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Law: 2016 ranking of all 30 farm systems

Keith Law ranks the MLB farm systems heading into the 2016 season, with the rebuilding Braves (including offseason acquisition Dansby Swanson) leaping to No. 1 and the Angels falling to last.

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3hDavid Schoenfield

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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For the love of Hendu

The infectious spirit of the late, great Dave Henderson lives on through those who attend the A's and Mariners fantasy experiences he created.

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It's Truck Day, Red Sox Nation!

The 18-wheeler carrying the Red Sox equipment 1,480 miles from Fenway Park to Fort Myers, Florida, gets on the road Wednesday.

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The all-time age-40 All-Star team

If David Ortiz repeats his stats from last year, he could be the best-ever 40-year-old DH. Here's a look at the greatest age-40 seasons by position.

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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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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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5dEno Sarris

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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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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Law: 2016 ranking of MLB farm systems

The Braves jumped into the No. 1 spot despite not having even a top-5 farm system last year, according to Keith Law's rankings, while last year's best farm system (Cubs) slipped a couple of spots. Rankings (Insider)

Orioles, Gallardo talking 3-year deal

Free-agent SP Yovani Gallardo and the Orioles are deep into negotiations with the expectation that the deal will be in the range of $40 million to $45 million, according to ESPN's Buster Olney and media reports. Gallardo posted a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts last year.

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Possible BAL lineup if Fowler signs: LF Fowler, 3B Machado, 1B Davis, CF Jones, RF Kim/Reimold, DH Trumbo, C Wieters, SS Hardy, 2B Schoop.

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It's expected that if and when the Orioles' deal with Yovani Gallardo is finished, it'll be a 3-year deal in the range of $40-$45m

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There has been at least informal conversation between the Orioles and center fielder Dexter Fowler, as they prepare for possible signing.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Yovani Gallardo to the Orioles seems like a bad idea and not just because the Orioles will lose their first-round pick if they sign him. This is a guy who allowed 94 hits in 71 innings in the second half and pitched even six innings just twice. Throw in some velocity issues and he looks a huge risk.

Next stop: Spring training

The Red Sox equipment truck left Fenway Park on Wednesday en route to spring training in Fort Myers, where it was 63 degrees and sunny. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 18.

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CC Sabathia: Best I've felt in 3 years

The Yankees LHP, who spent a month in a rehab facility in October to battle an alcohol problem, is feeling strong, telling the New York Post: "I feel the best I have in three years. I am excited to get to Tampa with a clear head and a healthy body." Battling for starting job

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Talks between the Orioles and free agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo about a three-year contract are gaining momentum, says a baseball source. The two sides still have to make some "tweaks" to push the deal across the finish line, the source said. The Orioles would surrender a first-round draft pick if they sign Gallardo, who received a qualifying offer from the Rangers in November.

The best players on really awful teams

Even when a team loses 100-plus games, players having great seasons are still in that dugout -- so who have been the best players on the worst teams recently? Astros, Marlins, Cubs

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