Cubs' Heyward just one of the guys now

Jason Heyward will be a big part of what the Cubs do in the coming years, but on a team packed with young stars, the most expensive player in franchise history isn't being asked to carry the club.

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Top Cuban Gourriel leaves team in Dominican

Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Basebal

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Mexico wins Caribbean Series on walk-off HR

Jorge Vazquez's home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday lifted Mexico to a 5-4 comeback victory over Venezuela for the Caribbean Series championship.

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Blengino: Explaining current state of FA market

The rejection of qualifying offers by a number of players are among the reasons why so many quality free agents remain unsigned this late in the offseason. Tony Blengino breaks down the factors.

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Simon: Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of starting pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts.

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Sarris: Four pitchers who could become aces

Using Dallas Keuchel's career as a road map, we found several pitchers who enter 2016 with a chance to deliver the type of results that, at first glance, you wouldn't think they were capable of.

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How does Greg Bird's injury affect the Yankees' plans? (2:39)
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Olney: Puig, Rendon lead list of 'Linchpin Guys'

Buster Olney picks 14 players -- starting with the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and the Nationals' Anthony Rendon -- whose performances could determine their teams' playoff chances in 2016.

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Bell: Top 5 injury comebacks to watch

Giancarlo Stanton, set to return after suffering a fractured hamate bone in his left hand last season, is among several players who'll be back on the field after dealing with injuries in 2015.

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Blengino: Explaining current state of FA market

The rejection of qualifying offers by a number of players are among the reasons why so many quality free agents remain unsigned this late in the offseason. Tony Blengino breaks down the factors.

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What can be done about tanking?

Buster Olney speaks with agent Scott Boras and other baseball minds about what MLB can do to prevent teams from tanking full seasons in order to win down the road.

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Schoenfield: Top 5 Hall of Fame classes

While Babe Ruth is among five all-time greats who were elected to the Hall's first class in 1936, the greatness doesn't stop there.

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Inside-the-park home run highlights opening day of Caribbean Series (0:37)
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Bryce Harper's future: Nationals vs. Yankees

Jim Bowden argues the Nationals will have to make Bryce Harper the highest-paid player ever to keep him from the Yankees. Will he stay or will he go? Eddie Matz and Andrew Marchand debate.

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Rogers: Heyward just one of the guys now

Jason Heyward signed a mammoth contract with the Cubs in the offseason, but he doesn't have to carry this team. Not face of the franchise

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Can we assume "I am going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight" now joins 'I'm going to Disney World" as a post-Super Bowl celebration theme?

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Venados de Mazatlán de México ganó Serie del Caribe con jonrón de Jorge Vázquez en el cierre del 9no inning que dejó en el terreno a Tigres de Aragua de Venezuela. Es segundo título de Mazatlán y el noveno de México. Los clubes mexicanos han ganado cuatro de últimas seis ediciones de la Serie del Caribe. El próximo torneo será celebrado en Culiacán, México, en febrero del 2017.