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Stark: What awaits in negotiations for MLB's next labor deal?

In a little over a year, baseball's current labor deal will expire. And there are a number of major issues that could hang over the talks between the owners and players.

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Olney: Are Price, Red Sox a match?

There's a strong expectation in the industry that the Red Sox will make the biggest offer to David Price. What's not known at this point, however, is if Price really wants to pitch in Boston.

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Schoenfield: Who's in the running to sign Heyward?

Jason Heyward could get close to $200 million on the free-agent market. While that price tag eliminates most teams from pursuing him, there are five clubs that stand out as potential landing spots.


Bowden: Breaking down baseball's contenders and pretenders

With the winter meetings in Nashville looming, Jim Bowden checks in on the status of all 30 MLB teams -- from the favorites to the retoolers to the rebuilders -- and takes stock of what each needs to accomplish this offseason.

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Marchand: Cano back to Bronx? Don't bet on it

Is Robinson Cano dissatisfied in Seattle? Perhaps, but we've got five reasons a return to New York is a major long shot for the former Yankees second baseman.

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Keith Law's Top 50 MLB free-agent rankings

Keith Law's list of the top 50 MLB free agents includes Yoenis Cespedes and Alex Gordon, who helped their teams to the World Series, as well as Zack Greinke, David Price and Jason Heyward.

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Top 10 starting pitchers: Who's No. 2?

Buster Olney's list of the top 10 starting pitchers in MLB puts Clayton Kershaw at the top. But who comes next? It might be a bit of a surprise.

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MLB Hot Stove Daily: Nationals making play for O'Day

The MLB hot stove season is going strong, and speculation is heating up about the Nationals' pursuit of Darren O'Day, among other things. Find out what our writers are hearing Sunday.

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Bowden: Ten big-name players who could be traded

Blockbuster trades are becoming the norm in baseball. Jim Bowden ranks the top players -- including Aroldis Chapman and Starlin Castro -- who are most likely to be dealt this winter.

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Crasnick: The marketing of Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes' representatives are going all out in their approach to selling the free-agent outfielder, highlighted by a book they're distributing about the impact he can have on a team.

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Schoenfield: Donaldson, Harper deserving MVPs

You have to hand it to them: American League MVP Josh Donaldson kept delivering big hit after big hit down the stretch, while National League MVP Bryce Harper -- the youngest unanimous winner ever -- was the best hitter in the majors this year.

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Bowden/Law/Olney: MLB Future Power Ranks

As we head into the offseason, Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney bring you the latest installment of the Future Power Rankings, looking at how well each team is set up for sustained success.


Olney: Red Sox emerging as big spender

The Red Sox are emerging as a big spender in the chase for David Price, but Buster Olney hopes they're ready to open the purse: Last winter, they were hesitant to offer Jon Lester $135M -- and that'll be far less than what Price can command. Market for Price (Insider)

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Atlanta Braves @Braves

#Braves agree to terms with right-handed starting pitcher Bud Norris on a one-year Major League contract for the 2016 season.

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The Orioles have reacquired L.J. Hoes, getting the 25-year old outfielder from Houston for cash considerations. The O's drafted the right-handed hitting Hoes in the 3rd round in 2008, then sent him to the Astros in the 2013 deal that brought Bud Norris to Baltimore. In 777 minor league games, Hoes has a .752 OPS., compared to just .617 in 112 big league games.

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MLB announces 50 game suspension of Cubs 2014, 12th rd pick Tanner Griggs for testing positive for Amphetamine

Jayson Stark: Labor issues on horizon?

Since the last baseball work stoppage 20 years ago, the three other major North American sports have had six of them. But in a little over a year, baseball's current labor deal will expire. Issues front and center

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto isn't pausing for the holiday. MLB sources said he's talked to the Marlins about a trade that would bring outfielder Marcell Ozuna to Seattle. Miami is seeking young, controllable starting pitching, and Roenis Elias and Nate Karns both fit that description. Taijuan Walker is almost certainly out of reach, and James Paxton's injury issues would make him a risky bet for Miami.

Reyes pleads not guilty to domestic abuse

An attorney for Rockies SS Jose Reyes entered a not guilty plea to a charge of domestic abuse in a Maui court Tuesday. He was arrested after an argument with his wife that police said turned physical at a resort in Hawaii on Oct. 31. Story

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Status check: Where each team stands

Jim Bowden writes that despite being the only team in baseball to win 100 regular-season games in 2015, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak needs to either re-sign Jason Heyward or bring in an impact bat like free-agent 1B Chris Davis to make a splash next season. The other 29 teams (Insider)

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer 

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has been ultra-aggressive in reshaping the team's roster this winter, and several MLB executives think he's likely to move righthanded slugger Mark Trumbo before spring training. For more on Trumbo and other offseason developments, check out MLB Hot Stove Daily.

Top 10 relief pitchers in MLB

Buster Olney has Aroldis Chapman in second place because Wade Davis just doesn't give up big hits. Over the past two seasons, Davis has pitched 164 1/3 innings, and in those, he has allowed 23 extra-base hits. Think about that." Two Yankees in top 5 (Insider)

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Five potential trade spots for Yasiel Puig

ESPN's David Schoenfield lists five teams that could put together a package enticing enough for the Dodgers to trade the mercurial outfielder. Proposals

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Top 10 starting pitchers in MLB

Buster Olney's list of the top 10 starting pitchers in MLB starts with Clayton Kershaw at the top, but No. 2 might be a surprise. Top 5 all in the NL (Insider)

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Tigers hire McClendon to manage AAA team

Lloyd McClendon, who was dismissed by the Seattle Mariners last month, has been hired by the Detroit Tigers to take over as the Toledo Mud Hens next manager, per ESPN and multiple reports.

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