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Law: Red Sox get a true ace by paying for David Price

Boston filled its biggest need with the addition of David Price, a legitimate ace who is worthy of the big contract the Red Sox are giving him, writes Keith Law.

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Drug test report: 111 of 113 exemptions for ADD

MLB and MLBPA released the annual report Tuesday, which showed an increase in tests and that 111 of the 113 exemptions granted were for attention deficit disorder.

Red Sox show commitment to winning with Price signing (2:09)
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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.

#MLBFrontOffice: Rumor mill (0:52)
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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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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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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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Mariners want to shed Mark Trumbo salary, low on-base percentage and below average defense and were prepared to non-tender him if they weren't able to make this trade with the Orioles for Steve Clevenger. Mariners want to improve their on-base percentage and defense in left and are pursuing Marcel Ozuna of the Marlins and free agent outfielder Nori Aoki according to sources.

Orioles get Mark Trumbo from Mariners

The Mariners sent 1B/OF Mark Trumbo to Baltimore for C/1B Steve Clevenger, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden and multiple reports. Trumbo hit .262 with 22 HRs in 2015 while Cleveger played in just 30 games.

David Price and Red Sox ink record deal

The reported $217 million contract is the largest ever in terms of total value by a free-agent pitcher, breaking Max Scherzer's $210 million deal with the Nationals from last offseason.

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Red Sox reach deal with David Price

Boston agreed to a seven-year, $217M contract with the 30-year-old LHP, per ESPN and multiple reports. Price, a five-time All-Star, had a 2.45 ERA last season with Detroit and Toronto. The deal was first reported by Boston Globe.

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The Red Sox have never had a $100 million pitcher. Porcello at 4/82.5 and Lackey 5/82.5 were the ceiling.

Magic: Dodgers prepping offer to Greinke

Dodgers co-owner Magic Jonson said that the team is preparing a competitive offer to re-sign Zack Greinke but is prepared if he signs elsewhere. Johnson said, "Hes our No. 1 priority in the off-season." (via Mark Saxon)

Law: Price worth the price for Red Sox

Keith Law on David Price, who got a 7-year, $217M deal from the Red Sox: "[He] may very well have been the best starter in the American League in 2015. The Red Sox get him at the peak of his career, with no immediate warning signs that he's going to slide any time soon." Expensive but necessary (Insider)


Schilling: Don't think Red Sox are done

Curt Schilling weighed in on Boston giving five-time All-Star David Price a seven-year, $217 million deal and how he doesn't think the Sox are done making offseason moves.


Tim Kurkijian: Dave Dombrowski did it again

Kurkjian on David Price's 7-year, $217M deal with Boston: "This is so typical of [president of baseball operations] Dave Dombrowski. He comes in, he makes moves right away. He acquires big-name players. ... This is his MO."


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Jeff Samardzija just became one of the most valuable commodities on the market. Thought to be healthy, w/ far fewer innings than FA peers.

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So the Red Sox wound up paying $140 million more for David Price to be their ace than they offered Jon Lester in spring of '14.

Dave Roberts: Dodgers built to win

The team's new manager discusses the core values he hopes to instill and his biggest observations about the Dodgers from his time with the Padres.


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As Shelby Miller trade rumors heat up, one person familiar with the Braves' thinking believes the Cubs and Red Sox are both potential fits. The Braves are big fans of Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler, and they've shown a willingness to discuss both Miller and Julio Teheran in trades.

Twins get deal with Korean slugger Park

The Twins agreed to a four-year, $12 million deal with Byung Ho Park, who hit 53 homers in 2015 in the KBO. The Twins won the rights to sign Park with a $12.85 million bid last month.

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Don Newcombe had to be treated by paramedics at today's Dave Roberts news conference. He got dizzy while sitting in a chair

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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.