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Bowden: Bold predictions for December

Who will sign Yoenis Cespedes? How about Zack Greinke? Jim Bowden gives 10 bold predictions for December -- some of which may surprise you.

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Schoenfield: Where will Cueto end up signing?

Johnny Cueto joined the Royals at the trading deadline and went on to win a World Series. But for the most part, he pitched poorly for K.C. How much of a factor will that have on his quest to sign a lucrative contract?

#MLBFrontOffice: Zimmermann sets mark (1:07)
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Top 10 shortstops: Some tough calls

Carlos Correa is just 21 years old and has played only 99 games in the big leagues, but he's already on top of Buster Olney's list of the best shortstops. But who else makes the top 10 at a position with plenty of young talent?

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Law: Tigers' deal with Zimmermann a risky one

Adding Jordan Zimmermann to their rotation should be an upgrade for the Tigers in the short term, but chances are low that he'll perform up to the contract over the long haul.

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Bowden: The focus for all 30 teams

David Price and Ben Zobrist have many options as they look to cash in on the free-agent market. And with the winter meetings approaching, Jim Bowden examines the top targets and fallback options for each team.

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Bowden: Pricing, best fits for top 50 free agents

Longtime GM and ESPN Insider Jim Bowden gives expected contract lengths and dollar values for his top 50 free agents available this winter, plus lists the best team fits for each player.

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Olney: Top 10 third basemen

Fresh off an MVP award-winning season, Josh Donaldson is clearly baseball's best third baseman. Which player under the age of 25 -- Manny Machado or Nolan Arenado -- comes in second on Buster Olney's ranking of the top players at the hot corner?

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Mike Veeck: The funniest man in baseball

Mike Veeck, the comic maestro of the minor leagues, tells Jim Caple how thinking outside the batter's box like his father -- and his friend Bill Murray -- has helped him make ballpark magic.

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Olney: Top 10 second basemen

Dee Gordon and Jose Altuve have supplanted aging stars Robinson Cano and Dustin Pedroia as baseball's best second basemen, according to Buster Olney. Which one earned the top spot in this year's rankings?

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Schoenfield: Where will Justin Upton sign?

Justin Upton has had a productive career, yet some view the former No. 1 draft pick as a disappointment. Regardless, he's sure to get big money this offseason, and here are five teams that should be interested.

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Top 2016 MLB draft prospects

Keith Law and Eric Longenhagen look at the top prospects for the 2016 draft, including 40 profiles and their top 30 rankings. Where does talented Louisville outfielder Corey Ray rank?

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Top 10 first basemen: The Gold(schmidt) standard

First base is loaded with talent in Major League Baseball, but Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt is the best of the best. Who else made Buster Olney's top 10 first base rankings?

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Rumors roundup: More moves in Oakland?

A look at the latest rumors around the major leagues, beginning with the Oakland Athletics reshaping their infield.

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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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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.


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MLB teams in search of big power, high strikeout, righty bats have no shortage of options this week. The Mariners are shopping Mark Trumbo and the Astros have made Chris Carter available in advance of Friday's tender deadline. And now the Rockies' Wilin Rosario has chosen to elect free agency after clearing outright waivers.

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Magic Johnson presents Dave Roberts with his new Dodgers uniform

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That said, don't expect first-year GM Al Avila to be cavalier with payroll, despite having the green light to spend. After Zimmermann signing, Avila indicated that adding another starting pitcher would require club to look for more cost-effective options.

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Most fascinating part of Tigers' introductory press conference for Jordan Zimmermann? Rare, candid comments from team owner Mike Ilitch, who sounds all in on World Series hopes: "I don't care about the money. I want the best players."

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As FA process moves along, Jeff Samardzija gaining increased notice because teams are confident about this:Less mileage than other starters.

Bowden's bold predictions

Jim Bowden foresees a very eventful month of December, including Zack Greinke remaining in Los Angeles, Yoenis Cespedes making a splash in Miami -- and a decision being made regarding Pete Rose. Predictions (Insider)

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Indians sign Joba Chamberlain

The veteran reliever, who pitched for the Tigers and Royals in 2015, may be best known for being attacked by bugs during a 2007 playoff game in Cleveland while he was with the Yankees. The Indians tweeted an apology to him for that incident after announcing his signing.


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Another reason why the Diamondbacks will be a very dangerous team in 2016: The development of David Peralta, who had a .978 after the ASB.

Braves bring back closer Jim Johnson

The veteran reliever got a one-year, $2.5 million deal. He saved nine games for the Braves last season before being dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline. He saved 101 games for the Orioles in 2012 and 2013.

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Marlins close to adding Bonds as coach

A source told ESPN the Marlins are finalizing a deal to add all-time HR leader Barry Bonds to the coaching staff. CBS Sports said the team was discussing adding Bonds as a hitting coach, although it already has Frank Menechino on staff as a hitting coach.

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Cardinals sign Pena to be Molina's backup

Veteran C Brayan Pena got a two-year, $5 million deal to serve as Yadier Molina's backup. Pena batted .273 with a career-best .344 on-base percentage in 86 games for the Reds last season.



The #Tigers announced today that the club has agreed to terms with RHP Jordan Zimmermann on a five-year contract.

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Dave Dombrowski President of the Boston Red Sox told me prior to the off-season his three goals were an impact closer, a right-handed hitting 4th outfielder and a number 1 starter. Kimbrel check 1, Young check 2, now he tries to get David Price for the trifecta.

Where will Johnny Cueto end up signing?

David Schoenfield writes: "My guess is that American League teams will be more hesitant to sign him after his poor results with the Royals, so my five top potential destinations are all National League teams." Bound for NL West?

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Zack Greinke's free agent talks are quietly picking up steam, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. The Dodgers and Giants are the principal suitors for Greinke, and it's believed that both teams would like some clarity in the event they lose out in the bidding and have to go in a different direction.

D-backs GM: Johnny Cueto rejected offer

The free-agent RHP turned down an offer from the D-backs earlier this month, GM Dave Stewart told the Arizona Republic. According to multiple reports and first reported by MLB's website, it was a 6-year, $120M deal.


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The Red Sox signing of OF Chris Young could open the door for trading Jackie Bradley Jr., but it seems like a quality depth signing to me. Bradley had a big August but also owns a career .298 OBP and Rusney Castillo has yet to show he can hit in the majors. Young is a good fourth outfielder who could start if either falters, leaving Brock Holt to back up in the infield.

Olney on top 10 shortstops in MLB

How good is Astros SS Carlos Correa? Buster Olney puts the 21-year-old No. 1 on his list of the best shortstops in MLB. The other nine (Insider)

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